Saturday’s A Big Day; We’ll Need Sunday To Recover *Weekend Open Thread*


In case you haven’t heard (yeah, right), Saturday is a big day for the Great State of South Carolina as we weigh in on the nominee for the Republican Party.

Trump is currently leading in the polls but Sen. Cruz is making a major move on that lead. The Hill now reports that Cruz has narrowed Trump’s lead to only 5 points:

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Friday finds Donald Trump leading the GOP presidential field by only 5 points in South Carolina, down from 16 points a month ago.

The RealClearPolitics average of polls still finds Trump ahead of the pack by double digits going into Saturday’s South Carolina primary, but Friday’s survey reports Trump has 28 percent support among likely Republican voters, down from 36 percent in January. Ted Cruz, Trump’s nearest rival, gets 23 percent, up from 20 last month. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

That seems pretty significant to me.

Meanwhile, my Representative, Mark Sanford, former Governor of SC who encouraged Nikki Haley to run for Governor, has endorsed Sen. Cruz. From the Daily Caller:


“The Constitution matters,” the congressman said when asked why he was endorsing Cruz. Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who hosted the event held at the College of Charleston, announced Sanford’s endorsement. “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson and David Limbaugh also made appearances at the rally.

“We need another fighter in Washington,” Sanford said, mentioning Cruz stood out to him for opposing ethanol subsidies. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

I imagine Rep. Sanford’s endorsement might help in this district. And Gov. Haley’s endorsement of Sen. Rubio, along with Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Gowdy, will help Sen. Rubio. I reckon we will know later on Saturday night if Trump can be overtaken – personally, I hope and pray he will be. It should be interesting, no doubt about it!

And then there is Nevada and the caucuses on the Democrats’ side, also on Saturday. The picture seems a bit fuzzy as to who might win, at least in the latest poll. I guess I can understand that given the two choices available. You have a woman who has lied through her teeth about a number of issues, was a terrible Secretary of State, leaving the Middle East worse than she found it (and that takes some doing), and lost an Ambassador on her watch along with three other brave Americans.

Then there is Sanders. If his young followers were smart enough to actually look up what “Socialism” is, they would realize that they are selling themselves down the river. From The Federalist:


Sanders, long a proponent of expanding the welfare state, has suggested not only keeping current benefits but substantially expanding them for all beneficiaries. To fund his plan, Sanders proposes to remove the current cap on payroll taxes, dramatically expanding the tax burden of many Americans to pour even more money into this unsustainable and slowly collapsing program. If millennials think jobs are hard to find and wages are low now, just wait until these taxes on work kick in.

Although this change seems minor at first blush, the eye-popping cost of Sanders’ radical proposal would ring up over a trillion dollars over 10 years. Worse, even without expanding the benefits as Sanders wants, his massive tax hike would do little to solve the underlying flaws in Social Security.

Sanders and others’ refusal to recognize the looming Social Security crisis not only threatens the existence of the program, it is also represents a raw deal for younger Americans, who are Sanders’ most vocal supporters. According to the OASDI Trustees Report, for example, a worker putting his first payment into Social Security in 2015 should expect to lose 4 percent of his career wages.

Younger workers don’t need a degree in finance to know that’s a bad deal. Even so, 8 out of 10 participants in the Iowa Democratic caucus younger than 30 supported Sanders despite the fact they would bear the brunt of his unrealistic and expensive proposal. […]

As this article makes clear, Social Security isn’t going to be around  much longer if changes aren’t made. And they will have no one to blame for this but themselves. But the rest of us don’t deserve to lost our benefits because they think living off the teat of the government, like Sanders has for all of his professional career, is the way to go. They seem to think the government has its own money. I blame their parents, and their educators, for that misguided mindset. But hey, if they get their way – and they will of Trump is the nominee, we are all screwed.

Not very cheery, I know, especially for the weekend. But as this election rolls on, and Sanders gets closer to Clinton, or even tops her, I like to think I am being realistic.

