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Rove-Romney-Kasich plot against Trump in Cleveland?

The 2016 Republican National Convention that began today in Cleveland, Ohio, promises to be that rare GOP Convention that’s boycotted by the party’s super luminaries.

polls_GOP_Suicide_4337_123568_poll_xlargeNeither of the former President Bushes will attend, nor will former Republican presidential nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney, nor will Ohio Governor John Kasich, who had fought for Cleveland to host the convention.

Curiously, however, both Romney and Kasich will be in Cleveland at the time, though not at the convention. So is GOP guru Karl Rove.

In fact, Rove and InfoWars’ Alex Jones were on the same connecting American Airlines flight to Cleveland, and had a fracas upon landing at Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport.

Jones approached Rove, calling him by the nickname given Rove by George W. Bush, “turd blosson.” Rove threatened to call the police on Jones.

Jones believes Rove is in Cleveland “to siphon off” super-delegates from voting for Trump.

Independent investigative journalist Wayne Madsen writes:

The presence of Rove, along with failed 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in Cleveland can only mean that there is some serious closed-door political maneuvering against GOP nominee Donald Trump.

But Madsen, in a previous article, maintains that:

The campaign to drop Trump from the ticket will be unsuccessful due to Trump’s support on the GOP Rules Committee. The schism, however, will prevent any party unity going into November. The lack of party unity cost Humphrey the election in 1968 and Ford re-election in 1976. But keep in mind that those were the days when politics, barring an assassination, were predictable. That is not the case this year.

~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: Love one another

John 13:1-5, 12-15, 21-22, 26, 31, 33-35

Before the feast of Passover,
Jesus knew that His hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved His own in the world
and He loved them to the end.
So, during supper, fully aware that
the Father had put everything into His power
and that He had come from God and was returning to God,
He rose from supper and took off His outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around His waist.
Then He poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet
and dry them with the towel around His waist.
So when He had washed their feet…He said to them,
“Do you realize what I have done for you?
If I, therefore, the master and teacher,
have washed your feet,
you ought to wash one another’s feet.
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you,
you should also do.
When He had said this,
Jesus was deeply troubled and testified,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
The disciples looked at one another,
at a loss as to whom He meant.
Jesus answered, “It is the one
to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.”
So He dipped the morsel and [took it and] handed it to Judas,
son of Simon the Iscariot.
When he [Judas] had left, Jesus said,
“My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.”

Jesus with lamb

“Love one another, as I have loved you.”

So what does “love another” mean?

Is it the giddy infatuation of romantic love? Is it the sensual passion of erotic love (eros)? Is it familial bond (storge) or the affection we have for friends (philia)?

Jesus had given us the answer:

“I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you,
you should also do.”

“Love one another” means:

  • Charity — the voluntary giving of oneself, in the form of service or money, to another who’s in need; and
  • Agapé — selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love, the highest form of love.

Nearly 2 months ago, my husband was twice admitted to ER in the space of a week — the latest in a series of medical crises after his heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery 8 years ago. Thoroughly worn out by years of caregiving, the stress overtook me and I, too, became ill, stricken with a stubborn bronchitis. So we recognized our limitations and settled him in an assisted living facility, having planned and saved for it with decades of hard work and frugality.

In the course of the latest crisis, I was struck by what two people said to me. The first was a female palliative-care physician who expressed surprise that my husband and I were together after years of his ill health. The second was my dietitian sister-in-law, who said that most people abandon a sick spouse after a year.

What happened to the marital vow of “in sickness and in health, till death do us part”?

According to a report published in the journal Cancer, based on 515 patients who had received diagnoses of brain tumors or multiple sclerosis from 2001 through 2006, about 12% of the patients in the study ended up separated or divorced.

But there is a decided sex difference. When the man became ill, only 3% experienced the end of a marriage. But when the wife became ill, some 21% ended up separated or divorced. Among couples who split up, divorce occurred, on average, about six months after the medical diagnosis.

Tara Parker Pope reports for the New York Times:

If couples are happy before the diagnosis, it appears that men are more likely to abandon wives who become seriously ill. If couples are already troubled before a partner becomes ill, the finding suggests that women in unhappy marriages are less likely to proceed with a divorce if their husbands become ill.

