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– In Spanish

– Self-pityingly

– With no sense of humor

With the $100 million rich guys have given Jeb, you might think he could afford to hire somebody to write Donald Trump Jokes for him. Trump Jokes have been a popular genre of comedy for about 30 years now, but Jeb seems unaware of the concept of retaliating against Donald Trump by making him an object of laughter. To Jeb, Trump is simply that mean man who says he doesn’t have energy.

From the Washington Post:

Jeb Bush slams Donald Trump in Spanish over his ‘barbarities’

By Ed O’Keefe September 1 at 12:10 PM

MIAMI — Jeb Bush is “en el ataque.”

That’s Spanish for “on the attack” — and the former Florida governor certainly is, as he confronted and mocked businessman Donald Trump in English and Spanish on Tuesday.

Trump now enjoys a commanding lead over rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, while recent polls suggest that Bush is on a precipitous decline in Iowa — where he sits in the single digits — and in New Hampshire. A Granite State poll released on Tuesday showed Bush slipping into the single digits there for the first time.

… After a town hall meeting at a Presbyterian school here, Bush explained his decision to go on the offensive, using explanations he’s voiced before in English. But in Spanish, in response to questions from Spanish-speaking reporters, his tone and choice of words was sharper.

“He attacks me every day. He attacks me every day with barbarities,” Bush said in Spanish in response to a question. “They’re not true. What we did today was to put out in his words to show that he’s not conservative. He supports people like Nancy Pelosi. He’s given money to Hillary Clinton. He was a Democrat longer than Republican. He’s said that he’s more comfortable being a Democrat. He doesn’t have a record, because he hasn’t been a person who has served like me, who served for eight years as governor. He’s not a conservative. That’s my point.”

“He’s not conservative. He doesn’t have a career that you could say is conservative,” Bush said later in Spanish. “And beyond that, he personalizes everything. If you’re not totally in agreement with him, you’re an idiot, or stupid, or you don’t have energy or ‘blah blah blah.’ That’s what he does. That doesn’t work – there are millions of people who today are thinking that their future isn’t the way it should be.”

Trump has repeatedly mocked Bush at campaign rallies and on Twitter as a “low-energy” candidate.

When an English-speaking reporter asked Bush why the Trump-Bush feud has become more personal, he said: “It’s all personal for him, sure. Mischaracterizations of my long-standing views. I’ve written a book about it, if he was interested in actually knowing my views, he could read the book and he would know that I’m for border security in a practical way that won’t cost billions of dollars.”

In other words, border security isn’t worth spending billions of dollars for.

[Update]: I looked at the video of Jeb speaking and I think the Washington Post got this part wrong: I believe Jeb says “hundreds of billions of dollars.”

Two students asked about immigration reform. In Spanish, one senior asked him whether the children of undocumented immigrants should be able to receive financial aid and what might happen to them as the debate roils on.

“El clima politico es dificil en esto sentido,” he said in Spanish — the political climate is difficult on this issue. But he assured the students, “Yo tengo mi manera de ver las cosas” — I have my way of seeing things, and he said he will stick to them.

 
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  1. Priss Factor [AKA "skiapolemistis"] says:

    Trump: fiesta

    Jeb: siesta

    It’s interesting that Jeb and much of GOP are so polite and civil about tens of millions of invaders stepping over US laws/fences and crashing into the US — like hippies did at Woodstock — , but they get so riled up about a white guy stepping on a few PC toes to energize the base on patriotism.

    Imagine if party-crasher are messing up your backyard but you wave at them. But when a legit party guest says the crashers need to be sent away, the host gets so angry with him. ‘You barbarian’.

    Mexicans: “we don’t have to show you no stinking documents.”

    Jeb, smiling: “Act of love!! You’re most welcome.”

    • Replies: @ABN
    Yeah, these mainstream GOP pols reserve their wow-just-wow indignation for people who are actually on the Right. I suppose that says something about their worldview.

    In any case, watching Jeb "go down Jebbing" (as Mickey Kaus put it) is quite satisfying. To acknowledge that Trump has a substantive point would be to repudiate much of what the party elites stand for. Obviously Jeb, as a representative member of the most quintessentially GOP-elite family in the country, can't acknowledge that. So it's "Màs cowbell!"

    How much more depressing would it be if the cuckservatives tried to triangulate, and succeeded enough to reconcile with the base for a couple more cycles? Much better to have a cathartic, explicit rejection of the people who spent the political capital of a triumphant conservative movement on invade-the-world/invite-the-world.

    I like the fact that Jeb is being true to his post-American self. Thanks for being honest, Jeb. The thing is, we don't like what you're selling.

  2. Barbarian Trump abuses wonderful Mexican guest unlike the cuckserv… I mean ‘conservative’ hosts who are so civil and kind.

  3. OT.

    More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
    … 01/09/2015 …
    Iceland’s government is only obliged to take in 50 asylum seekers a year, according to a humanitarian quota

    More than 11,000 families in Iceland have offered to open their homes to Syrian refugees in a bid to raise the government’s cap of just 50 asylum seekers a year.

    They responded to a call by author Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir, who set up a Facebook group with an open letter to the country’s welfare minister,

    “They are our future spouses, best friends, the next soul mate, a drummer for our children’s band, the next colleague, Miss Iceland in 2022, the carpenter who finally finishes the bathroom, the cook in the cafeteria, a fireman and television host,” she wrote.

    Referring to the thousands of migrants who have drowned in desperate attempts to cross the Mediterranean, Ms Bjorgvinsdottir urged Iceland to “open the gates”.

    More than 11,000 people have so far joined the group, writing their own proposals in thousands of comments below.

    “I’m a single mother with a six-year-old son…we can take a child in need. I’m a teacher and would teach the child to speak, read and write Icelandic and adjust to Icelandic society. We have clothes, a bed, toys and everything a child needs,” wrote Hekla Stefansdottir, according to a translation by AFP.

    Meanwhile, the welfare minister, Ms Harðardóttir, told national broadcaster RUV that authorities were reading the Facebook offers and would consider increasing the number of refugees accepted under a quota.

    Iceland, which has a population of little over 330,000, welcomed 1,117 immigrants in 2014, according to government figures.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous

    “I’m a single mother with a six-year-old son…we can take a child in need. I’m a teacher and would teach the child to speak, read and write Icelandic and adjust to Icelandic society. We have clothes, a bed, toys and everything a child needs,” wrote Hekla Stefansdottir, according to a translation by AFP.
     
    Scandinavians! Do you think the government of Iceland is going to heed the call for somber Icelandic-like Syrian children by increasing the numbers of those? No. It's going to be angry, entitled adults who don't care about integrating. Sad for Iceland that they have Facebook!
    , @bomag
    Status mongering is strong in this one.
    , @Anon87
    I would like to laugh at how naive and insane this is, but you just know this definitely will end in tears for them.
    , @AnotherDad

    “They are our future spouses, best friends, the next soul mate, a drummer for our children’s band, the next colleague, Miss Iceland in 2022, the carpenter who finally finishes the bathroom, the cook in the cafeteria, a fireman and television host,” she wrote.
     
    Textbook in why allowing women any say in political matters has been a disaster for the West.

    Women have a lot of virtues--nurturing and compassion among them. But these are *personal* virtues. They are not the virtues necessary for *political* decision making. Realistic clear long range thinking is virtuous there--something that is present in only a minority of men and seems vanishingly rare in women.
    , @Reg Cæsar
    I'm tempted to take them up on their offer. Got room for five, and a cat?
    , @Horzabky
    We have a saying in France, a famous line in an Audiard movie: "La connerie n'est pas remboursée par la Sécurité Sociale." In English: "Stupidity isn't reimbursed by the social security system." It means: eventually, you have to endure the consequences of your own stupidity (something we learned the hard way, here in France).

    Do those 11,000 Icelander families really mean it, when they say they will open their homes to Middle-Eastern and African migrants? Do they have huge homes in Iceland? I suppose that they mean "I can house a family for a month or two, maybe foster a single child, but the rest of the costs, and all future costs, will be borne by the community."

    I hope that the Icelandic government will reply: everyone who opens their home to immigrants will have to take charge of them, pay for all their expenses, compensate the victims of crimes committed by those immigrants, etc. Sign here. Your house and savings are collaterals to your pledge.

    Icelanders take human solidarity for granted. So did their Scandinavian cousins, until recently. Now, imagine what life would be in Iceland, if you can't rely on a stranger's basic decency...

    Whatever. I live in a French suburb with a Black majority. Ethnic stats are illegal in France, but anyone with eyes to see can notice it. Within a generation, the whole country will be like my town. South Africa is our future, and those idiot Icelanders...

    I told my sons to never, ever, go to war for France.
    , @Horzabky
    “They are our future spouses, best friends, the next soul mate, a drummer for our children’s band, the next colleague, Miss Iceland in 2022, the carpenter who finally finishes the bathroom, the cook in the cafeteria, a fireman and television host,” she wrote.

    Spouses? Muslims marry non-Muslim women, who duly convert to the faith, but Muslim girls rarely marry non-Muslim men, since Islam expressly prohibits it. The author has no idea, it seems, that Muslims sometimes turn psychotic and become murderous jihadis, like the Moroccan who shot at people in a French train last week, and who was overpowered by courageous American tourists. She has no idea that Muslims, and many Black men, hardly consider raping white women a crime. The Swedes know it only too well.

    She doesn't know either that the immigrants she's so fond of make public schools dangerous and ineffective, they drive PISA scores down, they are disruptive in the classrooms and they gather in predatory gangs. What will the Icelanders do when their average IQ falls down below 90? Revert to a pre-technological lifestyle?

    It looks like the Scandinavians have decided that they have been around long enough on the Earth, and it's time for them to disappear. Or maybe it's just a sign that democracy, which has been around for two centuries and a half, was just an unfortunate accident. After all, for the previous five thousand years of human history, some form of monarchy had been the norm.
    , @Anon7
    "They are our future spouses, best friends, the next soul mate... the [hunky!] carpenter who finally finishes the bathroom... a fireman..."

