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airbus

In response to: Political Metastasis: A Stage Iv Cancer of Political Lawlessness

airbus
Based on what I heard Obama say last night, I believe it was like a "as seen on TV" ad where if you are amongst the first 50 callers, you can get in on the deal. Problem is, everyone who calls in actually qualifies because that's what the plan is anyway. Sell to everyone that calls. 5 million is an arbitrary number in the same way in that every illegal (and those not yet here) will qualify. Now, on to the next executive order to fundamentally transform the United States of America.
 Permalink 11/21/14 @ 09:21
airbus

In response to: Pre- and post-election lessons

airbus
My "lack of success" comment is a reference to Gov Brownback.
 Permalink 11/04/14 @ 15:35
airbus

In response to: Pre- and post-election lessons

airbus
I think your analysis of the east is right on. If you consider people that have left those states due to democrat policies, that leaves more liberals behind and hard to elect republicans. Democrats will always elect those of scandal fame because the end game is what is important, not the character of the candidate running. After talking to people in Kansas, the appeal of Orman is "new blood" that will stop "obstructionist" republicans, despite the fact that democrats control the senate. People forget the economic Hiroshima left by Kathleen "Obamacare" Sebelius. I can't believe the most gun friendly state (you can open carry in the capitol building) is about to risk having them taken them away by electing democrats. There is an oil boom here, creating a housing shortage by the number of jobs that have been created, not to mention a low unemployment rate. The "lack of success" illusion has been created and repeated here like the Carville Mantra of '92 by the media. They concentrate on one county (where I own property) that lags behind the state but every state has a county like this. Overall, I look for a 2012 like midterm. Expectations but a disconnect of the link between Obama and democrats in congress. The only hope is that republicans due to democrats what they did to Eric Cantor, a total blowout not picked up in the polls.
 Permalink 11/04/14 @ 15:33
airbus

In response to: The Most Ridiculous Campaign Ad of the Year

airbus
The NY Times actually ran a complimentary article and I hear they actually called condom manufacturers asking if they are planning an increased production. Some day, man will be left with sex, pot and Facebook and the greatest of these is Facebook. http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2014/10/29/?entry=3898&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
 Permalink 10/31/14 @ 20:06
airbus

In response to: The Most Ridiculous Campaign Ad of the Year

airbus
I was just about to ask you to comment on this and here it is. Like we're all sitting around these days (unless it provides Ebola protection) with the events in this country and the world and the foremost thought is hoping there will be enough condoms to carry us through and voting based on a fear that one candidate will ban contraceptives for all. As a political consultant, you'd be laughing hysterically someone actually bought into using this angle.
 Permalink 10/29/14 @ 18:57
airbus

In response to: My Experience With PBS Special America After Ferguson

airbus
Sorry I missed the show, I will see if they have it posted on the website. The investment property I bought in SE Kansas is in a neighborhood of predominantly black residents. Down and across from me is a police officer. His father is the pastor of the church across the street. I feel out of place sometimes because there are not many in this neighborhood not owning a Cadillac CTS, a Nissan SUV (yes, with 8 cylinders) or Cadillac Escilade. Two other neighbors are retired railroad engineers from Union Pacific. I have made some very good friendships here and I'm sad the renovation of the house will soon be ending. If you're looking for the very poor in this town and county, it is the whites.
 Permalink 10/06/14 @ 20:43
airbus

In response to: With Friends LIke Us

airbus
I just read another article how alot of republicans may send a message in protest to their candidates by not voting or voting for an independent or 3rd party, What they're not considering is how much more isolated and in a continued dangerous position that puts Israel in if we continue with a democrat senate, no friend to Israel they.
 Permalink 10/06/14 @ 20:23
airbus

