Don Surber

Official Scorekeeper of the 2016 Election.™

Monday, April 27, 2015

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Scoreboard 4-27-2015

1. New York businessman Jon Cooper, who Team Clinton enlisted for its elite corps of early fundraisers known as “HillStarters,” said that he decided not to tap his donor network for Mrs. Clinton because she hasn’t provided enough answers about foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation while she ran the State Department, her exclusive use of private email for official business as America’s top diplomat and her commitment to liberal priorities.

Polygamy makes more sense than gay marriage

Polygamy predates gay marriage by thousands of years, and in fact a man having more than one wife was legal more than 150 years ago in parts of what is now the United States. So what is gay marriage lawyer David Boies's argument that against polygamy? On "Meet The Press," he was dismissive of polygamy, using the same argument Fred Phelps used against gay marriage.

Readers own the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

In a self-important editorial on Sunday (when newspapers think they have the greatest impact), the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called for Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett to hold a summit on gun crime.

In comments, readers rejected this nonsense:

RICO the Clinton Foundation

The Clinton Foundation is a tax-exempt racketeer-influenced criminal organization. It is time to prosecute Bill, Chelsea and Hillary Clinton, and file a lawsuit seeking to confiscate their ill-gotten gains and place the monies in the U.S. Treasury.

From selling Marc Rich a pardon for $1 million to accepting bribes to approve uranium mines to raising money from donors to bribe Haitian officials on behalf of Chelsea's uncle, these racketeers have sold out our country.

Supporting them is unpatriotic.

Henry Laurens, the Patriot in the Tower of London

Henry Laurens never had the opportunity to sign the Declaration of Independence, nevertheless, he lost considerable fortune and almost his life. He was the lone Patriot to serve time in the Tower of London for treason during the Revolutionary War. However, not only struggled did he struggle for his life but with his soul, as he understood that when the Creator created all men equally that covered slaves as well. How to liberate slaves was the problem.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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He buried her alive, NYT

The New York Times in an editorial today lamented the execution of Clayton Darrell Lockett, near the anniversary of his death, which took 43 minutes.

Not mentioned in the story is the reason Oklahoma killed him: His gruesome murder of Stephanie Neiman, 19, on on June 3, 1999.

The bird feeder

We installed a bird feeder this winter.

Here is what we imagined it would be:

To CNN, being Republican is as ridiculous as changing sexes

As Austin Powers might say, Bruce Jenner is a Republican, baby.

And CNN thinks that is just weird. Changing sexes is mainstream, but being a Republican? Unimaginable.

Daniel Morgan made the British die for your freedom

In Philadelphia in the summer of 1776, a group of 56 gentlemen pledged their lives, fortunes and Sacred Honor in declaring ours an independent nation. In Cowpens, South Carolina, on January 17, 1781, Daniel Morgan, a drunkard, womanizing frontiersman with a bad back, made sure the British would never collect on the offer. Daniel Morgan is truly America's Hannibal with one big difference: Unlike Hannibal, Daniel Morgan won his war.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

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Will anyone in Washington dare ask Senator Gillibrand about the false allegation of rape she promoted?

In January, Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York promoted a story that Paul Nungesser "raped" Emma Sulkowicz while they were students at Columbia.

That story was a lie.

Now he is suing the college.

Will Senator Gillibrand apologize? Better yet, will Soraya Nadia McDonald follow up on her January 20, 2015, puff piece in the Washington Post?

Next Republican president must prosecute

Screw bipartisanship. Compromise brought you Dred Scott and Bloody Kansas. Radical Republicanism brought you the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments.

I want the next Republican president to play hardball. Prosecute. Get the Clintons. Get Harry Reid. Get Nancy Pelosi. Wipe out and disbar every prosecutor in Wisconsin who ever used John Doe warrants. Definitely Lois Lerner deserves a special prosecutor.

And be subtle about it. Don't say a damned word. Just do it. President Bush put a dozen CEOs behind bars. Joshua Holland of ultra-liberal Bill Moyers blog wrote about it:

Sergeant Ralph G. Neppel: "The heroes don't live."

Ralph G. Neppel was just a farm boy from Iowa in the Army, trained to fire a machine gun. He worked hard at being a soldier, half a world away from his mother, a tenant farmer in Glidden, Iowa, which isn't even big enough to be the county seat in Carroll County. It was World War II. Everyone pitched in.

