March 21, 2016

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Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 02:01:05

Is it legal for a candidate to encourage his supporters to riot in case voting fails to provide the desired result?

Comment by Goon
2016-03-21 06:19:30

Both the Trump “supporters” who initiate violence and the “protesters” who initiate violence are paid actors.

Comment by AbsoluteBeginner
2016-03-21 07:11:17

In a way, the protesters are falling into a Constanza paradox. They are getting an opposite effect of what they want. The protests in Chicago and the road block in Arizona were executed w/o thinking about how it looks on the video playback.

Comment by The Central Scrutinizer
2016-03-21 08:25:40

You want to piss EVERYBODY off, go block a road.

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Comment by rj chicago
2016-03-21 11:15:29
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Comment by CalifoH20
2016-03-21 13:34:44

wow. looks like the cutting edge of the decline of western civilization….but no hate…of course. we are all just playing defense.

Choose your home base wisely.

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 07:17:09

Goon, I don’t think the Trump supporters who get pissed off enough to pop the Soros scum are all paid actors. Even in ‘Murica, there are plenty of people who don’t appreciate seeing Donald Trump’s First Amendment rights, or their own, being trampled on, and are pissed off enough to do something about it.

Comment by Goon
2016-03-21 07:26:51

I think you greatly underestimate what these “progressives” are capable of, what they’re willing to do. I wouldn’t put it past them to murder some of their own if it scripts the needed narrative.

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Comment by The Central Scrutinizer
2016-03-21 08:27:14

The Loon Squad is back!

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 09:09:34

Isn’t using paid actors to pose as protestors an instance of fraud?

Comment by Red Pill
2016-03-21 10:31:48

I hate white people.

I am white, therefore I hate myself.

Signed, White Progressive

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Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 18:17:40

I hadn’t realized you identified yourself as a self-hating white progressive. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by SnakePlisken
2016-03-21 06:24:41

It’s certainly not legal to use force and intimidation to deny people their fundamental right to hear political speech, or to conspire to do so, but I didn’t hear you asking that the book be thrown at Soros’ mob or La Raza. Typical leftist professor

(I missed it last night obviously, but looks like today is going to be a day off meds.)

Comment by ann gogh
2016-03-21 07:56:55

Soros and his 127 affiliates are funding the protest/riots up to the convention! Soros is funding john kasick to throw the delegates!

Comment by The Central Scrutinizer
2016-03-21 08:28:24

The reptilian invasion is waiting in orbit!

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Comment by palmetto
2016-03-21 10:15:23

The reptilian invasion is in Mitt Romney’s mouth.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 09:12:29

I mentioned no candidates’ names in my post. The inference that the post was about Trump reflects your bias.

Comment by Blue Skye
2016-03-21 09:29:30

Well, you didn’t say “her”.

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Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 18:19:04

Because my post was about principles, not about any particular candidate.

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 06:27:25

Awful early in the morning to be lying and dissembling, PB. Trump simply stated that many of his supporters would not take it lying down if the corrupt establishment GOP negates their votes by picking some stooge like Rick Perry. He did not “encourage” anyone to riot; he merely acknowledged the obvious: there are going to be some very pissed off people who don’t appreciate seeing the democratic process hijacked by the oligarchy and their Republicrat hirelings. Trump’s supporters are not the sort of people who riot, anyway - cold fury is far more likely.

Comment by palmetto
2016-03-21 06:49:53

Tuscon off duty police officer who attended the Trump event gives his take on the protesters and Trump supporters.

He has an interesting point . These rallies are private events, that Trump pays for. No “Constitutional Rights” are being violated with respect to the protesters.

Comment by The Central Scrutinizer
2016-03-21 08:31:21

The protesters are dumb enough to become trumplings themselves. I bet there are conversions at those rallies.

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Comment by palmetto
2016-03-21 09:50:59

Here’s a little hint for the folks who got themselves decked out in Klan regalia: Don’t even think about it unless you’re absolutely, 200% sure no one of African American origin is going to be there, and even then…

I’m sure the guy who opened a can of whoop-ass on the protester didn’t know or even care if it was a Trump protester or a Trump supporter. It was what it was and he was gonna kill it before it multiplied. I did read, but can’t confirm, that the agitator spit on him.

As to conversions, I doubt if any take place at the rallies. But I’ll bet there are some conversions among the people who are watching the footage on YouTube or on the TeeVee.

Comment by Oddfellow
2016-03-21 06:51:58

if the corrupt establishment GOP negates their votes by picking some stooge like Rick Perry.

What if they accept Drumpf as their nominee, run a centrist Repub against him as an independent, and let the House of Representatives pick the next president after no one gets a majority of electoral votes? Would we still get riots?

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 07:12:16

We won’t get riots if the establishment GOP disenfranchises tens of millions of its own base and goes with a Goldman Sachs flunky instead. What we’ll get is something far worse: the wholesale delegitimization of our so-called democratic process. Even people who don’t like Trump will see clearly just who runs the show and what a charade our “democracy” is. That is a far worse outcome for everyone than President Trump, subject to checks and balances.

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Comment by Oddfellow
2016-03-21 07:23:38

What about my scenario? Drumpf is the nominee, can’t get angry about that, someone runs as an indpendent, can’t get angry about that, no one wins a majority of the electoral votes, so it gets thrown to the House of Reps, 12th amendment, can’t get angry about that.

And the establishment gets to choose its next pres. Easy-peasy.

