Cruz Doubles Down at Texas Delegation Speech, Says He Can't Support a Guy Who Insulted His Wife

One of the most retarded aspects of GOP politics -- and there are many retarded aspects -- is the childish and embarrassing spectacle of idiots choosing their Pokemon Champion and brooking no insult to their cuddly avatar.

People freak out of if you say you didn't like Rush Limbaugh's last statement. Rush Limbaugh is our Hero. You cannot speak ill of him.

Now the Trumptards (not all people are Trumptards, but man, are there some Trumptards) are freaking out that Ted Cruz is slighting the dignity of Orange Julius Caesar by refusing to endorse him explicitly.

You know, after Trump called his wife ugly and said his dad might have plugged Kennedy.

The Trumptards think that Ted Cruz should submit to the Might of Trump and bend the knee.

People are so horrifically stupid that I cannot wait until the aliens come and kill us all. I'll actually be on their side. When they show up, I'm going to sneak towards their space armada and offer my services as a behind-the-lines saboteur and quisling.

It is amazing to me that while we debate who will be president, stupid motherfuckers continue focusing on the only thing their little minds can grasp: whether this Personality was deferential to my Hero Personality.

Listen up, morons: It's not just about your Personality Pokemon Battles.

Trump treated Cruz viciously enough that Cruz is completely disburdened of the obligation of supporting him. At some point, you've insulted your way out of an endorsement.

Trump picked the Rules of Engagement. He has to live with him.

Now I still favor Trump over Hillary Clinton.

But increasingly, I guess, I don't care who wins. This country is just fucking stupid. The entire GOP is fucking stupid. I cannot tolerate this unending stupidity from maniacs.

Here's Cruz defending his remarks.

Here's how the hero-worshipping, Cult of Personality promoting brain trust at Breitbart reported it:


And this, via Hot Air, is Donald Trump himself repudiating this pledge, now claimed by Breitbart to be holy and inviolable:

I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it. I can't take the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink enforced by bullies and dummies any more.

It's disgusting. It's stupid. It's unhealthy for the mind and spirit.

I just can't take it much longer. And I won't.

Laugh: Of course. Speaking of brain dead battles of Television Personality Heroes, Saint Sarah of Wasilla had to do a cutesy-poo mean girl put-down.

It's about her speed.

Posted by: Ace at 01:28 PM




Comments

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1 I read it!

Posted by: lindafell TEXIT!! at July 21, 2016 01:30 PM (xVgrA)

2 First too!

Posted by: lindafell TEXIT!! at July 21, 2016 01:30 PM (xVgrA)

3 I'm feeling a little unwelcome.

Posted by: free range conservative at July 21, 2016 01:31 PM (ZnIt3)

4 Ok, I guess everyone is still shooting at each other below.....

Posted by: lindafell TEXIT!! at July 21, 2016 01:31 PM (xVgrA)

5 Well, off to the veterinarian I go.

Ya'll have fun. *pockets stun grenade*

Posted by: Jane D'oh at July 21, 2016 01:31 PM (1ZOkK)

6 It will be a great loss to the conservosphere if you go, ace.

Posted by: Y-not on the phone at July 21, 2016 01:32 PM (t5zYU)

7 Ace - can you do a new fitness thread? Interested in hearing how LCHF + IF is going for you. Also interested in what people in that lifestyle do to maintain variety in their meals.

Also - I'm with Ted, even though I'll vote for Trump since he's not Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: Texas Zombie at July 21, 2016 01:32 PM (SUtNI)

8 I will be extremely sad if Ace follows through, this is my favorite blog.

I can't blame him, though.

Posted by: lowtech redneck at July 21, 2016 01:33 PM (KF8B+)

9 Can't say I blame you, man. It's beyond retarded, it's now idolatrous.

Posted by: doomed at July 21, 2016 01:33 PM (bGLSw)

10
I stand with Ted and Heidi.

I remember people like me wondering how Todd Palin could refrain from beating someone up over what the libtards were doing to his wife.

Posted by: iforgot at July 21, 2016 01:33 PM (pC96u)

11 I've stopped commenting here because of exactly what you are saying Ace. I still read your posts but the fucking infantile hero worship drove me out. I hope you don't stop posting though. Sane thinking people need voices like yours more than ever.

Posted by: Arson Wells at July 21, 2016 01:33 PM (kiOZ8)

12 Should be good ratings tonight.

Posted by: Wonk with Pigtails at July 21, 2016 01:33 PM (0sLvz)

13 Bravo, Ace. Trump shouldn't be surprised that this would happen when inviting someone you've insulted to speak at your event.

Posted by: JT at July 21, 2016 01:33 PM (1WpOg)

14 Hey Ace I will share my bunker with you if NY doesn't redistribute it to the more deserving first!

Posted by: Monk_token at July 21, 2016 01:33 PM (Rbmy1)

15 Also - I'm with Ted, even though I'll vote for Trump since he's not Hillary Clinton.
Posted by: Texas Zombie

Sums it up here too.

Posted by: Jinx the Cat at July 21, 2016 01:33 PM (wZxsP)

16 This outta be a fun read after work.

Posted by: teej at July 21, 2016 01:33 PM (DEtB+)

17 God bless you, Ace. I'm checking out of politics permanently and focusing on my wife and 3 kids. Life's too short to deal with this shit. Fuck it all and fucking no regrets.

Or something.

Best of luck in your future endeavors.

Posted by: TheGuyWithTheNewName at July 21, 2016 01:34 PM (6vO+s)

18 Enough.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at July 21, 2016 01:34 PM (cJDvr)

19 Embrace the stupid.

Become one with the juvenile hero worship.

Live the backbiting and groupthink.

Above all, be happy.

Posted by: jwest at July 21, 2016 01:34 PM (Zs4uk)

20 Fuckin A, Ace. Fuckin A.


I'll buy you a new mic, since you broke yours when you dropped it.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at July 21, 2016 01:34 PM (2PHKP)

21 Good luck on your next venture Ace. Thanks for allowing me a place to comment, vent, argue, snark and laugh.

Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 01:34 PM (gmeXX)

22 Open thread pushed down like a fat kid on the playground.

Posted by: Grump928(C) Native Texan and Alabama Alumn, twice as smug as you at July 21, 2016 01:34 PM (rwI+c)

23 I wish you wouldn't abandon the blog, Ace. I also understand perfectly why you would want to abandon the blog, Ace. But how will you feed yourself? Do you have something solid lined up?

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 01:34 PM (dFi94)

24 Cruz bashers act like Cruz's statement ended with vote your conscience. That's when the booing and catcall iin began. Cruz continued to say vote your conscience for those people who will fight to uphold the constitution. For those that will fight for your freedoms. In a binary choice he was definitely not talking about Hillary. But the Trump people had their orders to start the booing so people seemed to have missed the rest of that part of the statement.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 01:34 PM (HnB/8)

25 Gotta repeat this.


This Christian viture of 'turn the other cheek' will get us all killed.

Posted by: Helpless in Harrison at July 21, 2016 01:35 PM (PbmKW)

26 People are so horrifically stupid that I cannot wait until the aliens come and kill us all. I'll actually be on their side. When they show up, I'm going to sneak towards their space armada and offer my services as a behind-the-lines saboteur and quisling.

there was a movie like this

it didn't end well for the ones trying to befriend the aliens

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 01:35 PM (qCMvj)

27 A life without Ace is not a life worth living!!! Say it ain't so!!!

At least tell me you will start a movie review blog in its place.

Posted by: Cashin at July 21, 2016 01:35 PM (epilA)

28 I found out today that Costco sells 100% Peruvian cotton t-shirts.

Posted by: lindafell TEXIT!! at July 21, 2016 01:35 PM (xVgrA)

29 Ace is right. I'm viewing this whole election season as for entertainment only. It's a really stupid time to be alive.

Posted by: Chris M at July 21, 2016 01:35 PM (k3w9p)

30 I couldn't have summed it up better. I was on the fence about supporting Trump when the Hillary Nondictment came down - but the behavior by his worshipers last night and online has me just throwing my hands up and looking for the emergency exit handle to get off this crazy plane known as the USA.

So fucking stupid.

Posted by: Defenestratus at July 21, 2016 01:35 PM (e8+zH)

31
All's I can say is, I've checked out of the news because of all this garbage, expecting to check back in if and only if Hillary is defeated in November. Maybe you could provisionally hang in until the election, ace. I'd hate to see you go since this is just about the last place I go.

Posted by: iforgot at July 21, 2016 01:36 PM (pC96u)

32 Would you people just grow up, already. Sheesh.

Posted by: Mean Girls at July 21, 2016 01:36 PM (3e8zv)

33

>>>I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit
from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it. I can't take the
stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink
enforced by bullies and dummies any more.
It's disgusting. It's stupid. It's unhealthy for the mind and spirit.
I just can't take it much longer. And I won't.<<<




**grabs blindfold, single cigarette, searches for nearest rain track to go lie down on**

Posted by: just might not be able to go on without the HQ at July 21, 2016 01:36 PM (H9MG5)

34 My dad and I were talking about this very thing a little while ago. I am just baffled by the worship Trump engenders. Are people so desperate for a hero that they will accept anyone who speaks up, no matter what he says or how little sense or consistency in his words?

Posted by: huerfano at July 21, 2016 01:36 PM (jkkMG)

35
I announced long ago I won't be voting in the fall so my thoughts are less than a grain of salt in this fiasco, but I think declining to speak would have sent a better message than maybe helping the career criminal commie corrupt cvnt clintons.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at July 21, 2016 01:36 PM (ODxAs)

36 Finally! A Cruz thread.

Posted by: Mr Macca Bean at July 21, 2016 01:36 PM (4ng05)

37 This Christian viture of 'turn the other cheek' will get us all killed.

Posted by: Helpless in Harrison at July 21, 2016 01:35 PM (PbmKW)
=================================================

Yes. This is the reason Jesus told His followers to turn the other cheek. He secretly wanted them all killed.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 01:36 PM (dFi94)

38 I blogged for about five years. Good numbers, lotta links to me. One huge international story. But in the end the babysitting became onerous.

And the death threats. From amish, I guess.

Posted by: free range conservative at July 21, 2016 01:36 PM (ZnIt3)

39 I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it. I can't take the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink enforced by bullies and dummies any more.

It's disgusting. It's stupid. It's unhealthy for the mind and spirit.

I just can't take it much longer. And I won't.

Posted by: Ace at 01:28 PM


What would you do?

Write a sitcom.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 01:36 PM (qCMvj)

40 Here's what I think is equally retarded. The Hotair article on this rhetorically concluded with "What was Cruz supposed to do ?"

As if THE ONLY way to deal with the horrific insult that Trump said his wife was better looking was to harbor this ill will up until the convention and then be an ass on stage and withhold his endorsement.

There was NO.OTHER.WAY this could be handled ?

Trump and his supporters are assholes because they expected Cruz to endorse Trump, but Cruz ISN'T an asshole for harboring a grudge and then exacting his revenge on the convention stage ? Seriously, what the fuck ?

Don't fucking go, asshole. And I'm a Cruz guy. Voted for him in the NY primary.

You are right about one thing, Republicans are complete fuckups, top to bottom.

Posted by: deadrody at July 21, 2016 01:37 PM (W15tP)

41 I think Cruz will vote Trump in the voting booth. He just didn't make it explicit in his speech. Didn't Cruz give his word that he would NEVER endorse Trump? Didn't mean he wouldn't vote for him, just not endorse him.

Posted by: WinLinBSDAdmin at July 21, 2016 01:37 PM (B11vO)

42 God Bless and good luck.

Posted by: rd at July 21, 2016 01:37 PM (uQh+H)

43 "Cruz Doubles Down at Texas Delegation Speech, Says He Can't Support a Guy Who Insulted His Wife"
**


Talk about screwing the pooch.


(I'd be pissed too) But I would just give trump a wedgie, tussle his hair and call it a day.



Posted by: dananjcon at July 21, 2016 01:37 PM (NpXoL)

44 I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it.

Isn't your other career path being .. *gulp* .. a lawyer?

Posted by: Grump928(C) Native Texan and Alabama Alumn, twice as smug as you at July 21, 2016 01:37 PM (rwI+c)

45 it didn't end well for the ones trying to befriend the aliens

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 01:35 PM (qCMvj)


Don't I know it.

Posted by: Cotter Burke at July 21, 2016 01:37 PM (29KZY)

46 But Melania said "your word is your bond"! And she has an accent!
I can't hardly wait for Chelsea Clinton's speech next week. It will be written in a new font called "New Times Boring".

Posted by: mallflower at July 21, 2016 01:37 PM (qSIlh)

47 Political campaigns are the ultimate sausage factory. Smells, nasty, gross and you don't leave without blood on your hands. Trump was vicious and I didn't like it at all.

Was the convention the place for Cruz to exact his pound of flesh? I don't think so but in the end, I don't think that any of these 'controversies' will matter.

Posted by: Cheri at July 21, 2016 01:37 PM (oiNtH)

48 34

Yes, they are.

Posted by: doomed at July 21, 2016 01:37 PM (bGLSw)

49 It appears the AoSHQ Strategic Reserve of Yoko has been depleted.

Could be a good time to go long on Yoko.

Posted by: zombie Jim Cramer at July 21, 2016 01:37 PM (dkHoZ)

50 Hopefully things will get back to normal a week or so after the election. In November.

Yeah, that's a looooooong time to wait and then guess what? It won't be 'normal.' The new normal will be dumpster fires everywhere.

Maybe, just maybe, Trump will win, fire everyone in the federal government he can, and we can move on to offense instead of defense and tribalism.

But I'm not holding my breath. Which is why I have other hobbies. Stupid, time-sucking, pointless, money-wasting hobbies that bring me something like joy.

Also ice cream and pizza. Can't go wrong with ice cream or pizza.

Posted by: Lance McCormick at July 21, 2016 01:37 PM (u0s1P)

51 Ace, I hope you can grit your teeth and hold on.
This is the only decent place on the interwebs.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at July 21, 2016 01:37 PM (T/5A0)

52 [Blinks rapidly] [Quiet, injured voice] But ace, you can't quit blogging! Where will I go to vent my bile-poisoned spleen?

Posted by: joncelli, Bridge Troll and Crossbow Afficianado at July 21, 2016 01:38 PM (SEFXb)

53 Well that sucks.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 21, 2016 01:38 PM (/tuJf)

54 Okay. I'm out.

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 01:38 PM (Fmupd)

55 I'll miss you, unless you want to set up some online D&D games! Hit me up!

[Not really on the D&D - I play Warhammer and Warmachine table top miniatures.]

Posted by: sithkhan at July 21, 2016 01:38 PM (EXCVJ)

56 anyway, as I actually listed to it, didn't Cruz's whole speech seem to say, vote for Trump if you don't want Hillery and the Supremes shedding the Constitution?

Posted by: mallflower at July 21, 2016 01:38 PM (qSIlh)

57 I'm right there with you brother Ace.
I am so fed up and sad that there are no new shores to sail to and begin anew.

Posted by: TSgt Ciz at July 21, 2016 01:38 PM (CRQ5V)

58 Here it is in a nutshell and everyone figure out on their own what they are going to do about it:

If Hillary get one or two Supreme Court picks, this country is over.


Do what you will with that statement. I don't care.

Because we haven't faced that serious of a threat before.

Posted by: rickb223 TEXIT at July 21, 2016 01:38 PM (3C84c)

59 "You suck cock by choice. Now you MUST kiss my ring and support me wholeheartedly."

Sigh.

I do wish we had a better Gozer who wouldn't be Gozerian-ing so foolishly.

But the Gozer we have is prolly the only Gozer we are gonna get.

Posted by: Azenogoth (Freedom or TEXIT) at July 21, 2016 01:39 PM (GW7H6)

60 Well said Ace. Just please don't go. The conservative side of the aisle needs your voice.

Posted by: Timon at July 21, 2016 01:39 PM (396pH)

61 Yay! A Nephilim thread!

Posted by: Trumptard Powers, Activate! at July 21, 2016 01:39 PM (tRcZX)

62 Don't cry for Donald Trump. Cruz hurt himself far more than he hurt Trump. And Cruz is not so much doubling down as augering in.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 01:39 PM (Nwg0u)

63 The biggest casualty of the 2016 election season may be the demise of the AOSHQ. The original COBs are all but gone. Long standing members of the Horde are leaving or left. Ace and John are going at it on twitter. The podcast is no more.

Obama's America.

Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 01:39 PM (gmeXX)

64 BTW, what Gingrich did last night to help mend the rift with Cruz voters was quite masterful IMHO.

Posted by: WinLinBSDAdmin at July 21, 2016 01:39 PM (B11vO)

65 Ace, I like the pokemon avatar analogy, I don't know much about pokemon other than people are now falling in wells and stuff, but it probably works.

But I think you've nailed it, it's something I've been curious about for a few cycles, now. Some force of personality will catch fire and become the new hot ticket, and while we crow about Obama being an inexperienced senator, we're quick to fantasize about our own inexperienced senator, congressman, mayor, businessperson whoever tracking the same path. It's frankly stupid. Amazingly, we still have people who think Palin is biding her time for a triumphant return to the national political stage.

Now... I offered a slightly contrarian view to what went on last night, It can best be described as a certain experience that occurs, when an act of passion is not taken to completion.

Cruz remarks were probably pretty mundane in transcript and approved. The delivery and cadence of the speech had the audience eating out of his hand and expecting to get the endorsement at the end, he instead pulled the football away from Charlie Brown, and I guess Manafort and company were there ready to get everyone riled up and it didn't take much to do it. I suspect some of it was even spontaneous because they didn't get the goods.

I didn't expect an endorsement going into the speech but during the speech I was saying "oh my, he's going to do it!" I suspect the #nevertrumpers were saying "oh no! he's going to do it!"

Posted by: Dr. Shatterhand at July 21, 2016 01:39 PM (Uy8SG)

66 I actually keyed in on the "Megyn Kelly low cut top" story on Breitbart. I didn't notice any of the others.

Posted by: VA GOP Sucks at July 21, 2016 01:39 PM (eytER)

67 "I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit
from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it. I can't take the
stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink
enforced by bullies and dummies any more."


I hope you won't quit, and I may be convinced to beg that you don't. I'm not good at groveling, but I can learn.

I'll tell you why. I wake up in the morning, look at the news, and half the mornings, I have to weigh the pros and cons of ragestroking and just drinking heavily. "I can't be the only dumb sumbitch left who thinks the way I do." Then I come here and I realize that not only am I not the only one, but that there are others like me who feel some sort of moral obligation to pick up the cluebat and educate some people. Maybe even find some joy in it.

The enemy out there wants to make every one of us feel like we're alone, and there are no kindred others who see the issues the way we do. I say, fvck 'em.

Posted by: Qoheleth DIXIT at July 21, 2016 01:39 PM (iIzG7)

68 Ace, this post is a great example of why we'd hate to lose you.

But I couldn't blame you a bit. I've been a news junkie since I was a kid, and more and more I tell myself just to stop: Stop obsessing over events beyond my control, stop reading blogs so much, stop arguing with people who won't change their minds or even say, Well, good point.

Posted by: JPS at July 21, 2016 01:39 PM (ueucK)

69 What is all this melodramatic "bend the knee" talk? There are a lot of moderates that weren't asking for fellatio, but a simple "vote republican" or something similar. He couldn't do it, no biggie, but at least Kasich, Romney, Bushes, McCain, Will et al had the common sense to stay away. I'm not really worked up one way or the other, just another cringeworthy moment in a cringeworthy season for a cringeworthy party by a guy that should be smarter than that.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 21, 2016 01:40 PM (2gKX/)

70 15 Also - I'm with Ted, even though I'll vote for Trump since he's not Hillary Clinton.
Posted by: Texas Zombie

Sums it up here too.
-iforgot
----------
TIVO here too....sigh.....I really don't like the bashing and nastiness. I thought we were all on the same side in the end... keeping her heinous out of office.

Posted by: lindafell TEXIT!! at July 21, 2016 01:40 PM (xVgrA)

71 Okay. I'm out.
Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 01:38 PM (Fmupd

Great idea.

Posted by: Mr Macca Bean at July 21, 2016 01:40 PM (4ng05)

72 Well this is sad. I like Ted, he's one of the good guys. I wish they could've found a way to patch things up between him and Donald. Ted could really have been an asset to the campaign.

Cruz should have either declined the speech spot or endorsed. But Trump did go overboard with the personal attacks. So I can't blame Cruz much for being angry.

And now Ace is quitting? First Hot Air went south, now I'm gonna lose AofS?

This is very sad, indeed.

Posted by: Agent Cooper at July 21, 2016 01:40 PM (1zARK)

73 Don't let em get ya Ace. Hang in there buckaroo. Chin up cowboy. Turn that frown upside down, Turn the page and carry on wayward son, better days are coming.



Posted by: dananjcon at July 21, 2016 01:40 PM (NpXoL)

74 I really really do not want to see Ace go. What would he do? How would he live? He might have to go door to door, selling movie reviews. I don't think there's a lot of money in that.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 01:40 PM (dFi94)

75 Trump shouldn't have attacked Cruz in the way he did, and he should have personally apologized after the fact. It was an unforced error on Trump's part.

As I don't think Trump actually did apologize, I can't criticize Cruz - through Trump is still the better option for president. I expect that Cruz won't vote for him, being from TX, but would if he was from FL.

Posted by: 18-1 at July 21, 2016 01:40 PM (X7E8f)

76 Ace is creating a false dichotomy based on the idea that if you support Trump it's because of some cult of personality, when it's about winning a war with the Clintons, the Obamans, MSM and the GOPe.

Pick a side. Right now Trump is what we have. He can win and I think he will win. I don't especially like Trump, but like his feistiness and media skills.

As pointed out on an earlier thread, "vote your conscience" was a dog whistle, innapropriate to the occasion and the larger fight. Ted did it for selfish reasons because at bottom he's a swarmy narcissist. It's cemented that he's the next Rick Santorum.

Posted by: Ignoramus at July 21, 2016 01:40 PM (r1fLd)

77 I hereby repudiate my entire life.

I didn't do any of it.

There.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at July 21, 2016 01:40 PM (9mTYi)

78
>>>My dad and I were talking about this very thing a little while ago. I am
just baffled by the worship Trump engenders. Are people so desperate
for a hero that they will accept anyone who speaks up, no matter what he
says or how little sense or consistency in his words?


Posted by: huerfano at July 21, 2016 01:36 PM (jkkMG)<<<

It's pretty disgusting isn't it.

**goes off light candles in the shrines for Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Charlie Rangel, Alcee Hastings, James Clyburn... and Barack Obama**

Posted by: black Dems everywhere at July 21, 2016 01:40 PM (H9MG5)

79 Anybody wanna see my pocket monster?

Posted by: Bill Clinton at July 21, 2016 01:41 PM (UPYhp)

80 Funniest sad thing was the juxtaposition of the calls for Trump to destroy the GOPe and the criticism of the GOPe for not providing a sufficient amount of support to Trump.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 01:41 PM (HnB/8)

81 34 My dad and I were talking about this very thing a little while ago. I am just baffled by the worship Trump engenders. Are people so desperate for a hero that they will accept anyone who speaks up, no matter what he says or how little sense or consistency in his words?
Posted by: huerfano at July 21, 2016 01:36 PM (jkkMG)

YES.

Posted by: RondinellaMamma at July 21, 2016 01:41 PM (oQQwD)

82 Yes. This is the reason Jesus told His followers to turn the other cheek. He secretly wanted them all killed.

------------------------------

I understand your point, but Jesus also flogged the money changers and drove them out of the temple, and he told the Roman Centurian to render to Ceasar what was Cesars, i.e. follow your orders.

From that I take the lesson that there are times to be forgiving, and times to defend yourself. So it's a mixed message, unless we all want to be martyrs and take our reward in paradise.

Posted by: Helpless in Harrison at July 21, 2016 01:41 PM (PbmKW)

83 Cruz is that unfortunate cross that sometimes bubbles up: an especially ugly camera-fucker. He could've stayed home, and said "the man insulted my wife [ed. ...after I insulted his] so I'm staying home because I don't endorse him, I think he's a jackass, and I think the convention is for shit."

Nope. The cameras called, and like a dog returning to its own vomit...

Posted by: General Zod at July 21, 2016 01:41 PM (Bdeb0)

84 Looking at the convention,

Cruz showed up.
He has not said anything good or bad about Donald, only about "principles."

Where is Kasck?
Where are the Bushes?
Where are the establishment power brokers?

Posted by: rd at July 21, 2016 01:41 PM (uQh+H)

85 My dad and I were talking about this very thing a little while ago. I am just baffled by the worship Trump engenders.

Are people so desperate for a hero




No. For someone who fights.

Posted by: rickb223 TEXIT at July 21, 2016 01:41 PM (3C84c)

86 56 anyway, as I actually listed to it, didn't Cruz's whole speech seem to say, vote for Trump if you don't want Hillery and the Supremes shedding the Constitution?
Posted by: mallflower at July 21, 2016 01:38 PM (qSIlh)

That is what I thought as well.

Posted by: WinLinBSDAdmin at July 21, 2016 01:41 PM (B11vO)

87

time to step away from the laptop

have fun y'all

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 01:42 PM (qCMvj)

88 This thought is not original with me, but while Cruz didn't endorse Trump outright, he handed Trump's team and the RNC a way to follow up on a silver platter.

"Vote Your Conscience"?

It's what the reluctant Trump supporters here have been saying- how could you, in good conscience, vote for her? The world is less safe, the borders are open, we can't create good middle class jobs...and can Hillary, with her shady foundation and sketchy email skills, fix that? In good conscience, how do you think she'd even try. In good conscience, you have to vote Trump.

But for whatever reason- ignorance, lack of desire- they didn't even try to make that argument.

Posted by: El Skippito Friskito at July 21, 2016 01:42 PM (CGjum)

89 66 I actually keyed in on the "Megyn Kelly low cut top" story on Breitbart. I didn't notice any of the others.

Whoa whoa woah. This sounds exceedingly important.

Posted by: Lance McCormick at July 21, 2016 01:42 PM (u0s1P)

90 >>>anyway, as I actually listed to it, didn't Cruz's
whole speech seem to say, vote for Trump if you don't want Hillery and
the Supremes shedding the Constitution?
Posted by: mallflower at July 21, 2016 01:38 PM (qSIlh)<<<



Ssssssshhhhhhh! Quiet, you'll blow my cover.

Posted by: Logic at July 21, 2016 01:42 PM (H9MG5)

91 >>> Ace, I hope you can grit your teeth and hold on.
This is the only decent place on the interwebs.


Nobody disagrees with that. It's all the goddam political yankees vs. red sox pants shitting going on. If I wanted to read the bile over at Breitbart I'd go over there and read it, but not here. Alas, it's too late for that. Thanks for nothing you Flaming Bag of Dogshit Called Donald Trump.

Posted by: Arson Wells at July 21, 2016 01:42 PM (kiOZ8)

92 If Hillary get one or two Supreme Court picks, this country is over.
***
Yep.

Outside of the 3rd Amendment, is there a single item in the Bill of Rights that Hillary hasn't pledged to destroy?

Posted by: 18-1 at July 21, 2016 01:42 PM (X7E8f)

93 I think I'll grab the dogs and backpack and hit the Appalachian Trail for a few days.

Posted by: Cactus of Liberty at July 21, 2016 01:42 PM (Od14x)

94 Hang in there, ace. Maybe start with a leave of absence. Just back away from all this crap for a while. Go on vacation, if you can (eye surgery is not vacation). Somewhere quiet and peaceful, like Teddy Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.

I'm lucky in that I have my family all at home so there's always something else I can focus on besides the news. You have to have some sort of escape. It's imperative.

Posted by: bluebell at July 21, 2016 01:43 PM (805dc)

95 64 BTW, what Gingrich did last night to help mend the rift with Cruz voters was quite masterful IMHO.
Posted by: WinLinBSDAdmin at July 21, 2016 01:39 PM (B11vO)


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Agree. But few have mentioned it.

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 01:43 PM (Fmupd)

96 Yes. This is the reason Jesus told His followers to turn the other cheek. He secretly wanted them all killed.

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I understand your point, but Jesus also flogged the money changers and drove them out of the temple, and he told the Roman Centurian to render to Ceasar what was Cesars, i.e. follow your orders.

From that I take the lesson that there are times to be forgiving, and times to defend yourself. So it's a mixed message, unless we all want to be martyrs and take our reward in paradise.
Posted by: Helpless in Harrison

Remember, Jesus was Jewish so when he said "turn the other cheek," I think the "but don't be a putz about it," was implied.

Posted by: Prince Ludwig the #Problematic at July 21, 2016 01:43 PM (UPYhp)

97
A lot of people are retiring from blogging. It's been over 10 years for most people. One has to be a real professional to write every day.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 01:43 PM (iQIUe)

98 This is your space Ace. A lot of people enjoy posting on it who have nothing to do with politics. They read here for commentary on events in other countries, pop culture, food, pets, gardening, and books. Do not let the few who annoy you take that from you (and us.)

There is a lot of rancor being flung around at the moment. People who should be allies in common cause who are instead turning on each other because they do not like every line item in someone else's ideology- even if they want the same end result.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at July 21, 2016 01:43 PM (3ZoRf)

99 >>>ce - can you do a new fitness thread? Interested in hearing how LCHF + IF is going for you. Also interested in what people in that lifestyle do to maintain variety in their meals.

Also - I'm with Ted, even though I'll vote for Trump since he's not Hillary Clinton.

...

yeah that sounds like a good idea.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 01:43 PM (dciA+)

100 Ace,
Dunno if it's possible to do, but would Brietbart accept an article written by you? Make the case for the correct place for anger, make the case that Cruz is not relevant at this time, and definitely include the video link. Trump *released* Cruz from his pledge! I hadn't seen that one before.
I do understand your position, but I'd really be sad to see you go, your's is the best blog around IMHO (even tho I rarely delve into the comments)
Mike

Posted by: MikeLikesNews at July 21, 2016 01:43 PM (uEYzb)

101 Ace, you want to retire, wait till after the election. I was quite disappointed when Don Surber dropped out a few months before the 2012 election. After all, if Hillery wins, there won't be much to write about except how we're starting to look more and more like Venezuela.

"Attention laid off coal miners and fracking workers, within a few years there will be plenty of jobs cleaning the solar panels in the Mojave desert, as soon as the environmentalists stop filing lawsuits to protect the desert from any development at all. In the meanwhile, enjoy your food stamps, now featuring beautiful illustrations of our Madame Presidente!"

Posted by: mallflower at July 21, 2016 01:43 PM (qSIlh)

102 The Trumptards think that Ted Cruz should submit to the Might of Trump and bend the knee.

At this point, even if Donald Trump took a crap on a piece of bread on stage, and then literally made Cruz eat a s**t sandwich while Cruz waxed poetic about Trump, the "Trumptards" would continue to insult him.

The smart thing would have been to ignore it and continue to go after Hillary.

Posted by: The Political Hat at July 21, 2016 01:43 PM (vBeA5)

103 Gee whiz, Wally. So how about that white-haired guy from Indiana? You know, the one who was picked for some kind of role in the campaign?

Wasn't he supposed to speak at the convention at some point?

Posted by: torquewrench at July 21, 2016 01:43 PM (noWW6)

104 Posted by: lindafell TEXIT!! at July 21, 2016 01:35 PM (xVgrA)

Be sure to call your doctor if your hash lasts more than 4 hours.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at July 21, 2016 01:44 PM (dkHoZ)

105 74 I really really do not want to see Ace go. What would he do? How would he live? He might have to go door to door, selling movie reviews. I don't think there's a lot of money in that.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 01:40 PM (dFi94)
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Well, if they pay by the word, he wouldn't need to sell that many.

Posted by: bluebell at July 21, 2016 01:44 PM (805dc)

106 Just an observation....when Trump was in deep financial trouble...he didn't care who he ripped off to claw his way above water...The disaster of 2008 was very good for Trump because he had the cover to drive a lot of projects into the dirt and run with the "expenses"

Posted by: Mr. Wizard at July 21, 2016 01:44 PM (X/2ij)

107 I am sorry Ace and hope that you don't quit this blog but will understand if you do.

The last 8 years have been a demoralizing bitch leaving none of us unscathed. I have given up friendships because of the political divide and not being able to take their BS anymore. There are people that I will only talk to if I have to as I don't look at them with any kind of respect due to their hero worship of Obama and FAB.

Posted by: Cheri at July 21, 2016 01:44 PM (oiNtH)

108 We'll have Ted Cruz to kick around some more. He'll insist on it.

Posted by: General Zod at July 21, 2016 01:44 PM (Bdeb0)

109 People are so horrifically stupid that I cannot wait until the aliens come and kill us all. I'll actually be on their side. When they show up, I'm going to sneak towards their space armada and offer my services as a behind-the-lines saboteur and quisling.


Reminds me of the book The Three Body Problem, in which a bunch of filthy hippy environmentalists align themselves with aliens intent on wiping out humankind.

Posted by: Xander Crews at July 21, 2016 01:44 PM (25bQA)

110 Wow. Breitbart sucks so hard it makes other blogs crash?

Posted by: Civility at July 21, 2016 01:45 PM (vi+pp)

111 Its just that war and that lying son of a bitch Johnson.

Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 01:45 PM (gmeXX)

112 I hope I can speak for the me and the rest of the lurkers in saying: "Yes, true. Stupidity rules our world. But we still have each other."

We don't always agree with one another but we still agree on the things that matter. So yes, we are better than family.

Posted by: Brian_AL at July 21, 2016 01:45 PM (WxaK+)

113 anyway, as I actually listed to it, didn't Cruz's whole speech seem to say, vote for Trump if you don't want Hillery and the Supremes shedding the Constitution?
Posted by: mallflower at July 21, 2016 01:38 PM (qSIlh)

That is what I thought as well.
Posted by: WinLinBSDAdmin



The msm is where the LiV's and uncommitted get their news. What's the word from the msm?

Posted by: rickb223 TEXIT at July 21, 2016 01:45 PM (3C84c)

114 >>>I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics
Posted by: Ace at 01:28 PM

I felt this was coming (even if it is just at the tipping point still). I too am very close to being done with it all. This is the only political blog I read. I have restarted my twitter and only use it for video game news and friends. Ace is the only political person I follow and that in no way is because I agree with him all the time. The tribalism and peacocking has gotten too much. We no longer debate about actual problems and solutions in America.

Posted by: Gman at July 21, 2016 01:45 PM (VXoTW)

115
I really really do not want to see Ace go. What would he do? How would he live? He might have to go door to door, selling movie reviews. I don't think there's a lot of money in that.


I don't either. And I'm sure I've contributed in no small way to Ace's agita. Perhaps I should just stick to movie stories and nothing else from now on, or at least return to being a lurker. I would hate to lose this place.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at July 21, 2016 01:45 PM (X6fMO)

116 Feeling better about my $50 bet with OregonMuse.


I considered getting in on that. Luckily my slothful nature kept me out or I'd owe you money too.

Posted by: Grump928(C) Native Texan and Alabama Alumn, twice as smug as you at July 21, 2016 01:46 PM (rwI+c)

117 Ace, please don't go. This is far and away my favorite blog on the internet, and my remaining go to for news, truth and laughs.

I understand if you do, after grad school and the 2012 election, I quit politics for a while because I just couldn't deal with the pointlessness and never ending evil of it all.

But I realized I just couldn't stay away. I just don't let it annoy me like I used too. Recognize the country is almost certainly screwed and over. Learn what you can to influence/safeguard your loved ones, and maybe make small differences here and there.

Posted by: What's a Seawolf? at July 21, 2016 01:46 PM (cPMmb)

118 Ace, I hope you can grit your teeth and hold on.

This is the only decent place on the interwebs.



Posted by: Margarita DeVille at July 21, 2016 01:37 PM (T/5A0)
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What Margarita said. This really is the only place I miss, were it gone. Think of it as a social service project, minus the government grants and the urine stains on the side of the door.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 01:46 PM (dFi94)

119 "People are so horrifically stupid that I cannot wait until the aliens come and kill us all. I'll actually be on their side. When they show up, I'm going to sneak towards their space armada and offer my services as a behind-the-lines saboteur and quisling."

I see that Obama's program to spread as much apathy as possible is still working as intended for you. You'll probably be disappointed to know, however, that aliens aren't real and you still have to deal with real peoples on planet earth before they suddenly become real from the force of all the WISHFUL FUCKING THINKING you seem to be throwing out today. (If you find yourself becoming alienated from your fellow man, are they not the true aliens and worthy of submission? Should you not submit to the strongest among us, Earth Creature?)

Ted Cruz was every bit the calculating slimeball he claimed Trump was, for far longer than Trump was, except he doesn't have a large slate of close family and friends that would have at least been seen as protective justification for that slimeball behavior. He both started the attacks and held grudges on their fallout long after Trump had forgotten about them.

And in the end, he unified all parts of the party that don't make their money EXCLUSIVELY on intra-party ideological masturbation around the front runner. Good job, Ted!

Posted by: Dystopia Max at July 21, 2016 01:46 PM (UM8Ie)

120 You know, my conscience tells me that Trump is a conniving con man with no conservative principles. It also tells me that Hillary is worse by an order of magnitude. I wonder why Trumpkins find this so threatening? What are their consciences telling them?

Posted by: Weirddave at July 21, 2016 01:46 PM (Fy1TT)

121 >>>It's about Cruz making a spectacle that might aid Hillary Clinton.

How the fuck is talking up the country and the Constitution and telling people to not their conscious a "spectacle"?

This mindset is fucking sick!

If you don't swear total fealty to emperor trump, hillary will win!

FUCK OFF.


I'm not taking it anymore and I'm glad Ace isn't either.

Posted by: Arson Wells at July 21, 2016 01:46 PM (kiOZ8)

122 Now that's a dark day. I'll miss AoSHQ if it does go down but look forward to whatever it is you do next: I'm sure it'll be great.

Posted by: Austin in TX at July 21, 2016 01:46 PM (FCyvO)

123 Some people seem mighty butthurt that cruz proved himself to be a lying asshole and that other people notice but mostly that other people notice.

Posted by: x at July 21, 2016 01:46 PM (nFwvY)

124 See if you can sell the site to HuffPuff and retire to Tahiti.

Posted by: Grump928(C) Native Texan and Alabama Alumn, twice as smug as you at July 21, 2016 01:47 PM (rwI+c)

125
"I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit
from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it. I can't take
the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink
enforced by bullies and dummies any more.


It's disgusting. It's stupid. It's unhealthy for the mind and spirit."
Don't disappear entirely, please. I get withdrawal symptoms when there's no new Ace content. The break from podcasts is already getting to me. Maybe drop the politics for a bit if you need to, and just do comedy/pop culture?

Posted by: reform highlander at July 21, 2016 01:47 PM (jCH/T)

126 The Republicans want us to believe that given the contemporary circumstances, foreign and domestic, combined with the lack of qualifications and disqualification of Hillary, the republic is hanging by a thread so therefore we must defeat Hillary at all costs. (I have no trouble believing that.) But more important than the existence of the republic is Cruz' butthurt over Trump dissing his wife and father.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 01:47 PM (Nwg0u)

127
Imagine, if we morons are at the point where we're abandoning every news site and show we used to check regularly (except this one), what's it like to be a political blogger right now? ace is fucking sacrificing himself for this. No snark.

Posted by: iforgot at July 21, 2016 01:47 PM (pC96u)

128 Anybody wanna see my pocket monster?
Posted by: Bill Clinton at July 21, 2016 01:41 PM


Get bent.

Posted by: Those who have seen it at July 21, 2016 01:47 PM (dkHoZ)

129 Anyone needs a good brain bleach away from all of this crap - go see 'The Secret Life of Pets'. Funny, great animation, and for 90 minutes you can get away from all of this.

Posted by: Cheri at July 21, 2016 01:47 PM (oiNtH)

130 If you quit, the terrorists win.

Posted by: SideFx at July 21, 2016 01:47 PM (Rvjph)

131 As pointed out on an earlier thread, "vote your conscience" was a dog whistle, innapropriate to the occasion and the larger fight.
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Beck was repeating "It's a matter of conscience" this morning. I grew tired of it, having heard it for years from those who voted Perot.

The ELECTION is NOT a referendum on people's consciences, it isn't about how someone feels about themselves, or their honor, or their character.

It isn't about 'punishing' someone. It is (for better or worse) to select who is going to be the next President.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at July 21, 2016 01:47 PM (9mTYi)

132 The Hildebeast to announce VP tomorrow.

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 01:47 PM (Fmupd)

133 I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it. I can't take the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink enforced by bullies and dummies any more.

It's disgusting. It's stupid. It's unhealthy for the mind and spirit.

I just can't take it much longer. And I won't.


Ace,

If you do retire, would it be possible to hand over the keys to the cobs, either under the current blog name or another one?

Posted by: The Political Hat at July 21, 2016 01:48 PM (vBeA5)

134 Are people so desperate for a hero that they will accept anyone who speaks up, no matter what he says or how little sense or consistency in his words?
Posted by: huerfano at July 21, 2016 01:36 PM (jkkMG)

Yes.
But you know that. To ask the question is to answer it.

Posted by: OneEyedJack at July 21, 2016 01:48 PM (kKHcp)

135 Trump's attacks on Cruz' family were unnecessary and poorly judged.

That said, the alternative is Hillary and her desperate pandering to the left and the race-baiters in her party.

So there's not even a choice to be made.

Posted by: JEM at July 21, 2016 01:48 PM (o+SC1)

136 SHANE!!!!

Posted by: Roland [OMITTED] at July 21, 2016 01:48 PM (QM5S2)

137 If Cruz endorsed Trump, some of the Trumpian ubermen would shout, "Ha! By Crom, Cruz just caved/rolled over/sold out, the p***y! Donald! What is best in life?" And we'd never here the end of it. Who needs that.

Posted by: doomed at July 21, 2016 01:48 PM (bGLSw)

138 133: (Slow clapping)

Posted by: Jackal at July 21, 2016 01:48 PM (Lyh9/)

139 ACE - I'm getting married next week. If you close this place down, that will mean I'll have to spend more time talking to my husband.


I'm begging you, for the love of all that is good and holy, don't do this to me !!

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 01:48 PM (dFi94)

140 We no longer debate about actual problems and solutions in America.

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Do you really think that is true? I think we debate it all the time. The problem is we just don't agree on them. We either don't agree that something is a problem or we don't agree on the solution. This country has become very partisan and very political as politics has intruded more and more into our lives and things are more and more nationalized.

Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 01:48 PM (gmeXX)

141 In the first sequel to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, after the Invisible Man becomes a double agent for the Martians, Mr. Hyde rapes him to death as a penalty.

What I'm saying is, Ace, don't be that guy.

Posted by: El Skippito Friskito at July 21, 2016 01:49 PM (CGjum)

142 Looking at the convention,



Cruz showed up.

He has not said anything good or bad about Donald, only about "principles."



Where is Kasck?

Where are the Bushes?

Where are the establishment power brokers?

Posted by: rd at July 21, 2016 01:41 PM



Yep.

Posted by: huerfano at July 21, 2016 01:49 PM (jkkMG)

143 On the topic of fitness stuff, here is Milo's latest podcast in which he talks to his personal trainer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbWql9F9qg0

Maybe it will cheer you up Ace. I found it entertaining.

Posted by: Serenity Now! at July 21, 2016 01:49 PM (BDZWU)

144 Ave Atque Vale, Ace.

Posted by: John P. Squibob at July 21, 2016 01:49 PM (rJOC2)

145 134 The Hildebeast to announce VP tomorrow.
Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 01:47 PM (Fmupd)

Oh good, now we'll find out how to pronounce Reptilian surnames.

Posted by: joncelli, Bridge Troll and Crossbow Afficianado at July 21, 2016 01:49 PM (SEFXb)

146 >>If you do retire, would it be possible to hand over the keys to the cobs, either under the current blog name or another one?

The Dread Pirate Ace.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 21, 2016 01:49 PM (/tuJf)

147 Ace, you (and the Morons) been my beacon of sanity through 3 years of law school. I started reading here in 2012, just before I started, and I can't count the number of times that your analysis and snark have gotten me through some really dark days. I've had to bite back things I wanted to say more times than I can count (stepping over my classmates who were participating in a BLM "die-in," for example) for the sake of my reputation and future career, but I was always able to come here and see someone else saying what I thought, and that helped more than I can say.

I really hope you don't leave, but I can't blame you for wanting to. Maybe you just need a vacation?

Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 01:49 PM (b2PbZ)

148 If the Trump supporters hadn't followed orders and not started booing in the middle of the 'vote your conscience' part, people may have seen that it was a strong 'vote against Hillary' statement.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 01:49 PM (HnB/8)

149 I really hope Trump uses 'Vote your conscience' in his speech tonight.

Posted by: Grump928(C) Native Texan and Alabama Alumn, twice as smug as you at July 21, 2016 01:49 PM (rwI+c)

150 Breitbart has gone full Trumptard. I've tried listening to that pompous asshole Steven K Bannon in the morning. He is fucking awful Every day he reminds everyone that he went to Harvard Business school. Fuck you and fuck Harvard.

Posted by: Timon at July 21, 2016 01:49 PM (396pH)

151 Gonna be a shitty day when the HQ closes

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at July 21, 2016 01:49 PM (mEZce)

152 Also, fuck Breitbart.

Posted by: lowtech redneck at July 21, 2016 01:49 PM (KF8B+)

153 111 People are so horrifically stupid that I cannot wait until the aliens come and kill us all. I'll actually be on their side. When they show up, I'm going to sneak towards their space armada and offer my services as a behind-the-lines saboteur and quisling.


Reminds me of the book The Three Body Problem, in which a bunch of filthy hippy environmentalists align themselves with aliens intent on wiping out humankind.
Posted by: Xander Crews at July 21, 2016 01:44 PM (25bQA)

Excellent mind-blowing book! I'm still trying to wrap my head around the spaceship quantum folding concept.

But yeah, the premise makes you wonder if some radical environmentalists would try to communicate with an alien group to destroy humankind.

Posted by: WinLinBSDAdmin at July 21, 2016 01:50 PM (B11vO)

154 I'm with Ace. I'll vote against Hillary. I won't like it. Then, I will wait and pray that the Scott Walker we saw last night reappears 4 or 8 years from now.

Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President for Life at July 21, 2016 01:50 PM (/HC6x)

155 I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it. I can't take the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink enforced by bullies and dummies any more.

It's disgusting. It's stupid. It's unhealthy for the mind and spirit.

I just can't take it much longer. And I won't.

Posted by: Ace


But why do you CARE so much about the squabbles? I see the same shit as you do and just shrug.

Party politics has always been idiotic and petty and vicious and juvenile.

All that matters is stopping neo-communism and retro-Islam. All this balderdash of bozos bickering is of almost zero consequence in the Big Picture.

Take a step back and look at the situation from 30,000 feet and catch your breath and various other metaphors. Within a week this dumb "convention" will be forgotten.

Posted by: zombie at July 21, 2016 01:50 PM (jBuUi)

156 Somewhere along the line, someone decided that there would be no repercussions for actions. For example...the "too big to fail" meme highlights this mentality (AIG, GM the freakin Federal Government).

And, without repercussions, there are no longer risks, which leads to stupid ass decisions motivated by personal self-interest. That's how we end up letting pedophiles open up photo booths in Target restrooms.

Orange Julius Caesar (I love that, btw) spent the last six months calling Cruz, "Lying Ted." That would have been enough for me to no only NOT endorse him, but kick him in the proverbial teeth. This is especially valid on Cruz, who holds more integrity in his little finger than most politicians.

But, but, but...Hillary is even worse. Yeah, she is. And, I have personally reached the "who gives a flying fuck" stage on that little contest. You see, I don't care about the future of your children. I don't care about the future of the country much either. Want to know why? I've accumulated quite a nice self-worth. I won't feel the effects of more taxes, regulations etc... I'll live out the rest of my life rather comfortably. You see, I don't have to worry about repercussions of electing Hillary, because I've insulated myself to the extent that no matter what damage she does, it won't effect me very much.

That's another by-product of 'no repercussions.' Selfishness. Trumps rabid supporters are absolutely delusional, naďve to the extent of being pathetic, and most of all, unbelievably gullible beyond reason. Comical, is how I would describe a lot of them. Trump will prosecute Hillary....No he won't. Trump will fix the legislative aspects of non-elected officials (EPA, DEP etc.) ....No he won't. Trump will turn DC upside down and make everyone accountable. ...NO he effing won't!!!!

I get the position of our host, here. 90% of the populace is functionally retarded. The other 10% can't function at all.

Posted by: Orson at July 21, 2016 01:50 PM (qmd2L)

157
Ace's Future Life:

Woke up, fell out of bed,
Dragged a comb across his head
Found his way downstairs and drank a cup,
And looking up he noticed he was late.

Found his coat and grabbed his hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found his way upstairs and had a smoke,
Somebody spoke and he went into a dream.

And what did Ace dream?

He dreamed he was in a Hollywood movie
And that he was the star of the movie
This really blew his mind
The fact that he an overfed long haired leaping gnome
Should be the star of a Hollywood movie, hmmm.....

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 01:50 PM (iQIUe)

158
I really really do not want to see Ace go. What would he do? How would he live?


Two words,movie reviews

Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at July 21, 2016 01:50 PM (lKyWE)

159
Wait, Ace to ankle Ace of Spades HQ???

Come on over to Cut Jib, my friend. Make CJN great again. Or for the first time!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (27m1/)

160 So many of you screaming and pointing at the Other don't see that you're exactly the fucking same as they are.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, spare me the protests to the contrary and the 'But Moooooooom....!' shit.

Frankly, Ace, if it's psychic turmoil, then go. That's not meant to be bitchy, it's meant to honestly say that sometimes things get so toxic you're better off with out them. Frankly you seem like you've been verging on cracking up the past few months and that should probably be the sign its time to go. Who needs this shit and all these Internet assholes?

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (OkKDg)

161 110 Feeling better about my $50 bet with OregonMuse.

Posted by: ScoggDog at July 21, 2016 01:44 PM (NfOMi)


That's funny, so am I, particularly after ace said this:

Now I still favor Trump over Hillary Clinton.

You still think ace is going to pull the level for the cankled one?

Posted by: OregonMuse at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (29KZY)

162 Not first, nor last, but somewhere in between.

#WakeMeUpWhenTheCountryEnds

Posted by: @PeeteySDee at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (DPwRA)

163 I watched Ted's statement this morning. It didn't seem horrible, but it certainly wasn't an endorsement of Trump. Neither was it a condemnation. So I think the headlines and the hype are a little over the top, but the drama llama must be fed.

I too look forward to voting in November for the one candidate who can stop hellary from ascending to the throne.

Posted by: OneEyedJack at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (kKHcp)

164 I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it. I can't take the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink enforced by bullies and dummies any more.

It's disgusting. It's stupid. It's unhealthy for the mind and spirit.

I just can't take it much longer. And I won't.


We are still going to prosecute you for being a H8r!

Posted by: The future Hillary! administraion at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (vBeA5)

165 I think Cruz decided to speak, even though he wasn't going to endorse, as something to help motivate conservatives to vote, and help the GOP win down-ballot races, rather than stay home because they didn't want Trump.

Posted by: Fish at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (LZgaR)

166
I am sorry Ace and hope that you don't quit this blog but will understand if you do.

The last 8 years have been a demoralizing bitch leaving none of us unscathed. I have given up friendships because of the political divide and not being able to take their BS anymore. There are people that I will only talk to if I have to as I don't look at them with any kind of respect due to their hero worship of Obama and FAB.
Posted by: Cheri at July 21, 2016 01:44 PM (oiNtH)
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Exactly. It's depressed, angry turtles all the way down.

Posted by: iforgot at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (pC96u)

167 oh my retirement won't be for a while -- I have no other income, and -- and this is a tough obstacle to work around -- I have no discernible skills.

But I am now going to begin actively looking.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (dciA+)

168 My take for what it is worth:

(1) "Vote your conscience" means #NeverTrump. That is what the people trying to unbind the delegates were saying and everyone knew what it was referring to. Saying that in a speech a few days after that drama ended was only going to lead those people at the convention to one conclusion.

(2) If an insult to your wife, father, family, whatever is going to lead to taking this sort of stand then that person is too thin-skinned to be president. Despite all of the talk of Donald Trump getting us into a war over an insult he isn't the one to have this reaction, it was Ted Cruz.

(3) Ted Cruz aired the dirty laundry in public on the main stage. That is not done, that ticks people off. He did himself some damage there. Not with his true believers, of course; just with other people.

(4) If Donald Trump saw the speech before Ted Cruz gave it then Trump is either the luckiest beggar around or he decided to let Ted Cruz have all of the rope he needed. Whichever it is, it works.

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - Outrage Outlet Convention Closeout! All Dramatic Poses 50% Off! at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (hLRSq)

169 >>>143 In the first sequel to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, after the Invisible Man becomes a double agent for the Martians, Mr. Hyde rapes him to death as a penalty.

What I'm saying is, Ace, don't be that guy.
Posted by: El Skippito Friskito at July 21, 2016 01:49 PM (CGjum)

It was more for his mistreatment of Mina. Who would be played by Winona. But without that filthy sex scene with that old geezer.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (2gKX/)

170 Gonna be a shitty day when the HQ closes


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If Hillary wins, the Internet will become a very dangerous place. More then it is now.

Posted by: Irritated in Ionia at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (PbmKW)

171 The ELECTION is NOT a referendum on people's consciences, it isn't about how someone feels about themselves, or their honor, or their character.

It isn't about 'punishing' someone. It is (for better or worse) to select who is going to be the next President.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at July 21, 2016 01:47 PM (9mTYi)


It came across as an exhortation to those who don't support Trump to come out and vote the rest of the ballot.

Posted by: The Political Hat at July 21, 2016 01:52 PM (vBeA5)

172 Been there for awhile. 2008, perhaps a misstep? 2012, no, complete lunacy affirmed. Liberating actually as all the subsequent wrestlings have become a footnote to a footnote. Occasional entertainment on the order of WWF, nothing more. Isaiah 2:22

Posted by: Billy the Mountain at July 21, 2016 01:52 PM (v2XKD)

173 >> Yes.
>> But you know that. To ask the question is to answer it.

There were many in the runup to WWI who thought Churchill was an opportunistic blowhard, and after he was washed from Cabinet office by the failure of the Dardanelles campaign he was considered a has-been, a permanent back-bencher of some prominence but poor judgment.

I'm not suggesting Trump is a Churchill, but I will suggest that there are times you need an opportunistic blowhard.

Posted by: JEM at July 21, 2016 01:52 PM (o+SC1)

174 I swear, some people come in here with their pre-packaged Trump/Cruz talking points and do not EVEN take the time to read what Ace wrote at the top. Just get your little digs in. Because this only affects you.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 01:52 PM (dFi94)

175 I still like Ted Cruz... If he can't be President, then maybe the Supreme Court -- he'd be good for us there!

And don't leave, Ace. This joint really is the last refuge for me!

Posted by: Zettai Ryoiki at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (kP16F)

176 >>>49
Could be a good time to go long on Yoko.
Posted by: zombie Jim Cramer at July 21, 2016 01:37 PM (dkHoZ)

Ewww.

Posted by: m at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (/7Lfc)

177 oh my retirement won't be for a while -- I have no other income, and -- and this is a tough obstacle to work around -- I have no discernible skills.

But I am now going to begin actively looking.

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Well we all have to move onto other things at some point.

Might I suggest a month long sabbatical - close up shop - put up a moose sign - and come back in September.

Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (gmeXX)

178 Think of it as a social service project, minus the government grants and the urine stains on the side of the door.
Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 01:46 PM


Regarding the last, why don't you come down and see me sometime?

Posted by: The Barrel at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (dkHoZ)

179 -- I have no discernible skills.


There's always work for writers. Mostly shitty unappreciated piecework like blog...

Oh.

Posted by: Grump928(C) Native Texan and Alabama Alumn, twice as smug as you at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (rwI+c)

180 All that matters is stopping neo-communism and retro-Islam. All this balderdash of bozos bickering is of almost zero consequence in the Big Picture.

Posted by: zombie at July 21, 2016 01:50 PM (jBuUi)


THIS.

Posted by: OregonMuse at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (29KZY)

181 On a lighter note, we could all volunteer to pull an Antarctica tour....

Posted by: sven10077 at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (SzZnW)

182 Skepticism about and bashing of politicians both as a class and as individuals is a long-standing tradition in this country.

However, starting with Fredo and going on to Trump and Secretary Stupid-and-industrious we've gotten into cult-of-personality territory. Lamentably it's because the vast majority of people now look at government as Daddy.

Posted by: Kodos the Executioner at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (1Xapn)

183 *Sigh*
I'm sorry to hear that, Ace, but it is completely understandable. The politicization of everything takes its toll. You've done a fabulous job of maintaining a site with mostly healthy debate/lower vitriol than just about every other site out there (heck, even celebrity gossip blogs have degenerated into ugly, partisan cesspools). Will miss you and the horde.

Posted by: Lizzy at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (NOIQH)

184 170 oh my retirement won't be for a while -- I have no other income, and -- and this is a tough obstacle to work around -- I have no discernible skills.

But I am now going to begin actively looking.
Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (dciA+)


You can slum with me and CBD!

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (27m1/)

185 And Ace, you can't quit till you post my 10,000 word missive extolling the virtues of......The Greatness....That Is.....Zach Greinke.

Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President for Life at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (/HC6x)

186 What? Come on Ace.

You want to be around for the final implosion of the GOP. You want to write that epitaph. Won't be long now.

Posted by: Bigbys Olive Fingers at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (XMROa)

187 I get the position of our host, here. 90% of the populace is functionally retarded. The other 10% can't function at all.
Posted by: Orson at July 21, 2016 01:50 PM (qmd2L)


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So you're retarded too?

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (Fmupd)

188 Trump is running a WWE style campaign. It's straight heel/face bluster right down to the cheap heat and boos.

Posted by: brak at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (MJuTN)

189 He'll be back.

I'm old enough to remember when ace repudiated the Republican Party and was going to vote for Hillary.

Posted by: blaster at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (tewYv)

190 This is 100% Cruz' fault. He could have gone full Kasich or simply given a left-handed endorsement of Trump and none of this would have happened. That he allowed or caused this to happen does not speak well of his judgment.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (Nwg0u)

191 Anyone see the irony? For 7 1/2 years we have seen what this "hero" worship has done to this country. And now the Trump fanatics are doing the exact thing

Posted by: GrandMa Bell at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (RLdcX)

192
I think the country is boned anyway. Unfortunately it seems its gonna be a long slow descent instead of all of a sudden. My preference would be Ace give up the politics but keep the blog and go back to the hilarious comedy writing that was in the beginning. But maintaining a daily blog for so long has got to be brutal, so thanks and good luck whatever you decide.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (ODxAs)

193 Oh, and yeah, people are stupid.

Posted by: blaster at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (tewYv)

194 The chief Ewok can't just check out. Turning the horde loose like that would be catastrophic for the nation.

I'm talking drunken, rampaging lemur cavalry riding anteaters kinda catastrophic.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine, Still Accepting Harem Applicants at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (0ZZUQ)

195 So don't fuck with Winona unless you want Mr Hyde, who really can see you and smell you, to viciously break your legs and anally rape you to death!! That is the lesson for everybody!!

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (2gKX/)

196 There I was
I was taken to a place...........

Posted by: Roland [OMITTED] at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (QM5S2)

197 I feel the same way Ace. This is the only political blog I read anymore, so I will be sad if you go. This election has really been eye opening in terms of who really cares about political and moral beliefs, and not just some damn cult of personality. I thought my head would explode when Cruz was getting booed for a simple "vote your conscience" statement. I've actually grown to hate the hardcore Trump voters. Politics sucks and it's so stupid.

