February 20, 2016

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Comment by Combotechie
2016-02-20 05:09:19

An interview with Berkekey’s Hate Man, and …

Bill in L.A = Win!


Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 06:41:04

That fellow should be institutionalized not on the streets.

Plus he smokes. He might get the death penalty in Ca.

Comment by Ol'Bubba
2016-02-20 06:49:52

Is your last name Trombone?

Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 06:54:11


The last thing this guy says in the video is “ooh, ooh, wait, I’m supposed to get oatmeal and bread crumbs.” Then he goes over for a handout.

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Comment by Prime_Is_Contained
2016-02-20 09:48:25

Then he goes over for a handout.

LOL—which is priceless, considering he just spoke for 5min on how street people are the most individualistic and most self-sufficient expression of human-kind. The irony runs thick in this one…

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 07:41:11

First name soon will change to ‘Sad’…

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Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 10:18:13

We’ll see, but I’m marking this down as your prediction that Trump will not win SC. So now you can’t do like always and say “I din make no pwediction.”

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 11:00:32

Don’t put words into my mouth. I predict Trump will win South Carolina, as their voters have obviously drunk from the same batch of alcohol-spiked Kool-aid that you did.

Comment by anklepants
2016-02-20 12:36:28

Then why will he be soon sad? Backpedal Lola

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 13:57:42

The Voice of America
February 20, 2016 20:55 UTC
U.S. Elections 2016
New US Poll Throws Doubt on Trump Lead

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has become more popular than early Republican front-runner Donald Trump, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The poll shows Cruz with 28 percent of the vote from Republican voters if there were an election today. Trump received 26 percent. In third place was Florida Senator Marco Rubio, at 17 percent.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 14:01:15

Given his attacks on almost everyone, including Mexicans and the popular Latino Pope, have opened the door to future problems for him. His two closest Republican rivals are both Hispanic. When one of them eventually steps down, will Hispanic Republican voters shift their support to the guy who wants to build a southern border wall, or to the remaining Hispanic Republican candidate?

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 14:50:34

Feb 19 2016, 6:00 am ET
Donald Trump’s Lead Slashed in South Carolina: Poll
by Mark Murray
Trump Struggles to Defend His Support of Iraq War in 2002

Donald Trump is now leading Saturday’s South Carolina Republican primary by 5 points — down from his 16-point lead in the state a month ago, according to results from a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.

Trump gets support from 28 percent of likely Republican primary voters in the state, while Ted Cruz gets 23 percent. They’re followed by Marco Rubio at 15 percent, Jeb Bush at 13 percent, and John Kasich and Ben Carson at 9 percent each.

In the January NBC/WSJ/Marist poll — conducted before this month’s Iowa and New Hampshire contests — Trump held a 16-point over Cruz, 36 percent to 20 percent, with Rubio at 14 percent and Bush at 9 percent.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 14:53:35

Will the perception that Cruz may win in South Carolina lead some would-be Trump voters to vote for Cruz instead?

Comment by I am yuuuge in Burma
2016-02-20 17:49:16

The Pro is picking up where AQ Dan left with these polls.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 18:23:30

I miss Albuquerque Dan. He was my best sparring partner on the HBB, ever, as he would take the opposite position on every point of discussion we ever engaged in.

Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 20:01:10

Caw, Caw, Caw

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 20:11:38

Dead crows on Dan’s dinner plate don’t caw.

Comment by Combotechie
2016-02-20 06:51:57

At one time he was institutionalized; At one time he worked for the N.Y. Times.

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2016-02-20 07:39:34

The Bill in L.A. I know has a MS degree, undergraduate degree in mathematics, has been earning his own way since 1985, has enough assets to retire comfortably, lives in a modern apartment, drives a Japanese import that is well maintained, has brown hair and with no whiskers.

Comment by Goon
2016-02-20 07:54:40


Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 10:20:46

Yeah, I honestly didn’t get him mentioning you along side this crazy homeless dude.

Comment by taxpayers
2016-02-20 05:49:01

What’s life like in a 2% economy. Both Hilary and trump are governmentarians so folks better get ready for several more yrs.

Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 06:42:59

Hillary would doible government workers. Sanders would increase tenfold.

Trump is no fan of the Post Office bureaucrats. Try next meme.

Comment by taxpayers
2016-02-20 08:02:05

Has he offered any cuts

Check my link/web
I’m working it

Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 10:26:57

Yes he has proposed tremendous cuts to federal spending.

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Comment by azdude
2016-02-20 06:43:52

It feels like we aren’t even growing, going backwards.

Look at all the companies reporting bad sales.

CAT equipment is so overpriced you have to become a debt serf just to pretend you are an owner for awhile.

In CA most of the older heavy equipment cannot be run in the state so they have to unload it out of state or overseas.

Comment by palmetto
2016-02-20 06:57:39

Interesting you asked, because I came across this piece of satire from a writer on Takimag:


With that said, I don’t think it’s going to be Hillary vs Trump. Rubio is now the RNC’s anointed candidate and I expect him to whump Trump in SC today. Especially after some of the comments I’ve seen from South Carolinians, both on line and on the MSM. They want to vote for a “winner”, so they’re looking to see who is the most “acceptable”. That’s Rubio. God help us.

Comment by Ol'Bubba
2016-02-20 10:02:53

Rubio is an errand boy sent by grocery clerks to collect a bill.

Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 10:28:04

He’s certainly no assassin.

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Comment by I am yuuuge in Burma
2016-02-20 18:03:53

Like Obama?

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Comment by azdude
2016-02-20 06:18:37

has the short covering rally petered out yet?

Comment by Goon
2016-02-20 06:26:13

Collapsing house prices.

P.S. nobody wants them!

Comment by Combotechie
2016-02-20 06:37:09

“Collapsing house prices.”

“P.S. nobody wants them!”

They want them if the price goes up because if the price goes up then the value goes up. But if the price goes down then that means the value goes down and nobody wants to invest in something that loses its value.

A bit screwy, but there it is.

And here we are.

Comment by palmetto
2016-02-20 07:10:56

Not in Vancouver,lol.

The Famous Vancouver Teardown Shack Just Sold For $2.5 Million, $80,000 Over Asking


I just came to the realization that ZH is an online financial tabloid. Anyone know if there was ever a such thing as a financial tabloid in print?

Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 06:45:09

I don’t want a wall. Therefore, I will pretend claims to want it are a lie.

I don’t want a wall. Therefore, I will pretend it will not work.

I don’t want a wall. Therefore I will pretend it costs too much.

I don’t want a wall. I want open borders.

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Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 07:47:53

Is that the Fannie Mae building?