Comment by Jake
2016-03-21 07:54:14

From your empty skull, directly to the Whitehouse, Donald Trump lives rent free.

Comment by palmetto
2016-03-21 08:02:55

I’ll take the man with the funny hair!

Comment by SnakePlisken
2016-03-21 07:37:41

Why engage in such silly fantasy wishful thinking?

I do appreciate seeing the endless twisted contortions the mind comes up with trying to deal with cognitive bias though.

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Comment by Oddfellow
2016-03-21 07:51:53

such silly fantasy wishful thinking?

Which part is fantasy, specifically?

Comment by Jake
2016-03-21 08:01:41

Lola you still haven’t learned to remove your heels before backpedalling.

Comment by SnakePlisken
2016-03-21 08:02:24

This part:

What if they accept Drumpf as their nominee, run a centrist Repub against him as an independent

What if you accept Trump as better than Hillary?

Equal chances

Comment by Oddfellow
2016-03-21 08:25:11

So you think there’s no way a traditional/establishment GOPster would run as a third party candidate? Why not?

Comment by Ben Jones
2016-03-21 08:49:12

‘a traditional/establishment GOPster would run as a third party candidate’

To what end? Couldn’t win. Only reason to so so would be to throw the election to Clinton. Which is what the 1%er old white guys were discussing on the Showtime documentary.

Very interesting how the old, rich white dude 1%ers have the same goals as people who pretend to be Sanders supporters.

Comment by Oddfellow
2016-03-21 08:58:12

If the traditional GOPster could win a couple states, he could deny anyone a majority of the electoral votes, which moves the decision to the House of Reps. Here’s Bloomberg himself explaining why he chose not to run:

“In a three-way race, it’s unlikely any candidate would win a majority of electoral votes, and then the power to choose the president would be taken out of the hands of the American people and thrown to Congress. The fact is, even if I were to receive the most popular votes and the most electoral votes, victory would be highly unlikely, because most members of Congress would vote for their party’s nominee. Party loyalists in Congress — not the American people or the Electoral College — would determine the next president.”

Comment by Ben Jones
2016-03-21 09:52:31

‘If the traditional GOPster could win a couple states’

That isn’t possible. This imaginary politician wouldn’t win Guam. When was the last time a third party candidate won any state? I know it’s hard to face, but your hopes and dreams are with the 1%ers.

Comment by Oddfellow
2016-03-21 10:04:23

Cruz could win a few states easily, his problem is the House might not vote him in, although he may not be as loathed there as he is in the Senate, where they work with him. Kucinich seems a reasonable possibility, what else is he doing still in the race? Romney maybe, or Paul Ryan.

Comment by MacBeth
2016-03-21 10:04:44

Always pay attention to the geographic spread of wealth.

Then, overlay that with voting behaviors.

Very informative.

Comment by Oddfellow
2016-03-21 10:11:35

Kasich, not Kucinich.

Comment by oxide
2016-03-21 10:29:03

Oddfellow, go look at the 1992 election. Ross Perot got on the ballot in all 50 states (not a mean feat), garnered 19%(!) of the vote, and STILL didn’t win a single state or electoral vote. And if he did win states, it probably would have been Bush Sr. states, giving Clinton an even huger victory.

In fact, Ross Perot could have won Texas and Florida and Ohio AND California and Clinton STILL would have won.


Clinton 370
Bush 168
Perot 0

Assume Perot takes CA and OH from Clinton, take FL and TX from Bush:
Clinton 280 (270 needed)
Bush 136
Perot 122

Michael Bloomberg had delusions of grandeur. Did he really think he was enough of a centrist to take entire states away from both Clinton and Trump equally? Most people couldn’t get beyond the soda tax, let alone the anti-gun.

Go ahead and keep dreaming, but in RL prepare to say “Madame President.”

Comment by Ben Jones
2016-03-21 10:37:46

‘prepare to say “Madame President.”

I remember a poster used to say, “Can you say President McCain? Yes you can!”

I know, it’s inevitable. Still I can’t help but remember; nobody likes her. Mr New Car Smell doesn’t like her. Her husband doesn’t like her. Never has such an disliked, distrusted candidate been so inevitable. Huh.

BTW Oddfellow, there is a volunteer position for Cruz available on Guam.

Comment by MightyMike
2016-03-21 10:41:48

At the time, many thought that most people who voted for Perot would have voted Republican had Perot not been on the ballot. Thus, Perot helped Clinton, even though he won no states.

Comment by Ben Jones
2016-03-21 10:55:51

‘Thus, Perot helped Clinton, even though he won no states’

Egg-zachary! And any third party effort by the 1%ers in the GOP is clearly designed to help Clinton (hey, another Clinton? What is this, Haiti?).

Which brings around this amazing thing; 1%ers, want Clinton, if you vote against the 1%, you have to …oh.

Anyway, Oddfellow, I’m working on some talking points for Cruz in Guam.

‘Another hazard to bicycling on Guam is the high incidence of drug-impaired (alcohol and ice, mostly) drivers on Guam’s roads. Drunks pick off a lot of cyclists. Yet another hazard is dogs. Guam has a very large stray dog population, and they believe that cyclists were placed on Earth just for their enjoyment. Guam would benefit enormously from the construction of a system of bicycle paths. A lot of people would bicycle if it were safe, and it would help reduce the car population on Guam’s roads. But, with the current economic crunch, the prospect of building bike paths on Guam is virtually nonexistent.’