Posted by: Kat at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (OUwBH)

198 Cruz should have just stayed away from the convention if he couldn't bring himself to endorse the nominee. That's what Bush and Kasich did. They also did not honor their pledge to support the nominee, but at least they had the sense not to come out and parade their dishonor.

At this point, everything done to tear down Trump builds up Hillary. That is only true for the next 4 months. Once she has been defeated, the normal rules apply. But for the next 4 months, election year politics are the rule. Same as it has always been in an election year. Who do those rules apply to? Obviously not to some commenter on a blog. But they most certainly do apply to a GOP senator speaking at the GOP convention. Cruz knows the rules and made the choice not to follow them. He deserves all the criticism he is getting.

Also, Cruz (through his allies) started the thing with the wives in Utah. Dumb move by Cruz given the ammunition available to Trump.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (R+30W)

199 183 Posted by: OregonMuse at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (29KZY)

We are on the precipice of a Huguenot level scourging of the right in this nation....

Posted by: sven10077 at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (SzZnW)

200 I'm fine with appeals which urge me to vote my conscience.

I'm not a devotee of Donald Trump. I never have been. There are many people I'd rather have serving as President than Donald Trump.

But you have to order from what's on the menu. And what's on the menu for the main course is the Scalpweasel Souffle or the Bitch of Benghazi Bouillabaisse.

I'm going to order the former, even though it's not quite to my tastes, because neither my conscience nor my stomach could possibly countenance the latter. Simple as that.

Posted by: torquewrench at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (noWW6)

201 Will Hillary go to war with China or Russia?

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (IqV8l)

202 170 oh my retirement won't be for a while -- I have no other income, and -- and this is a tough obstacle to work around -- I have no discernible skills.

But I am now going to begin actively looking.
Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (dciA+)

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Find yourself a rich gf, marry her, and live in a style you are not accustomed to.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (iQIUe)

203
One word for you all:

HYAPATIA LEE.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at July 21, 2016 01:55 PM (27m1/)

204 I supported Cruz over Trump. But I can't condone what Cruz did.

He's certainly justified in his animosity toward Trump, given the personal shots the Donald took. The appropriate thing to do would have been to boycott the convention. Instead, at a time when the party needs unity, Cruz uses a national stage to vent his anger. He put himself ahead of the needs of the country. It was a selfish thing to do.

Posted by: Mike at July 21, 2016 01:55 PM (ISxUB)

205 Ace,

If you do retire, would it be possible to hand over the keys to the cobs, either under the current blog name or another one?
Posted by: The Political Hat
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If, God forbid, he just shutters this place, I wonder if anyone here has a blog we can all go to and fling poo?

Posted by: Chi at July 21, 2016 01:55 PM (uV2DT)

206 I was a Cruz supporter. I made a couple of donations to his campaign. I did not think he had a chance in he** of winning the presidency because he is plain out unlikeable to most of the electorate. Supported and voted for him in our primary even tho I knew Trump would win because I wanted to push Trump to the right.

The poo flinging between Trump and Cruz involved really dumb moves on both their parts, and was disappointing, because I thought Trump/Cruz woulod be my dream ticket.
Last night I was "meh" about Cruz' speech, but after hearing what he said later to the Texas delegation, I am sorry I ever supported him, past agreeing with many of his positions.

YMMV. And unlike the "nevers", if sometime down the road I have to hold my nose and vote for Cruz, I will. But I can't see myself ever sending him money or donating my time.

Plus, it seemed very unChristian to say you won't forgive someone after having placed said Christianity so centrally in your appeal to the masses.

Posted by: cfomahm at July 21, 2016 01:55 PM (RfzVr)

207 I definitely picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue.

Posted by: Insomniac at July 21, 2016 01:55 PM (0mRoj)

208 90% of the populace is functionally retarded. The other 10% can't function at all.
Posted by: Orson at July 21, 2016 01:50 PM (qmd2L)

That doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room. Which one are you?

Posted by: OneEyedJack at July 21, 2016 01:55 PM (kKHcp)

209 And don't forget...Trump, or his peoples, said Cruz's speech was reviewed prior and they were OK with it. Remember, it's called the GOP Convention, not The Trump Coronation.

Posted by: Fish at July 21, 2016 01:55 PM (LZgaR)

210 But

If you do leave, be sure to sell the site to the Chinese for millions!

Posted by: Bigbys Olive Fingers at July 21, 2016 01:55 PM (XMROa)

211 Ace, I'm sorry to hear you say that you're thinking of quitting blogging as you are a true treasure, but I understand.

This whole season has changed so many of my internet and listening habits. I've found new people to listen to. The only person I used to listen to in the past that I still listen to sometimes is Mark Levin.

Maybe people have noticed I am posting here a lot less, partly because I've been incredibly busy at work but also because this whole season is so demoralizing.

I can't believe that people don't understand why Cruz would not endorse man who so viciously trashed his family. IMO, it would be dishonorable for him to do so. Imagine what his wife would think, how betrayed she would feel.

Trump decided on a scorched-earth policy and won. He needs to live with the consequences, and so do his supporters.

Everyone still bashed McCain and Romney after they won the nomination, but Trump of all freaking people is supposed to be untouchable.

This whole thing is bizarre.

Posted by: chique d'afrique, l'americaine at July 21, 2016 01:55 PM (g6yUI)

212 >>>>
There's always work for writers. Mostly shitty unappreciated piecework like blog...

Oh.

...

yeah... you see my conundrum.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 01:55 PM (dciA+)

213
You know what depressed me? All the people I have met online who have died.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 01:56 PM (iQIUe)

214 "How the fuck is talking up the country and the Constitution and telling people to not their conscious a "spectacle"?"

How the fuck is openly despairing and spreading SWEET METEOR OF DEATH porn not a counter-spectacle?

"I'm not taking it anymore and I'm glad Ace isn't either."

I'm not disagreeing with Ace's decision to retire, I just think retiring in this manner is one of those 'acted stupidly' moves. At least market-ticker.org pulled that stunt where it slowly faded to black over few days.

Posted by: Dystopia Max at July 21, 2016 01:56 PM (UM8Ie)

215 I hate to see Ace go.

I've never been able to spend as much time here as I'd like, but AOSHQ has been an oasis of sanity and all of you morons are the greatest bunch of people to hang around. Meanwhile, mrs. wisenheimer and I are going rural and off grid and self-sustaining. Seems like the right time.

Posted by: wisenheimer at July 21, 2016 01:56 PM (qnhj2)

216 200 Posted by: Kat at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (OUwBH)

I'm a Cruz guy who notices the personal (pun intended) Trumps the political with both clowns...

the GOP's been a three ring circus for at least 12 years now...may as well have the clowns be the stars.

Posted by: sven10077 at July 21, 2016 01:56 PM (SzZnW)

217 "It's disgusting. It's stupid. It's unhealthy for the mind and spirit."

Jeez, Ace, hasn't politics always been thus?

Posted by: The Spelling Police at July 21, 2016 01:56 PM (UlI/7)

218 Ace - Please don't quit the blog. I read the fasting post and started that regimen for myself and I've already lost weight and I'm feeling great. It really changed my life and I would not have known about it without you. If you need to, quit the politics but I'll still be here every day to learn about gardening, food, books, art, etc. Sincerely, thank you!!!

Posted by: Kathleen at July 21, 2016 01:56 PM (9B+kJ)

219
Ace leaving here would be like MGM after Irving Thalberg died.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at July 21, 2016 01:56 PM (27m1/)

220 Trump is running a WWE style campaign. It's straight heel/face bluster right down to the cheap heat and boos.

Posted by: brak at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (MJuTN)


My thoughts exactly. We're getting close to this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDGGZpAmZr4

Posted by: Timon at July 21, 2016 01:56 PM (396pH)

221

Every reality show has it's villain. It was supposed to be Hillary. Now it's Cruz

Posted by: ThunderB at July 21, 2016 01:56 PM (Dvmle)

222 >>But I am now going to begin actively looking.

I have no idea if there's any money in it, but you should e-publish batches of some of your better essays (good for a few volumes). Blogger bookworm has done that and it's great to have some of her timeless posts handy. You have *many* classics that are continually quoted or referenced around the web.

Posted by: Lizzy at July 21, 2016 01:56 PM (NOIQH)

223 "I have no discernible skills"

They are always hiring in DC.

Posted by: DCPensFAn at July 21, 2016 01:56 PM (xNplS)

224 168 oh my retirement won't be for a while -- I have no other income, and -- and this is a tough obstacle to work around -- I have no discernible skills.

But I am now going to begin actively looking.
Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (dciA+)

Get another degree! I'm going to get my MBA before my wife divorces me and I go insane from the soul-consuming job that just barely keeps me afloat. Education can raise you up.

Posted by: joncelli, Bridge Troll and Crossbow Afficianado at July 21, 2016 01:56 PM (SEFXb)

225 People are so horrifically stupid that I cannot wait until the aliens come and kill us all. I'll actually be on their side. When they show up, I'm going to sneak towards their space armada and offer my services as a behind-the-lines saboteur and quisling.
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Ace, you're my political genius/humorist hero. Don't leave the Moron Horde to wander through the desert without a kindred spirit.

Posted by: Browncoat formerly known as Mike at July 21, 2016 01:56 PM (o38N1)

226 If he can't be President, then maybe the Supreme Court

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I don't think he helped himself toward that goal last night.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 01:56 PM (Nwg0u)

227 I saw this coming months ago when the biggest loser in this little valley, a man who hasn't made a good decision in 40 years started to almost foam at the mouth about how Trump was going to fix all of us.

There is a good reason I am one of the haves and he is one of he have nots. He's stupid. Every couple of years he finds another trashy woman to white knight and every couple of years latest "love of his life" rips him off. He can get jobs but nor keep them because every single boss he has ever had in the 15 years I've known him "picks on him". Jerry Springer could use this dude for a month of program content. But its all my fault his life sucks because I am a Republican and if I don't vote for Trump, he'll fix me.

Right.

Posted by: NC Mountainl Girl at July 21, 2016 01:56 PM (/790U)

228 Not that it matters, but I'm with you Ace!

Posted by: Jprs at July 21, 2016 01:57 PM (Gi+rH)

229 Ace, please do not leave. You are my primary politics and news aggregation blog. There are a couple of sites I go to after that, but your place is where I go to first everyday.

Sheesh, after reading your blog, I scrapped going to HotAir permanently. As an Air Force veteran, I feel like this is a place where I can be myself and be FORTHRIGHT about how I feel about something...because YOU ALSO amongst many others here are forthright.

Well, when this nation finally burns to hell, I guess I can just focus on local politics like my city and county. Screw the kings and queens of Washington, DC.

Posted by: ICBMMan at July 21, 2016 01:57 PM (0OIm5)

230 I'm also curious how allegedly smart people are confused by the concept that SAYING a pledge is BS and violating it are somehow the same.

They're not.

Posted by: deadrody at July 21, 2016 01:57 PM (W15tP)

231
But why do you CARE so much about the squabbles? I see the same shit as you do and just shrug.

Party politics has always been idiotic and petty and vicious and juvenile.

All that matters is stopping neo-communism and retro-Islam. All this balderdash of bozos bickering is of almost zero consequence in the Big Picture.

Take a step back and look at the situation from 30,000 feet and catch your breath and various other metaphors. Within a week this dumb "convention" will be forgotten.
Posted by: zombie at July 21, 2016 01:50 PM (jBuUi)
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Hah, it's funny, first I agree with the angry-depressed posts, and now I agree with this. I'd rather go with this.

Posted by: iforgot at July 21, 2016 01:57 PM (pC96u)

232 The question is moot.

Posted by: $19,406,762,019,620.18 at July 21, 2016 01:57 PM (rwI+c)

233 158: "You see, I don't have to worry about repercussions of electing Hillary, because I've insulated myself to the extent that no matter what damage she does, it won't effect me very much."

Have you perchance heard of places called the Weimar Republic, or Zimbabwe?

You cash will avail you not when inflation means that it takes a wheelbarrow full of 100 dollar bills to buy a loaf of bread.

Your hard assets won't do you much good when they are confiscated. See every socialist/communist country for further examples.

Unless you have Soros money and clout, you too will be affected.

Posted by: Azenogoth (Freedom or TEXIT) at July 21, 2016 01:57 PM (GW7H6)

234
If, God forbid, he just shutters this place, I wonder if anyone here has a blog we can all go to and fling poo?
Posted by: Chi at July 21, 2016 01:55 PM


Without having to join Facebook

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at July 21, 2016 01:57 PM (IqV8l)

235 I have no discernible skills.

=====================


Maybe that's an indication that this is your skill. Maybe just use your skill a different way or at a different pace, or with different topics. We'll pretty much talk about anything. We even make up stuff to talk about stuff on the chess thread, and it's chess.


No offense, OM

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 01:57 PM (dFi94)

236 I gave up Twitter after barely a month because it was unhealthy for me, emotionally and really physically after a while and frankly I was becoming a real angry unpleasant person. I imagine hosting a blog and having to deal with this all the time must be much, much worse.

Posted by: IC at July 21, 2016 01:57 PM (a0IVu)

237 *singing manically*

It's a big wide wonderful world we live in.......

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 01:57 PM (Fmupd)

238 170
oh my retirement won't be for a while -- I have no other income, and --
and this is a tough obstacle to work around -- I have no discernible
skills.



But I am now going to begin actively looking.



Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (dciA+)

You have plenty of skills, you're just not thinking about them. Like, say, webpages. Internet business intelligence. Advertising. Proof-reading, writing, copy writing, journalism, Motivational speaking, web business consulting and more.

Hell, people are inventing jobs for themselves and getting damn wealthy doing it.

Clear your head and think about things from a different viewpoint.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at July 21, 2016 01:57 PM (2PHKP)

239 The Left does the same thing. Remember "disrespecting the president" and zomg how dare you speak ill of Hillary!!11!1.

Doesn't make it right it's just part of the extreme polarization.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at July 21, 2016 01:57 PM (4ErVI)

240 175 I swear, some people come in here with their pre-packaged Trump/Cruz talking points and do not EVEN take the time to read what Ace wrote at the top. Just get your little digs in. Because this only affects you.
Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 01:52 PM (dFi94)

THIS. On a thread where Ace is decrying the backbiting and petty feuds and says to try to focus on what is important here because doing otherwise is driving him insane- people launch into petty backbiting, name calling and backstabbing to justify what they have already written a thousand times over.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at July 21, 2016 01:57 PM (3ZoRf)

241 211 Posted by: OneEyedJack at July 21, 2016 01:55 PM (kKHcp)

I'm one of the 90% retarded, I gave about 1/10th my earnings to the 10% non-functioning assholes every four years like clockwork...

thankfully though retarded I am capable of learning, not a dime this cycle.

Posted by: sven10077 at July 21, 2016 01:58 PM (SzZnW)

242 yeah... you see my conundrum.
Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 01:55 PM (dciA+)

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Already told you: kept man is your best bet or the future. You shd be in Cleveland, meeting and greeting at the hotels. Are you willing to relocate?

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 01:58 PM (iQIUe)

243 170 oh my retirement won't be for a while -- I have no other income, and -- and this is a tough obstacle to work around -- I have no discernible skills.

But I am now going to begin actively looking.
Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (dciA+)

You can become a test model for seeing eye dogs in training.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 01:58 PM (HnB/8)

244 JEEZ. I didn't think anyone could have thinner skin that O-bama.
Cruz would've imploded, melted, cried after the first Saturday Night Live (SNL) skit, if running.

Posted by: olds mo william at July 21, 2016 01:58 PM (eePFz)

245
//How the fuck is talking up the country and the Constitution and telling people to not their conscious a "spectacle"?//

Cruz lost his defender of the Constitution creds with me after his half assed response to seeing Trump supporters getting beat upin Chicago

Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at July 21, 2016 01:58 PM (lKyWE)

246 I don't really give a crap about this. I supported Cruz in the primaries, but I will be voting for Trump in the general.

Trump was a dick to insult Cruz' wife and suggest his dad may have killed Kennedy, but Cruz came across as petulant and a sore loser in that speech. He didn't have to kiss Trump's ass; he could have just said nothing, or he could have talked about the real problem, which is not this pissing contest between him and Trump, but the massive corruption and lawlessness in our federal government (which will be greatly exacerbated if Hillary Clinton becomes president). But instead, Cruz decided that he needed to highlight his hurt feelings and make it all about him, and that's what I don't like.

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at July 21, 2016 01:59 PM (NnYnv)

247 Stick with political blogging, Ace. Your stuff is always exceptional, always worthwhile.

Or go ahead and finish 'Cake Girl!', the novel/screenplay/Broadway musical masterpiece you've been working on for years now.

It's win either way.

Posted by: troyriser at July 21, 2016 01:59 PM (UWlp+)

248 Dave Berry got rich selling silly shit.

Go sell silly shit. Make people laugh. Big bucks in putting smiles on people's faces.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at July 21, 2016 01:59 PM (2PHKP)

249 237 Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at July 21, 2016 01:57 PM (IqV8l)

The hostages, Diary of Daedalus, Watt's Up With That, bite the f*c*book wienie and go back to Tepid....

Posted by: sven10077 at July 21, 2016 01:59 PM (SzZnW)

250
"Please don't stay home."

BOOOO!!!

"Vote your conscience."

BOOOO!!!

"Pray for the fallen police officers."

BOOOO!!!

Posted by: Tiny Orange Penis at July 21, 2016 01:59 PM (bhbDH)

251 lready told you: kept man is your best bet or the future.
Posted by: Bruce With a Wang!

Were would one find women like that? Asking for a friend.

Posted by: Prince Ludwig the #Problematic at July 21, 2016 01:59 PM (UPYhp)

252 189 Trump is running a WWE style campaign. It's straight heel/face bluster right down to the cheap heat and boos.

Posted by: brak at July 21, 2016 01:53 PM (MJuTN)


All we're lacking are some WWE divas in skimpy outfits.

Posted by: OregonMuse at July 21, 2016 01:59 PM (29KZY)

253 All that matters is stopping neo-communism and retro-Islam. All this balderdash of bozos bickering is of almost zero consequence in the Big Picture.


------------

I adore zombie.



/creepy

Posted by: Mortimer at July 21, 2016 01:59 PM (xOs4a)

254
Take a step back and look at the situation from 30,000 feet and catch your breath and various other metaphors. Within a week this dumb "convention" will be forgotten.
Posted by: zombie at July 21, 2016 01:50 PM


How about next week's dumb "convention?"

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at July 21, 2016 01:59 PM (IqV8l)

255 oh my retirement won't be for a while -- I have no other income, and -- and this is a tough obstacle to work around -- I have no discernible skills.

But I am now going to begin actively looking.
Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (dciA+)




*raises eyebrow* Does this mean you'll be taking on an apprentice to train to be the next Ace, ala the succession Dread Pirate Robertses?

Posted by: ChooChoo Joey at July 21, 2016 02:00 PM (uiwCw)

256 I supported Cruz. I'll hold my nose (harder than I ever have, I think) and vote for Cheetohra, only because I hate the she-criminal with the blazing hatred of a thousand boiling suns.

But Cruz is the conservative here. I'd trust him to IMPROVE things while protecting the Constitution.

And God help us in 2020. If Trump does somehow manage to win, the best-case scenario IMO is only that I THINK he doesn't immediately appoint a bunch of gun-grabbing abortionists to SCOTUS.

As for the economy, terrorism, China, the Russkies, the Norks, illegal immigration...? I don't see those improving, and that will be his downfall.

God help me, I hope I'm wrong.

Posted by: Tex Lovera at July 21, 2016 02:00 PM (wtvvX)

257
You have plenty of skills, you're just not thinking about them. Like, say, webpages. Internet business intelligence. Advertising. Proof-reading, writing, copy writing, journalism, Motivational speaking, web business consulting and more.
===========

Or, Gigolo. Libertarian with conservative leanings here to pleasure you. Sliding fees!

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 02:00 PM (iQIUe)

258 >>>245 Already told you: kept man is your best bet or the future. You shd be in Cleveland, meeting and greeting at the hotels. Are you willing to relocate?
Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 01:58 PM (iQIUe)

Coff coff Meggie Mac coff coff millions coff coff

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 21, 2016 02:00 PM (2gKX/)

259 #133, I was 19, dude. Perot seemed like a good idea since I had a couple obscure grudges with Bush 41.

Posted by: Colonel Kurtz at July 21, 2016 02:00 PM (HAr7n)

260 *Maximum Establishment Resenting You PAC 2020 is responsible for the content of this article.

Posted by: People still writing about Rubio and doing so in a positive manner at July 21, 2016 02:00 PM (wx6iv)

261 Don't quit. Please.

Posted by: Eric Allie at July 21, 2016 02:00 PM (TatMH)

262 I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it. I can't take the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink enforced by bullies and dummies any more.

It's disgusting. It's stupid. It's unhealthy for the mind and spirit.

I just can't take it much longer. And I won't.
============================

I don't like this. Not one little bit.

Posted by: MTF at July 21, 2016 02:00 PM (/m8T6)

263 Whenever I think about quitting politics and just not caring, I remember that that's what Ezra Klein and Tim Noah want - to drive conservatives out of politics. I won't let them win.

Posted by: Just chill at July 21, 2016 02:00 PM (Pl1FV)

264 Trump has repudiated Pledge? Does he use Minwax at Trump Tower?

Posted by: josephistan at July 21, 2016 02:01 PM (7HtZB)

265 "189 Trump is running a WWE style campaign. It's straight heel/face bluster right down to the cheap heat and boos.
Posted by: brak"


Does that make Jeb the jobber?

Posted by: Benji Carver at July 21, 2016 02:01 PM (OD2ni)

266 >>>Jeez, Ace, hasn't politics always been thus?


yes but not this bad. The problem with this cycle is the deep class schism in the party. At least before, we had a #SafeSpace of people who generally agreed with us. A support network.

There are no more guardrails. No sanctuaries. It's the battle of all against all.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:01 PM (dciA+)

267 Never give up, never surrender!
I hope you do not go away Ace, but if you do, do well!

Posted by: astonerii at July 21, 2016 02:01 PM (ia088)

268 >>>This is 100% Cruz' fault. He could have gone full
Kasich or simply given a left-handed endorsement of Trump and none of
this would have happened. That he allowed or caused this to happen does
not speak well of his judgment.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (Nwg0u)<<<

Right. Because absolutely, positively no one would seize on it, and nothing bad would come from it if he just didn't show up either.

Posted by: yeah, not really at July 21, 2016 02:01 PM (H9MG5)

269 No discernable skills never stopped a Kennedy from getting elected,..........

Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President for Life at July 21, 2016 02:01 PM (/HC6x)

270 What does it matter? Petty bickering. Cruz acted like a mean girl, who cares? Get over it. Next.

Posted by: Stephanie at July 21, 2016 02:01 PM (eLvFT)

271 But increasingly, I guess, I don't care who wins.

I vascillate between that and wanting Clinton to lose just to punish her for her rapacious lust for power at all costs. But we deserve both these candidates, and hard.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 02:01 PM (39g3+)

272 The poo flinging between Trump and Cruz involved really dumb moves on both their parts,

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Perfectly true. Trump is a loud mouth vulgarian. But, to paraphrase the smartest woman in the world, at this point, what difference does it make?

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 02:01 PM (Nwg0u)

273 "I have no discernible skills"




Trump, if elected, will create a lot of job openings in D.C. Federal jobs with good working conditions, great pay, and outstanding pension benefits.

Posted by: Irritated in Ionia at July 21, 2016 02:01 PM (PbmKW)

274 Trump decided on a scorched-earth policy and won. He needs to live with the consequences, and so do his supporters.

Everyone still bashed McCain and Romney after they won the nomination, but Trump of all freaking people is supposed to be untouchable.

This whole thing is bizarre.
Posted by: chique d'afrique, l'americaine at July 21, 2016 01:55 PM (g6yUI)

Agreed. People are strange.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at July 21, 2016 02:01 PM (3ZoRf)

275 55 I'll miss you, unless you want to set up some online D&D games! Hit me up!

[Not really on the D&D - I play Warhammer and Warmachine table top miniatures.]
Posted by: sithkhan at July 21, 2016 01:38 PM (EXCVJ)

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For the Emperor!! (Please don't send the =][= after me Trump supporters! )

Posted by: Defenestratus at July 21, 2016 02:01 PM (e8+zH)

276 I guess I'll retreat to the thread below in the vain hope there won;'t be the Trump/Cuz wars all over it.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at July 21, 2016 02:02 PM (bpZlE)

277 In the tweetosphere, somebody would have responded with a vine of "Network". Maybe already has. Mad as hell!

This tribal idolatry is one of the worst signs we're so boned.

Posted by: OneIronMacguffin at July 21, 2016 02:02 PM (NjX7M)

278 After the wife insult, would Cruz be a cuck if he endorsed Trump?

Posted by: wooga at July 21, 2016 02:02 PM (yX7yv)

279 But I am now going to begin actively looking.
Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (dciA+)
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Plastics.

Posted by: Mortimer at July 21, 2016 02:02 PM (xOs4a)

280 126 "See if you can sell the site to HuffPuff and retire to Tahiti."


This is the best plan and if possible, is what you should do.

Failing this, the next best option is to turn this blog into something that is salable.

You need a blog manager. Someone to set deadlines, schedule articles, manage income streams and deal with the babysitting duties. You can write, but you suck at everything else.

Get this place paying. You've got the numbers, but only (from what I can tell) advertising income. Nothing from merchandise, little from amazon links and far less than you should have from blegs.

With the right management, cross linking and promotion with other media could propel this into something worth keeping, while reducing the stress of running it.

With less stress, you might stop believing that when someone disagrees with you, they must be part of some cult run by a charismatic con man (or Alaskan woman).

Or, you could adopt a British accent and write for the Federalist.

Posted by: jwest at July 21, 2016 02:02 PM (Zs4uk)

281 Ace,
How about writing a book?
I really do miss your podcasts. The last one with Kurt Schlicter was great.

Posted by: lindafell TEXIT!! at July 21, 2016 02:02 PM (xVgrA)

282 It's unhealthy for the mind and spirit.

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I would completely agree with you Ace. People often say we on the right don't win like the left because we don't continue to fight and continue to fight. But I think it is because we know that this isn't really good for our mind and spirit. its partly what draws us to the right, we know there are other things out there. We know society will order itself, so we don't need to spend time trying to constantly organize it. We eventually want to tune it all out. I think most of us feel the way you do Ace, except that we may all secretly love this political stuff. Its part hobby for us to follow it, complain about it, argue it, etc.

But I think this election is driving a lot of people to the point that it isn't worth it.

In some ways it may be better to be a LIV - not totally ignorant - but not absorbed by all this.

Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:02 PM (gmeXX)

283 207

Agreed.

Posted by: Martell at July 21, 2016 02:02 PM (DPtAq)

284 Ace do you have Steam? If so do you have Fantasy Grounds? Maybe we need to play an online RPG as a "team rebuilding exercise"...

I have given away licenses here in the past.

Posted by: sven10077 at July 21, 2016 02:03 PM (SzZnW)

285 "Find yourself a rich gf, marry her, and live in a style you are not accustomed to."


Even better, scour the obituaries for super rich dudes that died, and then go hit on the widow. Worked for John Kerry.

Posted by: Benji Carver at July 21, 2016 02:03 PM (OD2ni)

286 I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it. I can't take the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink enforced by bullies and dummies any more.

====================

I've always wondered how much longer it could last.

Is it greedy of my to ask for forever?

But yeah, I've pulled away from politics a lot. I'm not reading more (Nicholas Nickleby is not the page turner I thought it would be), but I am writing more. I have baseball. I just got transferred to a new position at work.

I like being able to turn off politics for days at a time. Ace can't really do that.

I sympathize. Politics sucks. Being mired in it all the time is terrible.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 02:03 PM (mC1ZI)

287 262 >>>245 Already told you: kept man is your best bet or the future. You shd be in Cleveland, meeting and greeting at the hotels. Are you willing to relocate?
Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 01:58 PM (iQIUe)

Coff coff Meggie Mac coff coff millions coff coff
Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 21, 2016 02:00 PM (2gKX/)

==========

Oh, dear. That would be like Old Yeller. I would have to smother ace with a pillow or something.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 02:03 PM (iQIUe)

288 I think Cruz decided to speak, even though he wasn't going to endorse, as something to help motivate conservatives to vote, and help the GOP win down-ballot races, rather than stay home because they didn't want Trump.
Posted by: Fish at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (LZgaR)

That's what I thought too, that he was begging people to come put vote (even if not necessarily for Trump) so they wouldn't abandon the downballot races since the Orange godking isn't the only one running.

I honestly don't understand all the hysteria.

Posted by: chique d'afrique, l'americaine at July 21, 2016 02:03 PM (g6yUI)

289 >>>278. His next move is to shit in your coffee

Got to be better than butter.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 21, 2016 02:03 PM (2gKX/)

290 The dem convention will temper a lot of what's going on today. We'll see the real evil then.

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 02:04 PM (Fmupd)

291 281 I guess I'll retreat to the thread below in the vain hope there won;'t be the Trump/Cuz wars all over it.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at July 21, 2016 02:02 PM (bpZlE)

No, they're refighting the Civil War of Northern Aggression Between the States now.

Posted by: josephistan at July 21, 2016 02:04 PM (7HtZB)

292 Well good luck finding a job. I mean that sincerely, even if it sounds sarcastic.

The company I started in 1992 is about ready to fold , just no work coming in at all. The cost to have an employee has gone up an unbelievable amount over the last eight years. People who write payroll know that and most of us are saying screw it - not hiring. If you do make a change try to do something where you rely only on yourself for a check, not anybody else.

Posted by: moon over vermont at July 21, 2016 02:04 PM (kUmUV)

293 Right. Because absolutely, positively no one would seize on it, and nothing bad would come from it if he just didn't show up either.



Nobody gives a shit that Yeb! Or Katshit isn't there, do they?

Posted by: rickb223 TEXIT at July 21, 2016 02:04 PM (3C84c)

294
I have no discernible skills.


I disagree, I love your movie reviews and I think you'd make a great edgy type Hollywood critic

Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at July 21, 2016 02:04 PM (lKyWE)

295 I do hope all of us freedom-loving, anti-socialist adherents of Judeo-Christian values and Western culture can be friends again in the Afterlife...

Posted by: Zettai Ryoiki at July 21, 2016 02:04 PM (kP16F)

296 The RNC came up with the stupid pledge to keep Mr. Trump from running Independent. Others honored it and, for at least two debates, put pressure on Mr. Trump to sign. In Cruz' own words, in March, he gave his "word."

He, from some accounts, and I saw a teleprompter photo of what Newt was supposed to say, he told the RNC he was going to endorse. Newt had to ad lib. If this is true, that he went off speech, then more proof he cannot keep his word or honor. Snake in grass. Lyin' Ted.

I don't give a hoot in hell that he did not endorse. I do care that a sociopath sneered at the NY delegates as he waddled his slimy self off stage. Or I should say, slithered (I had a thought last night that he is a snake along with isis. Snake in the grass, invited in...). He was obnoxious in that moment. I would have been booing as well.

Cruz, or as I from now on will call him Chapped Red Babboon Butt (will shorten to CRBB), was there for HIMSELF only.

Regarding the "insult to wife" legend. A Cruz PAC bought a billboard in Utah showing Mr. Trump's wife in scanty clothes as a supermodel. Mr. Trump's retweet was to start talking about Heidi's globalist involvement with Goldman Sac's. It was a retweet. Sure it got the point, and not many photograph well next to us supermodels. Cruz, of course, deined knowing of the super pac. Right. His word is his bond.

Regarding the yada about his beloved Dominion Daddy...Mr. Trump was simply repeating and wondering about what the press was blathering about that week with photos. I do not recall him ever blathering about the Cruz Sex Scandal twittering away. Heck, I saw the photos of his Dad, Sr, too. And Mr. Cruz, Sr. was in Texas on a student Visa, not divorced from first wife, and went to Canada and married CRBB's mother. A mother who, supposedly, did not register CRBB as an American, but I digress as don't care anymore.

I don't give a hoot in hell about the endorsement. It meant nothing, but it would have been a nice gesture for the GOP. Mr. Trump claims he knew about it...but he gave CRBB a platform anyway, as the guy who came in second. CRBB had a chance to show some grace, forgiveness, and thought of defeating Hillary. But he could not sacrifice his own malignant narcissistic pride and think of others. It is, and always will be, about him. He then mooned the entire world with his Chapped Red Baboon Butt. Good.

And, Ace, sorry you want to end blog, etc, and hope you will reconsider as you have some great morons here who help me laugh at the world. It is politics. It has always been, um, bloody at times. Difference was, there was no social media to trumpet every parsed word or butt hurt. Read American history. I forget which of the Founding Fathers called the other a homo and wife a ho.

I say all this as a former Cruz supporter, that is until how he treated Dr. Carson and the furor of Mitt Romney, as well as the speculation about many things in Cruz' life.

I also came to the conclusion that Mr. Trump would have a better chance of defeating Hillary than anyone, but especially CRBB...who only has one friend in the Senate and ticks off A LOT of people with his smarmy crap.

I think I even gave him money as he ran for Senate, the big Tea Party babe that I am. He messed up, big time last night, but as long as he can have his pride he will not be too lonely, I guess. bah, politics.

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, Infidel Queen at July 21, 2016 02:04 PM (kBYYb)

297 215 >>>>
There's always work for writers. Mostly shitty unappreciated piecework like blog...

Oh.

...

yeah... you see my conundrum.
Posted by: ace


Ace, I myself have been there. I was riding high with my site occasionally getting tremendous amounts of traffic, and I was offered work by PJMedia, so I jumped at the chance. It was OK as a concept, and the people are nice, but after a while it became a slog. having to churn out stuff more frequently than I felt like doing -- but once you are employed, you no longer control your own schedule. But most of all, it felt very weird having your stuff appear under someone else's imprimatur.

You're so used to being self-directed and in control of your own fate that you may have forgotten how distasteful it can be to be under the direction of others --even of people you like.

You have it really good here, as your own boss. Better than you may realize. Don't throw it away!

Posted by: zombie at July 21, 2016 02:04 PM (jBuUi)

298 Cleanup on aisle 278.

Posted by: joncelli, Bridge Troll and Crossbow Afficianado at July 21, 2016 02:04 PM (SEFXb)

299 One word for you all:
HYAPATIA LEE.
Posted by: J.J. Sefton at July 21, 2016 01:55 PM


Waaaaaah! You pledged one word, and then reneged with two!

And why no love for Candida Royale?

Posted by: Duncanthrax at July 21, 2016 02:04 PM (dkHoZ)

300 I would agree that there is something different in the air about this election. Things are devolving into tribal wars, but worse, inter-tribal wars as well. Not just on our side. It's all over. And I fear it's by design.

Either way, people are pissed off, angry and quite willing to go to far in pursuit of "their team" winning something. Since neither side is listening to the other and only shouting passes for conversation, people are frustrated that there is no visable progress made to the ills of our country, hence the frustration manifested in visible anger and sadly, violence.

In other words, we're entering Thunderdome stage soon. Best to gird your loins because I don't think we're stepping back from the cliff this time.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at July 21, 2016 02:04 PM (2PHKP)

301 And don't forget...Trump, or his peoples, said Cruz's speech was reviewed prior and they were OK with it. Remember, it's called the GOP Convention, not The Trump Coronation.

Posted by: Fish at July 21, 2016 01:55 PM (LZgaR)


So either the Trump people didn't see what Cruz was doing and just got lucky or they did see what he was doing and decided to let him have all of the rope he wanted.

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - Outrage Outlet Convention Closeout! All Dramatic Poses 50% Off! at July 21, 2016 02:04 PM (hLRSq)

302 If Cruz had of been able to win the Presidency, his stance last night / today may have made a difference, but, what chance did Cruz have, really?

and, "he's" going to be watching Trump? How about he watches Obama for the next 6 months instead.

>Trump: a stupid move to have him speak
Perhaps Trump gave him enough rope ....

Posted by: cind at July 21, 2016 02:05 PM (nRbbW)

303 It's become apparent that any non-sucking of Trump's dick is the worstest ever and any who refuse should be drummed out of politics forever.

No, there is no cult of personality. Why do you ask?

Posted by: East Bay KG at July 21, 2016 02:05 PM (uDCdI)

304 What's sad is there are plenty of other sites for people to use as their jerk-socks but instead they insist on doing it here.

Posted by: Arson Wells at July 21, 2016 02:05 PM (kiOZ8)

305 Sigh

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:05 PM (zp+j1)

306 hasn't politics always been thus?

Yeah, but the culture hasn't. Politics has always been dirty, nasty, soulless, and full of bloated egos. What's different is that this year so painfully reflects the culture we live in. An evil corrupt hateful hag vs a sleazeball con man Beavis. Either way, we lose.

I figure we lose worse with Hillary, but does it even matter at this point?

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 02:05 PM (39g3+)

307 I really hope you don't quit the blog, Ace, but I know that's my own selfish desire. I absolutely get why you would want to. This election fucking sucks, and it has brought out the worst in a lot of people, including myself.

Posted by: holygoat at July 21, 2016 02:05 PM (DbBV5)

308 Trump read and approved Cruz's speech days beforehand. Manafort all but admitted the boos were planned and orchestrated.

The indignant outrage today from Trump supporters is embarrassing and confirms their superficial tribalism. Tardy indeed.

Posted by: wooga at July 21, 2016 02:05 PM (yX7yv)

309 The MA Attorney General has arbitrarily declared this thread banned and expostfacto determined we are all felons for posting in it.

/no really she hates the Bill of Rights

Posted by: BlueFalcon in Boston at July 21, 2016 02:06 PM (Sqor6)

310
Even better, scour the obituaries for super rich dudes that died, and then go hit on the widow. Worked for John Kerry.
Posted by: Benji Carver


And free ketchup for the hot dogs.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at July 21, 2016 02:06 PM (IqV8l)

311 304 The only one flinging poo is Cruz. He lost, fair and square. He was invited to as a gracious gesture and he did what he always does shit on the floor.

Trump knew he would do this and gave him enough rope to hang himself.

Posted by: Misfortune & Pestilence at July 21, 2016 02:05 PM (4RVDV)

====================

He said "vote your conscience".

That's poo flinging?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 02:06 PM (mC1ZI)

312 Ace:

I think I've been reading this blog for... 10 years I guess? You're a hell of a writer.

Write some novels - self publish on Amazon. We'll buy them. Slice it like a fuckin' hammer and bring the funny. I'd love to read your novels.

If you're not sure how to write a novel, read Stephen King's book "On Writing".

Thanks!

Posted by: The Chewbacca Defense at July 21, 2016 02:06 PM (THdEZ)

313 I noticed on Day 1 that the GOP required all candidates to take a vow not to go 3rd party, and to ultimately support the candidate that the people chose. This was specifically designed to suit the GOP and their establishment cronies, and all the clever pundits new that this rule was put in place because they thought Trump, (who would never garner enough votes to win outright), was not to be trusted and might bolt, weakening the ticket.

Now the rule has come full circle, is biting the old cronies in the ass. The losers in the contest now do not want to keep their word, refuse to honor the pledge.

So now you see before you, clearly, the inherent weasely behavior and auto-betrayal built into the party, which (since Reagan left office) has been volunteering to give ground to the progressives while LYING to the voters who gave them the office in the hopes of defending us from progressive treachery!

Now, reap the whirwind.

Posted by: FredB at July 21, 2016 02:06 PM (c5sfq)

314 Failing this, the next best option is to turn this blog into something that is salable.

You need a blog manager. Someone to set deadlines, schedule articles, manage income streams and deal with the babysitting duties. You can write, but you suck at everything else.

Get this place paying.






Sell swag. Mouse pads, t shirts, bumperstickers, coffee mugs, etc.

Posted by: rickb223 TEXIT at July 21, 2016 02:06 PM (3C84c)

315 According to the news Trump has insulted all women, Hispanics, Muslims, and other minorities.....funny, I saw a lot of women, a lot of minorities and even Muslims who spoke in favor and supported Trump.

Is it a case where once again, the average U.S. citizen is just that much a better person than the average U.S. politician, that they can put aside their differences and choose to support country first before some self-serving God of Offend?

Posted by: doug at July 21, 2016 02:06 PM (Y7fRE)

316 306 What's sad is there are plenty of other sites for people to use as their jerk-socks but instead they insist on doing it here.
Posted by: Arson Wells at July 21, 2016 02:05 PM (kiOZ


Well said. And this is one of the last places where I comment much.

Posted by: rickl at July 21, 2016 02:06 PM (zoehZ)

317 I still don't get the 'shocked there's gambling going on' feelings about Cruz not explicitly endorsing Trump. He advised shortly after Trump did, that the pledge was no longer valid. He stated a number of times he is not apt to endorse anyone who has personally gone after his family. This was done months ago. And I agree, Cruz is a terrible politician.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 02:06 PM (HnB/8)

318

When Reagan was elected President the CIA took out quarter page ads in the Detroit Free Press advertising job openings at the agency.

Posted by: Jazzed in Johnstown at July 21, 2016 02:06 PM (PbmKW)

319 Ace, I keep reading about some awesome ways to make up to $13K a month on facebook. Or maybe some nice Nigerian prince could help you out.

Posted by: Ms Choksondik at July 21, 2016 02:06 PM (7tn/S)

320 I would agree that there is something different in the air about this election. Things are devolving into tribal wars, but worse, inter-tribal wars as well. Not just on our side. It's all over. And I fear it's by design.

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I think we are just in a big ideological shift, perhaps along class lines as Ace suggest. This happens from time to time. And the Internet makes it very vocal.

Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:06 PM (gmeXX)

321 ...the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink enforced by bullies and dummies any more.
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Based on the contents of the comments on this blog for the past 6 months or so, I don't think the group think enforcement is working very well. Maybe if we had more smart bullies and fewer dummy bullies the enforcement would work better.

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 02:07 PM (NUqwG)

322 Saying your don't care if Trump or Hillary wins is sad to see. If for no other reason the Supreme Court is reason enough to support or at least vote for Trump.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:07 PM (zp+j1)

323 >>>THIS. On a thread where Ace is decrying the backbiting and petty feuds and says to try to focus on what is important here because doing otherwise is driving him insane- people launch into petty backbiting, name calling and backstabbing to justify what they have already written a thousand times over.

I just banned Principled Conservative Who Stands on Principle for this reason.

I guess I should tell people: This blog is for conversation. CONVERSATION. That means a real human exchange of ideas, in which one person says something, the other person thinks about it, and then that other person responds honestly to the thing actually said.

It's not for your fucktarded VIRAL ADVERTISING where you FREEP THE COMMENTS by launching into your same fucking TALKING POINTS SCRIPT SUBROUTINE at will.

I'm tired of the guys who are just here to shout the same damn three things irrespective of what anyone else says.

Pro-Tip: If you don't care about what anyone here says, why should anyone here care about what you have to say?

If you want to post an ad on this blog, see the sidebar and GIVE ME THE MONEY TO POST AN AD.

The ad-bot hacks are going to be banned. Not for any specific violation. Just because they contribute nothing -- indeed, they do nothing but detract -- and contributing in some way to the site is an absolute prerequisite for posting here.

Just say something interesting, respond to someone else's comment to make an actual conversation, a real meeting of minds, happen. Anything.

But no more Free Advertising. You want an banner ad? PAY ME, MOTHERFUVKER.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:07 PM (dciA+)

324 I'm either very lucky or very unlucky, but I've never really had a candidate I actually liked. I wasn't alive for Reagan, and was too young to vote for GWB. Everybody my age was full on board the Obama gravy train what with his historical firstness and messianic virtues. I was stuck with McCain and Romney.

I don't see why we all should have to agree with everything the Republican candidate says to vote for him. We're the party of limited government, and separation of powers. If voting for somebody means having to endorse whole-hog everything they've ever supported, we're never going to get anywhere. Plenty of Republicans have passed really bad laws as President. The appropriate response is, for me, to have people exactly like Ted Cruise in the legislature willing to push back on executive overreach, even when it happens from our own party. You don't just stop creeping socialism when it happens from the D side. You stop it whenever you see it.

So I'm going to vote for Trump (rather unhappily, because Clinton might as well be Mephistopheles), but I don't see anything wrong with Cruise saying "I find some of the things you're saying very worrying. Just because we're on the same side against the Hildabeest doesn't mean I'm going to give you a free pass on everything."

This seems to me like exactly what we should want out of our politicians.

Posted by: Barack Obama at July 21, 2016 02:07 PM (KUaJL)

325 Pick a side. Right now Trump is what we have. He can win and I think he will win. I don't especially like Trump, but like his feistiness and media skills.

As pointed out on an earlier thread, "vote your conscience" was a dog whistle, innapropriate to the occasion and the larger fight. Ted did it for selfish reasons because at bottom he's a swarmy narcissist. It's cemented that he's the next Rick Santorum.

Posted by: Ignoramus at July 21, 2016 01:40 PM (r1fLd)


Ace, my sister and I were talking about this attitude by Trump supporters last night.

I don't think they realize they've become what they wanted to crush - they've become the GOPe.

Posted by: Joanne at July 21, 2016 02:07 PM (hgBpU)

326 His next move is to shit in your coffee

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Plagiarist!

Posted by: Civet cats at July 21, 2016 02:07 PM (xOs4a)

327 Not to pry, Ace, but are you still unencumbered? Or do you have to take care of your Mother or something? You are a young man in your prime. The world is your fucking oyster. Hit the road in a Chevy Van, post from McDonalds, collect you pennies from Amazon. Write a memoir or something.

Repeat, the world is your fucking oyster.

Posted by: $19,406,762,019,620.18 at July 21, 2016 02:07 PM (rwI+c)

328 I hate the thought of life without the horde, but completely understand. I have cut the cord and politics are increasingly harder to follow. I don't comment often but read the blog daily. Thank you and good luck for whatever the future holds for you.

Posted by: connielu at July 21, 2016 02:07 PM (xs+DN)

329 Detail from court observers: Bin Attash stood and shouted "no lawyers at my table" when the judge entered. All four were seated beside him.
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Binnie is looking for new legal representation, Ace. The feds pay good and the gig will go on for evah!

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 02:07 PM (iQIUe)

330 But instead, Cruz decided that he needed to highlight his hurt feelings and make it all about him, and that's what I don't like.
Posted by: TrivialPursuer at July 21, 2016 01:59 PM (NnYnv)

I listened to the speech. Can you please explain how he did this? How the speech was all about him.

Posted by: chique d'afrique, l'americaine at July 21, 2016 02:08 PM (g6yUI)

331 thankfully though retarded I am capable of learning, not a dime this cycle.
Posted by: sven10077 at July 21, 2016 01:58 PM (SzZnW)

Not for nothing we call ourselves Morons.

Posted by: OneEyedJack at July 21, 2016 02:08 PM (kKHcp)

332 "Everyone still bashed McCain and Romney after they won the nomination, but Trump of all freaking people is supposed to be untouchable. "

difference might be we went ahead and voted for those guys anyway, to try and stop obama.

Posted by: Dr. Shatterhand at July 21, 2016 02:08 PM (Uy8SG)

333 Sell swag. Mouse pads, t shirts, bumperstickers, coffee mugs, etc.
Posted by: rickb223 TEXIT at July 21, 2016 02:06 PM (3C84c)


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Hobo traps and foot mirrors.....

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 02:08 PM (Fmupd)

334 dammit

Posted by: Grump928(C) says Free Soothie! at July 21, 2016 02:08 PM (rwI+c)

335
Why does one little shit get 4 attys on our dimre?

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 02:08 PM (iQIUe)

336
Even better, scour the obituaries for super rich dudes that died, and then go hit on the widow. Worked for John Kerry.
Posted by: Benji Carver

And free ketchup for the hot dogs.
Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at July 21, 2016 02:06 PM (IqV8l)
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I hear the Miracle Whip heiress will soon be available.

Posted by: iforgot at July 21, 2016 02:08 PM (pC96u)

337 Some say the 3 rules of this universe are:
Can't win
Can't break even
Can't quit the game

I'm not sure these rules are true.
I can't prove these rules are false.
I do think these rules are complete in the mathematical sense.
Like Asimov's rules of robotics are complete.
Asimov had another unnumbered rule stating that the rules were applied in order. There is a cartoon somewhere of what you get if you change Asimov's order. These 3 rules above seem to be unordered.

Posted by: Ok at July 21, 2016 02:08 PM (Bbcs8)

338
I will say based on the history of communism, recent activity at colleges (microagressions et al), slime like twitter, facebook, go fund me, espn, IRS, FBI attacking conservatives and the general leftism the country is facing, that many conservative blogs will probably be shut down. I have no idea when but fascism is the historic governing probability.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at July 21, 2016 02:08 PM (ODxAs)

339
hasn't politics always been thus?

Yeah, but the culture hasn't.


Maybe the culture has but now with instant communication we know the "truth" about it?

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at July 21, 2016 02:08 PM (IqV8l)

340 222 >>But I am now going to begin actively looking.

I have no idea if there's any money in it, but you should e-publish batches of some of your better essays (good for a few volumes). Blogger bookworm has done that and it's great to have some of her timeless posts handy. You have *many* classics that are continually quoted or referenced around the web.
Posted by: Lizzy


I love Bookworm too but I gotta nix this suggestion: There is almost NO money to be made selling ebooks of past posts. She did that, and it's nice to have, and I salute her, but it is no way to make a living. Not even 1% of a living. Trust me on this.

Posted by: zombie at July 21, 2016 02:09 PM (jBuUi)

341 Posted by: Barack Obama at July 21, 2016 02:07 PM (KUaJL)

Off Semi-retired president sock

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at July 21, 2016 02:09 PM (KUaJL)

342 Ace needs to Get Over His Drinking Problem, one of the things about being an alcoholic is that it tends to retard or stop your emotional development. Posts like this seem to be from like a 2008 mindset, very little sense of having ever put these emotions into proper historical context, connected with previous emotional lows, talked to other people about them, etc.

Trump voters can read between the lines of Ted's speech, they've seen enough Ted speeches to know that he goes overlong and meandering, that he peppers them with frankly problematic and what would be liberal-approved allusions (WHY THE HELL ARE YOU MENTIONING ALTON STERLING AND DYLAN ROOF IN YOUR SUPPOSED EULOGY TO SLAIN POLICE OFFICERS) and that he never speaks a sentence without previously formulating it for maximum lawyerly maneuverability, which makes his speaking pattern often weird and off-putting, and very non-Presidential.

We've seen through him. We know who he's signaling too and why. We started applauding when he spoke of our principles and booing when he refused to honor an agreement that HE NEVER BOTHERED REPUDIATING, LIKE TRUMP.

Now he's rejected by the very same donors he sought to court earlier, who while often greedy and selfish, certainly aren't stupid.

Posted by: Dystopia Max at July 21, 2016 02:09 PM (UM8Ie)

343 There's always the Nigerian space program. I hear they need top men.

Posted by: josephistan at July 21, 2016 02:09 PM (7HtZB)

344 I saw 'alien's come kill us' open for....wait...I ain't seen that show yet!

Posted by: Killerdog at July 21, 2016 02:09 PM (KGwG+)

345 Trump has insulted a lot of women regard to their looks and gender. But he has also supported women and treated them very well. It just depends on whether he likes you or not or whether you publicly disagree with him.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 02:09 PM (HnB/8)

346 >>>Just say something interesting, respond to someone else's comment to make an actual conversation, a real meeting of minds, happen. Anything.

Does this include or not include Winona Ryder poetry/fiction?
Asking for a friend.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 21, 2016 02:09 PM (2gKX/)

347 Thank you all for making this so easy.

Posted by: Mumm-Ra Clinton at July 21, 2016 02:10 PM (xudgf)

348 Well said. And this is one of the last places where I comment much.

This is now the only place I comment... I'd miss it.... Most days I say "i don't give a shit, people deserve the Government they put into office", but some days i see a rare glimmer of hope that things might change.... I guess I'm one of those dinosaurs who just doesn't fit anymore...

Posted by: donna at July 21, 2016 02:10 PM (O2RFr)

349 I actually keyed in on the "Megyn Kelly low cut top" story on Breitbart. I didn't notice any of the others.


*scurries over to Breitbart*

Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 21, 2016 02:10 PM (1xUj/)

350 I thought Orange Lives Matter was going to lynch Cruz after he failed to show sufficient reverence for their cult leader!

How long before Orange Lives Matter cultists start attacking people for drawing sketches of the Holy Prophet Donald Trump?

Posted by: Tiny Orange Penis at July 21, 2016 02:10 PM (bhbDH)

351 I appreciate your frustration Ace - that was the worst Rush show I have ever heard - and no I couldn't turn it off I was painting a building and was trapped in my gear.

Cruz's speech was great. He is working hard to get Conservative down-ticket candidates elected. The down-ticket is the place to focus our energies.


Posted by: batterup at July 21, 2016 02:10 PM (hes+/)

352 Sigh. Trump did not call Heidi Cruz ugly. Claiming it over and over does not make it so. This false canard has become as ubiquitous as Palin allegedly saying she could see Alaska from her house.

What happened was, Trump RE-TWEETED someone else's Tweet, which had an unflattering picture of Heidi next to a flattering picture of Melania.

The entire text of the RE-TWEET (again I emphasize this) was:

"No Need to Spill the Beans...The Images are Worth a Thousand Words."

Note the distinct lack of the word "ugly."

And did I mention it was a RE-TWEET?

But don't believe me. I don't want you to believe me. I want you to believe your own eyes:

Here's the Tweet:

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/03/trump-fights-sexism-with-ugly-heidi-cruz-retweet.html

Posted by: WhatWhatWhat? at July 21, 2016 02:10 PM (s/EUv)

353 Form of: A dueling pistol!
Shape of: An exploding watermelon where a friendly acquaintance once stood!

Posted by: Trumptard Powers, Activate! at July 21, 2016 02:10 PM (tRcZX)

354 I've been staying out of the comments for awhile but I have to say...

Thank you, Ace. This sums it up succinctly.

Have a nice day.

Posted by: Foghorn Leghorn at July 21, 2016 02:10 PM (UhRGU)

355
I'm not sure these rules are true.
I can't prove these rules are false.
I do think these rules are complete in the mathematical sense.


The rules of Fizzbin.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at July 21, 2016 02:10 PM (IqV8l)

356 There are no more guardrails. No sanctuaries. It's the battle of all against all.





Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:01 PM (dciA+)

THUNDERDOME

Posted by: Tex Lovera at July 21, 2016 02:10 PM (wtvvX)

357 Candidates have been insulting one another, and their spouses, personally since day one.

If Cruze can't handle it he should fold up his panties and go home. I supported Cruze until Trump won but I would support Jenjis Kahn over Hillary. I value the Bill of Rights.

Posted by: Easy at July 21, 2016 02:10 PM (yOqwj)

358 Ace - the instant Trump was nominated was the point at which I broke in the manner you're alluding to. I'm not voting because I don't give a flying f-ck who wins at this point. We are deeply embedded into the first wave of Idiocracy. Trump couldn't back off to win the support of Cruz! Let that sink it. Cruz would support anyone who could carry the torch against Hillary. Anyone. All Trump had to do was NOT be an asshole. Many of the Trump supporters - even some of my life long friends and family - have assumed Trump's manner of arguing. Fu-k 'em all.

Posted by: Smitty27 at July 21, 2016 02:10 PM (g9d8D)

359 "And free ketchup for the hot dogs. "

She sold that to the undertaxed guy so that horseface could be secretary of state.

undertaxed guy takes his orders from the same people Obama takes his orders from.

Posted by: Ok at July 21, 2016 02:10 PM (Bbcs8)

360 Ace. Don't comment much..but dedicated reader. Hang in there bubba. We need..dare I say..the country needs ya!

Posted by: Texas Mikey at July 21, 2016 02:11 PM (fkLIX)

361 Trump has insulted a lot of women regard to their looks and gender. But he has also supported women and treated them very well. It just depends on whether he likes you or not or whether you publicly disagree with him.
Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 02:09 PM (HnB/

Doesn't seem all that different than many people. It's just Trump has a bigger stage and less of a filter between is brain and his mouth

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:11 PM (zp+j1)

362 I hear you, Ace. Politics mirrors society and politics is getting stupid and nasty.

I'm surprised you have lasted this long. I'm glad I don't have to make a living in politics, or commenting/following it. It seems like a pride-swallowing exercise for anyone with half a brain.

We elect Trump, we are screwed.

We elect Clinton, we are f*cked.

Posted by: MacGruber at July 21, 2016 02:11 PM (kQBSd)

363
Posted by: Stephanie at July 21, 2016 02:01 PM (eLvFT)>>

See, this is the kind of BS ace is talking about. There is no freaking unity, because unity is not in the culture of the GOP anymore.

We used to be united about the Constitution...now, who gives a damn? "My Der Furher vas been insulted! Treachery!"

Posted by: ICBMMan at July 21, 2016 02:11 PM (0OIm5)

364 Ace.
There are a zillion other stories going on. Stuff that we all should be interested in knowing about and discussing. Your analysis of stories is thought provoking. It's what makes this blog worthwhile and for people who actually think.

It's your blog. Refuse to post a story about either one of the trigger candidates until there is actually something that merits discussion, such as policy or cabinet picks, etc.

Instead of the news dump in the AM, cut it in half and post more of the dump as individual threads. So much of it gets buried by one political story.

There are a lot of things going on to talk about that have nothing to do with Count Chocula or Orange Julius. Let your mods clear out trolls and those who refuse to not inject favorite candidate's likely response in every thread. I don't know if the mods have the ability to simply remove posts without banning the poster, but that would be a start.

What I know exhausts bloggers and forum owners is when a poster is determined to bring their attitude on every post they make , which is on virtually every thread.

There was someone last night who said they liked to start arguments on blogs so the blog doesn't become boring.
That person would be gone if it were my site.

Membership is a privilege not a right. Get rid of people that cause everyone else to respond, become defensive, etc.

Posted by: Jen the original at July 21, 2016 02:11 PM (ZgFWy)

365 On Dennis Prager at noon he had a Texas congressman who said Ted told him the Trump people had a copy of his speach 3 days ago, so bottom line they knew what was afoot.
Personally his non commit doesn't sway me one way or another from Cruz.

Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 02:11 PM (bksJQ)

366 I was trying to find a way that I could support the Mafiaoso Don the Donald.

But, the last straw for me was the combination of :

A. The Trump nutters and the Trump Organization threatening the lives of the delegates on the rules committee.

B. The Preibus sham vote on the rules changes.

That's it I'm done.

The GOP and the Trump Organization are both a bunch of criminal thugs, and I have to the realization that Trump is a bigger threat to the realm that Hillary, as difficult as that is to swallow.

The Trump Nuts are just Fascists through and through. They attack anyone or any argument that doesn't fall in line with the Trump Narrative.

We are in a time of great peril. We desperately need to deal with our problems. Shutting down debate that doesn't fit your of view is the last thing we need.

Posted by: Unsk at July 21, 2016 02:12 PM (Tr/gv)

367 @2 lf -- Is or has there ever been any noise for a mome in Austin?
I'm in Round Rock. Love to meet and if you fall I'd be sure to help you up

Also, Ted did give an appropriate speech, he's always good if a little lacking in charisma. I'd feel the same way after the lying-Ted, etc. BS

Posted by: micky at July 21, 2016 02:12 PM (o5vMc)

368
The indignant outrage today from Trump supporters is embarrassing and confirms their superficial tribalism. Tardy indeed.
Posted by: wooga at July 21, 2016 02:05 PM (yX7yv)


Actually its Cruz's speech to delegates this morning that annoyed me

Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at July 21, 2016 02:12 PM (lKyWE)

369 I feel exactly the same way, Ace.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at July 21, 2016 02:12 PM (l7VAC)

370 But no more Free Advertising. You want an banner ad? PAY ME, MOTHERFUVKER.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:07 PM (dciA+)


Hehe.
That is, without a doubt, the angriest sales pitch I've ever heard

Posted by: OneEyedJack at July 21, 2016 02:12 PM (kKHcp)

371 >>>Big old told you so!
Posted by: Misfortune & Pestilence at July 21, 2016 02:08 PM (4RVDV)


Boy you sure did!

