The Inmates Are Running The Asylum *Open Thread* BREAKING NEWS x 2


MORE BREAKING NEWS: Cruz has announced Carly Fiorina as his Vice Presidential choice. What an EXCELLENT choice, such a smart, erudite, accomplished, experienced woman, and a Texan to boot!

BREAKING NEWS: Ted Cruz is about to make a BIG announcement, and I think we will all be happy withwhat he has to say:

Back to the original post:

That is my takeaway from this Campaign season as yet another “Super Tuesday” has concluded. The big winners, predictably, though that doesn’t make it any easier, were Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Both of them are moving closer and closer to the magical Official Nominee numbers.  This Hobert cartoon from Townhall sums it up:


Uh, yeah. There you have it.

I continue to be confounded by Trump’s supporters. I know that some Democrats are crossing over to make sure he is the nominee so Clinton can trounce him in the General Election. But still. These parts of the country that act all high, mighty, and smarter than the rest of the country are demonstrating just the opposite in my opinion. At least the Trump supporters, that is.

I get being angry. I do. I am angry, too. And now I am really, really angry at these people who are pushing a man who is childish, immature, makes fun of people, bullies people, threatens people, and as readers here have noted, has yet to really discus any policies substantively. And yes, the media is colluding in a BIG way with Trump. No doubt, they will also turn on him to push Clinton in the General, as others have noted (along with me).

Regardless, thanks to these ANGRY PEOPLE, we will be stuck with Obamacare for the rest of our lives, most likely. A terrible, terrible law, one that continues to wreak economic havoc on the country, as well as the companies charged with fulfilling this law (United Healthcare being the latest to pull out of markets). We’ll have a President who believes that “the unborn person doesn’t have Constitutional rights,”  according to her interpretation of our laws.  We will have higher taxes, more flawed foreign policies, and more Social Justice Warrior demand fulfilled over the will of the people. And that is just the tip of the iceberg of what this nation is facing once we have Madam President. So, yeah – I understand the anger, and at this point, it is all directed toward Trump supporters.

I was so certain at the beginning of this season that the Republicans were going to put forth a candidate who could easily defeat the presumptive Democrat nominee with all her many flaws and current FBI investigation. It SHOULD have been a total cakewalk for any one of the top Republicans who were running from Gov. Scott Walker to Sen. Marco Rubio to Carly Fiorina, and of course, Sen. Ted Cruz. It SHOULD have been easy. Instead we are are looking at Trump as the presumptive nominee, a man who is lecturing another candidate (Gov. Kasich) on manners. TRUMP. TRUMP is lecturing someone on manners, apparently forgetting all the times he has chowed down as this Daily News article highlights. But his supporters will just jump on THAT bandwagon as if Trump is the beacon of decorum.

Just astonishing. Hence why I am watching the MLB Channel right now instead of CNN or Fox Business Network. I just can’t. I cannot listen to these people go on and on and on regurgitating Trump’s ridiculous claims of “rigged systems,” the very one from which he is benefiting, or “hey, he’s close enough, isn’t he?” mindset on the Right, or the Sanders supporters on the Left (a guy today) describing how Bernie is going to completely transform this country.

But in their superficial understanding of Socialism, they do not understand just what that kinds of transformation will mean. So, I’ll make it easy for them: MORE TAXES FOR EVERYONE. I mean, EVERYONE, as this Federalist article highlights:


He (Sanders) fails to recognize — or simply isn’t admitting to voters — that the system he desires doesn’t actually exist. In Europe, it’s not just the wealthy who pay more in taxes. The working and middle classes foot a larger share of the bill as well.

Unlike the cruel, predatory, uncaring U.S. government, which levies minimal federal sales taxes, European governments rake in revenue through “value added” sales taxes on most consumer goods, ranging from 10 to 27 percent. As anyone who took high school economics knows, this “regressive” form of taxation hurts the lower and middle classes more than it does the wealthy.

This considerable tax burden is why, despite what many people here and in Europe believe, Europeans don’t get anything for free from their governments. You know why a European doesn’t get a bill from the doctor following an appointment? Because he or she has already paid, that’s why. Those complimentary college educations they’re handing out? You already locked that in by the age of 12, with what your parents paid in taxes to raise you.