Comment by taxpayers
2016-02-20 08:05:51

The fanny and Freddie buildings blow the Taj Mahal away

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Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 07:24:22

Rick Sanchez: Trump’s ignorance regarding Pope Francis is insulting to Catholics
By Rick Sanchez
Published February 18, 2016
Fox News Latino

It is a truly sad day in America when the representative of the prince of peace on earth is lectured by the likes of Donald Trump. But so it is during this 2016 election year — that will likely go down as the year when America lost it mind.

Pope Francis, a man guided by a personal faith and intellectual curiosity, qualities once revered in America, had to compete this week with candidate Trump, a man guided by ego, personal radicalism and a craving for angry confrontation. The winner, as chosen by the media – seemingly completely enamored of the latter – Trump!

In fact, the pope’s message of compassion while addressing the issue of immigration during his visit to Mexico was barely covered until the village idiot himself could properly vet it. Then and only then, after ‘the Trump’ had proclaimed ‘the Pope’ as essentially stupid, easily manipulated and politically motivated, did the media choose to cover Pope Francis’ comments on immigration.

“I think that the pope is a very political person,” Trump said on Fox Business. “I think he doesn’t understand the problems our country has,” Trump repeated dismissively.

“I think Mexico got him to do it because Mexico wants to keep the border just the way it is because they’re making a fortune,” he also said.

Comment by palmetto
2016-02-20 07:48:23

bwahahahah. Rick Sanchez. I remember him well from when I lived in South Florida and he was a talking head there.


“Twenty four years ago, Sanchez was an up-and-coming WSVN-Channel 7 anchor. Until his voice popped up on police wiretaps talking to Alberto San Pedro, a Hialeah crime figure nicknamed “The Great Corruptor.

San Pedro was a front page story in 1986. The cocaine dealer boasted he had politicians on his payroll. He also had a relationship with Sanchez that the station apparently didn’t know about until the tapes surfaced.

The two men talked about doing favors for one another. Sanchez, who visited San Pedro in his home, said he was only attempting to gather information for a story.

Later, Sanchez disclosed that he introduced San Pedro to representatives of the Bal Harbour branch of the First American Bank and Trust, where Sanchez was a paid member of the management advisory board, according to a Sun-Sentinel report.

San Pedro served three years in prison.

Sanchez was placed on leave at Channel 7 and eventually ended up in Houston.

He returned to Miami television two years later. The publicity over the San Pedro affair had died down and Channel 7 gave him another shot.

Channel 7s news director was quoted in the Sun-Sentinel as saying that Sanchez had “made an error in judgment (by associating with San Pedro). He was not as sharp as he should have been, and he was immature.

But three years later, he was involved in another controversy. In 1991, the car Sanchez was driving struck a young man near the football stadium after a Dolphins game. The man never fully recovered from severe head injuries and died four years later in a nusring home. Sanchez was charged with DUI.

Under a plea bargain, Sanchez paid a $250 fine plus $100 in court costs, served six months probation, provided 50 hours of community service and took a 15-hour drunken driving course. His driver license was suspended for six months, say newspaper reports at the time.

- See more at: http://www.browardbeat.com/rick-sanchezs-history-of-trouble-in-miami/#sthash.qvECffsj.dpuf

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 08:09:09

Attack the writer and ignore his message at your beloved candidate’s peril.

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Comment by Blue Skye
2016-02-20 08:29:42

Your sudden reverence for the Pope is touching Professor. Not so long ago you did not profess at all.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 08:46:44

I don’t profess reverence for the Pope. I’m merely fascinated by Trump’s decision to attack him, followed by a hasty retreat on realizing how many votes he might be handing his Hispanic Republican rivals.

Comment by Blue Skye
2016-02-20 09:04:35

That, knowing full well that Trump did not at all “attack” the pope.

Comment by palmetto
2016-02-20 09:09:41

There you go again, prof. A really bad sense of who drew first blood. The pope took a direct, hypocritical slap at Trump with his pious little border speech, Trump responded (actually in a way more restrained fashion than he usually does), people started posting photos of the Vatican Wall and discussing the Catholic Charities poverty pimping billions from the US taxpayer, the Vatican issued a lying statement about not singling out Trump and Trump decided to be gracious about it. Hardly a hasty retreat.

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-02-20 09:53:27

“This is a very vicious animal. When attacked, he defends himself.” — sign on the wolverine cage at the Paris Zoo.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 10:20:04

Trump was not attacked by the Pope, except for inside the confines of his own mind, where it’s all about The Donald.

Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 10:51:00

Professor PWND Papist here. Who is the pope to get between a man and his God? Evangelicals aren’t exactly papists. Pope’s open border stance just brings up the immigration issue AGAIN, which is a winning issue for Trump.

Comment by palmetto
2016-02-20 10:58:49

We’ll have to see if it helps Trump. It will probably help Cruz more. Evangelicals don’t exactly trust papists, for good historical reasons. The Catholic Church has a long and storied history of interfering in politics in Europe.

Comment by anklepants
2016-02-20 12:38:39

Hispanic republican rivals. More proof all he sees is race group identity.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 14:03:40

I must be touching a nerve, given all the effort Trumplings are mustering to misconstrue my posts.

Comment by palmetto
2016-02-20 15:06:21

We’re just happy to provide a little respite for the cubs,

Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 20:04:56

Caw, caw, caw, caw

Comment by palmetto
2016-02-20 08:53:58

Rick Sanchez was a huge figure of fun in the South Florida media market back in the day. A local radio broadcaster, Neil Rogers, was merciless in lampooning Sanchez:


When Daddy Bush revved up Desert Storm, the TV station painted a big map of the Middle East on the floor of the studio, and Sanchez used to squat down and point to various places on the map to let the viewers know where the action was that day. So the image of Rick Sanchez “squatting over the map” became South Florida broadcasting legend. Also the Neil Rogers catcall of “Hey, Rick, how’s that guy you flattened?”


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Comment by phony scandals
2016-02-20 12:59:37

“In fact, the pope’s message of compassion while addressing the issue of immigration during his visit to Mexico”

Did the pope happen to mention Mexico’s compassionate immigration policy?

WOW: Mexico calls US “racist” for not opening our borders, but look at this…

Written by The Analytical Economist on December 21, 2015

President Pèna-Nieto of Mexico, echoed his disingenuous predecessor Philipe Calderon when he came into office, saying he thinks Americans who aren’t fully supportive of illegal immigration from Mexico are racists and are discriminating against Mexicans and other migrants.

It’s particularly galling to hear her say these things considering Mexico has incredibly strict measures against illegal immigration.