‘Many of the same problems that beset cyclists on Guam also apply to pedestrians. There are some areas with sidewalks, but not many. A distressingly large number of school children walking to their bus stops have been struck down by cars, as have several joggers. Pedestrians must travel with large sticks to beat off dogs.’

Comment by oxide
2016-03-21 12:25:11

One of the political sites explained why Cruz needed Guam. In order to be considered for the nomination, a candidate needs to win a majority of delegates in at least 8 states or territories.

It’s not enough to just win the state, you have to win the majority of delegates. The GOP wrote that rule ad-hoc in 2012 to shut out Ron Paul. (Ben knows all about this.) Paul had pluralities in enough states, but not majorities.

This year’s 3-4 man race has been mostly pluralities. Even Trump only has 13 majority wins. Cruz now has 5 majority wins, including the lone delegate from Guam. Given that Trump in is the lead, that most of the Cruz-friendly evangelical states have already voted, and that the states yet to vote are more Kasich-friendly, it will be a challenge for Cruz to win three more states by majority. He could need Guam to get State #8.

Comment by CalifoH20
2016-03-21 13:24:47

Madeleine Mary Zeien Bordallo is the Delegate from the United States territory of Guam to the United States House of Representatives. Wikipedia
Born: May 31, 1933 (age 82), Graceville, MN

I bet she gets a nice new car this year.

Comment by Oddfellow
2016-03-21 20:18:09

Perhaps their stand-in wins no states, but like Perot, throws the election to Hellary. That may well be preferable to many of the establishment GOP than a Drumpf presidency, which would mean the end of their world as they know it.

They probably think they could beat her in 4 years, 12 years being a long time for any party to be in power.

Comment by Ben Jones
2016-03-21 21:29:53

‘That may well be preferable to many of the establishment GOP…Perhaps their stand-in wins no states, but like Perot, throws the election to Hellary. That may well be preferable to many of the establishment GOP’

And to you Oddfellow. You are a 1%er supporter hypocrite of the first order. You suck dude.

Comment by SnakePlisken
2016-03-21 22:21:32

Another thing to give Trump credit for, crystallizing the hypocrites like Suck Dude.

Comment by The Central Scrutinizer
2016-03-21 08:29:34

Trumplings gonna trumple

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Comment by The Central Scrutinizer
2016-03-21 08:37:16

Crybabies gonna tantrum?

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 07:09:02

I guess PB is okay with political disenfranchment of tens of millions of people as long as they’re Trump supporters. Some “democracy” where the only acceptable outcome is a hand-picked Wall Street stooge who will perpetuate the crony capitalist status quo.

Comment by Goon
2016-03-21 07:23:51

RNC Cleveland is gonna be a bloodbath.

Comment by In Colorado
2016-03-21 08:05:56

They should move it to Acapulco

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Comment by CalifoH20
2016-03-21 10:11:31

Darwin awards for everyone.

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Comment by The Central Scrutinizer
2016-03-21 08:39:09

From the guy that complains constantly that 97% of the electorate is too stupid to vote… Comes a sudden fierce defense of democracy.

Comment by Oddfellow
2016-03-21 08:52:59

Comes a sudden fierce defense of democracy.

I call it Raymondethics. Democracy doesn’t work except when you agree with its outcome.

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Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 05:12:11

More deranged central bank money printing ahead to prop up Ponzi markets. Got gold?

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 05:26:36

How’s that fundamental transformation working out for you, London?

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 05:30:36

How’s that vote for hope ‘n change working out for you, Millennials?

Comment by Goon
2016-03-21 06:24:16

Don’t live in bubble cities unless you have a well paying job.

Rent less than what you can afford.

Problem solved.

Comment by Oddfellow
2016-03-21 06:40:38

Be a trustafarian.

Problem solved.

Comment by Goon
2016-03-21 06:48:12

You’ll never get into Onwentsia, so get over it.

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Comment by Oddfellow
2016-03-21 06:54:24

Why are you mixing with us commoners, Mr. 1%er?

Slumming for laughs?

Comment by Goon
2016-03-21 07:04:29

My unexpected windfall outrages you to no end, does it not?

I’ve got more narratives than you can even imagine, and the saddest thing about you is that you’ll probably believe all of them.

Comment by Oddfellow
2016-03-21 07:34:49

The family trust disbursement was unexpected?

Try to keep your narratives straight.

Comment by phony scandals
2016-03-21 07:46:43

“My unexpected windfall outrages you to no end, does it not?”

I didn’t know you had an unexpected windfall but congratulations!

I hope it came to you in a good way and allows you to knock a few things off the bucket list.

Comment by Jake
2016-03-21 07:49:13

Renting quarters for a small fraction of the cost of buying them has a tendency to enlarge the renters bank account tremendously.

Comment by phony scandals
2016-03-21 07:53:59

“The family trust disbursement was unexpected?”

“My unexpected windfall outrages you to no end, does it not?”

Yes it does.

Oddie’s jealousy and rage are seeping through his keystrokes.

He wants to see Barney Sanders make you give him half of your unexpected windfall.

Comment by Goon
2016-03-21 07:57:37

I won’t disclose too much detail, because everyone knows that “progressives” love doxxing people they disagree with on the internet. Uncle Goon in Florida (who I was going to see when we had lunch in December) died last month. Not the same late Uncle Goon in Chicago.

Progressives are such sad, jealous people :(

Comment by phony scandals
2016-03-21 08:17:27

I am sorry to hear about your loss.