Socialist governments are like shrewd hookers: They get the money up front for services they may or may not render. There’s no guarantee you will get the medical care you feel you need or the college education you think you deserve. The threshold for these services is considerably higher. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Exactly. And hey, considering Clinton said she will go even further left of Obama, we may not be out of the woods yet from this Socialism drivel that so many in the “Democratic” Party are pushing.

From Trump supporters to Sanders supporters, the inmates are running the asylum, and they are making the rest of us nuts…

That’s it for me. What’s on your minds today? This is an Open Thread.


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64 Responses to “The Inmates Are Running The Asylum *Open Thread* BREAKING NEWS x 2”

  1. piper Says:

    Most of the discord today, I blame on the republicans and their party for failing to follow thru on their promises. Full control of both houses and what have they done – basically given obama everything he has requested whether it’s good or bad for us.
    Also they either chose to turn a blind eye to a drumpf candidacy or like the garbage he is spouting knowing that it’s only hype with no chance of being acted / legislated on. What happened to vetting and getting only maybe 4 or 5 candidates to run – 17 was a total disaster. Couldn’t the big boys convince the retreads like huckabee, santorum, graham to stay out of the race.
    My choice this year will be a write for my bichon as I absolutely refuse to vote for the madam or the bombast.
    BTW – what happened to global warming – it’s another cold blustery day here – well at least the sun is shining.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Great point, piper – the RNC did itself no favors by continuing to allow Obama full rein. Their lack of serving the people who elected them no doubt plays a big part in this, hence the anger. But to allow that anger to so blind oneself to the behavior of the current frontrunner is a “cutting off your nose to spite your face” mentality if I ever saw one.

      And yeah – I will not vote for either one of them, either. If Cruz isn’t at the top of the list, don’t be surprised if your Bichon takes the win! 😀

  2. piper Says:

    SMH – here’s a question from an insurance company.

    “Have you ever been in an accident that has resulted in your death?”

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Jonah Goldberg has a FANTASTIC column today in Townhall calling out Gov. Mike Pence:

    Trump says he can start acting “presidential” with a flip of a switch, but does anyone who is not besotted with Trump Kool-Aid think this is actually possible?

    Pence is surely aware of Trump’s unfavorables. But what he may not have considered is that if Trump loses the general election in a landslide, the recriminations will be ferocious. The postmortems will undoubtedly focus on who had a chance to stop Trump when it was possible. Among the first in the dock: the Hamlet of the Hoosiers.

    Most conservatives in Indiana have rallied to Cruz’s banners already. Curt Smith, the president of the Indiana Family Institute, told the Washington Examiner that Pence would “lock in his base” by endorsing Cruz, and it would give Cruz a big advantage because the Pence campaign is well-organized on the ground. Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, helped deliver Cruz’s blowout victory there last month. It’s unlikely he’ll regret that decision down the road.

    Click here to read the rest.

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    I am trying not to be depressed this morning but it’s difficult. We knew Trump would do well in those states. He did better than expected.

    The fact that they are all blue states that will vote Democrat come November doesn’t matter right now. Trump supporters idea that he can turn them red are as delusional as most of the rest of the ideas in their empty little heads.

    I find it difficult to decide who I loathe more, Trump, the Trumpanzees or the media. A media that is only waiting for Trump to win to bring out their negative attacks that will never cease right up until November.

    The Republican Party still has a slight chance to put a man in the Oval Office that will respect the Constitution, and the values that made this country great. With Trump it’s a campaign slogan, with Cruz it’s a way of life.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I completely understand your quandary on whom to loathe more. The media giving Trump hours and hours and HOURS of free ad time, along with framing EVERY question to other candidates in terms of something Trump said, their parroting of idiotic positions Trump is taking as if they are at ALL legitimate, like the “rigged” elections, or not really needing to get to the number of delegates that has been set for some time, all of that has enable Trump unfettered access to the masses, the likes of which I have NEVER seen before.