In response to: The Sketchy Criticism of SketchFactor

airbus
Liberals have turned the urban areas into armies of amoral kids who eventually kill or are killed. They are told that to succeed in this society is to act white and a betrayal of the race. Once a child's mind is set in that direction, it cannot be unlearned. Because of the ever increasing effort to expand the democrat voter base, the democrats will exploit these people to whatever means it takes. Put into the mix the hispanics allowed to come in untold numbers across the borders, democrats and a black president doing whatever it takes to get these people here and show preferential treatment for jobs and education. One has to wonder, as the hispanics emerge in the future as leadership in this country, how they will deal with these problems.
 Permalink 08/19/14 @ 21:32

In response to: Extraordinary Irresponsibility

alianderson
I hear talks about Africa having superfast broadband internet soon.
 Permalink 08/18/14 @ 13:32

In response to: Extraordinary Irresponsibility

alianderson
you know what? I'm not a Jew or an Islam so I don't take sides but this issue should affect everybody, right? The only thing that we can do with regard to the War in Gaza strip is for both parties to settle in talks of peace but that is still a long shot as far as I can tell. Even President Obama doesn't have any sympathy for the Hamas.
 Permalink 08/11/14 @ 03:22
airbus

In response to: Extraordinary Irresponsibility

airbus
I think the last time Obama made any real attempt at foreign policy was the red line/Syria pivot: "To strike or not to strike" matter then then referred it to the congress. I think the "no sympathy' comment appears incomplete as in 'no sympathy for Hamas, just total support' along the lines of, 'I don't like Martha's Vineyard, I love Martha's Vineyard'. He is so post presidential now, he may as well join Hillary in the speech circuit and get paid for it. Speeches have been the only thing he's been able to offer. He has a pen, a phone and a teleprompter.
 Permalink 08/09/14 @ 12:47
airbus

In response to: Border issue leaves only "war on women" from Dems

airbus
Replying to someone who left comment on the DP about this post. The reply was lengthy but my reply is short about the immigration comments: When Obama had both houses of congress, they could have passed anything they wanted where immigration reform is concerned but they did not. All during the administration, all that he is offered anyway is speeches, not legislation. All they ever want is issues, not solutions.
 Permalink 07/29/14 @ 11:01
expatexlawyer

In response to: Border Chaos Changes Election Year Politics

expatexlawyer
Hey, Ross: What is your handle on the senate and gov races in CO at this point. Am a bit confused by shifting polls, and trust your judgment over my own after the 2010 debacle. Are the dems paying weirdo Aiken to come out of the woodwork? Seems like he is in high demand at MSNBC.
 Permalink 07/17/14 @ 16:51
airbus

In response to: Pied Piper of Permisos

airbus
Reading the paper from some of the Texas border towns, they've got plane loads arriving daily from Central America bringing immigrants. They just brought 200 children to Omaha and most of the facebook posts are in support of it. If you brought 200 per day, that's 73,000 per year or about 292,000 over a 4 year period. If you consider the dropout rate there is 27%, that could be equal to what could show up in a year (about 78,000). You could then calculate the teenage pregnancy rate of this demographic to be an additional 6700 per year. All this in a city of about 500,000. Then you could look at the additional cost of medical, housing, education (additional physical plant as well as teaching), headstart, additional police, jail space, social services etc. and you can see the real humanitarian crisis actually starts at the destination cities.
 Permalink 07/10/14 @ 16:51
airbus

In response to: Pied Piper of Permisos

airbus
Quite a contrast when you consider what we're doing for people in Central and South America that we delayed doing for veterans in the same timely manner: healthcare on demand. With people pouring across the border and the middle east in flames, democrats in congress push a front and center bill of the court override on the Hobby Lobby Bill. Then, you've got the optics of Obama in the "situation room" at the Wynkoop in a game of pool, then off to the fund raisers. It appears the money requested for "border security" is half process newcomers and the other half for the relocation effort with no relief in sight of closing it off. I believe there should be a set aside of funds for T shirts that say "Hobby Lobby" on the front with "Redskins" logo on the back. Throw in a baseball cap with "I'm Pro Life"
 Permalink 07/09/14 @ 18:55
airbus