I am also glad that you had a chance and more importantly took the initiative to see your uncle before he passed. After having met you I am sure he was a pretty cool guy and his ability to leave something to his loved ones must have brought some extra joy to his life.

Comment by Retire by 45
2016-03-21 11:43:40

Phony, in his memory, and of all the Goons who have gone before, I am changing my HBB username to better reflect my new life path that his generosity has enabled.

The Goon family tree is a complicated affair. Some of them are on or have been on food stamps or collect disability. Some of them started with very little and did very, very well for themselves. One of them so well he has a building on the campus of Northwestern University named after him.

Lunch is over and back to work, that’s all the narrative I have for now…

Comment by CalifoH20
2016-03-21 09:47:57


Dont look to the gov to save you.

Comment by taxpayers
2016-03-21 18:23:23

But u r are gov believer

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Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 05:35:00

The only aspect of the 2008 de facto financial system collapse that was more stunning than the fact that NONE of the big banks were prosecuted for crimes that were obvious to a 2nd grader was that fact that the “Taxpayers were squeezed for close to a $1 trillion dollars to enable the big banks to continue on their unimpeded crime spree.

“My good friend and colleague, John Titus, has produced a documentary which details the methodical manner in which Wall Street – and specifically Goldman Sachs – has completely annexed the Department of Justice.

“Titus applies his acute legal mind and painstakingly meticulous research to lay out the case for a legal system that has become hopelessly and irreparably corrupted by Wall Street and the scarcely-publicized DC law firm DC law firm, Covington & Burling.”

Comment by San Diego RE Bear
2016-03-21 05:39:49


Comment by SnakePlisken
2016-03-21 06:27:05

Number of days til Barney drops out?

Comment by phony scandals
2016-03-21 06:42:15

Number of adult diapers used by Hillary during a debate with Barney Sanders?

Comment by MacBeth
2016-03-21 11:06:08

The crap pours not only out of her mouth….

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Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 05:39:56

The Goldman Sachs hirelings of the establishment GOP are ramping up their stop-Trump efforts. Expect to see more rent-a-mobs deployed to disrupt his rallies and other underhanded attempts to subvert and derail the democratic process.

Comment by phony scandals
2016-03-21 06:12:19

Migrants Attack 60 Minutes Crew In Sweden. - YouTube - 180k - Cached - Similar pages
1 day ago … Migrants Attack 60 Minutes Crew In Sweden.

Comment by Goon
2016-03-21 06:26:51

Cultural relativists gonna relate.

“If you like your sexual emergency, you can keep your sexual emergency.”

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 06:30:10

Channel Nine in Australia has been among the most vocal cheerleaders for immigration and multiculturalism. Let them get a dose of their own medicine.

Comment by aNYCdj
2016-03-21 06:25:50

pumping cash directly into the real economy through so-called “helicopter drops”.

dropping credit card rates to zero for 5 years will put money into everyone’s pockets immediately…in exchange for no increase in credit limit for the 5 years.

Comment by AbsoluteBeginner
2016-03-21 06:49:36

What kind of minimum payments on that plan? I can just imagine people maxxing out the card in no time and then putting off making any payments until they need to use the card again for another purchase.

Comment by Blue Skye
2016-03-21 07:07:09

Hey dj,

The goal of the Fed is to have profitable member banks. The banks will not be more profitable by having zero rate credit cards, except that it would sucker folks into piling up huge debts and later the interest rates go to the moon.

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 07:18:40

The goal of the Fed is to further enrich the already superwealthy through financial warfare against the 99%. That mandate hasn’t changed since the Fed’s clandestine 1913 inception.

Comment by Goon
2016-03-21 06:41:08

Huffington Post real journalists provide a narrative titled the 5 big reasons why couples divorce after decades of marriage:

Comment by MightyMike
2016-03-21 07:05:02

Unbound Republican delegates could decide Trump nomination

By Jonathan Easley and Ben Kamisar - 03/21/16 06:00 AM EDT
The possibility of a contested convention has put the spotlight on the unbound delegates who could determine the Republican presidential nominee.

Several unbound delegates told The Hill they are beginning to feel the pressure, now that party leaders are talking about a convention scenario that could prevent Donald Trump from winning the nomination.

“I’ve received hundreds of emails and I’m getting phone calls from people telling me who they think should be president and why,” said Steve House, the chairman of the Republican Party in Colorado and an unbound delegate.
Under Republican Party rules, delegates from states that hold presidential primaries must be bound by those results. Those delegates must back their candidate for at least the first ballot at the GOP convention in Cleveland in July.

But many delegates — potentially close to 200 — are not bound by those rules.

A handful of states and territories — Colorado and North Dakota among them — chose not to hold a vote at all, which means most of their delegates will arrive at the convention free to cast their ballot for any candidate.

And in some states, the delegates who were bound to candidates no longer in the race — such as Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio — are unbound as well.

Trump could still collect the 1,237 delegates needed to win the contest outright and avoid a contested convention. But if he came up short, rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich could win enough delegates to block Trump from a first-ballot victory.

Comment by Goon
2016-03-21 07:21:24

The City of Cleveland will get burned to the ground in July regardless.

It’s the progressive way.

Comment by CalifoH20
2016-03-21 10:17:24

Thug Life

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Comment by The Central Scrutinizer
2016-03-21 08:35:36

March with the morons, goonie.