      But his followers – these Kool Aide drinkers – the same ones who ridiculed and heaped disdain on Obama supporters who didn’t care what Obama’s positions were – carry a whole helluva lot of blame. Even the votes yesterday with greater numbers, even considering the Dems who crossed over, despite all the idiotic, assholic things Trump has said just within a WEEK, speaks volumes abt his supporters. None of it good, I might add.

      Yep – it is hard to not get depressed. I am spending a lot more time glancing out the windows and doors (like now, with the tide high and the sun shining) so mu head doesn’t explode…

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    What Next For #NeverTrump? Never Means Never.

    By Ben Shapiro

    There is a certain irony to the fact that triumphant Trump supporters who have been touting the strength of their candidate for months – who have, in fact, suggested that those of who don’t support Trump are unnecessary vestiges of an outdated philosophy – are now preemptively declaring their candidate a loser, and blaming others in the process. We told you, Trumpsters, that if you hit yourself in the face with an electoral ball-peen hammer, it might hurt. You insisted on hitting yourself in the face with an electoral ball-peen hammer. If it hurts, that’s your fault.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What a GREAT article, Marge. Shapiro, um, nails the numerous inconsistencies/hypocrisies/lunacies of Trump supporters perfectly. Thank you!

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And this is how the media props up Trump. They act as if he actually SAID something in this speech:

    • piper Says:

      Wonder who wrote this speech. Found out that Jared K., the Orthodox Jewish son-in-law wrote his AIPAC speech which Donald read but with no real knowledge of what he read just mouthing words and hyperbole. And sadly probably doesn’t really care about any group except what benefits him and him only.

  8. helenk3 Says:

    this says it all

  9. helenk3 Says:

    for some reason earlier I could not get into to your site. do not know why

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I am so sorry to hear that, Helen. Glad you were able to make it back. We missed you!

  10. helenk3 Says:

    this will be the first year since i was 21 that I will not vote for a president. In good conscience i could not vote for trump or clinton

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Right there with you, friend. Right there with you…

    • piper Says:

      Same here Helen. Not voting for the lesser of 2 evils as they’re both as reprehensible as …………

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I feel the same way Helen. I cannot in all good conscience vote for either of these sub-standard people. I’ve held my nose and voted in the past but this is beyond holding my nose. This would be compromising every principle I’ve ever had. I won’t do that for ANY politician let alone two scum like Hillary and Trump.

  11. helenk3 Says:

    I just posted this at No Quarter

    I have been coming here since 2008. Have not always agreed with everyone and everyone has not always agreed with me.
    Today I the trump ugly seeping on down. the name calling, the gloating.
    I guess this is the wake up call for me. I do not need ugly in my life.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Sad to hear what has happened at the site at which many of us met 8 yrs ago. But you are right, Helen – you don’t need ugly in your life. Well said!

    • piper Says:

      That is exactly why I not only stopped commenting but also reading on NoQuarter and Crawdad Hole. Removed both from bookmarked favs.
      Spent too many years teaching children with behavior problems to use appropriate language instead of swearing and name calling to continue visiting these sites.

    • mcnorman Says:

      I inherited 7 Araucana chickens when a friend passed away 2 months ago. Every morning I go outside to sit with them. I do the same thing when I get home. it is one of the few things in life that my soul understands as life without ugliness. They were so sad when they came to me. I built them a chicken tractor and give them lots of affection daily. In return, I get 7 beautiful turquoise eggs daily. The ugliness of the world melts away when I pick those eggs up.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        That is so cool abt the chickens, mcnorman! How wonderful! I bet they were sad when they first came – but that was only because they didn’t know what a wonderful life awaited for them! 🙂

        As I have mentioned before, I live on a tidal creek and looking out the windows of the house to the tide rising and falling, the wildlife here (tons of deer, birds, raccoons, and feral cats who have been TNR’ed are the delightful sights I see. Hence why I do it often to lower my blood pressure rather than frequent certain sites. 😀

        • mcnorman Says:

          And that is how we who have little choice if any left in the world should see the world. I refuse to allow the ugliness of the world to defeat me.

          Yes, the chickens are happy now. And I am so grateful to have them and the other various furry feathered rescues that love me no matter what happened today.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Amen to that, mcnorman. Well said!