I suspect you'll be hearing a lot of that in November.

Posted by: Arson Wells at July 21, 2016 02:12 PM (kiOZ8)

372 >>yes but not this bad. The problem with this cycle is the deep class
schism in the party. At least before, we had a #SafeSpace of people who
generally agreed with us. A support network.
There are no more guardrails. No sanctuaries. It's the battle of all against all.


Honestly, it feels like this is happening everywhere, not just within the GOP.

People are letting the mask slip all over the place, whether it's some stupid GQ writer thinking it's OK to tweet that a woman be beaten to death for dissing his candidate, or some band spending the entirety of his charity fundraiser concert insulting the guests. Heck, my cousin attempted to start a facebook flame war over my brother "liking" some article about Netanyahu - seriously, WTF is wrong with you if you get explosively angry over something like that? It's war all the time, no downtime. Feels like the fabric of society is unraveling. No more politeness, no more tolerance (in the traditional sense) of differences.

Posted by: Lizzy at July 21, 2016 02:12 PM (NOIQH)

373 Did Ace just quit? Tell me that isn't so.

Posted by: xpo172 at July 21, 2016 02:12 PM (1PDwB)

374 274 I think it's hilarious that Ace, the atheist, and Bill Clinton voter, social liberal is standing with the ineligible Cubanadian that came to a party and shit on the floor. His next move is to shit in your coffee but he won't be allowed that chance.

Must be some kind of warped, weirdo, Globalist Uniparty dogcall that Ace responds to.

Posted by: Misfortune & Pestilence at July 21, 2016 02:01 PM (4RVDV)

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I think it's hilarious that I just waxed your ass for being a boring, non-sensical dick to our host and a religious bigot, to boot.

Posted by: Y-not (@moxiemom) at July 21, 2016 02:13 PM (t5zYU)

375 I always try to run all of my Amazon purchases through this site. I look around a lot then when I'm done I reclick the AoSHQ link before purchasing then go to the basket and complete the transactions. I hope that is getting to you because I spend way too much money on Amazon.

Posted by: lindafell TEXIT!! at July 21, 2016 02:13 PM (xVgrA)

376 I agree with Ace's main point here - that is, tribalism leads to people saying and doing stupid things - but there is an obvious difference between criticizing something Limbaugh said versus what Cruz said to a national audience at the convention. Two entirely different worlds.

And Cruz didn't reject a policy statement or view by Trump; he rejected his entire candidacy, Trumpism in toto.

I respect Cruz's view here; but I'm not sure that doing it at the convention at this time is the right way to do it. It's grandstanding to a large degree.


Posted by: SteveMG at July 21, 2016 02:13 PM (5Ooh9)

377 Inviting Cruz to speak at the convention was in order to publicly humiliate Cruz.
nothing more.
I'm surprised they didn't make Cruz strip naked and walk through the crown while they chanted "shame,shame,shame...".

Posted by: harley1911 at July 21, 2016 02:13 PM (SHCNy)

378 Maybe Ace could join a monastery. They're nice and quiet and contemplative, and engage in meaningful work like making wine. Maybe there's a movie review monastery. I think I read once of a nun who watched a lot of movies. Oh wait - I think she was an actress in the 50's or 60's, who later became a nun. Can't think of her name. Anyway, nun-hood might be hard for Ace, but I can definitely see him as a monk, with the little fuzzy acorn haircut.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 02:13 PM (dFi94)

379 Trump is the Yoko Ono of this blog.

Posted by: Yuimetal at July 21, 2016 02:13 PM (XnLTM)

380 He said "vote your conscience".

That's poo flinging?
Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 02:06 PM (mC1ZI)

It seems that some are implying that's voting for Trump cannot be done in good conscience, otherwise I don't understand what the big deal is.

Most Republicans are going to vote for Trump, including the ones who despise him, because they cannot in good conscience allow Hillary to win. Others, a much smaller number, will feel that they cannot in good conscience vote for someone with the character and policy platform and other attributes of trump either. Not everyone's conscience is going to direct them the same way as everyone else.

Posted by: chique d'afrique, l'americaine at July 21, 2016 02:13 PM (g6yUI)

381 So either the Trump people didn't see what Cruz was doing and just got lucky or they did see what he was doing and decided to let him have all of the rope he wanted.

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - Outrage Outlet Convention Closeout! All Dramatic Poses 50% Off! at July 21, 2016 02:04 PM (hLRSq)

The convention does two things, nominate the candidate and introduce the ticket. They'd already gotten the nomination done. With the limited time remaining- only the debate(s) will have this kind of audience- to introduce the ticket, why spend time in an attempt to bury a former opponent?

Posted by: El Skippito Friskito at July 21, 2016 02:13 PM (CGjum)

382 >>>I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it. I can't take the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink enforced by bullies and dummies any more.


NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! NOOOO!!!!

NO NO NO NO

Ace we need you!!!

Can't you just take a 3 month sabbatical and find yourself or something?

Posted by: Max Power at July 21, 2016 02:13 PM (q177U)

383 Well, fuck.

I'll miss the community. Won't miss the infighting.

Stay well, Ace.

I've been hanging with The Hostages lately myself. Anyone gives a rat, you can find me there.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, down with Eph 6:12-13 at July 21, 2016 02:13 PM (9krrF)

384 The grass isn't always greener on the other side. And if it's anything like my yard, it's full of dog shit.

Posted by: BorisBadenov at July 21, 2016 02:13 PM (LEzS5)

385 Agree. Thank you for this post! I've had to block and unfriend 4 frothing crazy Trump people from my page for insinuating it is my responsibility to ensure Trump is elected. What about Trump? Isn't it his job to find voters after he alienated the conservatives in his new Blue dog Democrat/progressive Republican party? I hope Cruz starts a new party. I will be the first to sign up.

Posted by: Jenny at July 21, 2016 02:14 PM (U2Pgy)

386 322 Saying your don't care if Trump or Hillary wins is sad to see. If for no other reason the Supreme Court is reason enough to support or at least vote for Trump.
Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:07 PM (zp+j1)

Exactly. That is what is important here. Everyone is literally saying the same thing over and over again trying to get everyone who disagrees with them to shut up and/or leave the blog.

How does this help our cause? How does that get people energized about defeating Hillary?

Posted by: Aetius451AD at July 21, 2016 02:14 PM (3ZoRf)

387 Inviting Cruz to speak at the convention was in order to publicly humiliate Cruz

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Then why did Cruz choose to speak?

Posted by: Seems Legit at July 21, 2016 02:14 PM (U+nHb)

388 I would agree that there is something different in the air about this election


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Obama and the democrats took Alinsky mainstream.
We've had eight years of it, and the democrats have legitimzed treason, and corruption. They celebrate it as putting something over on their hated political opponents.

Posted by: Losing in Louisville at July 21, 2016 02:14 PM (PbmKW)

389 I'd be lost without AOSHQ. I've been reading for years, and it's the only exposure I have to people that I agree with politically. A daily reminder that there are still sane people left, who do not crave mind-crushing Communism with every fiber of their being.

Posted by: Pyrocles at July 21, 2016 02:14 PM (MYMcU)

390 If you don't think you can vote for Trump, just picture Hillary's face when the returns start coming in, picture her reaction when that first state she thought she had locked up goes for Trump, picture how many lamps she'll throw, and the rage seizure she'll have when this office she thinks she's so entitled to slips away.

Hold your nose and vote for the Orange Clownshow. It'll be worth it.

Posted by: brak at July 21, 2016 02:14 PM (MJuTN)

391 So that video where Trump said he wouldn't support the nominee was an interview done right after he found out that the RNC $hit on him and did not make !Jeb sign the same pledge everyone else did.



Posted by: The Great White Scotsman at July 21, 2016 02:14 PM (iONHu)

392 If Ace stops doing political content, maybe we'll get more movie reviews?

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at July 21, 2016 02:14 PM (KUaJL)

393 At the end of the day, as I said last night, both Trump and Cruz love this country. Different views on things, but that love of the USA remains a glue binding us together.

I could not say the same for the Obamas or Clintons.


Posted by: AlaBAMA at July 21, 2016 02:14 PM (2PHKP)

394 Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:11 PM (zp+j1)

I think it's a minority of men and certainly would hope it would be non existent in a GOP nominee. It's not but it's going to be hard to defend when the commercials flood the airwaves. I don't know if the pro women Trump stories will be able to make it a wash. We will find out in November.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (HnB/8)

395
and this is a tough obstacle to work around -- I have no discernible skills.


You're an excellent writer, Ace. That's a skill.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (X6fMO)

396
Ace needs to Get Over His Drinking Problem...

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Ace is a 2 lite beers man max. Hahahahaha!

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (iQIUe)

397 362 I hear you, Ace. Politics mirrors society and politics is getting stupid and nasty.


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Oh, puhleeze. Politics have always been stupid and nasty.

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (Fmupd)

398 I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it.

I can tell you are getting burnt out, I got there and you have been at this longer than myself. After a while it took a toll on me: why am I working so hard at this, when nobody seems to give a crap or even learn? Being what feels like the lone voice crying in the wilderness is not easy. When you have that fire inside, the passion, you don't care if all you get back are echoes. But if you lose that, its not easy to recover.

What I recommend is taking a break. You've been at this more or less nonstop for almost 20 years. That's a really long run of independent writing. Your blog is really established and respected, influential, and widely known. You have a hell of an achievement here.

So taking time off, that's fine. Take a break for a while even from politics. Give it a month or two, just shut all that crap away, write something else (because you're a writer, and you WILL be writing, trust me) and take it easy. Write a novel. Write poetry. Go for a vacation somewhere remote and separated. Do something really different. It can make a huge difference.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (39g3+)

399 Looking at the convention,

Cruz showed up.
He has not said anything good or bad about Donald, only about "principles."

Where is Kasck?
Where are the Bushes?
Where are the establishment power brokers?

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We're not seeing a bunch of Kasich/Bush headlines this morning and won't be seeing Donk ads about them not being there. I think also (although my crystal ball is a little cloudy) that Jeb and the Postman don't have a future. Cruz did but I suspect that last night will be his Christie-hugs-Obozo moment.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (Nwg0u)

400 I don't think anyone wants "deference" as such. They just want to prevent Hillary frome becoming president.

Posted by: Yuimetal at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (XnLTM)

401 Trump is the Yoko Ono of this blog.
Posted by: Yuimetal at July 21, 2016 02:13 PM (XnLTM)

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hahahahah

*I hope not.

Posted by: Seems Legit at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (U+nHb)

402 Ace, I hope you won't leave blogging. Take a break if you must, but please don't leave.

Regarding Cruz's speech, I mostly liked it. Less preachy & focused on the basics of conservatism. It's unorthodox not to endorse the nominee, but it's been a very unorthodox election season with a lot of old rules being shattered. Full disclosure: Cruz was the 3rd and final primary candidate that I settled on.

I may still decide to vote for Trump as a lesser of two evils thing since Hillary is unacceptable. I don't begrudge Cruz declining to endorse Trump. Trump already waived the pledge so endorsement requirements fell by the wayside. Trump knew about the non-endorsement up front, still had Cruz speak, and even saw the speech in advance. Going scorched earth on opponents in the primary was a risky play for Trump, but he was apparently willing to risk consequences like this. Frankly, I think the smarter play would have been to ignore it, adopt Gingrich's interpretation of "vote your conscience". (Gingrich knows how to make lemons into lemonade!)

Trump is a gifted entertainer and bills himself as a strong counter-puncher. Trump is probably editing his speech to make the fuss over Cruz's speech work to his advantage.

Posted by: Jill v2 at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (8048L)

403 It seems that some are implying that's voting for Trump cannot be done in good conscience, otherwise I don't understand what the big deal is.

Most Republicans are going to vote for Trump, including the ones who despise him, because they cannot in good conscience allow Hillary to win. Others, a much smaller number, will feel that they cannot in good conscience vote for someone with the character and policy platform and other attributes of trump either. Not everyone's conscience is going to direct them the same way as everyone else.
Posted by: chique d'afrique, l'americaine at July 21, 2016 02:13 PM (g6yUI)

Amen.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (3ZoRf)

404 Ace, you could do a Steven den Beste and blog about Japanese cartoon porn, uh, I mean, anime.

It's an art form, dammit!

Posted by: butch at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (0APJ3)

405 Ace, Two thoughts.

1. I would miss you terribly. Many others would, too.
2. You can't escape the dumb shit by dropping the blog. Your IQ came with a life-long payment plan.

Posted by: USA at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (tfM+W)

406 So Trump put up the juxtaposition to show Melania is taller? Cruz isn't an idiot and unfortunately every one of us has a breaking point on insults. Saying everyone must endure every insult is asking a bit much. Trump found Cruz's breaking point. Congrats to Trump - that's what he does best.





352
Sigh. Trump did not call Heidi Cruz ugly. .....


Posted by: WhatWhatWhat? at July 21, 2016 02:10 PM (s/EUv)

Posted by: Smitty27 at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (g9d8D)

407 Micky,
We're trying to get together in October up in Corsicana at Ben Had's place.

Posted by: lindafell TEXIT!! at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (xVgrA)

408 I don't know if the mods have the ability to simply remove posts without banning the poster, but that would be a start.
_Jen the original_

Oh yeah. Maet was doing that last night. Over and over.
I started reading the thread and every third one was
[No primary talk]

Kinda funny, but it eventually worked.

Posted by: OneEyedJack at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (kKHcp)

409 Oh Teddy you poor,poor delicate flower.

I know you prefer to stand behind the your big bullies who called Trumps with a whore. Hey, it's all good. There is a heck of a lot more at stake than Trumps wife or yours for that matter.

Teddy last night the only ring that you were suppose to kiss was Adleson's but being you couldn't simply give a speech without the endorsements, you got locked out of the king makers room and thus, the treasure chest. Another failure to tack on to your list of failures.

All you had to do, all you had to do was give the speech but you could not resist. You just could not resist stumping for Hillary in your weasely way that you usually go about things.

One thing Teddy, one thing and you blew it.

Posted by: Drider at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (bdzyz)

410 Trump read and approved Cruz's speech days beforehand. Manafort all but admitted the boos were planned and orchestrated.

I think this was a deliberate effort by Trump to castrate and destroy Cruz in the Senate and shut down what may be the only voice that will speak out. If the boos hadn't been whipped up the speech would have had minimal impact.

We are screwed 2016.

Posted by: Jprs at July 21, 2016 02:16 PM (Gi+rH)

411 Trump had his speech, Trump knew what he was going to do, and turned it in to a plus. Trump is playing chess, Cruz is playing Pokémon.

Posted by: CSMBigBird at July 21, 2016 02:16 PM (jsWA8)

412 I'm surprised they didn't make Cruz strip naked and walk through the crown while they chanted "shame,shame,shame...".
Posted by: harley1911 at July 21, 2016 02:13 PM (SHCNy)
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Well, they didn't want to introduce any changes to the rules from committee on Monday. Otherwise they might have gotten that added.

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 02:16 PM (NUqwG)

413 >>>
It's your blog. Refuse to post a story about either one of the trigger candidates until there is actually something that merits discussion, such as policy or cabinet picks, etc.

that's a good idea.

I'll tell you the problem with it. and this is the sick hypocrisy I'm a part of.

The fact is, it's the "Hot" juicy button-pushing stories that get the most attention, spur the most comments, and are the easiest to write.

It would be far better if I iddn't pursue this stupid non-story. If I looked up something interesting and really analyzed it.

But you know what? that's harder. It's easier to just take this Shit Story everyone's talking about and offer my own #HotTake. So I did.

I do try to avoid these bullshit fucktarded Let's All Yell stories, but a lot of times, I'm lazy, or they can't be avoided (It's all Twitter is talking about !!11!!eleventy!!).

And I frankly wouldn't know what the hell to fill the day up with without them.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:16 PM (dciA+)

414
391 So that video where Trump said he wouldn't support the nominee was an interview done right after he found out that the RNC $hit on him and did not make !Jeb sign the same pledge everyone else did.



Posted by: The Great White Scotsman at July 21, 2016 02:14 PM (iONHu)

I think that's a valid reason. Don't you?

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 02:16 PM (HnB/8)

415 I don't think anyone wants "deference" as such. They just want to prevent Hillary frome becoming president.
Posted by: Yuimetal at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (XnLTM)


Bingo

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:16 PM (zp+j1)

416 I'm with ace on this. I'd pretty much come around to supporting Trump, but these fucking crybabies are making me reconsider. Again. I really don't see the difference between these whiners and Trigglypuff.

Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 02:16 PM (4ueYo)

417
If Trump wins in the fall, there will be plenty of federal job openings.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 02:16 PM (iQIUe)

418 People are letting the mask slip all over the place, whether it's some stupid GQ writer thinking it's OK to tweet that a woman be beaten to death for dissing his candidate, or some band spending the entirety of his charity fundraiser concert insulting the guests. Heck, my cousin attempted to start a facebook flame war over my brother "liking" some article about Netanyahu - seriously, WTF is wrong with you if you get explosively angry over something like that? It's war all the time, no downtime. Feels like the fabric of society is unraveling. No more politeness, no more tolerance (in the traditional sense) of differences.



Special snowflakes writ large.

Posted by: rickb223 TEXIT at July 21, 2016 02:17 PM (3C84c)

419 >>If Ace stops doing political content, maybe we'll get more movie reviews?

Was that supposed to cheer me up?

Posted by: JackStraw at July 21, 2016 02:17 PM (/tuJf)

420 Smitty27

Like any books or movies?

I think if a book is any good you can read its chapters in reverse order. (read the ending first, then the next to last chapter, ...) Read a steam punk book my daughter pushed on me from the middle. It was a different book if you read it from the front. The last half made more sense without the first half.

Posted by: Ok at July 21, 2016 02:17 PM (Bbcs8)

421 Trump Nuts are just Fascists through and through. They attack anyone or any argument that doesn't fall in line with the Trump Narrative.

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Substituting Cruz for Trump in that comment would result in a banning.

Just sayin.

Posted by: Mortimer at July 21, 2016 02:17 PM (xOs4a)

422 Oh the scolds over at Breitbart!

How dare Megyn Kelly wear spaghetti straps on TV? How dare she flaunt clavicles that throb and pulse as she breathes.

My god, that thing was so low cut you could begin to see breasts. You might imagine them swaying, sweating joyfully over your upturned face as you begged.

You might imagine dirty, dirty, nasty things with Megyn which involve flipping her over and changing positions a few times.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 21, 2016 02:17 PM (1xUj/)

423 >>>I'm surprised they didn't make Cruz strip naked and walk through the crown while they chanted "shame,shame,shame...".
Posted by: harley1911 at July 21, 2016 02:13 PM (SHCNy)


You forgot the "whilst throwing rotten tomatoes from the salted garden of the Wretched Hitlery Clinton." part.

Posted by: Arson Wells at July 21, 2016 02:17 PM (kiOZ8)

424 I surely hope you don't quit Ace. Win or lose in November, you will be needed here more than ever.

Posted by: Martell at July 21, 2016 02:17 PM (DPtAq)

425
*pulls out measuring tape, holds up to white house window*

"cough-cough,,cough,cough-cough-cough-cough,cough...."

Hmmmmm. I'm thinking something in a pea green......

*hic*

Posted by: Hillary Clinton at July 21, 2016 02:17 PM (HSmrB)

426 Why the fuck do people think they have to defend Cruz or Trump at all in this space? All been said before.

Posted by: Dave at Buffalo Roam at July 21, 2016 02:18 PM (Eyx+b)

427
Hehe.
That is, without a doubt, the angriest sales pitch I've ever heard
Posted by: OneEyedJack
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Buttered coffee is for closers.

Posted by: Chi at July 21, 2016 02:18 PM (uV2DT)

428 I'm with ace on this. I'd pretty much come around to supporting Trump, but these fucking crybabies are making me reconsider. Again. I really don't see the difference between these whiners and Trigglypuff.




Difference? Two Supreme Court picks.

Posted by: rickb223 TEXIT at July 21, 2016 02:18 PM (3C84c)

429 I have a regular joke I say.

Dude: "...and that's why he's the worst defensive coach in the south-west region."
Me: "If you knew as much about politics as you do about football, you would be the next Kissinger."
Dude: "Who's Kissinger?"
Me: *flips desk, walks out*

But just today, I realized that the ability to identify the face of any long-standing senator makes me a rare person among the regular citizens. Politics is my football.

Ace, you should do what you need to do. If that means an extended vacation, then there it is. Heh, follow your conscience. But you are a huge boon to the sanity of who-knows-how-many.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at July 21, 2016 02:18 PM (VdICR)

430 Was that supposed to cheer me up?
Posted by: JackStraw at July 21, 2016 02:17 PM (/tuJf)

It didn't sound that great in my head either.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at July 21, 2016 02:18 PM (KUaJL)

431 I'll miss this site terribly. There are too few good sites left.

Posted by: Lily at July 21, 2016 02:18 PM (JOAfg)

432 351 Cruz's speech was great. He is working hard to get Conservative down-ticket candidates elected. The down-ticket is the place to focus our energies.


Posted by: batterup at July 21, 2016 02:10 PM (hes+/)

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Focus on the state level.

Fed is gone.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 02:18 PM (mC1ZI)

433 Ace, if you follow through on what you said here you will be very badly missed. Thank you for many years of fantastic content.

Posted by: James Felix at July 21, 2016 02:18 PM (x7byD)

434 Although I rarely participate, I like the arguing to some degree. It's fun to vent, and a reasonable amount of non-personal attacks can be healthy.

Obviously many people go too far...

Posted by: Max Power at July 21, 2016 02:18 PM (q177U)

435 No, what is bizarre is the inability of Republicans to get over the primaries.


What is bizarre is the inability of Republicans to even TRY to win the Presidency, just because their guy wasn't the nominee.


The convention goers have been very tough on Hillary, sounds like they want to win.


Why not help them?

Posted by: Pam at July 21, 2016 02:18 PM (cF0hS)

436 Simple enough, I just read Cruz's speech and thought it was great. I also plan on voting for the lesser of two evils in November and nothing is more evil than the Clintons. (well, ISIS is trying...)

Other than that no need to get all worked up about it, people are people, cons and libs alike, and all have their flaws - that's baked into the cake and a thinking conservative should acknowledge that.

But, Please don't leave us, Ace, you are our only hope!

(for world-class insight and snark, but mostly the snark.)



Posted by: West at July 21, 2016 02:18 PM (1Rgee)

437 Bill reads the interwebs
Bill sees something he doesn't like
Bill skips the article and moves on with life
Be like Bill

Posted by: CSMBigBird at July 21, 2016 02:18 PM (jsWA8)

438 Focus on the state level.

Fed is gone.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 02:18 PM (mC1ZI)

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I do believe this is where the counter revolution must come from.

Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:19 PM (gmeXX)

439 All that matters is stopping neo-communism and retro-Islam. All this balderdash of bozos bickering is of almost zero consequence in the Big Picture.
_________________

This. Hillary Clinton has already promised to amnesty every illegal alien in sight within 100 days of taking office (and has also promised that she will go even further than Obama did in using the unconstitutional executive order route). She has also promised to bring in even more muzzie "refugees" than Obama. She is also planning another ludicrous "infrastructure" spending spree, as if the trillion-dollar+ 2009 "stimulus" didn't waste enough of our money. She also has a laundry list of "free" socialist government give-aways ("free" college for all!) she's planning to ram through congress. And she will appoint at least 2 and maybe more of the most hard-left lunatic Supreme Court justices ever -- all while selling American interests out and screwing up our foreign relations even worse than she did as SOS.

Hillary Clinton must be stopped. That should be the goal of every American now, regardless of whether they are Republican or independent or libertarian or whatever. Trump is not the candidate I wanted, but he's what we've got, and we have to accept that.

I will say that I was favorably impressed with Trump, Jr., the other day. He appears to be an actual conservative, and Donald Trump reportedly puts a lot of stock in what his kids tell him, so having Jr. as an advisor can only be a good thing.

Posted by: TrivialPursuer at July 21, 2016 02:19 PM (NnYnv)

440
393 At the end of the day, as I said last night, both Trump and Cruz love this country. Different views on things, but that love of the USA remains a glue binding us together.

I could not say the same for the Obamas or Clintons.


Posted by: AlaBAMA at July 21, 2016 02:14 PM (2PHKP)


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As I said I a comment above, the dem convention starts next week. Then we'll see the true evil.

Perspective. It's a hell of a drug.

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 02:19 PM (Fmupd)

441 >>>Cruz did but I suspect that last night will be his Christie-hugs-Obozo moment.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (Nwg0u)<<<

So he'll be palling around with the next Republican party (if it still exists) Presidential nominee, on the short list for VP or a cabinet position, or maybe the Supreme Court?

Posted by: doesn't sound so bad at July 21, 2016 02:19 PM (H9MG5)

442 I couldn't imagine my day without coming here. Sometimes, most times, it's the only sane place I can find. AoS is my #1 blog stop, bar none. I feel like I live here sometimes. Even though I usually just lurk, I'm always checking, always reading, usually laughing or rage stroking or both. I totally get why you'd close up shop, Ace. Mental health and all that. But you would be sorely missed.

I never could understand those who refuse to admit their "guy" has faults. I'm personally not invested in anyone like that, and I hope to never be. I hate the discord it's generated in here. Especially if it's to the point of you shutting the blog down, or handing it over to some other schlub.

Posted by: Lady in Black - Death to the Man Bun at July 21, 2016 02:19 PM (+FSld)

443 Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:16 PM (dciA+)

A strict movie review blog would take off. You have a base of readers who will read. Fill your critique with humor and it will be successful. Review TV and Plays also.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 02:19 PM (HnB/8)

444 I support Ace in this. Politics makes people mean and stupid. And I don't exclude myself from that, so I've backed off. I don't need to be any meaner or stupider than I already am.

Posted by: moviegique at July 21, 2016 02:19 PM (7zeA4)

445 "If Ace stops doing political content"

You can ignore the lead in and treat it like an open thread. You could find something in the post to go off on a tangent. You can be pedantic. That what I like to do. I'm stuck at 13.

Posted by: Ok at July 21, 2016 02:19 PM (Bbcs8)

446 "Regarding the "insult to wife" legend. A Cruz PAC bought a billboard in Utah showing Mr. Trump's wife in scanty clothes as a supermodel. Mr. Trump's retweet was to start talking about Heidi's globalist involvement with Goldman Sac's. It was a retweet. Sure it got the point, and not many photograph well next to us supermodels. Cruz, of course, deined knowing of the super pac. Right. His word is his bond. "

That's not what happened. A Rubio-connected PAC posted the Melania ad (without Rubio's knowledge).

Trump in return retweeted an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz, caught with an angry expression, juxtaposed with a professional glamour shot of his professional model wife. His comment was a " a picture is worth a 1000 words."

When I saw that I was so pissed, I temporarily decided to vote for Hillary, and then I saw Ace had the same thought next morning.

Since he didn't apologize, I'll always think of him as a disgusting pig, for that and several other incidents.



Posted by: stace...TEXIT at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (ozZau)

447 So.

Intermittent fasting.

I've been doing it for three weeks now....I eat only dinner, drink water the rest of the day.

First week was hell...I was hungry all the time but I stuck with it. Second week got better. Now I think my body is resigned to the new normal. Interesting side effect is that when I do eat, the portions I can eat before I feel full have gotten smaller than when I was eating three meals a day.

The weight loss from the first two weeks was pretty good - about 20. I feel like I've kind of stalled though as I'm still hovering around the same mark for the past four days.

Posted by: VA GOP Sucks at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (PFy0L)

448 I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it. I can't take the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink enforced by bullies and dummies any more.

++++

I don't know you, but why should that little detail stop me form giving you advice.

Right now, you are at cross-purposes with a high percentage of your readership. This state of affairs will not last. Once the election is over, things will settle back to pretty much what they were before. If Hillary wins, you will have no problem writing your true beliefs and having most of your readership engaged with you in a positive way. Same thing if Trump wins. You will support some of the things Trump does and even when you find reason to criticize him, your readership will find it easier to engage with you, whether they agree or disagree, in a more civil manner. Just as you were passionate about Perry the last time - unreasonably so in this non-Perry supporter's eyes - Trump supporters are passionate about their guy. It will mostly dissipate after the election, once the threat of Hillary is in the rear view mirror.

Suck it up, Buttercup! Only 4 months to go.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (R+30W)

449 "Trump read and approved Cruz's speech days beforehand. Manafort all but admitted the boos were planned and orchestrated. "

Planned and orchestrated in that any moron could read the last part of the speech and see that they were going to riot with the Hillary stumping bit.

Cruz and only Cruz torpedoed his career. Trump just let the man speak because he was runner up. Did he see what was going to happen?

Who wouldn't?

Posted by: Drider at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (bdzyz)

450
And I frankly wouldn't know what the hell to fill the day up with without them.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:16 PM (dciA+)

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Lots of US terrorism trials barely reported on.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (iQIUe)

451 >>>>So that video where Trump said he wouldn't support the nominee was an
interview done right after he found out that the RNC $hit on him and did
not make !Jeb sign the same pledge everyone else did.







Posted by: The Great White Scotsman at July 21, 2016 02:14 PM (iONHu)



I think that's a valid reason. Don't you?
.
.
.
.I would have done the same thing, so yes.

This is all pretty much butt hurt kabuki theater because the RNCe didn't get any of their top choices to win.

I am not sure why people are letting the left and the msm drive this train but they need to be like Trump and refuse to ride that train.

Posted by: The Great White Scotsman at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (iONHu)

452 "Focus on the state level.

Fed is gone."

Gone as in 'irrelevant', or gone as in 'will almost certainly now try to take control of the states By Any Means Necessary?'

Posted by: Dystopia Max at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (UM8Ie)

453 The smart moves would have been for Ted to simply decline the offer to speak. Or for Trump to never extend the invitation. Cruz doesn't nor shouldn't feel pressure to endorse him. Since he accepted the offer to speak, he should have at least not went with the "vote your conscious" line and simply said vote for Trump, something along those lines. Or like I said, option B was to simply decline the offer.

Posted by: Minnfidel at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (dNwFH)

454 Ace, you quisling you, you just made a coworker peek their head in and look at me funny because I was laughing so loud.

Posted by: redbanzai at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (3JA/M)

455 The only one flinging poo is Cruz. He lost, fair and square. He was invited to as a gracious gesture and he did what he always does shit on the floor.

Trump knew he would do this and gave him enough rope to hang himself.

Posted by: Misfortune & Pestilence

****

You anger at Cruz is misplaced. Trump is reaping what he has sown. You know, the very behavior many of his supporters said they loved. I see they don't love it when it is returned to their guy.

Posted by: Tilikum KAW at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (ID2Wz)

456 And I frankly wouldn't know what the hell to fill the day up with without them.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:16 PM (dciA+)
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Yes you would. I really love those out-of-the-blue posts you come up with - like the one a month or so ago about music from the 70s. That thread was flying so fast I couldn't keep up. Everyone - EVERYONE - needs a break from the usual garbage. You throw us a bone, we will run with it.

That's one of the things I've always liked about this blog, long before I started commenting - the off-topic stuff that gets hilarious. It's such a welcome relief.

Posted by: bluebell at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (805dc)

457 I'll tell you the problem with it. and this is the sick hypocrisy I'm a part of.

The fact is, it's the "Hot" juicy button-pushing stories that get the most attention, spur the most comments, and are the easiest to write.

It would be far better if I iddn't pursue this stupid non-story. If I looked up something interesting and really analyzed it.

But you know what? that's harder. It's easier to just take this Shit Story everyone's talking about and offer my own #HotTake. So I did.

I do try to avoid these bullshit fucktarded Let's All Yell stories, but a lot of times, I'm lazy, or they can't be avoided (It's all Twitter is talking about !!11!!eleventy!!).

And I frankly wouldn't know what the hell to fill the day up with without them.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:16 PM (dciA+)

Nothing wrong with commenting on things that are getting interest, even if you find them distasteful yourself. The problem comes when the topic discussion is going to inevitably piss you off and cause people to start going crazy.

I dunno, post then ignore the comments? Maybe ask the cobs to police them so that you can keep the fighting to at least be civil (which seems like a fantasy, on this topic.)

Maybe explicitly state that this topic is for discussion about this topic, and not to be used for other topics while keeping open threads going for people who want to do their dominance displays?

Posted by: Aetius451AD at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (3ZoRf)

458 Cruz's speech was great. He is working hard to get Conservative down-ticket candidates elected. The down-ticket is the place to focus our energies.


Posted by: batterup at July 21, 2016 02:10 PM (hes+/)

That is how I interpreted the speech. He was trying to get demoralized conservatives like me to still vote for down ballots candidates even if they couldn't stomach voting for Trump. After all, it's not all about Trump. There are other people trying to get elected too.

I really do not understand the outrage about the speech itself unless we're to believe kissing the feet of trump is the only acceptable action. I wonder how many people who are so enraged with Cruz actually listened to the speech.

Posted by: chique d'afrique, l'americaine at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (g6yUI)

459 So you're retarded too?

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Dude, I just got done ranting that I don't care about your children or the future of the country...of course I include myself in the overall landscape. Yes...100%. I include everyone. I don't like the position I've been forced to take...but there you are.

Between a choice of principled ideology and being well off, comfortable and in a position of authority...I chose the latter, because the former is a sucker's bet... That's retarded, but still necessary.

Posted by: Orson at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (qmd2L)

460 380 It seems that some are implying that's voting for Trump cannot be done in good conscience, otherwise I don't understand what the big deal is.

Most Republicans are going to vote for Trump, including the ones who despise him, because they cannot in good conscience allow Hillary to win. Others, a much smaller number, will feel that they cannot in good conscience vote for someone with the character and policy platform and other attributes of trump either. Not everyone's conscience is going to direct them the same way as everyone else.
Posted by: chique d'afrique, l'americaine at July 21, 2016 02:13 PM (g6yUI)

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It's not the Cruz fans who are saying that voting their conscience is a terrible thing. It's the Trump fans.

I wonder if that implies anything...

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (mC1ZI)

461 A thread about the shadow people would be interesting too. And it doesn't have to be all about the shadow people. It can be about other paranormal stuff, X-Files type stuff. I don't buy into a lot of the Coast to Coast AM type of stuff but you know what? It's really damn fun to talk about.

Posted by: Serenity Now! at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (BDZWU)

462 Anyway, if all else fails, you can become a therapy Ewok.

I wish that was something I made up.

http://tinyurl.com/jemu3bg

Posted by: Brother Cavil, down with Eph 6:12-13 at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (9krrF)

463 17 God bless you, Ace. I'm checking out of politics permanently and focusing on my wife and 3 kids. Life's too short to deal with this shit. Fuck it all and fucking no regrets.

Or something.

Best of luck in your future endeavors.
Posted by: TheGuyWithTheNewName at July 21, 2016 01:34 PM (6vO+s)

My sentiments exactly. I have let the last two elections, and now this one, consume way too much of my time and mental energy. It's just so pointless. I hope you don't stop blogging because you have a singular voice that I always respect. Don't let the bastards get you down.

For what it's worth... Cruz was my guy, but I'll vote for Trump. If Hillary's elected, she will have completely unchecked power. The republican party will be in tatters so she'll have no opposition in Congress; the media will be orgasmic about anything she wants to ram down our throats. I don't think this point is stressed enough in the media and by campaign surrogates... it could help those of us who despise them both feel better about voting for Trump.

Godspeed America. We had a good run.

Posted by: petunia in PA at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (Z1QKk)

464 >>>It would be far better if I iddn't pursue this stupid non-story. If I looked up something interesting and really analyzed it.

But you know what? that's harder. It's easier to just take this Shit Story everyone's talking about and offer my own #HotTake. So I did.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:16 PM (dciA+)>>>

It's also pointless since nobody cares about policy anymore anyway. It's all about sectarian our clan vs their clan. Nobody cares about policy anymore. The alien invaders would probably be more receptive to policy persuasion.

Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (4ueYo)

465 266 >>>Jeez, Ace, hasn't politics always been thus?

yes but not this bad. The problem with this cycle is the deep class schism in the party. At least before, we had a #SafeSpace of people who generally agreed with us. A support network.

There are no more guardrails. No sanctuaries. It's the battle of all against all.

Posted by: ace


But that's GOOD!

We desperately needed a disintegration of the old alignments.

Yes, the chaos during the reorganization phase can be ugly. But the old left/right Dem/GOP dichotomy was stinkin' up the joint and need to be chucked out the window.

They don't advertise it as much, but the Left is also disintegrating -- Bernie voters truly loathe Hillary; black radicals despise rich white socialism-chic poseurs; Hispanic Dem voters are generally incredibly racist in secret against blacks; gays hate transsexuals and lesbians hate gay men; and on and on and on. The only difference is that they try to quash public expression of this meltdown, so as to get the White House and thereby at least have a chance to push their agendas.

This is actually a sweet moment in political history. For the first time in a very long time there will be a major much-needed realignment, and for ocne you can help shape what the new spectrum will look like.

The old ossificatiopn was driving me nuts.

Posted by: zombie at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (jBuUi)

466 Obviously many people go too far...
Posted by: Max Power at July 21, 2016 02:18 PM (q177U)


[glances up at the heads on sticks and considers staying on the boat]

Posted by: Maetenloch at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (wqVD1)

467 Misfortune & Pestilence

Thanks, for pissing in the soup. You and people like you are the exact reason why Ace is disgruntled, you can't just disagree with Cruz, you have to smear him and his family.

Classy.

Posted by: West at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (1Rgee)

468
I personally don't care if Trump approved Cruz's speech or not, at the end of the day I think the only line that gets reported will be the one that helps hillary. So whatever the multidimensional chess or individuality that had to do with the speech, it is bad politicking.

ps - shoe on the other foot, I think Trump would have done the exact same thing to Cruz. They are peas in a pod.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (ODxAs)

469 Sigh. Trump did not call Heidi Cruz ugly. Claiming it over and over does not make it so. This false canard has become as ubiquitous as Palin allegedly saying she could see Alaska from her house.

What happened was, Trump RE-TWEETED someone else's Tweet, which had an unflattering picture of Heidi next to a flattering picture of Melania.

The entire text of the RE-TWEET (again I emphasize this) was:

"No Need to Spill the Beans...The Images are Worth a Thousand Words."

Note the distinct lack of the word "ugly."

And did I mention it was a RE-TWEET?

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True but irrelevant. (He never accused Cruz pere of assassinating JFK either, he refernced a tabloid making that suggestion.) Regardless, it was an ungallant thing to do. He is a loudmouth and a vulgarian and I wish he weren't.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (Nwg0u)

470 I'm with ace on this. I'd pretty much come around to supporting Trump, but these fucking crybabies are making me reconsider. Again. I really don't see the difference between these whiners and Trigglypuff.
Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 02:16 PM (4ueYo)
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Are you referring to crybabies on this blog? If so, your support for a candidate is based on the comment of crybabies on a blog?

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (NUqwG)

471 Blogmeister, I've been following your blog for more than a decade. Frankly, I never thought I'd live this long. I've enjoyed reading and commenting and saying stupid shit here, but if your mental well-being is affected, then as the cliche goes, don't sweat the small stuff, and it's all small stuff.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (hqZPQ)

472 I'll miss it too, but life's too short. I find myself listening to sports and music more and it's alot less stressful I suggest you all do the same.

Posted by: BIG AL FREDO at July 21, 2016 02:22 PM (iWo0u)

473 Well somebody plugged me!

Posted by: Joe Biden at July 21, 2016 02:22 PM (gBxcv)

474 VA GOP

Are you exercising at all?

Posted by: Mortimer at July 21, 2016 02:22 PM (xOs4a)

475 Hey y'all (I can say that now that I'm a Texan).

I haven't commented in about 9 months, don't read the comments much either because election years are a grind and generally can be unhealthy mentally. That said, I still read the blog.

Ace, I understand your exhaustion. I still like the non political stuff you post too. That might be a nice option.

Posted by: Heralder at July 21, 2016 02:22 PM (oCER9)

476 Ace - hand it over to the cobs. Take August off. Go to the beach. Sit in the sand. Poke some jellyfish. Eat pickles on a stick. Come back after Labor Day. Blog about jellyfish and pickles on a stick. We don't mind.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 02:22 PM (dFi94)

477 I didn't read it the same as everyone else so I probably have it wrong that Ace is giving up but if so,
Don't give it up Ace.

Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 02:22 PM (bksJQ)

478
We're up to a terror attack once a week or less. These are dangerous times. ISIS is once again saying they are upping their attacks on the West. As we have seen, doesnt take much to murder scores of innocent people. And the gov lies to us about it all the effin time.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 02:22 PM (iQIUe)

479 400 I don't think anyone wants "deference" as such. They just want to prevent Hillary frome becoming president.
Posted by: Yuimetal at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (XnLTM)

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You know what will help that?

Screaming for Cruz's head because he said "vote your conscience".

Yeah, that'll help.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 02:22 PM (mC1ZI)

480 Love ya Ace.. Love ya long time..

But, you need to face something.

Cruz is an Asshole..

There, I said it.. others are saying it too. Politics has always been about smearing the oppo.. Cruz shot first in that battle with Trump's wife if you will PLEASE recall..

And it was complete political Suicide for Cruz last night. If this would have been Perry for the nomination would this speech flown with you? Listen.. I am not the biggest Trump fan. I do appreciate his "in your face" fighting attitude though.

Cruz was my choice until the last two debates. I finally saw what others saw outside his attractive conservative record.

I would not have a beer with him because he would be excruciatingly boring and a sanctimonious asshole to be around. He does not pass this test. Like it or not, you must pass this test with your voters to be President.

(Why do you think there are so many pictures of Hillary having a beer with her staff ? A chance occurrence?)

Four years, and eight years ago, we where told by many to shut up and suck it up because we could not stand McCain and Romney. We said we would rather not vote and we were nagged and cursed and told to suck it up by you and others. Well look in the mirror, and pull the New York attitude out of your ass.

I love ya Ace.. been here long time, will still be back as long as you are here but, really can you not see you are sounding petulant and childish?

Posted by: catman at July 21, 2016 02:22 PM (RI/nF)

481 Cruz and only Cruz torpedoed his career. Trump just let the man speak because he was runner up. Did he see what was going to happen?

Who wouldn't?


Posted by: Drider at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (bdzyz)


So Trump's team and RNC wasted valuable time which could have been used to introduce the ticket on an opportunity to bury an opponent that they'd already beat?

Top. Men.

Posted by: El Skippito Friskito at July 21, 2016 02:22 PM (CGjum)

482 Ace, I have incredible respect for you, your blog, and the team you have coalesced. I didn't think I could find a blog that was so in tune with my thinking, to help me articulate those thoughts, and that stretched me in many ways - intellectually, humorously. It would be a loss if you left the blogosphere, but I wouldn't be surprised if you have been turned off to the whole thing. I was surprised to see your site overtaken with rabid mindset, and I just didn't think it would happen. Anyway - God speed and God bless (whether you believe in God or not) and don't forget all the great good you did here. Thank you - thank you - thank you.

Posted by: Jill at July 21, 2016 02:22 PM (ba6SM)

483 Are you exercising at all?

Does walking around and playing Pokemon Go count?

Posted by: VA GOP Sucks at July 21, 2016 02:23 PM (PFy0L)

484 >>> Posted by: Qoheleth DIXIT at July 21, 2016 01:39 PM (iIzG7)

THIS. Times eleventy. Even when I'm AWOL from commenting I check in every day to see what you post, Ace. I hope you are doing the thing I do when work gets crazy and just fantasize about quitting, but don't actually go through with it. I don't know how I'd survive without this place.

Your recent analyses on the modern culture wars, social media, etc have been absolutely essential. Could you focus more on the things you actually care about that won't make you ragestroke, like that? Seeing you go after Twitter the way you did Weiner would be glorious.

There could also be more time for movie reviews... *waits for godot, and movie reviews, in the corner*

If you line up writing gigs let us know. And I've been saying this forever, but compiling a book of the best of AoS if you do leave, I'd totally buy.

Posted by: LizLem at July 21, 2016 02:23 PM (hvf9s)

485 by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (Nwg0u)

No he didn't just reference. Look up his quotes.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 02:23 PM (HnB/8)

486 Take a vacation ace. Cancun and Cabo are both great. Two weeks of fun in the sun, bikinis on beautiful lasses, good food and drink. See some shows, take an excursion and see the local sites. I like the archeological digs myself. Hit the gym. Most important is to bring some good friends and tune out American news. Cut it off completely. Come back refreshed and happy.

Posted by: Crom's Dirty Underpants at July 21, 2016 02:23 PM (ZBGyR)

487 Its way too late to vote for someone to fix this country. We should just vote for the candidate who promises a clean quick kill.

Posted by: Drew in MO at July 21, 2016 02:23 PM (cGlgB)

488 Nobody cares about policy anymore.

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That's not true. People just don't agree on policy. Now my general policy is to leave people alone and not have "policy." But a lot of people care about policy. The problem is we don't agree.

Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:23 PM (gmeXX)

489 I didn't read Ace's comments but I'm sure he really gave it to the Cruzbots but good. Hopefully when Trump wins in November we can get rid of the whole two terms only B.S. You're either with us or agin us.

Posted by: Trump Lovin' First Time Voter, Age 50 at July 21, 2016 02:23 PM (Jh20h)

490 Royal confessor: The prisoner speaker wishes to say a word...

Ted Wallace: Voooooooottttteeeeeeee yoooouuuurrrrrrrrr connnnnnnsssssciiiiieeeennnnnnccccceeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Posted by: Braveheart II: Cleveland Boogaloo at July 21, 2016 02:23 PM (H9MG5)

491 >>>
409 Oh Teddy you poor,poor delicate flower.

I know you prefer to stand behind the your big bullies who called Trumps with a whore. Hey, it's all good. There is a heck of a lot more at stake than Trumps wife or yours for that matter.

Teddy last night the only ring that you were suppose to kiss was Adleson's but being you couldn't simply give a speech without the endorsements, you got locked out of the king makers room and thus, the treasure chest. Another failure to tack on to your list of failures.

All you had to do, all you had to do was give the speech but you could not resist. You just could not resist stumping for Hillary in your weasely way that you usually go about things.

One thing Teddy, one thing and you blew it.


...

guess you just got done from waxing your twin Jaguars and feit like posting this before getting back to your job as a brain surgeon, huh?


Does anyone every feel embarrassed at parading their stupidity in public?

I just wrote a post saying, basically, intelligent people discuss ideas and dullards can only discuss people, and this idiot confirms it.

It's just all Television Personality Heroes with you, isn't it, Champ?

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:23 PM (dciA+)

492 466
Obviously many people go too far...
Posted by: Max Power at July 21, 2016 02:18 PM (q177U)

[glances up at the heads on sticks and considers staying on the boat]


Posted by: Maetenloch at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (wqVD1)


0_o

Posted by: AlaBAMA at July 21, 2016 02:23 PM (2PHKP)

493 "80 Funniest sad thing was the juxtaposition of the calls for Trump to destroy the GOPe and the criticism of the GOPe for not providing a sufficient amount of support to Trump.
Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 01:41 PM (HnB/"

"148 If the Trump supporters hadn't followed orders and not started booing in the middle of the 'vote your conscience' part, people may have seen that it was a strong 'vote against Hillary' statement.
Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 01:49 PM (HnB/"

Really excellent points.

Posted by: Jill v2 at July 21, 2016 02:24 PM (8048L)

494 The funny thing is that Trump and many of his Trigglypuff supporters wanted Cruz to bring unity and explicitly support Trump. And they are pissed about the supposed "disunity" that he sewed. But, if they'd just clapped at the end of the speech, it would have been over with. Instead, they made a mountain out of a mole hill and worked to drive people away from Trump.

Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 02:24 PM (4ueYo)

495 Ace...You keep bringing up tribes all the time like you are above it all. Please!

March 13, 2016 - When Ted Cruz blamed Donald Trump for Communist attacks on Trump supporters. Note - This is before Trump and Cruz got into "wife gate".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmxBp4IFe_I

Did you forget that Ace? I mean if Trumptards are so stupid why do you Anti-Trumptards always seem to forget crap like this? I guess making fun of a wife's looks (or perhaps her North American Union views) is bad and unforgivable, but blaming a Republican candidate for a group of Communists punching his supporters in the face is a-ok. Sounds like tribe behavior to me..

I can obviously bring up all the Glenn Beck (and others like Hotair) quotes, from Trump being Hitler, to his supporters being Nazis, to bizarre assassination fantasies, and ALL this happened BEFORE "wife gate".

Note - Cruz had Beck campaign for him throughout this entire election, and never disavowed anything the lunatic said. So I will assume those are Ted's views as well considering they are close like that...Strict Constitutionalism they say!

Posted by: William Eaton at July 21, 2016 02:24 PM (KhJh8)

496 As I said I a comment above, the dem convention starts next week. Then we'll see the true evil.

Perspective. It's a hell of a drug.
Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 02:19 PM (Fmupd)

I was about to say something like that, only less succinct. We'll be feeling a lot more unity next week.

Then the long haul to November starts, but I think things will be a little better after this dumpster fire convention finally puts the primaries to bed. I hope so, because I desperately need ace to stick around.

Posted by: stace...TEXIT at July 21, 2016 02:24 PM (ozZau)

497 I should clarify: "I was surprised to see your site overtaken with rabid mindset, and I just didn't think it would happen."
Overtaken by pro-Trump commenters with a rabid mindset.

Posted by: Jill at July 21, 2016 02:24 PM (ba6SM)

498 >>>And I frankly wouldn't know what the hell to fill the day up with without them.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:16 PM (dciA+)



You know Ace, one of my favorite parts of The Chappelle Show was Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories. I bet you've got a million stories to tell about your experiences that would make great posts. Hell the main reason I sent money to the blog was to hear the podcasts. When it's just you and somebody else shooting the breeze its fucking great. I think that's why we like the long podcasts so much. Hell charge a subscription for extra content or something. I'd gladly pay a small fee for extras with you speaking. just saying, we all could do with less commenters and more Ace.

Posted by: Arson Wells at July 21, 2016 02:24 PM (kiOZ8)

499 438 I do believe this is where the counter revolution must come from.
Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:19 PM (gmeXX)

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Counter revolution, or secession?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (mC1ZI)

500 So Trump's team and RNC wasted valuable time which could have been used to introduce the ticket on an opportunity to bury an opponent that they'd already beat?
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In fairness, Cruz dug the hole an jumped in. Newt helpfully smoothed the dirt over him.

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (NUqwG)

501 Ace,

Since you're still on this thread. I think you should look into working at a think tank type place. How about Heritage's outlet, the Daily Wire? That could be a more satisfying gig - less personality-driven and more issues-oriented.

Or you could always become a hand model, but then you'd have to give up... you know...

Posted by: Y-not (@moxiemom) at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (t5zYU)

502 And...we're talking about this and we miss the actual news made yesterday.

Trump said the US shouldn't be saying anything about Erdogan's post-coup roundups because we have civil liberties abuses of our own.

He also said that if Russian invaded the Baltic republics, we would examine whether they had met their treaty obligations to us before we'd commit to defending them.

Posted by: El Skippito Friskito at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (CGjum)

503 "There are no more guardrails. No sanctuaries. It's the battle of all against all."

Who was smart enough to prepare themselves an Orange Leviathan for this moment and who's the idiot out there thinking that the guy openly lamenting Hobbsean problems without attempting Hobbsean solutions should be listened to?

Posted by: Dystopia Max at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (UM8Ie)

504 Ace, I wish I had words for ya. I personally hate the choices before us. I hate that I have to pretend about Trump, and can't insult the pro-Trump people here. After losing my business and equity to family Alzheimer's, I was hoping to be able to get back on my feet one day. Now not only has the entire industry collapsed, but we're now facing what's effectively an Alzheimer's Election.

I wish I knew what to do or say, but I'm empty.

Posted by: An Excellent Candidate. An Honorable Man. Brutus 2016 at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (gvSC+)

505 In other news, Child Molester Leah Dunham will be speaking at the DNC, to endorse Hillary, who is married to a guy who likes hanging with a pedophile.



Posted by: AlaBAMA at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (2PHKP)

506 I'll miss Ace. How about more ADF/Leangains stuff and movie reviews for a while?

That being said, I'm glad someone, at one of our two major political conventions, talked about freedom and the Constitution.

Posted by: Eric E. at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (7b4Mw)

507 There is not a single political insight or opinion I have that is so important that it must only be posted by me.

However, my thoughts on Winona are shared only by a deranged fan institutionalized in Nijmegen, and he has no internet access....

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (2gKX/)

508 I'm going to sneak towards their space armada and offer my services as a behind-the-lines saboteur and quisling.
Posted by Ace



****


Hmmm. When you're sucking up to an alien race, which alien body part are you supposed to...um...administer to? Aren't there anatomic differences? It might be important for Ace to know this.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (NeFrd)

509 11 I've stopped commenting here because of exactly what you are saying Ace. I still read your posts but the fucking infantile hero worship drove me out. I hope you don't stop posting though. Sane thinking people need voices like yours more than ever.

Posted by: Arson Wells at July 21, 2016 01:33 PM (kiOZ


I seem to recall you engaging in attacks on others here as well.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (4ErVI)

510 Just for what it's worth, Ace: This too shall pass.

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (Fmupd)

511 479 400 I don't think anyone wants "deference" as such. They just want to prevent Hillary frome becoming president.
Posted by: Yuimetal at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (XnLTM)

===================

You know what will help that?

Screaming for Cruz's head because he said "vote your conscience".

Yeah, that'll help.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 02:22 PM (mC1ZI)

The thing is is that he said more than just 'vote your conscience ' . The rest of that part of the speech was a directive not to vote for Hillary.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 02:26 PM (HnB/8)

512 Cruz and only Cruz torpedoed his career. Trump just let the man speak because he was runner up. Did he see what was going to happen?

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Perhaps both Trump and Cruz are more savvy than many give them credit. Each of them have done so many things that were supposedly the final straw, and yet each has not only survived but thrived. Trump got farther than Ted - in that he won - but Ted beat out Jeb, Rubio, Walker and many others. Few thought that possible.

Just as people were too quick to proclaim Trump's candidacy over, people may be equally too quick to proclaim Ted's career over.

Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:26 PM (gmeXX)

513 There was a fair amount of schoolyard vitriol and underhanded tactics going on in the primary on both sides. I remember when I was supporting Cruz I was cheering him to hit back.

It s seems to me this looks bad for Cruz because it's being mostly construed as sour grapes.

Politics ain't beanbag. So whatever. I'm actually surprised Trump let him speak anyway. There is a bigger story their I suppose.

Posted by: Marcus T at July 21, 2016 02:26 PM (LeWOe)

514 Focus on the state level.

Fed is gone.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 02:18 PM (mC1ZI)

Exactly. I, for one, would love it if Ace would turn away from the national side-show and focus on the State and even bigger city elections - there are a little more than 100 days until the election.

Ace I hope you read the tread - would you think about an every other day post about a State - who is running and what they actually stand for.

Reclaiming our liberty depends on building a conservative party that can repudiate whomever wins the Presidential circus show.

Posted by: batterup at July 21, 2016 02:26 PM (hes+/)

515 >>> Does walking around and playing Pokemon Go count? Posted by: VA GOP Sucks at July 21, 2016 02:23 PM (PFy0L)

Very OT, but one of my fave walking trails has been overrun by Pokemon Go players. I know someone whose backyard buts up against the trail; she is planning on selling. Was thinking of it for a while but the Go players traipsing all over creation nearby made up her mind for her.

I also saw kids playing on the railroad tracks that are nearby. RAILROAD TRACKS. The winner of Pokemon Go is going to be the Darwin Awards when all is said and done.

Posted by: LizLem at July 21, 2016 02:26 PM (hvf9s)

516 "167 oh my retirement won't be for a while -- I have no other income, and -- and this is a tough obstacle to work around -- I have no discernible skills.

But I am now going to begin actively looking.
Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (dciA+)"

whew....okay, that's good news. At least we'll have some time to adjust. Take your time, we're in no rush to lose you!

Posted by: Jill v2 at July 21, 2016 02:26 PM (8048L)

517 Cruz and only Cruz torpedoed his career. Trump just let the man speak because he was runner up. Did he see what was going to happen?

Who wouldn't?


Posted by: Drider at July 21, 2016 02:20 PM (bdzyz)


The fact that I saw it means it was as obvious as Niagara Falls, only bigger.

After the whole #NeverTrump drama played out last week and on Monday, anyone in Cleveland who heard "vote your conscience" is only going to think one thing; and a hot lawyer and brief writer like Ted Cruz didn't do that by accident.

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - Outrage Outlet Convention Closeout! All Dramatic Poses 50% Off! at July 21, 2016 02:26 PM (hLRSq)

518
Ace leaving here would be like MGM after Irving Thalberg died.

**high-fives J.J. for the film nerd reference**

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at July 21, 2016 02:26 PM (X6fMO)

519 Substituting Cruz for Trump in that comment would result in a banning.

Just sayin.
Posted by: Mortimer at July 21, 2016 02:17 PM (xOs4a)


yup. those of us who supported other candidates in the primary but saw that Trump at some point was the presumptive nominee immediatelly turned into "Trumpster" and 'Nuts" and worse.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:26 PM (zp+j1)

520 It's war all the time, no downtime. Feels like the fabric of society is unraveling. No more politeness, no more tolerance (in the traditional sense) of differences.

Posted by: Lizzy at July 21, 2016 02:12 PM (NOIQH)

This, this and this. Even this community has been "organized." They told us that we'd not be allowed to stay comfortable.

Posted by: OldDominionMom at July 21, 2016 02:26 PM (GzDYP)

521

Without Ace, there is no reason to be on the internet.

Well, banking and Amazon.

But I can live without Amazon, and revert to old fashioned in person banking.


Posted by: Mad in Madison at July 21, 2016 02:27 PM (PbmKW)

522 On a lighter note, we could all volunteer to pull an Antarctica tour....

Posted by: sven10077


Is that like pulling a train? 'Cause if so, you're on your own.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at July 21, 2016 02:27 PM (VY8H5)

523 I've stopped commenting here...
Posted by: Arson Wells at July 21, 2016 01:33 PM (kiOZ
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Fail

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 02:27 PM (NUqwG)

524 That being said, I'm glad someone, at one of our two major political conventions, talked about freedom and the Constitution.

Posted by: Eric E. at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (7b4Mw)


It's easy to forget what it's really about when we're buried in a constant stream of bullshit.

It's a dodge so they don't talk about what's really going on. If that stuff got talked about there would be bodies swinging from lamp posts.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at July 21, 2016 02:27 PM (4ErVI)

525 I used to be able to read Breitbart, Drudge, listen to the radio, watch the convention, etc. Just can't take it anymore.
Now it's Trumpbart, the Drumpf Report, Laura Ingraham and Hannity unhinged, the Trump Limbaugh Show....
All I have left is Ace of MF'in Spades, and Ricochet... even tho it's a little aristocratic, they at least see Trump for what he is.

Posted by: Civility at July 21, 2016 02:27 PM (vi+pp)

526 If you don't think you can vote for Trump, just picture Hillary's face when the returns start coming in, picture her reaction

Yeah, that's the second reason I want Hillary to lose. First, because she is so totally horrific and evil and should be rewarded only with jail time and universal contempt. Second, because of what it would do to the hateful, evil psychotic left and her supporters. I want them to suffer, I want them to weep, I want them to have every dream crushed. I want them to consider sucking the tailpipe of their neighbor's SUV.