Comment by phony scandals
2016-03-21 07:26:06

Measuring Donald Trump’s Mammoth Advantage in Free Media


Mr. Trump earned $400 million worth of free media last month, about what John McCain spent on his entire 2008 presidential campaign. Paul Senatori, mediaQuant’s chief analytics officer, says that Mr. Trump “has no weakness in any of the media segments” — in other words, he is strong in every type of earned media, from television to Twitter.

Over the course of the campaign, he has earned close to $2 billion worth of media attention, about twice the all-in price of the most expensive presidential campaigns in history.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 09:14:48

Staged protests could increase the free media coverage by ALOT.

Comment by palmetto
2016-03-21 10:30:42

I don’t think the protests are staged, not by Trump, anyway.

However, after watching the video by the off duty Tuscon policeman, Brandon Tatum, I think Trump might, to some degree, encourage the protests, or at least let them happen. Tatum pointed out that the rallies are essentially private gatherings, so nothing says the protesters can’t be prevented from coming or speaking. He allows them to come and create a ruckus. Then he has them thrown out and dispersed.

It’s a form of ju-jitsu, using the strength of the opponent against himself.

We shall see, in the next set of primaries, if it has worked. If so, then the Soros foundations have unwittingly funded part of his campaign.

Comment by oxide
2016-03-21 10:44:08

The media has been using the integrity of past decades as a cloak to hide their corrupt operations: “Oh look, you trusted Walter Cronkite 50 years ago, therefore believe what we say now… and now… here’s your daily hit-piece on Trump.”

Heh, we see how that worked out. I notice that after Trump won Florida, the hit pieces and optimistic WSJ polls went MIA.

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 15:53:31

No oligarch-owned media outlet or talking head ever had any integrity, ever. Especially Walter Cronkite. The sheeple were just a lot more gullible and trusting back then.

Comment by phony scandals
2016-03-21 07:32:18

I have to admit, it takes a good Liar to Lie about Lying.

‘She Lies About Lying’: Judge Nap Rips Hillary’s ‘Dishonesty’

Hillary Clinton’s interview with CBS anchor Scott Pelley last week did little to quell questions about her honesty, Judge Andrew Napolitano said on “The Kelly File” tonight.

During the interview, Clinton was asked if she’s always told the truth.

“I’ve always tried to, always, always,” she answered. “You know, you’re asking me to say, have I ever — I don’t believe I ever have. I don’t believe I ever have. I don’t believe I ever will. I’m going to do the best I can to level with the American people.”

“She not only lies, she lies about lying,” Judge Napolitano remarked to Megyn Kelly.

Comment by In Colorado
2016-03-21 08:14:39

How do you know when a salesman Hillary is lying?

A: Her lips are moving,

Comment by taxpayers
2016-03-21 08:28:15

I hope Loveland re market stays strong as someone I know bought last spring and now has to move
has there been the 7% up to cover the sale?

Comment by In Colorado
2016-03-21 08:59:31

has there been the 7% up to cover the sale?

I think it’ll depend on the price range. From what I’ve heard the cheapest stuff has appreciated. The higher priced stuff, not so much.

A plumber friend has told me that business has been very slow lately and he chalked it up to a pronounced slowing in construction. One thing about Bubble 2.0 here in the “Sweetheart City” is that new construction levels are only a fraction of what they were last time. It was unbelievable 10 years ago. They were building 1000+ houses a year, in a city of 50,000 people. Now it’s only a couple hundred.

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Comment by Jake
2016-03-21 09:00:53


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Comment by taxpayers
2016-03-21 08:32:00

CO-looks like 7% on the button

not enough data points to be useful,but there’s hope

Comment by Obama Goons
2016-03-21 08:22:00

Hillaryous is unelectable.

Comment by The Central Scrutinizer
2016-03-21 08:34:20

Saw her on television for the first time in years. She has eyes more evil and dead than Carly Fiorina… With a bright, fake smile.

Comment by I am yuuuge in Burma
2016-03-21 16:19:17

You still voting her, right?

Comment by Jake
2016-03-21 08:24:02

The rage here is already maxed out and it’s early yet.

Poor donks. Poor poor donks.

Comment by Stantheman
2016-03-21 09:19:59

On another housing blog one of the commenter’s statements about house buying mentioned the writhing was on the wall. I think it was unintentional but better worded!

Comment by Jake
2016-03-21 10:53:15

Another day of enragement and exploding skulls on the HBB.

Comment by phony scandals
2016-03-21 13:15:05
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Comment by ann gogh
2016-03-21 08:33:16
There have been many articles written about George Soros and his collectivist activism. Soros is a business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and author who is of Jewish-Hungarian ancestry and holds dual citizenship. He is chairman of Soros Fund Management. Discover the Networks has published a comprehensive list of organizations funded by Soros and his Open Society Institute.

Some of these groups have actively opposed Donald Trump for president and may be part of the recent levels of violence and chaos seen at his rallies. Many of the groups favor: open borders, amnesty, giving illegals voting rights, Muslim migration and social justice.

You may learn more about Soros and his causes from these two articles.

Comment by rj chicago
2016-03-21 11:11:57

Not to mention Georgi Schwart’z miserable past during the Nazi occupation of what is now Hungary.
Low life rat scum this guy.

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Comment by Neuromance
2016-03-21 17:55:28

Interesting. Median prices up 4.4% YOY, sales up 2.2% YOY, inventory down 1.1%, and NAR is calling that a “warning” and a “tumble”.

That’s curious, I wonder what they’re up to with that press release. Trying to make the market seem weaker than it is to lure in buyers? Trying to influence politicians to open the spigot further?