    Hmm, according to red pill wisdom, women love to travel to have affairs that they don't need to add to their "count". This comely Icelandic lass is 33 and unmarried. I find myself wondering if a big part of women's support for immigration is that they can find that tall, dark and unique [not from around here] guy... without the inconvenience of traveling? Food for thought.
  4. I speak Spanish okay. I’ve always gotten the impression that Latinos in the US don’t like being spoken to in Spanish by an obvious white because a) I see them as a Mexican who b) can’t speak English. So I think that ¿Jeb? may be making a mistake even in that population campaigning in Spanish.

    Maybe a result of Mexicanness becoming a campaign issue will be to make America’s Latino population think, “Sheeeeet, the clima politico makes me want to seem like an American.”

    • Replies: @Das
    JEB's Spanish is good enough that it's not really cringe-inducing and patronizing like it usually is when white politicos start speaking Spanish.

    Honestly, with his experience running Florida, why doesn't he start campaigning for governor of a Mexican state? He could credibly claim to improve governance (Florida, though weird by American standards, is better run than anywhere in Mexico by far), and politics down there is more lucrative anyway.

    Maybe a naturalized Mexican citizen would be ineligible?
    , @Lot
    It is a faux pas to speak Spanish to a professional or someone with little nor no English accent. It is welcomed by others.
    , @27 year old
    i've noticed the opposite, latinos seem to refuse to speak english, even when its pretty apparent they could.
  5. “El clima politico es dificil en esto sentido,” he said in Spanish — the political climate is difficult on this issue. But he assured the students, “Yo tengo mi manera de ver las cosas” — I have my way of seeing things, and he said he will stick to them.

    So I guess that is Jeb’s way of telling the illegals they’ve nothing to fear from him.

  6. ” Bush is on a precipitous decline in Iowa — where he sits in the single digits — and in New Hampshire.”

    Well, that’s nice to hear. Can we relegate this guy to like Bobby Jindal status in terms of news coverage now?

    Sure he may have raised $100 million, but that is just because he knows a lot of rich people and he and his family and their political comrades have a long history of doing governmental favors for rich people often at the expense of not rich people who then suffer from things like contaminated drinking water, or headaches, nose bleeds, and other worrying maladies that result from fracking caused air pollution.

    The idea that a Bush v Clinton election in 2016 was even a possibility was mind-numbing, and I’m glad most others seem to feel the same.

    It’s crazy to think that the diminishment of such a prospect is almost entirely due to Trump, so if Trump doesn’t go the whole way, hopefully he’s running interference for a non Bush/Clinton, so that we don’t have such a mockery of our system come to pass.

    • Replies: @Bill

    Sure he may have raised $100 million, but that is just because he knows a lot of rich people and he and his family and their political comrades have a long history of doing governmental favors for rich people
     
    I'm with the media on this one. Those two things make Jeb a major candidate even when nobody is currently planning to vote for him. The Bushes are now out to get Trump. That's not nothing. The media, all of it, are now out to get Trump. That's not nothing.

    Assuming this isn't all theater, Trump is threat to the regnant elite. That means the NSA, CIA, FBI, and etc are also on team anti-Trump. That's not nothing.

    Jeb and Trump are the only two Republican candidates. The thing is that there is only one Trump, and there are, whatever, ten Jebs.
  7. One of George W. Bush’s daughters is shacked up with a Panamanian guy. The Bush family sure do mix with Latin Americans a lot for a blue blood upper class White Gringo family.

    Upper class multi-millionaire WASP families tend to mix with Jews way more than they mix with Hispanics. But the Bush family is the exception to the rule. They are one of the few multi-millionaire WASP families who prefer to mix with Hispanics over Jews.

    It’s usually working class and White trash Gringo families in the Southwest and California that mix at such an extremely high rate with Mexicans/Latin Americans.

    Look at Sons Of Anarchy, a show about White trash. There was a lot of sex and dating between the White trash Gringos and the Latin Americans on that show.

    Gemma Teller Morrow had a Mexican gangster boyfriend and Tig Trager was constantly having sex with so many short chubby Hispanic women.

    • Replies: @IBC
    Jeb's niece, Lauren Bush, is married to Ralph Lauren's son, David; so la familia Arbusto has at least one Jewish base covered. (And now they can also get pro-deals on polo-wear --so being WASPs, that saves them a lot of money).

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/fashion/lauren-bush-lauren-earns-her-place-in-the-spotlight.html

  8. @Priss Factor
    Trump: fiesta

    Jeb: siesta

    It's interesting that Jeb and much of GOP are so polite and civil about tens of millions of invaders stepping over US laws/fences and crashing into the US --- like hippies did at Woodstock --- , but they get so riled up about a white guy stepping on a few PC toes to energize the base on patriotism.

    Imagine if party-crasher are messing up your backyard but you wave at them. But when a legit party guest says the crashers need to be sent away, the host gets so angry with him. 'You barbarian'.

    Mexicans: "we don't have to show you no stinking documents."

    Jeb, smiling: "Act of love!! You're most welcome."

    https://youtu.be/4OcM23Hbs5U?t=16s

    Yeah, these mainstream GOP pols reserve their wow-just-wow indignation for people who are actually on the Right. I suppose that says something about their worldview.

    In any case, watching Jeb “go down Jebbing” (as Mickey Kaus put it) is quite satisfying. To acknowledge that Trump has a substantive point would be to repudiate much of what the party elites stand for. Obviously Jeb, as a representative member of the most quintessentially GOP-elite family in the country, can’t acknowledge that. So it’s “Màs cowbell!”

    How much more depressing would it be if the cuckservatives tried to triangulate, and succeeded enough to reconcile with the base for a couple more cycles? Much better to have a cathartic, explicit rejection of the people who spent the political capital of a triumphant conservative movement on invade-the-world/invite-the-world.

    I like the fact that Jeb is being true to his post-American self. Thanks for being honest, Jeb. The thing is, we don’t like what you’re selling.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
    Jeb isn't much of a man, but he must feel manly standing around all those short Mexers.

    You gotta find manhood where you can.
  9. The Republican establishment is promising to go on an anti-Trump media buy barrage after Labor Day.

    Trump be like: Snore.

    I know it’s going to fail, because I know who is doing it, the Republican establishment, who can’t keep a two car parade straight, the same Republican establishment that thinks that winning politics is getting on top of the mountain to scream about Baraq Obama’s “anti-Semitism.”

    If this is a preview, then I’m going to be right.

  10. @ABN
    Yeah, these mainstream GOP pols reserve their wow-just-wow indignation for people who are actually on the Right. I suppose that says something about their worldview.

    In any case, watching Jeb "go down Jebbing" (as Mickey Kaus put it) is quite satisfying. To acknowledge that Trump has a substantive point would be to repudiate much of what the party elites stand for. Obviously Jeb, as a representative member of the most quintessentially GOP-elite family in the country, can't acknowledge that. So it's "Màs cowbell!"

    How much more depressing would it be if the cuckservatives tried to triangulate, and succeeded enough to reconcile with the base for a couple more cycles? Much better to have a cathartic, explicit rejection of the people who spent the political capital of a triumphant conservative movement on invade-the-world/invite-the-world.

    I like the fact that Jeb is being true to his post-American self. Thanks for being honest, Jeb. The thing is, we don't like what you're selling.

    Jeb isn’t much of a man, but he must feel manly standing around all those short Mexers.

    You gotta find manhood where you can.

    • Replies: @antipater_1
    Correct, Jeb is not a man, he is "Male Liberal".
  11. WGG [AKA "World\'s Greatest Grandson"] says:

    “Jeb” really is off-putting. So much more than his loathed jock brother, he comes off as the weak, chubby little rich mama’s boy that inherited everything he hasn’t yet squandered. Even his stupid moniker isn’t authentic. His name isn’t Jebediah, Jeb is his initials. Who does that?

    “Mumzy, the other kids are being mean to me and won’t let me play with them, can’t we have their parents fired?” His face and whole demeanor is utterly punchable. And the embarrassing wife that he is oh-so-proud of just fits. It’s always the guy whose girlfriend is completely insufferable that insists on bringing her everywhere. “Hey guys, I brought Lauren to poker night, go easy on her.” Gross.

    • Agree: Bill
    • Replies: @yaqub the mad scientist
    His name isn’t Jebediah, Jeb is his initials. Who does that?

    James Ewell Brown Stuart

    , @Murray
    Turns out Arrested Development was prophetic:

    George Oscar Bluth = GOB

    Maybe the initials-nickname is a thing among the rich?
  12. At Donald Trump’s twitter page, he is linking to this new video someone made to serve as Trump’s unofficial fight song. The GOP should take note because the song chosen for this tribute video really does express the anger of the base.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    That song has been played at several Trump rallies.

    It is revealing to observe how the MSM tries to tell us that Trump does not appeal to this or that demographic group, ethnicity or race. In fact, he has broad appeal across lines -- while still having the respect of the base you identify.

    I know several, legitimate immigrants and naturalized citizens who like candidate Trump. These people came here legally, with skills and culture. They jumped through all the hoops our laughable immigration system put in front of them. They paid all the fees, met every requirement, attended every appointment, took every test, and waited through every long step in the process. They resent anyone who cuts in line. They hate those who come here for a handout. They learned and speak English. They admire independent business owners.

    Trump will win votes from the base and much more, particularly LEGAL immigrant naturalized citizens of every race -- and their American friends and families.

    , @PistolPete
    I cried wtching tht video.

    this one did too:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MkYPSe8A6Y
  13. Anybody wondering if Jeb is trying to get Hispanics to vote in the GOP primaries? I know people will say that Hispanics don’t vote (well don’t in the same proportions as others). But there may be enough states for such a vote to matter.

  14. the book and he would know that I’m for border security in a practical way that won’t cost billions of dollars.”

    In other words, border security isn’t worth spending billions of dollars for.

    Exactly. Think how much money we could save if we just let everyone in and made everyone learn Spanish. Que bueno!

  15. The buried lede here is that, just a few weeks ago, Jeb aides were saying that they wouldn’t spend money on anti-Trump ads now, and that the rest of the field shouldn’t expect them too. “We’re happy to have the race come down to Jeb and Trump”, is what they said, more or less.