On December 14, 1944, in a field outside of Birgel, Germany, he would do something extraordinary.

And he would follow that up by living a life that was exceptional.

Friday, April 24, 2015

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Scoreboard for 4-24-2015

This started out as a scoreboard for the 2008 presidential election. Today I will begin with a few observations on the 2016 presidential race.

1. The biggest winner from the revelation that Hillary prostituted herself as Secretary of State is Martin O'Malley, whom Democratic moderates are rallying behind.

Twinkies prove the system works

A few years ago the company that made Twinkies hit the skids and was in bankruptcy court fighting for some breathing room from creditors under Chapter 11. In 2012, it had an operating loss of $1.06 billion on $2.47 billion in sales, with $2.5 billion in liabilities. Pension expenses topped $930 million. The bakers union went on strike. Management was lousy -- hey operating losses were 40% of revenue. Newspapers and TV stations went wild with stories about the death of Twinkies.

Readers may remember me yawning. I said the Twinkie name was too valuable and someone would buy the name, make them again without union help, and rake in some big bucks. A story by Steven Bertoni of Forbes this week said that is exactly what happened.

Reporters as corrupt as the White House they cover

Nearing the annual White House Correspondents' Association scholarship dinner, the Washington Times revealed that the group pays its executive director more than it hands out in scholarships. Looks like the reporters have become as corrupt as the White House they cover.

The association's main job is credentialing who is considered the press in the White House, which is potentially pretty powerful. That the group has full-time staff is surprising, but considering it is Washington, such overstaffing is expected.

Norbert Rillieux, sugar daddy

The modern sugar industry began with Christopher Columbus, the misguided sailor who set sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain, westward toward China on August 3, 1492. He would get as far as Cuba. As planned, Columbus landed at the Canary Islands a short time after leaving Spain, to load up provisions, however Columbus fell in love with the land's ruler, the beautiful Beatriz de Bobadilla y Ossorio. They had a month-long affair before he finally sailed away. She gave as a gift some sugarcane cuttings, which he would plant in what he thought was land near China, but which were really the islands of San Salvador, Cuba and Hispaniola.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Scoreboard for 4-23-2015

1. Democrat Gary Hart endorsed Democrat Martin O'Malley for president.

I suspect monkey business.


Did coal kill the Export-Import Bank?

Roll Call reported the Export Import Bank likely will die on June 30 after 81 years of obscurity. The relic of FDR's socialistic government likely will not have its charter renewed, meaning the elimination of 402 government jobs. Well, that's a  start.

Blame politics. President Obama politicized the agency, which after its three-year renewal in 2012 decided not to finance any more coal export deals. This is part of Obama's war on coal mined from privately owned land (the public lands in Wyoming continue to boom). Frankly, this is why Jay Rockefeller called him the president he waited all his life for because Rockefeller sees coal as the only barrier remaining for socialism in West Virginia.

President? Prison for both Clintons

Bill and Hillary Clinton accepted bribes from the Russian government and approved the sale of uranium to our arch enemy.

Arrest them. Try them. Imprison them.

Every one of these people is wrong

Free speech isn't pretty. A federal judge protected Pam Geller's right to purchase an anti-Muslim ad on buses in New York City which offends people. The only way the government -- which owns the buses -- can stop her is by rejecting all ads from everyone.

Some online readers at the Washington Post showed their ignorance of free speech in the comments:

Lee Miller, you've seen her photos of Dachau, but not the price she paid

After covering the final push against Hitler with the 83rd Infantry from Normandy to Berlin, Life magazine photographer Dave Scherman and model-turned-photographer Lee Miller gave a German who spoke a little English a carton of cigarettes to show them around the ruins of Munich. Eventually he led them to Hitler's house. In the bathroom there was a bathtub. Lee filled it up with water. She shed her clothes and got in. A warm bath is a soldier's luxury and they certainly earned it, even though they were civilians. They placed a photo of Hitler at one end, a small statue of Eva Braun naked at the other, and Scherman took her picture.

As the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II neared, a few magazines and newspapers ran the picture with a story and the inevitable headline: "Lee Miller: the woman in Hitler’s bathtub."

But she was so much more than that, and worse of all, the bath never cleansed her. The photographers came Munich from Dachau. The dirt on the rug was from that concentration camp. Just before she died, Lee Miller told her biographer Carolyn Burke: “I could never get the stench of Dachau out of my nostrils.”

And that was not the worse thing that happened to Lee Miller.

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