Archive for April, 2016

back to the squarish of square states

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Wait.  What are the political repercussions of this?  I mean, this brought down Iceland’s Government, and is making Great Britain’s sweat, and Russia proclaim an American plot.  (Interesting, in that the haven-chill tossles Edward Snowden back to a “Man Without a Country” status.)

But.  What of Wyoming?  Surely… hm.

Since it has been tied to the Panama Papers, AAA Corporate Services has done nothing to downplay state laws that allow a high level of anonymity to business owners. The papers are millions of leaked documents from a Central American law firm that allege attorneys helped some of the world’s wealthiest people dodge paying taxes. AAA Corporate Services is a registered agent of the firm.

As journalists around the world began reporting about the Panama Papers, Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray said in a statement he opposes new federal regulation on the entities and supports the anonymity provided in Wyoming’s laws. Two lawmakers who head a committee that reviews Murray’s office also said they are reticent to major changes to state law. A Democrat on the committee, however, believes there are problems that could be fixed.

Well, I suppose it feeds into the big victory of Bernie Sanders.

Continuing a string of victories across the West, Senator Bernie Sanders won the Wyoming Democratic caucuses Saturday, chipping away at Hillary Clinton’s delegate lead before a major primary in New York next week.

With 96 percent of precincts reporting, The Associated Press declared Mr. Sanders the winner with 56 percent of the vote.

I believe the total was 28 votes to 22.  Would’ve been even-stevens, at 25-25, The Panama Papers scandal influenced 3 voting caucus-goers to think of going Democratic Socialist for…

Cruz’s asymmetrical New York War-Game

Friday, April 8th, 2016

I am fascinated by the Ted Cruz campaign slog through New York.  The premise of how he’s campaigning in New York is that Ted Cruz is searching about through districts in in New York with just about no Republicans, out of the delegate rules that give a candidate some delegates for winning congressional districts.

The problem is that these areas are right about the wheel-house of Ted Cruz’s anti – “New York Values” line.

So what we get here is that human interest type story of political coverage, where Ted Cruz goes to eat matzo in Brooklyn.

And, yep, there it is… put on your yarmulke!

So.  We’ll see if he manages to fish out what he’s aiming for here — the exciting phantom delegate search where a smidgeon of Republicans who shook his hand as he braved the surrounding New York Values — and salvages a coup from out of this looming Trump landslide on Tuesday.



Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

I’m… skeptical.

If Donald Trump becomes the Republican Party’s nominee, Utahns would vote for a Democrat for president in November for the first time in more than 50 years, according to a new Deseret News/KSL poll.
“I believe Donald Trump could lose Utah. If you lose Utah as a Republican, there is no hope,” said former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, a top campaign adviser to the GOP’s 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney.
The poll found that may well be true. Utah voters said they would reject Trump, the GOP frontrunner, whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is the Democratic candidate on the general election ballot.

The immediate problem, I suppose, is a “gaffe” (Can you call it that?)

Trump made news in heavily Mormon Utah on Friday by wondering aloud at a Salt Lake City rally whether former presidential candidate Mitt Romney was actually Mormon, though Trump would later suggest he was just implying that Romney wasn’t very smart, because “The Mormons are very smart people. I know many Mormons.”

Prediction: Republicans win Utah.  We are in a bit of “this” territory with party loyalties, after all.  And Utah’s not voting for a Socialist.

and he supports Trump

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Listened to a leftist describe the foreign policy uselessness of one Bernie Sanders.  Referenced some mass resignation of his staff over a Clinton – era foreign intervention.  (Kosov, maybe?)

Described how Democrats get in office off of anti-war rhetoric, then once in power — just covertly and overtly follow through on bi-partisan policy.  (Referenced Al Franken in this regard).  Said ISIS’s ideological support would just collapse if America just disappeared from the Mid-East.  Then Mocked a professor of his who quoted Jefferson favorably, insisting that Jefferson fluntly favored an oligarchy, controlling the masses of peoples — and can’t or shouldn’t be an arbiter for anything.
As you can tell… he doesn’t vote.

Listened to a Donald Trump supporter, the effect was surreal and nauseating — it was coming out of a conversation where some dude was saying he’d get a “purple heart” for his sexual prowess if Bill Clinton were still president — the man who’d go on to show himself a Trump supporter corrected, ” Presidential Medal of Honor”.  So, after a bad Bill Clinton Impression, he then insisted he not vote for Hillary Clinton — though “Likes Bernie Sanders”.  (I guess this makes him the very definition of a “Bernie Bro”?)

“No.  Trump.  Trump is the man.”  The man then gives the following about how it’s time we stop being the world’s police — and time to take care of ourselves, save ourselves… let the fanatics out there fight the other fanatics.”  Then on to “Time to do away with the illegal immigration problem.  There are 61 Billion Illegal Aliens… gotta handle them.  And Donald Trump.  You know him.  He’s a Man of Action.  Already has the engineers working on the Wall, and he’s going to get Mexico to pay for it —”

The other man (who’s black, for what it’s worth) says “I don’t know.  He’s going to be out stirring up racial unrest.”  The Trump supporter laughs it off, and…

I was trying to find evidence of satire, but it appears he was legitimate.  I wanted to interject to simply point out — the population of Earth is somewhere between 6 and 7 Billion, so there are not “61 Billion” “illegal immigrants”, but he’s full of bluster and it’d be arguing with a self-certain rock who wouldn’t know to simply claim a “mis-speak”.