  16. @iSteveFan
    At Donald Trump's twitter page, he is linking to this new video someone made to serve as Trump's unofficial fight song. The GOP should take note because the song chosen for this tribute video really does express the anger of the base.

    That song has been played at several Trump rallies.

    It is revealing to observe how the MSM tries to tell us that Trump does not appeal to this or that demographic group, ethnicity or race. In fact, he has broad appeal across lines — while still having the respect of the base you identify.

    I know several, legitimate immigrants and naturalized citizens who like candidate Trump. These people came here legally, with skills and culture. They jumped through all the hoops our laughable immigration system put in front of them. They paid all the fees, met every requirement, attended every appointment, took every test, and waited through every long step in the process. They resent anyone who cuts in line. They hate those who come here for a handout. They learned and speak English. They admire independent business owners.

    Trump will win votes from the base and much more, particularly LEGAL immigrant naturalized citizens of every race — and their American friends and families.

    • Replies: @ABN
    Yeah, people respect strength. I think that if white conservatives demonstrate some self-respect and determination, they will find they have friends in some surprising places. I'm pretty sure my immigrant dad would vote for Trump if he were the GOP nominee.

    The message our society currently sends to immigrants and minorities is, "Come dance on Whitey's grave!" If that message were changed to, "We're taking our country back; is your loyalty to us or to your old country?" there would be nothing to lose and a lot to gain. To put it differently, immigrants and minorities are currently spoken for by (as Steve recently observed) Jewish liberals in the media. If immigrants/minorities were put on the spot and made to speak for themselves, it could only be an improvement. At the very least we'd know whose side they're on; one could no longer finesse tribal conflicts of interest with BS about dreams and propositions.

  17. Meanwhile, Trump fires back on Instagram and Twitter, which costs him nothing:

  18. Jeb is an iSteve parody of a republican candidate at this point.

    Also, my autocorrect turns “Jeb” into “Bev”.

    • Replies: @Ozymandias
    "Also, my autocorrect turns “Jeb” into “Bev”.

    Hmm... Someone should suggest to Yeb that the tranny vote could help turn things for him.
  19. I read a quote by someone who said that as a white middle class straight gentile male, I don’t know if Trump will be for me, but I know for certain that Jeb and Hillary are against me so I will take the chance. That sounds exactly right.

  20. @David
    I speak Spanish okay. I've always gotten the impression that Latinos in the US don't like being spoken to in Spanish by an obvious white because a) I see them as a Mexican who b) can't speak English. So I think that ¿Jeb? may be making a mistake even in that population campaigning in Spanish.

    Maybe a result of Mexicanness becoming a campaign issue will be to make America's Latino population think, "Sheeeeet, the clima politico makes me want to seem like an American."

    JEB’s Spanish is good enough that it’s not really cringe-inducing and patronizing like it usually is when white politicos start speaking Spanish.

    Honestly, with his experience running Florida, why doesn’t he start campaigning for governor of a Mexican state? He could credibly claim to improve governance (Florida, though weird by American standards, is better run than anywhere in Mexico by far), and politics down there is more lucrative anyway.

    Maybe a naturalized Mexican citizen would be ineligible?

    • Agree: Marat
    • Replies: @(((Owen)))
    >>(Florida, though weird by American standards, is better run than anywhere in Mexico by far)<<

    Mexican states clearly *better* and more honestly run than Florida (which is below average but not NJ):

    Aguascalientes
    Guanajuato
    Querétaro
    Yucatán
    Distrito Federal

    There are more that are at least equal (BCS, Puebla, QR, Hidalgo, SLP, etc.). Not everywhere in Mexico is Ciudad Juarez.

    Also, ¡Jeb! can't run for governor. Only native born Mexicans can hold public office.

  21. The Bush’s don’t have any money, that’s why the Bush sons always get involved in so many shady “deals.” That’s basically the family’s MO, use the Bush name to make money on “deals.” Here is the wife of Jeb’s brother Neil Bush, Sharon Bush: “I just had a hard time understanding how the President’s grandchildren couldn’t have enough food,” she says in her deposition, explaining that she had to put groceries back on the shelf because she could not afford them.

    • Replies: @Romanian
    Dude, I'm not even American and I know that George Herbert Walker Bush, your former President, is the grandson, on his mother's side, of George Herbert Walker of the Walker banking family. Just because they don't hyphenate doesn't mean that they don't wear their aristocratic credentials on their sleeves. It was the Walker cash that financed all those ventures before Bush Pere ran the CIA. They may have run out in the meantime but, the way I see it, if graft is your way of life and independence means zilch, why campaign on your own money?
  22. Does this mean that you and Jeb!!! have called it quits for good? Does this mean you won’t be voting for him even as President of Mexico? I realize it’s a sensitive subject, so you can respond in Spanish should you choose.

  23. Who is this ad suppose to target? Are there any Republican primary voters who only speak Spanish AND also hate Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton?

    Like Romney, Jeb Bush may squander all the money he raises on consultants and ineffective ads.

    • Replies: @Das
    "Who is this ad suppose to target? Are there any Republican primary voters who only speak Spanish AND also hate Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton?"

    In South Florida, yes there are. Not only Cuban Republicans, but also wealthy right-wing emigrés from Venezuela and other parts of Latin America.

    JEB somehow hasn't internalized that the rest of the country is not like South Florida.
  24. @Buzz Mohawk
    That song has been played at several Trump rallies.

    It is revealing to observe how the MSM tries to tell us that Trump does not appeal to this or that demographic group, ethnicity or race. In fact, he has broad appeal across lines -- while still having the respect of the base you identify.

    I know several, legitimate immigrants and naturalized citizens who like candidate Trump. These people came here legally, with skills and culture. They jumped through all the hoops our laughable immigration system put in front of them. They paid all the fees, met every requirement, attended every appointment, took every test, and waited through every long step in the process. They resent anyone who cuts in line. They hate those who come here for a handout. They learned and speak English. They admire independent business owners.

    Trump will win votes from the base and much more, particularly LEGAL immigrant naturalized citizens of every race -- and their American friends and families.

    Yeah, people respect strength. I think that if white conservatives demonstrate some self-respect and determination, they will find they have friends in some surprising places. I’m pretty sure my immigrant dad would vote for Trump if he were the GOP nominee.

    The message our society currently sends to immigrants and minorities is, “Come dance on Whitey’s grave!” If that message were changed to, “We’re taking our country back; is your loyalty to us or to your old country?” there would be nothing to lose and a lot to gain. To put it differently, immigrants and minorities are currently spoken for by (as Steve recently observed) Jewish liberals in the media. If immigrants/minorities were put on the spot and made to speak for themselves, it could only be an improvement. At the very least we’d know whose side they’re on; one could no longer finesse tribal conflicts of interest with BS about dreams and propositions.

  25. Steve,

    There is no doubt Yeb’s staff reads you so maybe give it a rest.

    Let THE TRUMPENING take its natural course.

  26. Priss Factor [AKA "skiapolemistis"] says:

    Bush Dilemma.

    Bush wants to come across as high-energy guy, especially after Trump’s remarks.

    But he can’t be high-energy with white voters because his message is ‘illegal immigration is an act of love’. He has to apologetically appeal to whites that they should embrace the masses of illegals and even boost legal immigration. White conservatives don’t want to hear this, so Bush cannot push too hard with the message. He can only plead. So, there you have the low energy.

    But with the Mexers and Hispanics, he can be higher-energy because he’s fanning their brown power tribalism and aggressive invasion of the North.
    It’s like GOP politicos cannot be high-energy about white issues/interests; they can only sound like energized tough warriors about Zionist interests, especially in barking at Iran and Russia.

    If Jeb can only be high-energy and aggressive when siding with illegals against America, what can be more self-defeating?

    Patriotic zeal applied to treasonous traitor behavior is pointless.
    But maybe it’s just the sign of our time. In our homo-centric age, homo decadence is now the stuff of moral passion whereas defenders of true marriage are made the pariah. The New Normal.
    Then, why should it surprise us that the New Normal of patriotism is patraitorism. Being a traitor is the New Patriotism. Worse, it is the ONLY WAY a white man can show his passion and zeal.

    It’s like Merkel has no zeal, no energy when it comes to defending the German race, culture, and borders. But she gets all riled up emotionally and morally about how Germans should be proud that they are taking in more ‘migrants’ than other nations are. And her aggressive ire only shows when wailing about fellow Germans who are not so enthused about the massive invasion.
    In her sick mind, being a traitor to Germany is the New Patriotism. What Germany now stands for is the willingness of Germans to surrender to their nation to foreign invasion.

    It wouldn’t be so crazy if Germans saw it for what it is — mass foreign invasion — and surrendered to it. It’d be awful but at least Germans would at least admit what really happened. But when Germans now believe that their act of treason is a patriotic act, it is downright surreal.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
  27. This is out of a David Lynch movie.

    He’s not only post-America, he’s a fool. Really what was he and his so-called advisers thinking by replying to Trump in Spanish and neglecting the American audience? This is crazy town.

    All he needs now is a dancing dwarf.

  28. @David
    I speak Spanish okay. I've always gotten the impression that Latinos in the US don't like being spoken to in Spanish by an obvious white because a) I see them as a Mexican who b) can't speak English. So I think that ¿Jeb? may be making a mistake even in that population campaigning in Spanish.

    Maybe a result of Mexicanness becoming a campaign issue will be to make America's Latino population think, "Sheeeeet, the clima politico makes me want to seem like an American."

    It is a faux pas to speak Spanish to a professional or someone with little nor no English accent. It is welcomed by others.

  29. Barbarities! The Philistine!

    Dubya at least made a pretense of being a cowboy even though he was born in Connecticut and went to Yale and Harvard. ¡Jabe!, despite actually having been born in West Texas and gone to UT, comes off like a blueblood Eastern Establishment sissy boy who spent too many years at Andover.

  30. @Hippopotamusdrome
    OT.