Comment by CalifoH20
2016-03-21 10:19:46

Busy college graduates with jobs don’t protest.

Comment by palmetto
2016-03-21 10:57:08

That’s very true. Say, how’s the H20 doing in CA? I heard the reservoirs are filling up. If so, that’s good news.

Comment by CalifoH20
2016-03-21 13:25:49

Nor Cal is overflowing, central and south still in bad drought. Snowpack is average.

Comment by CalifoH20
2016-03-21 13:37:22

winery’s are drilling 1500′ to get water in some cases. Locals are seeing their 300′ wells go dry.

Comment by palmetto
2016-03-21 14:56:19

Pity about the wells going dry, that stinks. Here’s hoping more rain in on the way.

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Comment by CalifoH20
2016-03-21 16:19:36
Going dry in a sea of wine
A shrinking water table pits residents against grape growers

Comment by palmetto
2016-03-21 17:12:03

heh, believe it or not, we sometimes have a similar situation in the Tampa Bay area, only it’s the strawberry growers vs the residents. This year wasn’t so bad because we had a wet winter, but usually the growers pump out the aquifer, wells run dry and sink holes open up. They had a crappy crop this year, serves ‘em right.

We can live without wine or strawberries, water we can’t live without, that should take precedence over the growers.

We practically have no more orange groves in our area anymore, so many were sold off to developers.

Comment by CalifoH20
2016-03-21 17:20:51

We need to irrigate the USA with pipes from the wet areas to the dry with good soil. Easy.

Comment by MightyMike
2016-03-21 11:35:44

They do sometimes. It was more common decades ago. Back in the late ’60s and early ’70s there were plenty of housewives protesting against the war, stuffing envelopes for McGovern, and so forth. Some of these women had college degrees, others did not.

Then, of course, women had to go off and get jobs, and that sort of thing came to ad end. It worked out well for the PTB. Keep everyone busy, busy, busy, and only the rich will be able to participate in politics.

Comment by Combotechie
2016-03-21 10:22:47

Check out the chart that’s contained within this article about company share buy-backs and note how the buy-backs increase as share prices increase and how buy-backs decrease as share prices decrease.

Econ101 (and common sense) says just the opposite should happen but, hey, given a world where values are determined by prices (instead of by fundamentals) this is the sort of corporate behavior you end up with.

Comment by palmetto
2016-03-21 11:00:05

Oh, lord, here comes Lizzie “The Weasel” Warren, jumpin’ on the anti-Trump bandwagon. Like Romney and Ryan, she wants her 15 minutes of fame back.

Comment by The Central Scrutinizer
2016-03-21 11:11:25

Trump stealing up all the fame may be the thing that pisses them off the most.

Comment by palmetto
2016-03-21 11:52:21

I really think there’s something to that. She sure let a string of angry tweets, like a seagull splattering all over a fishing boat making for harbor with its catch at the end of the day.

Comment by The Central Scrutinizer
2016-03-21 13:39:54

I just can’t take ‘tweets’ seriously. We are truly through the looking glass.

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Comment by palmetto
2016-03-21 11:03:32

Two of my fave moments from the Republican debates were Ted Cruz moments:

One, when he looked soulfully at the camera and spoke to the voters “I know you’re angry”, kinda like Bill Clinton’s “I feel your pain”. Dang, it was so insincere as to be laughable.

Two, when he snacked on a booger. Priceless.

Comment by The Central Scrutinizer
2016-03-21 11:09:34

Can’t have a booger eater in the oval office. Bring on the trump.

Comment by palmetto
2016-03-21 11:47:04

I don’t care if they do it in the Oval Office. I think GWB had a fondness for excavating the old ’strils from time to time.

National TeeVee is another matter.

Comment by The Central Scrutinizer
2016-03-21 13:40:55

Yeah, well, look where that got us. I think there may be some correlation between booger eating and holy war.

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Comment by The Central Scrutinizer
2016-03-21 11:38:59

Tourists LOVE the happy hobo area in downtown SF! Oh look at the pretty city hall building dear… OMG WHAT DID I JUST STEP IN!

Comment by palmetto
2016-03-21 11:54:39

Lol, is it that bad?

Comment by The Central Scrutinizer
2016-03-21 13:43:19

There is about a 5 block square area around Civic Center and the Tenderloin where you definitely need to watch your step. Luckily its mostly concentrated there. There is a hippie colony in golden gate park at the end of haight street, but they seem to have better control of their bodily fluids.

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Comment by CalifoH20
2016-03-21 13:22:02

Even more fun for single women walking home at night after an event. Just ask the homeless to scoot over so you can open the door to your building.

Maybe this is why they dont mind working 70 hr work weeks,

Comment by oxide
2016-03-21 12:48:21

Thank you for that. These are great especially if you know the cities. For DC, there are a lot of tourist selfies right on DuPont circle but not on the streets around. You can pick out the Nationals Park and National Cathedral and the Zoo. And farther out — Great Falls and Mount Vernon.

Comment by The Central Scrutinizer
2016-03-21 13:46:10

I biked all around DC this summer… didn’t find it to be an urban war zone at all. Just a lot of old school Generica.

Comment by Puggs
2016-03-21 12:36:51

Peeps be shopping and buying like it’s 2005/06.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 13:08:35

Is that a head-and-shoulders pattern I see taking shape in the median housing price chart?