I know that's not Christian, but they hate me and want me dead, and I want them to pay for their evil. I want them to have that look on their face that shows the death in their hearts like I felt on November 2012.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 02:27 PM (39g3+)

527 I do believe this is where the counter revolution must come from.
Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:19 PM (gmeXX)

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Counter revolution, or secession?

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ToMAYto - ToMAto

Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:27 PM (gmeXX)

528 >>>Are you referring to crybabies on this blog? If so, your support for a candidate is based on the comment of crybabies on a blog?
Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (NUqwG)>>>

No. At the convention. And in the press.

Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 02:27 PM (4ueYo)

529 Ace,

I hope you're kidding about quitting. FWIW, I find your posts entertaining and informative; for me it will be a more boring world without your writings.

I'd like to see you embrace the fact that a majority of your fellow citizens are idiots, and continue documenting their idiocy for the future alien historians.

Posted by: Roy at July 21, 2016 02:27 PM (o1LK0)

530 As my part, I will no longer comment regarding politics.

Culture, philosophy, longbows v crossbows, what have you, gladly. But I'm now going to live out my statement "we ain't voting ourselves outta this". Voting is now a perfunctory duty I will not discuss the details of.

Real work's elsewhere. I suggest we get down to it and quit wasting time on politics.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, down with Eph 6:12-13 at July 21, 2016 02:27 PM (9krrF)

531 "Trump shouldn't be surprised"

Trump is planning on winning with the people on Government Programs. (Not companies on Government Programs.)

As far as I know most of the people here are hardworking and have children and grandchildren and a job and chores and such. Trump is depending on Hillary to turn you out to vote for him.

Like that scene in Galaxy Quest where Tommy gets as close to the mines as he can without hitting one. Trump is going to destroy Hillary Battleship that way. By getting the votes of her constituency.

Posted by: Ok at July 21, 2016 02:28 PM (rnH8X)

532 Instead of saying "Vote Your Conscience" and giving the Hilltards a meme, Cruz could have said "Vote Straight Ticket Republican, in this election and every one".

Or something to that effect. Win-win.

But if I was Ted and Trump trashed my wife and father, I probably would have said "Screw It", and done the same thing that he did.

Whatever. The world is full of idiots. In the long run, we're all screwed.

Posted by: Dogstar at July 21, 2016 02:28 PM (eNmpz)

533 It would be a sad day in right-thinking America if Ace gave up and quit this site. This is my first stop on the road away from the crap we see daily from the MFN. It's a voice in the wilderness guiding me to understanding the insanity we see in this crazy world. It is here that I can actually find humor in the craziness we face, and that makes it a little more tolerable.
I beseech you, Ace. Don't go.

Posted by: Hank at July 21, 2016 02:28 PM (wv7Zv)

534 483 Are you exercising at all?

Does walking around and playing Pokemon Go count?


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From what I have read lately, yes. Apparently a brisk walk increasing the mileage and the minutes is a smart way to boost calorie burning exercise without inducing severe hunger like intensive exercise can produce.

Posted by: Mortimer at July 21, 2016 02:28 PM (xOs4a)

535 Principles over personalities. That is critical in successful affairs of government.

Reagan, Eisenhower, Lincoln, FDR were about principles, not personalities.

Obama, Clinton, Truman and Johnson were about personalities, not principles.

Principles endure. Personalities are fallible.

Cruz misfired because he made this about personalities and not principles.

The principle here is to defeat socialism and return to our Constitutional principles.

If he didn't want to endorse Trump, he should not have come to the convention at all.

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at July 21, 2016 02:28 PM (4AVeu)

536 Ace, you do realize that giving up on blogging means having to get a real job and getting up early in the morning, yes? No more "crack of noon" for you, honey!

Posted by: Nurse Ratched at July 21, 2016 02:28 PM (TPSOD)

537 America is going to spend the next 4 years getting raped by either Hillary or Trump; I'm not that interested in comparing which one might use lube, or what brand and how much.

Posted by: Anachronism at July 21, 2016 02:28 PM (b/Leg)

538 President Hillary Clinton. Supreme Court Justice Thomas Perez.

You know she'll try.

In other words:

Vote for the asshole. It's important.


Posted by: JEM at July 21, 2016 02:28 PM (o+SC1)

539
Take August off. Go to the beach. Sit in the sand.

Isn't that what the French do?

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at July 21, 2016 02:28 PM (IqV8l)

540 Trump read and approved Cruz's speech days beforehand. Manafort all but admitted the boos were planned and orchestrated.

I think this was a deliberate effort by Trump to castrate and destroy Cruz in the Senate and shut down what may be the only voice that will speak out. If the boos hadn't been whipped up the speech would have had minimal impact.

We are screwed 2016.

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I agree that it was orchestrated but I disagree with your inference. Why would Cruz agree to destroy himself in the Senate? In any case, my interpretation is that this served to marginalize the #nevertrump movement, who are now required to justify a man crashing another's party in order to insult him in front of the attendees. Everyone knows that you don't do that, so it makes that position seem unreasonable to most voters and helps neutralize that movement. Further, it marginalizes the people who celebrate this behavior, let's call them liberals and everyone in the media. My main question is what did Cruz get in return? Christie may be disappointed again...

Posted by: major major major major at July 21, 2016 02:29 PM (YcKif)

541 No. At the convention. And in the press.
Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 02:27 PM (4ueYo)
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Thanks.

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 02:29 PM (NUqwG)

542 Ace. Man that last bit hit me like a ton of bricks and was way more depressing than the entire election thusfar.
I get it though. I've been here since the flaming skull over the bitter clingers 8 years ago, and you've kept me informed and more importantly sane since. Maybe more importantly, you've made me think.
I don't think you know the impact you have on people you've never even met, but you do.

Posted by: Jollyroger at July 21, 2016 02:29 PM (t06LC)

543 >>As I said I a comment above, the dem convention starts next week. Then we'll see the true evil.
Perspective. It's a hell of a drug.


Heh, no kidding.
It will be a freakshow, 2012 DNC on steroids AND acid.

Posted by: Lizzy at July 21, 2016 02:29 PM (NOIQH)

544 Plus, it seemed very unChristian to say you won't forgive someone after having placed said Christianity so centrally in your appeal to the masses.Posted by: cfomahm



Yeah. I was for big Ted from day one. Listened to his entire announcement of candidacy. Hit all the right notes. But then the perception began to creep into my consciousness - aided by Glenn Beck -- that he was 'playing' to an audience.

I couldn't shake that perception. What he did -- or didn't do-- last night only reinforces that feeling.

Someone today already mentioned the name Rick Santorum. Who comes back every four years and garners a lot of cash from evangelicals to run. I'm getting that vibe.

Posted by: free range conservative at July 21, 2016 02:29 PM (ZnIt3)

545 *peeks in*



This thread's hotter than fresh uranium rods.



*ducks out*

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 02:29 PM (TxZgU)

546 *squirt*

Posted by: Anthony Weiner, visionary at July 21, 2016 02:29 PM (/f6Nd)

547 505 In other news, Child Molester Leah Dunham will be speaking at the DNC, to endorse Hillary, who is married to a guy who likes hanging with a pedophile.



Posted by: AlaBAMA at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (2PHKP)


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As I said, next week will put a lot of what is happening today in perspective. We'll be seeing evil next week.

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 02:29 PM (Fmupd)

548 The rest of that part of the speech was a directive not to vote for Hillary.

hillary won't use that part in her commercials.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at July 21, 2016 02:29 PM (ODxAs)

549 60
Well said Ace. Just please don't go. The conservative side of the aisle needs your voice.

*
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Seconded and thirded. And where else would we get such delicious comedy as the Tales of Kaboom!?

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at July 21, 2016 02:29 PM (txdEq)

550 476 Ace - hand it over to the cobs. Take August off. Go to the beach. Sit in the sand. Poke some jellyfish. Eat pickles on a stick. Come back after Labor Day. Blog about jellyfish and pickles on a stick. We don't mind.
Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 02:22 PM (dFi94)

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If the cobs will actually post, I support this.

Btw, I completely missed why Gabe doesn't post here anymore. Does anyone know?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 02:29 PM (mC1ZI)

551 In the immortal words of Curly Bill,

"Well...bye."

Posted by: Britskrieg at July 21, 2016 02:29 PM (AhJYy)

552 I think what a lot of us are saying is that this blog feels like family, and no one wants their family to break up. It's bad enough when bands do it. I mean, how many different groups got spun out of Buffalo Springfield? Then there's all the different permutations of Crosby, Stills and Nash with sometimes Young and sometimes no Young. I need some stability in my life.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 02:29 PM (dFi94)

553 A thread about the shadow people would be interesting too. And it doesn't have to be all about the shadow people. It can be about other paranormal stuff, X-Files type stuff. I don't buy into a lot of the Coast to Coast AM type of stuff but you know what? It's really damn fun to talk about.



Bigfoot. Les Stroud's shows on his search for Sasquatch should be the jumping off point.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 21, 2016 02:29 PM (1xUj/)

554 Sorry, I'm now #NeverCruz

Cruz cost himself any shot at 2024 and cost himself an invitation to the Supreme Court...

...or did he? As we were reminded with Ruth Bladder Ginbag this month, you can't have a Supreme Court justice not refuse themselves when dealing with an administration they campaigned for.
So now when Trump acts the bigger man and appoints Cruz, there can be no whining about a quid pro qui arrangement for an endorsement.
We've already seen Trump's forgiveness this week about the speechwriter.

Posted by: Rory at July 21, 2016 02:30 PM (Mr0eF)

555 "I do try to avoid these bullshit fucktarded Let's All Yell stories, but a lot of times, I'm lazy, or they can't be avoided (It's all Twitter is talking about !!11!!eleventy!!). "


The guy who did the brick work on my house was a true artist. He loved laying brick and made a lot of money doing it. Trouble was, he liked to masturbate too.

No matter how hard he tried, he couldn't do both at once.

This is kind of like this blog and Twitter.

Until someone figures out how to get paid for snark on Twitter, the money is in running a blog. Even though one if fun and feels good, you've got to spend your time on what pays.




Posted by: jwest at July 21, 2016 02:30 PM (Zs4uk)

556 This is actually a sweet moment in political history. For the first time in a very long time there will be a major much-needed realignment, and for ocne you can help shape what the new spectrum will look like.

The old ossificatiopn was driving me nuts.

Posted by: zombie at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (jBuUi)

According to historian Barbara Tuchmann (and others), there was asignficant segment of the thinking/ruling classes on all sidesprior to WWI who thought war--if it came--would be a good thing, would clear the air like the air after a storm.

I'm leery of much-needed realignments, myself. There's usually blood involved, lots of it.

Posted by: troyriser at July 21, 2016 02:30 PM (UWlp+)

557
Ace - hand it over to the cobs. Take August off. Go to the beach. Sit in the sand. Poke some jellyfish. Eat pickles on a stick. Come back after Labor Day. Blog about jellyfish and pickles on a stick. We don't mind.
Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 02:22 PM (dFi94)
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I wuz thinking that, too.

That guy who invented FBI profiling had to take a mental and physical health vacay after he'd spent years dwelling in the minds of serial killers.

Posted by: iforgot at July 21, 2016 02:30 PM (pC96u)

558 486 Take a vacation ace. Cancun and Cabo are both great. Two weeks of fun in the sun, bikinis on beautiful lasses, good food and drink. See some shows, take an excursion and see the local sites. I like the archeological digs myself. Hit the gym. Most important is to bring some good friends and tune out American news. Cut it off completely. Come back refreshed and happy.
Posted by: Crom's Dirty Underpants at July 21, 2016 02:23 PM (ZBGyR)

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Ace doesnt vacation well, I've heard. One of the steve's told a story about ace coming to LA to visit him. Ace would wear wingtips, gray slacks, and a navy wool dress coat on the beach...I shite you not.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 02:30 PM (iQIUe)

559 Inviting Cruz to speak at the convention was in order to publicly humiliate Cruz.
nothing more.

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Trump gave Cruz the opportunity to do the right thing or the wrong thing. Cruz chose the stupid thing.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 02:30 PM (Nwg0u)

560 Cruz isn't content to be a lone loser and this attack will prove fatal to Trump's campaign.

Posted by: Average Joe at July 21, 2016 02:30 PM (OcVqY)

561 The establishment finally got what they have always wanted.
They have purged conservatives from the party.

Trump has joined forces with the establishment.
He gets their money and support, they get rid of those pesky conservatives.

Posted by: harley1911 at July 21, 2016 02:30 PM (SHCNy)

562 > I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it.

Wut?

Posted by: ArthurK at July 21, 2016 02:30 PM (h53OH)

563 What are America's problems right now?

Racial division being happily peddled in attempt to get a national police force. What could go wrong with that?

Black Lives Matter insisting that every thug triumph over every cop in every encounter despite every available fact. What could go wrong with that?

Radical Islam's continuing march to subjugate the world and impose sharia law. What could go wrong with that?

The disappearance of the Second Amendment and the subsequent confiscations of firearms. What could go wrong with that?

The continued use of Executive Orders to subvert the legislative branch. What could go wrong with that?

People worse than Ruthie Ginsburg wind up on the Supreme Court. What could go wrong with that?

ET CETERA DAMN ET CETERA

Let's let a vicious harridan whose chief favored handmaiden is by birth and belief not just Muslim, but, Muslim Brotherhood. What could go wrong with that?

Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes now franchising Lulu Snackbars at July 21, 2016 02:31 PM (kXoT0)

564 Irving Thalberg died.
____________________

First Jeff Goldblum, now Irving Thalberg?

My god! Is there no justice in this world?

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at July 21, 2016 02:31 PM (4AVeu)

565 Oh, please. Cruz acted like a piece of shit and deserves every bit of criticism that is coming his way. You just don't do that at your party's convention.

It will be spa using when he gets primaries in 2018. Bye, bye, Ted, you moron.

Posted by: Truth at July 21, 2016 02:31 PM (OTtI3)

566 "190 This is 100% Cruz' fault. He could have gone full Kasich or simply given a left-handed endorsement of Trump and none of this would have happened. That he allowed or caused this to happen does not speak well of his judgment.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 01:54 PM (Nwg0u)"

Kasich is an idiot and crazy to boot. He's the Governor for the host city's state. He has been for 6 years. Cleveland was chosen in July, 2014 as the convention site and Kasich's willingness to host it was probably a factor. For him to not even show up was bizarre. Considering he hung around the primary campaign WAY past the point of ridiculousness when he had absolutely no chance to win even a contested convention speaks volumes about his grasp on reality. Now he's hinting he plans to run again in 2020. ugh...

Posted by: Jill v2 at July 21, 2016 02:31 PM (8048L)

567 Write a novel. Write poetry. Go for a vacation somewhere remote and separated. Do something really different. It can make a huge difference.
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (39g3+)


THIS is great advice^

Posted by: Max Power at July 21, 2016 02:31 PM (q177U)

568 "Cruz shot first in that battle with Trump's wife if you will PLEASE recall.. "

Myth. A Rubio-affiliated group did that.

Posted by: stace...TEXIT at July 21, 2016 02:31 PM (ozZau)

569 "But increasingly, I guess, I don't care who wins. This country is just
fucking stupid. The entire GOP is fucking stupid. I cannot tolerate this
unending stupidity from maniacs.

47 years ago, walking on the moon.

I really took for granted when I was a little kid that America's greatness was enduring.

Posted by: SarahW at July 21, 2016 02:31 PM (Sp1NT)

570 Ace,

Moe Lane gave up political blogging altogehter when Trump clinched.

It can be done.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at July 21, 2016 02:32 PM (l7VAC)

571 In other words, we're entering Thunderdome stage
soon. Best to gird your loins because I don't think we're stepping back
from the cliff this time.


Posted by: AlaBAMADon't forget to order a Large Works Pizza from Papa John's!

Posted by: scrood at July 21, 2016 02:32 PM (3b9U4)

572 And I frankly wouldn't know what the hell to fill the day up with without them.
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Have you seen Ghostbusters yet?

Posted by: Methos, AoSHQ commenter since 2006, now apperently nonvoting democrat at July 21, 2016 02:32 PM (3Liv/)

573 I think it's funny when people say that it'll all be over in a few months. It'll never be over.

You think Ace is the only one who wants to do something else but doesn't know what? Without the bullshit, how do all those people at Fox, CNN, MSNBC, and all the "news" services survive?

Getting paid is greater than everything. Whether you're a reporter or a climate "scientist" or whatever.

Posted by: moviegique at July 21, 2016 02:32 PM (7zeA4)

574 501 Ace,

Since you're still on this thread. I think you should look into working at a think tank type place. How about Heritage's outlet, the Daily Wire? That could be a more satisfying gig - less personality-driven and more issues-oriented.

Or you could always become a hand model, but then you'd have to give up... you know...
Posted by: Y-not (@moxiemom) at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (t5zYU)

I hear from a friend that certain , ah, exudations actually soften the skin. Like Palmolive.

"You're soaking in it!"

Posted by: West at July 21, 2016 02:32 PM (1Rgee)

575 this attack will prove fatal to Trump's campaign.
Posted by: Average Joe at July 21, 2016 02:30 PM (OcVqY)


Nah I doubt that. It actually seems to have jelled support around trump and even by some surprising people. If it hurts anyone, it might hurt Cruz more in the long run...or nobody.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:32 PM (zp+j1)

576 Cruz cost himself any shot at 2024

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Its hard to carry a grudge that long.

I think a lot of NeverTrumpers are really just NotTrumpIn2016.

If Trump wins, then he has a chance to ear all of our support through his actions as President.

Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:32 PM (gmeXX)

577
I always thought Ace shd go live in France/Italy, polish his language skills, and blog from there.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 02:32 PM (iQIUe)

578 I think ClowardPiven is an update of the anarchy movement (google it if you want to know).

Posted by: Ok at July 21, 2016 02:32 PM (rnH8X)

579 Ace is like a talented doctor who decides to become a proctologist and then one day announces that he is fed up dealing with all the shit!

Why allow yourself to be drawn in so much to the petty backbiting and trading insults and personalities aspect of politics? There are a lot of other important issues to focus on with your blog, like fighting the jihadis, protecting the country, rebuilding the military, fixing the VA, saving the Second Amendment, etc.

To continue my dumb analogy, why not stop practicing proctology and be a neurosurgeon or a cardiologist or an orthopedist, etc? Your spirit might improve.

Posted by: Scalia's Ghost at July 21, 2016 02:33 PM (5xDis)

580 323
I'm tired of the guys who are just here to shout the same damn three things irrespective of what anyone else says.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:07 PM (dciA+)


<pokes head up from foxhole>

Burn it down, scatter the stones and salt the earth. Is this still OK?

<ducks back down>

Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 02:33 PM (jxbfJ)

581 "I always thought Ace shd go live in France/Italy, polish his language skills, and blog from there. "

I thought he lived in Japan because of the mu.nu

Posted by: Ok at July 21, 2016 02:33 PM (rnH8X)

582 530:"Real work's elsewhere. I suggest we get down to it and quit wasting time on politics."

Valid and valuable action.

Shall we establish a standard value in barter for 5.56 rounds?

How many rounds will a side of beef or a gallon of shine be worth?

Posted by: Azenogoth (Freedom or TEXIT) at July 21, 2016 02:33 PM (GW7H6)

583 If Trump wins, then he has a chance to ear all of our support through his actions as President.
Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:32 PM (gmeXX)

I eared that about trump also

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:33 PM (zp+j1)

584 Hell charge a subscription for extra content or something. I'd gladly pay a small fee for extras with you speaking. just saying, we all could do with less commenters and more Ace. Posted by: Arson Wells at July 21, 2016 02:24 PM (kiOZ

Screen Junkies does that with their Honest Trailers stuff. could be something to look at...

http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-commentary-151-deadpool-3019489

Posted by: LizLem at July 21, 2016 02:34 PM (hvf9s)

585 So now when Trump acts the bigger man and appoints Cruz, there can be no whining about a quid pro qui arrangement for an endorsement.
We've already seen Trump's forgiveness this week about the speechwriter.
Posted by: Rory at July 21, 2016 02:30 PM (Mr0eF)

I would love to see Cruz on the Court and I think the Senate would confirm him without hearings just to be rid of him. All in all, a Supreme Court Justice is far more powerful for far longer than a mere POTUS. Ruthie who is senile and batshit proves that every damn day.

Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes now franchising Lulu Snackbars at July 21, 2016 02:34 PM (kXoT0)

586 In my opinion, Cruz-by being a dick last night--and the Bushes and Kasich's and all the rest who stayed away--are all betting on Trump to lose, and probably lose big, which he very well might. But if they each had a crystal ball and it said that Trump would win, they all would be at the convention tonight jostling each other for a Trump photo op.
But no, they are betting on him to lose and in some cases are doing what they can to ensure that happens. They can deal with Hillary (in both senses of the word) but not with Trump.

Posted by: JoeF. at July 21, 2016 02:34 PM (gWrb2)

587
Child Molester Leah Dunham will be speaking at the DNC

Another Movement Mother

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at July 21, 2016 02:34 PM (IqV8l)

588 But I'm now going to live out my statement "we
ain't voting ourselves outta this". Voting is now a perfunctory duty I
will not discuss the details of.



Real work's elsewhere. I suggest we get down to it and quit wasting time on politics.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, down with Eph 6:12-13 at July 21, 2016 02:27 PM (9krrF)
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Amen. Civic duty and nothing more. You are right. We aren't voting our way out of this. I won't expend my energies or my money in that direction anymore. There's more than one way to skin a cat. We've been trying the same old way for decades now. How's that workin'?

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 02:34 PM (dFi94)

589 Its sad to me that on the very post where Ace talks about quitting because of hero worshipping idiots who think any slight against their political icon is some personal kick in the nuts, and a bunch of people show up to do exactly that.

Both Cruz and Trump acted like jackwagons. Deal with it. Neither one is a hero. Neither one is covered in glory. This isn't your shower where you work up the perfect argument nobody can refute, this is where other people are who can question you.

You aren't a lawyer looking for some remotely plausible way to defend something someone did that was awful. Stop trying to find some technical way Trump didn't insult Cruz or Cruz didn't throw a fit. They're both politicians, one a lawyer and the other a cutthroat real estate sleazeball. Neither one is worthy of your worship.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 02:34 PM (39g3+)

590 both Trump and Cruz partisans need to stfu about hating each.

there is no HERO that will save you.

you ppl spend more time whining about your preferred messiah than you do in organizing for (figurative) war against the Left and the corruptocrats...who unsurprisingly put their alliance to screw YOU before their drama spats.

you need how to figure out how to make a difference yourself and with the people you trust. nobody else is going to risk their next paycheck to save you; we already see that in a security community that has done nothing to protect us from the treason of the political class.

stop thinking that a vote for a politician is going to be the deciding factor in changing the corruption. and for g*d's sake, dont make god-kings to worship out of politicians

Posted by: Grad School Fool at July 21, 2016 02:34 PM (swEzU)

591 Boy Ace I hope You stay... I need somewhere to go when I get angry at the MSM, which is everyday...

Posted by: donna at July 21, 2016 02:35 PM (O2RFr)

592 Ace: Please don't go!

You changed my life--truly. Years ago I started on e-cigs because of what you wrote about your experience with them. Then more recently, I read the book by Alan Carr that you recommended. After many decades, I am finally free of my nicotine addiction.

You did that. I cannot thank you enough.


Posted by: IrishEi at July 21, 2016 02:35 PM (Lsu4e)

593 I honestly don't understand all the hysteria.

Posted by: chique d'afrique, l'americaine at July 21, 2016 02:03 PM (g6yUI)
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Me too. Why, if the so-called 'opponent' was 'crushed' are people still out there stomping? I liked the diplomatic speech last night and thought it was a help to DT and all the supposed Rs. Makes no sense to go to the fainting couches unless the defeated opponent is a threat. Don't know whose ox is being gored, but the butthurt over a generic speech makes me wonder.

Posted by: mustbequantum at July 21, 2016 02:35 PM (MIKMs)

594
Rocket launch? Or giant boobie in the sky?

https://goo.gl/WNoeNN

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 02:35 PM (iQIUe)

595 I would love to see Cruz on the Court and I think the Senate would confirm him without hearings just to be rid of him. All in all, a Supreme Court Justice is far more powerful for far longer than a mere POTUS. Ruthie who is senile and batshit proves that every damn day.
Posted by: Sherry McEvil, Stiletto Corsettes now franchising Lulu Snackbars at July 21, 2016 02:34 PM (kXoT0)


Yup... the boys and girls in the Senate might be glad to get rid of Cruz that way. LOL

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:35 PM (zp+j1)

596 The snarkiness here during the 2009 Obama Inauguratin' almost made his getting elected worth it.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at July 21, 2016 02:35 PM (hqZPQ)

597 Or you could always become a hand model, but then you'd have to give up... you know...
Posted by: Y-not (@moxiemom) at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (t5zYU)

Or he could become a hand model, not give up...you know... and use Nair on his palms.
there's always a workaround

Posted by: OneEyedJack at July 21, 2016 02:35 PM (kKHcp)

598 >>I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it.

I hear there are plenty of openings in the fast food and house cleaning industries.

Posted by: Dr Spank at July 21, 2016 02:35 PM (TJCSB)

599 Ted thinks if he can just get all of his disciples to "vote their conscience" by writing-in his name or voting for Johnson or some other schmuck, he can ride to the rescue in 2020 and we will all see the error of our ways and we will elect the proselytizing butt-faced anointed one POTUS.

First off, that will never happen. Ted will never be elected President in these American States...Ever.

Second, for his fever dream (above) to come true, it will necessarily be after Hillary gets to replace both Scalia and Ginsburg with 42 year old lock-step progressives.

So, for Ted to in any way risk or increase the chances point two for his own political gain is the height of selfishness and a betrayal of constitutional conservatism of the highest order.

The minimum of 2 SCOTUS appointment in the next four years is the ALPHA and the OMEGA of this "crisis of conscience".

You either want Hillary to make those appointments or Trump. There is no grey area. A liberal court for a generation or more, or a center-right court restored and maybe even shifted further to the right.

Choose wisely.

Posted by: tommylotto at July 21, 2016 02:35 PM (A3a8d)

600 >>>Trump gave Cruz the opportunity to do the right thing or the wrong thing. Cruz chose the stupid thing.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 02:30 PM (Nwg0u)>>>

The crowd chose the stupid thing. If they hadn't been booing and impersonating Trigglypuff, people would have forgotten about the speech quickly. Maybe the Trump people wanted people to stop talking about plagiarism, so got people talking about Cruz instead.

Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 02:35 PM (4ueYo)

601 566, Kasich will be there tonight. If I had a ranch, I would bet it.

Posted by: JoeF. at July 21, 2016 02:36 PM (gWrb2)

602 Why are we all pretending that "vote your conscience" isn't what the nevertrumpers, the unbound delegate people, and the Gary Johnson people have been saying for months now?

Following your conscience is good. Following it to Hillary or Gary Johnson is bad.

There is such a thing as a badly informed conscience, ya know... If it leads you to allow a naked Marxist to have another 8 years in the White House, it may be time for a realignment.

Some here are reacting to the Trump/Cruz thing like its personal to THEM. Whether or not you pull a lever for Trump, it doesn't mean you have to go BE like Trump. Or Cruz for that matter. It just means that you don't want Scankles to be the next President.

Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 02:36 PM (b2PbZ)

603 If Bigfoot existed the Chinese would have ten recipes for it.

Posted by: Dave at Buffalo Roam at July 21, 2016 02:36 PM (Eyx+b)

604 "Burn it down, scatter the stones and salt the earth. Is this still OK?"

Are you still stuck on the Third Punic War?

:-)

Posted by: Ok at July 21, 2016 02:36 PM (rnH8X)

605


Does anyone every feel embarrassed at parading their stupidity in public?

I just wrote a post saying, basically, intelligent people discuss ideas and dullards can only discuss people, and this idiot confirms it.

It's just all Television Personality Heroes with you, isn't it, Champ?
Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:23 PM (dciA+)>>

Thank you for saving me the time and effort.

Posted by: ICBMMan at July 21, 2016 02:36 PM (0OIm5)

606 508 I'm going to sneak towards their space armada and offer my services as a behind-the-lines saboteur and quisling.
Posted by Ace


****


Hmmm. When you're sucking up to an alien race, which alien body part are you supposed to...um...administer to? Aren't there anatomic differences? It might be important for Ace to know this.
Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (NeFrd)

I guess you could just grab an appendage and start sucking it until, by process of elimination, the alien...has whatever reaction it is that the aliens have when being satisfied by subjugated mammalians who probably stink and look disgusting to them.

(Maybe that plan needs some more thought.)

Posted by: joncelli, Bridge Troll and Crossbow Afficianado at July 21, 2016 02:36 PM (g6yUI)

607 Oh, good idea. You can make people pay for a subscription. I'd subscribe.

Posted by: lindafell TEXIT!! at July 21, 2016 02:36 PM (xVgrA)

608 The crowd chose the stupid thing. If they hadn't been booing and impersonating Trigglypuff, people would have forgotten about the speech quickly. Maybe the Trump people wanted people to stop talking about plagiarism, so got people talking about Cruz instead.

It worked...

Posted by: donna at July 21, 2016 02:36 PM (O2RFr)

609 I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it. I can't take the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink enforced by bullies and dummies any more.

It's disgusting. It's stupid. It's unhealthy for the mind and spirit.

I just can't take it much longer. And I won't.
_____________________
Go ahead, JUMP! Z Man and the Wood Pile have already moved far, far ahead of you, Ace, on the real man scale and on my favs list.

Do us all a favor!

Posted by: Old codger at July 21, 2016 02:36 PM (fpd99)

610 You've likely heard this tweet already folks:

Here is the most critical question of all for those who didn't like Ted Cruz's speech. When he asked people vote for a candidate who shared your values and would defend the Constitution, why didn't you think he was talking about your candidate?

Posted by: Jill at July 21, 2016 02:36 PM (ba6SM)

611 Plastics.
Posted by: Mortimer

Latex salesman.

Posted by: andycanuck at July 21, 2016 02:37 PM (RmrGn)

612 Ace,
Please stay and keep this up. If it wasn't for Vic's daily VNN, the morning links and the great snarky comments from some of the regulars, my day only gets more boring. I like the looks from coworkers when I bust out laughing from the occasional great lines from the 'rons.

Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 02:37 PM (jxbfJ)

613 Moving on, I also have to ask if we as alleged conservatives that point and laugh at the special snowflakes on the left taken aback at non-existent mythical "micro-aggression" - are looking for our own safe spaces.

Allow me to provide a vocabulary lesson. Donald Trump did not "ATTACK!!!1!!!" Heidi Cruz. He basically said his wife is better looking. Which she is, if only by virtue of having been PAID based those same looks.

I'm not getting into whatever stupid nonsense involves Ted Cruz' father because, whatever. It seems we're all portraying this as if this horrible ATTACK!!!11!!! on Heid Cruz was just too much to set aside for any normal man. That's bullshit. Trump did nothing more than tell the truth, so I'm not even okay with allowing that he "said mean words" about her.

Jesus Christ, people. THAT is what we're all going to shriek and cry about and high five and say "Hell yeah, go Ted" and root on the "pure conservative" or some such bullshit so Cruz can exact his petty revenge and do what little he can to endanger the liklihood of Trump winning the eleciton, and thereby, doing what little he can to throw in with the NeverTrump brigade ?

Ted Cruz is the adult in the room, now ? I thought Jeb Bush's little rant before the convention and hiding out at home was petty and stupid, but Cruz' nonsense is even better. Jeb couldn't keep his yap shut, but Ted, he couldn't even stay away. He has to stick his foot in it and actively put his moral and ideological purity above the interests of the party he allegedly belongs to AND the majority of primary voters who made their choice and picked Donald Trump.

Yeah, whatever. Enjoy your stupid "Hell yeah" high fives and good luck finding your own "safe space" where you can feel safe from such terrible ATTACKS as being told you aren't as good looking as a super model. Holy Shit.

Posted by: deadrody at July 21, 2016 02:37 PM (kj7T1)

614 Get a real job, and get back to me.

Posted by: nip at July 21, 2016 02:37 PM (L5nkE)

615 You know, after Trump called his wife ugly and said his dad might have plugged Kennedy.

If it was all that terrible then Cruz could have just not given a speech.

The Trumptards think that Ted Cruz should submit to the Might of Trump and bend the knee.

Personally, I could not care less about whether Cruz gives an endorsement or not (I don't think his endorsement carries any more weight than the usual endorsement - which is none) but a political convention is about the party, not the nominee on the main ticket.

I have always hated pep rallies (which is mostly what the conventions are) but, then again, I don't go to pep rallies and then look to piss in the punch bowl.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at July 21, 2016 02:37 PM (zc3Db)

616 600, so you want a crowd composed of thousands of people to all have the same simultaneous thought that their booing Cruz will become the lead story the next day?

Posted by: JoeF. at July 21, 2016 02:37 PM (gWrb2)

617 If Bigfoot existed the Chinese would have ten recipes for it.
Posted by: Dave at Buffalo Roam at July 21, 2016 02:36 PM (Eyx+b)


LMAO

Bigfoot Related Respiratory Syndrome

Posted by: Max Power at July 21, 2016 02:37 PM (q177U)

618 If I were Cruz and Trump insulted my wife and father I wouldn't have come close to Cleveland.
Rubio gave a speech supporting Trump, but Trump won FL and Rube needs Trump to be re-elected. Cruz doesn't givaflyinfuk and I respect that.

Posted by: Hank at July 21, 2016 02:37 PM (wv7Zv)

619 548 The rest of that part of the speech was a directive not to vote for Hillary.

hillary won't use that part in her commercials.
Posted by: Guy Mohawk at July 21, 2016 02:29 PM (ODxAs)

Hillary will do and one and done commercial about this because it's counter productive. Most conservative right wing candidate won't endorse Trump. Seems that's to Trump's advantage . It goes along with Trump's other socially liberal stances.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 02:38 PM (HnB/8)

620 34 My dad and I were talking about this very thing a little while ago. I am just baffled by the worship Trump engenders. Are people so desperate for a hero that they will accept anyone who speaks up, no matter what he says or how little sense or consistency in his words?

Posted by: huerfano at July 21, 2016 01:36 PM (jkkMG)

YES

Of course, Boehner, McConnell, Ryan, Graham, McCain. And open primaries contributed a good portion as well.

Posted by: Drill at July 21, 2016 02:38 PM (DN9jO)

621 You get all riled up and start swearing at "people" for doing things...
WTF?
these are politicians... in your life time, who was a great politician that didn't deserve to be crapped on?
they are all from the same personality mix... THEY ARE THE GOVERNMENT AND ALL THEY WANT IS ALL OF YOUR MONEY...
which is why I don't care who is running the country because the US is already FKD... past the point of redemption...
narcissism on all sides.

Posted by: Philip at July 21, 2016 02:38 PM (8pLxm)

622
There are a zillion other stories going on

----

There are a million stories in the big city

Posted by: Bigbys Olive Fingers at July 21, 2016 02:38 PM (XMROa)

623 Cruz pledged to support Trump in March if he won the nomination without a caveat. There are no Mulligans in politics. My opinion.

Posted by: John at July 21, 2016 02:38 PM (Xucu5)

624 The minimum of 2 SCOTUS appointment in the next four years is the ALPHA and the OMEGA of this "crisis of conscience".

You either want Hillary to make those appointments or Trump. There is no grey area. A liberal court for a generation or more, or a center-right court restored and maybe even shifted further to the right.

Choose wisely.
Posted by: tommylotto at July 21, 2016 02:35 PM (A3a8d)

Perhaps the most important issue this cycle

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:38 PM (zp+j1)

625 Ace, as much as I hate to say it your moving on could be a great opportunity for you. Not me, because I love reading your pieces, but for you. I hope you'll write a TV show and make a ton of money. A SF comedy, with aliens based in D.C. and members of Congress or maybe high up bureaucrats, except no one can tell. Everyone is weird, so why would their weirdness stand out? Anyway, the bad guy is one lonely American who has sort of figured it all out and is hunting the aliens. Except the police and the secret service think he's a right wing extremist just trung to "make government smaller, one alien at a time".

Posted by: MTF at July 21, 2016 02:38 PM (/m8T6)

626 567 Write a novel. Write poetry. Go for a vacation somewhere remote and separated. Do something really different. It can make a huge difference.
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 02:15 PM (39g3+)

THIS is great advice^

Posted by: Max Power at July 21, 2016 02:31 PM (q177U)


Or, how about writing a poem about being a novelist? Maybe a novel about someone who quits a blog to write poems?

All you would have to do is give up a few luxuries, like eating and sleeping under a roof.

Posted by: jwest at July 21, 2016 02:38 PM (Zs4uk)

627 Nah I doubt that. It actually seems to have jelled support around trump and even by some surprising people. If it hurts anyone, it might hurt Cruz more in the long run...or nobody.
Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:32 PM (zp+j1)

But you are missing out on the opportunity to equate Cruz with Benedict Arnold or Quisling or whomever. To say that he is responsible for every ill and evil thing in the history of fallen man.

You are actually implying that there might be something positive to come out of this whole deal? Amazing.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at July 21, 2016 02:38 PM (3ZoRf)

628 Take a vacation ace. Cancun and Cabo are both great. Two weeks of fun
in the sun, bikinis on beautiful lasses, good food and drink.
============================================


Hey - that's where I'm going. I refuse to spend my honeymoon with Ace. I'm sorry, but that's a bridge too far.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 02:38 PM (dFi94)

629 Ace,

You plan on shutting down or passing the keys to others?

Posted by: Tim in Illinois. at July 21, 2016 02:38 PM (WVsWD)

630 "Now it's Trumpbart, the Drumpf Report, Laura Ingraham and Hannity unhinged, the Trump Limbaugh Show....
All I have left is Ace of MF'in Spades, and Ricochet... even tho it's a little aristocratic, they at least see Trump for what he is."

Milo is worth a thousand Jon Gabriels in terms of culture war effectiveness and Ace is much-ennervated mainly by the nastiness of #NeverTrumpers and having to placate their insane 'unity' demands.

Also, swearing off a YUUUGE part of the conservative movement and sticking to a ever-smaller and more incestuous group of people is why you're misstepping on this issue so badly and failing to get where the emotions of the majority is.

Posted by: Dystopia Max at July 21, 2016 02:38 PM (UM8Ie)

631 On one end side their voting for a career criminal,
Some on other side won't vote for someone because they won't endorse the Republican candidate.

Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 02:38 PM (bksJQ)

632 >>>Choose wisely.

Posted by: tommylotto at July 21, 2016 02:35 PM (A3a8d)>>>

Your tirade has only made it less likely that I'll vote for Trump. I thought the "vote your conscience" comment was in poor form, but could easily be turned against Clinton. As Gingrich sort of did afterward, but the Trigglypuff impersonation kind of killed the delivery.

Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 02:39 PM (4ueYo)

633 However, my thoughts on Winona are shared only by a deranged fan institutionalized in Nijmegen, and he has no internet access....


Winona has withheld the boobage. Winona could have had Important Boobs, but she blew it.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 21, 2016 02:39 PM (1xUj/)

634 "Yeah. I was for big Ted from day one. Listened to his entire announcement of candidacy. Hit all the right notes. But then the perception began to creep into my consciousness - aided by Glenn Beck -- that he was 'playing' to an audience. "

Then he's been faking it since age 13 when he went around giving speeches on the constitution, which he had memorized, and all through college, when he fought with his liberal professors on constitutional matters.

Posted by: stace...TEXIT at July 21, 2016 02:39 PM (ozZau)

635 "Or you could always become a hand model, but then you'd have to give up... you know...
Posted by: Y-not (@moxiemom) at July 21, 2016 02:25 PM (t5zYU) "


Yeah, but, there is that.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 02:39 PM (TxZgU)

636 Ace, I'll just echo what everyone else is saying: take some time off. We need you. This is about the only place I come for news now. Go Hobo hunting, You can borrow my Mosin, almost done full floating the barrel!

Posted by: Jackal at July 21, 2016 02:40 PM (Lyh9/)

637 De zon schijnt boven het witte zand.

Het blauwe water splash op de kust.

Winona's beha bevat mijn blijdschap.

We eet een biet op een stokje.

...we de liefde zoals zeeschildpadden .

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 21, 2016 02:40 PM (2gKX/)

638
The hypocrisy here is astounding.

Posted by: lcdamlcdaml at July 21, 2016 02:40 PM (M0YXY)

639 Newt was great last night.

Ingraham was great last night.

Posted by: Seems Legit at July 21, 2016 02:40 PM (U+nHb)

640
OK, I won't be around to see a response to this.

But, Ace, I agree with jwest. What you have here is the blog equivalent of a general-interest magazine, which, so far as I know, has no counterpart on the web. Younot only have news, but pets, gardening, cooking, books, movies and humor. There must be a way to make it pay.

Drop the politics and go light, if it helps. But - and I can't believe I'm saying this - jwest Johnson is right!

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at July 21, 2016 02:40 PM (X6fMO)

641 Oh Ace, I hope you are still reading. I am a mostly lurker type, I think I've commented 2-3 times. Please don't leave! I think you were on the right track when you quit Twitter. Stay away from that hellhole. People, have lost their minds there.

We need you here. You are a gifted writer, and I feel you are speaking for we rubes out in hated Real America.

I always order thru your Amazon bar up there. Please take a vacation! Love, a Daily Mass going, homeschool mom of 5, who loves Mexican food.

Posted by: RedEnchilada at July 21, 2016 02:40 PM (+i7ay)

642 Personally if I had been Cruz I would have called trump out for the things he said about his father and wife diplomatically --well if I did it, it would not have been diplomatic, but that is another matter-- but then I would have said I am voting for the Republican Nominee...he would not even have had to mention Trump's name if that is what he wanted. That way he would have saved his "Honor" and not caused a brewHaHa and not given the dems a commercial. But hey that's just me

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:40 PM (zp+j1)

643 610
You've likely heard this tweet already folks:



Here is the most critical question of all for those who didn't like
Ted Cruz's speech. When he asked people vote for a candidate who shared
your values and would defend the Constitution, why didn't you think he
was talking about your candidate?

Posted by: Jill at July 21, 2016 02:36 PM (ba6SM)

Now that is an excellent observation.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at July 21, 2016 02:41 PM (2PHKP)

644 The hypocrisy here is astounding.
Posted by: lcdamlcdaml at July 21, 2016 02:40 PM (M0YXY)
--------------------
Seems normal to me.

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 02:41 PM (NUqwG)

645 You may say you no longer care about politics but
Politics sure cares about you.

Posted by: MsQuoted at July 21, 2016 02:41 PM (rwIHM)

646 Here's a Idea?

Turn off comments until after the Dem convention, once they are turned back on I will have assumed control of the ban hammer and would eagerly clean this place up.

I don't mind folkes being Trump fans but I'm damned tired of this "If you fellate Trump you're electing Hillary crap.

Oh, did I mention free of charge?

Posted by: JB at July 21, 2016 02:41 PM (u3li/)

647 Personally, I would hit Cruz's wife like the hammer of an angry god. That said, just because all the other candidates Trump humiliated came to kiss the ring, why should Cruz? They're the dumbsses. At least Cruz can keep some self-respect.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at July 21, 2016 02:42 PM (bc7LP)

648 You know what will help that?

Screaming for Cruz's head because he said "vote your conscience".

Yeah, that'll help.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 02:22 PM (mC1ZI)

The thing is is that he said more than just 'vote your conscience ' . The rest of that part of the speech was a directive not to vote for Hillary.
Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 02:26 PM (HnB/

This is a manufactured outrage as far as I am concerned.

Posted by: chique d'afrique, l'americaine at July 21, 2016 02:42 PM (g6yUI)

649 The hypocrisy here is astounding.
Posted by: lcdamlcdaml at July 21, 2016 02:40 PM (M0YXY)

Yeah and outside here there is no hypocrisy?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:42 PM (zp+j1)

650 I honestly don't understand all the hysteria.

Yeah, me either. Because nothing Trump or Cruz did was all that awful, either. It was petty playground crap, not meaningful or significant.

We have one candidate who has been responsible for the deaths of many Americans, who embezzeled six BILLION dollars for illegal black ops as Secretary of State, is guilty of scores of counts of illegal activity going back into the 80s, and lies constantly about everything she says.... and this is what we're focused on?

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 02:42 PM (39g3+)

651 And if Trump refused Cruz the opportunity to speak at the convention, the headlines would be full of "Trump Fears Cruz", "Trump Disses Conservatives" and Ted assumes the mantle of "The Wronged Victim" for the next four years.

Did Ted Cruz really tell the TX delegates "I Will Not Be A Servile Puppy"?

Did he really say that?

Posted by: mrp at July 21, 2016 02:42 PM (JBggj)

652 I will endeavor to personally sneer.

Posted by: Pissy Chrissy Matthews at July 21, 2016 02:42 PM (VCs6s)

653 Go work for a concrete contractor for about 5 minutes and get your head right.

Posted by: x at July 21, 2016 02:42 PM (nFwvY)

654 All of us seem to want Ace to become even more creative and wildly popular. We seem pretty convinced Ace will achieve great celebrity as a novelist, playwright, TV creator/producer, hand model...

That's a testament to how much we all appreciate Ace's work here, I think.

Posted by: MTF at July 21, 2016 02:43 PM (/m8T6)

655 Trump really fucked up, in a major way, a very major way, with his remarks to the NYT reporter re NATO.

H is going to seize on this and use it against him and it will hurt. Trump is likely to fight back by doubling down which will cause her to release the dogs of war against him, calling him a very very dangerous motherfucker.

The Orange Julius Caesar is disgustingly hypocritical when he calls out NATO members for not paying their bills. He is known for doing the same, and it has been going on all his life.

Posted by: the littl shyning man at July 21, 2016 02:43 PM (U6f54)

656 Please stop saying it's about beating Hillary. Beceause all that does is show that Trump failed to consider that when he attacked Cruz's family.

Posted by: Tilikum KAW at July 21, 2016 02:43 PM (gmjUl)

657 639 Newt was great last night.

Ingraham was great last night.


Yes they were...

Posted by: donna at July 21, 2016 02:43 PM (O2RFr)

658 "Both Cruz and Trump acted like jackwagons. Deal with it. Neither one is a hero. Neither one is covered in glory. This isn't your shower where you work up the perfect argument nobody can refute, this is where other people are who can question you."


Exactly. Trump is vile. Cruz sucked up to Trump for months and elevated him because he thought that would benefit him by knocking Bush and Rubio out, leaving Cruz as the only alternative to Trump. Cruz was too clever by half.

To hell with both of them, although I will still shake my head and vote for Trump.

Posted by: Benji Carver at July 21, 2016 02:43 PM (OD2ni)

659 Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 02:42 PM (39g3+)

Amen.

Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 02:44 PM (b2PbZ)

660 Gosh Ace, I mostly lurk, but it's scary to hear stuff like "I'm looking to make an exit." I know it's your mental health, but what other spot do we have for commentary between Big Hard Trump Fandom and the mincing AlwaysHillary folks?

Posted by: fightwinger at July 21, 2016 02:44 PM (AMKhy)

661 Either way, Hillary will be your new POTUS and we'll have eight more years of lying, cheating, race baiting, and cankles.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at July 21, 2016 02:44 PM (bc7LP)

662 "....... Cruz is an Asshole..

There, I said it.. others are saying it too. Politics has always been about smearing the oppo.. Cruz shot first in that battle with Trump's wife if you will PLEASE recall..
....
Posted by: catman at July 21, 2016 02:22 PM (RI/nF)"

The accusation of Cruz attacking Trump's wife has come up often to justify Trump re-tweeting an unflattering photo comparison of Heidi and Melania, but it's not an accurate accusation. Liz Mair was running an anti-Trump SuperPAC after leaving Scott Walker's campaign. She used a photo from an interview Trump gave to British GQ in 2000 that Melania posed for to embarrass Trump in a small circulation Facebook ad. Trump was okay with then-girlfriend Melania posing that way for his benefit in 2000. Cruz didn't approve that ad. He was going to win UT and lose AZ well before that ad came out - no reason to court legal trouble by coordinating with a loose cannon PAC.

Trump seized on the ad to attack Cruz. That's politics. Directly endorsing an attack on Cruz's wife by re-tweeting somebody else's ugly photo mashup went beyond politics and was just dumb.

Posted by: Jill v2 at July 21, 2016 02:44 PM (8048L)

663 Can we all get behind the fact that the DNC next week is going to be a clusterfark? It will be a week to unify the Repubs and remind us of the pure evil on the other side.

Is Lena Dunham's DNC speech happening before or after the baby killing tribute to Moloch?

Posted by: LizLem at July 21, 2016 02:44 PM (hvf9s)

664 Did he really say that?

Posted by: mrp at July 21, 2016 02:42 PM



Yes, Limbaugh had the audio clip, and played it on the air.

Posted by: Mad in Madison at July 21, 2016 02:44 PM (PbmKW)

665 Take August off. Go to the beach. Sit in the sand.

Isn't that what the French do?


I've never seen the French eating pickles on a stick, but then I've never been to the south coast.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 21, 2016 02:44 PM (1xUj/)

666 oh my gosh if I didn't have Vic's news and MisHum's dump and Ace's blog posts, how would I get my news? I won't turn on the TV, that's for sure. I honestly would get very little news, other than the radio.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 02:44 PM (dFi94)

667 Why don't you start running for office, Ace. I have a feeling that you won't be able to give up politics. So turn it around and let it start paying you. I've heard one can get rich in politics.

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 02:44 PM (Fmupd)

668 But no, they are betting on him to lose and in some cases are doing what they can to ensure that happens. They can deal with Hillary (in both senses of the word) but not with Trump.Posted by: JoeF. at July 21, 2016 02:34 PM (gWrb2)

No, they know Trump will lose. He's an overtly terrible person, almost cartoony in his narcissism, idiocy and greed. Of course, so is Hillary Clinton, whose efforts at humanity are painful to watch but who also has the MSM on her side, which isthe greatest public perception-shaping propaganda engine ever devised by man.

I'd probably think more of Trump's chances if he had some skin in the game and started pouring his own money into the campaign. What good is a billionaire candidate if his nickel-and-dime supporters (and now the RNC) are still the ones footing most of the bill?

Posted by: troyriser at July 21, 2016 02:44 PM (UWlp+)

669 Nothing matters but keeping Hillary out of the White House. I want my wife and entire family to cry on election night. I want to see all of Hollywood make good on their promises to leave the country.

As bad our choice for president is, the alternative is far worse. Next week's Democrat convention will make that very clear, and hopefully serve to finally unite us.

Posted by: Pyrocles at July 21, 2016 02:44 PM (MYMcU)

670 Then he's been faking it since age 13 when he went around giving speeches on the constitution, which he had memorized, and all through college, when he fought with his liberal professors on constitutional matters.
Posted by: stace...TEXIT at July 21, 2016 02:39 PM (ozZau)

Yeah, but the Donald who was supporting Dems and praising Hillary and Pelosi recently is the real deal!

Posted by: chique d'afrique, l'americaine at July 21, 2016 02:44 PM (g6yUI)

671 I have no discernible skills.

You're still young. Sign up for temp jobs, take some online classes, see what happens when you stop trying so hard at something that makes you unhappy.

Get another life while you still can.

Posted by: Old argus at July 21, 2016 02:44 PM (3hIZX)

672 This is a manufactured outrage as far as I am concerned.
Posted by: chique d'afrique, l'americaine at July 21, 2016 02:42 PM (g6yUI)

NOt really. NOt when it was the lead story on every news show and paper. And THAT was predictable. We all get Cruz hates Trump and why and it is well deserved hate. But Cruz is also a big boy and if he takes a predictable action he has to be prepared for the remifications.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:45 PM (zp+j1)

673 ace, a hand model?
Go long on Dollar Shave Club futures.

Posted by: Chi at July 21, 2016 02:45 PM (uV2DT)

674 586 In my opinion, Cruz-by being a dick last night--and the Bushes and Kasich's and all the rest who stayed away--are all betting on Trump to lose, and probably lose big, which he very well might. But if they each had a crystal ball and it said that Trump would win, they all would be at the convention tonight jostling each other for a Trump photo op.
But no, they are betting on him to lose and in some cases are doing what they can to ensure that happens. They can deal with Hillary (in both senses of the word) but not with Trump.
Posted by: JoeF. at July 21, 2016 02:34 PM


And perhaps a cigar is just a cigar, and they all (okay, not Kasich) have their reasons. Cruz's are pretty plain to see.

What happens when you support Trump after opposing him in the primaries? You become Chris Christie and treated like the Gimp from Pulp Fiction. So yeah, maybe Ted has more self-respect than that.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at July 21, 2016 02:45 PM (l7VAC)

675 In my viewpoint...

If Cruz had stayed away, and just remained silent... OK...

He went to the convention and gave a speech... making a public spectacle of his non support of Trump.

He did the OPPOSITE of an attempt to bring the party together...

ie.... by his non support, and public statements as to why... he is actively hurting Trump's chances at election.... at a convention that is trying to bring the party together.

I have nothing bad to say about Jeb!, or Kasich.... or any of those who refuse to support Trump, that is up to them....

But Cruz came in to hurt Trump.....

Posted by: Don Quixote at July 21, 2016 02:45 PM (qf6WZ)

676 Cruz is killing both Trump's campaign and this blog.

It must run in his family!

Posted by: Average Joe at July 21, 2016 02:45 PM (OcVqY)

677 Trumptard says:

"I've never voted for a President. I've voted against communism light, communism medium, communism medium well, a wolf in sheep's clothing, and a couple of America hating, traitorous sons of bitches.

I'm doing it again. Hillary might be the biggest pig of them all.

My only choice is clear. To me, of course. YMMV. If so, you are BLANK."

Rosie? What did you come up with?

Posted by: Alec Baldwin, hosting the New Match Game at July 21, 2016 02:46 PM (tRcZX)

678 This kerfuffle is the new hotness?

Seems like just yesterday it was Melania's plagiarism .

My how times have changed.

Posted by: Mortimer at July 21, 2016 02:46 PM (1aweM)

679 Is Lena Dunham's DNC speech happening before or after the baby killing tribute to Moloch?
Posted by: LizLem at July 21, 2016 02:44 PM (hvf9s)

I'm going to take the bet that her speech IS the baby killing tribute to Moloch.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at July 21, 2016 02:46 PM (KUaJL)

680 I've said before, but I'll say again, this election has showed me the huge divide in GOP base. The Trump faction and the Cruz faction - despite some common ground - is pretty far apart. I didn't realize how far apart we really were. I think both sides can rightly feel they have been sh___ on, but we clearly have different ideas as to how to move forward. Perhaps this election is the beginning of the split, or perhaps someone comes along who can fuse the split better than Trump can.

Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:46 PM (gmeXX)

681 This crappy year reminds me of the line from the Legends of the Fall: (it) was the rock they broke themselves against. I absolutely love the blog and never missed the now-defunct (?) podcast. I'd hate to not be able to lurk here anymore, but from what I've seen here and on Twitter we're not getting the band back together anytime soon, if at all.

As for me, I live in a navy blue state. If polling indicates that there's a chance that Lady McBeth could lose our electoral votes (ha! I made a funny.) I'll hold my nose and vote Trump. If not, I'll vote the other races and skip the Presidential election.

Posted by: NotAliceWithers at July 21, 2016 02:46 PM (rZGZb)

682 I'm old enough to remember when the GOPe media said we had a great crop of up-and-coming POTUS candidates.

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at July 21, 2016 02:46 PM (bc7LP)

683 Actually listen to Laura going between jobs today, but she was just talking about this.

Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 02:46 PM (bksJQ)

684 Breitbart has soooo jumped the shark, even Milo can't redeem 'em at this point.

Posted by: Iblis at July 21, 2016 02:46 PM (9221z)

685
Missile attack:

https://goo.gl/QRgGyv

If the kid is not dead, he will be after the emt is done with him.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 02:47 PM (iQIUe)

686 Yes, Limbaugh had the audio clip, and played it on the air.

Posted by: Mad in Madison at July 21, 2016 02:44 PM (PbmKW)

=================
Thanks, Mad.Case closed.

Posted by: mrp at July 21, 2016 02:47 PM (JBggj)

687 ...who embezzeled six BILLION dollars for illegal black ops her family's so-called charity as Secretary of State...

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 02:42 PM (39g3+)





Fixed for accuracy.

Posted by: Country Singer at July 21, 2016 02:47 PM (uiwCw)

688 Cruz played this like Sonny Corleone, when he should have been Vito or Michael. The smart move would have been not to go to the convention and given a statement similar to what he said at the convention.

I do not expect him to pretend it is ok with him the Donald, but don't walk into a trap and then pretend this is all about honor or something. It just makes me question Ted's judgment on picking his battles.

Posted by: Evi L. Bloggerlady at July 21, 2016 02:47 PM (4kTo2)

689 "Trump really fucked up, in a major way, a very major way, with his remarks to the NYT reporter re NATO.

H is going to seize on this and use it against him and it will hurt.
......
Posted by: the littl shyning man at July 21, 2016 02:43 PM (U6f54)"

True......

Posted by: Jill v2 at July 21, 2016 02:47 PM (8048L)

690 Trump supporters - Trigglypuffs? really?

Look at he people in his camp.. most of the people running except Rubio Bush Kaisch and .... Cruz. And Rubio has been at least a stand up guy

Why is there so much sand in you guys' undies?

I stand corrected on the Rubio mess on Trump's wife..

Posted by: catman at July 21, 2016 02:48 PM (EcmAX)

691 >>>NOt really. NOt when it was the lead story on every news show and paper. And THAT was predictable. We all get Cruz hates Trump and why and it is well deserved hate. But Cruz is also a big boy and if he takes a predictable action he has to be prepared for the remifications.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:45 PM (zp+j1)>>>

It would have been minor news but for the reaction. Nothing that was said was explicitly anti-Trump and most or all of it could and should have been taken in a pro-Tump light.

Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 02:48 PM (4ueYo)

692 Please don't go Ace. A couple of weeks ago, when you posted the LCHF lifestyle, I watched the videos you provided. They changed my life. Since then I've lost almost 20 pounds strictly following the Low carb, high fat lifestyle described in those videos. Please stay around.

Posted by: Brin at July 21, 2016 02:48 PM (+DtMb)

693 Well Ace, I get where you are coming from, but I hope you take a vacation and come back. I am only an occasional commenter but your site is the first thing I read each day.

I think that about 60% of your feeling is election hysteria based on the paucity of our choices, the grinding burnout engendered by living under the worst president in our nation's history, and end of the Republican party. The tension being ratcheted in your feelings by those will be resolved in November, when the uncertainty is gone and all this is left is working the problem.

When the election comes and goes and we know what tools we have (ha ha) we will need clear eyed and clear voiced leaders. Not blame casters, nor people who refuse to accept the reality of the situation. For all that I do not always agree with you I have never known you to ignore new data, refuse to say mea culpa, or refuse to call a spade a spade. (ha ha again)

Now I am off to wait with Ben Sasse in the corner until this blows over.

Posted by: tms at July 21, 2016 02:48 PM (gQHeD)

694

It's a secret ballot and no one over 18 should be driven to vote by the snarling of their friends.

I'm pretty sure Trump has already lost. though I would rather have a four year Trump failure than a successful Hillary, who has been gunning for Bill of Rights since whenever and the first amendment in particular since Drudge managed to print something true about her skeevy partner and meal ticket in life.

Posted by: SarahW at July 21, 2016 02:48 PM (Sp1NT)

695 Either you are helping defeat Hillary, or you aren't.

Pretty simple.

Cruz isn't. That is his choice, but if you say Hillary is awful and the worst and then fail to do anything to stop her, that is kind of odd.