    More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
    ... 01/09/2015 ...
    Iceland's government is only obliged to take in 50 asylum seekers a year, according to a humanitarian quota
    ...
    More than 11,000 families in Iceland have offered to open their homes to Syrian refugees in a bid to raise the government’s cap of just 50 asylum seekers a year.
    ...
    They responded to a call by author Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir, who set up a Facebook group with an open letter to the country’s welfare minister,
    ...
    “They are our future spouses, best friends, the next soul mate, a drummer for our children’s band, the next colleague, Miss Iceland in 2022, the carpenter who finally finishes the bathroom, the cook in the cafeteria, a fireman and television host,” she wrote.
    ...
    Referring to the thousands of migrants who have drowned in desperate attempts to cross the Mediterranean, Ms Bjorgvinsdottir urged Iceland to “open the gates”.
    ...
    More than 11,000 people have so far joined the group, writing their own proposals in thousands of comments below.

    “I'm a single mother with a six-year-old son...we can take a child in need. I'm a teacher and would teach the child to speak, read and write Icelandic and adjust to Icelandic society. We have clothes, a bed, toys and everything a child needs,” wrote Hekla Stefansdottir, according to a translation by AFP.
    ...
    Meanwhile, the welfare minister, Ms Harðardóttir, told national broadcaster RUV that authorities were reading the Facebook offers and would consider increasing the number of refugees accepted under a quota.
    ...
    Iceland, which has a population of little over 330,000, welcomed 1,117 immigrants in 2014, according to government figures.

     

    “I’m a single mother with a six-year-old son…we can take a child in need. I’m a teacher and would teach the child to speak, read and write Icelandic and adjust to Icelandic society. We have clothes, a bed, toys and everything a child needs,” wrote Hekla Stefansdottir, according to a translation by AFP.

    Scandinavians! Do you think the government of Iceland is going to heed the call for somber Icelandic-like Syrian children by increasing the numbers of those? No. It’s going to be angry, entitled adults who don’t care about integrating. Sad for Iceland that they have Facebook!

  31. “He attacks me every day with barbarities.”

    Sounds like a line from Hemingway’s novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”

    • Replies: @ABN

    “He attacks me every day with barbarities.”

    Sounds like a line from Hemingway’s novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”
     
    Or something Ignatius J. Reilly would say say in "A Confederacy of Dunces."
    , @tbraton
    " “He attacks me every day. He attacks me every day with barbarities,” Bush said in Spanish in response to a question. "

    Remember that he was speaking Spanish. Maybe the line sounds better in Spanish. Maybe he is running for President of Mexico after all.
  32. @WGG
    "Jeb" really is off-putting. So much more than his loathed jock brother, he comes off as the weak, chubby little rich mama's boy that inherited everything he hasn't yet squandered. Even his stupid moniker isn't authentic. His name isn't Jebediah, Jeb is his initials. Who does that?

    "Mumzy, the other kids are being mean to me and won't let me play with them, can't we have their parents fired?" His face and whole demeanor is utterly punchable. And the embarrassing wife that he is oh-so-proud of just fits. It's always the guy whose girlfriend is completely insufferable that insists on bringing her everywhere. "Hey guys, I brought Lauren to poker night, go easy on her." Gross.

    His name isn’t Jebediah, Jeb is his initials. Who does that?

    James Ewell Brown Stuart

    • Replies: @WGG
    A bit dated, but at least the B in that "Jeb's" name isn't redundant and therefore retarded. If our boy went by a J.E. Bush or something at least that would make sense. You can't use the "b" twice.
  33. @Hippopotamusdrome
    OT.


    More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
    ... 01/09/2015 ...
    Iceland's government is only obliged to take in 50 asylum seekers a year, according to a humanitarian quota
    ...
    More than 11,000 families in Iceland have offered to open their homes to Syrian refugees in a bid to raise the government’s cap of just 50 asylum seekers a year.
    ...
    They responded to a call by author Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir, who set up a Facebook group with an open letter to the country’s welfare minister,
    ...
    “They are our future spouses, best friends, the next soul mate, a drummer for our children’s band, the next colleague, Miss Iceland in 2022, the carpenter who finally finishes the bathroom, the cook in the cafeteria, a fireman and television host,” she wrote.
    ...
    Referring to the thousands of migrants who have drowned in desperate attempts to cross the Mediterranean, Ms Bjorgvinsdottir urged Iceland to “open the gates”.
    ...
    More than 11,000 people have so far joined the group, writing their own proposals in thousands of comments below.

    “I'm a single mother with a six-year-old son...we can take a child in need. I'm a teacher and would teach the child to speak, read and write Icelandic and adjust to Icelandic society. We have clothes, a bed, toys and everything a child needs,” wrote Hekla Stefansdottir, according to a translation by AFP.
    ...
    Meanwhile, the welfare minister, Ms Harðardóttir, told national broadcaster RUV that authorities were reading the Facebook offers and would consider increasing the number of refugees accepted under a quota.
    ...
    Iceland, which has a population of little over 330,000, welcomed 1,117 immigrants in 2014, according to government figures.

     

    Status mongering is strong in this one.

  34. @WGG
    "Jeb" really is off-putting. So much more than his loathed jock brother, he comes off as the weak, chubby little rich mama's boy that inherited everything he hasn't yet squandered. Even his stupid moniker isn't authentic. His name isn't Jebediah, Jeb is his initials. Who does that?

    "Mumzy, the other kids are being mean to me and won't let me play with them, can't we have their parents fired?" His face and whole demeanor is utterly punchable. And the embarrassing wife that he is oh-so-proud of just fits. It's always the guy whose girlfriend is completely insufferable that insists on bringing her everywhere. "Hey guys, I brought Lauren to poker night, go easy on her." Gross.

    Turns out Arrested Development was prophetic:

    George Oscar Bluth = GOB

    Maybe the initials-nickname is a thing among the rich?

    • Replies: @ABN
    My guess is that the Bluth family was loosely inspired by the Bushes, at least at the very beginning of the series. Thus George Bluth Sr. wears a cowboy hat in the pilot.
    , @GW
    Like Jeb GOB also was romantically involved with a Latina--Marta, who was a bit more comely than Columba.

    I'll never watch that show the same way again.
    , @snorlax
    Yes - extremely WASPy. Doubly so because it's an "ironic" nickname. (It would usually be short for "Jebediah," which no Daughter of the American Revolution would be caught dead naming her son).
  35. White Americans aren’t impressed by Jeb & intimidate him so he finds Hispanics who are more easily wow-ed.

    I guess he figures that if it worked for his love life it can do the same for his career.

  36. @David In TN
    "He attacks me every day with barbarities."

    Sounds like a line from Hemingway's novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls."

    “He attacks me every day with barbarities.”

    Sounds like a line from Hemingway’s novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”

    Or something Ignatius J. Reilly would say say in “A Confederacy of Dunces.”

  37. WhatEvvs [AKA "Aamirkhanfan"] says:

    Who is Jeb Bush? Ben Carson is gaining on Trump in the polls.

    • Replies: @IBC
    Wouldn't that be something, if in the face of a Trump victory, Democrats bolted and ran from their own candidate in great enough numbers to vault Ben Carson first past the post?

    Carson would be the first truly African-American president. I wonder if the Democrats could really keep order in their ranks if it looked like he had an actual shot.

  38. @Murray
    Turns out Arrested Development was prophetic:

    George Oscar Bluth = GOB

    Maybe the initials-nickname is a thing among the rich?

    My guess is that the Bluth family was loosely inspired by the Bushes, at least at the very beginning of the series. Thus George Bluth Sr. wears a cowboy hat in the pilot.

  39. WGG [AKA "World\'s Greatest Grandson"] says:
    @yaqub the mad scientist
    His name isn’t Jebediah, Jeb is his initials. Who does that?

    James Ewell Brown Stuart

    A bit dated, but at least the B in that “Jeb’s” name isn’t redundant and therefore retarded. If our boy went by a J.E. Bush or something at least that would make sense. You can’t use the “b” twice.

  40. “Bush explained his decision to go on the offensive, using explanations he’s voiced before in English. But in Spanish, in response to questions from Spanish-speaking reporters, his tone and choice of words was sharper…”

    This drives me crazy. If the Republican Party can demand that candidates take a pledge to abstain from 3rd party runs, can’t they demand that all candidates take a pledge to speak only in English?

    • Agree: TWS
  41. Jeb’s real name is John Ellis Bush. He is a bought and paid for sissymary and should get together with Bruce Jenner.

    Donald Trump’s real name is Donald. He has balls and will build a wall.

    America awakens. A Trumpening dawns.

  42. @Murray
    Turns out Arrested Development was prophetic:

    George Oscar Bluth = GOB

    Maybe the initials-nickname is a thing among the rich?

    Like Jeb GOB also was romantically involved with a Latina–Marta, who was a bit more comely than Columba.

    I’ll never watch that show the same way again.

  43. “Tenemos Donald Trump y Ted Cruz y Lindsey Graham todo candidato a la presidencia. Todo esto es parte del plan republicano para que Jeb Bush mira presidencial.” -David Letterman

    “Donald Trump ha pronunciado a favor del cierre de Planificación de la Familia. Sin embargo, los expertos dicen que, si realmente quiere Planned Parenthood para ir bajo él debe convertirlo en una propiedad de Trump.” -Conan O “Brien

    Nope, not as funny in Spanish.

    “We have Donald Trump and Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham all running for president. It’s all part of the Republican plan to make Jeb Bush look presidential.” –David Letterman

    “Donald Trump has come out in favor of shutting down Planned Parenthood. However, experts say, if he really wants Planned Parenthood to go under he should turn it into a Trump property.” –Conan O”Brien

    Not really funny in English. But these days if you want funny, right wing twitter edgelords like Vaughn and MPC are your best bets.

    (American) Indians angrily throwing tomahawks on the floor. “oh NOW you decide to just let the mud hordes (‘brown people’) live, a#%holes?”-MPC (the special character censoring was mine, because Sailer )

    Jabe “Fredo” Bush: “I’m Smart! Not dumb like everybody says! And I want respect!” -Vaughn

  44. @Hippopotamusdrome
    OT.