For instance, they will:

Bar foreigners if they upset “the equilibrium of the national demographics.”
Not welcome outsiders that “do not enhance the country’s economic or national interests or not found to be physically or mentally healthy.”
Refuse those who “show contempt against national sovereignty of security.

Illegal immigration into Mexico is a felony punishable by two years imprisonment, and illegal re-entry after deportation is punishable by ten years imprisonment. By a national mandate, law enforcement officials of all levels must enforce immigration laws.

Mexico deported 92,889 Central American individuals between October 2014 and April 2015. That is the number of “other than Mexican” illegals that Mexico sent back to their homelands. The U.S. only detained 70,226 “other than Mexican” illegals trying to get across our borders.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 07:27:53

East Germany used to have a wall. Once in place, it took a quarter of a century to tear it down again. Ronald Reagan was instrumental in the effort to get rid of it.

Comment by ahansen
2016-02-20 12:03:05

No, Ronald Reagan (or more accurately, his press officers — he was well into the throes of senile dementia by that time), created an epic photo op out of a done deal.


Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 12:25:36

Thanks for the correction, Ahansen. I vaguely recall a speech where Reagan said’ “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall!” But perhaps I misremember.

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Comment by phony scandals
2016-02-20 17:29:22

“East Germany used to have a wall.”

To keep people in.

Look, I don’t think we need a wall. Just some common sense and a ticket to get off the New World Order ride.

Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 06:55:24

What time will the GameCock crow today?

Comment by Ol'Bubba
2016-02-20 08:29:23

Gamecocks and Gators tip-off is at noon today.

Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 07:15:12

The United States is the greatest force for good in the history of the world.

Some have a problem with that.

Comment by Goon
2016-02-20 07:58:43

After it cuts all ties with Israel I could agree with that.

Neocons gonna neocon.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 08:03:13

Trumplings gonna trumple.

Comment by In Colorado
2016-02-20 09:35:56

The United States is the greatest force for good in the history of the world.

Ask all the brown people we bomb about how good we are.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 07:30:42

Did The Donald wimp out after his attack on the Pope revealed him to be an egomaniacal ignoramus?

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 07:36:55

A Laughing Biden Says Choosing Between Pope, Trump ‘Not a Hard Call’
by Josh Feldman | 9:28 pm, February 18th, 2016

Rachel Maddow interviewed Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic, on MSNBC tonight and asked him about the feud between Donald Trump and the Pope that took off all over the news today.

The Pope suggested someone who believes like Trump does may not be Christian, and Trump didn’t care for that.

Biden said, as he laughed, “Pope Francis, Trump, it’s not a hard call for me. Not even close.”

The veep went on to say that “building walls is fundamentally contrary to what made this country what it is,” and if we build a wall, like Trump wants, it “makes a lie of everything we say about ourselves.”

Comment by palmetto
2016-02-20 07:41:02

No, actually the Vatican, not wanting to be seen as hypocritical leeches, spun and backpedaled furiously after pictures were posted of their wall, and the issue of Catholic Charities’ billions from the US taxpayer was raised. And the Don responded in his usual gracious way when he extracts an apology.


Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 08:11:10

“And the Don responded in his usual gracious way when he extracts an apology.”

I threw up a little when I read that.

Comment by palmetto
2016-02-20 08:55:51

Why stop there? Just go full on barf, you’ll feel better.

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Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 10:23:26

The Trumpling love-in on the HBB is sufficient to induce vomiting.

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2016-02-20 07:41:20

From day one of his campaign when he said he would have Edward Snowden executed. Trump revealed himself as out of touch with e American people and a Statist,

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 07:58:54

Notice how he and Feinstein are double-teaming Apple in the MSM?

Birds of a feather, flock together.

Comment by Goon
2016-02-20 08:01:54

Feinstein = fat old hag.

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Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 08:07:40

If only the gods of comedy had their acts together, Trump would choose her as his running mate to bolster his Big Brother Anti-privacy platform.

Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 11:05:56

Doesn’t Apple do huge business with the federal government?


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Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 14:04:58

They do business with The Donald.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 14:09:02

Trump Calls on Consumers to Boycott Apple While Tweeting from an iPhone
By Lily Hay Newman

At a rally in South Carolina on Friday, presidential candidate Donald Trump called on attendees to boycott Apple over the company’s resistance to unlocking one of the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhones. Apple CEO Tim Cook released an impassioned letter about the company’s stance on Wednesday after it received a federal order to unlock the device for the FBI.

Trump was, apparently, not pleased. “What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such a time as they give that security number,” Trump said.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 07:46:02

Is The Donald trying to encourage ISIS to attack The Vatican!?

Comment by palmetto
2016-02-20 07:55:12

No, but the Pope has provided them with plenty.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 07:56:24

Democracy in America
The pope and the Donald
Why Donald Trump is now heaping praise on Pope Francis
Feb 19th 2016, 19:53 by V.v.B. | CHICAGO

IT IS probably unprecedented in American electoral history for the world’s most influential religious leader and the world’s most powerful political leader both to criticise a presidential candidate in the same week. On February 17th President Barack Obama said at a press conference in California that he continues to believe that Donald Trump would not become president, because it’s “a serious job”, not a bit like hosting a talk or reality show. And on February 18th, Pope Francis, on his way back from a six-day visit to Mexico, said in reply to a question about how voters should react to Mr Trump’s plans to expel undocumented immigrants and to fortify America’s southern border with a wall, that “a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian”.

Have the pope and Mr Obama, who have maintained a cordial relationship since the pontiff helped to bring about talks between the American and Cuban government, hurt Mr Trump’s presidential ambition with their remarks? Or have they inadvertently done him a favour? Mr Trump thrives on confrontation. Shortly after Mr Obama’s comments, the billionaire said that he took being criticised by the president as a “great compliment”. His reaction to the pope’s criticism was angrier. Speaking at a campaign rally in South Carolina, Mr Trump said that “for a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful”. Mr Trump went further. In a statement on his website, on February 18th, he proclaimed grandiosely that “if and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened.”

By the evening of February 18th, Mr Trump was in damage-repair mode, which is very unusual for a man who tends to double down rather than retreat. “I don’t like fighting with the pope,” Mr Trump said at a GOP town hall, hosted by CNN, in South Carolina. “I like his personality; I like what he represents.” The pope was a “wonderful guy”, said Mr Trump and their altercation was the fault of the press. He also offered to meet the pope “anytime he wants”.

Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 20:07:40

Another failed prediction. Caw, caw, caw

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Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 20:13:18

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,
adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-02-20 08:10:47

This weekend should be a major indicator of whether the dullards who voted for hope ‘n change or the even worse GOP “alternatives” in 2008 and 2012 have made the rather direct linkage between their votes for the crony capitalist status quo, and the .1%’s unfettered looting and asset-stripping of the 99%.

