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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Insiders: Marco Rubio crashed and burned

“He botched the exchange with Christie, sounded like a broken record, and was sweating so much that he looked like he needed Charlie Crist's fan blowing on him,” added another New Hampshire Republican, who, like all respondents, completed the survey anonymously.

via www.politico.com

Geez, don't blame him for sweating a lot. A lot of people sweat under the lights. We'll see what the voters think of his performance.

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Why Rubio claims 'Obama knows what he's doing'

What Rubio emphasized, and then emphasized three more times, is that Obama has been catastrophic for America, for Americans, and for the notion of American exceptionalism. “All this damage that he’s done to America is deliberate,” Rubio said. “This is a president who’s trying to redefine this country.” What Rubio did not quite say, but certainly implied, is that Obama’s status as a first-term senator has not prevented him from achieving what he set out to achieve.

via www.politico.com

Rubio's right, sadly.

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Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Scold Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders - The New York Times

Women were expected to help power Mrs. Clinton to the Democratic nomination, but as she struggles to overcome a tough challenge from Senator Bernie Sanders, her support among them has been surprisingly shaky. Young women, in particular, have been drawn to the septuagenarian socialist from Vermont, and the dynamic has disappointed feminists who dreamed of Mrs. Clinton’s election as a capstone to the movement.

via www.nytimes.com

Can Hillary really hope to *scold* young women into voting for her? Really?

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George F. Will: Super Bowl's 60 minutes of damage | New Hampshire

Are today's parents, who put crash helmets on tykes before they put the tykes on tricycles, going to allow these children to play football? Not likely. This game will be different, or much less popular, or perhaps both, when in 2066 the national campfire is lit for Super Bowl C.

via www.unionleader.com

George Will has always hated football, preferring (yawn) baseball. I loved baseball as a kid, until I went out for a team. I wasn't any good. That was a long summer. Baseball requires skills, much as golf does, and not everyone can acquire them through practice. It sets up a weird hierarchy on the playground, which fortunately for me was falling apart even as I entered it. But yeah, football scrambles your brain, no doubt about it. Maybe they can change the rules enough, or maybe some people will figure they are willing to trade in some brain cells, much like the UFC folks.

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It’s almost over for Hillary: This election is a mass insurrection against a rigged system - Salon.com

Sanders got bagged again in Iowa, this time by a state party chair, one Andrea McGuire. Like Schultz, McGuire’s specialty is high-dollar fund raising, and like Schultz she was deeply involved in Clinton’s 2008 campaign. Under the esoteric rules of the Iowa Democratic caucuses, and after a string of lucky coin tosses, Clinton eked out a 700.52 to 696.86 margin, not in votes cast but in a mysterious commodity known as “delegate equivalents.”

via www.salon.com

Those darn coins again. An anti-establishment thing is going on on the Democratic side too. Bernie's popularity is very strange.

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Italian actor declared brain dead after hanging scene goes wrong | Fox News

Italian actor Raphael Schumacher was declared brain dead Friday after accidentally strangling himself on a theater stage during a hanging scene.

via www.foxnews.com

There's a joke in here somewhere.

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Wheaton College professor put on leave for God remarks to quit in deal

Wheaton College said Saturday the evangelical school and professor Larycia Hawkins have "found a mutual place of resolution and reconciliation" and "have reached a confidential agreement under which they will part ways" after they disagreed over her remarks that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

via www.dailyherald.com

She was bought off, in other words. But that's okay.

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The Nino

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Super Bowl Football: Virtues, Not Victims, on the Gridiron

However, there are some on the left who want to deny kids those kinds of days, to turn America against its favorite sport. To them, football is just too male, too martial, and too darn American. They’ve argued that football breeds disrespect for women, that it’s too violent, and that its culture is too religious. Yet none of those criticisms have made an impact. People kept watching football, and — crucially — they kept letting their kids run outside, join the games in the field or at school, and level their friends on the crossing route.

But now there’s a new attack — one that precisely tracks the timid tenor of our times. Sure we knew football was violent, but now we know it’s dangerous — so dangerous that it’s immoral to watch.

via www.nationalreview.com

I don't know about this. I got my noggin battered about playing football from fourth grade through tenth grade, at which point I was too small and slow to play anymore at my pretty good in sports high school. Who knows where I might have ended up had I not gotten my brains modestly scrambled? And I did break my ankle, just a hairline fracture. There were other injuries as well. There may be some truth in the left wing conspiracy against football, but that's not all there is.

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Millennials heed the siren call of socialism - The Orange County Register

So we are seeing the embrace of an openly socialist septuagenarian by a generation that, within a decade, will dominate our electorate and outnumber baby boomers as soon as 2020. That should put more conventional politicians, and business, on notice. Whether you are a Republican, a free-marketer or, even a Democratic-leaning crony capitalist, be afraid – be very afraid.

via www.ocregister.com

I was a socialist too until the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. The thing that really got to me was their leaving booby trapped toys about to blow children's hands off. That might have been CIA propaganda, but I soon learned they were up to lots of other bad stuff. As soon as I started really looking, socialism did not look so good. Young people have very concrete minds.

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