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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Tim Kaine: The Jokes Just Write Themselves

The unindicted felon announced via text message she’d chosen Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia to be her running mate.  Kaine, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was the former governor of Virginia and a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

CNN reported Bill Clinton’s former Chief of Staff, John Podesta, brought two dozen binders to the Chappaqua home of Crooked Hillary back in April in an effort to help her find a suitable running mate.

The names her campaign floated were Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, NJ Senator Cory Booker, retired four-star Navy Admiral Jim Stavridis and pretend Native American Elizabeth Warren.

If she’d selected Cory Booker the ticket would be Clinton-BookHer.  Since Warren got shut down in the vetting process she will be on the warpath.  Crooked Hillary pretty much had to choose a Kaine or a Walker, but Walker is not a Democrat.  So…Kaine is a crutch.

For the well-oiled and well-funded Clinton Mafioso machine Kaine’s strong ties to politically important Virginia put him over the top and, as it turns out, President Obama strongly suggested the pick.  So, dutifully Clinton phoned the president to let him know she complied with his order to pick Kaine.

Virginia’s battleground status became less significant after news emerged shortly before Clinton’s announcement Friday that the Virginia State Supreme Court ruled Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 felons violated Virginia’s constitution.  The decision deals a major blow to the Democratic governor with implications for the November presidential race.
The Washington Post noted the 4-to-3 decision ruled McAuliffe overstepped his clemency powers by issuing a sweeping order restoring rights to all ex-offenders who are no longer incarcerated or on probation or parole.
“Never before have any of the prior 71 Virginia Governors issued a clemency order of any kind—including pardons, reprieves, commutations, and restoration orders—to a class of unnamed felons without regard for the nature of the crimes or any other individual circumstances relevant to the request,” Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons wrote for the majority. “To be sure, no Governor of this Commonwealth, until now, has even suggested that such a power exists.”
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Powerful Message: Handing Hope To A Stranger


Hillary/Kaine

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DNC Despair And Revulsion Week Will Be Brought To You By A Cast Of Misfits

The Democratic National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia on Monday.  Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept the schedule of speakers hush-hush on the DNC website until just before daybreak today.  The LA Times published the press release and Despair and Revulsion Week will open with The Wookkie, socialist fossil Bernie Sanders and immigration activist Astrid Silva.

One can only assume we will be reminded that on January 20, 2017 America’s first black family will be moving out of the White House.  I guess the First Lady will take back her statement about being proud of her country for the first time.

Tuesday night is guaranteed to be a real corker with gin-blossomed Billy Jeff and the darlings of the Left, Mothers of the Movement, otherwise known as “gun violence” moms.

It is unclear at this point whether there will be Styrofoam Greek columns on stage for The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer’s speech. Gaffe-tastic Uncle Joe Biden will also drone on and on.

Thursday will offer Chelsea Clinton, daughter of the unindicted felon, before The Sack Of Russet Potatoes accepts her party’s nomination.

Additional speakers in alphabetical order are:

State Representative Raumesh Akbari (Tennessee)
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (Ohio)
Congressman Xavier Becerra (California)
Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin
Senator Cory Booker (New Jersey)
Senator Barbara Boxer (California)
Congressman Brendan Boyle (Pennsylvania)
Congressman Bob Brady (Pennsylvania)
Governor Jerry Brown (California)
Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio)
Senator Bob Casey (Pennsylvania)
Congressman Joaquin Castro (Texas)
Congressman James Clyburn (South Carolina)
Congressman Joseph Crowley (New York)
Governor Andrew Cuomo (New York)
Governor Mark Dayton (Minnesota)
Former Governor Howard Dean (Vermont)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
Majority Leader State Representative Crisanta Duran (Colorado)
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (New Mexico)
Chillicothe, OH Mayor Luke Feeney
State Representative Peggy Flanagan (Minnesota)
Senator Al Franken (Minnesota)
Congressman Ruben Gallego (Arizona)
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords & Captain Mark Kelly (Arizona)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York)
Tallahassee, FL Mayor Andrew Gillum
Former Governor Jennifer Granholm (Michigan)
Congressman Luis Gutierrez (Illinois)
Former Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa)
Democratic State Party Chair Jaime Harrison (South Carolina)
Governor John Hickenlooper (Colorado)
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)
Senator Tim Kaine (Virginia)
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney
State Senator Ruben Kihuen (Nevada)
Senator Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)
Congressman Ted Lieu (California)
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (New York)
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (Kentucky)
Governor Terry McAuliffe (Virginia)
Congresswoman Gwen Moore (Wisconsin)
Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut)
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (California)
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (Washington, DC)
Former Governor Martin O’Malley (Maryland)
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nevada)
Congressman Adam Schiff (California)
Senator Chuck Schumer (New York)
Former State Representative Bakari Sellers (South Carolina)
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire)
State Senator Pat Spearman (Nevada)
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts)
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (California)
Flint, MI Mayor Karen Weaver
Governor Tom Wolf (Pennsylvania)

And just for shits and giggles, here's our Fearful Leader weighing in on the RNC Convention which wrapped up last night:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Whenever You Help Somebody Stand Up You Are Helping Humanity Rise

A blogger friend is excited about school starting.  Teaching is a difficult yet rewarding career if you love kids.  She teaches in a high poverty school.  She’s been doing it for 20 years.