One is reminded of politicians who callously abandoned their sick wives: Newt Gingrich divorced his cancer-stricken first wife, Jackie Battley; and John McCain abandoned his first wife, Carol, who had been disfigured in a terrible car-crash; and John Edwards had an adulterous affair and “love child” while his wife was battling terminal breast cancer. And to think all three politicians wanted to be president of the United States!

What will you do if your spouse becomes seriously ill?

“I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you,
you should also do.”

Jesus loves us this muchThe Greatest Commandment of all is to love God with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength, and the second commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.

May the love and peace of our Lord Jesus the Christ be with you!

Please see also the Part Two of this post: “Sunday Devotional: If you love me, act responsibly“.

~Eowyn

It’s déjà vu all over again: Romney-Ryan filed intention to run for presidency with FEC

Any person who intends or is considering running for the presidency of the United States of America must register with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by filing an FEC Form 1.

Created in 1974 by Congress as an amendment to the Federal Election Campaign Act, the FEC is an independent regulatory agency to regulate campaign finance legislation — “to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.”

The FEC’s website discloses that one month and 8 days ago on January 31, 2016, Mitt Romney and House Speaker Paul Ryan — the GOP’s 2012 nominees for president and vice-president, respectively — had filed precisely FEC Form 1, indicating their intention, once again, to run for the presidency. Their filing number is 1047622. At the bottom of their FEC Form 1 is the notation “Generated Thu Mar 3 21:32:42 2016,” which means that despite Romney’s denials to the press, his intention to run for the presidency remains contemporary and operative.

Romney Ryan

From the Federal Election Commission website:

FEC FORM 1

STATEMENT OF ORGANIZATION

FILING FEC-1047622


1. ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT, INC.

C/O RED CURVE SOLUTIONS, LLC
138 CONANT STREET, 2ND FLOOR
BEVERLY, MA 01915

NOTE: Address is different than previously reported

Email: rfp@redcurve.com

2. Date: 01/30/2016

  1. FEC Committee ID #: C00431171
    This committee is a Principal Campaign Committee.
    Candidate: MITT ROMNEY / PAUL D. RYAN
    Party: Republican Party
    Office Sought: President
    State is in District:

Affiliated Committees/Organizations

ROMNEY VICTORY, INC.
C/O RED CURVE SOLUTIONS, LLC
138 CONANT STREET, 2ND FLOOR
BEVERLY, Massachusetts 01915
Affiliated Relationship Code: Joint Fundraising Representative

Custodian of Records:

TIM JOST
C/O RED CURVE SOLUTIONS, LLC
138 CONANT STREET, 2ND FLOOR
BEVERLY, MA 01915
Title: Form 1 for
Phone # (617) 231-4350

Treasurer:

DARRELL CRATE
C/O RED CURVE SOLUTIONS, LLC
138 CONANT STREET, 2ND FLOOR
BEVERLY, Massachusetts 01915
Title: TREASURER
Phone # (617) 231-4350

Designated Agent(s):

TIM JOST
C/O RED CURVE SOLUTIONS, LLC
138 CONANT STREET, 2ND FLOOR
BEVERLY, Massachusetts 01915
Title: ASST. TREAS.
Phone # (617) 231-4350

Banks or Depositories

BANK OF GEORGETOWN
1054 31st STREET NW
SUITE 18
WASHINGTON, DC 20007

CHAIN BRIDGE BANK
1445-A LAUGHLIN AVENUE

MCLEAN, Virginia 22101

Signed: DARRELL CRATE
Date Signed: 02/01/2016

(End FEC FORM 1)

Generated Thu Mar 3 21:32:42 2016

~End~

Some of you may recall that in early January, there was news that Romney was weighing a White House run.

As Politico reported, at a private meeting in New York on Jan. 8, 2016, Mitt Romney told a group of about 30 former donors that he is considering running for president, a major turnaround for because just a year ago he had categorically ruled out a 2016 run. According to one source, Romney said, “Everybody in here can go tell your friends that I’m considering a run.” At the time, Romney was prompted by his concerns about Jeb Bush’s candidacy.

23 days after his meeting with his longtime supporters, Romney filed Form 1 with the Federal Election Commission.

Now that Bush has dropped out of the race, Romney switched his concerns to Donald Trump.

A month after he had filed FEC Form 1, Romney and Ryan (joined by 2008 Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain) publicly attacked Trump, calling him unfit for office and a danger for the nation and the Republican Party. (See “Why are they so afraid of Donald Trump?”)