            I can just see those chickens – and I bet those eggs are beautiful.

            And yes – I feel the same way abt all of our rescues, too. Thank heavens for the beauty of this Earth, and all of the creatures who inhabit it…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        You my friend have the right perspective on the world. I feed my squirrels and fill my bird feeders and for a time the ugly goes away. Unfortunately it always returns but then so do the birds and the squirrels.

        A Momma bunny stopped by this morning and was very interested in the carrot peels I had put by the back fence for the groundhogs. So I put 4 carrots through the food chopper and hope to have bunnies and groundhogs to watch in return for the treats.

        Life is good in my back yard and the sun is shining. It’s always a better day when the sun shines.🐦

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Oh, how wonderful abt the mother bunny! I hope she comes back!

          Once in a blue moon I see a rabbit here, but not often. I love going outside first thing in the morning to feed the critters, hear the birds sing, and see how the marsh is looking at that time. It changes all day long – such a gift to be able to watch it, I have to say. But yes – the wildlife and our own pets make what is going on in this country bearable – or rather put on the back burner for a time…

        • mcnorman Says:

          Joy!!! I love the squirrels and roadrunners that occasionally make it through my mom’s backyard. They are such beautiful creatures. And yes, they can easily wipe off the nastiness in one moment. Sadly, the ugliness returns but we must remember that these are moments that we must enjoy and not the other.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            ROADRUNNERS! Cool!!! And you are right – it does obliterate the nastiness, doesn’t it? Thank heavens for the gift of wildlife!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      You lasted longer than I did Helen. LJ is responsible for the cesspool that is now NQ. I hope he is happy with what he has created. Because most of the best people are gone. Does JRTerrior still fight on? No avatar is more appropriate because JRTerrior has been attacked relentlessly. At least she was.

      I wiped all NQ links from my computer and don’t even peek in once in a while as I did when I first left. I spend most of my time here, where the air is fresh and clean and Trump free or over at the Right Scoop.

  12. piper Says:

    Is drumpf media savvy or is the media savvier. Good take on the media and their influence on choosing the gop candidate.

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    Chris Matthews’ Wife Loses Congressional Bid

    Chris Matthews’ wife apparently didn’t send a thrill up the legs of voters in Maryland’s Democrat primary on Tuesday. Kathleen Matthews finished third in her race for a congressional seat, and The New York Post writes that she lost despite banking donations from her husband’s MSNBC guests.

    My better angel is telling me I shouldn’t feel as good about this as I do.

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    Just finished listening to the speeches by Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina. Both were wonderful. I couldn’t be happier. Most of you know that I’ve been hoping for this pairing for a long time.

    And now that it’s come to pass Carly stepped up to that podium and hit it out of the park. I thought she was fantastic. I thought she would be good but she out performed my fondest hopes.

    I was depressed when I got out of bed this morning knowing what Trump, the Trumpanzees and the media would make of his wins in 5 blue states.

    Seems Ted and Carly have taken the wind out of their sails. And I am depressed no more.

    I never intended to give up or give in. Now I am more determined than ever. If it isn’t Ted and Carly at the top of the ticket then it will stay blank on my ballot.

    • piper Says:

      Score another win for Ted Cruz taking the focus off of Drumpf’s wins last night. The buzz is now about Carly.
      I can see the bombastic egotist having a major meltdown and putting Carly down not realizing how his statements will lead to more women seeing the real Donnie as a abusive petty man with insecurity issues.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I found her speech to be so powerful, moving, inspiring, passionate, eloquent, and patriotic, all rolled into one. What a brilliant, erudite, woman she is. And what an OUTSTANDING choice.

      Didn’t you just love the song she made up for the girls? ADORABLE!! I so like her…

      Most definitely, this was just the shot in the arm we needed!

      And yes, it took the focus off Trump, though the media was doing its best to make it all abt his speech full of drivel today. Ugh.