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-02-20 08:16:05

Will South Carolina voters have enough intelligence to realize a vote for Jeb is a vote for the crony capitalist status quo and the oligarch’s co-opted Establishment GOP? Or will they will be drooling morons and give his sputtering, oligarch-funded campaign a boost?


Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-02-20 08:19:14

PCR’s incisive post mortem of who and what killed off the middle class in America (besides the droolery of its own voters).


Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 08:21:24

The Fix
Rare warning signs for Donald Trump in a new South Carolina poll
By Philip Bump
February 19 at 10:15 AM
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey while making a stop for lunch Thursday at Fratello’s Italian Tavern in North Charleston, S.C. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Donald Trump will almost certainly win Saturday’s Republican primary in South Carolina. Polling in that state has shown him with a large, consistent lead that’s narrowed only a bit since the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary earlier this month. You can see that narrowing in this graph of the Real Clear Politics polling average in the state.

Part of that narrowing is thanks to one survey of South Carolina voters released on Friday by Marist, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal. Earlier this week, a poll from NBC and the Journal showed Trump trailing Ted Cruz nationally — Trump’s first non-first-place finish in a major poll since October. That poll was probably an outlier. And Trump will certainly hope that this one from South Carolina is, too, because if it’s not, it’s got some very bad news.

First of all, it shows Trump leading Cruz by only five points — well within the range where Cruz’s superior get-out-the-vote effort could make a difference. But that’s just the start of Trump’s problems.

Here’s how the numbers have changed since the same pollsters surveyed the state before voting began.

What stands out:

Trump’s lead has narrowed as the first choice of voters. He was leading by 16 points about a month ago. Now it’s five points.

Trump is the least popular second choice. Asked who they’d back as a second choice, fewer people said Trump than any other candidate. Trump’s support is concrete; 71 percent of his backers say they’ll support him no matter what, and only 8 percent say they might change their minds. But if supporters of other candidates change their minds (as 15 percent of supporters of Cruz and Marco Rubio say they might), Trump is the least likely to gain support. Rubio is the most likely.

Trump’s support is much stronger among those who haven’t voted before. This is a big problem. Trump needs big turnout from people who haven’t voted before — the sort of turnout he was counting on in Iowa. It didn’t materialize there, in part because Trump’s team didn’t do a good job turning them out. If this poll is accurate, he needs to get people who’ve never voted before (and therefore are much less likely to vote this time) to the polls in order to win. That’s a big test of his campaign — one that he has failed before.

Trump trails Jeb Bush among moderates and ties Cruz with conservatives. That first point is the most amazing one. The state has a healthy percentage of conservative voters, so a surprise Bush win isn’t at all likely. But it’s been a long time since we’ve seen Trump having trouble locking down the non-conservative vote; to be trailing his hated nemesis Bush here must be galling for him.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 10:27:12

Trump seems to be slipping in the polls. Is it possible that American voters are actually coming back to their senses?

Comment by palmetto
2016-02-20 10:53:26

Famous line from The Godfather: “The Don is slippin’.”

Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 11:11:42

My bets on the middle finger not outlier polls. Ask Nate Silver who gives Trump a 76 percent chance of winning. And a win makes him even stronger down the line. Thank you though for providing all an object lesson in cognitive bias.

Also I am not Albequerque Dan. I don’t think I ever mention China and if I have I don’t think I’ve done it positively. I recall calling them pimps of slave labor, not something ABQDan would have done.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 12:26:48

What do you think of Rasmussen?

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Comment by anklepants
2016-02-20 12:42:35

Upset you’ve been again proven wrong?

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 13:27:31

Is that you, Crow Boy?

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 14:11:59

Rasmussen Reports
Going Out on a Limb: Romney Beats Obama, Handily
Monday, November 05, 2012

Fundamentals usually prevail in American elections. That’s bad news for Barack Obama. True, Americans want to think well of their presidents, and many think it would be bad if Americans were perceived as rejecting the first black president.

But it’s also true that most voters oppose Obama’s major policies and consider unsatisfactory the very sluggish economic recovery — Friday’s job report showed an unemployment uptick.

Also, both national and target state polls show that independents — voters who don’t identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans — break for Romney.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 14:26:30

China’s Crude Oil Imports Slump as Fuel Glut Slows Refiners
Bloomberg News
February 14, 2016 — 6:27 PM PST
Updated on February 14, 2016 — 8:29 PM PST

China’s crude imports fell from a record to the lowest in three months and net oil product exports tumbled as state refiners slowed operations amid swelling stockpiles of fuel.

The world’s largest energy consumer in January cut imports by 4.6 percent from a year earlier to 26.69 million metric tons, or about 6.3 million barrels a day, according to data released by the Beijing-based General Administration of Customs on Monday. Inbound crude shipments are almost 20 percent lower than December’s record and the least since October, Bloomberg calculations show. Oil product net exports fell 76 percent to 350,000 tons, a seven-month low.

Imports may continue to slide this month while the country returns from last week’s Lunar New Year holiday, when it essentially shuts down for a week. The country’s total exports declined 11.2 percent in January in U.S. dollar terms from a year earlier, while imports tumbled 18.8 percent, adding to economic challenges confronting the world’s biggest trading nation.

“Inbound shipment won’t likely pick up its pace until fuel demand recovers after the Chinese New Year holiday,” Amy Sun, an analyst with ICIS China, said by phone from Guangzhou. “China’s crude imports are expected to ease following the very high level in December as commercial oil stockpiles are quite full now.”

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 14:28:56

The oil glut has caused China’s Sinopec to temporarily close some of its oil fields
James Burgess
Feb. 18, 2016, 8:51 PM 2,132 1
An employee walks past oil tanks at a Sinopec refinery in Wuhan, Hubei province, April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer Thomson ReutersAn employee walks past oil tanks at a Sinopec refinery in Wuhan, Hubei province

China’s oil major Sinopec has responded to the disappointing results of yesterday’s Doha meeting by announcing the temporary closure of four oil fields that have been in production for over 50 years.

Sinopec (China Petroleum & Chemical), the second-largest producer in China and the largest refiner in Asia, will temporarily shut down four oil production projects after Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Russia and Qatar said they would pursue an anti-climactic freeze on output to January levels.

From the Chinese oil major’s perspective, the freeze to January levels—which still requires agreement from other producers—is not enough to sustain some operations.

The four sites slated for closure are in the Shengli oilfield in Shandong province, which Sinopec says are among the poorest performers.