But now it is time to turn from the profane of politics to the sacred of a funeral, that of Justice Antonin Scalia’s in Washington, DC. As you know, the Obamas declined attending, and instead paid a visit to the Supreme Court as the Justice laid in state.  People lined the street by the hundreds and hundreds to pay their respects, even into the night. And in case you are wondering what is so busy that President Obama cannot make it to the funeral mass for the longest serving Justice, he will be busy, according to his spokesweasel, studying up on who should take Scalia’s place. Yep. That’s the story. In any event, the funeral mass at the largest Catholic cathedral in the country, will be a somber affair, officiated by Scalia’s son, Paul, a priest. It will be one of remembrance, mourning, and farewell, for a man who served this nation on our Highest Court for decades. May he rest in peace…

And since this is the Weekend Open Thread, even with all the politics going on, you know I have to leave you with something good, a salve for the soul, if you will. And that is this great story of the love a veterinarian showed to a rescued abused dog with a host of medical issues. HuffPo has the full story, including everything the little girl had wrong with her,  but the video below says it all:


Isn’t that lovely? What a great way to reach that scared little girl, and let her know she was okay. Just so sweet…

And that is what I will leave you with for this Weekend Open Thread. Feel free to discuss whatever is on your minds, or possibly a tribute to Justice Scalia, or whatever else is going on.



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65 Responses to “Saturday’s A Big Day; We’ll Need Sunday To Recover *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. piper Says:

    Interesting article abt amnesty Marco and an ICE agent which substantiates my feelings about Mr. Sleaze and his plans for the United States.

    BTW – thanks for the pic. of that awesome vet eating with the scared pup.

    • piper Says:

      Too funny – forgot the link…

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Wasn’t that so sweet? That poor little dog was a MESS when a woman found her, scared, with a prolapsed uterus, all kinds of medical problems, and too scared to eat. Until the vet got in there with her. What a kind man…

      I heard Darrell Issa talking abt Rubio, whom he has endorsed, this morning. John Stoessel had mentioned all the hearings on which Issa has been, and Issa said that Rubio has been extremely helpful to him when he needed it from the Senate. He specifically mentioned Fast and Furious, Lois Lerner, and a few others. Just wanted to mention that.

      It is interesting to me that Breitbart seems to dislike Rubio so much considering Breitbart himself liked Rubio very much and wanted him to be President. Just an observation.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        The “Breitbart” of today isn’t the “Breitbart” of Andrew Breitbart. This one is Trumpkin to the core. I used to read the blog every morning. Haven’t been there in months.

        • GinaR Says:

          I agree with you, Marge, and just said the same thing on a FB post. The Breitbart of today is not the same Breitbart as when Andrew was alive. I thought this was a very interesting interview with Rubio, by Neil Cavuto: I have been leery of Rubio in the past because of his stance on illegal immigration, but whether the media misreported what was really going on (gasp!) or he’s gotten smarter in the past few years, he’s been pretty clear now on what he would do as president, and I can support him with only minor reservations. I’m still a Cruzer first, but truth be told I have reservations about him, as well. I would be thrilled with either a Cruz or a Rubio in the White House!

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Yeah, when I do read articles from there now, it is with a lb. of salt. They do seem all in on Trump, and their slant is blatant (I guess that’s good). Yeah, they aren’t Andrew’s Breitbart any more…

          Gina, thanks for the interview. I look forward to reading it. I was glad to hear Rubio’s explanation of the Gang of 8 plan last night on Megyn Kelly. That made so much sense – that he knew there was only so far he’d be able to go in a Dem. controlled Senate, so he was counting on the Rep. controlled House to shore it up and make it more what he wanted. As he made clear, it takes both houses to pass a bill. And I was glad he addressed his voting record – a 90% record while missing some minor votes, especially while campaigning.

          And yeah – right there with you. Both Cruz and Rubio have their own set of stances with which I might disagree, but I never expect to agree on EVERYTHING with a candidate anyway. I would be more than happy to have either one of them in the WH. No doubt abt it!

      • GinaR Says:

        I am now officially in love with that vet.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          LOL – I bet, Gina! Wasn’t that so smart on his part to figure out the best way to reach that little girl? And to sit there eating his granola while she ate her kibble was just precious…

  2. piper Says:

    Forgive my ignorance – is S.C. a state where the winner get all the delegates regardless of votes for the other candidates?

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    So often I am almost overwhelmed by the meanness and nastiness around those of us who follow politics. Then you show us the goodness, the decency of people like that veterinarian and my faith in human nature is restored. I hope there is a special place in heaven for people like that vet. Bless him.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Truly my pleasure, Marge. It is important, especially during this difficult political climate, to remember how decent many people are, how caring, and how kind. I imagine that this vet definitely will make his way to Heaven! 🙂

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Trump on Obamacare: ‘I Like The Mandate’

    Trump has been running around accusing Ted Cruz of “lying” about him for, among other things, linking Trump to Obamacare and noting his support for government-run healthcare.