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 13:32:44

The Financial Times
Markets Insight
March 21, 2016 9:14 am
Central banks prove Einstein’s theory
Diana Choyleva
Fed, BoJ and ECB have not learned the lessons of financial crisis
PRINCETON, UNITED STATES: (FILES) January 1931: German-born Swiss-US physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955) delivers a lecture at the offices of the Mt. Wilson Observatory, on Santa Barbara Street in Pasadena, California. He is the author of the theory of relativity, awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. Germany, the birthplace of Albert Einstein, launches 19 January 2005 a year of international celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of three of the physicist’s four papers that changed the way we view the Universe.
AFP PHOTO/FILES/INP (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Albert Einstein is said to have defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. By failing to change their way of thinking since the global financial crisis, the world’s main central banks are proving Einstein right.

Many in the markets worry that central banks are running out of ammunition to boost global growth and generate inflation. They are not. The Bank of Japan’s adoption of negative interest rates, the European Central Bank’s extension of its quantitative easing (QE) programme and the Federal Reserve’s decision to slow the normalisation of US interest rates show that policymakers can still draw on plenty of firepower.

So it is not that central banks are not doing enough. It is that their policies are misguided and are hampering global rebalancing. In particular, investors should be worried that policymakers have failed to learn three main lessons from the subpar performance of the global economy since the 2008-09 crisis.

First, if an economy is drowning in debt, the solution is not to pile on even more debt. That is why the ECB’s offer, under the terms of its new targeted longer term refinancing operations, to pay eurozone banks to increase their lending is badly judged. The ECB is right to do QE, but at the same time it should use its new powers as the supervisor of eurozone banks to force a swifter write-off of bad debts. Almost 20 per cent of Italian bank loans are non-performing. Until now, the ECB has counted on QE to work by weakening the euro. Its strategy instead should be to use QE to buy time to cleanse bank balance sheets.

Comment by rj chicago
2016-03-21 13:36:00

Ray K et al……
Infrastructure - 58K bridges - yikes.
Just a reminder as to what many have posted in the past on the HBB.

Comment by CalifoH20
2016-03-21 14:28:23

looks like we all need to pay higher taxes to fix all the deferred maintenance and WALL and 1.2m deportations and war with ISIS….

Comment by Blue Skye
2016-03-21 14:56:33

We’ll need jobs.

Bridges are like houses in that they are always depreciating. Relentless.

We won’t actually need a wall or so many deportations if the existing laws were enforced.

Comment by CalifoH20
2016-03-21 16:21:00

gov does not create jobs.

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Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 18:06:45

Think of how much infrastructure rebuilding we could’ve done with all those trillions the Fed and taxpayers lavished on Wall Street.

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 15:57:22

Bill Clinton just threw Obama under the bus, saying we need to put the “awful legacy” of the last eight years behind us. Never mind that Hillary was a high-level cabinet official during that time, or that neither Bill or Hillary made a single peep of criticism…oh, this is rich. Truly there is no honor among THESE thieves.

Comment by palmetto
2016-03-21 16:40:53

Weird. Maybe there’s an indictment coming down after all.

And let’s not forget that Hillary was an integral part of that “awful legacy”, sheesh.

BTW, she looked and sounded rather feeble at the AIPAC confab.

Comment by CalifoH20
2016-03-21 17:22:27

I kinda like the 4.9% unemployment, $2 gas and record corp profits.

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 18:05:09

I bet she still kissed their a$$es with gusto.

Comment by phony scandals
2016-03-21 18:43:21

“Bill Clinton just threw Obama under the bus, saying we need to put the “awful legacy” of the last eight years behind us.”

‘That is a low blow’: Democratic debate derails after Hillary torches Bernie over past Obama criticism

Brett LoGiurato
Feb. 11, 2016, 11:13 PM

“This is not the first time he has criticized President Obama,” Clinton said.

Clinton alluded to past comments from Sanders in which he called Obama “weak.” She also pointed to a blurb Sanders wrote lauding the 2016 book “Buyer’s Remorse: How Obama Let Progressives Down.”

“I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves for being a president who got us out of that ditch, put us on firm ground, and sent us into the future,” Clinton said, noting that Obama entered office in the midst of a deep recession. The comment earned Clinton one of the biggest applause lines of the night from the debate’s crowd in Milwaukee.

“The kind of criticism we’ve heard from Sen. Sanders about our president, I expect from Republicans,” she continued. “I do not expect from someone running for the Democratic nomination to succeed President Obama.”

Sanders smiled as he was being attacked.

“Madam secretary, that is a low blow,” he said. - 454k -

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Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 16:01:34

In contrast to Ted Cruz, whose national security team are the same war party neocons who pushed Bush into the Iraq war debacle, Trump apparently isn’t having his choices dictated by AIPAC and the Likud Party.

Comment by CalifoH20
2016-03-21 17:25:59

Trump responded, “I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.”

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 16:10:50

Oligopoly donors don’t have much to show for the hundreds of millions of dollars they’ve spent trying to nominate a puppet and stop Trump.

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 16:17:13

Another foretast of what ‘Muricans have to look forward to once our corrupt permanent Democrat supermajority is installed. The collectivist comrades of the DNC and their oligarch partners in crime can then escalate their unfettered neoliberal looting and swindles against the productive to a whole new level, enjoying total impunity from our already captured justice system and regulators.

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 16:19:37

How’s that fundamental transformation and voting for globalists working out for you, Europe?