Posted by: Duncan Macleod, The Highlander at July 21, 2016 02:48 PM (NAv1Q)

696 648 This is a manufactured outrage as far as I am concerned.
Posted by: chique d'afrique, l'americaine at July 21, 2016 02:42 PM (g6yUI)

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Yup. The only reason I'm participating is boredom.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 02:48 PM (mC1ZI)

697 my semi-lewds in the videogame posts were a better deal than the current political landscape

Posted by: the dude at July 21, 2016 02:48 PM (SyKbw)

698 Another DNC question...will the Bernie Bots cause friction to the voting, or will the Hillary/DNC brownshirts make sure they are all purged from the convention floor?

I guess they can all pee on each other outside the convention center if necessary...

Posted by: LizLem at July 21, 2016 02:48 PM (hvf9s)

699 Did Ted Cruz really tell the TX delegates "I Will Not Be A Servile Puppy"?

Did he really say that?
Posted by: mrp at July 21, 2016 02:42 PM (JBggj)

If he did, so what? That's what Christie is.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at July 21, 2016 02:49 PM (l7VAC)

700 This is a manufactured outrage as far as I am concerned.
Posted by: chique d'afrique, l'americaine at July 21, 2016 02:42 PM (g6yUI)

And yet people are SO VERY invested in it. It is fricking bizarre. It is like they were watching different speeches or something.

I took his speech to mean- do not vote for Hillary, vote for the lesser of two evils. But I will not endorse Trump explicitly, just as many others do not want to vote for Trump- vote against Hillary.

But people are so invested in the idea of "You're either with us 100%, or you are against us." I said this last night, but it reminds me of A Man for All Seasons, where More is saying that by neither publicly approving, nor disproving of the king, he was giving tacit approval- and yet that is not enough. The king demanded his unequivocal support or his head.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at July 21, 2016 02:49 PM (3ZoRf)

701 This depressed me quite a bit. For the entirety of the Obama years, this blog has kept my spirits up when it comes to politics. After the 2012 election, I went through a period where I couldn't bear to read anything or watch anything related to politics or current events, that is, save for the ol' Ace of Spade HQ. Reading this site kept me from completely shutting down in that regard, and I have the utmost appreciation for that. Ace's righteous anger was cathartic to read, and the snark was the only filter which I could read the news of the day for months. As a voracious reader, semi-involved citizen and news hound, that was a big shift.

The Republican party and the conservative movement have been in a bad place for a while now. The big tent collapsed after 2012, and it's not going to rebuild itself. The friendly fire disheartens me as well, and I don't blame you for not wanting any part of the viciousness that the current political scene has become.

Ace, I have no right to tell you what to do with your life, and if shutting things down is what it takes to keep things in balance, then that is fully understood. You don't owe us. As someone who lurks a hundred times more than I post, I want you to know that there are many of us out here who might not be heard on a regular basis, but we do care.

You will be missed if you do call it a day. Many thanks for the years of entertainment, information, deep thoughts, looong movie reviews, and for keeping the best place on the internet for a modern conservative alive through the decline of society.

Posted by: Average Guy at July 21, 2016 02:49 PM (KqRop)

702
I think what a lot of us are saying is that this blog feels like family, and no one wants their family to break up. It's bad enough when bands do it. I mean, how many different groups got spun out of Buffalo Springfield? Then there's all the different permutations of Crosby, Stills and Nash with sometimes Young and sometimes no Young. I need some stability in my life.
Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 02:29 PM (dFi94)
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My housemates -- hate me because they think I gave their Yorkies fleas

My coworkers -- dear God, never discuss politics or anything real with them

My friends -- lost a ton of them when I switched sides on 9/11, and the remaining ones are overseas or across the country

My family -- have lives, while I'm single at 40+

My reading list -- could use some attention, I admit

My hobbies -- ditto

My thoughts -- unspeakably dark; must escape

Morons -- everything else

Posted by: iforgot at July 21, 2016 02:49 PM (pC96u)

703 Oh my gosh Trump Cruz Trump Cruz Trump Cruz


I'm going to go do laundry. That's how done I am with this neverending saga. Make sure your side scores eleventy points while I'm gone! The fate of the Nation hinges on that one last argument you're trying to make! So don't shut up or we are all doomed!

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 02:49 PM (dFi94)

704 "Perhaps both Trump and Cruz are more savvy than many give them credit. Each of them have done so many things that were supposedly the final straw, and yet each has not only survived but thrived. Trump got farther than Ted - in that he won - but Ted beat out Jeb, Rubio, Walker and many others. Few thought that possible.

Just as people were too quick to proclaim Trump's candidacy over, people may be equally too quick to proclaim Ted's career over.
Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:26 PM (gmeXX)"

I'm sure it's not what you meant, but I have drank way too much off the master persuader kool-aid. When all hell was breaking loose last night, I thought to myself... what if this whole thing was staged.... Trump said it would be an unconventional convention. I'm 100% believing the Melania speech thing was done deliberately at this point.

I think that's a bridge too far, that this whole Cruz speech was a pre-ordained set up. But you have to wonder.

1) Speech was approved
2) Supposedly Manafort was down there ready to get the crowd booing
3) Trump arrived at just the right time, cameras went right to him, like The Rock showing up unexpectedly at wrestlemania or something.

I don't think it's true, but I wouldn't be shocked to see this whole thing blow up in October with some joint Trump/Cruz appearance and full endorsement. It's been a bizarre 14 months, I'm not surprised by anything any more.

Posted by: Dr. Shatterhand at July 21, 2016 02:50 PM (Uy8SG)

705 I've said before, but I'll say again, this election has showed me the huge divide in GOP base. The Trump faction and the Cruz faction - despite some common ground - is pretty far apart. I didn't realize how far apart we really were. I think both sides can rightly feel they have been sh___ on, but we clearly have different ideas as to how to move forward. Perhaps this election is the beginning of the split, or perhaps someone comes along who can fuse the split better than Trump can.
Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:46 PM (gmeXX)


I don't think there is a Trump faction and a Cruz faction. I much more politically alligned with Cruz and did support him in the Primaries. And from his speech last night, Cruz and Trump agree on many if not most relevant issues. The "Fight" is over who wants to defeat The FAB , How important that is, how to achieve that, and of course who insulted whom first which I don't give a rat's ass about.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:50 PM (zp+j1)

706 I've said it a few times but "news cycles" can't be said enough.

All this will blow over until the next exaggerated event takes place.

Posted by: Seems Legit at July 21, 2016 02:50 PM (U+nHb)

707 >>>But Cruz came in to hurt Trump.....
Posted by: Don Quixote at July 21, 2016 02:45 PM (qf6WZ)>>>

Only if you believe that Trump is not a conservative and it is unconscionable to vote for Trump.

Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 02:50 PM (4ueYo)

708 It's not about Hillary vs Trump vs Cruz

It's about Greys vs Reptilians vs Tall Nordics

Well, if I'm going to be eaten, I'd rather be eaten by a Nordic.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie, East of the Rockies at July 21, 2016 02:50 PM (hqZPQ)

709 this attack will prove fatal to Trump's campaign.
Posted by: Average Joe at July 21, 2016 02:30 PM (OcVqY)


Nah I doubt that. It actually seems to have jelled support around trump and even by some surprising people. If it hurts anyone, it might hurt Cruz more in the long run...or nobody.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:32 PM (zp+j1)


One of Scott Adams' predictions* was that trump would use the convention to come out and look presidential. I think he did. In support of this I'll note that when the speech plagiarized debacle came around he forgave the speechwriter. After Ted Cruz's speech Trump did not go on the attack himself.

According to Adams' prediction, Trump is behaving in a presidential manner, not being petty and instead being generous. The shift from the primary to the main campaign is underway.

*A prediction that is as obvious as the sun rising in the east, with the only question being whether the candidate can pull it off.

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - Outrage Outlet Convention Closeout! All Dramatic Poses 50% Off! at July 21, 2016 02:50 PM (hLRSq)

710 Throwing your hands up is fine, but it doesn't help defeat Hillary.

Posted by: Duncan Macleod, The Highlander at July 21, 2016 02:50 PM (NAv1Q)

711 Trump was My last choice... Oh maybe a step ahead of Kasich... I wanted Walker.... I told My Husband there is no way I can vote for trump..... But here I am thinking about 4/8 years of Hillary and I have to.........The alternative is just too horrible to contemplate...

Posted by: donna at July 21, 2016 02:50 PM (O2RFr)

712 Ace, take a few days off. Or catch up on some movies and post your reviews for a bit. Take a break from this sordid political season.

But don't pack it in. I get your disgust, believe me, but this is still a go to read for a lot of us, and one of the few conservative blogs left that isn't boring.

Posted by: UGAdawg at July 21, 2016 02:50 PM (HL3BI)

713 643 610
You've likely heard this tweet already folks:



Here is the most critical question of all for those who didn't like
Ted Cruz's speech. When he asked people vote for a candidate who shared
your values and would defend the Constitution, why didn't you think he
was talking about your candidate?

Posted by: Jill at July 21, 2016 02:36 PM (ba6SM)

Now that is an excellent observation.
Posted by: AlaBAMA at July 21, 2016 02:41 PM (2PHKP)


"Vote you conscience" or words to that affect are a major meme of the #NeverTrumpers. So naturally peoples thoughts go in that direction. Cruz also mentioned many times how DJT would violate the constitution. It was a great speach until the end. I think the majority of people heard that last part the way I did.

Posted by: Drill at July 21, 2016 02:50 PM (DN9jO)

714 Did Ted Cruz really tell the TX delegates "I Will Not Be A Servile Puppy"?

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"Cruz aspires to be rabid dog of GOP."

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 02:50 PM (NUqwG)

715 The Republican party and the conservative movement have been in a bad place for a while now.

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Nationally. But I think locally and at the state level it is in a better place. As bad as things are, it has more offices now than ever. So rebuilding may come easier. But there is a big national split.

Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:51 PM (gmeXX)

716 iforgot - I hear ya. Tough place to be.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 02:51 PM (dFi94)

717 >>>Why don't you start running for office, Ace. I have a feeling that you won't be able to give up politics.

oh, i could give it up in a heartbeat. it bores me. that's why I'm always trying to do think pieces about social gamesmanship and psychology -- I'm trying to write about politics (which is my job) without actually writing about politics.

I hate going to dinners or parties with political people. I hate talking about politics. I occasionally ask, "Can we talk about something else?"

It's my day job. (It's their day job too.) Is there nothing else to discuss now that the day is done?



Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:51 PM (dciA+)

718 >>>The "Fight" is over who wants to defeat The FAB , How important that is, how to achieve that, and of course who insulted whom first which I don't give a rat's ass about.
Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:50 PM (zp+j1)>>>

I'm quite hesitant to align with the Trigglypuffs in the GOP convention hall.

Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 02:51 PM (4ueYo)

719 Ace, please don't leave.
You have been THE blogger who has been most right about everything this campaign season.
Maybe rebuild instead.

Posted by: JackO'Spades at July 21, 2016 02:51 PM (xQZ/Y)

720 testing ... hello ? Is this thing on ?
Posted by: ScoggDog at July 21, 2016 02:49 PM (/ijpd)


No

Posted by: OneEyedJack at July 21, 2016 02:51 PM (kKHcp)

721 698 Another DNC question...will the Bernie Bots cause friction to the voting, or will the Hillary/DNC brownshirts make sure they are all purged from the convention floor?

I guess they can all pee on each other outside the convention center if necessary...
Posted by: LizLem at July 21, 2016 02:48 PM (hvf9s)


-----------------------

Yes. There's a considerable conflict brewing for the dems too. And leftists are neither peaceful or civil.

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (Fmupd)

722 Ace, I've read your blog for ten years, and I ran my own for awhile until my first kid was born. If you choose to exit stage center, via con Dios, amigo. You're not the first and won't be the last to be alienated by the absurd spectacle that both American politics and governance have become. We're facing the prospect of either a crook/liar or a crook/fool becoming President on the heels of what has been the biggest power grab by the executive branch of government in our lifetimes. How anyone but the brain dead zombies responsible for this farce can possibly believe there won't be severe consequences is beyond me.

But when the inevitable crackup occurs, you may want to consider coming on down to Texas. We're going to be better positioned to survive a national divorce than New York, and the BBQ is much better.

Posted by: Sirius the Canine Pundit at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (LBO1U)

723 I remember the "good old days" when we used to talk about the stupidity of people who fall for this cult of personality crap- how we couldn't believe people would vote for Obama, a man who was long on theatrics and rhetoric, but short on actual substance.

The GOP is now down that rabbit hole. I checked out long ago, I just enjoy the commentary. I hold no hope for our future, and it depresses me. My poor daughter will pay for this when I am gone, but I'm utterly out of means to either care, or change the course that we have set for the country. Best I can do is shield her from the horrible means by which we are shuttling civilization into the dark ages, and pray that eventually people will say 'enough of the sideshows.' Alas, I don't see that coming anytime soon.

Posted by: shake hands with beef at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (erSyL)

724 Cruz will never be President. He won't be the nominee in 2020, 2024, or at any other time. He will probably be primaried in 2018 and that will be it. He is very book smart, but Roger Stone gets it absolutely right when he calls him a dumb son of a bitch. If he couldn't check his ego and bring himself to endorse, he should have declined the offer to speak.

Posted by: Truth at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (OTtI3)

725 Not sure if anyone has mentioned this.

I think Trump set up Cruz.

Trump probably knew that Cruz wouldn't endorse him, and gave him a platform to do so. Why? He knew people would react in a bad way. He knew that it would damage Cruz more than it would damage Trump. So he let him speak and commit a form of political suicide on live tv.

Like many of the other candidates, Cruz could have said no. But he chose to speak, and chose to be a bit unpleasant about it.

IMHO, this was all part of the plan to get rid of Cruz.

Posted by: shibumi who now just wants to yell at stupid people at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (tvyXw)

726 If Ace goes away... **shudders at even typing those once unthinkable words**... can the ONT spin off like the Decision Desk?

Posted by: a modest proposal at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (H9MG5)

727 I don't think it's true, but I wouldn't be shocked to see this whole thing blow up in October with some joint Trump/Cruz appearance and full endorsement.

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Wouldn't surprise me either.

Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (gmeXX)

728 Blaf! Blaf!
Winona, ik ben uw pup!
Laat me bijt je nachthemd en trek het met mijn tanden!!
Blaf! Blaf!
Ik heb seks met je been!
Ik achterschip in de hoek!

Ik slaap op uw borsten...brave hond!!

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (2gKX/)

729 I'm quite hesitant to align with the Trigglypuffs in the GOP convention hall.
Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 02:51 PM (4ueYo)

I have no idea who you are referring to and just like calling people trumpsters, not sure how that is helpful to anyone but The FAB

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (zp+j1)

730 The hypocrisy here is astounding.
Posted by: lcdamlcdaml at July 21, 2016 02:40 PM (M0YXY)

It's actually quite delicious!

Posted by: Max Power at July 21, 2016 02:53 PM (q177U)

731
IMHO, this was all part of the plan to get rid of Cruz.
Posted by: shibumi who now just wants to yell at stupid people at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (tvyXw)

And Cruz was stupid enough to walk right into that? That's really what you want to go with?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:54 PM (zp+j1)

732 If he did, so what? That's what Christie is.
=========

Because "I Will Not Be A Servile Puppy" is the true voice of Ted Cruz. It isn't about his wife or his Pa (though Trump's jibes may be irritants). It's Ted Cruz and his Savior complex not coming to terms with his coming in second place. Ted isn't a team player and there is no "I" in "Team". And it will take all of us working together to keep Hillary out of the White House.

Posted by: mrp at July 21, 2016 02:54 PM (JBggj)

733
Now THIS is a storm:

https://goo.gl/9NfXQQ

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 02:54 PM (iQIUe)

734 Shit. This is like the day I found out Watterson was ending Calvin and Hobbes.

Posted by: Impudent Warwick at July 21, 2016 02:54 PM (uEtcQ)

735 138 If Cruz endorsed Trump, some of the Trumpian ubermen would shout, "Ha! By Crom, Cruz just caved/rolled over/sold out, the p***y! Donald! What is best in life?" And we'd never here the end of it. Who needs that. Posted by: doomed at July 21, 2016 01:48 PM (bGLSw)

This is true. Your tears salt already our champagne, but if we could get you to squeal a capella, well, that would just be sublime.

Posted by: General Zod at July 21, 2016 02:54 PM (Bdeb0)

736 I don't really care if because of the acrimonious primary he wants to give Trump the FU, but last night he flipped off the voters. He should have declined the invite or accepted and NOT implied there's some other "conscience" option on the table besides Trump at this point.

It's not, or shouldn't be, about egos anymore. Cruz made it clear last night what his priorities are, and stopping the left's warpath is second to his personal vengeance against Trump, which is useless to the rest of us.

I may be supporting Cruz's primary challenger in 18, and he will certainly be about last on my list in 20 if Trump's not the incumbent. However, I'm not a selfish fuckhead, so I will vote for him if he's the nominee, just as I did for McCain and Romney.

Posted by: Crrr6 (hotair refugee) at July 21, 2016 02:55 PM (s9KBB)

737 I don't think it's true, but I wouldn't be shocked to see this whole thing blow up in October with some joint Trump/Cruz appearance and full endorsement.

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Wouldn't surprise me either.
Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (gmeXX)


Actually it would surprise me at this point, but then again, nothing surprises me anymore. Sigh

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:55 PM (zp+j1)

738 This crappy year reminds me of the line from the Legends of the Fall

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I seem to remember that film - it was a comedy, yes?

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at July 21, 2016 02:55 PM (7ZVPa)

739 I just wrote an email to a friend who was asking for a run down on reasons to support Trump over Hillary. All I could come up with is, basically, Hillary is an unindicted felon who will destroy what's left of this country-- through health care, court, immigration, and tax policy.

I didn't feel good about it, but it's all we have.

Well, Trump's proposed Tax policy isn't too bad. . .

Posted by: David Wellman at July 21, 2016 02:55 PM (Hi6cL)

740 "Just as people were too quick to proclaim Trump's candidacy over, people may be equally too quick to proclaim Ted's career over.
Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:26 PM (gmeXX)"

I'm sure it's not what you meant, but I have drank way too much off the master persuader kool-aid. When all hell was breaking loose last night, I thought to myself... what if this whole thing was staged....
.....
I don't think it's true, but I wouldn't be shocked to see this whole thing blow up in October with some joint Trump/Cruz appearance and full endorsement. It's been a bizarre 14 months, I'm not surprised by anything any more.
Posted by: Dr. Shatterhand at July 21, 2016 02:50 PM (Uy8SG)"

Agree with both of you. It's too early to write off Trump in 2016, and it's too early to write off Cruz in a later cycle. This cycle has been completely weird...

Posted by: Jill v2 at July 21, 2016 02:55 PM (8048L)

741 Right, turning back into duelling Rorschach blots.

Laters.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, down with Eph 6:12-13 at July 21, 2016 02:55 PM (9krrF)

742 Also... I'd miss the Horde, and Ace.

A heartfelt suggestion: stop the political coverage, or at least limit it. Go for terrorism, economics and everything else.

I think you'll feel better out of cesspool.

Posted by: shibumi who now just wants to yell at stupid people at July 21, 2016 02:55 PM (tvyXw)

743 >>>I'm sure it's not what you meant, but I have drank way too much off the master persuader kool-aid. When all hell was breaking loose last night, I thought to myself... what if this whole thing was staged.... Trump said it would be an unconventional convention. I'm 100% believing the Melania speech thing was done deliberately at this point.

I've started to drink the master persuader Dillbert cool-aid as well. Total agreement.

Posted by: Max Power at July 21, 2016 02:55 PM (q177U)

744 >>>But people are so invested in the idea of "You're either with us 100%, or you are against us."

people have become Billboards and Television Commercials.

Pepsi ads do not say, "Pepsi's good, but honestly, Coke has some advantages too." That is too nuanced. The message must be "Pepsi is the best, everything else is garbage."

People take their cues from television. They have become televized. They now can only speak in slogans and blipverts.

The idea that Trump is superior to Hillary, BUT inferior to Cruz, and that Trump is worth voting for, BUT deeply flawed, is not the sort of Human Commercial Jingle our stupid populace is comfortable with.

It must be "Trump is awesome. Everything else is septic tank shitpiss!!!"

People have become stupid. And unsophisticated. Also, vain. And angry. So if you tell the that they are being stupid and unsophisticated when they're being stupid and unsophisticated, rather than trying to up their game, they get angry and call you an "elitist" who "just doesn't understand how the common man thinks" or some garbage.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:55 PM (dciA+)

745 IMHO, this was all part of the plan to get rid of Cruz.

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For this campaign or forever?

Both Cruz and Trump have shown a lot of resiliency. Just as soon as people write them off, they come back.

For someone who no one likes, who lost, who can't get along, who has accomplished nothing .... Cruz sure has generated a lot of buzz in the past 18 hours.

Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:56 PM (gmeXX)

746 Posted by: shibumi who now just wants to yell at stupid people at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (tvyXw)

I'm genuinely curious. How was he unpleasant in his speech?

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 02:56 PM (HnB/8)

747 Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:51 PM (dciA+)


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Then write about what you are interested in. We see that fairly often here. Keep doing it. But keep writing. It's your talent.

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 02:56 PM (Fmupd)

748 I guess they can all pee on each other outside the convention center if necessary...
Posted by: LizLem at July 21, 2016 02:48 PM


I've read that flatulence is the WMD of the Donks this year.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at July 21, 2016 02:57 PM (dkHoZ)

749 Well, if we can't unite in love, let's unite in. . hate. . or apathy. . .

Posted by: David Wellman at July 21, 2016 02:57 PM (Hi6cL)

750 726 Not sure if anyone has mentioned this.

I think Trump set up Cruz.
Posted by: shibumi who now just wants to yell at stupid people at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (tvyXw)


Given Trump's total control of the convention, I'm sure it was an attempted set up.
I don't think it worked, contra "Breitbart".

I still can't believe Andrew's creation has fallen so low so fast. The real Breitbart would never attack Cruz like that.

Posted by: Iblis at July 21, 2016 02:58 PM (9221z)

751 Ace,
"People are so horrifically stupid that I cannot wait until the aliens
come and kill us all. I'll actually be on their side. When they show up,
I'm going to sneak towards their space armada and offer my services as a
behind-the-lines saboteur and quisling."

http://tinyurl.com/j7eqbhl

Posted by: SGT York at July 21, 2016 02:58 PM (ITvKk)

752 >>>I have no idea who you are referring to and just like calling people trumpsters, not sure how that is helpful to anyone but The FAB

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (zp+j1)>>>

Uh. The people in the convention hall who acted like Trigglypuff when Cruz was speaking. Shouldn't be hard to understand. The term is descriptive of behavior of the persons in particular, whereas "Trumpster" is simply an idiotic insult. And, maybe there's an off chance that calling people out for acting like triggered SJWs will make them stop the insanity? Nah. It won't.

Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 02:58 PM (4ueYo)

753 740
I just wrote an email to a friend who was asking for a run down on
reasons to support Trump over Hillary. All I could come up with is,
basically, Hillary is an unindicted felon who will destroy what's left
of this country-- through health care, court, immigration, and tax
policy.



I didn't feel good about it, but it's all we have.
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Ok, how about this:

1. Trump has actual accomplishments- as well as some failures he's lived through. All outside of politics.

2. Not a politician. Not a career politician.

3. Rich enough so that he's hard to bribe.

4. Doesn't need Saudi $$$

5. Seems to understand terrorism.

6. Seems to understand general economics.

7. Media hates him.

8. Democrats hate him.

9. Mainstream Republicans hate him.

10. Is not currently under investigation by US government.

/trying to make lemonade out of lemons...

Posted by: shibumi who now just wants to yell at stupid people at July 21, 2016 02:58 PM (tvyXw)

754 714 643 610
You've likely heard this tweet already folks:



Here is the most critical question of all for those who didn't like
Ted Cruz's speech. When he asked people vote for a candidate who shared
your values and would defend the Constitution, why didn't you think he
was talking about your candidate?

Posted by: Jill at July 21, 2016 02:36 PM (ba6SM)

Now that is an excellent observation.
Posted by: AlaBAMA at July 21, 2016 02:41 PM (2PHKP)


"Vote you conscience" or words to that affect are a major meme of the #NeverTrumpers. So naturally peoples thoughts go in that direction. Cruz also mentioned many times how DJT would violate the constitution. It was a great speach until the end. I think the majority of people heard that last part the way I did.

Posted by: Drill at July 21, 2016 02:50 PM (DN9jO)

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My mind didn't naturally go there at all, Drill. In fact, after the speech I was inching more toward Trump. I posted this comment before. Then the Trump supporters just dogpiled without actually thinking about the content of Cruz's speech.

But to the important part, Trump has a coming fundraising crisis that will put the rest of the candidates (state) in peril. Return to Cruz's speech and remember what he was building, conceptually, to reiterate a reason a cause for voting, that we have to do it for "our Carolines," that we have to do it for our soldiers and those in uniform, and that we have to vote for candidates who will defend the Constitution. Go back to the speech and see what he was trying to bolster, despite Trump's team not doing the important legwork/fundraising for the other candidates in the party. In light of that, who was the true unifier - Cruz (for the team) or Trump (for Trump)?

And, yes, I know I will have to hold my nose and vote for Trump, having very little faith that it won't be a train wreck, just a different one than a Hillary-driven train would have.

Posted by: Jill at July 21, 2016 02:58 PM (ba6SM)

755 734: Holy crap. That is one hell of a wall cloud. Someone's about to get hit by a tornado.

Posted by: Jackal at July 21, 2016 02:58 PM (Lyh9/)

756 if praising Snowden didn't kill Cruz, shitting on the floor isn't going to kill him

Posted by: the dude at July 21, 2016 02:58 PM (SyKbw)

757 On the bright side, this has knocked that retarded Melania plagiarism story off the front page. That was the most transparently desperate attempt to ignore the rest of the convention and especially that mom's speech that demolished Hillary I've ever seen.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 02:59 PM (39g3+)

758 I saw Septic Tank Shitpiss open for Garbage at the Fleet Center in '99.

Posted by: what would we do without the memes?!?! at July 21, 2016 02:59 PM (H9MG5)

759 735 Shit. This is like the day I found out Watterson was ending Calvin and Hobbes.
Posted by: Impudent Warwick
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I always liked him on Law & Order.

Posted by: Chi at July 21, 2016 02:59 PM (uV2DT)

760 The idea that Trump is superior to Hillary, BUT inferior to Cruz, and that Trump is worth voting for, BUT deeply flawed, is not the sort of Human Commercial Jingle our stupid populace is comfortable with.

It must be "Trump is awesome. Everything else is septic tank shitpiss!!!"


THAT is not what I hear from most people here who are supporting him in order to deny The FAB The White House. Most people here, at least, recognize Trump is deeply flawed, inexperienced, and a wild card. But we choose that wild card over the alternative. I'd be hard pressed to name many "Trump is awesome" people here?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 02:59 PM (zp+j1)

761 700, I know Christie's not popular around here because of his slobbering bear- hug of Obama, or because he's not *really* a conservative, or because he's from New Jersey and not Texas. I get that. But when Christie cast his lot with Trump, it was a very brave thing to do. He put all his political capital on the line by being one of the first big names to come out and support Trump's candidacy. Only time will tell whether his move was astute or stupid, but he put it all out there.
And regarding the fact that Christie's a fat fuck? I get that it's comedy gold, but if I want to read that, I can get it from all the liberal rags in the comments sections from public employees here in NJ.

Posted by: JoeF. at July 21, 2016 02:59 PM (gWrb2)

762 726 Not sure if anyone has mentioned this.

I think Trump set up Cruz.

If Don Trump thinks that far ahead and plays the game that well.... I totally have to re-evaluate my reluctance to vote for him.

Posted by: Jollyroger at July 21, 2016 02:59 PM (t06LC)

763 the rules of engagement began with Cruz super pac

Posted by: avi at July 21, 2016 02:59 PM (wwH1X)

764 I get that Trump is an incoherent buffoon. I get it. The presidency is an executive office, though. I'm pretty confident that Trump's appointees to the bureaucracy and courts will not be hard-core central planners and SJWs, unlike with Hillary. Isn't that tremendously important?

Voting for Trump is a no-brainer. It's not going to be a particularly conservative administration, but there are worse things than having Giuliani, Christie, and Scott Brown in charge of stuff in DC. Much, much worse things.

Cruz was unelectable at the national level before his antics last night, and I'm not sure they hurt Trump anyway. Much to do about nothing.

All of this could have been avoided had the donor class not insisted on open borders.

Posted by: Baltar at July 21, 2016 02:59 PM (n6tqt)

765 To all you weak kneed, my conservative feelings are hurt, pussy's out there get this through your safe spaced skull: ANYfuckingBODY BUT CANKLES!! If you don't comprende then stay the fuck out of the convention. Trump wasn't my fourth choice when this all started. Get the fuck over it. God damn it.

Posted by: cumulonimbus at July 21, 2016 03:00 PM (bx5ka)

766 Dammit!
I just signed up for the AOS Luxury Cruise, and got my Platinum Membership card (with bonus decoder ring).

Posted by: Roland [OMITTED] at July 21, 2016 03:00 PM (QM5S2)

767 >>> I don't think it's true, but I wouldn't be shocked to see this whole thing blow up in October with some joint Trump/Cruz appearance and full endorsement.
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Wouldn't surprise me either.
Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (gmeXX)
Actually it would surprise me at this point, but then again, nothing surprises me anymore. Sigh



Making up with an enemy in a feel good moment after a major catfight is reality TV 101. Yuuuuge ratings. Would not be surprised if the Trump team pulls it off but will also not be surprised if Cruz refuses to play along. Basically I am learning this election season to be surprised by nothing.

Posted by: LizLem at July 21, 2016 03:00 PM (hvf9s)

768 Ace, I hope you don't stop blogging. But I agree there is a lot of stupidity to go around.

Posted by: Evi L. Bloggerlady at July 21, 2016 03:00 PM (4kTo2)

769 Some of you still don't understand Cruz. Cruz does not take positions based on how it will effect any future political ambitions. He is a terrible politician.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 03:00 PM (HnB/8)

770 675 But Cruz came in to hurt Trump.....
Posted by: Don Quixote at July 21, 2016 02:45 PM (qf6WZ)

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If he had come in to hurt Trump, it would have been far more obvious than "vote your conscience".

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:00 PM (mC1ZI)

771 You can't quit the blog until we've established the ground rules for tonight's Trump acceptance speech drinking game!

Then again, there's always the possibility that Trump will refuse the nomination.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie, East of the Rockies at July 21, 2016 03:00 PM (hqZPQ)

772 It's my day job. (It's their day job too.) Is there nothing else to discuss now that the day is done?


Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:51 PM (dciA+)

Boobies?
New England Clam Chowder vs. Manhattan style
Chili - beans or no beans?


Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 03:01 PM (jxbfJ)

773 And regarding the fact that Christie's a fat fuck? I get that it's comedy gold, but if I want to read that, I can get it from all the liberal rags in the comments sections from public employees here in NJ.
Posted by: JoeF. at July 21, 2016 02:59 PM (gWrb2)

LOL...Hey wait till Gas goes up 23 cents here!

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 03:01 PM (zp+j1)

774 Last night I was trying to do everything I could to change the subject. This endless arguing is indeed wearying.

Ace, I second others' suggestions. Take a vacation or just don't write about politics for a while. I hope you don't quit but I do understand your frustration.

Posted by: rickl at July 21, 2016 03:01 PM (zoehZ)

775 oh, i could give it up in a heartbeat. it bores me. that's why I'm always trying to do think pieces about social gamesmanship and psychology -- I'm trying to write about politics (which is my job) without actually writing about politics.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:51 PM (dciA+)


Get your psyche or psychology degree.

Replace Krauthammer please.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 03:01 PM (qCMvj)

776 Don't leave us Ace. What would we do without you. It's gonna be a long 4 years.

Posted by: Jaimo at July 21, 2016 03:01 PM (9U1OG)

777 Ok, how about this:


11. Seems to actually love the United States
12. Is hated by all the right people
13. Is speaking accuately about immigration and the dangers we face
14. Has real world practical experience with running a budget and handling economic issues

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:01 PM (39g3+)

778 If you want something else to think about, the Navy's new supercarrier, the Gerald Ford, is apparently a hot mess. Crap doesn't work, and a lot of the systems will require a complete redesign.

It cost just under $13B, 22% overbudget, and doesn't work right. It will not be able to do its supposed mission for a few years.

Posted by: publius (not Breitbart publius) at July 21, 2016 03:01 PM (DW+jj)

779 A little OT: it's very possible the NYT deliberately misquoted him, but from their account of their interview yesterday, Trump came off like a cross between Chomsky and Michael Moore.

Trump said something about the US being so bad on civil liberties, we have no business telling would-be dictators like Erdogan what to do. Again, it may be a misquote. There seems to be a lot of Russian influence on Trump, btw.

Still better than Hillary, but we need to keep a close eye on this guy if we get him elected.

Posted by: stace...TEXIT at July 21, 2016 03:01 PM (ozZau)

780 Face the facts:

Last night was fatal to both Trump's campaign and the GOP. Neither will ever recover. Pack it up not only for 2016, but forever.

On the bright side, you'll be watching history unfold for the next twenty years as the remaining wreckage tries to form some sort of viable political entity.

Posted by: Average Joe at July 21, 2016 03:01 PM (OcVqY)

781 I don't think the aliens will have space armadas. I think they'll be parasitical organisms like the xenomorphs. Speaking of which, a game review of Alien Isolation would be fun.

Trust me, playing that game will get all this shit out of your head and all you will care about is surviving and getting to the next save game point. Scariest game I have every played bar none and it really captures the feel of the original 1979 film.

Posted by: Serenity Now! at July 21, 2016 03:01 PM (BDZWU)

782 Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (2gKX/)

Uhh.... Could you poop outside please?

Oder koennen sie raus scheissen? Bitte!!

Posted by: Tim in Illinois. at July 21, 2016 03:01 PM (WVsWD)

783 Not sure if anyone has mentioned this.

I think Trump set up Cruz.

Trump probably knew that Cruz wouldn't endorse him, and gave him a platform to do so. Why? He knew people would react in a bad way. He knew that it would damage Cruz more than it would damage Trump. So he let him speak and commit a form of political suicide on live tv.

Like many of the other candidates, Cruz could have said no. But he chose to speak, and chose to be a bit unpleasant about it.

IMHO, this was all part of the plan to get rid of Cruz.


Posted by: shibumi who now just wants to yell at stupid people at July 21, 2016 02:52 PM (tvyXw)


In other words, Trump gave Cruz all of the rope Cruz wanted?

That doesn't speak well of Cruz's foresight, does it?

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - Outrage Outlet Convention Closeout! All Dramatic Poses 50% Off! at July 21, 2016 03:01 PM (hLRSq)

784 So no long term future for a Smart Military Blog???

Posted by: Mark E at July 21, 2016 03:01 PM (A6NWa)

785 You're about the last sane voice, Ace. If you leave... Well, I guess that should tell us something.

Posted by: Dinsdale Piranha at July 21, 2016 03:02 PM (2cfSw)

786 THAT is not what I hear from most people here who are supporting him in order to deny The FAB The White House. Most people here, at least, recognize Trump is deeply flawed, inexperienced, and a wild card. But we choose that wild card over the alternative. I'd be hard pressed to name many "Trump is awesome" people here?Posted by: Nevergiveup



Exactly correct.

Sure, there's some hit and run assholes. But the 'regulars' know what this game is all about.

Posted by: free range conservative at July 21, 2016 03:02 PM (ZnIt3)

787 Just like that... https://twitter.com/NOTjif/status/756199175902097409?lang=en

Posted by: John at July 21, 2016 03:02 PM (FC7oc)

788 Hey, folks-

I cannot wade through this whole thread because it depresses me, but if you re able to ,please as RS McCain says about his own blog', "Hit the tip jar" but in this case for Ace. He works hard here. He's intelligent, amusing, insightful-sometimes caustic, and a lover of freedom. He keeps many of us interested and entertained here and could certainly use an emotional boost that a small donation (or larger one) fromr everyone who can donate. I plan to do so tomorrow after I am paid again.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at July 21, 2016 03:02 PM (bpZlE)

789 Welp, probably time for Hotgas (not Hotair) to write more mean articles about Ace again, just like they did the last time he said something about Sarah Palin...

Posted by: Hikaru at July 21, 2016 03:02 PM (9TK8E)

790 I think Trump set up Cruz.
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Cruz was just the patsy.

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 03:02 PM (NUqwG)

791 New England Clam Chowder vs. Manhattan style

New England of course.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 03:02 PM (zp+j1)

792 Cruz isn't running for president now, maybe some other time but not now.
He is not your problem.

Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 03:02 PM (bksJQ)

793 745 It must be "Trump is awesome. Everything else is septic tank shitpiss!!!"

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:55 PM (dciA+)

====================

That's it! The magic series of words to convince me to vote Trump!

Nope...sorry...it wore off.

I'm still voting Johnson. (Again, I live in SC. Trump ain't losing this state. This vote will be empty posturing and I know it.)

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:03 PM (mC1ZI)

794 I am really late here but I don't fault Cruz for what he is doing. It provides some spice.

If Trump wins his kids will end up putting him over the top. They are well spoken and I think they humanize him like no one can.

Posted by: The Jackhole at July 21, 2016 03:03 PM (M+Lyo)

795 775, yes, to help pay for the useless public employees in this state who are never satisfied....

Posted by: JoeF. at July 21, 2016 03:03 PM (gWrb2)

796 The idea that Trump is superior to Hillary, BUT inferior to Cruz, and that Trump is worth voting for, BUT deeply flawed, is not the sort of Human Commercial Jingle our stupid populace is comfortable with.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:55 PM (dciA+)

Ace, honest question, is there anyone here who doesn't believe this? I haven't seen anyone besides a few trolls who don't think that Cruz is a better ideological representation of what we want the GOP to be.

Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:03 PM (b2PbZ)

797 New England Clam Chowder vs. Manhattan style

New England of course.
Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 03:02 PM (zp+j1)


both, either/or, depending on mood!

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 03:03 PM (qCMvj)

798 A limerick for the occasion, by yours truly:Trump's character's not worth a tuppenceAnd yes he deserves a comeuppanceBut a Hillary-packed courtSelling our freedoms shortWill be tragic; I'm voting for Trump-Pence.

Posted by: Lynn at July 21, 2016 03:03 PM (hr8Ye)

799 Posted by: Jill at July 21, 2016 02:58 PM

Cut. Jib. Control room. Reactor.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at July 21, 2016 03:03 PM (dkHoZ)

800 Cruz...
Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 03:02 PM (bksJQ)
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He's an opportunity.

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 03:03 PM (NUqwG)

801 I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it. I can't take the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink enforced by bullies and dummies any more.

It's disgusting. It's stupid. It's unhealthy for the mind and spirit.

I just can't take it much longer. And I won't.



Selfishly, I don't want you to do that.

But I understand utterly. Boy howdy do I.

It makes me nearly unfathomably sad that people are viewing Cruz's remarks almost solely through the lens of what kind of gambit is this for 2020. Apparently the idea that he is doing this primarily for love of his family is just a ridiculous idea.

I have nothing but pity for those who find the idea that family comes first to be beyond them. Honestly, how small and sad is your life that you have no one you love enough (or who loves you enough) to stand up and say you will not treat them like this.

Not everything is about politics. Some things may be about both, it's true, but even then the personal reasons outweigh. This notion that Cruz is doing this solely, or even primarily, due to positioning for 2020 makes me ill.

A pox on everyone (except for those who have been previously advised they are in the pox free zone).

Bah. Humbug.

Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:04 PM (mf5HN)

802 793
New England of course.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 03:02 PM (zp+j1)
I agree. Anything else is just sacrilegious and an offense to the clams.

Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 03:04 PM (jxbfJ)

803 Chili - beans or no beans?

As long as there's no spaghetti or chocolate sauce, I'm fine.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:04 PM (39g3+)

804 >>> Ok, how about this:
11. Seems to actually love the United States
12. Is hated by all the right people
13. Is speaking accuately about immigration and the dangers we face
14. Has real world practical experience with running a budget and handling economic issues
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:01 PM (39g3+)

How about no body count: did not set up the deaths of American soldiers and a US ambassador.

Posted by: LizLem at July 21, 2016 03:04 PM (hvf9s)

805 -When they show up, I'm going to sneak towards their space armada and offer my services as a behind-the-lines saboteur and quisling.

"Hey, Gurlox...check it out...there is a human outside trying to mate with our garbage."

Posted by: Gorlax of Gizgox Prime at July 21, 2016 03:04 PM (MCmqp)

806 Me, I'm applying the 24-hour rule, so I got nuffin.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez_and_the_dogs at July 21, 2016 03:04 PM (gUoN4)

807 When he first called Cruz Lyin' Ted, he also said Cruz holds the bible up, then puts it down and lies.

So also an attack on Cruz' religion.

Also needs to be pointed out:

Christie is now called Shinebox.

Carson is now 100% a joke. He used to be kinda respected.

Rubio...he has handled this the best of the endorsers.

Ok, maybe Walker did best. I forgot about him.,

50/50 change endorsers look dumb.

Posted by: Sexypig at July 21, 2016 03:04 PM (UBBWX)

808 If you want something else to think about, the Navy's new supercarrier, the Gerald Ford, is apparently a hot mess. Crap doesn't work, and a lot of the systems will require a complete redesign.

It cost just under $13B, 22% overbudget, and doesn't work right. It will not be able to do its supposed mission for a few years.
Posted by: publius (not Breitbart publius) at July 21, 2016 03:01 PM (DW+jj)


Hey The Dental Clinic is top of the line and works!

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 03:04 PM (zp+j1)

809 798 Ace, honest question, is there anyone here who doesn't believe this? I haven't seen anyone besides a few trolls who don't think that Cruz is a better ideological representation of what we want the GOP to be.
Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:03 PM (b2PbZ)

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Were you here during the primary?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:04 PM (mC1ZI)

810 Ace going away? noooooo. Yes, it's a lot of dumbness. And irritating dumbness. I was loving the Ace tweets last night and this morning. I was especially loving that the Ace tweets were taking over my feed so I didn't have to read @benshapiro, @CalebHowe, @benjysarlin, @DanFosterType, @varadmehta (why do I even follow him, idk), @NancyAFrench, etc.
But @AceofSpadesHQ...I love it. Yes, i try to take your advice and avoid twitter, but sometimes I have a perverse need to see what all the "smart" people are saying. Don't pack it in yet. Get off twitter, sure. But not the blog.

C'mon man.

Posted by: grandmalcaesar at July 21, 2016 03:04 PM (yrohn)

811 692 Please don't go Ace. A couple of weeks ago, when you posted the LCHF lifestyle, I watched the videos you provided. They changed my life. Since then I've lost almost 20 pounds strictly following the Low carb, high fat lifestyle described in those videos. Please stay around.
Posted by: Brin at July 21, 2016 02:48 PM (+DtMb)

BOOOOOOOOOM!

Posted by: Texas Zombie at July 21, 2016 03:05 PM (SUtNI)

812

I read somewhere, maybe drudge link, that neither Trump nor Cruz saw the crowd's boos coming.

Like I said earlier, we just need to move on from this.

We'll never know, like most things, and it doesn't matter. What's done is done.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 03:05 PM (qCMvj)

813 Circular firing squad with 30mm gatlings rather rifles.


o.o Perhaps a step away from the computer for a day or two would serve us all...

Posted by: Kinley Ardal at July 21, 2016 03:05 PM (6JL3d)

814 771 Some of you still don't understand Cruz. Cruz does not take positions based on how it will effect any future political ambitions. He is a terrible politician.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 03:00 PM (HnB/


So he's basically the Ned Stark of the GOP

Posted by: Jollyroger at July 21, 2016 03:05 PM (t06LC)

815 New England Clam Chowder vs. Manhattan style

I like both but the New England style is far better. Even bad NE Chowder is pretty good.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:05 PM (39g3+)

816 Ace, I think you'd make an outstanding pro-Gary Johnson blogger.

Not kidding.

He's getting my vote this election.

And a giant FU to anyone who says I'm throwing my vote away. That is infantile and retarded. I'm voting my conscience, and voting against the two most horrible candidates ever to run for president.

Posted by: SGT York at July 21, 2016 03:05 PM (ITvKk)

817 *raises hand*

I would like a paranormal thread. I loooooooove that stuff.


Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:05 PM (mf5HN)

818 As long as there's no spaghetti or chocolate sauce, I'm fine.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:04 PM (39g3+)

mole is great tho

Posted by: the dude at July 21, 2016 03:06 PM (SyKbw)

819 oh my retirement won't be for a while -- I have no other income, and -- and this is a tough obstacle to work around -- I have no discernible skills.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (dciA+)

Those Hobos won't skin themselves you know ...

Posted by: kbdabear at July 21, 2016 03:06 PM (J+tCU)

820 809, calling out Cruz being a hypocrite because he "put down the Bible and lies" is not insulting his "religion."

Posted by: JoeF. at July 21, 2016 03:06 PM (gWrb2)

821 BLM now blaming police unions.

Blue on blue!

Actually, really smart of them, if you ask me.

Posted by: Sexypig at July 21, 2016 03:06 PM (UBBWX)

822 All I have left is Ace of MF'in Spades, and Ricochet... even tho it's a little aristocratic, they at least see Trump for what he is.
Posted by: Civility

Suggest to Ace that he get a job at the Weekly Standard, Civility, they're massively NeverTrump.

Posted by: andycanuck at July 21, 2016 03:06 PM (RmrGn)

823 818 And a giant FU to anyone who says I'm throwing my vote away. That is infantile and retarded. I'm voting my conscience, and voting against the two most horrible candidates ever to run for president.
Posted by: SGT York at July 21, 2016 03:05 PM (ITvKk)

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I resent that.

Posted by: Aaron Burr at July 21, 2016 03:06 PM (mC1ZI)

824 "So he's basically the Ned Stark of the GOP"

Which means his kids will come back and retake the Party? Im good with that.

Posted by: SGT York at July 21, 2016 03:06 PM (ITvKk)

825 I think Cruz made a mistake to even speak at the convention given his not wanting to endorse Trump. Like it or not, it is Trump's party. That said, Trump is now reaping what he sowed---his boorish, high school-like insults during the primary is now coming back to haunt him. Payback is a bit*h. I will end up voting for Trump, mainly because I am a NeverHillary guy.

Posted by: Bill S at July 21, 2016 03:06 PM (MgRM6)

826 People have become stupid. And unsophisticated. Also, vain. And angry. So if you tell the that they are being stupid and unsophisticated when they're being stupid and unsophisticated, rather than trying to up their game, they get angry and call you an "elitist" who "just doesn't understand how the common man thinks" or some garbage.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:55 PM (dciA+)

People have always been stupid, unsophisticated and vain to some degree. At this point, though, with the advent of social media, the 24/7 news cycle, reality tv, and instant communication, those traits are promoted and encouraged more than ever before.

Social media makes every bum feel like their voice must be heard, but what it really does is enable mob action and group think.

The 24/7 news cycle throws information out into the void on a constant basis without letting it settle and allowing people to truly think about the issues.

Reality tv makes people famous for being ignorant imbeciles, celebrating everything that is base and stupid in the human race, and encouraging those traits in the populace.

The ability to communicate instantly from about anywhere has some positives, but it also adds to the lack of thoughtful discourse. It also distracts us, as we don't have time to not invite others into our lives unless we make it a point to do so. The founding fathers were men of letters. Nobody's writing the Federalist Papers on Twitter or on a cell phone discussion in the middle of traffic.

Posted by: Average Guy at July 21, 2016 03:06 PM (KqRop)

827 Ace doesnt vacation well, I've heard. One of the steve's told a story about ace coming to LA to visit him. Ace would wear wingtips, gray slacks, and a navy wool dress coat on the beach...I shite you not.

I used to be the same way until my better half figured my social training was incomplete and decided to help me better myself. I'm glad she did.

Posted by: Crom's Dirty Underpants at July 21, 2016 03:06 PM (ZBGyR)

828 'calling out Cruz being a hypocrite because he "put down the Bible and lies" is not insulting his "religion."'

Its saying you're not a real believer, dude.

Posted by: Sexypig at July 21, 2016 03:06 PM (UBBWX)

829 >>>>819 *raises hand*
I would like a paranormal thread. I loooooooove that stuff.

I second that.

Also moar vidya game threads please (if we're listing our demands).

Posted by: El Kabong at July 21, 2016 03:07 PM (MCmqp)

830 I would like a paranormal thread.
Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:05 PM (mf5HN)

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Phuck. This isn't it?

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 03:07 PM (NUqwG)

831 As of early this morning, I thought Cruz should have stayed home if he could not endorse Trump.

I've changed my mind.

After hearing his address to the Texas delegates and his willingness to take questions, I have to say I admire his stand.

He gave a good solid speech of what conservatives should be. That's all. No endorsement? So what.

Fuck all the butt-hurt Trumptards.

............

As an aside to Ace... hey, Ace.. you do realize they make you get up early for a real job, don't you? I thought someone should let you know before you jump into this real job thing too far... Of course, nightshift at at the White Castle doesn't have that problem....

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at July 21, 2016 03:07 PM (so+oy)

832 758 On the bright side, this has knocked that retarded Melania plagiarism story off the front page. That was the most transparently desperate attempt to ignore the rest of the convention and especially that mom's speech that demolished Hillary I've ever seen.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 02:59 PM (39g3+)

The stupid business about the Trump son using words from that AmConMag speechwriter was even worse. If I say, I want a Big Mac, and I ask you to say, I want a Big Mac, and you say, I want a Big Mac, it's not plagiarism- I told you you could do it!

Posted by: El Skippito Friskito at July 21, 2016 03:07 PM (CGjum)

833 Pepsi ads do not say, "Pepsi's good, but honestly, Coke has some advantages too." That is too nuanced.

This was what amazed me about the Mac/PC ads. I mean, yes, of course they pushed the Mac. They were Mac ads. But they really were honestly friendly.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at July 21, 2016 03:07 PM (2lndx)

834 Greetings, friend.

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Thank you,

The Nigerian Space Navy

Posted by: the Nigerian Space Navy at July 21, 2016 03:07 PM (H9MG5)

835 834 Suggest to Ace that he get a job at the Weekly Standard, Civility, they're massively NeverTrump.
Posted by: andycanuck at July 21, 2016 03:06 PM (RmrGn)

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So much so that they got past their Cruz hatred to actually praise him after the speech.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:07 PM (mC1ZI)

836
Cruz could have acknowledged the personal contentiousness of the campaign and thereafter stated that keeping Hillary out of the White House was of greater importance than whatever squabbles they had between them. He could have explicitly stated that Hillary must be defeated without a literal endorsement of Trump.
He didn't do that though. He used the trite "vote your conscience" expression and in doing so effectively endorsed the kamikaze Nevertrump movement.
I digress, had Cruz won and had Trump not endorsed him at the convention, I would have taken just as much as issue with it as I do with Cruz breaking the original pledge that was made.


Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 21, 2016 03:07 PM (DDM7c)

837 "I think Cruz made a mistake to even speak at the convention given his not wanting to endorse Trump."

Trump asked him to speak.

Posted by: Sexypig at July 21, 2016 03:07 PM (UBBWX)

838 Wait til next week when Hillary goes full BLM backing.

Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 03:07 PM (bksJQ)

839 816 Jollyroger

If I am remembering the character correctly , that is a good comparison.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 03:07 PM (HnB/8)

840 Both Ace and Jonah Goldberg put it pretty well today. Trump changed the rules, a lot of people liked that he was changing the rules. Now that the rules say that people don't have to kiss the kings ring, people are acting like children.

I'll vote for Trump but I'm under no obligation to ever say a nice word about him.

Good for Cruz, I like him even more now.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at July 21, 2016 03:08 PM (l6Ele)

841 Great remarks from Cruz to the Texas delegation. Agreed with almost every word.

Posted by: MTF at July 21, 2016 03:08 PM (/m8T6)

842 Its saying you're not a real believer, dude.
Posted by: Sexypig at July 21, 2016 03:06 PM (UBBWX)
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I though it meant: hypocrite

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 03:08 PM (NUqwG)

843 mole is great tho

Yeah a little cocoa in your chili is fine, just not sweet chocolate like demented people do in the northern midwest. What the hell is wrong with people?

Ace, I think you'd make an outstanding pro-Gary Johnson blogger.

Ace doesn't like open borders pro-gun guys who say they agree with "75%" of what Bernie Sanders says.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:08 PM (39g3+)

844 799 New England Clam Chowder vs. Manhattan style

New England of course.
Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 03:02 PM (zp+j1)

Just stop, please.

Manhattan.

( Who puts cream with shellfish?). ;-)

Posted by: RondinellaMamma at July 21, 2016 03:08 PM (oQQwD)

845 Okay...so, taking the thread in another direction:

This is a bleg. A double Bleg!!!

For our tech-inclined morons:

Our LCD TV is about to go blooey as it's currently engaging in hi-jinks of the visual sort.

Does anyone have one of the new 4K HDR TV's and how do you like it? What is the brand etc?

Does anyone have an OLED TV and is it as super-wonderful as advertised?

Then...New Topic!

Is anyone aware of a all-in-one box CDplayer/SSD combo dealio, where you can play CDs and have them automatically recorded on an SSD in FLAC/ALAC for other uses?

Yes, I know it can be done on computer but really all I want is a black box that does what I want, and not a new hobby as my time is already crowded.


Thanks.

Posted by: naturalfake at July 21, 2016 03:08 PM (0cMkb)

846 I would like a paranormal thread. I loooooooove that stuff.

Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:05 PM (mf5HN)

Some day you and I will have to live-tweet Ancient Aliens

Because CONTACT and KNOWLEDGE

*does Ancient Aliens soft shoe*

Posted by: kbdabear at July 21, 2016 03:08 PM (J+tCU)

847 Were you here during the primary?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:04 PM (mC1ZI)

Yes, and if I recall most people who supported Trump over Cruz did so because he seemed to be the least afraid to fight the lies put forth by the MSM, and because they doubted Cruz's ability to appeal to a general audience.

But I don't recall anyone seriously advancing the idea that Donald Trump is a better conservative than Ted Cruz.

I certainly don't see it now.

Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:08 PM (b2PbZ)

848 Aside from the fact that Cruz is a politician, and eating crap like this is part of the job, there's another teeny fly in the ointment:

Trump insulted Cruz's family MONTHS ago. Now - NOW - he tells us "I can't endorse him."

Cruz, and all of the others, had signed a "I'll back whoever wins" pledge. To say that this doesn't include "endorsement," is political BS. He signed it.

If he wanted to refute it, and I don't blame him if he did, he should have done it the day the insults flew, or perhaps a few days after ("Upon reflection...")

To do it now looks like what it is: petty, petulant, and rather Obama-ish.

Posted by: RobM1981 at July 21, 2016 03:08 PM (VVBN7)

849 If you don't like Trump fine. You had your shot at getting another nominee and lost. Vote for Hillary or stay home. Your call.

#neverTrump should have died in Indiana. Cruz and Kasich carried it on too long, with Romney's backing. The ugliness came out of that. Recall Ted, his father, and Glen Beck declaring Trump to be the antiChrist and a vote for Cruz the only way to stop the End of Days.

Instead we've had rather silly #neverTrumper stunts continue at the convention. Ted's speech added to that.

Posted by: Ignoramus at July 21, 2016 03:08 PM (r1fLd)

850 New England Clam Chowder vs. Manhattan style

New England of course.
Posted by: Nevergiveup
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Next time you're in Portsmouth, go down to VB & hit up Beach Pub.
They make a Hatteras Style clam chowder that is amazing. VERY baconny, with more of a broth than a thick chowder.
That stuff should be nationwide.

Posted by: Chi at July 21, 2016 03:09 PM (uV2DT)

851 I should say "pro-gun control" guys

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:09 PM (39g3+)

852 Ace,
I honestly hope you're not, but this is all Trump's fault. He's a vindictive little orange man. People that don't support him are bullied.
I still love Ted Cruz! It was the only thing I watched of his highness King Trump at RNC. I loved Cruz speech.

I only listen to Mark Levin, some times Rush, but he was too easy on Trump too often & for a long time.

If you are quitting, I wish you the Best!

Posted by: Carol at July 21, 2016 03:09 PM (sj3Ax)

853 They don't advertise it as much, but the Left is also disintegrating -- Bernie voters truly loathe Hillary; black radicals despise rich white socialism-chic poseurs; Hispanic Dem voters are generally incredibly racist in secret against blacks; gays hate transsexuals and lesbians hate gay men; and on and on and on.

Posted by: zombie at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (jBuUi)


All that may be true but they always seem to be able to put those differences aside on Election Day and vote for the guy or girl who's going to give them free shit, genderless bathrooms, etc.

The folks on our side don't have the Daddy issues that keep the proggies voting together, so we end up with 17 potential nominees and they end up with 2.

Posted by: Gran at July 21, 2016 03:09 PM (XIXhw)

854 838 He could have explicitly stated that Hillary must be defeated without a literal endorsement of Trump.
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Pretty much exactly what he did.

Posted by: MTF at July 21, 2016 03:09 PM (/m8T6)

855 Also, we should all calm down and consider for a moment:

I think both Trump and Cruz wanted this.

1) Makes for good TV
2) Trump gets last word anyways (tonight)

Imagine a endorsement.

Cruz loses because he is accepting a guy calling him and his family slurs.

Trump loses because boooorring.

The media likes conflict. This is conflict.

Posted by: Sexypig at July 21, 2016 03:09 PM (UBBWX)

856 If you're looking for alternatives, how about more videogaming posts, Ace? It's nice to read about them from people who aren't just using the opportunity as a vehicle for social justice agitation.

I guess you probably don't play often enough, but this might be a chance to start playing more!

Posted by: Kensington at July 21, 2016 03:09 PM (7Kbxu)

857 My goodness, people on both sides of this have lost their fuckjng minds.

Posted by: DangerGirl and her 1.21 Gigawatt Sanity Prod (tm) at July 21, 2016 03:09 PM (qbcrG)

858 "Chili - beans or no beans? "


*looks. trembles. bites lip*

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:10 PM (TxZgU)

859 >>771 Some of you still don't understand Cruz. Cruz does not take positions based on how it will effect any future political ambitions. He is a terrible politician. Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 03:00 PM (HnB/

If you're right, then he's as dumb at his profession as is the quarterback who doesn't throw passes to open receivers in the end zone; he throws to receivers 'when it seems like the right thing to do,' with similarly risible results.

Posted by: General Zod at July 21, 2016 03:10 PM (Bdeb0)

860 "The idea that Trump is superior to Hillary, BUT inferior to Cruz, and
that Trump is worth voting for, BUT deeply flawed, is not the sort of
Human Commercial Jingle our stupid populace is comfortable with."

ace, it is not as simple as that. Cruz is not just some guy, he want to become a leader of a movement, now. People still remember what happened when Ross Perot became a movement. The chance of winning the oval with the demographic challenges we have, the fraud and the media machine has diminished since. There is time and place for everything. Cruz had his chance, the idea of Cruz for president did not take off.


Posted by: runner at July 21, 2016 03:10 PM (c6/9Q)

861 Cruz was just the patsy.

ISWYDT

Posted by: Lee Oswald at July 21, 2016 03:10 PM (evdj2)

862 Why aren't people screaming about the fact that ACE KNOWS ABOUT THE SECRET ALIEN ARMADA???

Posted by: Browncoat formerly known as Mike at July 21, 2016 03:10 PM (o38N1)

863 Manifort admitted to whipping up the boos

Posted by: The Jackhole at July 21, 2016 03:10 PM (M+Lyo)

864 Hell, maybe you could become a lucrative videogame streamer on Twitch or something.

Just spit-balling for you!