With average production costs in China running between $40-$60 per barrel, state-backed producers are suffering major losses, including PetroChina (the largest) and CNOOC.

“At current oil prices, the shutdown could save 130 million yuan (HK$155 million) of costs and reduce losses by 200 million yuan,” the company said on its website.

In 2015, Sinopec’s profits declined more than 50 percent, and oil production is expected to further decline this year, by around 2 percent.

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-02-20 08:22:15

Pity the hothouse orchids in our ivy league statist indoctrination centers.


Comment by Goon
2016-02-20 09:02:09

These SJW’s will be pouring my coffee in five years.

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-02-20 09:06:52

Molon Latte! - Come and take it. My coffee order, that is.

Comment by palmetto
2016-02-20 10:55:57

Best. Bits Comment. Today.

Pure comedy gold.

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Comment by phony scandals
2016-02-20 13:55:11

“One student at the event told the Targum that they “broke down crying” after the event, while another reported that he felt “scared to walk around campus the next day.” According to the report, “many others” said they felt “unsafe” at the event and on campus afterwards.”

Rutgers is the State University of New Jersey right?

Sounds like a field trip to Newark is in order.

That should take care of that “unsafe” feeling they have when they walk around campus.

Newark man charged in 3 murders in 2 weeks

Bill Wichert Advance Media for NJ.com
August 13, 2015 at 3:30 PM

NEWARK — On Nov. 8, 2014, Mumit Marrow and three other defendants are accused of participating in the fatal shooting of a young Newark mother during a cell phone robbery.

Two weeks later, Marrow and a different set of accomplices were allegedly involved in the murders of two men in Irvington on Nov. 22.

While already facing charges in the first killing, Marrow, 21, of Newark, was indicted last month on charges related to the shooting deaths of 20-year-olds Dashawn James and Shaquille Kirkland. His co-defendants in that case are Aljumar Derrick, 25, and Altariq Thomas, 29, both of Irvington.

Marrow was arrested on Jan. 6 in connection with the first murder.

Marrow, Derrick and Thomas were allegedly driving in a stolen Acura SUV at about 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2014 near the intersection of Chancellor Avenue and Osborne Place in Irvington, where James and Kirkland were walking, according to Katherine Carter, spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

As the vehicle approached the intersection, Derrick and Thomas got out of the SUV and began shooting at the victims, Carter said.

Kirkland was shot and killed at the intersection, Carter said. James ran south of the intersection, but he was ultimately shot as well and died a short time later, Carter said.

After the shooting, Derrick and Thomas returned to the SUV and drove off, Carter said. Authorities ultimately learned Marrow was in the vehicle when his two accomplices jumped out to gun down the victims, Carter said.

Marrow was indicted on July 16 on conspiracy to commit murder and receiving stolen property charges. Derrick and Thomas were each indicted on conspiracy, murder, receiving stolen property and weapons offenses.

That double homicide occurred two weeks after Marrow allegedly participated in the shooting of 22-year-old Newark resident Ana Satian. In that case, his co-defendants are Perry Howard, 28, of Bloomfield and Massai Laboo, 23, and Lauren Whatley, 26, both of Irvington.

Authorities have said Satian was visiting her friend’s house on 3rd Street in Newark on Nov. 8 when at least two of the defendants approached her, stole her cell phone and shot her, authorities said.

The following day, Satian died from her injuries at University Hospital in Newark, authorities said.

For that killing, Marrow and the three other defendants were indicted on May 29 on murder, felony murder, robbery and weapons offenses. Howard, Whatley and Laboo remain in the county jail in lieu of $1 million, $900,000 and $300,000 bail, respectively

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New Jersey’s largest city is a mess

Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters
Jun. 25, 2015, 1:48 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - A handful of streets in New Jersey’s largest city boast glistening apartment towers with floor-to-ceiling views of the Manhattan skyline, but much of the rest of Newark bears the scars of stubbornly high crime rates and persistent poverty.

Little more than 10 miles from New York City, Newark has one of the highest murder rates in the United States, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics, and one in four residents live in poverty.

Newark had 34 murders as of early June, down from 38 a year earlier, according to the city’s police department. Auto thefts were down slightly to 1,089 from 1,160, though the number of reported rapes had more than doubled to 33.

Walking along a street marred by parked cars with smashed-in windows, Kelvin Roberson, a healthcare worker who recently moved out of Newark, said he was saddened to see that his old neighborhood was still plagued by familiar crimes.

“I used to see that happen all the time over the years that I lived there, and it’s still continually happening,” he said.

Once a bustling port and manufacturing center, Newark’s social fabric was torn apart by violent riots in 1967. There followed decades of suburban white flight and political corruption.

Five-term Mayor Sharpe James went to federal prison for fraud in 2008

Comment by Mafia Blocks
2016-02-20 08:26:48

Prices are falling to dramatically lower and more affordable levels accelerating the economy, creating jobs and curing poverty like nothing else can?


Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-02-20 09:08:20

Yes, but Yelen the Felon and her merry gang of counterfeiters could soon be riding to the rescue of her oligarch cohorts and their Ponzi markets and asset bubbles.


Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-02-20 09:05:47

With Jeb Bush’s campaign on life support, Hillary Clinton is the oligarchy’s bought-and-paid-for standard bearer and best hope to perpetuate their financial warfare against the 99%. But what happens if the unthinkable happens, and fed-up primary voters in Nevada unexpectedly reject the crony capitalist status quo instead of meekly bending over for their oligarch masters as they did in 2008 and 2012 with their votes for Wall Street water carriers Obama, McCain, and Romney? Will the oligarchs then be forced to dispatch one of their own to run directly, rather than having a pliant, paid marionette in the White House?


Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-02-20 09:13:41

Will it come down to Bloomberg vs. Trump? The oligopoly seems to be getting impatient with the popular rejection of HillaryJeb and the uneven progress of its stand-by stooge, Marco Rubio.


Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-02-20 09:17:34

Will the rule of law ever apply to stooges of the .1%? Will the sheeple ever hold their ruling elites accountable and refuse to vote for corrupt, dishonest, venal, law-breaking candidates? Or will the dependency voters combine with the stoopids to assure not only impunity, but the highest office in the land for such malefactors?


Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-02-20 09:22:17

While 95% of the serfs are willing being herded onto the oligarchy’s incorporated neoliberal plantation and gazing in glassy-eyed incomprehension when new scams and rip-offs like the oligopoly’s cashless society are being pushed on them, the intelligent, thinking 5% continue to resist - probably futilely, but valiantly all the same.


Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-02-20 09:50:32

“Nations are not ruined by one act of violence, but gradually and in an almost imperceptible manner by the depreciation of their circulating currency, through excessive quantity.”

–Nicholas Copernicus 1525

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-02-20 10:03:01

China’s ghost cities are as empty as the souls and craniums of the Obama Zombies, McCain Mutants, and Romney Retards.


Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 10:31:17

“Cities and districts built without demand or necessity resulted in what some Chinese scholars have termed, literally,’walls without markets’,” says William Hurst, political science professor at Northwestern University. “Or what we might translate as uncompleted or hollow cities. Political exigency and investment hysteria trumped economic calculus or consideration of genuine human needs.”

The ugly aftermath of China’s insane Keynesian debt binge is coming into plain sight.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 13:45:11

China’s true economic growth rate
The Chinese government should come clean about its economic record.
19 Feb 2016 07:27 GMT
Salvatore Babones
Wang Baoan, director of China’s National Bureau of Statistics, points to a document as he speaks to reporters during a news conference. [EPA]

With news that China’s exports fell for the seventh consecutive month in January, fears are mounting about China’s economy. China’s purchasing managers’ index also indicates contraction. Related indices that don’t usually make the headlines are doing even worse.

All eight business indexes published by China’s National Bureau of Statistics point towards recession. The open orders index, which tracks purchasing orders actually awaiting fulfillment, has been in negative territory for more than a year. The orders just aren’t coming in.

Tellingly, Taiwan’s exports to China have fallen by double digits over the past year. Taiwan exports advanced components such as semiconductors that are used in China’s manufacturing industries, which just aren’t buying these days. South Korean companies are suffering even more. Korean exports to China are down more than 20 percent.

The Chinese government insists that economic growth continues to hum along at an annual rate of more than 6 percent. Is this figure credible? With manufacturing falling, exports falling, imports falling, and consumer confidence at record low levels, can it really be that China has one of the world’s fastest-growing economies?

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang admits that China faces “great challenges and uncertainties” but claims that “China’s economic fundamentals are stable”. Such assurances increasingly ring hollow. The hard facts point in a different direction. The only thing keeping the Chinese economy afloat is government spending on a massive scale.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 13:48:09

Any thoughts on why the MSM accepts China’s officially stated 6.9 percent growth rate without scrutiny?

Comment by I am yuuuge in Burma
2016-02-20 18:18:43

The same reason they accept every lie from, obama, lew, janet….

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 18:24:30


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Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 13:51:59

If the Chinese stock market tanks, it must be some government official’s fault. It couldn’t be that an economic policy regime based on Keynesian lunacy predestines them to an epic crash!

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 13:52:59

Markets | Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:04am EST
Related: China
China removes stocks regulator head after market woes
SHANGHAI | By Adam Jourdan

China has removed the head of its securities regulator following a turbulent period in the country’s stock markets, appointing a top state banking executive as his replacement, as leaders move to restore confidence in the economy.

The announcement on the official Xinhua news agency on Saturday follows a string of assurances from senior leaders following the Lunar New Year holiday that China will underpin its slowing economy and steady its wobbly currency.

Xinhua said Xiao Gang, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission since 2013, had been succeeded by Liu Shiyu, chairman of the Agricultural Bank of China Ltd and a former deputy governor of the central bank.

“Xiao’s departure is not a surprise following the recent stock disaster. This is a role vulnerable to public criticism because most Chinese retail investors are destined to lose money in such a market,” said Zhang Kaihua, a fund manager of Nanjing-based hedge fund Huyang Investment.

Reuters could not immediately reach the CSRC or Agricultural Bank of China for comment.

Xiao and the CSRC came under fire as China’s Shanghai and Shenzhen stock markets slumped as much as 40 percent in just a few months last summer.

In a further blow, a stock index “circuit breaker” introduced in January to limit stock market losses was deactivated after four days of use because it was blamed for exacerbating a sharp selloff. Online media nicknamed Xiao “Mr Circuit Breaker”.

Reuters reported in January that Xiao, 57, had offered to resign following the “circuit-breaker” failure. The CSRC said at the time the information did not conform to the facts.

The gyrations in China’s stock markets, an unexpected devaluation of the yuan in August and sharp falls in currency reserves rattled global markets, raising concerns about the health of the economy and Beijing’s ability to steer the country through both a protracted slowdown in growth and a shift away from manufacturing toward services.

Economic growth slipped last year to 6.9 percent, stellar by Western standards, but the weakest pace for China in more than two decades.

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-02-20 10:04:26

Are more of the Establishment GOP clown car occupants about to get jettisoned?


Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-02-20 10:15:35

Look out below…especially if a Bernie win in Nevada shocks Wall Street and its Republicrat hirelings out of their complacency and faith in the willingness of 95% of the electorate to bend over for them on demand, as they did in 2008 and 2012.


Comment by Tarara Boomdea
2016-02-20 13:10:04

My daughter is texting me from the NV Dem caucus. Lots of Hillary supporters, not too many young people, though she said a few more showed up at the last minute. She’s there for Sanders. She’s entitled to her opinion; I only argued with her about it a bit. I’m just glad she’s interested.

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-02-20 17:32:01

Nevada Democrats voted for the corrupt, crony capitalist status quo. If Hillary becomes president, they are going to get exactly what they deserve.

Comment by Tarara Boomdea
2016-02-20 18:07:37

My daughter was floored by the strong support of middle aged and older women there who are Hillary supporters.

As misguided as I think she may be about her candidate, she has just had what is probably her first of many political disappointments. I dragged her around supporting Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012, worked setting up the office for the first campaign, but she was young and just did it to help me. The marches on the Strip were fun, though.

I don’t think I’ve ever voted for anyone - national, state or countywide - who has been elected :-?

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Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 10:56:47

Rule of Law
Donald Trump’s Record of Business Failures and Bluster
By J. Christian Adams
February 16, 2016

Trump earns support from Americans who think he has a Midas touch and will use his business skills to fix the mess President Obama has created. But a closer look at Trump’s record reveals his success story is just that — a story. How many of his supporters know about Trump University? Trump Air? Trump Vodka, Trump Steaks, Trump ties, or the United States Football League?

Trump’s business history reveals someone skilled at making money at the expense of other Americans while his businesses fail, and a man who will say almost anything about these failures. And his legacy of business failures goes beyond the four bankruptcies of his Atlantic City casinos. It includes outsourcing jobs to China, ripping off students seeking an education, and leaving a path of devastated Americans in his wake.

Comment by azdude
2016-02-20 13:21:33

good man he will clean up the mess.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 13:26:23

Is the Trump bubble imploding? And if so, does that make Cruz the presumptive heir to the Republican nomination?