    More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
    ... 01/09/2015 ...
    Iceland's government is only obliged to take in 50 asylum seekers a year, according to a humanitarian quota
    ...
    More than 11,000 families in Iceland have offered to open their homes to Syrian refugees in a bid to raise the government’s cap of just 50 asylum seekers a year.
    ...
    They responded to a call by author Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir, who set up a Facebook group with an open letter to the country’s welfare minister,
    ...
    “They are our future spouses, best friends, the next soul mate, a drummer for our children’s band, the next colleague, Miss Iceland in 2022, the carpenter who finally finishes the bathroom, the cook in the cafeteria, a fireman and television host,” she wrote.
    ...
    Referring to the thousands of migrants who have drowned in desperate attempts to cross the Mediterranean, Ms Bjorgvinsdottir urged Iceland to “open the gates”.
    ...
    More than 11,000 people have so far joined the group, writing their own proposals in thousands of comments below.

    “I'm a single mother with a six-year-old son...we can take a child in need. I'm a teacher and would teach the child to speak, read and write Icelandic and adjust to Icelandic society. We have clothes, a bed, toys and everything a child needs,” wrote Hekla Stefansdottir, according to a translation by AFP.
    ...
    Meanwhile, the welfare minister, Ms Harðardóttir, told national broadcaster RUV that authorities were reading the Facebook offers and would consider increasing the number of refugees accepted under a quota.
    ...
    Iceland, which has a population of little over 330,000, welcomed 1,117 immigrants in 2014, according to government figures.

     

    I would like to laugh at how naive and insane this is, but you just know this definitely will end in tears for them.

  45. @Murray
    Turns out Arrested Development was prophetic:

    George Oscar Bluth = GOB

    Maybe the initials-nickname is a thing among the rich?

    Yes – extremely WASPy. Doubly so because it’s an “ironic” nickname. (It would usually be short for “Jebediah,” which no Daughter of the American Revolution would be caught dead naming her son).

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Another type of WASP nickname that's not short for anything and sounds cutesy is "Trip"

    You know, like Ashley Cabot Lodge Duckworth III aka "Trip", just another good ol' boy.
  46. It might sound simply insulting but I wonder if there is something significant behind Bush looking like an elderly lesbian and Clinton looking an elderly gay man.

  47. @iSteveFan
    At Donald Trump's twitter page, he is linking to this new video someone made to serve as Trump's unofficial fight song. The GOP should take note because the song chosen for this tribute video really does express the anger of the base.

    I cried wtching tht video.

    this one did too:

  48. He’s not conservative. He doesn’t have a career that you could say is conservative,” Bush said later in Spanish.

    Does he really think this is going to work after 30 years of the GOP treating real conservatives like crap? Just what does Heb! think conservatism is – oh yeah, do everything some billionaire wants.

  49. “if he was interested in actually knowing my views, he could read the book and he would know that I’m for border security in a practical way that won’t cost billions of dollars.”

    It’s amazing all the things the Bush Boys will spend billions of dollars on, and that border security isn’t one of them. For example, we know that if we elect a Bush we’ll get another war – undoubtedly, indubitably, we will get another war costing us hundreds of billions of dollars. We’ll also get hundreds of billions in tax cuts for the rich and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of “compassionate conservatism.” But Bush doesn’t seem to think it worthy of our efforts to spend, say, $10 billion a year on border security.

    The entire pathetic, corrupt Bush Family, and those who support them, can go fuck themselves.

    Trump shouldn’t bother attacking Jeb Bush, because Bush is only attacking Trump in an effort to elevate his campaign, to make himself the sole, de facto alternative to Trump.

    • Replies: @tbraton
    "Trump shouldn’t bother attacking Jeb Bush, because Bush is only attacking Trump in an effort to elevate his campaign, to make himself the sole, de facto alternative to Trump."

    I tend to agree with your advice, but there is one other factor to consider. Should Trump secure the nomination, the last thing he would want is for Jeb!!! to finish the race as the runner-up, like his father in 1980, when his forces were able to pressure Reagan to add him as the running-mate. (But then his father had the highly competent Jim Baker running his campaign, and I see no sign that Jeb!!! has a Jim Baker on his team, else he wouldn't be making all these astounding blunders.) If I were Trump, I certainly wouldn't want to have a Bush on the ticket dragging me down to defeat. I voted for George H. W. twice and George W. once, but for me and I believe millions of others the Bush name is now toxic. To avoid that result, Trump is aiming a lot of artillery fire at Jeb!!! to destroy him as a candidate. It's not just because Jeb!!! was the favored candidate going into the race and has accumulated the most money. He wants Jeb!!! to finish far back in the pack to eliminate the possibility of someone pushing a Trump-Bush ticket at the end. If the polls are an accurate indication, his attacks are having great success, but the inexplicable rise of Ben Carson indicates that many Republicans have a fatal taste for "niceness" when it comes to political candidates. I also get the distinct impression that Trump truly has a low regard for Jeb!!!'s abilities. Trump is a pretty savvy guy who knows how to size people up, and he has been seeing the same things I have been seeing. Jeb!!! is a dunce.
  50. @David In TN
    "He attacks me every day with barbarities."

    Sounds like a line from Hemingway's novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls."

    ” “He attacks me every day. He attacks me every day with barbarities,” Bush said in Spanish in response to a question. ”

    Remember that he was speaking Spanish. Maybe the line sounds better in Spanish. Maybe he is running for President of Mexico after all.

  51. @Jefferson
    One of George W. Bush's daughters is shacked up with a Panamanian guy. The Bush family sure do mix with Latin Americans a lot for a blue blood upper class White Gringo family.

    Upper class multi-millionaire WASP families tend to mix with Jews way more than they mix with Hispanics. But the Bush family is the exception to the rule. They are one of the few multi-millionaire WASP families who prefer to mix with Hispanics over Jews.

    It's usually working class and White trash Gringo families in the Southwest and California that mix at such an extremely high rate with Mexicans/Latin Americans.

    Look at Sons Of Anarchy, a show about White trash. There was a lot of sex and dating between the White trash Gringos and the Latin Americans on that show.

    Gemma Teller Morrow had a Mexican gangster boyfriend and Tig Trager was constantly having sex with so many short chubby Hispanic women.

    Jeb’s niece, Lauren Bush, is married to Ralph Lauren’s son, David; so la familia Arbusto has at least one Jewish base covered. (And now they can also get pro-deals on polo-wear –so being WASPs, that saves them a lot of money).

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/fashion/lauren-bush-lauren-earns-her-place-in-the-spotlight.html

    • Replies: @5371
    So she's Lauren Lauren. Oh well, there was Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and Humbert Humbert - and two of the ancestors of the Sitwell siblings were called Sir Sitwell Sitwell.
  52. @Priss Factor
    Jeb isn't much of a man, but he must feel manly standing around all those short Mexers.

    You gotta find manhood where you can.

    Correct, Jeb is not a man, he is “Male Liberal”.

  53. @WhatEvvs
    Who is Jeb Bush? Ben Carson is gaining on Trump in the polls.

    Wouldn’t that be something, if in the face of a Trump victory, Democrats bolted and ran from their own candidate in great enough numbers to vault Ben Carson first past the post?

    Carson would be the first truly African-American president. I wonder if the Democrats could really keep order in their ranks if it looked like he had an actual shot.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    Ben Carson is another low-energy candidate. I find his place in current polls alarming, but then it was alarming that Herman Cain led the polls for a while in 2012. Seems like a nice guy, but manifestly unqualified to run anything. Republicans have a craven need to show love to the Great Black Candidate.
    , @MarkinLA
    Carson has repeatedly come out for guest workers. This is total Chamber of Commerce - let them come in and work dragging down wages and never let them vote.
  54. @Wilkey
    "if he was interested in actually knowing my views, he could read the book and he would know that I’m for border security in a practical way that won’t cost billions of dollars."

    It's amazing all the things the Bush Boys will spend billions of dollars on, and that border security isn't one of them. For example, we know that if we elect a Bush we'll get another war - undoubtedly, indubitably, we will get another war costing us hundreds of billions of dollars. We'll also get hundreds of billions in tax cuts for the rich and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of "compassionate conservatism." But Bush doesn't seem to think it worthy of our efforts to spend, say, $10 billion a year on border security.

    The entire pathetic, corrupt Bush Family, and those who support them, can go fuck themselves.

    Trump shouldn't bother attacking Jeb Bush, because Bush is only attacking Trump in an effort to elevate his campaign, to make himself the sole, de facto alternative to Trump.

    “Trump shouldn’t bother attacking Jeb Bush, because Bush is only attacking Trump in an effort to elevate his campaign, to make himself the sole, de facto alternative to Trump.”

    I tend to agree with your advice, but there is one other factor to consider. Should Trump secure the nomination, the last thing he would want is for Jeb!!! to finish the race as the runner-up, like his father in 1980, when his forces were able to pressure Reagan to add him as the running-mate. (But then his father had the highly competent Jim Baker running his campaign, and I see no sign that Jeb!!! has a Jim Baker on his team, else he wouldn’t be making all these astounding blunders.) If I were Trump, I certainly wouldn’t want to have a Bush on the ticket dragging me down to defeat. I voted for George H. W. twice and George W. once, but for me and I believe millions of others the Bush name is now toxic. To avoid that result, Trump is aiming a lot of artillery fire at Jeb!!! to destroy him as a candidate. It’s not just because Jeb!!! was the favored candidate going into the race and has accumulated the most money. He wants Jeb!!! to finish far back in the pack to eliminate the possibility of someone pushing a Trump-Bush ticket at the end. If the polls are an accurate indication, his attacks are having great success, but the inexplicable rise of Ben Carson indicates that many Republicans have a fatal taste for “niceness” when it comes to political candidates. I also get the distinct impression that Trump truly has a low regard for Jeb!!!’s abilities. Trump is a pretty savvy guy who knows how to size people up, and he has been seeing the same things I have been seeing. Jeb!!! is a dunce.

    • Replies: @Hapalong Cassidy
    Trump might want to avoid a Trump-Bush ticket in more ways than one.

    Remember that the week of Reagan's shooting, Neil Bush was scheduled to have dinner with John Hinckley's brother.