She recently headed over to her classroom to get it ready for the new school year checking to make sure the computers and audio-visual equipment were functioning properly.  She cares enough about “her kids” that she strives to make the classroom a “comfortable, welcoming place” where they can feel “something good could happen at any moment.”

Pat knows a lot of her kids’ parents just don’t have the money to buy school supplies and she has a post up at her place asking for help.  She’s already opened her wallet to buy hand sanitizer, notebook paper, pencils, colored pencils, rubber bands, paper clips and other basic items.

She’s got links to Amazon for the things her students need, but if you’d rather send cash you can click on the PayPal button located on her sidebar.  I did that this morning and Pat emailed me right away to say she was going to buy a class set of The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan as a companion book to read with The Grapes of Wrath for her English classes.  She has wonderful things planned for her students.  Won’t you please help Pat’s dream of “wonderful things” come true?

Smear Merchants On The Left And Now On The Right

The truly talented smear merchants come from the Left.  The hive is running with the meme that Laura Ingraham, radio talk show host and a speaker at last night’s RNC Convention, did something grotesque.

The über-Left website Crooks and Liars noted:
“That thing did actually happen. At the end of her speech, Laura Ingraham appeared flew (sic) the Nazi salute in honor of her hero, Führer Drumpf.” 
“This will become more common in the next few months, I predict. Along with loyalty pledges and brownshirt armies.”
Known racist Tariq Nasheed, tweeted, “Earlier on my radio show I talked about how the RNC is like a Nazi rally. & tonight speaker Laura Ingraham does this.”
We’re familiar with these tactics but I’m having a difficult time reconciling why T. Becket Adams, a Staff Correspondent for The Washington Examiner, let this kind of evil creep into his Twitter feed.
The actual caption associated with the photograph reads:
Radio Host Laura Ingraham gestures while speaking during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Donald Trump, a real-estate developer, TV personality, and political novice, was formally nominated as the 2016 Republican presidential candidate Tuesday night in Cleveland after his campaign and party officials quashed the remnants of a movement to block his ascension. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Adams has written, “Don’t expect me to support Trump just to make you feel better about your decision to sell out liberty.”  Alright, Mr. Adams, your opinion is duly noted but stooping to the level of the smear merchants on the Left is classless.  Yours was not the act of a conservative.  It smacked of a hard-liner for the other side.  

Did you even see her speech?  She ripped Hillary and drew raucous applause when she eviscerated the press poodles for their anti-conservative bias.

“To all my friends up there in the press:  You all know why, in your heart, Donald Trump won the nomination. You know it. You know why he won it?” she asked. “Because he dared to call out the phonies, the frauds, and the corruption that has gone unexposed and uncovered for far too long. Too long!  Do your job!”

UPDATE:   Welcome readers of The Pirate’s Cove.  We appreciate the linky-love from the Admiral.

RNC Convention Speakers And Headliners For Thursday, July 21

Thursday: Make America One Again
 Primetime Program, 7:30 P.M.
 
Brock Mealer, Motivational Speaker 
U.S Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN-7)
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin
Dr. Lisa Shin, National Diversity Coalition for Trump 
Reince Priebus, RNC Chairman 
Jerry Falwell, Jr., President of Liberty University and evangelical leader 
Peter Thiel, Venture Capitalist
Tom Barrack, CEO of Colony Capital
Ivanka Trump, Daughter of Donald Trump and EVP at the Trump Organization 
Donald J. Trump, Candidate for President of the United States

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Confessions of a Pokémon Go Agnostic

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I confess. I just don't see the fascination of Pokémon Go. It seems to me to be a little bit like geocaching, but for geeks without the bona fides to be full fledged nerds.

My experience with Pokémon or "pocket monsters", is brief. There was an animated series a while back that featured this kid with a funny name, bad hair and a girl's voice. He would wander around with his friends catching Pokémon, training them and then using them to battle other people's monsters in an arena. Think "the NFL without cheerleaders". Or point.

I don't think I was ever able to sit through an entire annoying episode, but a friend of mine from college had a son who was a Pokémon enthusiast who gave me one of his cards. I still have it. Even though the catch phrase was "Gotta catch 'em all", I am quite content with just the one.

A few years back, I had a tremendous insight into the Pokémon phenomenon... If only I could remember what it was! It was truly breathtaking! You would have been impressed. However a couple of more recent thoughts came to mind, so I thought I'd share them with you before they too, are gone with the wind!

A lot of TV stations like to list their children's programming, whatever it is, as "educational". What lessons might a small child learn from Pokémon?

Pink Pantsuit and the Brain

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New and improved! Now with more pink!

Hillary Must Be As Nervous As A Virgin At A Prison Rodeo

As speaker after speaker laid out the case against Hillary Clinton’s tortured relationship with the truth and as delegates on the floor of the Republican National Convention rose to their feet chanting, “Lock her up!  Lock her up!  Lock her up!” Donald Trump’s opponent must be as nervous as a virgin at a prison rodeo.

In a published report by The Wall Street Journal, the problem for the unindicted felon is further complicated by the fact that 22 million people tuned in to watch the brutal attacks on her during the first night of the convention.  Fox News averaged 6.35 million viewers and CNN drew 3.94 million viewers while MSNBC attracted almost 2 million viewers.

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