    Thing is, Trump is an advocate for big government healthcare, having proposed an incoherent mess of a plan under which coverage is mandatory, universal and paid for by the government. Trump has now made this even more explicit, embracing the central pillar of Obamacare: The individual mandate tax, which happens to be one of the law’s most-despised features, especially among conservatives.

    • piper Says:

      T-rump is always ‘for’ something until his focus team tells him to be ‘against’ something.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I was so mad watching Fox and Friends this morning as they played a whole montage of Trump accusing Cruz of being a liar, the biggest liar he has ever seen in his life, and on and on, all with NO substantiation for the claims. They were saying it could really hurt Cruz, who claims he is just using Trump’s words against him. But they NEVER highlight what Cruz’s actual claims ARE!

      So I started thinking abt what has come out just recently abt Trump: he supports keeping Common Core; as this article highlights and I mentioned the other day, he supports the Obamacare Mandate and Single Payer healthcare; he has decided to remain neutral between our great ally in the Middle East, Israel, and the terrorist state of Palestine (something abt which Cruz REAMED him, and rightly so); and he flat out lied abt never having supported the Iraq War, which he came out in support of in 2002.

      I have so many Trump supporting friends who are VERY pro-Israel, HATE Obamacare, and all of that – but I bet $100 they will, each and every one of them, ignore all of these staggering revelations and vote for Trump anyway. That is the biggest way in which they are like Obama followers – it is a cult, and no matter WHAT Trump says, no matter if he advocates the exact opposite position on something abt which they have been screaming for years now, he will get their vote.

      He sure as hell did not get MINE today.

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Unfreakingbelievable – Obama spent less than TWO minutes honoring Justice Scalia:

    His decision to not attend the funeral is far more insulting than even the lack of time at the wake. What a small, small, childish man he is.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I had read that he was going to Cuba but that isn’t the case. That’s next month. So what the hell is he doing that’s too important to go to the funeral of a Supreme Court Justice who served for 30 years?

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Yeah, he is carrying around his big binder of information on possible replacements for Scalia – THAT is why he won’t be attending the funeral. Seriously. (And the article did mention that binders full of names are only bad if you are Mitt Romney.)

        Gina, right there with you!

    • GinaR Says:

      He’s a despicable human being and a disgrace as President. There are few people in this world that I truly despise; he is one of them.

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I have GREAT news to share! I spoke to the Squirrel Whisperer this afternoon. He said Rocky is doing better, not so lethargic, his bodily functions are normal, and his eyes are abt to open! YAY!!! So, now that we are past the two day window, it seems clear sailing from here. The Whisperer is going to call tomorrow with an update, too, but it sounds like things are going well!


  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    It’s official – Hillary won Nevada:

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Everyone called SC for Trump with 2% of the state reporting. Currently, Rubio is in second place, doing better than people expected. But Bush decided to suspend his campaign tonight (Kasich REALLY needs to do likewise). Had he done that BEFORE today, I suspect Cruz or Rubio would have won. GRRR.

    Here’s the link:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      The final tally of tonight’s Republican primary in South Carolina, with 99 percent of precincts reporting:

      1. Donald Trump: 238,067 (32 percent)

      2. Marco Rubio: 164,691 (22.5 percent)

      3. Ted Cruz: 163,732 (22.3 percent)

      4. Jeb Bush: 57,472 (7.8 percent)

      5. John Kasich: 55,920 (7.6 percent)

      6. Ben Carson: 52,958 (7.2 percent)

      Trump still not able to get past 1/3 with 5 other candidates sharing the vote.

      Rubio edges ahead of Cruz with the endorsement of Nikki Haley and Tim Scott – both popular NC politicians.

      Jeb drops out and Ben Carson for some reason only he understands hangs on.

      Kasich is evidently looking for the VP spot with the promise of delivering Ohio.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        The two counties Rubio won are Charleston (which is mine) and the one in which the capital is.

        I just continue to be stymied and flummoxed at the media giving this serial liar, bully, left-leaning Democrat (add Planned Parenthood supporter to the list I have below), but all I can think is that they know Hillary or Bernie will beat him.

        Larry Sabato and crew have this good piece today, and they are right. Reince and the RNC need to get behind Cruz and/or Rubio and stop screwing around already:

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Can’t even begin to explain why good decent folks would vote for Trump. I believe Rubio edged Cruz with the help of the aforementioned Haley and Scott. Forgot to mention another favorite in your state – Gowdy. Usually I don’t think endorsements make much difference but 3 favorites endorsing can IMO. Especially 3 such popular ones.