    Just sayin'.
  55. The word “barbaridad” is what they call a false friend. It doesn’t mean “barbarity” but “absurdity”.

  56. @Jimi
    Who is this ad suppose to target? Are there any Republican primary voters who only speak Spanish AND also hate Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton?

    Like Romney, Jeb Bush may squander all the money he raises on consultants and ineffective ads.

    “Who is this ad suppose to target? Are there any Republican primary voters who only speak Spanish AND also hate Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton?”

    In South Florida, yes there are. Not only Cuban Republicans, but also wealthy right-wing emigrés from Venezuela and other parts of Latin America.

    JEB somehow hasn’t internalized that the rest of the country is not like South Florida.

  57. @IBC
    Jeb's niece, Lauren Bush, is married to Ralph Lauren's son, David; so la familia Arbusto has at least one Jewish base covered. (And now they can also get pro-deals on polo-wear --so being WASPs, that saves them a lot of money).

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/fashion/lauren-bush-lauren-earns-her-place-in-the-spotlight.html

    So she’s Lauren Lauren. Oh well, there was Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and Humbert Humbert – and two of the ancestors of the Sitwell siblings were called Sir Sitwell Sitwell.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    So she’s Lauren Lauren.
     
    Still, that beats Lauren Lifshitz.
    , @IBC
    No ditto. The Bush name retains pride-of-place, so she goes by the name "Bush Lauren." It's too bad, because as a "Lauren Lauren" she would have made an excellent UN Secretary-General, but as a "Bush Lauren" she'll have to settle for the Audubon Society...
  58. @Das
    JEB's Spanish is good enough that it's not really cringe-inducing and patronizing like it usually is when white politicos start speaking Spanish.

    Honestly, with his experience running Florida, why doesn't he start campaigning for governor of a Mexican state? He could credibly claim to improve governance (Florida, though weird by American standards, is better run than anywhere in Mexico by far), and politics down there is more lucrative anyway.

    Maybe a naturalized Mexican citizen would be ineligible?

    >>(Florida, though weird by American standards, is better run than anywhere in Mexico by far)<<

    Mexican states clearly *better* and more honestly run than Florida (which is below average but not NJ):

    Aguascalientes
    Guanajuato
    Querétaro
    Yucatán
    Distrito Federal

    There are more that are at least equal (BCS, Puebla, QR, Hidalgo, SLP, etc.). Not everywhere in Mexico is Ciudad Juarez.

    Also, ¡Jeb! can't run for governor. Only native born Mexicans can hold public office.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Are there any tourist sites in Aguascalientes, or is too flat and dusty like the Great Plains in the U.S.?
  59. @(((Owen)))
    >>(Florida, though weird by American standards, is better run than anywhere in Mexico by far)<<

    Mexican states clearly *better* and more honestly run than Florida (which is below average but not NJ):

    Aguascalientes
    Guanajuato
    Querétaro
    Yucatán
    Distrito Federal

    There are more that are at least equal (BCS, Puebla, QR, Hidalgo, SLP, etc.). Not everywhere in Mexico is Ciudad Juarez.

    Also, ¡Jeb! can't run for governor. Only native born Mexicans can hold public office.

    Are there any tourist sites in Aguascalientes, or is too flat and dusty like the Great Plains in the U.S.?

    • Replies: @(((Owen)))
    I've never been to Aguascalientes, but I have a hidrotermapolitano (yup, that's what they call themselves) friend who reports that the colonial architecture is pretty, the fine arts and music scene is active, and the capital is good for walking and biking around. It's a very small state with mountains and a national park for hiking and mountain biking. And, of course, there are hot springs.

    So it's not a tourist center but it's got a whole lot more going on than Nebraska or Kansas.

    If you're looking for the gorgeous prosperous heart of middle class small city Mexico, Guanajuato is the classic destination but the shift from mining to manufacturing has made Aguascalientes, León, Puebla, and Querétaro richer, though they remain somewhat less scenic.
  60. @Hippopotamusdrome
    OT.


    More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
    ... 01/09/2015 ...
    Iceland's government is only obliged to take in 50 asylum seekers a year, according to a humanitarian quota
    ...
    More than 11,000 families in Iceland have offered to open their homes to Syrian refugees in a bid to raise the government’s cap of just 50 asylum seekers a year.
    ...
    They responded to a call by author Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir, who set up a Facebook group with an open letter to the country’s welfare minister,
    ...
    “They are our future spouses, best friends, the next soul mate, a drummer for our children’s band, the next colleague, Miss Iceland in 2022, the carpenter who finally finishes the bathroom, the cook in the cafeteria, a fireman and television host,” she wrote.
    ...
    Referring to the thousands of migrants who have drowned in desperate attempts to cross the Mediterranean, Ms Bjorgvinsdottir urged Iceland to “open the gates”.
    ...
    More than 11,000 people have so far joined the group, writing their own proposals in thousands of comments below.

    “I'm a single mother with a six-year-old son...we can take a child in need. I'm a teacher and would teach the child to speak, read and write Icelandic and adjust to Icelandic society. We have clothes, a bed, toys and everything a child needs,” wrote Hekla Stefansdottir, according to a translation by AFP.
    ...
    Meanwhile, the welfare minister, Ms Harðardóttir, told national broadcaster RUV that authorities were reading the Facebook offers and would consider increasing the number of refugees accepted under a quota.
    ...
    Iceland, which has a population of little over 330,000, welcomed 1,117 immigrants in 2014, according to government figures.

     

    “They are our future spouses, best friends, the next soul mate, a drummer for our children’s band, the next colleague, Miss Iceland in 2022, the carpenter who finally finishes the bathroom, the cook in the cafeteria, a fireman and television host,” she wrote.

    Textbook in why allowing women any say in political matters has been a disaster for the West.

    Women have a lot of virtues–nurturing and compassion among them. But these are *personal* virtues. They are not the virtues necessary for *political* decision making. Realistic clear long range thinking is virtuous there–something that is present in only a minority of men and seems vanishingly rare in women.

  61. @Hippopotamusdrome
    OT.


    More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
    ... 01/09/2015 ...
    Iceland's government is only obliged to take in 50 asylum seekers a year, according to a humanitarian quota
    ...
    More than 11,000 families in Iceland have offered to open their homes to Syrian refugees in a bid to raise the government’s cap of just 50 asylum seekers a year.
    ...
    They responded to a call by author Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir, who set up a Facebook group with an open letter to the country’s welfare minister,
    ...
    “They are our future spouses, best friends, the next soul mate, a drummer for our children’s band, the next colleague, Miss Iceland in 2022, the carpenter who finally finishes the bathroom, the cook in the cafeteria, a fireman and television host,” she wrote.
    ...
    Referring to the thousands of migrants who have drowned in desperate attempts to cross the Mediterranean, Ms Bjorgvinsdottir urged Iceland to “open the gates”.
    ...
    More than 11,000 people have so far joined the group, writing their own proposals in thousands of comments below.

    “I'm a single mother with a six-year-old son...we can take a child in need. I'm a teacher and would teach the child to speak, read and write Icelandic and adjust to Icelandic society. We have clothes, a bed, toys and everything a child needs,” wrote Hekla Stefansdottir, according to a translation by AFP.
    ...
    Meanwhile, the welfare minister, Ms Harðardóttir, told national broadcaster RUV that authorities were reading the Facebook offers and would consider increasing the number of refugees accepted under a quota.
    ...
    Iceland, which has a population of little over 330,000, welcomed 1,117 immigrants in 2014, according to government figures.

     

    I’m tempted to take them up on their offer. Got room for five, and a cat?

  62. @5371
    So she's Lauren Lauren. Oh well, there was Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and Humbert Humbert - and two of the ancestors of the Sitwell siblings were called Sir Sitwell Sitwell.

    So she’s Lauren Lauren.

    Still, that beats Lauren Lifshitz.

  63. @Hippopotamusdrome
    OT.


    More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
    ... 01/09/2015 ...
    Iceland's government is only obliged to take in 50 asylum seekers a year, according to a humanitarian quota
    ...
    More than 11,000 families in Iceland have offered to open their homes to Syrian refugees in a bid to raise the government’s cap of just 50 asylum seekers a year.
    ...
    They responded to a call by author Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir, who set up a Facebook group with an open letter to the country’s welfare minister,
    ...
    “They are our future spouses, best friends, the next soul mate, a drummer for our children’s band, the next colleague, Miss Iceland in 2022, the carpenter who finally finishes the bathroom, the cook in the cafeteria, a fireman and television host,” she wrote.
    ...
    Referring to the thousands of migrants who have drowned in desperate attempts to cross the Mediterranean, Ms Bjorgvinsdottir urged Iceland to “open the gates”.
    ...
    More than 11,000 people have so far joined the group, writing their own proposals in thousands of comments below.

    “I'm a single mother with a six-year-old son...we can take a child in need. I'm a teacher and would teach the child to speak, read and write Icelandic and adjust to Icelandic society. We have clothes, a bed, toys and everything a child needs,” wrote Hekla Stefansdottir, according to a translation by AFP.
    ...
    Meanwhile, the welfare minister, Ms Harðardóttir, told national broadcaster RUV that authorities were reading the Facebook offers and would consider increasing the number of refugees accepted under a quota.
    ...
    Iceland, which has a population of little over 330,000, welcomed 1,117 immigrants in 2014, according to government figures.

     

    We have a saying in France, a famous line in an Audiard movie: “La connerie n’est pas remboursée par la Sécurité Sociale.” In English: “Stupidity isn’t reimbursed by the social security system.” It means: eventually, you have to endure the consequences of your own stupidity (something we learned the hard way, here in France).

    Do those 11,000 Icelander families really mean it, when they say they will open their homes to Middle-Eastern and African migrants? Do they have huge homes in Iceland? I suppose that they mean “I can house a family for a month or two, maybe foster a single child, but the rest of the costs, and all future costs, will be borne by the community.”

    I hope that the Icelandic government will reply: everyone who opens their home to immigrants will have to take charge of them, pay for all their expenses, compensate the victims of crimes committed by those immigrants, etc. Sign here. Your house and savings are collaterals to your pledge.