In response to: Bodies of Kidnapped High School Students Found in West Bank

airbus
Someone has pointed out and I failed to notice, Obama had not commented on this situation for two weeks. Also, I believe anyone who is associated with the Presbyterian church cannot continue after learning of their divestment from Israel. It has been universal doctrine of the Christian Church of all faiths to fully support Israel.
 Permalink 07/01/14 @ 17:10
airbus

In response to: Bodies of Kidnapped High School Students Found in West Bank

airbus
http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/06/30/report-arabs-attack-idf-ambulance-transporting-bodies-of-murdered-israeli-teens-photo/ And these are the people that Obama and Kerry insist on making a peace deal with.
 Permalink 06/30/14 @ 16:15
airbus

In response to: Thoughts on Primary Election results

airbus
It's interesting that the establishment that complained about tea party candidates that had no chance of winning, find themselves in that very position now with the Cochran candidacy. Though an incumbent, the feedback against the tactics of the campaign have been so intense won't soon be forgotten when it comes to the election. The establishment won the battle but will lose the war. The 2nd district of Nebraska (largest red in the state that just elected a republican mayor in Omaha) will have a three way race. The incumbent republican won the primary against a challenge (challenger won 43% of the vote). The primary was ticked off and was going to run third party but as a compromise, a former, well known state Senator will run a 3rd party campaign with name on the ballot. The democrat is a former, popular republican who should win it easily. In a year of what should be low hanging fruit, we're giving away seats in places we don't have to. I think Udall is beatable but Hickenlooper not so much. I think that is why you won't see immigrant children showing up there until after November. Another primary to watch is Pat Roberts of Kansas. If anecdotal evidence is accurate (lawn signs), Dr Wolf has a chance.
 Permalink 06/25/14 @ 21:05
airbus

In response to: Cantor Crushed

airbus
Good analysis on what happened. If there had been a presidential candidate with a message like that in 2012, I think republicans could have prevailed. In a debate, arguing core principles always beats a "position" a candidate has taken on an issue, like an Ace beating a 2 of hearts.
 Permalink 06/11/14 @ 22:36
Madpinto

In response to: Donald Sterling: The Punishment Fits The Crime

madpinto
The league is a business, and the NBA is smart to want Sterling out of their hair. In the end, the commissioner can't force Sterling to sell, but putting pressure on him to get out is a rational choice for the NBA. I'm not defending Sterling in any way; his comments were despicable. However, I find the public's outrage and the league's castigation somewhat disproportionately harsh relative to other sports figures and club owners' actions. Several players who have been involved in rape, murder, dog fighting, and other criminal cases have made amends and resumed their careers. Certain owners have been charged with driving while intoxicated and various other infractions. I understand the NBA's eagerness to stamp out racism, and I agree racism has no place in our society. Yet, I worry that public fury can lead to dramatic punishments based more on emotion than reason.
 Permalink 04/30/14 @ 12:24
chartguy

In response to: Donald Sterling: The Punishment Fits The Crime

chartguy
I agree that it is not an issue of free speech. My concern is that the league is trying to force him to sell the team. He is 80 years old. Selling the team would force him to pay capital gains on almost the entire proceeds of the sale, since he only paid $12.5 million for the San Diego Clippers. If, when he dies, he passes it to his heirs, no tax will be paid. That amounts to a fine in the hundreds of millions of dollars, not the maximum $2.5 million. Sterling's comments were reprehensible. The NBA bylaws limit fines. Will the NBA abide by its own bylaws?
 Permalink 04/30/14 @ 09:38
airbus

In response to: Democrats Really Stepped In It This Time

airbus
The Koch industries pump over $11 billion into the economy per year in jobs and benefits but the democrats (including MU) would be comfortable with losing that economic activity. The other day, I overheard a TA Travel Center mgr interviewing a girl for a job. She was explaining to her that they don't offer more than 28 hrs per week due to the new healthcare law. Another proud benefit of Obamacare (which MU would vote for again). Not too long ago, I had an eye emergency on a Sunday and called the eye surgeon I used last year. In 30 minutes I was in an exam (I payed cash for previous surgeries for a much lower rate). I couldn't help but think that if I had Obamacare that I may not have been able to keep my dr. as promised. Udall's election will be important to watch. If reelected, we have a long road ahead of us. Off topic but I was wondering if CNN will cover the missing $6 billion from the State Dept under Clinton as long and aggressively as the missing Malaysian plane.
 Permalink 04/05/14 @ 11:10
mrscotd