Posted by: Kensington at July 21, 2016 03:10 PM (7Kbxu)

865 799 New England Clam Chowder vs. Manhattan style



New England of course.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 03:02 PM (zp+j1)

In a bread bowl as well.

Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 03:10 PM (jxbfJ)

866 "
In other words, Trump gave Cruz all of the rope Cruz wanted?

That doesn't speak well of Cruz's foresight, does it?"

I don't believe that scenario for a second. Nothing in it for Trump at all for Cruz to hang himself.

That being said. With one party pretty much backing and making excuses for cops being murdered in the streets.
To have our politicians wilting like butter cups pretty much holds us in place as the no spine people that we apparently are.

I mean seriously. You tell your supporters to search for their conscience on a ballot in the voting booth?
Weak. We deserve what we get or are soon to be given by the upcoming socialist America.

Posted by: Drider at July 21, 2016 03:10 PM (bdzyz)

867 I would like a paranormal thread.

Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:05 PM (mf5HN)

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They're heeeeeeeeere ...

Posted by: mrp at July 21, 2016 03:10 PM (JBggj)

868 Ik anaal slee op het tapijt?

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at July 21, 2016 03:10 PM (2gKX/)

869 "He could have explicitly stated that Hillary must be defeated without a literal endorsement of Trump.
======================"

"Pretty much exactly what he did."

Trump and his allies decided that just being an ally is not enough.

you have to get on your knees, unzip Mr. Trump's pants, and fellate him.

Otherwise, you're a traitor!

Posted by: Sexypig at July 21, 2016 03:10 PM (UBBWX)

870 861 "Chili - beans or no beans? " *looks. trembles. bites lip* Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:10 PM (TxZgU)

Soup has beans. Chili has beef.

Posted by: General Zod at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (Bdeb0)

871 818Ace, I think you'd make an outstanding pro-Gary Johnson blogger.

Not kidding.

He's getting my vote this election.

And a giant FU to anyone who says I'm throwing my vote away. That is infantile and retarded. I'm voting my conscience, and voting against the two most horrible candidates ever to run for president.
Posted by: SGT York at July 21, 2016 03:05 PM (ITvKk)Does your conscience tell you that deporting illegal aliens is morally tantamount to the holocaust? That is a notion expressed by William Weld and endorsed by Johnson.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (DDM7c)

872 Wait, where do they put chocolate in chili? That almost sounds awesome.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (hqZPQ)

873 Ugh. Just...ugh.

Posted by: creeper at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (RXE+v)

874 92
If Hillary get one or two Supreme Court picks, this country is over.
***
Yep.

Outside of the 3rd Amendment, is there a single item in the Bill of Rights that Hillary hasn't pledged to destroy?

she LOVES the 5th amendment!

Posted by: WaldoTJ at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (M1MpJ)

875 I'll never be your servile puppy
My fish is small but it's no guppy
All I want is for you to make vote for me

- Ted Cruz

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (Nwg0u)

876 Like Gary Johnson, I've given up smoking pot for the length of this campaign. Nobody likes a ranting right wing stoner.

Posted by: MTF at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (/m8T6)

877 763 700, I know Christie's not popular around here because of his slobbering bear- hug of Obama, or because he's not *really* a conservative, or because he's from New Jersey and not Texas. I get that. But when Christie cast his lot with Trump, it was a very brave thing to do. He put all his political capital on the line by being one of the first big names to come out and support Trump's candidacy. Only time will tell whether his move was astute or stupid, but he put it all out there.
And regarding the fact that Christie's a fat fuck? I get that it's comedy gold, but if I want to read that, I can get it from all the liberal rags in the comments sections from public employees here in NJ.
Posted by: JoeF. at July 21, 2016 02:59 PM (gWrb2)


The problem is, after he so "barvely" supported Trump's candidacy, is that Trump promptly began treating him like his prison bitch.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (l7VAC)

878 Trump asked him to speak.

Posted by: Sexypig at July 21, 2016 03:07 PM (UBBWX)

More like Trump couldn't stop him from speaking and so tried to spin it as his idea and invitation.

Posted by: redbanzai at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (3JA/M)

879 Don't walk into the light, Alex!

Posted by: mrp at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (JBggj)

880 Orange Julius Caesar? Hey wait a minute...

Posted by: grandmalcaesar at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (yrohn)

881 I hope you don't quit! Your site is great. BUT I totally get why you may want to after this insane election cycle.

Posted by: Shefali at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (NjXvh)

882 850 Yes, and if I recall most people who supported Trump over Cruz did so because he seemed to be the least afraid to fight the lies put forth by the MSM, and because they doubted Cruz's ability to appeal to a general audience.

But I don't recall anyone seriously advancing the idea that Donald Trump is a better conservative than Ted Cruz.

I certainly don't see it now.
Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:08 PM (b2PbZ)

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The ideological argument was usually, "Trump is the only one serious about securing the border ["I'm changing" notwithstanding] and no other element of conservative ideology matters."

Also, there were implications that Cruz was a Goldman Sach stooge (funny now that the one person most commonly talked about as Trump's SoT is a Goldman Sachs guy).

You could call them trolls, but I take their arguments at face value.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (mC1ZI)

883 Maybe the boos had more to do with Cruz's "New York values" comment than anything else, especially if they came mostly from the New York delegation. He's been especially disliked in New York since making that comment, even by some of the Conservative talkers here in Buffalo.

Posted by: Pyrocles at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (MYMcU)

884 BTW - Everyone is tribal... even those that claim not to be. We all have our likes, and dislikes, our local customs, etc.

The country was set up to deal with that from the beginning and has been dealing with it ever since then. When the country is going good most Americans can put national loyalty (a tribe) above other tribes they have membership to, or when someone like Japan bombs us the same thing occurs. However, when things are not going good those other loyalties can offer protection.

In fact most non-lunatics have loyalty to several tribes, Ace included (although he may not realize it or pretends that is not the case). If push comes to shove we all will pick the ones that matter most to us and which will give us protection from the tribes most hostile.

I admit proudly I belong to several tribes - American, Appalachian (aka Scots-Irish), Western Civilization, English Speaking, Gun Rights, Free Speech, and an assorted others. Some of these tribal memberships are more important than others. Some of these offer me more than others.

Ace does not like Trump, I get that. If he does not want to vote for him that is fine as well. If he wants to leave and go to the South Pole that is fine as well. However, Ace is tribal, like the rest of us are.

I like Trump, because I accept the American union is not doing good now, and my "Scots-Irish" tribal genes say Trump is the kind of warlord my tribe needs now for protection. Ace spends a lot of time with a different group, so he needs to figure out who he is...come out of the closet, or whatever.

Posted by: William Eaton at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (KhJh8)

885 "They don't advertise it as much, but the Left is also disintegrating
-- Bernie voters truly loathe Hillary; black radicals despise rich white
socialism-chic poseurs; Hispanic Dem voters are generally incredibly
racist in secret against blacks; gays hate transsexuals and lesbians
hate gay men; and on and on and on.



Posted by: zombie at July 21, 2016 02:21 PM (jBuUi)"

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Yeah, I was wondering this morning what next was going to be like but just figured the media would manage to spin it all in ways that end up flattering Hillary and making the Democrats seem unified enough.

Posted by: Kensington at July 21, 2016 03:12 PM (7Kbxu)

886 The idea that Trump is superior to Hillary, BUT inferior to Cruz, and that Trump is worth voting for, BUT deeply flawed, is not the sort of Human Commercial Jingle our stupid populace is comfortable with.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:55 PM (dciA+)

I am comfortable with bumper-stickering it as something like "TRUMP '16--he sucks slightly less than Hillary". It's easy to understand.

Posted by: stace...TEXIT at July 21, 2016 03:12 PM (ozZau)

887 849 I would like a paranormal thread. I loooooooove that stuff.

Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:05 PM (mf5HN)
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Are you familiar with the YouTube channel Dark5? He has really awesome videos along the paranormal lines. I discovered it because Maetenloch had a link to one of his videos back in November or December. It was the one about the 5 creepiest sounds of war. Link here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t97d5dfZ4eY

Posted by: Serenity Now! at July 21, 2016 03:12 PM (BDZWU)

888 819 *raises hand*

I would like a paranormal thread. I loooooooove that stuff.


Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:05 PM (mf5HN)



Then there is a movie in theaters just for you! Came out last Friday!

Posted by: buzzion at July 21, 2016 03:12 PM (z/Ubi)

889 I'm 100% voting Fucking Stupid, and if you aren't, then you are a stupid fucking retard.

I picked a bad decade to give up drinking.

Posted by: spd at July 21, 2016 03:12 PM (+fXXA)

890 "I think Cruz made a mistake to even speak at the convention given his not wanting to endorse Trump."

Trump asked him to speak.

Posted by: Sexypig at July 21, 2016 03:07 PM (UBBWX)

And he had to say yes? He couldn't say a few appropriate words to the party to come together and make sure republicans win?

It does not speak well of Ted Cruz's judgment that he agreed, does it? It does not speak well of his self-control, does it?


Posted by: *Mikey NTH - Outrage Outlet Convention Closeout! All Dramatic Poses 50% Off! at July 21, 2016 03:12 PM (hLRSq)

891 Chili - Beans, of course. And copious amounts of cheese, sour cream, and onions. And maybe chocolate.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at July 21, 2016 03:12 PM (hqZPQ)

892 I would like a paranormal thread.
Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:05 PM


We've already got more of the recently deceased around here than Beetlejuice had.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at July 21, 2016 03:12 PM (dkHoZ)

893 827 I think Cruz made a mistake to even speak at the convention given his not wanting to endorse Trump. Like it or not, it is Trump's party. That said, Trump is now reaping what he sowed---his boorish, high school-like insults during the primary is now coming back to haunt him. Payback is a bit*h. I will end up voting for Trump, mainly because I am a NeverHillary guy.
Posted by: Bill S at July 21, 2016 03:06 PM (MgRM6)

I think he was trying to thread the needle and find a way to get NeverTrumpers to vote against Hillary, rather than staying home. I think he was trying to run down all the reasons for voting against Hillary (although I think he got too clever and should have mentioned her by name.) He did say the choice was clear as to which side to vote for. Vote for the party, even if you cannot for the man at the head, but hold your nose and vote against the other side.

Too bad we all started dancing like the automatons we all seem to be now.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at July 21, 2016 03:12 PM (3ZoRf)

894 I blame the Founders. They should have included the decimation article in the Constitution.

Article 8
Each presidential election there shall be a vote by the people for decimation. If the people vote in favor of decimation, the names of the current President, both chambers of Congress and all Federal judges will be enrolled and ten percent of all the enrollee chosen by lot and executed by hanging.

Excellent chance of passage this year.

Posted by: Headless Body of Agnew at July 21, 2016 03:12 PM (FtrY1)

895 Let's take the assumption that Cruz could never be president.

Even more reason to not endorse.

Why endorse Trump, after his personal attacks, for no end?

Posted by: Sexypig at July 21, 2016 03:12 PM (UBBWX)

896 hmmm.... note...

Every day there has been some story making the Convention the top news item on every news outlet in the nation.

Usually by day 3, Conventions are pretty much off the News Radar....

Trump could not BUY this much coverage.... and I'll bet his speech tonight is listened to by more people than normal.

Posted by: Don Quixote at July 21, 2016 03:13 PM (qf6WZ)

897 830, no. It's simply calling Cruz out as a hypocrite.
Which he is.

Posted by: JoeF. at July 21, 2016 03:13 PM (gWrb2)

898 Where do all these one namers come from all the time?

Posted by: MTF at July 21, 2016 03:13 PM (/m8T6)

899 Can we all agree that we can still point and laugh at the crazy libs together? Current conspiracy bone they are picking at on my FB is that the speechwriter that apologized was a person completely made up by Trump.

*points and laughs*

Posted by: LizLem at July 21, 2016 03:13 PM (hvf9s)

900 He called Cruz a liar. He called Cruz' wife ugly. He called Cruz' father a murderer. People who say Cruz should do the "honorable" thing and still endorse him seem to have a pretty strange concept of honor.

Also, it seems pretty obvious that Trump knew what was coming in Cruz' speech. He could have sent word to his people to be respectful. He instead sent word for them to act like thugs. This is why people worry about him as a fascist wannabe.

Posted by: The Regular Guy at July 21, 2016 03:13 PM (qHCyt)

901 Some day you and I will have to live-tweet Ancient Aliens

Because CONTACT and KNOWLEDGE

*does Ancient Aliens soft shoe*
Posted by: kbdabear at July 21, 2016 03:08 PM (J+tCU)
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Now THAT'S a thread!

Posted by: Browncoat formerly known as Mike at July 21, 2016 03:13 PM (o38N1)

902
I've stopped commenting here because of exactly what you are saying Ace.
I still read your posts but the fucking infantile hero worship drove me
out. I hope you don't stop posting though. Sane thinking people need
voices like yours more than ever.

Posted by: Arson Wells at July 21, 2016 01:33 PM (kiOZ

Hey Arson! Good to see you here

Posted by: redbanzai at July 21, 2016 03:13 PM (3JA/M)

903 I've actually decided now that third party wil help DT more than Hillary. Trump should encourage Gary Johnson to be in the debates. A lot of people argue Trump has a ceiling, but he clearly has a floor at about 40. He could win a landslide in a 3 way race with that..

Posted by: Czar Peter at July 21, 2016 03:14 PM (PFoqq)

904 I would like a paranormal thread.

-
Yeah, right, like we've got a pair of normals around here.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 03:14 PM (Nwg0u)

905 781 A little OT: it's very possible the NYT deliberately misquoted him, but from their account of their interview yesterday, Trump came off like a cross between Chomsky and Michael Moore.

Trump said something about the US being so bad on civil liberties, we have no business telling would-be dictators like Erdogan what to do. Again, it may be a misquote. There seems to be a lot of Russian influence on Trump, btw.

Still better than Hillary, but we need to keep a close eye on this guy if we get him elected.



Posted by: stace...TEXIT at July 21, 2016 03:01 PM (ozZau)


I tried to mention this upthread, but it's the way Dems talk. It's most likely why Kerry came out and immediately supported Erdogan, instead of noncommittal "we like our allies and Turkey is an ally" words.

Don't sleep on the NATO comments, either. Putin's talked about the Baltics in a way similar to that as he talked about the Crimea. We may decided it's not in our best interest to defend them, but the way to do so is not to give Putin a sideways wink.

Posted by: El Skippito Friskito at July 21, 2016 03:14 PM (CGjum)

906 857 838 He could have explicitly stated that Hillary must be defeated without a literal endorsement of Trump.
======================

Pretty much exactly what he did.

Posted by: MTF at July 21, 2016 03:09 PM (/m8T6)


Which was pretty much nullified by his Nevertrump endorsing "vote your conscience" nonsense.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 21, 2016 03:14 PM (DDM7c)

907 OK this has to be the daughter of one of you out there

http://tinyurl.com/za2sx9g

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:14 PM (39g3+)

908 I have no discernible skills.

But I am now going to begin actively looking.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 01:51 PM (dciA+)

If interested in IT work, may I suggest...
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http://pluralsight.com

$29/mo. gets you access to very good online tutorials for just about every area of I.T. careers. I recently lost my job and while I take my time in searching for a great new job, I'm spending an hour plus each day learning a new skill set. Its a really smart website and its UI is designed in a way to keep you motivated and moving forward in the lessons.

Alternatively, you could reformat your website into a news portal and try to really expand out into pop-culture and lifestyle (moron lifestyle!) content.

Posted by: Serious Cat at July 21, 2016 03:14 PM (Uy6ri)

909 would like a paranormal thread. I loooooooove that stuff.


Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:05 PM (mf5HN)


Related: Stranger Things on Netflix is very very good. Very bingable.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at July 21, 2016 03:14 PM (KUaJL)

910 Some day you and I will have to live-tweet Ancient Aliens

Because CONTACT and KNOWLEDGE

*does Ancient Aliens soft shoe*
Posted by: kbdabear at July 21, 2016 03:08 PM (J+tCU)



I love that so much.

It's not just the bat shittery, though of course it's the bat shittery.

It's the travelogue parts of it that really get me. I didn't even know these amazingly cool places exist and whatever the explanation is, it's fascinating seeing the stuff.

Also Hair Boy's Hair but I digress.

Oh oh oh oh and actual mulit culti stuff where they discuss myths from the Americas and Europe and Africa and Asia. Knowing Stuff Is Cool *shooting star*

Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:15 PM (mf5HN)

911 "The longest suicide note I have ever read." - Psychologist Dr. Charles Krauthammer commenting on stupid Cruz's sad speech.

Posted by: Oral Roberts at July 21, 2016 03:15 PM (4YvTW)

912 "Soup has beans. Chili has beef. "




*bites through stick. shakes fist*

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:15 PM (TxZgU)

913 I should also mention that I don't get the complete vitriol that the hardcore Trump crowd is demonstrating towards Cruz at this point. During the primary, sure, but not now. Trump won, focus on beating Hillary and winning the big fight.

It's the equivalent of an boxer winning a title eliminator bout to set himself up for a shot at the champ. After he gets his hand raised, his entourage jeer the defeated opponent while he gets his tape cut off. No reason to do that, celebrate your win, and prepare for the next battle, the one that really counts.

Posted by: Average Guy at July 21, 2016 03:15 PM (KqRop)

914 909 Which was pretty much nullified by his Nevertrump endorsing "vote your conscience" nonsense.
Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 21, 2016 03:14 PM (DDM7c)

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I can't imagine a worse thing for Cruz to do than to encourage Trump supporters to vote their conscience.

Gives me the shivers.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:15 PM (mC1ZI)

915 Trump and his allies decided that just being an ally is not enough.

you have to get on your knees, unzip Mr. Trump's pants, and fellate him.

As...Interesting as that sounds, no.

All he had to do was leave off the part about searching for your conscience in the poll booth. The poll booth where there are but two choices.

1. Vote for Trump

2.Vote for Hillary

3. Write in (Hillary)

4. Johnson (Hillary)

Had he simply left that off. No problems at all even without endorsing.
But you knew that, I'm sure.

Posted by: Drider at July 21, 2016 03:16 PM (bdzyz)

916 "Trump treated Cruz viciously enough that Cruz is completely disburdened
of the obligation of supporting him. At some point, you've insulted your
way out of an endorsement."

Exactly.

Of course if Trump wanted Cruz to endorse him he had plenty of time to apologize publicly for all the stupid lies he told about Cruz's family. He choose not to and now he can go down in the history book between Goldwater and above McGovern.

Posted by: Saki at July 21, 2016 03:16 PM (HFJgs)

917
German police have new way of dealing with terrorists:

https://goo.gl/A1cwft

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 03:16 PM (iQIUe)

918 And let me also add that I'm not buying any down ticket harm from Trump. I think Congress will be about a wash. Are the so-called conservative purist never trumpets voting for Ds for house and senate?

Posted by: Czar Peter at July 21, 2016 03:17 PM (PFoqq)

919 919 Of course if Trump wanted Cruz to endorse him he had plenty of time to apologize publicly for all the stupid lies he told about Cruz's family. He choose not to and now he can go down in the history book between Goldwater and above McGovern.

Posted by: Saki at July 21, 2016 03:16 PM (HFJgs)

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I bet a private apology would have been enough.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:17 PM (mC1ZI)

920 My born and bred Texan husband likes his chili with beans. So there.

Posted by: DangerGirl and her 1.21 Gigawatt Sanity Prod (tm) at July 21, 2016 03:17 PM (qbcrG)

921 "The longest suicide note I have ever read." - Psychologist Dr. Charles Krauthammer commenting on stupid Cruz's sad speech.

Posted by: Oral Roberts at July 21, 2016 03:15 PM (4YvTW)


I used to like CK's opinion, whether I agreed or not, but lately he seems like he's not in touch. He's taken a side and he keeps pushing square pegs in round holes.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 03:17 PM (qCMvj)

922 Just an aside.....



Is this thread not unlike the "panic" scene from "Airplane" when they run out of coffee?


Anyways.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:17 PM (TxZgU)

923 Then write about what you are interested in. We see that fairly often here. Keep doing it. But keep writing. It's your talent.

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 02:56 PM (Fmupd)

Many of Ace's all time great articles were non-political and had to do with pop culture.

Of course the drawback there is dealing with all the "WE MUST DISCUSS SERIOUS POLITICS AND NEWS ALWAYS!!" and "HOW CAN YOU WRITE ABOUT THIS WHEN XYZ IS GOING ON AND WE MUST DISCUSS IT NOT THIS HOLLYWOOD CRAP!!"

I see it on the weekend threads like clockwork

Posted by: kbdabear at July 21, 2016 03:17 PM (J+tCU)

924 Ace, you'd have to lose your anonymity to do this, but if you do choose to "swallow the anchor" as it were, you might get in touch with Bill Whittle to meet up for steak dinner, drinks and a long discussion far into the night.

He's taken two of his talents, and turned them into a valid online career. His writing started as a commenter of startling clarity and insight, on the now-defunct Rachel Lucas' blog. Many of his comments became full essays, and evolved to become chapters in his book: "Silent America, Essays From a Democracy at War".

Second, given his "day job" as a Hollweird TV major studio editor, he was able to quickly grasp, utilize and leverage the early availability of home-studio TV production. And gave us a few seasons of Afterburner TV, with a series within the series of "Bill Whittle, Virtual Presidency".

His career still evolves, after parting ways with PJTV, so now he's even more in control of his path and future.

I'm quite certain he'd be willing to give you deep insight into how to structure, promote, monetize and develop such an enterprise.

So, you've got deep talent and no small experience in these areas, or those closely related to them.

Rather than making a severe cut and cold breakaway, perhaps you could maintain an "Emeritus" status here, hire n' fire COBs as needed, and get on with further developing what you've started here, into something larger, better and of greater reach.

Moreover, given the abundance of lessons in "what not to do" from Brietbart, Bl*ze, etc., I sure you could roll out products, programs and sites that aren't chok fulla cookies, ads, pop ups, malware, exploits and other digital horrors.

And finally, there's this.

Success Is The Best Revenge.

This site IS a success. Let it be a seed to an even larger one. Ya don't eat your seed, you nurture and grow it.

We'll bring the bullshit for fertilizer, you just add some water n' your own kind o' sunshine now and then. And we'll be fine.

So will you.

And we'll all be cheering you on the whole way. Until you're wildly successful, then we'll be out OWS protesting your sorry 1% ass. But, we're Morons, can't help that, y'know.


Fair winds and following seas to you!


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at July 21, 2016 03:18 PM (v5iqM)

925 I would love it if you compiled some of your best think-pieces into a published book, perhaps with a new essay/monograph linking together your accumulated insights into sociology. Don't know how much money you would make, but I would pay $20.

Posted by: Neuro-conservative at July 21, 2016 03:18 PM (JQu+w)

926

Is this the post for the day from Ace?


Should take a vacation. Recharge.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 03:18 PM (qCMvj)

927 DJ Trump will give HR Clinton a Friday afternoon schoolyard beatdown like we have never seen before and win 300 plus electoral votes . McCain and "Mittens" Romney brought boxing gloves to a fight that they thought was going to be fought under Marquis De Queensbury rules and got knfed in the kidneys. DJ Trump will use asymmetrical attacks they will not be able to parry. She will be drawn and quartered and eviscerated in the public square. Ace, you will enjoy the spectacle!

Posted by: Blogforce one at July 21, 2016 03:18 PM (BpvWC)

928 Trump is absolutely a boor who may or may not have a few screws loose, but let's face it, he's got under a lot of people's skins because he effectively came out of nowhere , swooping in to steal the party from the GOPelite--the Bush's et al, and the SoCons and Purists---Cruz, etc. Neither faction can deal with this. Add in the pundit class as epitomized by Will, Krystol and Frum. These factions have little in common with each other, but under a President Hillary, they can continue to raise money and write books. What any of them can do under a President Trump has yet to be established, so they are scared to death.

Posted by: JoeF. at July 21, 2016 03:18 PM (gWrb2)

929 Thank you, Ace.
You've been the lighthouse of sanity in some roiling shitty seas of crap.

Posted by: Taqyia2Me at July 21, 2016 03:18 PM (sJuKe)

930 "Soup has beans. Chili has beef. "




*bites through stick. shakes fist*





Chili has beans when you don't have the cow or the cash for beef.
Know why cattle drives had only beef in chili? Because they had dried peppers and beef on the hoof.

Posted by: rickb223 TEXIT at July 21, 2016 03:19 PM (3C84c)

931 Can we all agree that we can still point and laugh at the crazy libs together? Current conspiracy bone they are picking at on my FB is that the speechwriter that apologized was a person completely made up by Trump.

*points and laughs*
Posted by: LizLem at July 21, 2016 03:13 PM (hvf9s)



Apparently, it's a made up person who is a registered Democrat who did that in order to sabotage Melania's speech. I think that crosses all the idiotic streams I've seen on this.

Meanwhile, all I care is that I didn't like the puffy sleeves.


Speaking of Sabotage:

https://youtu.be/z5rRZdiu1UE

Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:19 PM (mf5HN)

932
Trump said the US shouldn't be saying anything about Erdogan's post-coup roundups because we have civil liberties abuses of our own.

He's right.What exactly is Erdogan doing in Turkey that Obama and democrats aren't trying to do here?

Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at July 21, 2016 03:19 PM (lKyWE)

933 Some of you still don't understand Cruz. Cruz does not take positions based on how it will effect any future political ambitions.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 03:00 PM (HnB/


That was clear when he was handing soccer balls out to illegals at the border and shilling for extra-Constitutional power for Barky with the TPA.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at July 21, 2016 03:19 PM (zc3Db)

934 926 Of course the drawback there is dealing with all the "WE MUST DISCUSS SERIOUS POLITICS AND NEWS ALWAYS!!" and "HOW CAN YOU WRITE ABOUT THIS WHEN XYZ IS GOING ON AND WE MUST DISCUSS IT NOT THIS HOLLYWOOD CRAP!!"

I see it on the weekend threads like clockwork

Posted by: kbdabear at July 21, 2016 03:17 PM (J+tCU)

================

The blog would greatly change, and so would the commenters. There would be a bit of a self selection purge, but I imagine the core feel of the threads would remain the same.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:19 PM (mC1ZI)

935 People keep creating false dichotomies. I know its easier to win the shower argument that way, but that's not how life works in most cases.

Cruz had more than two choices:
1) Endorse Trump
2) Get back at trump for being mean to him

He had a third choice:
3) Be a leader, and move the GOP toward conservatism with an impassioned, strong speech about the future of America, liberty, the constitution, and truth like Ronald Reagan did in 1976. No snide line about voting conscience, just present it and lead the party.

He didn't have to endorse or not endorse. He just had to step up and be a statesman, to show he's the bigger man. He failed.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:19 PM (39g3+)

936 Many of Ace's all time great articles were non-political and had to do with pop culture.

Of course the drawback there is dealing with all the "WE MUST DISCUSS SERIOUS POLITICS AND NEWS ALWAYS!!" and "HOW CAN YOU WRITE ABOUT THIS WHEN XYZ IS GOING ON AND WE MUST DISCUSS IT NOT THIS HOLLYWOOD CRAP!!"

I see it on the weekend threads like clockwork

Posted by: kbdabear at July 21, 2016 03:17 PM (J+tCU)

Eh, make a political discussion thread for the day, if Ace wants to say something, he can stick his head in, if not then we can go on about "important stuff." Otherwise, anyone trying to go that direction on the non-political threads can take a long walk.

Posted by: Average Guy at July 21, 2016 03:19 PM (KqRop)

937 Ace enters the Real World and gets a Real Job.

This should be interesting. Maybe he could write about it.

On a blog.

I know, that sometimes, at the end of another frustrating work day, I sometimes feel like hoisting the Jolly Roger and start slitting throats.

Or maybe just a cold beer. That keeps me out of prison.

Posted by: Bossy Conservative...pondering the future at July 21, 2016 03:19 PM (RFeQD)

938 Which was pretty much nullified by his Nevertrump endorsing "vote your conscience" nonsense.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 21, 2016 03:14 PM (DDM7c)

Cause, God forbid you vote that way... Seriously, remember why the TEA Party started? It was more about anger at the R's than the D's and it was a determination that the principles mattered far more than the party that supposedly represented them.

Posted by: redbanzai at July 21, 2016 03:19 PM (3JA/M)

939 And he had to say yes?

The appropriate thing, given that he promised to support Trump and that it would be horrible to elect Hillary Clinton, would be to write a generally positive speech that tells people Hillary is a very bad choice and then to vote their conscience for the best choice. Then, show this speech to Trump before it's given, and let the Trump team decide whether they want it.

Which is, as far as I can tell, what he did.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at July 21, 2016 03:20 PM (2lndx)

940 Usually by day 3, Conventions are pretty much off the News Radar....



Trump could not BUY this much coverage.... and I'll bet his speech tonight is listened to by more people than normal.
==============

That, Sir, is a very good point. How will Donald Trump react to the Cruz insult! Stay tuned! Will there be fistfights on the floor? Violence in the aisles? Be the first to know, here, at blahblnetwork!

Posted by: mrp at July 21, 2016 03:20 PM (JBggj)

941 "My born and bred Texan husband likes his chili with beans. So there."



Good man you got there. Good man.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:20 PM (TxZgU)

942 Obama's Navy: As inept as he is...

$12b carrier doesn't work so well

http://tinyurl.com/zr43bwk

Posted by: McCool at July 21, 2016 03:20 PM (nCSwS)

943 Posted by: Drider at July 21, 2016 03:16 PM (bdzyz)

Apparently you did not listen or read past 'vote your conscience ' .

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 03:20 PM (HnB/8)

944
The video a spoof o f this:

German MP questions lethal shooting of Afghan ax-attacker, faces backlash

https://goo.gl/yXCYKl

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 03:20 PM (iQIUe)

945 DJ Trump will give HR Clinton a Friday afternoon schoolyard beatdown like we have never seen before and win 300 plus electoral votes .


Would that I had such confidence.

Posted by: Grump928(c) says Free Soothie! at July 21, 2016 03:20 PM (evdj2)

946 Holy crap is this still going on?

Posted by: JackStraw at July 21, 2016 03:20 PM (/tuJf)

947 Who has betrayed America more?
1. Trump
2. Cruz
3. Or Ace for SPYING ON US FOR THE ALIEN ARMADA???

Posted by: Browncoat formerly known as Mike at July 21, 2016 03:20 PM (o38N1)

948 If a dumbass kid comes up to another kid on the playground and jokes that he has something in his pants he wants to show them, he is not forgiven when he says that he just meant his wallet and tries to blame the other kid for having a dirty mind.

Everyone knows what Cruz meant by his words. "Vote your conscience" is NeverTrump talk and we all know it, so quit pretending otherwise.

Posted by: Truth at July 21, 2016 03:21 PM (OTtI3)

949 910
OK this has to be the daughter of one of you out there



http://tinyurl.com/za2sx9g

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:14 PM (39g3+)

Required armament for a father of a daughter who is of dating age.As a warm up, I'll throw shotgun shells at the suitor and remind him that they go MUCH faster after 10pm.

Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 03:21 PM (jxbfJ)

950 Presdent Obama should do something about Trump's lies !!!!!!!! Trump is not fit to be Presdent and Senitor Sanders should be elected presdent ....

Posted by: Mary Clogginstien from Br4attleboro, VT at July 21, 2016 03:21 PM (NuElX)

951 Cruz had more than two choices:

1) Endorse Trump

2) Get back at trump for being mean to him



He had a third choice:

3) Be a leader, and move the GOP toward conservatism with an
impassioned, strong speech about the future of America, liberty, the
constitution, and truth like Ronald Reagan did in 1976. No snide line
about voting conscience, just present it and lead the party.



He didn't have to endorse or not endorse. He just had to step up and be a statesman, to show he's the bigger man. He failed.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:19 PM (39g3+)

Again CT, that is what Cruz did. The whole speech was about the principles we espouse.

Posted by: redbanzai at July 21, 2016 03:21 PM (3JA/M)

952 Oh well, if we're going to be stuck on this topic-

I'll just repost my comment from this morning because nothing has changed:


Ugh.

I'm still so disappointed in Cruz.

He sidelined himself last last night. We needed him to be an effective Senator over the next 4-8 yrs and hopefully, President in the next cycle or two.

But, nope.

He took himself completely out of the game. I'll be surprised if he wins his next Senatorial election...the Bushes have one of their clan in place and will have the money and support in Texas to run a very effective campaign.

Everyone understands why Ted did what he did but it was a stupid way to do it. And he's supposed to be the "smart guy".

He could have simply said at the end of his near great speech about freedom and the Constitution-

"...and we all know that Hillary is there waiting in the wings to take our freedoms away and burn the Constitution to ashes.

So, when we have the chance to move the cause of freedom and Constitutionality forward even one inch,

we have to take it. We have to vote for the person who will give us that inch and move forward toward freedom.

And, in this election that man is Donald J Trump."

BOOM! Done.

Not a full-throated support. But, a speech that gives everyone what they wanted, including Cruz, and provides Cruz with a platform and effective role going forward. And more important, keeps him from being sidelined as an ego-driven, sour grapes loser.

I guess it's the wasted potential that bothers me so much.

As anyone who's seen a bright kid get involved with the wrong group of friends, and lost his way with drugs or whatever can tell you,

your "friends" aren't always your friends.

His advisers and speechwriters are lousy if they didn't tell him this was the wrong way to go.

And bitter a-holes like Mark Levin, who I used to admire, I'm sure, stoked Cruz' ego and anger instead of being good friends who let him see the whole picture and helped him move ahead.

So, instead, we're stuck with the spectacle of Newt wiping Cruz' butt for him on national TV-

because Newt is a true friend, both to Ted and the freedom, and saw the damage Cruz had done to himself and the cause of defeating Hillary.

Can nobody on our side play this game?

I know TL/DR.

But, I had to get this off my chest.

Posted by: naturalfake at July 21, 2016 03:21 PM (0cMkb)

953 German police have new way of dealing with terrorists:

https://goo.gl/A1cwft

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Ha!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 03:21 PM (Nwg0u)

954 Posted by: troyriser at July 21, 2016 01:59 PM

Cake Girl: The Novel? feh, he still hasn't finished "Saffron: Intergalactic Space Whore" yet and how long have we been waiting on that one???, Sometimes Ace is just a frickin' tease.

Posted by: Bob in Houston-TEXIT! at July 21, 2016 03:21 PM (XRxxn)

955 828 People have become stupid. And unsophisticated. Also, vain. And angry. So if you tell the that they are being stupid and unsophisticated when they're being stupid and unsophisticated, rather than trying to up their game, they get angry and call you an "elitist" who "just doesn't understand how the common man thinks" or some garbage.

Posted by: ace at July 21, 2016 02:55 PM (dciA+)



Remember that bricklayer I told you about? The one that liked to jack off?

I mentioned he was an artist with brick. He had the unique ability to put one brick next to another in such a pattern as to be pleasing to people. All of us who saw his work admired it and told him how good he was.

Luckily, he was grounded enough not to consider himself a genius or an expert on any subject other than bricklaying.

You're a good writer. You've got a gift in that you have the ability to lay one word next to another in a way that is pleasing to most people. However, it would be a mistake to assume, like some British accented writers, that you know anything more than the average individual about any particular subject.

Politics is one of those areas.

It's always interesting to get someone's take on the news of the day and generally there is an arc of agreement, but never conflate the ability to convey a message with great intellect.

Posted by: jwest at July 21, 2016 03:21 PM (Zs4uk)

956 Oh oh oh oh and actual mulit culti stuff where they discuss myths from the Americas and Europe and Africa and Asia. Knowing Stuff Is Cool *shooting star*

Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:15 PM (mf5HN)

I can't speak for you, but I would just HAVE to #HOTTAKE every Erich von Daniken theory where he says "und zee aliens vould komm down und haff zexx vid dee vimmen!"

Posted by: kbdabear at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (J+tCU)

957 Don't sleep on the NATO comments, either. Putin's talked about the Baltics in a way similar to that as he talked about the Crimea. We may decided it's not in our best interest to defend them, but the way to do so is not to give Putin a sideways wink.
Posted by: El Skippito Friskito at July 21, 2016 03:14 PM (CGjum)

Oh yeah, I completely forgot about the NATO comments. Charitably, his comment could be taken to say that he wants to evaluate all our commitments and make sure the other countries are living up to theirs. That's fine.

However, he has a history of praising and rolling over for Putin, and that's all the encouragement a guy like Putin needs. You CAN'T say things like that about areas where aggressors are involved, or you invite war.

Posted by: stace...TEXIT at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (ozZau)

958 by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at July 21, 2016 03:19 PM (zc3Db)

Mischaracterization and inaccurate as expected.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (HnB/8)

959 "I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it."

C'mon. Don't make us stand outside your window holding up a boombox playing the London Boys.

Posted by: Bill at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (/ZE0U)

960
Yes, there are idiots who think after a guy has attacked 20 people with an axe and knife, that the police should go mano a mano with him and not use firearms.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (iQIUe)

961
Posted by: kbdabear at July 21, 2016 03:17 PM (J+tCU)

quit punching down

Posted by: the dude at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (SyKbw)

962 Here's the problem: if one has 'character' like Cruz claims he does, then the actions of others don't matter; the proof is in the response (see Gregory Peck in 'Big Country').

Cruz has just proved that he has no character; he didn't even have the decency to pull a Pence-like endorsement.

Posted by: shadowofashade at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (wSoV3)

963

Husband watching Mr. Robot.

Show got so stupid.

So stupid.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (qCMvj)

964 Everyone knows what Cruz meant by his words. "Vote your conscience" is NeverTrump talk and we all know it, so quit pretending otherwise.
Posted by: Truth at July 21, 2016 03:21 PM (OTtI3)
---------------------
Exactly. Which is why Newt redefined it.

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (NUqwG)

965 I have lurked here for a very, very long time, Ace. Really, something like 15 years of very nearly daily reading and have never jumped in to comments from a general dislike of... Well, batting bs back and forth frankly. But if you have really hit your limit and are looking for the off-ramp I wanted to tell you thanks. You built something nice here, and I could tell, as often as not over the last 4-5 years that the whole thing was starting to wear at you but you did great work nonetheless. May the wind be at your back, pal. And a belated hello and goodbye to all the regular commenters who I've also been reading forever.

Posted by: Cringing in the sunlight at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (nvJMt)

966 Is pragmatism just lost?

Posted by: cumulonimbus at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (bx5ka)

967 I can't imagine a worse thing for Cruz to do than to encourage Trump supporters to vote their conscience.

Gives me the shivers.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:15 PM (mC1ZI)

Oh I think I can. The Cruz supporters touting Open Borders Gary come to mind.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (DDM7c)

968 Interestingly for all the utterly idiot talk that Trump is thin-skinned: we finally and clearly see just exactly who has an ego that cannot stand to be touched.
Cruz is the thinnest-skinned of them all - by far.

Talk about cutting your own nose off to face! Cruz only too perfectly re-exemplifies that moral.

Wow.

(But good riddance.)


Posted by: Oral Roberts at July 21, 2016 03:23 PM (4YvTW)

969 whipping up the boos

Posted by: The Jackhole at July 21, 2016 03:10 PM (M+

I do not trust Mr. Maidenform

Posted by: Drill at July 21, 2016 03:23 PM (DN9jO)

970 An elephant walk is pretty enjoyable if you're at the front of the line!

Posted by: Slick Willy at July 21, 2016 03:23 PM (ppiRN)

971 The problem is, after he so "bravely" supported
Trump's candidacy, is that Trump promptly began treating him like his
prison bitch.


Posted by: Jeff Weimer


HE SCHLONGED HIM!

It was awesome.

Posted by: Bossy Conservative...pondering the future at July 21, 2016 03:23 PM (RFeQD)

972 Everyone knows what Cruz meant by his words. "Vote
your conscience" is NeverTrump talk and we all know it, so quit
pretending otherwise.

Posted by: Truth at July 21, 2016 03:21 PM (OTtI3)

Are conservatives now doing the SJW "code words" thing?

Ace! you are supposed to keep us apprised of such developments!?!

Posted by: redbanzai at July 21, 2016 03:23 PM (3JA/M)

973 "The longest suicide note I have ever read." - Psychologist Dr. Charles Krauthammer commenting on stupid Cruz's sad speech.






If I watched Fox, I would stop.

Posted by: Numb in Norman at July 21, 2016 03:23 PM (PbmKW)

974 "Holy crap is this still going on? "


Screw you. I work for Mel Brooks.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:23 PM (TxZgU)

975 968 Everyone knows what Cruz meant by his words. "Vote your conscience" is NeverTrump talk and we all know it, so quit pretending otherwise.
Posted by: Truth at July 21, 2016 03:21 PM (OTtI3)


BINGO

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 21, 2016 03:23 PM (DDM7c)

976 Thank you Ace, I just got back from the barber who was trying to prove to me how unprincipled Cruz was.

It isn't common courtesy that keeps me holding my tongue anymore.

Pro-tip, don't discuss politics with people that can give you bad haircuts or have access to spit in your food.

Posted by: Kindltot at July 21, 2016 03:24 PM (ry34m)

977 Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (mC1ZI)

Yeah, and most of those people were subsequently banned or shamed into shutting up. No judgment.

But the point is that we seem fairly unanimous that we like what Cruz has to say, but doubt his ability to implement it or get elected.

And frankly, the nevertrumpers here seem much more shrill and nasty than anything I saw during the primaries. Calling Trump supporters nazis? Comparing them to Trigglypuff? Suggesting that merely endorsing the party's nominee is tantamount to fellating Trump?

The idea that because Trump said something unflattering about Heidi Cruz (who, I believe, is a big girl), that Cruz can come into a prime time spot in the convention and throw up the Bat signal to the nevertrumpers is not cutting it.

Don't get me wrong, I still wish Cruz was my senator. I wish he was a serious candidate for President. I wish more people in the GOP were like him. But he was wrong yesterday, he's given the media and the left (but I repeat myself) material to throw at Trump AND the down ballot people (does anyone really think that all down ballot candidates will be grilled on whether they support Trump or Cruz now?), and damaged his own chances at future elective office.

Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:24 PM (b2PbZ)

978 Ted Cruz can't handle being booed at a convention but can handle the Presidency?

Interesting theory.

Posted by: Tim in Illinois. at July 21, 2016 03:24 PM (WVsWD)

979 971 Oh I think I can. The Cruz supporters touting Open Borders Gary come to mind.
Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (DDM7c)

======================

It's a protest vote. It's not meant to actually get Johnson in the White House.

Also, it can't be as bad as voting for the guy who said Romney was terrible for advocating for self-deportation, can it?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:24 PM (mC1ZI)

980 I would love it if you compiled some of your best think-pieces into a published book, perhaps with a new essay/monograph linking together your accumulated insights into sociology. Don't know how much money you would make, but I would pay $20.
Posted by: Neuro-conservative at July 21, 2016 03:18 PM (JQu+w)



*waves $20*

Great, now I want to read the Skank A Thon.

Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:24 PM (mf5HN)

981 Only Sinetor Sanders is fit to be Presdent. let's end this silly election thing and makes hiom Presdent. Bush lied, trump lied, Hilllary lied and the only one qualified to be Presdent is are Burnie Sanders !!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Mary Clogginstien from Br4attleboro, VT at July 21, 2016 03:24 PM (NuElX)

982 I like beans in the chili because they give it more body and make it more filling. I like meat in chili for the same reason, plus it really helps the flavor. Because the chili is just the sauce, technically.

But then, we top it with chopped onions and grated cheese around here.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:24 PM (39g3+)

983 Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (NUqwG)

He didn't have to redefine anything. It was right their in the speech but people weren't listening over the orchestrated boo birds.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 03:25 PM (HnB/8)

984 In many westerns were their out on cattle drives the pot is always full of beans, I always assumed it was chile, so I put beans in my chile.

Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 03:25 PM (bksJQ)

985 OK this has to be the daughter of one of you out there


http://tinyurl.com/za2sx9g



Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:14 PM (39g3+)


I would hope that no kid of mine would be so stupid as to fire a RPK within a confined area.

Posted by: Kindltot at July 21, 2016 03:25 PM (ry34m)

986 Oh my gosh please tell me we're still not here. We're still here. Back to folding underpants.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 03:25 PM (dFi94)

987 680--- I've said before, but I'll say again, this election has showed me the huge divide in GOP base. The Trump faction and the Cruz faction - despite some common ground - is pretty far apart.
Posted by: SH at July 21, 2016 02:46 PM (gmeXX)
-------------------------------
You are forgetting the Ryan-Romney faction, the "moderates," who are probably the largest group in general elections.
It's really a 3-way split ---at least.

I think we're unduly concentrating on the Trump/Nationalist vs. Cruz/True-Con rift. It may matter a great deal in the future but I don't think it will signify much this year.
The vast majority of true-cons will vote Trump to stop Hillary. The big question is what will the squishies do?

I really hope Trump can act "normal" and win them over tonight. His supporters like red meat but he needs to reel in the nervous nellies.





Posted by: Margarita DeVille at July 21, 2016 03:25 PM (T/5A0)

988 We may decided it's not in our best interest to defend them,

Posted by: El Skippito Friskito at July 21, 2016 03:14 PM (CGjum)




It's not that we've decided not to, it's that we can't. We literally do not have the ability to do it. We know it, and the rooskies know it.

Posted by: Country Singer at July 21, 2016 03:25 PM (uiwCw)

989 Mischaracterization and inaccurate as expected.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (HnB/


Not at all. Minor pooetic license with the soccer balls (though dead true at the core) and on the button with TPA.

Have you really forgotten all about that stuff, already?

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at July 21, 2016 03:25 PM (zc3Db)

990 We actually have someone posting here who said quote unquote, I'm going to follow my conscience and vote for Johnson, and you guys think this is some kind of code?

Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:25 PM (b2PbZ)

991 Oh and I must whinge that the only positive thing I can say about being dragged to court with The Boss this afternoon is that at least there was a pokestop across the street so I could hit up that whilst waiting for a ride back.

Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:25 PM (mf5HN)

992 puh-leeeze! you think you have it bad?????

somebody just hacked taylor swift'f wikipedia page and, among other things, changed her birth name from taylor alison swift to taylor "slithering snake becky with the good lies" alison swift.

it's all part of a feud between taylor and kanye "idiot megalomaniac jerk" west and his wife "big butt" kardashian.

i'm on taylor's side.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at July 21, 2016 03:26 PM (WTSFk)

993 946 Obama's Navy: As inept as he is...

$12b carrier doesn't work so well

http://tinyurl.com/zr43bwk
Posted by: McCool at July 21, 2016 03:20 PM (nCSwS)

The Ford class started long before Barry

Posted by: Drill at July 21, 2016 03:26 PM (DN9jO)

994 Your attempt to breath life into conservatism was a miserable failure.

Liberalism is ascending faster than any time in history.

Turn off the lights, folks - it's over for good.

Posted by: Average Joe at July 21, 2016 03:26 PM (OcVqY)

995 986
I like beans in the chili because they give it more body and make it
more filling. I like meat in chili for the same reason, plus it really
helps the flavor. Because the chili is just the sauce, technically.



But then, we top it with chopped onions and grated cheese around here.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:24 PM (39g3+)
With some crushed red pepper. Jalapeno slices to taste.

Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 03:26 PM (jxbfJ)

996 Stay if you can. Go if you must. Live a hundred years, Ace.

Posted by: Bender Bending Rodriquez at July 21, 2016 03:26 PM (YJvPy)

997 "Everyone knows..."


And that is when the fight started your Honor.

Posted by: Obsolete in Ohama at July 21, 2016 03:26 PM (PbmKW)

998 I love how the neocons can't even conceal that the real reason they oppose Trump is that he won't support Estonia and Latvia. LOL! Estonia and Latvia. And then the president of Latvia comes out and says "but we spend 2% of GDP on defense." If you're living next to Putin you better be spending 10% of GDP on defense at a minimum.

Posted by: bjk at July 21, 2016 03:26 PM (x2rNW)

999
Yes, there are idiots who think after a guy has attacked 20 people with an axe and knife, that the police should go mano a mano with him and not use firearms.


Of course those are the same people who'll shelter in place and watch the guy with an axe walk by without trying to stop him

Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at July 21, 2016 03:26 PM (lKyWE)

1000 "Ace, my sister and I were talking about this attitude by Trump supporters last night.
I don't think they realize they've become what they wanted to crush - they've become the GOPe."

It's a political party. We had a process to pick a nominee. That part is over. So either you're in the party or not. It's your call.

If you're not in a major party, then you're vote is useless. That's the way it works.

So what's this "attitude" that I have.

Posted by: Ignoramus at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (r1fLd)

1001 Cause, God forbid you vote that way... Seriously, remember why the TEA Party started? It was more about anger at the R's than the D's and it was a determination that the principles mattered far more than the party that supposedly represented them.
Posted by: redbanzai at July 21, 2016 03:19 PM (3JA/M)

If Hillary is elected, these "principles" and $ 1.00 on Wednesday will get you a cup of coffee at 7/11.

Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (DDM7c)

1002 and you guys think this is some kind of code?
Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:25 PM (b2PbZ)

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Well, it isn't about being rational.

Posted by: Seems Legit at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (U+nHb)

1003 He didn't have to redefine anything. It was right their in the speech but people weren't listening over the orchestrated boo birds.
Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 03:25 PM (HnB/
--------------------------------
On the contrary, they understood him quite well including the body language he used. The delegates were much more perceptive than you.

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (NUqwG)

1004 As a few morons know, in the heat of the spring I quit commenting due to the "war" between morons. I like most of you very much. I don't care how anyone votes. It is you in that booth, vote for whoever.

Changing political views is like changing an atheist to a Christian. You have to decide on your own, as C.S. Lewis did after reading Chesterton (and if you have not read G.K. Chesterton, you are missing out. Brilliant man). Anyway, I do not try to change anyone as we sometimes are on this raft alone. Now, if anyone asks me specific questions about religion, that is different. But I do not lose friendships over politics.

That said, the only thing that raises my bp, which is raised enough during the last 7 1/2 long years, is when someone calls me a "Trumptard" or LIV because I am supporting Trump. I have found that I like him. I made this decision, post liking (and I may leave some out of the field due to senility): Perry, Walker, Cruz, Rubio (in spite of Gang of Eight ticking me off), Carson, Carly, Christie). There could be more and I forget.

Anyway, I watched. Then I started watching Trump rally's and paying attention. And I liked him and what he said. There are probably a lot of people, like me, who like him but avoid Trump signs in yard and bumper stickers. Because politics, now, invokes anger. The "bring a knife to a gunfight" high voltage and "get in your face" charm of this administration is seeping from pores. I do not need to be called names in real live nor on the Internet, but I do respond in snark at times. It is the stupid Internet, who cares? (I know this is a secret but I am not really a supermodel although I was asked by an agent and my Mama said no). Where was I?

It is also a reflection on media today, and "journalists" that they cannot report without bias. FOX has totally ticked me off...during my switch to Trump. The bias of the debates also helped me with decision. He was called vulgar, etc, but let me as any of you: If you were onstage, in front of millions, and you had Cruz/Rubio ganging up on you, as planned and announced, the crowd booing, the moderators (looking at Miss Spagetti Strap Kelly) ALL trying to get the gotcha question...well, I would think any of you would respond in kind.

One on one in early interviews Mr. Trump seems to be a good listener, calm, and kind. By all accounts, many of his employees like him (see: Lynne Patton, a black lady, who spoke last night but, like all speeches, are now in background due to CRBB wanting some attention). Also, Pence's speech was great and I am thinking he is a good pick.

I throw out my "bite moi" bit in jest. But I really don't care. When I get ticked off by personal crap I simply change the channel. But to be called a LIV due to supporting Mr. Trump, after a long road to the decision, is juvenile and also shows a parroting of bully mentality, simply to vent frustration, I guess. As usual, I blame Obarfy for everything bad in life, including the Alinsky method of robbing Americans of civil discussion.

I agree with others, Ace. Take a break. it ain't worth the frustration. If the media would report the news, without bias, people could come to their own decisions without squirting blood out of their eyeballs. I get that sometimes bloggers, and others on the Interlube, make suggestive comments to trigger comments. I get it. But sometimes people just boil the heck over.

Life is hard for many now, with physical problems, loss of loved ones, lack of jobs, Obamacare impeding healthcare, war, isis, the "When is the next terror event" evolving to "When is the next police ambush." Life is horrid if you focus on it. Right now I am focused on my garden. I find real peace there. Ace, find some peace, at the beach or in a good book. Don't let this get to you or the Dems and Alinsky win. xoxo

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, Infidel Queen at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (kBYYb)

1005 If you haven't done so, read Ace's twitter TL from last night. One of the all-time epic spews.

Ace, hang in there. We can't deal with this BS without you, and too many other outlets (hot gas) have bailed on being the release valve on the pressure cooker that this election season has become.

Posted by: George Tirebiter at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (/zyrl)

1006 Ted Cruz can't handle being booed at a convention but can handle the Presidency?

Interesting theory.


This is possibly a very important non-insight: no one is showing Ted Cruz not being able to handle being booed; but, certainly, a lot of Cruz supporters have a problem with it.

There are a lot of people who can't make a distinction between personalities and supporters. This may be why they find it hard to hear anything bad about their candidate.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (2lndx)

1007 "But then, we top it with chopped onions and grated cheese around here."


Not a foul. Want to add some jalapenos, just call it the "Ricardo Surprise."


Fine. Eating.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (TxZgU)

1008 875 Wait, where do they put chocolate in chili? That almost sounds awesome.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at July 21, 2016 03:11 PM (hqZPQ)

++++

The Cruz people are bad enough, but this. This!

It sounds like a hanging offense.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (R+30W)

1009 ... so, in any case, you can always take a step back and find someone of whom you can say, "there but for the grace..."

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (WTSFk)

1010 Here's the problem: if one has 'character' like Cruz claims he does, then the actions of others don't matter; the proof is in the response (see Gregory Peck in 'Big Country').

This is what Ronald Reagan did so well. He'd kind of chuckle "well, there you go again" or ignore it and treat them like infants beneath his notice. Which they were. That's how a statesman and adult behaves, they shrug off the insults and petty stuff and move on with what they know to be right and needs to be done. They don't make petty statements.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:28 PM (39g3+)

1011 Just the other weekend, I finally got around to showing my wife the movie "Idiocracy".


She gets it now. Next project: obtaining a SMOD 2016 sticker for her car.....

Posted by: Pave Low John at July 21, 2016 03:28 PM (b5yHT)

1012 If Hillary is elected, these "principles" and $ 1.00 on Wednesday will get you a cup of coffee at 7/11.
Posted by: Reggie1971 at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (DDM7c)

----------

We are simpatico.

Posted by: Seems Legit at July 21, 2016 03:28 PM (U+nHb)

1013 Here's my 2 cents:

1) I love this blog. I find that even when I find good stuff on other sites, the comments (even from people who basically agree with me) are not even worth my time. With AOS, the comments are the content- even with some flaming poo being tossed around over the last few months. I'm not sure how it happened, but somehow AOS has some of the funniest, most entertaining, and most intelligent discussions that you'll find anywhere online. Would hate to see it go.

2) Trump is brilliant at marketing. He made himself- a real estate guy- into a household name by playing the media. He knows how they operate and how to make them come running. Even when they attacked him (and he baited them to do so), his name became bigger and bigger. Then he made money, not so much with real estate, but by licensing that name that the media made so well-known. Absolutely brilliant.

Then he let the media go ahead and cover his campaign marketing costs while destroying his 2016 primary opponents, who were all playing by the well-established political rules.

Now he's going to let the media, as much as they don't want to, get him elected. Why? Because he's been a step or two ahead- for decades. And yet they can't resist. He'll lead them right into a trap- just like the plagiarism thing. Non-stop coverage. And after all that free press, all the media can say is "Melania admires Michelle Obama, and some staffer screwed up, and magnanimous ole Donald is too kind to make her suffer for it." Is that the narrative to de-rail him? Judging by how the big media was sending teams of reporters to dig deeper than they ever have for any Obama scandal, they sure must have thought so.

And now Ted Cruz. I mentioned that in a previous thread long ago that I had been a long time supporter of him. He is a thinking man's conservative- articulate, sharp on his feet, and checks almost all the boxes (except H1Bs, etc, at least for me).

I understand why he has such a strong following all the way through the primary, even when it was over, and in to the convention. I understand the anger that Ace, and several of the folks feel, at the Trump supporters- the ones who come in firing with the same, tired old insults, and don't seem to even have 2 neutrons firing in their brains.

What I don't understand is that Ted Cruz, smart as he is, allowed himself to be played, and how his most zealous supporters are defending his speech last night. The bear trap he walked into is one of his own making- he wanted to get in one more jab, and he wound up unifying the party-against him. Trump gets even more media, and Cruz looks like an ass. Trump wins again.

Had Cruz endorsed Trump, his speech would have been forgotten. Now it will be remembered- and no amount of appeal to "principles" will recover the damage done to his own reputation- mostly to insiders, and big money in the party.

That said, attention spans are short, and I imagine he'll be re-elected in 2018. President 2020? Not a chance.

Posted by: Wacko at July 21, 2016 03:28 PM (jYnsn)

1014 I know there's alot of animosity out there, and I understand that. But I still hold out some hope that cooler heads are going to prevail when it comes down to it in November.

C'mon guys, honestly. What do you say we steer the ship away from the ice berg first - THEN we can argue about the deck chairs.




Posted by: Agent Cooper at July 21, 2016 03:28 PM (1zARK)

1015 i'm on taylor's side.
Posted by: musical jolly chimp at July 21, 2016 03:26 PM (WTSFk)
-----------------------------------------------------------------

Well that's only because you hate people of color you racist.

Posted by: Social Justice Warrior at July 21, 2016 03:28 PM (BDZWU)

1016 Eh, make a political discussion thread for the day, if Ace wants to say something, he can stick his head in, if not then we can go on about "important stuff." Otherwise, anyone trying to go that direction on the non-political threads can take a long walk.

Posted by: Average Guy at July 21, 2016 03:19 PM (KqRop)

You'd think that would work. You'd be wrong.

The weekend food, pet, and gardening threads have specific Thread Below the Gardening Thread for Other Topics yet unless THAT thread is at the very top, some people will still bitch that "WHY ISNT THERE A NEW THREAD FOR XYZ BECAUSE ITS TOO IMPORTANT!!!"

Ace had some weird news thread that was funny, a regular commenter bitched, Ace justifiably said basically to her "ACE MAD, ACE BAN!!!"

Posted by: kbdabear at July 21, 2016 03:28 PM (J+tCU)

1017 I like beans in the chili because they give it more body and make it more filling. I like meat in chili for the same reason, plus it really helps the flavor. Because the chili is just the sauce, technically.

But then, we top it with chopped onions and grated cheese around here.
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:24 PM (39g3+)



I like it for the extra Iron.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 03:28 PM (qCMvj)

1018 >>>If you're not in a major party, then you're vote is useless.

Posted by: Ignoramus at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (r1fLd)>>>

Your vote is next to useless, regardless.

Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 03:29 PM (4ueYo)

1019 And yet, we've been basically forced to vote for politicians who have insulted our country.

Whatever.

Posted by: RKae at July 21, 2016 03:29 PM (aFQtB)

1020 981 Don't get me wrong, I still wish Cruz was my senator. I wish he was a serious candidate for President. I wish more people in the GOP were like him. But he was wrong yesterday, he's given the media and the left (but I repeat myself) material to throw at Trump AND the down ballot people (does anyone really think that all down ballot candidates will be grilled on whether they support Trump or Cruz now?), and damaged his own chances at future elective office.
Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:24 PM (b2PbZ)

=======================

No one knows whether he actually hurt his future chances at elective office or not.