    Icelanders take human solidarity for granted. So did their Scandinavian cousins, until recently. Now, imagine what life would be in Iceland, if you can’t rely on a stranger’s basic decency…

    Whatever. I live in a French suburb with a Black majority. Ethnic stats are illegal in France, but anyone with eyes to see can notice it. Within a generation, the whole country will be like my town. South Africa is our future, and those idiot Icelanders…

    I told my sons to never, ever, go to war for France.

  64. @Hippopotamusdrome
    OT.


    More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
    ... 01/09/2015 ...
    Iceland's government is only obliged to take in 50 asylum seekers a year, according to a humanitarian quota
    ...
    More than 11,000 families in Iceland have offered to open their homes to Syrian refugees in a bid to raise the government’s cap of just 50 asylum seekers a year.
    ...
    They responded to a call by author Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir, who set up a Facebook group with an open letter to the country’s welfare minister,
    ...
    “They are our future spouses, best friends, the next soul mate, a drummer for our children’s band, the next colleague, Miss Iceland in 2022, the carpenter who finally finishes the bathroom, the cook in the cafeteria, a fireman and television host,” she wrote.
    ...
    Referring to the thousands of migrants who have drowned in desperate attempts to cross the Mediterranean, Ms Bjorgvinsdottir urged Iceland to “open the gates”.
    ...
    More than 11,000 people have so far joined the group, writing their own proposals in thousands of comments below.

    “I'm a single mother with a six-year-old son...we can take a child in need. I'm a teacher and would teach the child to speak, read and write Icelandic and adjust to Icelandic society. We have clothes, a bed, toys and everything a child needs,” wrote Hekla Stefansdottir, according to a translation by AFP.
    ...
    Meanwhile, the welfare minister, Ms Harðardóttir, told national broadcaster RUV that authorities were reading the Facebook offers and would consider increasing the number of refugees accepted under a quota.
    ...
    Iceland, which has a population of little over 330,000, welcomed 1,117 immigrants in 2014, according to government figures.

     

    “They are our future spouses, best friends, the next soul mate, a drummer for our children’s band, the next colleague, Miss Iceland in 2022, the carpenter who finally finishes the bathroom, the cook in the cafeteria, a fireman and television host,” she wrote.

    Spouses? Muslims marry non-Muslim women, who duly convert to the faith, but Muslim girls rarely marry non-Muslim men, since Islam expressly prohibits it. The author has no idea, it seems, that Muslims sometimes turn psychotic and become murderous jihadis, like the Moroccan who shot at people in a French train last week, and who was overpowered by courageous American tourists. She has no idea that Muslims, and many Black men, hardly consider raping white women a crime. The Swedes know it only too well.

    She doesn’t know either that the immigrants she’s so fond of make public schools dangerous and ineffective, they drive PISA scores down, they are disruptive in the classrooms and they gather in predatory gangs. What will the Icelanders do when their average IQ falls down below 90? Revert to a pre-technological lifestyle?

    It looks like the Scandinavians have decided that they have been around long enough on the Earth, and it’s time for them to disappear. Or maybe it’s just a sign that democracy, which has been around for two centuries and a half, was just an unfortunate accident. After all, for the previous five thousand years of human history, some form of monarchy had been the norm.

  65. @David
    I speak Spanish okay. I've always gotten the impression that Latinos in the US don't like being spoken to in Spanish by an obvious white because a) I see them as a Mexican who b) can't speak English. So I think that ¿Jeb? may be making a mistake even in that population campaigning in Spanish.

    Maybe a result of Mexicanness becoming a campaign issue will be to make America's Latino population think, "Sheeeeet, the clima politico makes me want to seem like an American."

    i’ve noticed the opposite, latinos seem to refuse to speak english, even when its pretty apparent they could.

  66. @tbraton
    "Trump shouldn’t bother attacking Jeb Bush, because Bush is only attacking Trump in an effort to elevate his campaign, to make himself the sole, de facto alternative to Trump."

    I tend to agree with your advice, but there is one other factor to consider. Should Trump secure the nomination, the last thing he would want is for Jeb!!! to finish the race as the runner-up, like his father in 1980, when his forces were able to pressure Reagan to add him as the running-mate. (But then his father had the highly competent Jim Baker running his campaign, and I see no sign that Jeb!!! has a Jim Baker on his team, else he wouldn't be making all these astounding blunders.) If I were Trump, I certainly wouldn't want to have a Bush on the ticket dragging me down to defeat. I voted for George H. W. twice and George W. once, but for me and I believe millions of others the Bush name is now toxic. To avoid that result, Trump is aiming a lot of artillery fire at Jeb!!! to destroy him as a candidate. It's not just because Jeb!!! was the favored candidate going into the race and has accumulated the most money. He wants Jeb!!! to finish far back in the pack to eliminate the possibility of someone pushing a Trump-Bush ticket at the end. If the polls are an accurate indication, his attacks are having great success, but the inexplicable rise of Ben Carson indicates that many Republicans have a fatal taste for "niceness" when it comes to political candidates. I also get the distinct impression that Trump truly has a low regard for Jeb!!!'s abilities. Trump is a pretty savvy guy who knows how to size people up, and he has been seeing the same things I have been seeing. Jeb!!! is a dunce.

    Trump might want to avoid a Trump-Bush ticket in more ways than one.

    Remember that the week of Reagan’s shooting, Neil Bush was scheduled to have dinner with John Hinckley’s brother.

    Just sayin’.

    • Replies: @tbraton
    Damn, you are much more cynical than I. I think Sailer should tighten up the rules of "moderation" to disallow posts reflecting an attitude more cynical than that of tbraton (to pick a poster at random).

    BTW that seems to have been an assignment I wouldn't have entrusted to Neil Bush, based on what I have read about the man. I think maybe he was meeting with Hinckley's brother to discuss a sure fire investment in a savings and loan operation. Incidentally, here is an excerpt from an article I located pertaining to "Neilsie":

    "Neil Bush, the fourth child of George and Barbara, was long thought to be the rising star of the family. He had the looks, the convivial demeanor, middle-of-the-road politics and, despite suffering from a severe case of dyslexia that made him the laughing stock of St. Albans (the stuffy DC prep school that groomed Al Gore), the brainpower. At least he seemed brighter than Jeb or George Jr. And, most important of all, he was the favorite son of Barbara Bush, the Agrippina of American politics." http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/05/15/how-neil-bush-succeeded-in-business-without-really-trying-2/

    I guess "intelligence" among the Bush offspring was a fungible commodity.

    And then there is this from the same article revealing a Donald Trump connection of sorts:

    "In 1983, Neil started an oil company, naturally, called JNB Exploration. The seed money for the opeation came in the amount of $150,000 from a Colorado real estate mogul named Bill Walters, the self-proclaimed Donald Trump of Denver. Another early investor in JNB was Walter’s friend Ken Goode, another real estate baron, who arranged $1.75 in million credit for Bush’s company from a bank controlled by Walters. For his part, Neil Bush kicked in $100 to the JNB Exploration kitty.

    It wasn’t long before JNB began to list. A bail out was arranged with money coming from Silverado Savings and Loan, where Bush now served as a director."

    , @Buzz Mohawk

    Trump might want to avoid a Trump-Bush ticket in more ways than one.

    Remember that the week of Reagan’s shooting, Neil Bush was scheduled to have dinner with John Hinckley’s brother.

    Just sayin’.
     

    The same thing came to my mind, even though I favor theories of coincidence over conspiracy.

    The Hinckleys lived in my neighborhood. I got asked for a long time if I knew them. I didn't. I knew their next door neighbors.

    John was just f*cked up, and his father happened to be in the oil business. Lots of people's fathers around there were in the oil business. It's no surprise they would be schmoozing with a Bush.

    Still, you never know. John Lennon, an influential anti-war protester and potential problem, was gunned down less than three months earlier. Funny things happen when the Bush family is on stage. (And they're really nice people!)

  67. @IBC
    Wouldn't that be something, if in the face of a Trump victory, Democrats bolted and ran from their own candidate in great enough numbers to vault Ben Carson first past the post?

    Carson would be the first truly African-American president. I wonder if the Democrats could really keep order in their ranks if it looked like he had an actual shot.

    Ben Carson is another low-energy candidate. I find his place in current polls alarming, but then it was alarming that Herman Cain led the polls for a while in 2012. Seems like a nice guy, but manifestly unqualified to run anything. Republicans have a craven need to show love to the Great Black Candidate.

    • Replies: @tbraton
    I share your puzzlement about the Carson phenomenon. He seems like a nice, intelligent fellow, but I see nothing in his background that suits him to be President of the U.S. I'll even concede that he may be the world's top pediatric neurosurgeon and may have headed that department at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, but I fail to see how that modest managerial experience equips one to run a massive bureaucracy like the U.S. government. What I find interesting is that the MSM have picked up on a common theme: that Trump, Carson and Fiorina have succeeded in recent polls because they are all non-politicians (leaving aside for the moment that Fiorina recently ran against Senator Barbara Boxer and got whipped), without distinguishing among them. Of the three, Trump clearly stands the tallest, by virtue of his business experience running successfully for the most part a pretty large business operation. Fiorina on paper seems to qualify because of her experience at running Hewlett-Packard, but then she was fired from the job because she was a lousy chief-executive and her successor did a first rate job righting the ship. Of the three, Carson is the least impressive on the basis of his resume and, thus far, on the basis of his performance on stage.

    BTW I remember people raving about his closing remarks at the Cleveland debate, which I admit I only half-listened to since each candidate was given only 30 seconds to comment. I went back and re-read his remarks and found nothing there to merit the rave reviews. And to think that people are forming judgments about an important office on the basis of 30-second soundbites. Incidentally, here is the transcript of Dr. Carson closing remarks:

    "BAIER: Now each candidate will make a closing statement. You'll all have 30 seconds to make a closing statement for this debate. We'll start with Ohio Governor John Kasich.
    * * *
    WALLACE: Dr. Carson, closing statement.

    CARSON: Well, I haven't said anything about me being the only one to do anything, so let me try that.

    I'm the only one to separate siamese twins...