      Hey, I’m not the only one who thought it was ridiculous. So did this CNN person:

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        And WaPo thought Trump’s speech was crap – they also called it “incoherent”:

        The most remarkable aspect of Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech was that someone actually wrote it out and put it in the teleprompter. It was so filled with internal contradictions, falsehoods and genuinely crazy assertions that one would have thought Trump was speaking extemporaneously. It was a vivid display as to why he is thoroughly unprepared to become commander in chief. If anything comes of it, one hopes that a third candidate, sickened to his stomach, will have watched this, jumped from his seat and declared himself ready to rescue the country from the possibility that Trump might be president.

        Having mocked use of a teleprompter last night, he used one, reading haltingly. He appeared ill at ease, nervous even. That may because the content, even as rudimentary and discombobulated as it was, did not stem from any thoughts or beliefs he might harbor. In that sense, the speech really was “foreign” to him.

        Uh, yeah. This is the man Trumpanzees want in office…

  15. piper Says:

    mmmmmm- only 9.9% of the GOP voted last night.

    “TURNOUT. Yes, Trump won big on Tuesday. But he did so with a relatively small GOP turnout. In the six northeastern states that voted during the last eight days, the Republicans who bothered to cast ballots averaged only 9.9 percent of the voting-eligible population, according to data cited by FiveThirtyEight. By contrast, in the New Hampshire primary Republican turnout was 27.8 percent of the voting-eligible. In Wisconsin the comparable number was 25.6.”


  16. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Gee, only FIVE major contradictions in Trump’s speech? Ahem. The Federalist has this piece on Trump’s bizarre speech Weds.:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      And then there is this (h/t Facebook friend):

      It is unbelievable to me that people still support Trump. Seriously. It is lunacy, IMO, for them to continue to do so.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        IMO the hard core Trump supporters among the general population have passed support to cult status. When nothing he says changes their mind you know they are no longer rational. They have reached the point where I’m not even sure an intervention would work. De-programming maybe? Not sure. But I know they are no longer in touch with reality.

        Now the worst of them are sending death threats to the delegates in Indiana. How can so-called decent people still support this man? The crazies won’t care but every person who claims some decency would be appalled.

  17. helenk3 Says:

    so how is he different from backtrack and clinton?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It isn’t at all different. But NOW, all these Conservatives will go along with the same thing they were screaming abt LAST year because it is TRUMP saying it.


  18. piper Says:

    Hunger driven by Ratings – good read by Campbell Brown

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      EXCELLENT piece, piper. Wow, Brown really lays it all out there. Good for her for exposing the media for who and what they are. Thank you!

  19. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Hey, good news for you folks in Wisconsin. What a Governor you have! (H/t Facebook friend):

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      And that’s exactly why I was so against all the talk about Walker as VP. We need him here! And the country needs good, strong, conservative governors or what the hell difference does state’s rights even mean? Do they want all Governors to be like McAuliffe?

      Add in that although I have all the respect in the world for Scott Walker, he isn’t the attack dog that Carly is and he doesn’t think as fast on his feet as she does.

      He did his deed for the Cruz campaign – he helped to deliver Wisconsin.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I totally understand, Marge. I feel the same way abt our Governor.

        But this does highlight why so many of us wanted Walker in the first place! 🙂

  20. piper Says:

    Last one – Potential Disaster for GOP if Donnie is nominee

    “A new Suffolk University poll has found that 19% of Republicans say they will support Hillary Clinton if Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination.

    The poll contained some numbers that should terrify Republicans. 40% of Republicans polled said that they would not support the party’s nominee if Donald Trump wins. 25% of the anti-Trump Republican vote would consider voting for a third party candidate. 19% of the never Trump Republicans would vote for Hillary Clinton, and 18% would stay home and not vote at all. By gender, 10% of men, and 9% of Republican women would vote for Clinton over Trump. 18% of very likely Republican general election voters would support Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.”


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That SHOULD scare the BEJEEZUS out of Republicans, those who are still using their brains that is. We have been trying to tell people that a Trump nominee WILL mean a Clinton Presidency, but they refuse to hear it, gleefully rubbing in people’s face Trump’s wins (in states with crossover voting, as Fiorina noted)…

  21. piper Says:

    2 young girls pepper-sprayed at Drumpf’s protest in California


  22. piper Says:

    Off to knitting now! But first a little Maxine humor to brighten our day.

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