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Comment by Retire by 45
2016-03-21 17:17:31

Traffic — Pearly Queen (1968):

Comment by Raymond K Hessel
2016-03-21 18:18:35

Hillary has already demonstrated that each and every one of her supporters has a broken moral compass. Now she is about to demonstrate that the rule of law is dead in ‘Murica.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 18:24:29

Which candidates are most pro-Israel?

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 18:39:58

The New York Times
Donald Trump Calls Himself ‘Lifelong Supporter’ of Israel
7:28 pm ET
Alan Rappeport
Donald J. Trump addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington on Monday.
Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

Donald J. Trump expressed his solidarity with Israel in passionate terms on Monday, promising a gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that as president he would always stand up for it against its enemies in the Middle East.

The Republican presidential candidate, who has been criticized for saying that he would like to remain neutral in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, made clear in no uncertain terms that Israel had his unbridled support. He assailed the United Nations and the Obama administration for failing to side with Israel and promised to take a hard line against Iran.

“I speak to you today as a lifelong supporter and true friend of Israel,” Mr. Trump said.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 18:50:25

Election 2016
Hillary Clinton Denounces Donald Trump Before Pro-Israel Lobby Group

At Aipac meeting, Democratic front-runner calls billionaire businessman inconsistent and dangerously unqualified

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said America ‘can’t be neutral’ when it comes to Israel’s security, in a speech to AIPAC that took shots at Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
Photo: AP
By Colleen McCain
Updated March 21, 2016 7:19 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON—Hillary Clinton warned the leading pro-Israel lobby in the U.S. that Donald Trump’s foreign-policy proposals could undercut American leadership on the world stage and jeopardize the Jewish state’s security, offering a preview of Democratic attacks on the Republican front-runner.

Mrs. Clinton didn’t mention Mr. Trump by name Monday during remarks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, but she condemned his views on a range of issues, casting the billionaire businessman as inconsistent and dangerously unqualified to be president.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 18:37:13

Wither the BRICs?

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 19:40:58

It seems like there’s ever more talk of a contested convention. Too bad the Republicans don’t have any viable alternatives to Trump.

Comment by Donald Trump
2016-03-21 19:50:29

The only winner here is me. And I’m living in your head rent free.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 22:09:11

Why does your own party hate you so much? You must be truly delusional to believe the national electorate will support you if your own party is scrambling like mad to dump you.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 22:18:36

P.S. It almost seems like Elizabeth Warren has been reading my posts, no?


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Comment by SnakePlisken
2016-03-21 22:36:52

As delusional as Lola at this point.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 22:52:54

Seek help immediately before your schizophrenia consumes you.

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 22:22:50

Monday, Mar 21, 2016 12:11 PM PDT
Elizabeth Warren stops being polite and starts getting real: “Let’s be honest – Donald Trump is a loser”
Sophia Tesfaye

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has taken a lot of flak recently for failing to throw her support behind either Democratic presidential candidate (let’s be honest — behind Bernie Sanders) and while she’s acknowledged that both abstaining from her own White House run and refusing to support any particular campaign has left some of her progressive supporters disappointed, she’s absolutely no longer reticent to comment on the ridiculousness that is the Republican presidential primary.

“I take Donald Trump very seriously,” Warren told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes last week, calling on Americans to unite in opposition to Trump’s candidacy. “What he is promoting is a form of hate that is virulent, and that is bad for this country. And my view on this is, this is it. It is time for all of us to speak out — Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, vegetarians — everybody, to say no to The Donald.”

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 19:46:46

Washington Wire
Republican Chief Discusses Contested Convention
By Josh Mitchell
Mar 20, 2016 1:10 pm ET
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, seen earlier this month, said the party is actively ‘preparing for the possibility’ that the party’s presidential nominee will be chosen by delegates through a series of ballots at the July convention in Cleveland.

WASHINGTON—The head of the Republican Party on Sunday sought to prepare the party for a contested convention, a shift that reflects growing unease among many in the party with the prospect of a Donald Trump nomination.

Speaking on several of the Sunday talk shows, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said the party is actively “preparing for the possibility” that the party’s presidential nominee will be chosen by delegates through a series of ballots at the July convention in Cleveland. Such a scenario occurs when no candidate wins a majority of delegates—1,237 in this case—through the state primaries and caucuses.

Mr. Priebus said such a scenario wouldn’t be “nefarious” and that he would begin a campaign to demystify the process of a contested convention for the public. “This is a delegate-driven process,” Mr. Priebus said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “The votes that happen in the states enfranchise the delegates to go to the floor and vote. No one’s disenfranchised. In fact they’re empowered by the delegates they receive.”

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Mr. Priebus further dismissed the idea that voters would be disenfranchised if Mr. Trump, the clear front-runner, doesn’t ultimately win.

“A plurality is a minority and a minority doesn’t choose for the majority,” Mr. Priebus said. “You have to have a majority of the delegates in order to be the nominee.”

Comment by The Selfish Hoarder
2016-03-21 20:29:12

RKH do you work for a living or does Trump pay you to post for a living?

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 22:14:25

On the Trump dole:

Fake “Donald Trump”
Yuuuge in Burma

Did I miss any of the paid Trump troll’s personas?

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 22:29:21

Why is it that the better Trump does in the polls, the more crushing a Republican loss the Iowa Electronic Market Winner-takes-all Presidential election futures predict? Funny how that works…

Comment by Professor Bear
2016-03-21 22:33:55

Will the spirit of hatred, anger, fear and xenophobia that one of the top candidates promotes carry the day in November?

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