          Although I am NOT a Rubio fan, I could and would vote for him. The only one I absolutely will not, ever, vote for is Donald Trump.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            I agree completely at the endorsements. There is no doubt they propelled Rubio into second.

            I am right there with you – Anyone But Trump…

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Now I’m scared. I am agreeing with Van Jones. But he is RIGHT in this instance (h/t Facebook friend):

  12. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This is a good overview from Larry Sabato and crew at The Crystal Ball, though I absolutely do not want Kasich as VP:

  13. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And yet another excellent article frm my Facebook friend highlighting the lies, lies, and more lies of Trump (which the media and debate moderators continue to ignore):

    • piper Says:

      The media has already chosen our next president, Miss Hillary. They don’t give a d*****mm about the us peons as they continue to operate from their safe guarded enclaves and only want ratings, ratings, and more ratings as more and more people are tuning in to see the latest outrage from both sides of the same coin.
      The actual campaign will be a doozy – criminal madam running against wild hair egotist. Can’t wait to see how t-rump behaves when team clinton drops their opposition research that they have on him on a daily basis.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Ohmygosh, that would be a meltdown like no other, wouldn’t it? Trump would blow a GASKET.

        And yes, the media have decided – AGAIN. I am so sick of them picking our Presidents, especially because they are TERRIBLE abt it. Never mind that whole Republic thing…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        If Trump wins and gets into a general election the media will hit him with both barrels with all his sins of omission and commission. He’ll get all the attention he wants but it won’t be the kind of attention he wants. And he will whine and whine…

  14. piper Says:

    That loud banging you hear from downtown Wisconsin is me shaking my head against the wall. I understand that people are angry and want change but really after 7 years of hope and change, how can so many people actually believe that T-rump is presidential material.
    Was S.C. an open primary – if so how many crossover votes were casted.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I knew I heard a thumping noise coming from just to the north of Kenosha – was that you? Hard to tell since I tool and pounding poor old noggin against the wall.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Yeah, y’all probably heard me, too.

        Piper, yes, it was an open primary. The Dems have theirs here next week. So ANYONE could vote – it just means they can’t vote next week.

        I would not be at all surprised if Dems are voting for Trump assuming Hillary is going to get it knowing full well that most people will NOT vote for Trump.

        I have to say, my newspaper has had two good editorials abt the dangers of Trump in a row, and highlighted what I keep saying: the majority of us DO NOT WANT HIM.

        • piper Says:

          I thought so – IIRC there were a lot of crossover votes for obama from the republicans thinking that they could defeat him in the general. And we all know how that turned out.

      • piper Says:

        K. Marge,
        Yep that’s me 2 counties away. The only good dem. we have is Sheriff Clarke whom the democrat party tried to oust in the last election. A black man who doesn’t mince words speaking realistically of life not unicorns and pixie dust.

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Sheriff Clarke is fantastic. I don’t often watch Megyn Kelly unless I hear that he’s going to be on. Then I do. A truly great man and a great American.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Yes, he really is something, isn’t he? Smart, strong, intelligent, passionate, and he has a backbone.

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    If Trump’s foes don’t unite soon, it’s a Don deal

    Donald Trump’s victory in South Carolina proves that in 2016, the GOP has split into two. There is the Trump party. And there is the not-Trump party.

    In raw terms, the Trump party isn’t especially strong. Voting has concluded in three states. The results there and all kinds of polling on favorability among Republicans suggests he’s got a natural ceiling between 35 and 40 percent. An AP poll conducted this week says 60 percent of GOP voters—60 percent!—have a negative view of Trump.

    This is the not-Trump party.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That’s what I keep saying – most of us don’t want him. And while I can understand anger and frustration, one needs to use one’s HEAD as well as one’s heart. This ratchet response of, “Screw the Establishment!” when it means getting a chronic liar, showboater, bully, con-man is NOT the way to solve our very serious problems…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        If the Rubio/Cruz voters don’t somehow manage to make peace or make a difficult choice we will be faced with a choice between Trump and Hillary come November. I for one can’t vote for either. I believe that a great many people in the “not-Trump” party will feel the same way. Thus Hillary wins.

        • piper Says:

          Although we were supporters / donators of the madam, there is no way in hell that I would vote for her. She lost us during the 2008 convention when she didn’t protest the states giving her delegate votes away to obama.