That’s all we need: yet another candidate to further divide and split the GOP field.

H/t FOTM‘s Glenn47

~Eowyn

Why are they so afraid of Donald Trump?

The GOP Establishment has gone beyond issuing death threats via “consultants” and “jokes” against Donald Trump. See:

The GOP is now bringing out the big guns:

(1) Mitt Romney

2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has now come out publicly against Trump, although Romney went out of his way to secure Trump’s endorsement in 2012.

At the Washington Ideas Forum on March 2, Romney said he doesn’t think the Republican nominee is “going to be Donald Trump” because the GOP “has historically nominated someone who’s a mainstream conservative and someone who has a foundation in foreign policy that gives people confidence that they can guide the ship of state in troubled waters.” Trump said Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, and Carly Fiorina are might qualify as a “mainstream conservative”. Since Christie, Bush and Fiorina have all dropped out of the race, that leaves Rubio and Kasich.

(2) John McCain & Paul Ryan

A day later on March 3, as reported by the APRomney intensified his attack, now joined by 2008 Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain and Romney’s 2012 running mate House Speaker Paul Ryan, calling Trump unfit for office and a danger for the nation and the GOP.

McCain called Trump’s statements on national security issues “uninformed and indeed dangerous,” while Romney declared Trump “is not the temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader” and called Trump “a phony” who is “playing the American public for suckers,” a man whose “imagination must not be married to real power.” Romney said that “Given the current delegate selection process, this means that I would vote for Marco Rubio in Florida, for John Kasich in Ohio and for Ted Cruz or whichever one of the other two contenders has the best chance of beating Mr. Trump in a given state.”

As the AP and under political analysts observe, the GOP is now in a panic because “there is little they see to stop Trump’s march toward the presidential nomination. Party leaders are poring over complicated delegate math, outlining hazy scenarios for a contested national convention and even flirting with the idea of a third-party effort.”

(3) Rush Limbaugh

On his radio talk show on March 2, Rush Limbaugh after outlining three ways to defeat Trump: (1) waiting for Trump to implode; (2) splitting the Republican convention delegates so Trump won’t have the 1,237 needed to secure the nomination on the first vote; and (3) uniting behind Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Limbaugh proposed that the GOP unite behind Ted Cruz as “their smartest move.” But Limbaugh predicted that the GOP “will not do that” and that “Rubio is the desired candidate because that’s where the moneyed people want to go. He’s closer to the establishment, this whole Gang of Eight business.”

So what exactly are the reasons for why GOP elites and conservative pundits so object to Trump? 

(1) A Trump nomination ensures a Hillary victory

That’s the conventional “wisdom”. As The FT reports, many mainstream Republicans believe Trump would struggle to beat Hillary Clinton and are urgently rallying around their man Rubio. Some senior Republicans, e.g., Bill Kristol, are even saying privately that they might consider voting for Hillary if Trump were to end up as their party nominee.

Let me get this straight: The GOP objects to Trump because they think he will lose to Hillary, and so their solution is to vote for Hillary, thereby ensuring precisely what they say they fear — that Trump will lose to Hillary. Does anyone understand their twisted circular logic?

So the question is: Will Trump lose if he goes against Hillary Clinton?

As the following RealClearPolitics chart shows, it’s far too close to call. More importantly, the gap  between Clinton and Trump is closing. (H/t ZeroHedge)

Clinton vs. Trump polling data

Tantalizingly, as reported by the New York Post on Feb. 28, 2016, confidential polling data actually show that in heavily democratic New York, Hillary could lose the presidential election to Trump, even without former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg in the race (Bloomberg is hinting he might enter the race as a third party candidate). Support for Trump is strong even in Westchester and on Long Island, the key suburbs often viewed as crucial swing bellwethers on how statewide elections will turn out.

The polls found that Hillary often had higher negative ratings with voters than did Trump. Some of the polls also found a greater degree of intensity among Trump’s potential voters than among Clinton’s, a finding that mirrors the stronger GOP turnouts that have been registered in the presidential primaries.

It’s not just confidential polling data that find surprisingly strong support for Trump in New York. A recent publicly disclosed Siena College poll of Long Island voters found Trump narrowly beating Clinton among Long Island voters, 41% to 38%, while he was crushing his two nearest GOP primary opponents, Marco Rubio and John Kasich, by 37 percentage points each.