In response to: The (Liberal) Silencers

mrscotd
This is a test comment-as requested. I've personally experienced the liberal silencers in conversation around a camp fire (and other places). None of us know all the details of every issue but they refuse to discuss issues on even a 'common-sense' level with anyone they recognise as having a brain in their head...
 Permalink 04/02/14 @ 08:44
chxia1998

In response to: Xencor management cheated investors

chxia1998
Thanks for the detailed post. I worked there 12 years ago and just found that my initial shares are reduced by 99%. After reading the post, I realized what happened there. With only 1% value left, I really don't mind (and wish) if my shares will be further reduced to zero.
 Permalink 03/19/14 @ 13:50
airbus

In response to: Debunking Democrats’ Default Dramatics

airbus
If it wasn't for the forced drama of the Park Service, noone would even know there was any "shutdown" taking place. How many friends does anyone have out there in a motorhome traveling the countryside in October? Interesting point about bond holders and food stamp recipients having parity, as far as this admin. is concerned. We all know what happened to the bond holders during the GM "bankruptcy". In my opinion, on the republican position, I would hold out and see how Obama plays his hand. I believe it would further expose the democrats but, the GOP messaging would have to be much, much better than it is now. Starving the beast of the EPA, IRS, Energy Dept, Dept of Indoctrination (previously Dept of Ed.) would be lovely.
 Permalink 10/08/13 @ 20:13
airbus

In response to: Million Vet March Oct 13 in DC

airbus
"Closing" those memorials is like putting barricades around a concrete parking bumper in your average parking lot, the difference being the disrespect shown to those veterans that we owe our freedom to.
 Permalink 10/08/13 @ 19:50
airbus

In response to: Obama is just not that clever

airbus
I would have to think that since Obama wants as much pain as possible inflicted during shutdown, you'd have to conclude that is what he wants for his entire presidency and possibly looks to be tenured to the position after that.
 Permalink 10/04/13 @ 18:31
airbus

In response to: Obama’s Loose Lips

airbus
I remember George W Bush made a statement one time that a president must always be alert to the words he uses because they have such a serious affect on matters that he's speaking to.
 Permalink 09/06/13 @ 16:33

In response to: Falling Into Radical Islam

zilla
Best analogy for Mad Mo's Malicious Muck that I have seen in a long time. Well done.
 Permalink 07/22/13 @ 14:40
airbus

In response to: The Democrats' Walmart Obsession

airbus
When the outgoing democrat Mayor of Omaha NE originally ran for office, he campaigned on jobs for predominantly black North Omaha which has a high rate of unemployment. To the horror of the mayor and democrat majority city council, Walmart stepped up and offered plans to build a 180,000 sq ft supercenter that would create 300 job. It was approved and building begun but I can see where in the future, the tearing down process will begin by democrats and unions under a republican mayor (soon to take office). If the issue was the wages or benefits, you'd have to close every fast food joint in town.
 Permalink 06/04/13 @ 09:14
airbus

In response to: Hickenlooper gives "reprieve" to murderer Nathan Dunlap

airbus
If you take into account the early release of Evan Ebel (though the gov's fingerprints aren't on it, just a smudge) and letting Dunlap off the hook, My campaign theme would be that he care's more about his political life than that of your family's.
 Permalink 05/27/13 @ 17:02
airbus

In response to: The Taxman Cometh (For Tea Partiers)

airbus
Not the first time for IRS abuses http://johnrlott.blogspot.com/2013/05/obamas-past-irs-abuses-cant-be-blamed.html
 Permalink 05/13/13 @ 11:42
airbus