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 14:24:17

Attack On Pope Francis Could Sink Donald Trump According To New Poll
By Jason Easley on Fri, Feb 19th, 2016 at 2:49 pm

A new poll from the Robert Morris Polling Institute found that Pope Francis has 84.7% favorability rating with Donald Trump supporters. In other words, by attacking the Pope, Trump may be alienating people who would vote for him.

A new poll from the Robert Morris Polling Institute found that Pope Francis has 84.7% favorability rating with Donald Trump supporters. In other words, by attacking the Pope, Trump may be alienating people who would vote for him.

According to a press release from The Robert Morris Polling Institute:

The poll, which was conducted before the controversy arose, showed Pope Francis enjoying a 69.3% favorable rating. Of all respondents, 31.3% said they could see themselves supporting Donald Trump. Of this group of potential Trump supporters, the Pope has an 71.24% favorability rating.

Also, 33.4% of respondents think Francis would more likely be a Democrat, while only 11.0% think he would be a Republican. 35.3% suggested he would be unaffiliated, while the remaining 20.3% percent were unsure about his likely political leanings.

The reality is that Trump thinks that he is invincible, but he is only appealing to 30% of the Republican primary electorate. With his attack on Pope Francis, Trump could possibly push away some of the angry white primary voters who have been naturally drawn to his angry white man schtick.

Donald Trump has already crossed the point of no return with 70% of the American electorate. The media and Trump are overvaluing the 30%+ that support him in the Republican primary. The majority of the Republican Party doesn’t support Trump, yet he is being treated by some in the media as the de facto nominee.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 14:52:28

Opinion Review & Outlook
Donald Trump’s Tax Obligation
He needs to release his tax returns now, so GOP voters can see them.
Feb. 19, 2016 6:49 p.m. ET

One of Donald Trump’s claims to presidential competence is his business and financial success, and so he should want voters to see the proof beyond the gilded staircases. He could enhance his credibility on the point by releasing his tax returns.

Mr. Trump has dodged questions of when or even if he will produce his tax records. Last October Mr. Trump told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that he’d release his taxes “at some point,” adding that “maybe” he’d do so when “we find out the true story on Hillary’s emails.”

Asked again in January on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Trump replied that “we’re working on that now. I have very big returns, as you know, I have everything all approved and very beautiful and we’ll be working that over in the next period of time,” adding that “I try to pay as little tax as possible.”

Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 20:12:31

Epic Professor Meltdown!

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 20:14:41

Epic Trump implosion!

Comment by CalifoH20
2016-02-20 13:54:09

lower and lower prices are….. ( you know how it goes)

Gas 15 cents gallon in Venezuela!

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 14:15:46

Isn’t that a ginormous price increase for them?

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 14:17:21

Venezuela boosts world’s cheapest gas prices to stem economic collapse
Peter Wilson, Special for USA TODAY
10:50 p.m. EST February 18, 2016

CARACAS, Venezuela — In a country that has the world’s largest oil reserves and the cheapest gas on the planet, Venezuelans have become accustomed to paying just a few pennies for a gallon of gasoline. It has been one of the few bright spots in a cratering economy racked by rampant inflation and shortages of basic goods.

The depth of Venezuela’s economic woes was underscored dramatically by the socialist government’s decision this week to hike heavily subsidized gas prices by as much as 6,000%, starting Friday.

Comment by azdude
2016-02-20 14:31:19

how is so cal weather today? Have u seen a pick up in house selling since the superbowl is behind us?

Seems like all u have to do is buy a house down there and u will get rich eventually.

I stopped by stone brewery awhile back off the 15. Got a few bombers.

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Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 14:54:35

I pay no attention to the housing market these days, but the weather is fantastic.

Comment by I am yuuuge in Burma
2016-02-20 18:17:00

I pay no attention to the housing market these days

Of course not, hard to concentrate on anything when it’s
all trump 100%.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 18:33:05

Venezuela’s decline fuelled by plunging oil prices
By Wyre Davies BBC News, Caracas
8 hours ago
From the section Latin America & Caribbean

Venezuela is a country of superlatives. Many of them, alas, are not particularly desirable: the world’s largest proven oil reserves; the world’s highest rate of inflation; the world’s worst performing economy etc.

The South American country now has another “title” to add to that list: that of the world’s most murderous nation.

A recent report by the Venezuelan Observatory on Violence (OVV) calculated that the 2015 murder rate was a shocking 90 per 100,000 residents, a figure considerably higher than other “hotspots” for violence like Colombia and Mexico, and 20 times the homicide rate in the United States.

“The cause of the violence in Venezuela is the breakdown in the social pact,” says Professor Roberto Briceno Leon, director of the OVV.

“The idea of the social relationship, regulated by law, has been destroyed by the government, for political reasons. In their revolution, everything has to be changed,” he somewhat grimly concludes.

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2016-02-20 15:05:57

No, Apple has not unlocked 70 iPhones for LE.


Okay Trump worshippers, here are your rules:

1) Do not encrypt ANYTHING.
2) Love your fiat money
3) Hate All brown skins and ALL Muslims
4) Do not buy Apple products
6) Stay out of crypto currency unless you don’t want to be the victim of bail ins
7) Hate anyone different from you.

I am sure the rules are easy for you to follow

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 15:53:51

Trump seems determined to turn the clock back on bigotry to the pre-Civil Rights era, and an army of angry old white men are happy to back him.

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2016-02-20 16:21:48


Comment by jane
2016-02-20 17:41:04

Hey there, PB - with the hyperbole, you are beginning to make the rest of us believe that institutions of higher education have abdicated critical thinking.

Your purple prose discredits your profession, if we are to take you at face value. Personally, I have swung around to the belief that you are an imposter. Or de-robed. Whatever they do to throw out a senior academic who has discredited the institution.

Now, if you are a tenured professor at Sylvan Learning Centers, Kaplan U., or some such, I could understand. However, that is not how you have cloaked yourself.

I’ve got grad degrees from three of the top ten research universities in the country. I meet former professors regularly on the lecture circuit and at national conferences. When discussing politics, not a ONE of them devolves to the frothing incoherence in which you engage.

So - give it up, man! Is it Kaplan U or Sylvan Learning Center??

Comment by I am yuuuge in Burma
2016-02-20 18:08:59

The pro is an professional agitator masqueraded as educator. He proves his idiocy everyday.

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Comment by I am yuuuge in Burma
2016-02-20 18:11:12

Sylvan and Kaplan educators have more integrity than the pro.