(2) Thoughtful anti-Trump Reasons

I have found two individuals who have articulated thoughtful and thought-provoking reasons for why Donald Trump should give us pause. Both express empathy for the frustrations that so many of us have with the dysfunctional U.S. political system and politics.

Senator Ben Sasse

In an “Open letter to Trump supporters,” Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), who calls himself not an “establishment Republican” but a “movement conservative who was elected over the objections of the GOP establishment” who is against open borders and will vote for neither Hillary nor Trump if those are the choices, conveys his misgivings on Trump not respecting the U.S. Constitution. (Note: Sen. Sasse, whom Sarah Palin endorsed in 2014, has the 4th most conservative record in the Senate, and the endorsement of Sarah Palin in 2014.) Sasse gives two reasons for being concerned about Trump:

  • Trump’s “relentless focus” on dividing Americans and on “tearing down rather than building back up” our country.
  • Trump is not a Constitutionalist because he seems to think a president of the United States is a king, instead of a servant of the people: “Much like President Obama, he displays essentially no understanding of the fact that, in the American system, we have a constitutional system of checks and balances, with three separate but co-equal branches of government. And the task of public officials is to be public ‘servants.’ The law is king, and the people are boss. But have you noticed how Mr. Trump uses the word ‘Reign’ – like he thinks he’s running for King? It’s creepy, actually. Nebraskans are not looking for a king. We yearn instead for the recovery of a Constitutional Republic…. The president’s job is not about just mindlessly shouting the word “strong”…. No, the president’s core calling is to “Preserve, Protect, and Defend the Constitution…. So let me ask you: Do you believe the beating heart of Mr. Trump’s candidacy has been a defense of the Constitution? Do you believe it’s been an impassioned defense of the First Amendment – or an attack on it?…. I believe a sizable share of Christians – who regard threats against religious liberty as arguably the greatest crisis of our time – are unwilling to support any candidate who does not make a full-throated defense of the First Amendment a first commitment of their candidacy. Conservatives understand that all men are created equal and made in the image of God, but also that government must be limited so that fallen men do not wield too much power. A presidential candidate who boasts about what he’ll do during his ‘reign’ and refuses to condemn the KKK cannot lead a conservative movement in America.”

To illustrate his concerns, Senator Sasse points to these quotes by Trump:

  • “We’re going to open up libel laws and we’re going to have people sue you like you’ve never got sued before.”
  • “When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. They were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak…”
  • “Putin, who has killed journalists and is pillaging Ukraine, is a great leader.”
  • The editor of National Review “should not be allowed on TV and the FCC should fine him.”
  • On whether he will use executive orders to end-run Congress, as President Obama has illegally done, Trump said, “I won’t refuse it. I’m going to do a lot of things” and “I mean, he’s [Obama] led the way, to be honest with you.”
  • “68% [of illegal immigrants?] would not leave under any circumstance. I think that means murder. It think it means anything.”
  • On the internet: “I would certainly be open to closing areas” of it.
  • Trump’s lawyers to people selling anti-Trump t-shirts: “Mr. Trump considers this to be a very serious matter and has authorized our legal team to take all necessary and appropriate actions to bring an immediate halt…”
  • Similar threatening legal letters to competing campaigns running ads about his record.

Sasse signed his open letter as “Humbly, Ben Sasse, Nebraska”.

For his part, attorney Jay Gaskill, writing in The Out*Lawyer’s Blog, is troubled by the absence of Trump’s presidential staff, i.e., named policy advisers who may make up the cabinet of a Trump presidency. In Gaskill’s words:

For now, “The Donald” is enjoying a Halo-Effect…. The Halo is always a mirage…. Anyone who has followed “The Donald’s” career knows that he is a very shrewd operator….

Trump is the known, unknown candidate. For most Americans he’s the self-confident image of success, the millionaire (or billionaire?) of Celebrity Apprentice, brazenly charming enjoying the guilt-free glamour of a “self-made” rich man. He is a savvy manipulator with a gift for publicity. And – for most people – he is a likeable character, someone that people like Bill and Hillary liked to be seen with. His glamour is a projected image – a screen….

Whatever policy differences one might have, and whatever the ultimate verdict of history on the Reagan presidency, his presidency proved decisively that a good staff is absolutely essential to good governance. Reagan’s staff was first rate. Bill Clinton’s first term floundered because the former Arkansas Governor had poor staff support.