I get the feeling that this really is all a tempest in a tea cup. Do you really think that if 2020 comes around with a Clinton presidency that Cruz would be completely out of the running? He's got a loyal fan base. He's got an experience organization. He's got the experience of running for president for almost a year straight. And, he's the runner up against the whirlwind that was and continues to be Trump.

He'll have to work hard, but the idea that he's done is just silly.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:29 PM (mC1ZI)

1021 Not a foul. Want to add some jalapenos, just call it the "Ricardo Surprise."


Sounds great. Most of my family is from Colorado area, so they have a cowboy approach to food, not so much Texas. Pretty close, though.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:29 PM (39g3+)

1022 Not at all. Minor pooetic license with the soccer balls (though dead true at the core) and on the button with TPA.



Have you really forgotten all about that stuff, already?
Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at July 21, 2016 03:25 PM (zc3Db)


*yawn*

Tell me when he gives money to the Clintons

Posted by: Kindltot at July 21, 2016 03:29 PM (ry34m)

1023 I've enjoyed the camaraderie here at Ace's Place for many years - found the AoS back in the LGF days - it was fascinating (to me anyway) to see the birth and taking down of a lie in real time with the "blinking memos". But I prefer to lurk rather than jump in.

Given that being a virtual warrior of the right is always going to be a thankless job, and you will always be looked at as an outsider by "your betters" in media, I'm not surprised that Ace can't take it anymore. At some point that take this job and shove it sentiment gets too strong to ignore.

I'm not a lefty so I'm not going to say find your bliss. But, it might be time to take a break.

Cheers!


Posted by: Boots at July 21, 2016 03:29 PM (EBwPV)

1024 Interesting comment upthread. Perhaps this was agreed upon first by Trump and Cruz. Could be. Airing all the bad feelings at once, for the sake of at least nominal support later.

I'm not going to rule this twist out.

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 03:29 PM (Fmupd)

1025 Oh, just looove Breitbart slamming "Benji" Shapiro - Why didn't they just say (Ben Shapiro) like a good stormfront wanna-be?

Posted by: OK, Thanks, Bye at July 21, 2016 03:29 PM (ucB75)

1026 Someone here said it and I've chuckled numerous times since, it went something like this:

My list of people to avoid:

crossfitters
vegans
prius drivers
people who vote their conscience

Posted by: Seems Legit at July 21, 2016 03:29 PM (U+nHb)

1027 I know, that sometimes, at the end of another frustrating work day, I sometimes feel like hoisting the Jolly Roger and start slitting throats.

Or maybe just a cold beer. That keeps me out of prison.


Posted by: Bossy Conservative...pondering the future at July 21, 2016 03:19 PM (RFeQD)


What have I ever done to you?

Posted by: Jollyroger at July 21, 2016 03:29 PM (t06LC)

1028 Wait, where do they put chocolate in chili? That almost sounds awesome.

A dash of unsweeted coco is not an uncommon ingredient.

Posted by: Grump928(c) says Free Soothie! at July 21, 2016 03:30 PM (evdj2)

1029 Oh yeah, I completely forgot about the NATO comments. Charitably, his comment could be taken to say that he wants to evaluate all our commitments and make sure the other countries are living up to theirs. That's fine.

However, he has a history of praising and rolling over for Putin, and that's all the encouragement a guy like Putin needs. You CAN'T say things like that about areas where aggressors are involved, or you invite war.

Posted by: stace...TEXIT at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (ozZau)

He's said that we subsidize European defense, enabling them to focus on their economies, and that needs to change. Frankly, he's got a point, as the alliance members set a goal of spending 2% of GDP on defense and most haven't met it.
However, the time and place to argue that is with your Sec'y of State in a room with their officials, and if they still don't meet it, then you make changes.

Wasn't it alleged that the ambassador to Iraq told them in 1991 that Kuwait had not been meeting its commitments, and the Iraqis took that as a sign that the US would not oppose an invasion?

Posted by: El Skippito Friskito at July 21, 2016 03:30 PM (CGjum)

1030 "In many westerns were their out on cattle drives the pot is always full of beans, I always assumed it was chile, so I put beans in my chile."




That's just it. You always had beans. You make and beans and chili is pretty much the same way.


WHY IN THE HELL wouldn't you have beans in your chili? It's like a burger and fries. They go together.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:30 PM (TxZgU)

1031 "( Who puts cream with shellfish?). ;-)"



Here in Maryland, we love our cream of crab soup with a dash of sherry on top. Better than either clam soup.

Posted by: Benji Carver at July 21, 2016 03:30 PM (OD2ni)

1032 Vote. You're unconscious.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at July 21, 2016 03:30 PM (IqV8l)

1033 I sometimes feel like hoisting the Jolly Roger

Is that like "Arresting the Riddler"?

Posted by: Grump928(c) says Free Soothie! at July 21, 2016 03:30 PM (evdj2)

1034 If Cruz doesn't want to endorse Trump, that is fine and I can understand why. But, you don't then give a speech at the convention where he is going to be nominated and give the weak sauce "vote your conscience" line. Be a man and don't go.

Ace, there might be a lot less acrimony if the moment Trump started winning the powers that be hadn't spent their time trying to determine how to sabotage Trump. You yourself were perfectly happy with overthrowing him through a convention coup if possible. Like any coup, the nevertrumpers failed to kill the king and are whining that Trump isn't nice to them.

Posted by: WOPR - Nationalist at July 21, 2016 03:30 PM (Ee2nz)

1035 If Hillary is elected, these "principles" and $ 1.00 on Wednesday will get you a cup of coffee at 7/11.

If Hillary is elected, these principles will get you a bowl of gruel at the camp.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:31 PM (39g3+)

1036 I'd like to say we can abandon politics, but there's only one stop after that - maybe we are where the sidewalk ends. Ted will always be a friend and I support him in that vein regardless.

Posted by: Patrick Henry at July 21, 2016 03:31 PM (cmmpQ)

1037 Ace, hang in there. We can't deal with this BS without you, and too many other outlets (hot gas) have bailed on being the release valve on the pressure cooker that this election season has become.
Posted by: George Tirebiter at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (/zyrl)


it's not just election season

people are so dang angry all of the time

you have only one life, don't let the bastards get you down

I won't

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 03:31 PM (qCMvj)

1038
Pro-tip, don't discuss politics with people that can give you bad haircuts or have access to spit in your food.
Posted by: Kindltot at July 21, 2016 03:24 PM (ry34m)

Or sharp instuments in close proximity to your throat

Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at July 21, 2016 03:31 PM (lKyWE)

1039
Tell me when he gives money to the Clintons


Uh , certain nameless bloggers who are now very conservative once voted for Clenis.

Posted by: Mortimer at July 21, 2016 03:31 PM (1aweM)

1040 And I'll top the chile off with a chile rellino on top.
I like a bit of heat in mine.

Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 03:31 PM (bksJQ)

1041 My list of people to avoid:

crossfitters

[...]

Posted by: Seems Legit at July 21, 2016 03:29 PM (U+nHb)


I have to admit, I enjoy watching the Crossfit games when there's nothing else on - though I hate the way they all cheat on the pull-ups.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at July 21, 2016 03:31 PM (zc3Db)

1042 1027 - Ace, PLEASE, don't burn out. All my stupid snark aside, ACE, you are OK with me. Please do carry on with AOSHQ. Take a break, maybe, let co-bloggers steer awhile, but... A WORLD WITHOUT ACE? Unpossible.

Posted by: OK, Thanks, Bye at July 21, 2016 03:32 PM (ucB75)

1043 They do all have mighty nice trucks somewhere.

Posted by: DaveA at July 21, 2016 03:32 PM (8J/Te)

1044 1022 >>>If you're not in a major party, then you're vote is useless.

Posted by: Ignoramus at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (r1fLd)>>>

Your vote is next to useless, regardless.
Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 03:29 PM (4ueYo)

=====================

It's most useful in local races.

Focus on local races. Turn blue places purple. Turn purple places red. Make sure red places are actually red.

We'll pick up this conversation in 20 years and see how we've done.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:32 PM (mC1ZI)

1045 the only reason that "the pledge" entered the scene was to stop trump
going third party - and all loved the idea. and then trump won. and it
became a bad idea. regardless, we will never know what would have
happened to Donal'd pledge if Cruz won, but we know what happened when
it was up to Cruz to put his dislike and differences aside.

Here
is another thought, since we 'all are conversing, Ted went to Harvard,
just like Obama. They promote "everybody wins" mentality, they breed
it encourage it - everybody gets a gold star, everybody wins, they are
all special and super smart and better. It is not like that in real
life - there are clear winner and losers. Perhaps his inability to lose
with dignity, may be lose the first big contest of his life , created a
crisis of sorts.

Posted by: runner at July 21, 2016 03:32 PM (c6/9Q)

1046 1037 I sometimes feel like hoisting the Jolly Roger

Is that like "Arresting the Riddler"?
Posted by: Grump928(c) says Free Soothie! at July 21, 2016 03:30 PM (evdj2)

Shaking Hands with the Red Hood

Posted by: josephistan at July 21, 2016 03:32 PM (7HtZB)

1047 However, he has a history of praising and rolling over for Putin, and that's all the encouragement a guy like Putin needs. You CAN'T say things like that about areas where aggressors are involved, or you invite war.

Posted by: stace...TEXIT at July 21, 2016 03:22 PM (ozZau)


Uh.... Obama has overthrown more countries governments than Putin has.

Obama has more combat ops going on than Putin does.

Its the EU who is expanding... and has for the last 20 years until they are literally on the Russian border.

It is the US who has run Special Operations 'Training Ops' on the Russian border in Georgia (tell me, what do you think our reaction would be to Spetsnaz on the Arizona / Mexican border?).

We really do need to take a good hard look at what the hell we are doing...

Posted by: Don Quixote at July 21, 2016 03:32 PM (qf6WZ)

1048 Something like this was inevitable.



GOP loses touch with average person, becomes monolith of snarky "fuck-you"s to normals

LEADS TO

Normals lose enthusiasm for politics, feel as if neither party cares for their needs

LEADS TO

Obama, false prophet of positive change

LEADS TO

Society becoming even more fractured and distrusting of each other

LEADS TO

BLM, PC craziness run rampant, trannies, bathroom debates,

LEADS TO

Average person REALLY losing hope

LEADS TO

Political power vacuum

LEADS TO

Trump deciding to run, uses decades of business acumen to stomp out 15
seasoned politicians and a brilliant (in my opinion) surgeon

LEADS TO

Groundswell of populist support and enthusiasm, of which I am a member

LEADS TO

Confused and butthurt GOP operatives trying to lash out, failing

LEADS TO

Butthurt loser Cruz behaving like a child who didn't get the toy



The lifetime GOP operatives mad that the chickens have come home to roost, dude.

Follow Hobbes's Big Beautiful Orange Leviathan out of the SoPoNaBrSh slough of despond.

Posted by: Dystopia Max at July 21, 2016 03:32 PM (UM8Ie)

1049 >>>What I don't understand is that Ted Cruz, smart as he is, allowed himself to be played, and how his most zealous supporters are defending his speech last night. The bear trap he walked into is one of his own making- he wanted to get in one more jab, and he wound up unifying the party-against him. Trump gets even more media, and Cruz looks like an ass. Trump wins again.

Posted by: Wacko at July 21, 2016 03:28 PM (jYnsn)>>>

Nobody is winning from this debacle other than Clinton. The Trigglypuffs in the audience should have avoided making the case that Trump is not a conservative and that it is unconscionable to vote for Trump.

Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 03:32 PM (4ueYo)

1050 I hate the way they all cheat on the pull-ups.

Damn straight. A vertical row is NOT a pull up.

Posted by: Grump928(c) says Free Soothie! at July 21, 2016 03:32 PM (evdj2)

1051 i have never seen so much butthurt in one place in my life. so cruz didn't say trump. he also didn 't say vote for the beast. trump is still the nominee cruz's speech changes nothing. get the fuck over it and move on. the only thing to worry about is putting the beast back in her cave where she belongs. focus people. cruz is the only one who has to deal with whatever comes. he made his choice.

Posted by: chavez the hugo at July 21, 2016 03:33 PM (ucDmr)

1052 The problem here isn't the vindictiveness or the pettiness. It's that the people who previously dished that out in the GOP are not in the position to do so at the moment. In fact, those days may be gone for a lifetime.

>People are so horrifically stupid that I cannot wait until the aliens come and kill us all. I'll actually be on their side. When they show up, I'm going to sneak towards their space armada and offer my services as a behind-the-lines saboteur and quisling.

Well, that certainly explains a good share of ace's nomination coverage this time around.

Posted by: DDT at July 21, 2016 03:33 PM (DUynq)

1053 New England Clam Chowder vs. Manhattan style


Well for one thing it's spelled "chowdah".

And it's a rich creamy chowdah and not a thin tomato broth.

Where in Manhattan does one rake clams?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 21, 2016 03:33 PM (1xUj/)

1054 Ex secret service guy was saying he would bet the Bill /Lynch em' meeting on the airplane was all Bill's doing.

Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 03:33 PM (bksJQ)

1055 935

Sabotage!

Now that brung a smile. Thanks, Empress.

Posted by: Headless Body of Agnew at July 21, 2016 03:33 PM (FtrY1)

1056
Cruz is the master of miscalculation.

I agree with Rush Limbaugh.

Cruz is counting on Trump to lose! - Just so he (Cruz) might have a shot at becoming pres in 2020.
What a fucking weasel-bastard Cruz is!!

Cruz thinks he's a heroic Winston Churchill.
No. Hardly.
In reality, Cruz is a sickly Benedict Arnold.

Trump got it right when he labeled Cruz a liar. (Lyin' Ted).

Cruz gave his worthless word he'd back the GOP nominee.
Once again, Cruz shows his true colors.

Cruz is not fit to be dog catcher.

And we won't miss him when he's gone.


Posted by: Oral Roberts at July 21, 2016 03:33 PM (4YvTW)

1057 "New England Clam Chowder vs. Manhattan style"

In my limited experience, the chowda' I've ever had was "Jake's World Famous New England Style Clam Chowder". Used to be able to buy it condensed in a can (just add the better part of a stick of butter and milk). But, alas, they had issues with their cannery and no longer make it.

Posted by: Bacon Jeff at July 21, 2016 03:33 PM (VGRuw)

1058 It's not all about you and your feelings buttercup. That is what was so grotesque about Ted Cruz and his speech, he made it all about him and his next run, he treated the audience just like the media and democrats treat them, like bucktooth, redneck simpletons too stupid and naive to really see what he was doing. They could smell his BS a mile away. Its not about Ted or Donald.....it's about what the voters want, and they were the ones being disrespected by Cruz. It pains me to say this about a writer I have admired for so long, but if you are really this profoundly self absorbed and ego driven that you would sooner subject us all to a Hillary presidency, maybe you should stop. I have a son who is a police officer that I have to think about. I care too much about who will have his back when he is faced with situations that require snap judgments. I KNOW Hillary will never have my son's back, she will only encourage violence against him and others in law enforcement. I would much rather roll the dice with Donald Trump. I've never liked the man personally, growing up in the casino industry in NJ, but we at least have a shot with him....there is a chance he might turn out to be okay. None of us really know. Frankly, I don't care about Cruz's hurt feelings, I'm fighting for my son!

Posted by: Holly at July 21, 2016 03:33 PM (u3niz)

1059 "Now the Trumptards (not all people are Trumptards, but man, are there some Trumptards) are freaking out that Ted Cruz is slighting the dignity of Orange Julius Caesar by refusing to endorse him explicitly."

Cruz was my first choice, and supported Trump early on because I thought he could clear some GOPe debris (Jeb! and Rubio for example) out of the way for some of my preferred picks like Walker, etc. That was Cruz' initial strategy too during his "I like Donald phase".

Yadda Yadda... Here we are.

MY problem with Cruz is not that he's not bowing to Trump, but that he'd rather have Hillary!, who I cannot stomach, yet he somehow can.

The pledge was to support the Republican Party's nominee (who gets to make the SCOTUS the Supreme Court appointments for the next 4 years). That is my problem with Cruz.

I think if people left Trump out of the equation altogether they'll appreciate the problem with Cruz and the Nevertrumpers, (who I very recently saw open (wide) for Hillary and the Crony Commies.

All that being said, I think Trump would be a great President, but keeping Hillary out is the main consideration, and Trump is on the only way to do it.

Posted by: Dirks Strewn at July 21, 2016 03:33 PM (kfcYC)

1060 He's said that we subsidize European defense, enabling them to focus on their economies, and that needs to change.

Which I've been saying for decades. NATO should have shut down in the 90's. Instead its a way of propping up socialist governments and letting them evade their responsibilities to protect their people.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:33 PM (39g3+)

1061 1028 Interesting comment upthread. Perhaps this was agreed upon first by Trump and Cruz. Could be. Airing all the bad feelings at once, for the sake of at least nominal support later.

I'm not going to rule this twist out.
Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 03:29 PM (Fmupd)

I hope so. Everyone is so invested in making sure they get all their insults in right now, maybe it is supposed to be cathartic.

I would argue that this strategy is flawed though.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at July 21, 2016 03:33 PM (3ZoRf)

1062 Life is, in fact, a battle. Evil is insolent and strong; beauty enchanting, but rare; goodness very apt to be weak; folly very apt to be defiant; wickedness to carry the day; imbeciles in high places, people of sense in small, and mankind generally unhappy.

But the world as it stands is no illusion, no phantasm, no evil dream of the night; we wake up to it forever and ever; and we can neither forget it nor deny it now dispense with it.

Henry James

So it is; so it has ever been.

Posted by: Another Lurker de-Lurking at July 21, 2016 03:33 PM (56E0M)

1063 Is there anything we haven't fought about yet?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:34 PM (TxZgU)

1064 The blog would greatly change, and so would the commenters. There would be a bit of a self selection purge, but I imagine the core feel of the threads would remain the same.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:19 PM (mC1ZI)

I would actually come back to commenting during the day, and I believe some other folks who haven't been around in a while (at least among the Daywalkers) would too.

Posted by: kbdabear at July 21, 2016 03:34 PM (J+tCU)

1065 WHY IN THE HELL wouldn't you have beans in your chili? It's like a burger and fries. They go together.
Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:30 PM (TxZgU)
-----------------------
I can't believe everyone is spending this much time discussing what is obviously a secondary issue. The important, and constitutionally fundamental, debate is over the appropriate meat to be used. Sad.

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 03:34 PM (NUqwG)

1066 So where am I supposed to go for puns and midget jokes?

Posted by: wth at July 21, 2016 03:34 PM (HgMAr)

1067 1037
I sometimes feel like hoisting the Jolly Roger



Is that like "Arresting the Riddler"?

Posted by: Grump928(c) says Free Soothie! at July 21, 2016 03:30 PM (evdj2)

See, the problem with society today is that we have stopped the practice of drinking from the skulls of our enemies.

Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 03:34 PM (jxbfJ)

1068 I took a break from all the politics yesterday - did I miss anything?

Posted by: vivi at July 21, 2016 03:34 PM (11H2y)

1069 I'll sometimes add a pinch of cinnamon to my chili. Mrs Meanie wouldn't be pleased with cocoa in there, so I'll have to settle for chili, French bread, and French Silk pie.

Until I get the diabeetus.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at July 21, 2016 03:34 PM (hqZPQ)

1070 by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at July 21, 2016 03:25 PM (zc3Db)

As I said , mischaracterization and inaccurate. Cruz accepted an invitation from Beck for the sole purposes of a photo op and speech showing the catastrophe Obama has created with his immigration policies. You can read the reports and speeches from that day. You can also read about TPA and TPP legislation and votes and Cruz's positions. He has always been and still is a supporter of TPA but not how it was presented for a vote. That was the background regard to Cruz implying McConnell was a liar.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at July 21, 2016 03:35 PM (HnB/8)

1071 Do you really think that if 2020 comes around with a Clinton presidency that Cruz would be completely out of the running?

...

He'll have to work hard, but the idea that he's done is just silly.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:29 PM (mC1ZI)

I'm not sure that Ted Cruz will legally be able to speak in 2020 if Hillary is elected. Not even kidding.

And I didn't say he was done, I said he was damaged. All because he couldn't just say "vote for Trump." He couldn't even say his name. I seem to remember Chris Christie catching a lot of flak for doing the same thing last time around. The difference is that outside of Ann Coulter. Christie doesn't have a doggedly loyal and sizable chunk of the party willing to follow him off the cliff and into Obama's third term.

Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:35 PM (b2PbZ)

1072 My husband was on Coast to Coast a couple of times back when he was a UFO expert (as a skeptic).

I had to stop answering our home phone if he wasn't there, because people would call for him but start asking ME about cattle mutilations and such.

Yes, we were the neighborhood oddballs--the UFO guy and the penguin keeper.

Posted by: stace...TEXIT at July 21, 2016 03:35 PM (ozZau)

1073 >>I can't believe everyone is spending this much time discussing what is obviously a secondary issue. The important, and constitutionally fundamental, debate is over the appropriate meat to be used. Sad.

Can't we all get along? Eat your conscience.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 21, 2016 03:35 PM (/tuJf)

1074 Ace, there might be a lot less acrimony if the moment Trump started winning the powers that be hadn't spent their time trying to determine how to sabotage Trump. You yourself were perfectly happy with overthrowing him through a convention coup if possible. Like any coup, the nevertrumpers failed to kill the king and are whining that Trump isn't nice to them.

Posted by: WOPR - Nationalist at July 21, 2016 03:30 PM (Ee2nz)

The real powers that be made their decision. It's Donald, all the way.

"Make Lobbying Great Again"
http://tinyurl.com/hp9nzz5

Posted by: El Skippito Friskito at July 21, 2016 03:35 PM (CGjum)

1075 Its all going to burn. Sooner rather than later should Killary be elected. A Trump presidency might mean its my kids or their kids who must fight.

Some Thomas Paine quote is now relevant.

As an 8 year lurker with about as many comments: Please dont go Ace!

Posted by: Derptastic at July 21, 2016 03:35 PM (b8jcS)

1076 People are so horrifically stupid that I cannot wait until the aliens come and kill us all.

Get Galactic Civilizations III from Stardock.

Londo Molari hit me up for 386 billion credits yesterday.
The the Shadows shot my ass off.

Posted by: DaveA at July 21, 2016 03:35 PM (8J/Te)

1077 Vivi- nope, can't think of anything

Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 03:36 PM (bksJQ)

1078 So where am I supposed to go for puns and midget jokes?
-------
I'm sure Ace will be back shortly.

Posted by: andycanuck at July 21, 2016 03:36 PM (RmrGn)

1079 DJ Trump will give HR Clinton a Friday afternoon schoolyard beatdown like we have never seen before and win 300 plus electoral votes . McCain and "Mittens" Romney brought boxing gloves to a fight that they thought was going to be fought under Marquis De Queensbury rules and got knfed in the kidneys. DJ Trump will use asymmetrical attacks they will not be able to parry. She will be drawn and quartered and eviscerated in the public square. Ace, you will enjoy the spectacle!
Posted by: Blogforce one
.....................

Da fu? Ok.. using your boxing analogy... Trump will get rope-a-doped in the first round!
Have you ever heard him answer a question without his answer being "we'll be great.. fantastic".
WTF? Hillary will tear him up.. And all of the moderators will be on her side helping..
They will all ask complex foreign policy questions.. questions about the Fed.. questions about monetary policy.. prod him for details of his protectionist policies that will bring back jobs.
And guess what? Trump is too fucking lazy to bother studying up on this stuff.
It will be a fucking disaster.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at July 21, 2016 03:36 PM (so+oy)

1080 >>>We'll pick up this conversation in 20 years and see how we've done.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:32 PM (mC1ZI)>>>

Meh. I didn't vote for the first time in decades this primary season. After this convention, the Trigglypuff GOP has convinced me that maybe I should just give up voting completely.

Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 03:36 PM (4ueYo)

1081 I took a break from all the politics yesterday - did I miss anything?
Posted by: vivi at July 21, 2016 03:34 PM (11H2y)


heh.

No.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 03:36 PM (qCMvj)

1082 Well hell, Ace. You are one fine writer. There are others out there too, but you do your commentary several times a day, 5 or more days a week, while others may put together a column every few days or so. That's a lot of writing and thinking. You also come to your conclusions with enormous consideration and humor. You are unique, as I've said before. Your blog is unique as the co-bloggers contribute so much with their own knowledge. What a blow to the spirit.

Posted by: washrivergal at July 21, 2016 03:36 PM (CFc5L)

1083 Is there anything we haven't fought about yet?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:34 PM (TxZgU)

Roquefort or Camembert

Posted by: runner at July 21, 2016 03:36 PM (c6/9Q)

1084 If Sonny Bunch and Noah Rothman are the next-gen neocons, I think Estonia and Latvia might want to think about buying a few more tanks.

Posted by: bjk at July 21, 2016 03:37 PM (x2rNW)

1085 Where in Manhattan does one rake clams?
Posted by: Bandersnatch


At the hedge fund.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at July 21, 2016 03:37 PM (VY8H5)

1086 Is this the post for the day from Ace?

Should take a vacation. Recharge.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 03:18 PM (qCMvj)


He's too busy on Twitter right now.

Posted by: The Political Hat at July 21, 2016 03:37 PM (vBeA5)

1087 Off regressive left sock.

Posted by: Serenity Now! at July 21, 2016 03:37 PM (BDZWU)

1088 Roquefort or Camembert


It's a bit runny.

Posted by: Grump928(c) says Free Soothie! at July 21, 2016 03:37 PM (evdj2)

1089 " can't believe everyone is spending this much time discussing what is obviously a secondary issue. The important, and constitutionally fundamental, debate is over the appropriate meat to be used. Sad."



Well, beef.

I guess you could do pork. Maybe even chicken.

But who does chicken chili?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:37 PM (TxZgU)

1090
AOS is closing?
Well, it's not like hekilled Bin Laden did he?

Posted by: gaywhitehouseposuer at July 21, 2016 03:37 PM (0dmP2)

1091 He's too busy on Twitter right now.

He needs to double his output now that Milo's gone.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at July 21, 2016 03:37 PM (2lndx)

1092 Where in Manhattan does one rake clams?
Posted by: Bandersnatch

At the hedge fund.
Posted by: weft cut-loop at July 21, 2016 03:37 PM (VY8H5)


It's more of an Albany thing...

Posted by: Principal Skinner at July 21, 2016 03:37 PM (vBeA5)

1093 So where am I supposed to go for puns and midget jokes?
.............
ya know.. Ace could just abandon the blog and let us have one last thread to comment on.. until we hit comment number 1,000,000,001 and it all blows to shit..

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at July 21, 2016 03:37 PM (so+oy)

1094 Blogging blues- a limerick

After years of astute pettifoggin'
Interspersed with some fappin' and floggin'
We all were gobsmacked
When Ace laid down the fact
That he's going to retire from his bloggin'

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at July 21, 2016 03:37 PM (NeFrd)

1095
Bottomline is that if you are unhappy, why go on with the blog?

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 03:37 PM (iQIUe)

1096 1067 Is there anything we haven't fought about yet?
Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:34 PM (TxZgU)


-------------


Well, there is that boil on my ass.

Posted by: Soona at July 21, 2016 03:37 PM (Fmupd)

1097 Which I've been saying for decades. NATO should have shut down in the 90's. Instead its a way of propping up socialist governments and letting them evade their responsibilities to protect their people.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:33 PM (39g3+)

It's a valid and defensible position. Just be aware of the consequences you're inviting.

Posted by: El Skippito Friskito at July 21, 2016 03:38 PM (CGjum)

1098 The important, and constitutionally fundamental, debate is over the appropriate meat to be used.

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 03:34 PM (NUqwG)

You are correct. Pork or beef.

Turkey chili is an abomination that will bring fire and brimstone down upon your head.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 21, 2016 03:38 PM (k2fxD)

1099 Well hell, Ace. You are one fine writer. There are others out there too, but you do your commentary several times a day, 5 or more days a week, while others may put together a column every few days or so. That's a lot of writing and thinking. You also come to your conclusions with enormous consideration and humor. You are unique, as I've said before. Your blog is unique as the co-bloggers contribute so much with their own knowledge. What a blow to the spirit.
Posted by: washrivergal at July 21, 2016 03:36 PM (CFc5L)


true that

but he doesn't get paid enough

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 03:38 PM (qCMvj)

1100 All of the Trump people are reduced to arguing"Well who else are you going to vote for?".

I think it's pathetic that I have to be coerced into voting for a total buffoon like Trump with this 'argument'. Which only reinforces in me the conviction that Donald Trump is a fucking clown. And a world class asshole. Much like his most ardent supporters.

I look at the type of people who will gladly and willingly vote for Trump, who have no qualms with him or the way he conducts his campaign. They defend his questionable behavior and hyperbolic statements with outright lies, silly memes and slander toward anyone that calls his behavior into question.

I will vote against Hillary, not for Trump.

But Trump's Fan Club is really one of the Donald Trump's more despicable and disturbing characteristics. They make me feel embarrassed for them-vicious deluded chumps. And I deeply resent having to feel that way toward them.

Posted by: Skunky Choom at July 21, 2016 03:38 PM (CbGSW)

1101 We stand to lose the country AND Ace?

This is the most depressing combo of all time.

Posted by: Travis at July 21, 2016 03:38 PM (/gUgY)

1102 All you losers - don't go away mad.

Just go away.

Posted by: Average Joe at July 21, 2016 03:38 PM (OcVqY)

1103 It's most useful in local races.

Focus on local races. Turn blue places purple. Turn purple places red. Make sure red places are actually red.

We'll pick up this conversation in 20 years and see how we've done.



Two Supreme Court picks.

IOW, we don't have 20 years. Sorry.

Posted by: rickb223 TEXIT at July 21, 2016 03:38 PM (3C84c)

1104 #69 so someone says 'vote your conscience' and you DON'T think vote Republican.

I'll be voting straight GOP on my downticket with a clear conscience. Cruz is one of my Senators and my freshman Congressman is VERY good on security and veterans' affairs.

As for the Presidency, I WILL be voting drunk and damned if I ever tell anyone for whom.

Posted by: Richard McEnroe at July 21, 2016 03:38 PM (Kucy5)

1105 1077
>>I can't believe everyone is spending this much time discussing
what is obviously a secondary issue. The important, and constitutionally
fundamental, debate is over the appropriate meat to be used. Sad.



Can't we all get along? Eat your conscience.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 21, 2016 03:35 PM (/tuJf)
Assuming you are referring to the chili conversation -Moose is good. So is venison.

Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 03:38 PM (jxbfJ)

1106 995 Oh and I must whinge that the only positive thing I can say about being dragged to court with The Boss this afternoon is that at least there was a pokestop across the street so I could hit up that whilst waiting for a ride back.
Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:25 PM (mf5HN)



So how many 12 year olds there were taller than you?

Posted by: buzzion at July 21, 2016 03:38 PM (z/Ubi)

1107 I took a break from all the politics yesterday - did I miss anything?



Nothing unusual.

Posted by: Poor in Poughkeepsi at July 21, 2016 03:38 PM (PbmKW)

1108 People are so horrifically stupid that I cannot wait until the aliens come and kill us all.
............

With our luck they'll just build a bunch of cool stone stuff and leave.

Posted by: wth at July 21, 2016 03:38 PM (HgMAr)

1109 Speaking of Sabotage:

https://youtu.be/z5rRZdiu1UE

Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:19 PM (mf5HN)

++++

Speaking of Sabotage.
http://tinyurl.com/gwvzbpe

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at July 21, 2016 03:38 PM (R+30W)

1110 Real clam chowder is cream based, without much (or any) flour. It's thick from cream. It's basically a very good potato-onion soup, with a lot of bacon, into which is added a great amount of clams and the liquor used to steam them.

Good chowder is a spectacular thing.

And exceedingly rare.

And: No beans. Not in chowder...

Posted by: RobM1981 at July 21, 2016 03:39 PM (VVBN7)

1111 1037 I sometimes feel like hoisting the Jolly Roger

Is that like "Arresting the Riddler"?

-----------

"Roping the Steer" ?

Posted by: Mortimer at July 21, 2016 03:39 PM (1aweM)

1112 All you losers - don't go away mad.

Just go away.




The irony. It burnnnnnsss usssss.

Posted by: Grump928(c) says Free Soothie! at July 21, 2016 03:39 PM (evdj2)

1113 He's too busy on Twitter right now.


I just can't quit you....

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 03:39 PM (qCMvj)

1114 If we're all Europeans now ( or soon will be) Ace will have the whole month of August off.

Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 03:39 PM (bksJQ)

1115 Posted by: El Skippito Friskito at July 21, 2016 03:38 PM (CGjum)

The Poles will fight like hell when Russia invades. Unfortunately the Russians know that and will just take the Northern or Southern route, and be in Paris in a week.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 21, 2016 03:39 PM (k2fxD)

1116 "I can't take the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink enforced by bullies and dummies any more."

Jesus Christ, that pretty much describes you and your comment section. What changed?

Posted by: #NeverCruzlim at July 21, 2016 03:39 PM (tC33X)

1117
Muslims desecrating statue of Virgin Mary:

https://goo.gl/ndZQ5K

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 03:39 PM (iQIUe)

1118 Plucking the chicken.

Posted by: Grump928(c) says Free Soothie! at July 21, 2016 03:39 PM (evdj2)

1119 Posted by: Holly at July 21, 2016 03:33 PM (u3niz)

Holly, this is what a lot of people coming away with - coming back again and again - it is not about him. Also, can't stand the heat , get out of the kitchen is the refrain I keep hearing.

Posted by: runner at July 21, 2016 03:39 PM (c6/9Q)

1120 1075 And I didn't say he was done, I said he was damaged. All because he couldn't just say "vote for Trump." He couldn't even say his name. I seem to remember Chris Christie catching a lot of flak for doing the same thing last time around. The difference is that outside of Ann Coulter. Christie doesn't have a doggedly loyal and sizable chunk of the party willing to follow him off the cliff and into Obama's third term.
Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:35 PM (b2PbZ)

=============

Why can't you let the man advocate for conservatism and help the party in other ways without endorsing Trump.

The only way this anger towards Cruz makes any sense at all is if the people going after him think that Cruz's lack of endorsement will lead to lost votes to Trump. Where would they go? Cruz very vociferously attacked Clinton, and will continue to do so. 3rd parties really aren't a factor unless the person can fund it at large levels (i.e. Perot).

Do you really think that Cruz working for the party at every level below president, but not saying "Vote Trump" is going to swing this election? That doesn't create the impression that there's confidence in Trump's ability to win.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:40 PM (mC1ZI)

1121 I'll sometimes add a pinch of cinnamon to my chili.

Get a rope.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:40 PM (39g3+)

1122 Ace should do what Instapundit does, include a link to an Amazon rec every few posts. Then when people click on the link he gets a percent. That's what Insty does and Gawker too, like 1000% of Gawker net income comes from Amazon.

Posted by: bjk at July 21, 2016 03:40 PM (x2rNW)

1123 I can't take the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink enforced by bullies and dummies any more.

You are in a unique position to see the worst turds in the internet's punchbowl. Try not to take them personally.

Posted by: DaveA at July 21, 2016 03:40 PM (8J/Te)

1124
It's more of an Albany thing...
Posted by: Principal Skinner


Yes, and Greenwich, I know. But thanks for shitting on the joke.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at July 21, 2016 03:40 PM (VY8H5)

1125 Ace is chewing some ass on Twitter. The Nancy Boys over there aren't very influential at all. If they were influential, then Trump wouldn't be the nominee. Chamber of Commerce talking points from their Pols fall upon deaf ears. The bulk of electorate doesn't believe for a second that open borders and lower taxes for the 1% somehow magically benefits them. My 2 cents.

Posted by: scrood at July 21, 2016 03:40 PM (3b9U4)

1126 #DontFlogMeBro

Posted by: The Dolphin at July 21, 2016 03:40 PM (UPYhp)

1127 Molesting the Monk

Posted by: Grump928(c) says Free Soothie! at July 21, 2016 03:41 PM (evdj2)

1128 Ghostbusters is on AMC to push the new movie.i guess

Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 03:41 PM (bksJQ)

1129 Ace stop punching out

/S

Posted by: Some Guy at July 21, 2016 03:41 PM (XMROa)

1130

Lyin' Ted Cruz is the master of your idiot consciences:

Vote Hillary Clinton!

Your Stupid Consciences Demand It!!!!






Posted by: Oral Roberts at July 21, 2016 03:41 PM (4YvTW)

1131 Ik anaal slee op het tapijt?


Dutch is a very silly language.

It's as if English and German had a fight but the kind of fight that descended into tearing their clothes off and fucking and they ended up having a kid.

And the kid is not that bright and it's Dutch.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 21, 2016 03:41 PM (1xUj/)

1132 Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:25 PM (mf5HN)

My office building is on a pokestop and there are apparently a bunch of people here that play it. It's got a lure on it half the time.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at July 21, 2016 03:41 PM (KUaJL)

1133 1067 Is there anything we haven't fought about yet?
Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:34 PM (TxZgU)
............

I think everybody has been in agreement about Mary Ann... right?
*ducks*

Posted by: wth at July 21, 2016 03:41 PM (HgMAr)

1134 >>Real clam chowder is cream based, without much (or any) flour. It's thick from cream. It's basically a very good potato-onion soup, with a lot of bacon, into which is added a great amount of clams and the liquor used to steam them.

>>Good chowder is a spectacular thing.

>>And exceedingly rare.

Not around here it ain't. But then neither are clams. Or oysters. Or lobster.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 21, 2016 03:42 PM (/tuJf)

1135 Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 03:39 PM (iQIUe)

Motherfucking scum... I can't even look. What did Our Lady ever do to these bastards?

We ought to solve Americas homelessness problem and fight Islam all in one fell swoop. Send our homeless all to Mecca, so they can go sleep in the big mosque square and piss on the stupid rock those bastards venerate.

Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:42 PM (b2PbZ)

1136 "Assuming you are referring to the chili conversation -Moose is good. So is venison."



Excellent. Had venison chili once and it was fantastic. Would love to try moose.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:42 PM (TxZgU)

1137 Re: Chili meat
---------

Well, beef.

I guess you could do pork. Maybe even chicken.
-----------
Pork or beef.


-------------------------------
Fence-sitting weasels?

Of course it should be beef.
(I won't dignify moose with any more attention.)

Is that beef tips, chunks, shreds, or grounds?

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 03:42 PM (NUqwG)

1138 Posted by: ChristyBlinky, Infidel Queen at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (kBYYb)
===============================================


I wish we lived close to each other. We could pretend to eat salads and then go get a milkshake,

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 03:43 PM (dFi94)

1139 Mary Ann - done
Crossbows - done
Mustard - over

Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 03:43 PM (bksJQ)

1140 But increasingly, I guess, I don't care who wins. This country is just fucking stupid. The entire GOP is fucking stupid. I cannot tolerate this unending stupidity from maniacs.

^^^

Standing ovation. Thank you, Ace, for expressing my sentiments exactly.

Posted by: Mandy P. (Not Patinkin), lurking lurker who lurks at July 21, 2016 03:43 PM (n8eIW)

1141
Muslims desecrating statue of Virgin Mary

----

Holy Mother of God . Those Assholes

Posted by: Bigbys Olive Fingers at July 21, 2016 03:43 PM (XMROa)

1142 Ace, I would read your blog if it was about nothing other than breakfast cereal.

Yeah, politics is really sucking right now though.

Posted by: Scott at July 21, 2016 03:43 PM (Bo7uZ)

1143 It makes me nearly unfathomably sad that people are viewing Cruz's remarks almost solely through the lens of what kind of gambit is this for 2020. Apparently the idea that he is doing this primarily for love of his family is just a ridiculous idea.

Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:04 PM (mf5HN)

I would agree with you if I didn't think there is a lot of truth in the accusation that this is all about 2020. I've heard a few commentators, who like Cruz, say that everything he does is focused on becoming president. So, I don't believe it is an unfair accusation. It might be incorrect in this instance but not unfair.

Posted by: WOPR - Nationalist at July 21, 2016 03:43 PM (Ee2nz)

1144 I feel like we're missing a very, very important story-- the Megyn Kelly spaghetti trap top story.

http://tinyurl.com/z8wmvdn

Posted by: Lance McCormick at July 21, 2016 03:44 PM (u0s1P)

1145 nap time


something for the ladies before I go

Shop the Collection
We'll tell you exactly where you need to go.


http://www.ivankatrump.com/shop-ivanka-trump-collection/

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at July 21, 2016 03:44 PM (qCMvj)

1146 I detest the attempts of my wife trying turkey in my chile
( shhhhh that's our secret)

Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 03:44 PM (bksJQ)

1147 Is that beef tips, chunks, shreds, or grounds?




Yes.

No, seriously. Whatever you have works.

Posted by: rickb223 TEXIT at July 21, 2016 03:44 PM (3C84c)

1148 Ace,
I'm sure someone's already posted this. But you have a sold core of regulars who love this place. During the whole Trump/Cruz battle it got ugly. I don't have to tell you. Sometimes politics gets ugly. It was and I took a break and am still kind of doing that. So my suggestion. Hand over the keys to those you trust to run the place for a while. Step back, refresh and tune out for a while. It will do you wonders. And should you decide to close shop, well then you've done great things and should be proud and the web was better with you in it. Salute!

Posted by: Minnfidel at July 21, 2016 03:45 PM (dNwFH)

1149 I laugh at many of the comments here. You guys are still very funny (when you want to be).

And when Ace is on a tear, his lines are priceless.

Election cycles are tough.

Posted by: Seems Legit at July 21, 2016 03:45 PM (U+nHb)

1150 Dutch is a very silly language.

It is very oddly like German and English blended in someone who knew neither language well. And spells worse than the French.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:45 PM (39g3+)

1151 And the kid is not that bright and it's Dutch.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 21, 2016 03:41 PM (1xUj/)

And for fvck's sake, spit the phlegm out of your mouth when you speak it...or is that just what it sounds like?

Ugly, ugly language,

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 21, 2016 03:45 PM (k2fxD)

1152

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, Infidel Queen at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (kBYYb)



Everyone should read Christy's post. One wise woman. Talk less. Listen more. Mouth to ear ratio and all that.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 03:45 PM (dFi94)

1153 You are always a fine writer, Ace, but your voice has been increasingly bitter and downhearted. You do need a break, but I hope you come to THIS blog when your spirit is revived. Maybe some new terms of engagement like someone else that you trust vets the comments. A LOT of stupid commenters out there.

Posted by: Carmen M Fabella at July 21, 2016 03:45 PM (RHjCR)

1154 Is that beef tips, chunks, shreds, or grounds?
Posted by: RioBravo

Just the tip.

Posted by: Sterling Archer at July 21, 2016 03:45 PM (UPYhp)

1155

Sneaky little things. Ya hafta digg for'm. Train yer water dogs to do it.

Posted by: Still Hunting Oysters in Oyster Bay at July 21, 2016 03:45 PM (PbmKW)

1156 The intern in our lab is whistling. Is it OK to throw heavy objects at him?

Posted by: Buzzsaw at July 21, 2016 03:45 PM (aVYsC)

1157 No more Ewok?

Now I can gear up my Huntsman2020 blog.

Posted by: Mr Wonderful at July 21, 2016 03:46 PM (mYQ3P)

1158 Trader Joe's Clam Chowder

Don't know if they actually make it anymore but it is some strange ass stuff. It's the white kind but it's a condensed version that looks like latex paint. Bizarrely starch white. It sticks to a bowl like paint.

I'll just say if'n you're lookin' for clam-scented white paint, TJ's Clam Chowder is for you.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at July 21, 2016 03:46 PM (VY8H5)

1159 That, Sir, is a very good point. How will Donald
Trump react to the Cruz insult! Stay tuned! Will there be fistfights on
the floor? Violence in the aisles? Be the first to know, here, at
blahblnetwork!


Posted by: mrp at July 21, 2016 03:20 PM (JBggj)
=====
How will DT fill the seats?

Posted by: mustbequantum at July 21, 2016 03:46 PM (MIKMs)

1160 @1142..Grammie! Have a wonderful wedding and honeymoon!! Excited for you. Hope the underwear you were folding were your new lacy stuff! Wish we lived closer, too. That milkshake sounds good.

There are so many names here that go back a long time. I would miss you all terribly, even though I am not really a "regular" I don't think.

If anyone can find when Ace went off on bathtub boy, that is when I stopped lurking and entered the insanity of this blog.

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, Infidel Queen at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (kBYYb)

1161 Good Points ace, BUT Cruz should not have spoken if he was that butt hurt.

His crime is using TV for his own ego and not the party.

He's an arrogant asshole.

Posted by: Nip Sip at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (pCWkr)

1162 >> Ace is chewing some ass on Twitter.

Yeah, but it's Twitter.

Posted by: JEM at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (o+SC1)

1163 1153
Ace chewing ass on the twitter ? Well. No wonder he's in such a pissy mood. That taste must be awful.

Posted by: ScoggDog at July 21, 2016 03:45 PM (/ijpd)

Aspercreme?Preparation HBen Gay?

Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (jxbfJ)

1164 I feel like we're missing a very, very important story-- the Megyn Kelly spaghetti trap top story.
..............

She looks pretty friggin orange, no?

"Dig me! Dig me!"

Posted by: wth at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (HgMAr)

1165 The intern in our lab is whistling. Is it OK to throw heavy objects at him?

Take him out back and force him to eat chili with beans while firing a crossbow.

Posted by: Ann Landers at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (2lndx)

1166 Yes, we were the neighborhood oddballs--the UFO guy and the penguin keeper.

Posted by: stace...TEXIT at July 21, 2016 03:35 PM (ozZau)

An honest to goodness Penguin Rancher?

Tell the truth now. Do they really taste like chicken?

Are they cheaper per pound?

Do you ship out of state?

Posted by: Tim in Illinois. at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (WVsWD)

1167 Back from the vet.

Witnessed the saddest thing ever. Couple brought in their dying black lab.

It died in the exam room right after they brought it in. The couple was in tears, and so were all of us in the waiting room.

What an awful day.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (1ZOkK)

1168 Fwiw
We wouldn't be as class warfare based this time around if not for

Not Trump

But Jeb. Especially when he said he would win without the base and the elites circled the wagons

Posted by: Bigbys Olive Fingers at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (XMROa)

1169 Buzzsaw start with light objects first please

Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (bksJQ)

1170 i will support you when you quit...but man, i will be bummed.

Posted by: concrete girl at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (lgyjG)

1171 Gone is the Ace blog that was so divine
'tis broken and cannot be mended.
You must go your way,
And I must go mine.
But now that our blog dreams have ended...
What'll I do
To waste my time away
And I am blue
What'll I do?
What'll I do?
When I am wond'ring who
Is tweeting you
What'll I do?
What'll I do with just a reddit page
To tell my troubles to?
When I'm alone
With only old
archives of you
to browse for news
What'll I do?

Posted by: MaureenTheTemp at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (N9gZs)

1172 Yep, lots of pretending here today.


It is obvious now that those Republicans who did not vote for Trump in the primary want him to lose to Hillary in November.


Typical of Republican voters as a whole, happens every four years.


Unlike the Dems, we do not know how to win.



Posted by: Pam at July 21, 2016 03:48 PM (cF0hS)

1173 after the first day of the convention a pundit on fox made what i thought was an interesting observation, that there were three kinds of speakers, those extolling conservatism, those advocating the republican party and those praising trump. the only problem is the only people praising trump were his family. he found that troubling and odd.

i think it's still true.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at July 21, 2016 03:48 PM (WTSFk)

1174 1153
Ace chewing ass on the twitter ? Well. No wonder he's in such a pissy mood. That taste must be awful.

Posted by: ScoggDog

Imagine Bill Kristol on a steady diet of chili, sauerkraut, and raw yellow onions (that's how he rolls) for about a week before the chewing...

Posted by: scrood at July 21, 2016 03:48 PM (3b9U4)

1175 Ace is chewing some ass on Twitter.

Yeah, but it's Twitter.
Posted by: JEM at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (o+SC1)

I thought all Conservatives are bailing on Twitter since they hate us?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at July 21, 2016 03:48 PM (zp+j1)

1176 LOL

Hundreds of "LYIN TED!" "TED BROKE HIS PROMISE" posts.

This is Trump you are defending. Remember? "COLORADO WAS STOLEN!" "THE RNC WAS UNFAIR TO ME, THE PLEDGE IS NULL AND VOID" Trump.

Y'all are just silly now.

Next week Trump will have taken zero damage from this in the polls. And Cruz will easily win reelection.

If you all put this much energy into beating Hillary, she would be behind by now instead of slightly ahead.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at July 21, 2016 03:48 PM (wfDW1)

1177 There are quite a number of things more important than if Cruz endorsed Trump instead of supporting Liberty, the rule of law and the Constitution.

I know why you are all mad, some of you are afraid it will convince all the conservatives to vote for Hillary, and all the Bernie supporters to vote for Hillary, and to make all the die-hard Trump supporters stay home in November, and because the news media will all have reason to say bad things about Trump.

but, really:

North Korea fires three ballistic missiles

Maduro's opposition in Venezuela claims it has enough votes to pass recall vote

Erdogan is blaming "foreign states" for his coup

The Argentines are asking Malasia and Singapore to arrest Ali Akbar Velayati, Iran's former Foreign Minister as a suspect in a terrorist bombing against a jewish center in 1994 - the same investigation that wound up with the special prosecution dying of maybe a self inflicted gunshot to the middle of the fore-head last year

French say that the Nice attack was carried out with the help of not-yet announced confederates

Brazil on high alert after arresting a group of would-be terrorists possibly targeting the Rio Olympics

Why are you yelling? If you are mad about Trump go canvas for him, get involved, go make sure people know why it is important to vote for him.

That will do more than any endorsement by a runner-up.

Posted by: Kindltot at July 21, 2016 03:48 PM (ry34m)

1178

A vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 is a vote for Lyin' Ted Cruz in 2020.

- You know your consciences need Trump to lose so I can run for POTUS four years from now!!

Lyin' Conscience-Driven Ted is with her!

[Paid for by Lyin' Cruz in 2020].

Posted by: Oral Roberts at July 21, 2016 03:48 PM (4YvTW)

1179 The intern in our lab is whistling. Is it OK to throw heavy objects at him?

Posted by: Buzzsaw at July 21, 2016 03:45 PM (aVYsC)
...............

Sure, or file a lawsuit for harassment.

Posted by: wth at July 21, 2016 03:49 PM (HgMAr)

1180 "I laugh at many of the comments here. You guys are still very funny (when you want to be). "




*farts, drinks beer*


Wut?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:49 PM (TxZgU)

1181 Is that beef tips, chunks, shreds, or grounds?

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 03:42 PM (NUqwG)

I will ignore you embarrassingly ignorant comment. You obviously know nothing, and I am frankly surprised that you have the skills to operate a computer to write this drivel.

Oh....not only does pork work well in chili, venison is magnificent.

So there!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 21, 2016 03:49 PM (k2fxD)

1182 >>Real clam chowder is cream based, without much (or any) flour. It's thick from cream. It's basically a very good potato-onion soup, with a lot of bacon, into which is added a great amount of clams and the liquor used to steam them.


That's why Ace is leaving...

All you dumb cream based chowder cult followers keep denying what we true intellectuals have known and proven for years - that Manhattan clam chowder with a tomato base is the best.

Fucking hicks.

Posted by: jwest at July 21, 2016 03:49 PM (Zs4uk)

1183 Grammie! Have a wonderful wedding and honeymoon!! Excited for you. Hope
the underwear you were folding were your new lacy stuff!
=================================================


Lacy underwear? Oh. Hmmm. *looks at 6-pack of Fruit of the Loom*


*contemplates trip to Kohls*

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 03:49 PM (dFi94)

1184 1167 >> Ace is chewing some ass on Twitter.

Yeah, but it's Twitter.
Posted by: JEM at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (o+SC1



He really should stick with his self imposed ban of twitter. All it does is let's him see the worst of the idiots all around. It pisses him off and then he come here and takes it out on people.

Posted by: buzzion at July 21, 2016 03:49 PM (z/Ubi)

1185 140 "Assuming you are referring to the chili conversation -Moose is good. So is venison."



Excellent. Had venison chili once and it was fantastic. Would love to try moose.
Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:42 PM (TxZgU)

That reminds me, yesterday afternoon as I was getting out of my car in the driveway after going for a walk by the river, a deer walked right by me, nonchalantly.
Must have been an omen.

Posted by: washrivergal at July 21, 2016 03:49 PM (CFc5L)

1186 How will Donald
Trump react to the Cruz insult! Stay tuned! Will there be fistfights on
the floor? Violence in the aisles? Be the first to know, here, at
blahblnetwork!
------------------------------------
There is probably already a scheduled response of some sort by Ken (Cooky) Cuccinelli.

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 03:49 PM (NUqwG)

1187 FWIW I don't really agree with Ace' rant on twitter. It's not about blue collar vs white collar. The Never Trumpers are focused on foreign policy. NeverTrump is as much Jeffrey Goldberg as it is Jonah Goldberg. Its all about Tallinn. If Trump supported Tallinn then NeverTrump would not exist. It's really that simple.

Posted by: bjk at July 21, 2016 03:49 PM (x2rNW)

1188 And the kid is not that bright and it's Dutch.
Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 21, 2016 03:41 PM (1xUj/)

Ok I have to admit I laughed - because the essay on the National Down Syndrome site that tells you what parenting a child with DS is like is called "Welcome to Holland."

Before you all think I'm mean - I'm one of those parents - with a loved one who has DS. It's just that Bandersnatch was a little on the nose

Posted by: Jade Sea at July 21, 2016 03:49 PM (bb6wb)

1189 1172
Back from the vet.

Witnessed the saddest thing ever. Couple brought in their dying black lab.

It died in the exam room right after they brought it in. The couple was in tears, and so were all of us in the waiting room.

What an awful day.


Posted by: Jane D'oh at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (1ZOkK)

One of the hardest things I've ever had to do is put down a pet. Even though it was time. Part of you dies with them.

Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 03:49 PM (jxbfJ)

1190 Wut?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:49 PM (TxZgU)

You do realize that if there were an emoticon for scratching one's balls, most of our on-line lives would be complete.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 21, 2016 03:50 PM (k2fxD)

1191 Ace chewing ass on the twitter ? Well. No wonder he's in such a pissy mood. That taste must be awful.

Posted by: ScoggDog
----
Where, ironically enough, he's fighting the NeverTrumpers that they should basically openly come out and support Hillary.

Posted by: andycanuck at July 21, 2016 03:50 PM (RmrGn)

1192 It died in the exam room right after they brought it in. The couple was in tears, and so were all of us in the waiting room

-----

Amazing. And the poor boy came with them on his deathbed because they asked. Dogs always give their last full measure.

Posted by: Bigbys Olive Fingers at July 21, 2016 03:50 PM (XMROa)

1193 He really should stick with his self imposed ban of twitter. All it does is let's him see the worst of the idiots all around. It pisses him off and then he come here and takes it out on people.
Posted by: buzzion at July 21, 2016 03:49 PM (z/Ubi)

I agree. He needs to stay with us, the people who love him and need him.

Posted by: washrivergal at July 21, 2016 03:50 PM (CFc5L)

1194
It's a valid and defensible position. Just be aware of the consequences you're inviting.
Most NATO countries could be Islamist in a decade.

Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at July 21, 2016 03:51 PM (lKyWE)

1195 >>One of the hardest things I've ever had to do is put down a pet. Even though it was time. Part of you dies with them.

Like this day was depressing enough.

Let's talk about happier things. Don't need to be reminded about this today.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 21, 2016 03:51 PM (/tuJf)

1196 Everyone should read Christy's post. One wise woman. Talk less. Listen more. Mouth to ear ratio and all that.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 03:45 PM (dFi94)


Did you see the length of those posts?

If I'm going to devote that much time to reading or listening to a woman's point of view, I at least expect a blow job out of it.

Posted by: jwest at July 21, 2016 03:52 PM (Zs4uk)

1197 I agree. He needs to stay with us, the people who love him and need him.
Posted by: washrivergal at July 21, 2016 03:50 PM (CFc5L)

Why can't he see that we're the ones who can really make him happy?

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at July 21, 2016 03:52 PM (KUaJL)

1198 1196
Wut?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:49 PM (TxZgU)

You do realize that if there were an emoticon for scratching one's balls, most of our on-line lives would be complete.


Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 21, 2016 03:50 PM (k2fxD)
^^^^^^^^^THIS

Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 03:52 PM (jxbfJ)

1199 Let's talk about happier things. Don't need to be reminded about this today.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 21, 2016 03:51 PM (/tuJf)
========================================

I'm getting alligator heads for each of the grandkids. Smile !!

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 03:53 PM (dFi94)

1200
Back from the vet.

Witnessed the saddest thing ever. Couple brought in their dying black lab.

It died in the exam room right after they brought it in. The couple was in tears, and so were all of us in the waiting room.

What an awful day.
Posted by: Jane D'oh at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (1ZOkK)
------------------------

Aw no. I've seen that before, too. Older couple walking out with tears in their eyes, and the guy had an empty leash all rolled up in his hand.

Posted by: iforgot at July 21, 2016 03:53 PM (pC96u)

1201 I don't see how this works for Cruz. If Trump wins, Trump owes him diddlysquat. If Trump loses, how is Cruz going to overcome his image of helping Trump lose to Hillary?

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs at July 21, 2016 03:53 PM (Nwg0u)

1202 OFF TOPIC GOOD NEWS!

We have A/C!!!!
Hallelujah!

Posted by: @votermom at July 21, 2016 03:53 PM (7lVbc)

1203
Lyin' Ted Cruz wants all of your collective consciences to know that he wants Trump to lose as a matter of solemn principle.

You know: the principle that he might then have a chance to win in 2020.

Ted's with her!

[Paid for by Lyin' Ted Cruz in 2020. - Because it's never too late to be a shameless, self-serving opportunist feigning deep personal insult.]


Posted by: Oral Roberts at July 21, 2016 03:53 PM (4YvTW)

1204 Our Ewok (he's vaguely mammalian)
Had a fit that was rather Orwellian
Threw his hands in the air
In utter despair
And decided to side with the aliens



Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at July 21, 2016 03:53 PM (NeFrd)

1205 I'm one of those parents - with a loved one who has DS. It's just that Bandersnatch was a little on the nose

Posted by: Jade Sea at July 21, 2016 03:49 PM (bb6wb)

I was in a store a few days ago and saw a cute one-year old kid in her mother's arms. She had DS, and had a huge grin on her face for whatever reason.

I walked outside and in the parking lot I noticed a car with a bumper sticker that read:

"My Homies Have More Chromies"

I laughed. It was adorable.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 21, 2016 03:54 PM (k2fxD)

1206 1201 >>One of the hardest things I've ever had to do is put down a pet. Even though it was time. Part of you dies with them.

Like this day was depressing enough.

Let's talk about happier things. Don't need to be reminded about this today.
Posted by: JackStraw at July 21, 2016 03:51 PM (/tuJf)



Amen.

Posted by: rickb223 TEXIT at July 21, 2016 03:54 PM (3C84c)

1207 Why can't he see that we're the ones who can really make him happy?
Posted by: joe, living dangerously

I've got the pot of water on the stove. Where does he keep his bunneh?

Posted by: Glenn Close at July 21, 2016 03:54 PM (UPYhp)

1208 Yay votermom!

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 03:54 PM (dFi94)

1209 Happier thoughts. - Back to chili

Think we can get Ace or one of the others with the "keys" to the place to fire up a weekend thread to post chili recipes?

Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 03:54 PM (jxbfJ)

1210 >>I'm getting alligator heads for each of the grandkids. Smile !!

You're feeding your grandkids to alligators? What kind of grandmother are you?