In response to: Is the media turning on Obama?

airbus
http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/10/18176797-clinton-remains-gop-focus-as-administration-defends-benghazi-talking-points I'm in shock that the NBC evening news filed this report on Benghazi. This is big news in itself.
 Permalink 05/10/13 @ 19:55
airbus

In response to: Is the media turning on Obama?

airbus
Looking back, how many believe that Hillary Clinton had a blood clot in the brain from a fall that delayed testimony. I believe there are other things she was involved in for the reason Obama passed her over for VP. Interesting the media is running with the emails story today although they were willing to meet behind closed doors with the administration for a briefing for a cover-up about the cover-up.
 Permalink 05/10/13 @ 18:22
airbus

In response to: Is the media turning on Obama?

airbus
Since Obama was always a celebrity instead of president, I've always thought he should have gotten a good manger to handle him, do what Colonel Parker always knew, not to overexpose Elvis as to not let people get tired of the brand and always wanting more. The Obama presidency is akin to the drone program, let someone else do the fighting from afar and not have to have your hands on the wheel so you can never get shot down (the Limbaugh Theorem). I think a key moment where things took a turn was the gloom and doom sequester scare, how there would be no response to 911, utilities would go offline, you wouldn't get your social security check or even worse, you couldn't tour the white house to see where all those parties take place. What really surprised me about the media was to see Bob Schiefer reading from the Weekly Standard, a not old, main stream media source for the narrative of what happened in the cover up of Benghazi.
 Permalink 05/07/13 @ 07:53
gstaff

In response to: Obama attacks IRAs

gstaff
I am against this in the strongest possible terms, but I did run the numbers to see how long one could get $205,000 a year out of a $3.2MM nest egg at "current" interest rates. If you start with $3.2MM and withdraw $17,083 at the beginning of each month ($205K/yr), and earn 4.5%/yr applied monthly (0.38%/mo), and assume a 25% tax rate on the interest, the nest egg will last about 265 months. A man's life expectancy at age 62 is about 20 years, so yes, the nest egg is sufficient to last nearly everyone as long as would be required. I am not defending the idea. It smacks of governmental peternalism of the worse sort, and, like all class attacks, does nothing to better the plight of the "poor." It is idiocy in its most pure form. But I thought the numbers would be interesting to know, in case the argument arose. By the way, I currently have about half of my retirement in Allianz inusrance investments that guarantee more than the 4.5% mentioned above, sothe interest rate is achievable. The 7% that was mentioned that would be required seemed to assume that the nestegg would attract no interest while it was being drawn down.
 Permalink 04/16/13 @ 12:11
airbus

In response to: Obama attacks IRAs

airbus
Eventually, you could substitute retirement with the size of a home. They may tell you a studio apartment is enough, in an area close to light rail, instead of keeping your large home in Winter Park. We're already approaching that point with the size and type of car you can buy. I was never a fan of caps on IRA type accounts. I always felt that if you were able, you should be allowed to put as much in those as you could possibly afford. Obama is already on record saying that there is a figure where you've earned enough per year.
 Permalink 04/10/13 @ 17:56
airbus

In response to: A small victory for gun rights and common sense

airbus
It's amazing that the party that always does everything "for the children", did not center it's legislation or debate on school safety. No provision for armed guards at schools or a program to get teachers to conceal carry
 Permalink 03/09/13 @ 21:20
saxxon

In response to: Amanda Collins and Kim Weeks, Champions for the 2nd Amendment

saxxon
These two women definitely had courage and guts to speak up like this. I have no doubt had they been armed they also had the guts to fight off their attackers. The Democrats are despicable creatures who would leave other women vulnerable. Thye should call their bill the Campus Rapists and Mass Murderers Protection Act of 2013.
 Permalink 03/05/13 @ 19:38
airbus

In response to: Stocks Support Sequester

airbus
Great interview on JD, I missed Kudlow. I feel a sense of momentum with the sequestor going forth. I"ve never seen $85 billion dollars go so far in the gov't in all my life, according to Obamanomics. I just hope republicans feel some confidence when it comes to the debt ceiling at the end of March.
 Permalink 02/28/13 @ 21:16
airbus