The contrast between Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump is stark….

“The Donald” appears to be the hollow candidate in the race, the walking, talking mirage, the one POTUS aspirant without experts, without even a detailed policy outline – other than his trademark fogball slogans….

Donald Trump is seeking the highest executive position in the free world, standing on a high wire without a strong policy portfolio, and with no visible presidential staff.  Presumably Mr. Trump thinks he can hire the necessary people at the last minute. One wonders if it has dawned on him yet that he will be legally required to put all his business ventures into a blind trust for the duration of his service. Of course, there are a number of reasons why someone in Donald Trump’s position would want to remain vague and fluid on concrete proposals, and to refrain from identifying specific experts and key staff members – assuming he has yet figured out who he even wants. But most of those reasons (still working on it, not ready yet, having recruiting issues) are no longer defensible.

The real reason to me stems from Trump’s shrewdness.

As soon as a candidate in his position starts to flesh out the prospective governance picture, to color in the lines, to fill the blanks, that candidate will pierce the bubble of unreasonable expectations. And with that “pop,” the fake halo is exposed. Donald Trump will then risk becoming that TV personality and real estate developer guy who wants us to trust him with the future of the United States of America. And based on what? Trump Tower? A few slogans? An honest face?

Former Congressman and House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was a presidential candidate in the 2012 primaries, said he thinks the opposition of Republicans like Mitt Romney is because Trump is “an outsider” who’s “not part of the club,” did not go through the “initiation rites” of “the secret societies” (like George W. Bush’s Yale Scull and Bones?), and is therefore “uncontrollable”. “They have no idea how to relate to him.”

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV and bongiornoc

~Eowyn

Establishment Republicans take the mask off

MIND BLEACH WARNING!!!

Have you puzzled over self destructive moves made by John McCain and Mitt Romney during presidential elections? The insiders usually said that they were strongly pressured by campaign advisors. But the lunacy seemed hard to imagine. What kind of nut would advise them to throw conservatives under the bus? Well now we meet one of the advisors, a troll named Rick Wilson.

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We have a winner!

. . . for FOTM’s 105th Caption Contest!

There were many clever, sarcastic captions for the judges to choose from. I hope John McCain saw the comments.

As usual, the FOTM writers duly voted, each for what he/she considered to be the best (#1) and second-best (#2) captions. Each #1 vote is worth 3 points; each #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of FOTM’s 105th Caption Contest, with three #1 votes and 1 #2 vote, totaling 11 points is . . .

vernon! Snoopy dance

Here’s his winning caption:

McCain & pig

lou damico is in 2nd place, with one #1 vote and one #2 vote, totaling 5 points. Here is his caption:

Hanging with Hillary, what a traitor!

josephbc69 is in 3rd place, with two #2 votes, totaling 4 points. Here’s his caption:

“Will the real Congressional porker please stand up?”

james4vs10 and Kevin J Lankford are both in 4th place, each with one #1 vote and 3 points. Here are their respective captions:

Okay, John, I’m IMPRESSED. So, Is THIS where you get ALL of your Pork?

Meee….aannd….myee……shaaadooow…….

LAH and Locke Enlode are both in 5th place, each with one #2 vote and 2 points. Here are their respective captions:

Like the subject in pink, I would roll my eyes too if I had to stand next to that pig.

The pig on the right needs to be put on a spit and roasted slowly with spices and herbs. The only thing to do with the pig on the left is to put a fork in him – he’s done.

Well done, everyone!

Congratulations, vernon!

Here’s your fancy-schmancy Award Certificate of Great Excellence, all ready for framing! LOL

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award certificate1

For all the other caption submissions, go here.

Be here tomorrow for our next very exciting caption contest!

Seen any good pics that you think would be great for our Caption Contest? Email them to us! :D

fellowshipminds@gmail.com

~Éowyn

 

The Two Pigs Caption Contest

This is the 105th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

McCain & pig

The above pic was taken at a press conference on government spending on May 13, 2015.

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM! :D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

Income: $58,000+/yr disability pension from Navy 
Income: $174,000/yr as a U.S. senator 
Net worth: $21 million (from marrying rich) 
John McCain: Definition of a Fat Pig who has voted every time to cut veterans’ military pension 

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

Seen any pics that you think will make good fodder for our caption contests? Send it to us at:

fellowshipminds@gmail.com

Thank you!

~Éowyn