Posted by: JackStraw at July 21, 2016 03:54 PM (/tuJf)

1211 what'll i do: irving berlin, 1923, written for his music box revue. covered by multitudes.

did i mention that irving berlin is the greatest songwriter in history? he is.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at July 21, 2016 03:54 PM (WTSFk)

1212 "You do realize that if there were an emoticon for scratching one's balls, most of our on-line lives would be complete."


Would you quit. I'm trying to keep some respectability around here.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:54 PM (TxZgU)

1213 "The Never Trumpers are focused on foreign policy."

some of them. mostly because the american enterprise institute will not be consulted first in the Trump administration

Posted by: runner at July 21, 2016 03:55 PM (c6/9Q)

1214 The only way this anger towards Cruz makes any sense at all is if the people going after him think that Cruz's lack of endorsement will lead to lost votes to Trump. Where would they go? Cruz very vociferously attacked Clinton, and will continue to do so. 3rd parties really aren't a factor unless the person can fund it at large levels (i.e. Perot).

Do you really think that Cruz working for the party at every level below president, but not saying "Vote Trump" is going to swing this election? That doesn't create the impression that there's confidence in Trump's ability to win.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 03:40 PM (mC1ZI)

I seriously hope I'm mistaken, but didn't YOU just say that you were voting for Johnson/not voting?

Did the nevertrumpers just magically disappear? Is Gary Johnson not getting 5-10% of the vote in national and state polls?

Are we all operating under the assumption that they're just blustering and will fold? Because they don't appear that way to me.

Not that this is particularly representative, but the only other message board I frequent is a local NC sports site with a politics board that is composed of a lot of moderate republicans and Ted Cruz conservatives. Both are vowing never to vote Trump. This in a state that very possibly will give 15 EVs to the FAB.

You don't think that Cruz telling them to hold fast and vote for their conscience is not going to cement them in nevertrump land?

Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:55 PM (b2PbZ)

1215 1207
I don't see how this works for Cruz. If Trump wins, Trump owes him
diddlysquat. If Trump loses, how is Cruz going to overcome his image of
helping Trump lose to Hillary?





Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Racist for Dinosaurs

This totally works out for Cruz, if he wants to be the next Pat Buchanan...on the sidelines spouting Conservative opinions to a few thousand people...and the book deal! Don't forget the book deal.

Posted by: scrood at July 21, 2016 03:55 PM (3b9U4)

1216 Nobody shits on the spider, Ace.
I'd understand if you quit the blog but damn, would that be a dark day.

Posted by: shinypie at July 21, 2016 03:55 PM (Kz85k)

1217
I'd love for the site to go back to being a politically-tinged comedy site instead of the other way around.
And
to bring back the disreputable stuff. I don't know who he was making
himself presentable for, but we've got crates of expletives just sitting
around back here going bad in storage.

I'd love to write more weird stuff, if I can even remember at this point how to crack wise.

Posted by: lauraw at July 21, 2016 03:55 PM (K/zYU)

1218 Because it's never too late to be a shameless, self-serving opportunist feigning deep personal insult.

TMI, Dudette.

Posted by: Grump928(c) says Free Soothie! at July 21, 2016 03:55 PM (evdj2)

1219 What kind of grandmother are you?

Posted by: JackStraw at July 21, 2016 03:54 PM (/tuJf)
=======================================

Fed up. None of them can hit a fast ball worth crap.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 03:56 PM (dFi94)

1220 We have A/C!!!!

Hallelujah!

Posted by: @votermom at July 21, 2016 03:53 PM (7lVbc)

Are you in the South?

First one in your county?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 21, 2016 03:56 PM (k2fxD)

1221 Re Cruz: No Trump retard here(Cruz monthly financial contributor in fact) --unless you mean voting for Trump over the treasonous , rape enabling POS the Dems are putting forward for POTUS..

In that respect, yes, Full Trump Retard Here.

You simply don't go to a guy' s wedding and talk about what a great blow job his new bride gives...just stupid for Cruz to have gone and talked at all. Period. I might add highly regrettable that ACE cannot see the point of it all and instead focuses on TRUMP and his supporters---who did nat have a damn thing to do with Cruz' performance.

Posted by: malignantly aggrieved and economically useless at July 21, 2016 03:56 PM (3ZttN)

1222 It's always interesting to get someone's take on the news of the day and generally there is an arc of agreement, but never conflate the ability to convey a message with great intellect.

Posted by: jwest at July 21, 2016 03:21 PM (Zs4uk)




That is an amazing bit of assholery, and I say this as an asshole. I will from time to time piss people off for my own amusement and I am aware that some people dislike me for this, but good god man where does that come from?

My assholery comes from a sense of fun and amuse bouche. Yours seems to come from a deep dark well of assholery which Dante neglected.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 21, 2016 03:56 PM (1xUj/)

1223 >>Fed up. None of them can hit a fast ball worth crap.

Throw Bartolo at 'em. That seemed to work for your Cubbies.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 21, 2016 03:56 PM (/tuJf)

1224 Will Baba Wawa still be around for 2020?

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at July 21, 2016 03:56 PM (IqV8l)

1225 Ace, I suggest you dump the twit account and keep blogging. That's perhaps selfish of me because this is my only political source for a decade. Do what is best for you, but perhaps if you quit the twit, you can handle the blog. Got to be a better class of commenters here than anywhere else.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at July 21, 2016 03:57 PM (7ZVPa)

1226
But who does chicken chili?
Posted by: Ricardo Kill
-----------------------------
A good White Chilli w/ chicken can be really delicious . WITH cannellini beans!

Posted by: Chi at July 21, 2016 03:57 PM (uV2DT)

1227 1211
I'm one of those parents - with a loved one who has DS. It's just that Bandersnatch was a little on the nose

Posted by: Jade Sea at July 21, 2016 03:49 PM (bb6wb)

I
was in a store a few days ago and saw a cute one-year old kid in her
mother's arms. She had DS, and had a huge grin on her face for whatever
reason.

I walked outside and in the parking lot I noticed a car with a bumper sticker that read:

"My Homies Have More Chromies"

I laughed. It was adorable.


Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 21, 2016 03:54 PM (k2fxD)

My baby sister has DS. My parents are my heroes. They fought so hard for her from the moment she came into this world. Fought to show she could have a life of her own despite what the doctors, therapists, and other supposed experts said. She now lives in a group home, has a job, does tons of volunteer work and knows the bus routes in her town better than anyone.

Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 03:57 PM (jxbfJ)

1228
The gitmo attys have sunk even lower. They are whining about their accommodations and travel arrangements. As if we dont pay them enough. Just waste court time with this bullshit.

https://twitter.com/carolrosenberg

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at July 21, 2016 03:57 PM (iQIUe)

1229 1228 Ace just needs less twitter and more twatter.

Posted by: ScoggDog at July 21, 2016 03:56 PM (/ijpd)


A blog manager would make sure he got laid every so often.

Posted by: jwest at July 21, 2016 03:57 PM (Zs4uk)

1230

A vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 is a principled vote for: "Hey, maybe Lyin' Ted Cruz can win in 2020?"

- Your idiot consciences demands it!


Posted by: Oral Roberts at July 21, 2016 03:57 PM (4YvTW)

1231 1223

I'd love for the site to go back to being a politically-tinged comedy site instead of the other way around.
And

to bring back the disreputable stuff. I don't know who he was making

himself presentable for, but we've got crates of expletives just sitting

around back here going bad in storage.

I'd love to write more weird stuff, if I can even remember at this point how to crack wise.


Posted by: lauraw at July 21, 2016 03:55 PM (K/zYU)


Amen, sistah!

Posted by: Jane D'oh at July 21, 2016 03:57 PM (1ZOkK)

1232 There are no more guardrails. No sanctuaries. It's the battle of all against all.

When the officers are failing fights break out on the gun-decks.

Posted by: DaveA at July 21, 2016 03:57 PM (8J/Te)

1233 Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 03:54 PM (jxbfJ)

Yes.

If not this weekend then definitely next weekend.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 21, 2016 03:58 PM (k2fxD)

1234 A baseball thread once in a while -- or EVER -- would be welcome here. Season's half over already.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:58 PM (39g3+)

1235 It's now the assholery style debate!

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 03:58 PM (NUqwG)

1236 "Ace just needs less twitter and more twatter."


I could use a little more myself.


*then you get the phone call. knocked up*

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 03:59 PM (TxZgU)

1237 Trump is from Queens. I bet that explains a lot.

Posted by: vivi at July 21, 2016 03:59 PM (11H2y)

1238 1223: agreed. i gently encouraged the same some time ago with "come for the politics, stay for the humor."

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at July 21, 2016 03:59 PM (WTSFk)

1239 Jane D'oh--

Oh, man that is awful. Hardest thing I ever had to do was carry my girl into the room to have her put down. She was past her time and suffering, and I knew I had to, but God if I didn't feel like I was betraying her somehow.

I've got two labs now, who I've raised since they were 6 weeks. I don't think I'll be able to take it when the time comes.

Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:59 PM (b2PbZ)

1240 Are you in the South?

First one in your county?
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 21, 2016 03:56 PM (k2fxD)

LOL

Posted by: washrivergal at July 21, 2016 03:59 PM (CFc5L)

1241 I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it.

Part and parcel of why I'm not around this (or any other) blog very much and haven't been for a couple of years
1) I already have plenty of crazy in my life - it's between my ears - I don't really need any more
2) I'm almost perfectly surrounded on all sides by stupid and boldly so in the People's Republic of MA
3) Ditto for "group-think", and
4) I some-time ago figured the USA wasn't very "U" and probably would be breaking-apart in my lifetime (probably gruesomely, hopefully not) and so I really don't invest any energy in politics in general - not even at the local level

Life's too short, ace, too short by half, to be engaged in crazy and stupid for too long.

Posted by: DocJ at July 21, 2016 03:59 PM (NYS7S)

1242 >>>You don't think that Cruz telling them to hold fast and vote for their conscience is not going to cement them in nevertrump land?
Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:55 PM (b2PbZ)>>>

Personally, if I were a Trump delegate or surrogate, I'd have gone with the interpretation that Clinton is such a calamity that voting for Clinton or not voting at all is the unconscionable decision. But, hey, they want to imply and infer that voting for Trump is the unconscionable decision, I guess they can do it. I don't get it, though.

Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 03:59 PM (4ueYo)

1243 White Chilli
-------------------
I'm surprised that didn't blow up the blog.

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 04:00 PM (NUqwG)

1244 But who does chicken chili?
Posted by: Ricardo Kill
-----------------------------
A good White Chilli w/ chicken can be really delicious . WITH cannellini beans!



Have to agree.
We used to do a chili cook off at work every October.
Turns out it's not as bad as it sounds.

Posted by: rickb223 TEXIT at July 21, 2016 04:00 PM (3C84c)

1245 Lauraw!!!!

Posted by: LizLem at July 21, 2016 04:00 PM (hvf9s)

1246
Are you in the South?

First one in your county?
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 21, 2016 03:56 PM (k2fxD)

LOL

No it's been broken.

Took a while to get a new one in

Looking forward to sleeping without sweating tonight.

Posted by: @votermom at July 21, 2016 04:00 PM (7lVbc)

1247 She now lives in a group home, has a job, does tons of volunteer work and knows the bus routes in her town better than anyone.

Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 03:57 PM (jxbfJ)

Huzzah!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at July 21, 2016 04:00 PM (k2fxD)

1248 Posted by: alexthechick -Darth Sugartits at July 21, 2016 03:25 PM (mf5HN)



My office building is on a pokestop and there are apparently a bunch
of people here that play it. It's got a lure on it half the time.





Posted by: joe, living dangerously at July 21, 2016 03:41 PM (KUaJL)

What the heck is a lure for this game?

Posted by: redbanzai at July 21, 2016 04:00 PM (3JA/M)

1249 Almost two hours gone here got to check the garden.
Don't give up the ship Ace.

Posted by: Skip at July 21, 2016 04:00 PM (bksJQ)

1250 "A good White Chilli w/ chicken can be really delicious . WITH cannellini beans!"


In a heartbeat.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at July 21, 2016 04:01 PM (TxZgU)

1251 1142 Posted by: ChristyBlinky, Infidel Queen at July 21, 2016 03:27 PM (kBYYb)
==============================================
I wish we lived close to each other. We could pretend to eat salads and then go get a milkshake,
Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 03:43 PM (dFi94)
-------------
I want in on this!

Posted by: lindafell TEXIT!! at July 21, 2016 04:01 PM (xVgrA)

1252 Thanks grammie!

Posted by: @votermom at July 21, 2016 04:01 PM (7lVbc)

1253 It's now the assholery style debate!

*perks up*

Oh, not that kind.

*perks down*

Posted by: Anne Hathaway at July 21, 2016 04:01 PM (2WoCi)

1254 A baseball thread once in a while -- or EVER -- would be welcome here. Season's half over already.




And the cubs are in it to win it!

Posted by: rickb223 TEXIT at July 21, 2016 04:01 PM (3C84c)

1255 Skip brings the nude.

Posted by: Grump928(c) says Free Soothie! at July 21, 2016 04:01 PM (evdj2)

1256 Nood.

Posted by: HH at July 21, 2016 04:01 PM (DrCtv)

1257 1250
White Chilli

-------------------

I'm surprised that didn't blow up the blog.

Posted by: RioBravo at July 21, 2016 04:00 PM (NUqwG)

Honestly, the beauty of chili are the possibilities of making it.Spicy/Mild, meat/meatless, beans/no beans and what ever meat you want to put in. Beef, pork, chicken, venison (yum!), moose, rattle snake, and the list can go on.....

Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed - Sorry Ben, we f*cked it up at July 21, 2016 04:02 PM (jxbfJ)

1258 1261 Amuse bouche ?

Can't you get an ointment for that ?




Rite-Aid. Aisle 4.

Posted by: rickb223 TEXIT at July 21, 2016 04:02 PM (3C84c)

1259 I so understand. But in a perverted way - this is what they want. They want us to give up in despair.

Posted by: janetoo at July 21, 2016 04:02 PM (VRt47)

1260 A baseball thread once in a while -- or EVER -- would be welcome here. Season's half over already.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 21, 2016 03:58 PM (39g3+)
==============================================

You got that right. Last year I think there was a post each game of the Series, which was an improvement over the previous year where we only got the tail end. I think there should be Wednesday Night baseball threads.

Posted by: grammie winger at July 21, 2016 04:03 PM (dFi94)

1261 What the heck is a lure for this game?
Posted by: redbanzai at July 21, 2016 04:00 PM (3JA/M)

There's an item that you can deploy on the pokestops that cause pokemon to spawn nearby for everyone in the location.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at July 21, 2016 04:03 PM (KUaJL)

1262 and in conclusion, Mainstream Media Delenda Est.

Posted by: vivi at July 21, 2016 04:04 PM (11H2y)

1263 @1202. ha. Get in line.

Sorry, it is the way some of us Southern belles talk. I write like I am talking, mister. I to in tangents because it is genetic.

And, thanks, Grammie.

Jane, such a sad story. My Golden took a piece of my heart with him. One of those questions I have for God, if I remember, is why our pets don't live longer. Not fair.

Here is my happy story of the day: 40-75% off plants at my favorite nursery down the hill. Of course, I have an Obama virus or SOMETHING that has caused weird vertigo/almost faint for a few days. And ick stomach and headache. Yep, I am sure it is The Won's fault.

Anyway! See! Cannot stay on subject. Sorry. I fought my hideous virus and bought a bunch of stuff at nursery for my English garden dreams. Will have to plant in early am or pm as I am also not doing well in heat of day. Also planning and ordering bulbs for fall.

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, Infidel Queen at July 21, 2016 04:04 PM (kBYYb)

1264

SOMEONE in Cruz's life should have done him a favor--ie shown him some love-- and taken away his keys and made him stay at home...generally that is what a good friend or wife will do.

If you are lucky, when you are in the mood to piss on someone's parade/party there is someone out there who will hold you back.

Cruz is not blessed with such people in his life. Obviously.

Posted by: malignantly aggrieved and economically useless at July 21, 2016 04:04 PM (3ZttN)

1265 We have A/C!!!!

Hallelujah!

Posted by: @votermom
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Wait until you discover indoor plumbing!

Posted by: Chi at July 21, 2016 04:05 PM (uV2DT)

1266
Vote for Hillary Clinton. - Because after I, Lyin' Ted Cruz, help Hillary win in 2016: you are sure to vote for me against her in 2020.

Your idiot support will flock to me. - Because you are that supremely fucking stupid.

And because I am a brilliant conscience-invoker who upholds the solemn principles of defending the Republic against the worst sorts of influences no matter what.

Vote for Hillary... well, just because... your consciences demand it!


Posted by: Oral Roberts at July 21, 2016 04:05 PM (4YvTW)

1267 >>Yes, there are idiots who think after a guy has attacked 20 people with
an axe and knife, that the police should go mano a mano with him and not
use firearms.



You've just described almost every episode of BBC's "Luther." Not always an axe, but it's the same scenario again and again. Makes you really long for Timothy Oliphant to drop by in his white hat and just shoot the criminal already.

Posted by: Lizzy at July 21, 2016 04:05 PM (NOIQH)

1268 Epic rant, Ace. Could.Not.Agree.More.

Will miss you when you're gone ...

Posted by: ShainS at July 21, 2016 04:07 PM (LRirs)

1269 >>SOMEONE in Cruz's life should have done him a favor--ie shown him some
love-- and taken away his keys and made him stay at home...generally
that is what a good friend or wife will do.


Same goes for Michelle Obama who is on tv again, this time singing and dancing in "Carpool Karaoke."

Posted by: Lizzy at July 21, 2016 04:08 PM (NOIQH)

1270 779 Ok, how about this:

11. Seems to actually love the United States
12. Is hated by all the right people

(39g3+)

This is pretty good, Chris, but I don't think any discussion of Trump can go on without his primary accomplishment:

15. Has utterly vanquished the GOP consultant/ writing hacks.

Call them GOPe, establishment, whatever- the fact is that most of the NRO/ Salem writing set were viscerally opposed to Trump and everything he did. Not only was their opposition far more sustained than what they offered against Obama- didn't Krauthammer and Will actually go to his "conservatives for Obama" party?- but at one point their opinion was considered critical for gaining support in the GOP. No longer. For the many disparate groups trying to gain power under a Trump-led Republican Party, throwing out the garbage was vital to their political ambitions- and it's absolutely done now. It's the reason that people who spent their whole lives caring about ideological conservatism are as depressed as people who believed in Soviet communism.

And it's the reason that names like Moe Lane and Pejman are falling away entirely from politics: the anger and depression of courtiers who see the revolution coming to their doorstep. It's not all bad, the most nimble will switch sides to be courtiers of the new boss (same as the old boss). Quite a few people will come up from nothing and make a nice living. But the rest? Tell me, why will major donors pay money to marginalized intellectuals with no influence on real politics? If they wanted that, they could donate to left-wing causes and at least get some political cachet.

Maybe Trumps' failure will be as brutal as "predicted". Though given the spotty nature of the predictions, combined with Trump having half of Clinton's cash on hand with little of the overhead, I doubt it. Even if he does lose in a 2008 landslide, even if America's problems can be resolved with politics, is anyone dumb enough to think Ted Cruz will be trusted as the driver of the solution?

Posted by: trev006 at July 21, 2016 04:08 PM (McuJ/)

1271 I'm not sure why it's important that Cruz must endorse Trump, but perhaps it's a bit of revenge. We've been cheering, and voting for those we didn't really want for so long that it's fun to make the GOP kiss the ring for a change. Mostly though I don't care.

Posted by: DFCtomm at July 21, 2016 04:08 PM (xmQSf)

1272 I have been collecting aluminum cans out of ditches on my daily walks. Up till now I have been using a broom handle with a bent nail to stab and remove the can. I am missing some potential cans because the broom handle is too short.
Anybody have an opinion on something to shoot for those longer distant targets? I can't decide between crossbow and longbow. Any opinions?

Posted by: Headless Body of Agnew at July 21, 2016 04:09 PM (FtrY1)

1273 Ace, I hope you reconsider. I love this blog and visit every day. But I can't fault you. I quit Facebook last week for many of the same reasons.

Posted by: Farmer Joe at July 21, 2016 04:09 PM (F2rZx)

1274 >>>1206
Back from the vet.

Witnessed the saddest thing ever. Couple brought in their dying black lab.

It died in the exam room right after they brought it in. The couple was in tears, and so were all of us in the waiting room.

What an awful day.
Posted by: Jane D'oh at July 21, 2016 03:47 PM (1ZOkK)
------------------------

Aw no. I've seen that before, too. Older couple walking out with tears in their eyes, and the guy had an empty leash all rolled up in his hand.

.

When I had to put my 17 year old Golden down, at a vet"s office where he was well known and loved, they asked me to leave via the back door. I refused and went out the front proudly sobbing.

Posted by: Javems at July 21, 2016 04:09 PM (yOqwj)

1275 1220 I seriously hope I'm mistaken, but didn't YOU just say that you were voting for Johnson/not voting?

Did the nevertrumpers just magically disappear? Is Gary Johnson not getting 5-10% of the vote in national and state polls?

Are we all operating under the assumption that they're just blustering and will fold? Because they don't appear that way to me.

Not that this is particularly representative, but the only other message board I frequent is a local NC sports site with a politics board that is composed of a lot of moderate republicans and Ted Cruz conservatives. Both are vowing never to vote Trump. This in a state that very possibly will give 15 EVs to the FAB.

You don't think that Cruz telling them to hold fast and vote for their conscience is not going to cement them in nevertrump land?
Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:55 PM (b2PbZ)

=================

Oh, I did, but I know I'm not normal. I'm the oddball that reads political blogs all day every day. I'm the weird one who's read Democracy in America, The Federalist, and biographies of the first 13 presidents (Franklin Pierce is next).

Most people don't think like me and don't behave like me. Most people will end up seeing the race as a two way thing and vote either Trump or Hillary. 3rd parties always get inflated support at this point in the cycle to eventually die out at the polls somewhere near 1%. I believe Bernie supporters more than #NeverTrumpers. The arguments against Hillary will win over enough wary Republicans that Trump will be within at least normal tolerance levels for a Republican candidate for president.

Unless, of course, Ted Cruz says "vote your conscience." Then all bets are off.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 04:09 PM (mC1ZI)

1276 It's basically a very good potato-onion soup, with a lot of bacon,


Some New England purists will insist on salt pork, but bacon is perfectly serviceable.

In my old life I would make a chowdah out of some canned clams (I don't clam, it's one of my shortcomings) and fish (I do fish) that would be basically melted fish and clams with some potato and cream holding it together.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 21, 2016 04:09 PM (1xUj/)

1277 1249
>>>You don't think that Cruz telling them to hold fast and vote
for their conscience is not going to cement them in nevertrump land?

Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:55 PM (b2PbZ)>>>

How is that any worse than a than a Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, or Chris Christie endorsement?

Posted by: Wendy at July 21, 2016 04:10 PM (bpemY)

1278 Aw no. I've seen that before, too. Older couple walking out with tears in their eyes, and the guy had an empty leash all rolled up in his hand.

Posted by: iforgot at July 21, 2016 03:53 PM (pC96u)
Dealing with elderly dog issues now. Second bout of gastroenteritis landed him in hospital.
I have found that puppies help with grief.

Posted by: CN at July 21, 2016 04:10 PM (PVXZe)

1279 Ace-

I almost never comment---however

Please don't give up the blog. It's the only place on the interwebs not full of retarded LIV's. I have come here everyday since 2006 for your hilarious and well informed take on the news, political and otherwise.

Ace--am I the first, if you do give all this up, to place my application for sugar mama? I kid...sort of....

Posted by: Shannon71 at July 21, 2016 04:11 PM (s2a/C)

1280 You don't think that Cruz telling them to hold fast and vote for their conscience is not going to cement them in nevertrump land?
Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:55 PM (b2PbZ)

==================

I remember the days when #NeverTrump was supposed to mean #OnlyRubio because Bill Kristol hates Cruz (which he does).

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 04:11 PM (mC1ZI)

1281 Who says conservatives can't be PUMAS too? >

Posted by: Holly at July 21, 2016 04:12 PM (u3niz)

1282 >>I want in on this!


Me, too!

Posted by: Lizzy at July 21, 2016 04:12 PM (NOIQH)

1283 1262 A baseball thread once in a while -- or EVER -- would be welcome here. Season's half over already.




And the cubs are in it to win it!
Posted by: rickb223 TEXIT at July 21, 2016 04:01 PM (3C84c)

===================

"The A's will come back."
-Me, as I cry myself to sleep.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison at July 21, 2016 04:12 PM (mC1ZI)

1284 When I had to put my 17 year old Golden down, at a vet"s office where he was well known and loved, they asked me to leave via the back door. I refused and went out the front proudly sobbing.

Posted by: Javems at July 21, 2016 04:09 PM (yOqwj)
Good for you! It is painful but a part of life. Seeing them suffer is miserable and the sense of loss profound.

Posted by: CN at July 21, 2016 04:13 PM (PVXZe)

1285 I'm not sure why it's important that Cruz must endorse Trump, but perhaps it's a bit of revenge. We've been cheering, and voting for those we didn't really want for so long that it's fun to make the GOP kiss the ring for a change. Mostly though I don't care.


Posted by: DFCtomm at July 21, 2016 04:08 PM
..I don't think Cruz should have felt compelled to endorse him. He could have either declined to speak or simply said hey, party faithful. Vote for Trump, it's not an endorsement but it would have not given dems any ammo either. Instead he decided to smile and pull a pin on the grenade, it was his call to make I guess. Will it mater really to anyone though as far as if they do or don't vote for Trump? Endorsements or non-endorsements have never swayed me anyway and I doubt that they sway anyone else.

Posted by: Minnfidel at July 21, 2016 04:13 PM (dNwFH)

1286 1288 You don't think that Cruz telling them to hold fast and vote for their conscience is not going to cement them in nevertrump land?
Posted by: LawLurker at July 21, 2016 03:55 PM (b2PbZ)

Not voting, or voting for Hillary means you have no conscience

Posted by: CN at July 21, 2016 04:14 PM (PVXZe)

1287 In the end....Hillary Clinton in 2008 had more brains and class than Ted Cruz....smh

Posted by: Holly at July 21, 2016 04:15 PM (u3niz)

1288 Before you all think I'm mean - I'm one of those parents - with a loved one who has DS. It's just that Bandersnatch was a little on the nose

Posted by: Jade Sea



I had no idea about the welcome to Holland.

I have a DS nephew. Your comment is sweet and hilarious.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 21, 2016 04:16 PM (1xUj/)

1289 1293:

http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-endorsement-primary/

Donald Trump has even fewer endorsements than Jeb Bush and Chris Christie put together, never mind Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. You could say endorsements have negative value this political season, unless they were from people like Bobby Knight. How's THAT possible?

Posted by: trev006 at July 21, 2016 04:16 PM (McuJ/)

1290 Please stay. This is the only site I read every day. Just give up politics. Might as well; it doesn't matter anymore, as the US, as a constitutional republic, is finished whoever wins. (Actually, I've been saying this since we reelected Obama. There is no hope for any country which could do that.)

So just keep up the laughs.

Posted by: George LeS at July 21, 2016 04:16 PM (FkGpr)

1291 So,for a change of subject....

This afternoon, a Federal Appeals Judge overturned Michigan's new law passed this winter that prohibits ballots from providing straight ticket voting. Instead, each candidate is listed , with their party and it's logo, in their appropriate section for the seat they are running for, and would need to be marked individually to be counted for a vote.

The judge said that it would disproportionately affect urban African Americans who vote straight ticket more often than any other group. He said having the logos on the ballot would confuse people who would think circling the logo(I"m not making this up) would give them a straight ticket vote.

When we voted in March in the primary, this new law was posted every five feet in my polling place. I also was treated to the poll worker explaining the law, using a ballot as an example to me using very small words in case I was actually a 5 foot 4 inch six year old child.

The ballot was neither confusing nor was I ever tempted to circle an elephant or color in the donkey.

This judge, Gershwin Drain, was nominated by Obama and barely made it out of committee. Of course, he was confirmed by the Senate, over Chuck Grassley's objections.

Grassley's letter to Obama regarding his nomination of Drain is here. Note Drain's opinion regarding the 2nd amendment and the NRA.

http://tinyurl.com/znplgxc

Posted by: Jen the original at July 21, 2016 04:18 PM (ZgFWy)

1292
I am Ted Cruz.
And if you believe in defending the Republic and the Constitution: you will vote your consciences for Hillary Clinton.

I am with her.

How else can I run in 2020 and make a bigger name for myself. - Even if I stand even less of a chance at winning then than I do now.

Do it to defend our precious Constitution. Do it out of the principle that the Clintons aren't really all that bad.
Do it because your mindless consciences demand it!

But - most of all - do it because I need stupid fucking idiots like you to believe in a shameless liar like me.

[Paid for by Lyin' Ted Cruz for 2020. - You know, hindsight is EVERYTHING.]



Posted by: Oral Roberts at July 21, 2016 04:19 PM (4YvTW)

1293 >>In my old life I would make a chowdah out of some canned clams (I don't clam, it's one of my shortcomings) and fish (I do fish) that would be basically melted fish and clams with some potato and cream holding it together.

The Black Pearl has won local chowder contests in RI for years. There have also been rumors for years that the base of the chowder is actually Snow's from a can.

Anyone who would use canned chowder for their base is not a real conservative. Cook your conscience.

Posted by: JackStraw at July 21, 2016 04:19 PM (/tuJf)

1294 Is this the potato-onion soup thread?

Posted by: That guy who always says... at July 21, 2016 04:19 PM (Tyii7)

1295 1299 Posted by: Oral Roberts at July 21, 2016 04:19 PM (4YvTW)

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I'm changing.

Posted by: Mr. Trump at July 21, 2016 04:19 PM (mC1ZI)

1296 When you become outraged at a man who encourages you to abide by your conscience, it means your conscience has already condemned you.

I plagiarism'd that.

Posted by: reason at July 21, 2016 04:21 PM (nKoz8)

1297 ..I don't think Cruz should have felt compelled to
endorse him. He could have either declined to speak or simply said hey,
party faithful. Vote for Trump, it's not an endorsement but it would
have not given dems any ammo either. Instead he decided to smile and
pull a pin on the grenade, it was his call to make I guess. Will it
mater really to anyone though as far as if they do or don't vote for
Trump? Endorsements or non-endorsements have never swayed me anyway and I
doubt that they sway anyone else.

Posted by: Minnfidel at July 21, 2016 04:13 PM (dNwFH)

Nor should Cruz have given up his right to speak to his supporters. He did not owe Trump anything. and he was very clear that he supported the principles that Republicans normally only pay mouth service to.

As I have said numerous times to numerous people today:



Cruz gave a rousing speech supporting conservatism and Trump supporters interpret is as an attack on their Orange Overlord.




Interesting
that they (and Trump) appear to think that Cruz could not have possibly
meant Trump when he urged people to not stay home and to vote for
candidates "upticket and down" who they "trust to defend our freedom and
to be faithful to the Constitution". It is almost as if they, too,
realize that Trump will not defend our freedom and be faithful to the
Constitution.




Perhaps if you don't believe that Trump is the disaster that the last sentence implies you do, you should urge Trump to defend freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution instead of attacking the guy who has consistently said that principles matter.

Posted by: redbanzai at July 21, 2016 04:22 PM (3JA/M)

1298 1297 Nor should Cruz have given up his right to speak to his supporters.

Posted by: redbanzai at July 21, 2016 04:22 PM (3JA/M)

=======================

I hadn't thought of that point, for some reason.

Cruz definitely had supporters there. There's a good reason for him to show up at all.

Posted by: Mr. Trump at July 21, 2016 04:23 PM (mC1ZI)

1299 Ace, you have a terrific creativity and insight, and politics is certainly not the only outlet for it. I would come here if all you did was running comedic schticks like your Lambo guy on twitter. Or just talked about dumb superhero shows that I'm never gonna watch. Not sure if any of that stuff brings what you need in terms of clicks to make the blog profitable, but vicious high/low cycles are pretty common for high creativity, high intellect types like yourself. You'll eventually power through with time.

I wanted to pack up for another country after the 2012 election, like an obnoxious Hollywood celebrity, and made grouchy comments saying as much to friends. Since then, riffing on SJWs has entered into the mainstream culture even in seemingly far gone countries like Sweden, and made me far more zen about the resilience of the American people.

The internet archives every cost-free, dumb statement of whim, rattled off thoughtlessly that, in prior eras, would have been cast out into the ether to be forgotten by the thinker or speaker, the hearer, and everyone else. Treat such comments like sand in a sandbox: play with it when it's fun for you, but when it's coarse and creeping into uncomfortable places go find something more worthy of your time and emotional investment. I know that's easier said than done, especially by someone like me who's never attracted an audience that couldn't fit in a small room, but it's still right. You have a unique talent and perspective, and many of us silently value it but take it for granted. Do what you need to do for you, just please don't abandon those of us whose only contact with you is through reading your blog.

Posted by: reform highlander at July 21, 2016 04:24 PM (jCH/T)

1300 Anyone who would use canned chowder for their base is not a real conservative. Cook your conscience.


*ahem*

The clams were from a can, not the base.

And I caught the fish.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at July 21, 2016 04:24 PM (1xUj/)

1301 Somehow I knew that Ace would find a reason (and insult Trump fans while doing so. But he's going to vote Trump so that's okay I guess.) to excuse Cruz and his class less actions.

I was surprised though at how illogical and how far he had to stretch to do so.

In anyone's book, Cruz had no excuse to go back on his word that he would back the Nominee.

None.

Doesn't matter if all the others repudiated their word and said they wouldn't, that doesn't justify one violating their promises.

We've seen so many establishment politicians do that so many times though and it just shows that Cruz is predictable once you realize he's establishment. He just wants to be the one in charge.

I've seen his type too many times.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That at July 21, 2016 04:25 PM (ECJ+C)

1302 Ted's mom is deleting my posts.

BWAAAAHHHHHHAAAAAAA.

I'm just voting vote my conscience. What's wrong?

Posted by: Misfortune & Pestilence at July 21, 2016 04:25 PM (4RVDV)

1303 I agree with red. Lots.

"Vote your conscience."
"BOO! GET OFF THE STAGE! I'M VOTING FOR TRUMP!!"

Trolled and they don't know it.

Posted by: reason at July 21, 2016 04:26 PM (nKoz8)

1304 I hope the illegals President Hillary allows in rape and murder Ted Cruz's children.

Posted by: Garbage Pail Kids at July 21, 2016 04:28 PM (MiGRM)

1305 I hope the illegals President Hillary allows in rape and murder Ted Cruz's children.

Of course you do.

Posted by: Grump928(c) says Free Soothie! at July 21, 2016 04:29 PM (evdj2)

1306 The Jeb!bots are experiencing thermo-nuclear butt-hurt.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at July 21, 2016 04:29 PM (P/kVC)

1307 1305 posts? Holy crap.

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at July 21, 2016 04:29 PM (4AVeu)

1308 Somehow I knew that Ace would find a reason (and insult Trump fans while doing so. But he's going to vote Trump so that's okay I guess.) to excuse Cruz and his class less actions.

I was surprised though at how illogical and how far he had to stretch to do so.

================

I'm not. It's his thing.


Posted by: Misfortune & Pestilence at July 21, 2016 04:30 PM (4RVDV)

1309 The NBA has officially pulled the All-Star game from NC due to the Tranny bathroom law.

Posted by: Lincolntf at July 21, 2016 04:31 PM (2cS/G)

1310 Ted didn't even have to endorse- All he had to say was the choice between Hillary and Trump is clear, get out in vote. Instead he tried to get cute and shot himself in the face.

Posted by: gdonovan at July 21, 2016 04:31 PM (Ipxoj)

1311 I'll play the same game we usually play with liberal media talking points.

In an alternate universe, where Cruz won the nom after a long battle with Trump...
1. Would Trump endorse Cruz?
2. When he didn't, would there be outrage about it, or would it just be Donald being Donald and sticking it to the GOPe?
3. Would Trump supporters be flaunting the video of their Orange Crush renegeing on The Pledge?

Posted by: reason at July 21, 2016 04:32 PM (nKoz8)

1312
1309 The NBA has officially pulled the All-Star game from NC due to the Tranny bathroom law.
___________________

In other news, America has had it with the NBA and their spoiled players, BLM t-shirts and political commentary.

The NBA is officially irrelevant.

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at July 21, 2016 04:35 PM (4AVeu)

1313
Hey, all you Cruz Ball-Lickers who think that Trump was just so mean to the principled and ever-faithful, true-to-his-word Cruz:
just remember that it was Cruz who refused to condemn the pro-Cruz PAC that viciously attacked Melania Trump.

'Principled' Cruz and his camp stood by with their hands in their pockets and said "We don't know nothing about that." - And pretended like it was no big deal and not worth condemning.

Okay. Fine. That's rough and tumble politics. And that's the waters both Trump and Cruz chose to swim in.

But then Team Cruz is going to fall down and cry when they get their little feelings hurt??
- Really?
Too fucking funny.

Spit Cruz's nasty balls out of your mouth and get a clue, why don't you.


Posted by: Oral Roberts at July 21, 2016 04:36 PM (4YvTW)

1314 1304
I hope the illegals President Hillary allows in rape and murder Ted Cruz's children.

Posted by: Garbage Pail Kids at July 21, 2016 04:28 PM (MiGRM)

====boy, when you set out to validate the point of a blog post you don't mess around.

Posted by: jc at July 21, 2016 04:36 PM (iRJ+A)

1315 I wish I watched NBA games, so I could stop in protest.

Posted by: reason at July 21, 2016 04:37 PM (nKoz8)

1316 So this will become a macrame blog?

Posted by: Mr Wonderful at July 21, 2016 04:37 PM (mYQ3P)

1317 How many of you remember how bad the Bush campaign trashed McCain and his wife? Wasn't Cruz an adviser to Bush then?

Posted by: ryukyu at July 21, 2016 04:38 PM (960oq)

1318 1095
Bottomline is that if you are unhappy, why go on with the blog?

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang!

Everybody hates their job from time to time. Even the FBI. (Federal Boobeh Inspectors).

Posted by: Dirks Strewn at July 21, 2016 04:39 PM (QdAXQ)

1319 Macabreme, moar liek...

Posted by: reason at July 21, 2016 04:39 PM (nKoz8)

1320
Cruz and is 'conscientious' minions were gleeful to see one of their Pro-Cruz PACs viciously attack Melania Trump.
Yeah, what's the big deal there?

But now the 'true-to-his-word' Cruz will feign that he somehow has had his sacred honor tarnished.

And so he must convince the rest of us to vote our consciences to elect Hillary Clinton in order to preserve the Constitution and defend the Republic.
(Oh, and to give him some remote hope of being the doomed GOP nominee in 2020.)

What a fucking bastard he is.

...well actually, what sad joke he has turned himself into.


Posted by: Oral Roberts at July 21, 2016 04:46 PM (4YvTW)

1321 Ace, I completely agree with your sentiments in this post and I too hope aliens will soon come kill us all given the sad state of affairs in this country and the entire world.

But can you please dispense with the word "retarded" and any other variation on that word? It's such an offensive term. And I'm not one of those safe space idiots either, believe me.

Here's why "retarded" is troublesome...it's just unfair to malign people with legitimate mental disabilities by putting them on the same level as the idiotic, brainwashed lemmings who'll stump themselves off a cliff for a candidate or political personality.

Some replacement adjectives that could be used: foolish, asinine, idiotic. You could even call the foolhardy individuals characterized in this post what they truly are--lemmings.

Posted by: An empathizer at July 21, 2016 04:54 PM (myyNl)

1322 Nobody is winning from this debacle other than Clinton. The Trigglypuffs in the audience should have avoided making the case that Trump is not a conservative and that it is unconscionable to vote for Trump.
Posted by: gm at July 21, 2016 03:32 PM (4ueYo)

Very much disagree. Look at the comment count here- everybody is talking about it on all sides (and taking a side). How much did twitter's traffic spike just from people checking Trump to see what his response would be?

Trump could have insisted on a commitment for the endorsement prior to scheduling Cruz (like Hillary with Sanders), or he could have nixed the speech. He allowed it, knowing the firestorm that would erupt.

Makes Trump's speech much more eagerly anticipated. Team Trump hoping for revenge. People defending Cruz, people attacking Cruz. The media smelling blood, and unable to resist covering the hell out of it.

Trump is luring the media to build up his speech. They can't wait to show how unhinged Trump is, and how awful his comeback will be. But, instead the speech will be positive and conciliatory, and will have a lot more viewers than it would have.

The media is Charlie Brown, Trump is Lucy, and the football is that next big story that will absolutely, undoubtedly, irrevocably, end Trump's run.

By tomorrow, the Cruz non-endorsement story will be long gone.

Posted by: Wacko at July 21, 2016 04:56 PM (jYnsn)

1323
Oh, and for all the Cruz Ball-Lickers who take the time write their conscientious comments, consider this:
Recognize who the real cultists are here.

They would be YOU.

If your cult-of-personality love of Cruz is so obsessively strong that you can't bring yourself to vote against Hillary Clinton: that is proof positive that you are the cultists.

And sorry, but there is no way of escaping that plain-as-day ugly fact.



Posted by: Oral Roberts at July 21, 2016 05:00 PM (4YvTW)

1324 Just a few more days till training camp starts. If I am going to be crushed in despair, let it be because of the Texans not because of GOPe politics.


Posted by: jazzuscounty at July 21, 2016 05:02 PM (iRHb1)

1325 Gary Johnson = Ross Perot = another fucking Clinton presidency!

Posted by: cumulonimbus at July 21, 2016 05:04 PM (bx5ka)

1326 Sorry Ace, gotta disagree with you for once. I was a Cruz supporter until yesterday. And I fully agree with you regarding Trump's idiotic approach to his opponents (which the MSM loved)....but: we are now talking about electing Hillary Clinton as president. This country is probably fatally damaged, a third Obama term will be the bullet in the head. So for a greater good, Ted should have manned up and not spoken at all. Declined to speak. But he can't do that because his great concern is Ted, not America.

Posted by: TomS. at July 21, 2016 05:04 PM (9/QQm)

1327 Been here since 2003. You're right, about 80% of the commenters here now are fucking stupid or democrat trolls (BIRM).

Posted by: Kerry Lawson at July 21, 2016 05:06 PM (g6yUI)

1328 It's not about the wife comments. Not about the dad comments. It's all about Cruz's ego. End of story.

As for pointing to what Trump did or may have done with the same pledge: He is the nominee and we will never know how Trump would've acted had he lost.

However, I will point out that Trump was in the right when he said the way he was being treated by the RNC was 'unfair.' It was. From early on, they were embarrassed by him, hoped he'd lose and pushed other candidates on the voters. They demeaned him, didn't treat him the same as others and didn't stand up for him when the press lied about him and his policies.

Reince was probably the only one who tried his best to stay out of the fray...but he didn't get the rest of his party in line. Can I point to comments by all sorts of RNC people like senators and congressmen who had to air their dislike of Trump? Even after he was clearly the nominee?

Yeah, so for Cruz to say he is sticking to his guns about some wife re-tweet? I'm not buying it.

Posted by: K-E at July 21, 2016 05:08 PM (BVeKL)

1329 ...and not Pinky with an out of control schlong. This time we get The Brain.

Posted by: cumulonimbus at July 21, 2016 05:10 PM (bx5ka)

1330 Ace,
Pleeeeeease don't leave us... you're tthe only sane blog out there.
Hot Air, Breitbart, Drudge, Ted Cruz (my candidate & senator),Roger Ailes. it's all imploding.
I don't think I have ever been this sad or depressed.

Posted by: redridinghood at July 21, 2016 05:14 PM (7GQM/)

1331 As for pointing to what Trump did or may have done
with the same pledge: He is the nominee and we will never know how Trump
would've acted had he lost.

...


Posted by: K-E at July 21, 2016 05:08 PM (BVeKL)

We do know how Trump has acted because he has run before and LOST.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at July 21, 2016 05:28 PM (P/kVC)

1332 This "Vote your Conscience" speech will be a future "Time for choosing" moment for Cruz and conservatives. It was also a Sister Souljah moment for Cruz to a convention hall full of people who needed to hear it.

The Party over Country mentality is what got us into this mess. Blind allegiance to the GOP nominee doesn't help our nation.

Posted by: PortLandon at July 21, 2016 05:48 PM (+oR7L)

1333 Someone let Ted know the Buddhist monk wants his robe and the remainder of the diesel fuel back when he gets through.

Thank you.

Posted by: Trump poisoned my cat at July 21, 2016 06:02 PM (pq97T)

1334 The longtime host of a local radio show, Hallerin Hilton Hill, a man I consider to be thoughtful and intelligent, and in no way a nutjob conspiracy theorist, has an interesting take on the whole Trump/Cruz RNC fiasco: that maybe, just maybe the whole show was political theatre. The way he builds a case for this is worth considering.

To avoid the dreaded Wall of Text, I won't attempt to lay out the facts of the case he makes here, but instead just list a few of Mr. Hill's conclusions and give a link to the radio station's website where the cogent portion of today's show will probably be available to listen to sometime in the next day or two for anyone interested.

Benefits to Ted Cruz: By playing the villain he manages to somewhat unite the party by making a good number of NeverTrumps so angry that they immediately decide to vote for Trump. (I watched this happen last night on this very blog.) He does so without compromising his principles; his admirers can still admire him.

Benefits to Donald Trump: 1) Melania's "plagerism" is immediately forgotten. 2) Trump's now the hero. 3) Now, instead of blah blah one more boring political convention, it guarantees that nearly every tv in the whole country will be tuned in to watch tonight.

Heh, what can the Dems come up at their convention to top this for drama?

Link to radio station is www dot newstalk987 dot com

I still think we picked the wrong candidate, and I hope we get another chance to change directions in 4 yrs, and that it won't be too late.

Meantime, I intend to put my political energy into supporting efforts to have a convention of states. It appears to me to be our last non-violent means to try and reestablish separation of powers, restore more power back to the states, to We the People, and still keep our Constitution in place.

Our founders put as much thought into the 5th Amendment as they did into the rest of the Constitution and its original amendments. They provided us with a last peaceful resort when we came to the place we are today. I say WHEN because the Founders foresaw this. It's our last, best chance to preserve the republic.

As Niall Ferguson said in 2011, during the Egypt crisis, "...Most revolutions lead not to happy-clappy democracies, but to internal turmoil, often to periods of terror, and also to external aggression..."

The progs have a long-term plan for the destruction of the social and economic structure of the US. They've been advancing that plan for nearly 100 years. What is OUR plan for preserving our form of government and our culture, our way of life? I don't see one. We are being herded like cattle to the slaughter.





Posted by: EyeTest at July 21, 2016 06:10 PM (5x9My)

1335 ?? So much for avoiding Wall Of Text. So glad this is a dead thread.

Posted by: EyeTest at July 21, 2016 06:11 PM (5x9My)

1336 Dear Ace,

This blog is and has been a place of refuge, camaraderie, and humor for so many, even those of us who mostly just lurk. Your thoughtful, colorful and original thinking is appreciated though probably not adequately demonstrated. Thank you for providing us with this place.

Posted by: EyeTest at July 21, 2016 06:22 PM (5x9My)

1337 I think it's time for me to announce that I'm looking to make my exit from the blog and politics as soon as I can arrange it. I can't take the stupidity, the juvenile hero worship, the backbiting, the groupthink enforced by bullies and dummies any more.

Ace, just to let you know, I pretty much agree that I *have* to stop reading so many political blogs... especially hateful "entertainment" blogs like Jeffrey Wells and Mark Evanier, that are really just left-wing hatesites.

I've realized I'm hurting myself psychologically, and I'm already obese and having what sure looks like the beginning of diabetes issues and heart trouble. I want to greatly extend my life, not shorten it.

I can understand sticking around for the ONTs as there's a lot of nonpolitical camaraderie there, but I'd love if I could reduce my politics intake to that and that only.

Anyway, just to let you know, I agree with you; American politics, at this stage, seems to just be a lost cause of everyone ultimately screaming "you're either on my team or you're a worthless human being, pick one."

Posted by: qdpsteve at July 21, 2016 06:28 PM (q7T0y)

1338 Ace, I'm right there with you. I post in the comments on Lucianne pretty often, and lately I've been posting mostly about the stupid tribalism that so many supposedly on the Right have embraced with the rise of Trump. It's beyond moronic, and I'm ashamed to say I never realized how deeply infected the Right was. If nothing else, Trump has done a fantastic job of exposing the fact that most of the supposed clear-thinkers and fact-based "conservatives" are nothing more that Leftists playing for a different team.

In fact, I may just take the time to write a full article-length post on the issue, because I believe it is killing our country more so than any leftist policy-making.

Even if you have to leave off talking about this campaign, please keep on with the rest. This is pretty much the last politics-oriented blog I look forward to seeing on my RSS feed lately.

Posted by: Cortillaen at July 21, 2016 06:31 PM (rpKZV)

1339 My wife just figured it out . . . the real Ace hasn't written anything for a long time. Other people have been writing using his name.

Whoever is writing these articles since this election cycle, particularly with the ascension of the Ted Cruz campaign (before last night, anyway), is different than who was writing them before.

Completely different people. Different political philosophies. A despondent Cruzbot has taken over this blog. The real Ace was not a Cruz supporter.

Something changed. This announcement by "Ace" and all the butthurt feels like a knockoff watch vendor in Chinatown hiding his wares and leaving the city as NYPD closes in.

What the hell is going on?

Posted by: Zodiac Killer at July 21, 2016 06:38 PM (kwHPo)

1340 Ace,

Let me echo those saying take time off, refocus the blog a bit, but please don't leave. This is a special place. More so all the time. Others seem to be deteriorating, but you've pretty much held the line.

Many upthread are saying you are a fine writer--true--but there's more to it. It's not that you say what others are saying, only better--though that's also true--you have your own take on things. You deal with things that only matter after you talk about them. That's much more rare than putting subjects and verbs in order.

Refocusing? I'd like to see more about gaming, because I know so little about it, and I dislike being ignorant about something so big. I'd also like to see an occasional thread on SteamPunk for pretty much the same reason.

Please don't leave. This place is family.

Posted by: Wenda (sic) at July 21, 2016 06:49 PM (pZEKq)

1341 Ace, hang in there! I believe it was then-Gen. DeGaule who said:"If decent men shrink from power and high office, what madmen will rush forward to take their place?" The madmen appear to have the advantage now, but we need you to stay in the fight for the longer haul and ultimate VICTORY.

Posted by: JewishOdysseus at July 21, 2016 06:54 PM (2exYR)

1342 Gotta think this is one blog entry the author would like to take back.

Posted by: Just A Guy at July 21, 2016 07:08 PM (CGzAz)

1343 Couple observations:

1. When talking politics with someone who begins to raise his/her voice, I end the discussion at that point because I know we've just gone from reason into the land of belief and emotion, and I really hate screaming. If I catch myself raising my own voice, I end it for the same reason. Needless to say (and more, mostly, due to the former situation than the latter), I've pretty much quit discussing politics with people.

2. I think that when one lobbies for and gains a position of power and influence over the masses and the benefits that accrue thereto, one gives up one's right to hurt personal feelings. In other words, when millions of people are hanging on your every word, it's not about you anymore, asshole.

3. Most people require a messiah and will suspend whatever critical thought processes are necessary in order to have one. The same people who were sneering at Democrats for this eight years ago are fully in its thrall today.

4. One of the recurring themes in critiques of Cruz from his Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle is that he seems to revel in and feed off the negative energy his personality and stunts engender in people. I think we saw a live example of this last night, and it was train-wrecky fascinating to watch (but then, I've always found aberrant psychology interesting).

Posted by: mkf at July 21, 2016 07:12 PM (BjQDH)

1344 Fuck an A right, Ace!

Trump acted like an ass-clown with Cruz; Cruz gets to distance himself permanently.

Posted by: The Phillipics at July 21, 2016 07:46 PM (Dwglb)

1345 No Ace, your argument in the OP is nonsensical. It's true that Trump was vicious to Cruz's wife... after Cruz attacked Trump's wife via a PAC. And Trump hit Cruz's dad with the kennedy thing after Trump's father attacked him first. What you do (like many in #NeverTrump, actually) is demand that Trump act in the most chivalrous possible manner even when others make nasty, underhanded attacks on him (at least Trump had the balls to hit Cruz's wife to his face).

And yes, Ted Cruz was almost certainly responsible for the PAC attack. Breitbart, among others, had the smoking gun:

http://tinyurl.com/zqzv8w8

Posted by: Johnny at July 21, 2016 07:53 PM (Ypf1L)

1346 Human beings are a mess. Politics brings out the worst in people who are already disturbed.

Um, except all of you morons.
We are screwed. I'd feel worse if it was fixable. It isn't so. Eh.

Fix yourself not the country. Make friends. It's going to turn out the way it's supposed to, which is to say, doom. Plan accordingly.

Posted by: Simplemind at July 21, 2016 08:32 PM (1/dEZ)

1347 I'd hate to see you quit, Ace, but I'll reluctantly support your decision if you feel like you have to. I mean, you have been at this a long time, and, not to psychoanalyze you or anything, but you've clearly been feeling really stressed and frustrated recently.

Maybe an extended break or something would do you some good. The cobs could keep the blog-fires burning for you if/when you feel like coming back. I feel like I can speak for the community in saying that we'd miss your unique wit and insight, but we'd find a way to soldier on if we really had to.

If you're talking about just straight-up shutting down the blog forever, that would be a sad day for all of us, and for America. You don't want to make America sad, do you? Seriously, though... it's your property and your choice to make, and I'll understand; I'd just be really bummed to lose this little slice of awesome on the internet.

Whatever your decision is, Ace... thanks for providing us with your awesome writing and such a great internet hangout for us drunken messes for all these years. I really appreciate it!

Posted by: Prothonotary Warbler... Ask not for whom The Donald Trumps. at July 21, 2016 08:36 PM (0OG8D)

1348 Ace: attention whore and nevertrumper turned neverhillary fading star.

Posted by: Flying Tiger Comics at July 21, 2016 08:43 PM (Df785)

1349 Well, we do know that when Ted Cruz gives you his word, it is burdened with secret provisions which Ted can invoke or invent which allow him to back out on his word. I voted for Ted in the primary, but I will never vote for him again for any office.

Posted by: Dogbert at July 21, 2016 09:03 PM (WQhlR)

1350 Wow Ace, buck up laddy! Be a man, accept your fate and hoist the black flag.

Posted by: Tom22ndState at July 21, 2016 09:17 PM (P77Wz)

1351 Never say never. I said I would never vote for Trump, but I will. Mike Pence will be my saving grace.

Posted by: jazzuscounty at July 21, 2016 09:19 PM (iRHb1)

1352 I don't mind what Cruz said/did last night, and I don't think Trump does, either. Trump saw that speech beforehand, and could've vetoed it, but he chose not to. Why?

I think that speech ultimately had two effects... it's brought more of the party together behind Trump, and also... it's really damaged Cruz's brand.

Even if it may have been accidental, Cruz basically fell on his sword and brought about a more united GOP. It kind of strikes me as... tragically heroic. His fatal flaw of hubris brought him down, while improving Trump's general election prospects and making it a bit more likely that we'll be able to avoid a Hillary presidency.

So, rock on, Ted; keep on Cruzin'.

Posted by: Prothonotary Warbler... Ask not for whom The Donald Trumps. at July 21, 2016 09:25 PM (0OG8D)

1353 Again: CNN, Mar. 29:

Cooper: "Do you still pledge to support whoever the Republican nominee is?"
Trump: "No, I don't anymore."

But Ted Cruz gave his word! Well, so did Donald.

It's important that we elect Trump. For us, not him. But we don't have to do a Dear Leader thing.

When you're okay with men in the ladies room and you yell "Bush Lied, People Died!" like Michael Moore and you call states that didn't vote for you corrupt and you personally insult every other candidate, expect some pushback.

Win at all costs has some costs.


Posted by: The Gipper Lives at July 21, 2016 09:32 PM (Ndje9)

1354 You're a idiot and a danger to the United States. Please stay the fuck home in November.
Teddy got his little delicate panties in a wad. He never was going to endorse Trump, he's just using his wife as an excuse. Pussy.

Posted by: steve at July 21, 2016 10:26 PM (XNF3q)

1355 Yeh, "It's all about my wife's honor - my country be damned!"

Right - such a Great Pol, that guy Cruz. So noble.

Posted by: Orson at July 22, 2016 12:28 AM (fqmY9)

1356 Ace please don't shut this place down. It is the only refuge for the sane lately.

Posted by: Lurker primus at July 22, 2016 01:01 AM (jn9ql)

1357 I'm not much of a commentator but I've been a reader for so long I've forgotten. Maybe more than a decade now? I did notice your writing getting more and more angry and I'm not surprised by your wanting to quit. If you decide to end, just know that you've helped me shape my opinions and understanding of political situations and I've passed that down to my children. I'm forever grateful to have found and been a loyal reader to one of the best analysts out there. Don't stay gone forever!

Posted by: molloaggie at July 22, 2016 01:40 AM (QLf6R)

1358 I'd still read the blog if it was converted to "Ace's rants about Music and stories about his imbecile children"

Posted by: Rbastid at July 22, 2016 02:14 AM (XwTyM)

1359 It's happening again. I've gotten to the point where I have to avoid reading / watching politics for a couple more years. It's too much on my blood pressure. Fare thee well 'conservative' news outlet Breitbart, and Sarah Palin also. I used to be a huge supporter of the latter, but this takes the cake. Everything's upside down now. I fear for this country. I just hope Trump won't be as big of a sinkhole as I fear he is going to be. Who knows, maybe he'll magically become a conservative while in office; if he wins.

Posted by: Schlippy at July 22, 2016 03:00 AM (PlyyM)

1360 Truth is, I went back on my word, and would have done so even if Trump hadn't responded to my vile attack on his wife (which Ace ignores because it doesn't fit the narrative) because I am an arrogant piece of shit.

Posted by: Lyin Ted at July 22, 2016 05:27 AM (YCpUt)

1361 Anyone who doesn't vote for Trump/Pence or stays home is voting #HillaryByProxy. Grow up, stop whining and help save America from Hillary!

Posted by: MOTUS at July 22, 2016 10:01 AM (guIGe)

1362 "People are so horrifically stupid that I cannot wait until the aliens come and kill us all."

Ace, you know that the SMOD@ is actually a kinetic strike weapon from your aliens. Nothing says "You people suck" like blowing out our candle without ever showing their faces or whatever.

Posted by: Frank at July 22, 2016 02:29 PM (LaZum)

1363 I totally agree with Ace here.
You can't be uncivil toward someone and expect civility in return.
But Trump is still 1000x better than Hillary.

Posted by: Man_in_PA at July 22, 2016 03:04 PM (V/3mP)

1364 Trumptards?! Trumptards?! Really dude? What, you can't watch the convention and discern why people are for Trump?
Cruz was not without his low blows in the campaign - he kept trying to suggest that Trump was responsible for any type of violence surrounding his events - remember that Ace? Do you remember that or are you just blind?
I used to like Cruz very much but now I can't stand him, hell I was even starting to empathize with the GOPe types like Ryan and McConnell because I see what an arrogant obtuse person can really be.
I am done with these Cruz threads and actually I am done with thus silly website; just keeping my word through all these sad Cruz tantrums and arrogant, ignorant, "highly highly judgeMENTAL members you have." So scary to see just how many posts parrot you and seek your approval. Go found your own damn party, and this point youu will need one if you want to keep supporting Cruz.

Posted by: Kyle P at July 22, 2016 07:36 PM (xAy1f)

1365 Cruz' Dad drew first blood. Trump whipped all their asses, including yours, Ace. And he has no idea you even exist. Game over.

Posted by: teapartydoc at July 22, 2016 10:32 PM (hWHqx)

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