          • piper Says:

            My presidential vote will either be a write in for my pupster or left blank. Do plan for voting down ticket as I really don’t want Feingold back in the Senate.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Piper, I know exactly how you feel. I donated a lot, and even made calls for, Hillary back in 2008. But yeah, when she completely rolled over for Obama, and the DNC made it clear that they didn’t care what the people wanted, including insisting delegates be unanimous, even though that was unlawful in a number of states, I was done with the Dem. party. Heck, it actually was official on 5/31/08 when the RBC decided it didn’t matter for whom one cast their vote, the DNC was going to give votes to Obama. It is crystal clear the agreement made between the parties, I think.

            And if Trump is on the ticket, I will write in someone, and vote for Rep. Sanford and Sen. Scott. That will be the extent of it. Then I will have to look for another country in which to live (Grand Cayman, perhaps?)…

  16. piper Says:

    Hoping that Helen will join the conversation soon and post the Trump article from American Thinker here. Excellent Read

    Given my mood and the weather here today I’m considering cleaning my abode to clear cobwebs and dust from both house and mind.

    I’m also staying away from 2 fav. blogs bec. I’m a lousy loser and refuse to read the trumpeters’ gloating and crowing comments about their fearless egotist.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I completely understand. I am being a lousy loser today, too, though I have to say, I continue to take SOME solace in the knowledge that most of us don’t want Trump, and he has very few delegates in the scheme of things. If Kasich and Carson will get out of the way, I think this thing can still turn around. I have to HOPE so anyway…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I know the feeling of having “their” win rubbed in your face. Reminds me so much of 2008 and the Obots. Trumpkins are just as nasty. Glad I changed from a Democrat to an Independent back then. Now when someone calls me a RINO, for having the temerity to not be a Trumpkin, I say no I’m not, I not even a Republican. And don’t want to be a member of the stupid party. For me there are two parties other than Independent and Green, the nasty party and the stupid party.

  17. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend just had this up at Facebook. It sums up how I feel exactly:

  18. piper Says:

    Sorry Helen – don’t mean to steal articles you posted on NQ but here’s an interesting paragraphs from your article which I’ve been saying for a while.
    “The media also encouraged Trump’s candidacy. He was good for ratings and they considered him un-electable. Given the media’s overwhelming progressive bias, they wanted to advance a Republican candidate they were sure would lose. They therefore gave him 25 times more coverage than the rest of the GOP field combined. That’s a lot of free advertising in a nation that appreciates colorful characters.”

    Read more:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Exactly, piper – that is what I have been saying. Trump gets more coverage than all the other candidates combined, and that was true when there were many more of them.

      I just got an email from The Hill with the Sunday round up. Many of the headlines were abt Trump. Ugh.

  19. kenoshamarge Says:

    The angry people claim that money buys our elections – yet the man with the most money, Jeb Bush, is out.

    Trump claims he will get the Bush voters as well as the Carson and Kasich voters. I would think the Bush voters would be more apt to switch to Rubio wouldn’t they?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      WTH do they think Trump is doing with his BILLIONS? And not for nothing, he does take contributions, despite his claims.

      He is delusional. After the way he treated Bush, he thinks he is getting his voters? Wait, what am I saying – of course he does. Wow…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        As hard as it may be for the narcissistic Trump to understand, just because he says something doesn’t make it so. Or only in the empty minds of his besotted supporters.

        I don’t EVER fall in love with politicians. I may like them. Some few I may even respect but I do NOT fall in love with some damn politician.

        I happen to believe that Ted Cruz would make the best POTUS and that he would make the best selections for SCOTUS. But, if it takes supporting and voting for Rubio to keep Trump from winning, I will do it in a heartbeat.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Yeah, I don’t fall in love with them either, and I would GLADLY vote for Cruz or Rubio.

          I am standing here literally shaking my head after reading comments from people I know who are Trump supporters. It is TRULY stunning. I know we saw this before with Obama supporters (still do), but I just cannot get over that these very same people who railed for YEARS abt them are EXACTLY the same. Hell, I think they are worse because they have seen what that kind of blind loyalty and refusal to consider facts has done to this country.

          I am trying really, really hard to keep the faith, but the field needs to narrow more and NOW to make sure Trump isn’t the nominee…

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Oh, and then there was the article a friend had that laid out Trump’s saying months before the season started how he was going to use the media to do his bidding, talk abt him non-stop, etc., etc. It was his blueprint, and he has followed it to a T. So has the media. If I can find it again, I’ll put it up.

            In the meantime, my friend had this piece. Now Trump is questioning RUBIO’S citizenship:

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