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Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 18:30:24

Keep up the ad hominem attacks, Trumpling. You will only inspire me to dig up more dirt on The Donald.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 18:29:20

I don’t really care at all whether you derive any personal benefits from my posts, or whether you think they are good, bad, dumb, or beneath your lofty level of erudition.

If you don’t enjoy reading them, I have a link to share with you:

Joshua Tree Extension

by drumminj

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Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 20:14:18

Hhahahahahhahahahahahahahahahhahaha outed as a leftist out of touch ivory tower shill for Hillary. “Professor”

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Comment by Bubblebot
2016-02-20 22:22:35

“When discussing politics, not a ONE of them devolves to the frothing incoherence in which you engage.”


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Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-21 00:27:14

What Trumpling could possibly resist that cute wittle face?

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2016-02-20 16:20:48

Only incompetent weaklings want any leaders.

Vacate the vote 2016

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 17:20:34

Apple Sees Value in Its Stand to Protect Security
FEB. 20, 2016
Credit Andrew Sondern/The New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — It took six years for Apple to persuade China’s largest wireless carrier, China Mobile, to sell the iPhone. Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, made repeated trips to China to meet with top government officials and executives to woo them personally.

The persistence paid off. In 2013, China Mobile relented, a moment Mr. Cook later described as “a watershed day” for Apple.

Today, China is Apple’s second-largest market after the United States — Chinese consumers spent $59 billion on Apple products in the last fiscal year — and the iPhone, the company’s top seller, has become both a status symbol and a form of personal security, given how difficult the device is to break into in a country where people increasingly worry about hacking and cybercrime.

Apple’s success in China helps explain why it is now in a standoff with the United States government over whether to help officials gain access to the encrypted iPhone of one of the attackers in the San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting last December.

The company is playing the long game with its business. Privacy and security have become part of its brand, especially internationally, where it reaps almost two-thirds of its almost $234 billion a year in sales. And if it cooperates with one government, the thinking goes, it will have to cooperate with all of them.

“Tim Cook is leveraging his personal brand and Apple’s to stand on the side of consumer privacy in this environment,” said Mark Bartholomew, a law professor at the University at Buffalo who studies encryption and cyberlaw. “He is taking the long view.”

Comment by phony scandals
2016-02-20 17:21:59

The Beast damn sure wasn’t letting Bill near that.

Photo: Hillary Protects Britney Spears from Bill | MRCTV
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Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2016-02-20 17:38:37

ha ha!

Comment by I am yuuuge in Burma
2016-02-20 18:07:11

Trump’s candidacy will be over by July August September October November December January February March, for sure.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 18:31:24

Trumplings gotta trumple.

Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 20:15:47

Professor Cut and Paste with a PH.D. In wikipedia?

Comment by phony scandals
2016-02-20 19:12:03


Comment by I am yuuuge in Burma
2016-02-20 18:35:18

I love the fresh smell of gop getting decimated.


Comment by phony scandals
2016-02-20 18:59:22

Hillary won all six coin tosses in Iowa and picks the high card in Nevada?

Ace Beats Six: Hillary Clinton Wins Nevada Delegate in Card Draw Tie-Breaker

By Reid J. Epstein
Feb 20, 2016 4:30 pm ET

PAHRUMP, Nev. – Hillary Clinton won one delegate in a tie precinct in Pahrump, Nev., because her precinct captain won a card draw against Bernie Sanders’s.

The 30 voters in Precinct 10 at Morse Elementary School split even, 15 to 15. Per state Democratic Party rules, the precinct chairwoman, Peggy Rhoades, produced the sealed deck of cards she was provided to break the tie and award the fifth available delegate to the candidate with the high card. (Follow our Nevada live blog.)

Ms. Rhoades, a member of the Nye County Democratic Party’s central committee, removed the jokers from the deck. Representatives from the Clinton and Sanders campaign asked her to shuffle the cards three times, which she did, before spreading the 52 cards out across a table.

Mrs. Clinton’s representative went first: She pulled the ace. Mr. Sanders’s precinct captain couldn’t top that with his six of hearts.

Coin toss broke 6 Clinton-Sanders deadlocks in Iowa — and Hillary won each time

By Karen Friar
Published: Feb 2, 2016 11:27 a.m. ET

While it was hard to call a winner between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders last night, it’s easy to say who was luckier.

The race between the Democratic presidential hopefuls was so tight in the Iowa caucus Monday that in at least six precincts, the decision on awarding a county delegate came down to a coin toss. And Clinton won all six, media reports said.

Comment by palmetto
2016-02-20 19:29:07

Ahhh, South Carolina, it’s a beautiful thing! Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina…and all that.

Buh-bye, JEB!

Comment by Blue Skye
2016-02-20 21:52:18

Good bye Bushes.

Looks like Hilley Bear will be eating some crow.

Comment by rms
2016-02-21 03:27:44

Barbara is disappointed in all y’all.

Comment by palmetto
2016-02-20 19:54:50

Meanwhile, Will Ferrell switches his support from Bernie to Hitlery.

Hooray for Hollywood
That screwy ballyhooey Hollywood
Where any office boy or young mechanic can be a panic
With just a good looking pan
And any barmaid can be a star maid
If she dances with or without a fan

Comment by Senior Housing Analyst
2016-02-20 20:19:22

San Diego, CA Housing Market Craters; Prices Plummet 6% YoY


Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 20:50:57

Hillary and Don both cruzed to SC victory.

Does anyone know which of them is likely to win in November if they are the eventual candidates?

Comment by RustyT
2016-02-20 21:11:15

Easily Trump.

I gotta give the professor credit. He showed up to take his medicine like a man.

Comment by I am yuuuge in Burma
2016-02-20 21:14:52

what medicine?

he’s hopped on kool-aid.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 21:29:22

That’s not what the Iowa Electronic Markets suggest.

In fact, the predicted probability of a Democratic win increases with every uptick in Donald Trump’s poll numbers.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 21:33:06

I realize this graph might exceed RustyT’s ability to grasp it, but here goes:

2016 US Presidential Election Winner Takes All Market

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Comment by Blue Skye
2016-02-20 21:55:04

Channeling ADan with the poll thing.

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Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 22:45:24

No, you are forgetting. But to remind you, Dan channeled Rasmussen while I introduced the Iowa Electronic Markets to the HBB.

The IEM correctly predicted Obama’s 2012 win.

Comment by I am yuuuge in Burma
2016-02-20 21:13:19

Hillary didn’t cruz to victory in sc. the dems didn’t even have primary there. you prolly shouldn’t comment on things that you know very little.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-02-20 21:30:52

Nevada…guess I misspoke there.

Thanks so much for catching my misstatement, yuuuuge!

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2016-02-22 10:03:00

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