In response to: Mike Coffman Gets It

airbus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m-DrlJMOp8 The president is going to Virginia today to talk about sequestration cuts in the Navy. In the debate, he says basically because of modern times and diffeent needs, the navy is large enough. Listen to what he says about who is responsbie for sequestration. about 2 min.
 Permalink 02/26/13 @ 11:16
airbus

In response to: Ground Zero for Gun Control

airbus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWvT9Kea_wA This 2 min video shows an actual case under California law I couldn't help but think about immigration reform, I haven't read anywhere where keeping firearms brought across the border is being addressed. If that's the case, no purchase took place which means no background check or no registration
 Permalink 02/22/13 @ 23:09
zinoviev

In response to: Deep Thoughts

zinoviev
Hey, Ross! It's Bob Piccard. That's a pretty funny story. What I've done for years is look in the Yellow Pages for florists in the town where I want to send flowers. So it adds a couple of bucks to the cost, but I talk to a human being without any of that "Press one for English" crap and when I decided I wanted to change my order and called again the next day, the woman acted like we were old friends.
 Permalink 02/20/13 @ 14:05
airbus

In response to: Hypocrites for Hagel

airbus
Senator Johanns from Nebraska is supporting Hagel. I think he's taking the place of Ben Nelson. I also can't believe some of the support Hagel has in NE. People are blaming teh hold up of the nomination on republicans looking to screw the democrats. All you had to do was watch the hearings and read some of the things to come out in the way of speeches. The case of the low information voter.
 Permalink 02/15/13 @ 21:25
airbus

In response to: Deep Thoughts

airbus
Most people don't know that the drummer for the past few years for the Who is Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr's oldest son. He is excellent.
 Permalink 02/15/13 @ 21:19
airbus

In response to: Manipulate This (Obama Skeet Shooting)

airbus
Funny how you see video of the basketball and golf but here we only have a still photo out of context. There is no copywrite protection of the president in a photo so noone can claim ownership of it. You could sit in a race car at Indy but that doesn't make you a driver in the race. You also have to be able to speak, in depth, about the hobby or profession you claim to know. I don't believe he can do that.
 Permalink 02/03/13 @ 08:38
katesanchez

In response to: The Biggest Reasons

katesanchez
good info
 Permalink 11/17/12 @ 19:51
airbus

In response to: The Biggest Reasons

airbus
Alot of people told me "he needs more time to finish the job". In 4 years it will be the fault of republicans in congress, even though they will have caved in to tax hikes. I believe the democrats will run the mayor of LA in 2016, another historic candidacy. We could run Rubio and Martiniez but wouldn't make any difference as far as them being historic because conservative minorities are not real minorities. It would help if republicans would not agree to debates moderated by democrat moderators and appear on talk radio. The one time Romney appeared on Laura Ingraham's show, he was asked "what is your strategy if the economy appears to turn around, what do you do then". He answered, "do you have a better strategy?" and then refused to go back on her show. My bottom line question is how do you win against people who boldly lie and repeat the lies often enough and it's taken as main stream truth?
 Permalink 11/17/12 @ 09:58
freak

In response to: The Biggest Reasons

freak
Republicans will never win again until they stop stooping to elections based on "are you better off," or "who can help you more," or "will jobs be created." To win, they must frame elections on American values, first and foremost "freedom," followed by "e pluribus unum (bottom up government)." Margaret Thatcher understood this a long time ago. Liberals (in the traditional, John Locke conception of this word) must win on values, not on outcomes. She and Reagan made this point abundantly. Elections must be about values and the first value is freedom -- the economy will follow.
 Permalink 11/16/12 @ 16:34
airbus

In response to: Who Are You?

airbus
A must read http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/332916/why-hispanics-dont-vote-republicans-heather-mac-donald#
 Permalink 11/08/12 @ 11:26