    (LAUGHTER)

    The -- the only one to operate on babies while they were still in mother's womb, the only one to take out half of a brain, although you would think, if you go to Washington, that someone had beat me to it.

    (LAUGHTER)

    But I -- but I'm very hopeful that I'm not the only one who's willing to pick up the baton of freedom, because freedom is not free, and we must fight for it every day. Every one of us must fight for it, because we're fighting for our children and the next generation.

    (APPLAUSE)"

    As far as I am concerned, that amounted to a big fat nothing-burger. If that actually moved the polls, I have to shake my head in wonderment. It appears that both H.L. Mencken and my father were right in their judgments about the American people.
  68. @IBC
    Wouldn't that be something, if in the face of a Trump victory, Democrats bolted and ran from their own candidate in great enough numbers to vault Ben Carson first past the post?

    Carson would be the first truly African-American president. I wonder if the Democrats could really keep order in their ranks if it looked like he had an actual shot.

    Carson has repeatedly come out for guest workers. This is total Chamber of Commerce – let them come in and work dragging down wages and never let them vote.

  69. @Hapalong Cassidy
    Trump might want to avoid a Trump-Bush ticket in more ways than one.

    Remember that the week of Reagan's shooting, Neil Bush was scheduled to have dinner with John Hinckley's brother.

    Just sayin'.

    Damn, you are much more cynical than I. I think Sailer should tighten up the rules of “moderation” to disallow posts reflecting an attitude more cynical than that of tbraton (to pick a poster at random).

    BTW that seems to have been an assignment I wouldn’t have entrusted to Neil Bush, based on what I have read about the man. I think maybe he was meeting with Hinckley’s brother to discuss a sure fire investment in a savings and loan operation. Incidentally, here is an excerpt from an article I located pertaining to “Neilsie”:

    “Neil Bush, the fourth child of George and Barbara, was long thought to be the rising star of the family. He had the looks, the convivial demeanor, middle-of-the-road politics and, despite suffering from a severe case of dyslexia that made him the laughing stock of St. Albans (the stuffy DC prep school that groomed Al Gore), the brainpower. At least he seemed brighter than Jeb or George Jr. And, most important of all, he was the favorite son of Barbara Bush, the Agrippina of American politics.” http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/05/15/how-neil-bush-succeeded-in-business-without-really-trying-2/

    I guess “intelligence” among the Bush offspring was a fungible commodity.

    And then there is this from the same article revealing a Donald Trump connection of sorts:

    “In 1983, Neil started an oil company, naturally, called JNB Exploration. The seed money for the opeation came in the amount of $150,000 from a Colorado real estate mogul named Bill Walters, the self-proclaimed Donald Trump of Denver. Another early investor in JNB was Walter’s friend Ken Goode, another real estate baron, who arranged $1.75 in million credit for Bush’s company from a bank controlled by Walters. For his part, Neil Bush kicked in $100 to the JNB Exploration kitty.

    It wasn’t long before JNB began to list. A bail out was arranged with money coming from Silverado Savings and Loan, where Bush now served as a director.”

  70. When trying to convey high energy Spanish is not the language in which to do so.

  71. @Hapalong Cassidy
    Trump might want to avoid a Trump-Bush ticket in more ways than one.

    Remember that the week of Reagan's shooting, Neil Bush was scheduled to have dinner with John Hinckley's brother.

    Just sayin'.

    Trump might want to avoid a Trump-Bush ticket in more ways than one.

    Remember that the week of Reagan’s shooting, Neil Bush was scheduled to have dinner with John Hinckley’s brother.

    Just sayin’.

    The same thing came to my mind, even though I favor theories of coincidence over conspiracy.

    The Hinckleys lived in my neighborhood. I got asked for a long time if I knew them. I didn’t. I knew their next door neighbors.

    John was just f*cked up, and his father happened to be in the oil business. Lots of people’s fathers around there were in the oil business. It’s no surprise they would be schmoozing with a Bush.

    Still, you never know. John Lennon, an influential anti-war protester and potential problem, was gunned down less than three months earlier. Funny things happen when the Bush family is on stage. (And they’re really nice people!)

  72. @bjdubbs
    The Bush's don't have any money, that's why the Bush sons always get involved in so many shady "deals." That's basically the family's MO, use the Bush name to make money on "deals." Here is the wife of Jeb's brother Neil Bush, Sharon Bush: “I just had a hard time understanding how the President’s grandchildren couldn’t have enough food,” she says in her deposition, explaining that she had to put groceries back on the shelf because she could not afford them.

    Dude, I’m not even American and I know that George Herbert Walker Bush, your former President, is the grandson, on his mother’s side, of George Herbert Walker of the Walker banking family. Just because they don’t hyphenate doesn’t mean that they don’t wear their aristocratic credentials on their sleeves. It was the Walker cash that financed all those ventures before Bush Pere ran the CIA. They may have run out in the meantime but, the way I see it, if graft is your way of life and independence means zilch, why campaign on your own money?

  73. @snorlax
    Yes - extremely WASPy. Doubly so because it's an "ironic" nickname. (It would usually be short for "Jebediah," which no Daughter of the American Revolution would be caught dead naming her son).

    Another type of WASP nickname that’s not short for anything and sounds cutesy is “Trip”

    You know, like Ashley Cabot Lodge Duckworth III aka “Trip”, just another good ol’ boy.

  74. @Steve Sailer
    Are there any tourist sites in Aguascalientes, or is too flat and dusty like the Great Plains in the U.S.?

    I’ve never been to Aguascalientes, but I have a hidrotermapolitano (yup, that’s what they call themselves) friend who reports that the colonial architecture is pretty, the fine arts and music scene is active, and the capital is good for walking and biking around. It’s a very small state with mountains and a national park for hiking and mountain biking. And, of course, there are hot springs.

    So it’s not a tourist center but it’s got a whole lot more going on than Nebraska or Kansas.

    If you’re looking for the gorgeous prosperous heart of middle class small city Mexico, Guanajuato is the classic destination but the shift from mining to manufacturing has made Aguascalientes, León, Puebla, and Querétaro richer, though they remain somewhat less scenic.

  75. @nbc
    " Bush is on a precipitous decline in Iowa — where he sits in the single digits — and in New Hampshire."

    Well, that's nice to hear. Can we relegate this guy to like Bobby Jindal status in terms of news coverage now?

    Sure he may have raised $100 million, but that is just because he knows a lot of rich people and he and his family and their political comrades have a long history of doing governmental favors for rich people often at the expense of not rich people who then suffer from things like contaminated drinking water, or headaches, nose bleeds, and other worrying maladies that result from fracking caused air pollution.

    The idea that a Bush v Clinton election in 2016 was even a possibility was mind-numbing, and I'm glad most others seem to feel the same.

    It's crazy to think that the diminishment of such a prospect is almost entirely due to Trump, so if Trump doesn't go the whole way, hopefully he's running interference for a non Bush/Clinton, so that we don't have such a mockery of our system come to pass.

    Sure he may have raised $100 million, but that is just because he knows a lot of rich people and he and his family and their political comrades have a long history of doing governmental favors for rich people

    I’m with the media on this one. Those two things make Jeb a major candidate even when nobody is currently planning to vote for him. The Bushes are now out to get Trump. That’s not nothing. The media, all of it, are now out to get Trump. That’s not nothing.

    Assuming this isn’t all theater, Trump is threat to the regnant elite. That means the NSA, CIA, FBI, and etc are also on team anti-Trump. That’s not nothing.

    Jeb and Trump are the only two Republican candidates. The thing is that there is only one Trump, and there are, whatever, ten Jebs.

  76. @Harry Baldwin
    Ben Carson is another low-energy candidate. I find his place in current polls alarming, but then it was alarming that Herman Cain led the polls for a while in 2012. Seems like a nice guy, but manifestly unqualified to run anything. Republicans have a craven need to show love to the Great Black Candidate.

    I share your puzzlement about the Carson phenomenon. He seems like a nice, intelligent fellow, but I see nothing in his background that suits him to be President of the U.S. I’ll even concede that he may be the world’s top pediatric neurosurgeon and may have headed that department at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, but I fail to see how that modest managerial experience equips one to run a massive bureaucracy like the U.S. government. What I find interesting is that the MSM have picked up on a common theme: that Trump, Carson and Fiorina have succeeded in recent polls because they are all non-politicians (leaving aside for the moment that Fiorina recently ran against Senator Barbara Boxer and got whipped), without distinguishing among them. Of the three, Trump clearly stands the tallest, by virtue of his business experience running successfully for the most part a pretty large business operation. Fiorina on paper seems to qualify because of her experience at running Hewlett-Packard, but then she was fired from the job because she was a lousy chief-executive and her successor did a first rate job righting the ship. Of the three, Carson is the least impressive on the basis of his resume and, thus far, on the basis of his performance on stage.

    BTW I remember people raving about his closing remarks at the Cleveland debate, which I admit I only half-listened to since each candidate was given only 30 seconds to comment. I went back and re-read his remarks and found nothing there to merit the rave reviews. And to think that people are forming judgments about an important office on the basis of 30-second soundbites. Incidentally, here is the transcript of Dr. Carson closing remarks:

    “BAIER: Now each candidate will make a closing statement. You’ll all have 30 seconds to make a closing statement for this debate. We’ll start with Ohio Governor John Kasich.
    * * *
    WALLACE: Dr. Carson, closing statement.

    CARSON: Well, I haven’t said anything about me being the only one to do anything, so let me try that.

    I’m the only one to separate siamese twins…

    (LAUGHTER)

    The — the only one to operate on babies while they were still in mother’s womb, the only one to take out half of a brain, although you would think, if you go to Washington, that someone had beat me to it.

    (LAUGHTER)

    But I — but I’m very hopeful that I’m not the only one who’s willing to pick up the baton of freedom, because freedom is not free, and we must fight for it every day. Every one of us must fight for it, because we’re fighting for our children and the next generation.

    (APPLAUSE)”

    As far as I am concerned, that amounted to a big fat nothing-burger. If that actually moved the polls, I have to shake my head in wonderment. It appears that both H.L. Mencken and my father were right in their judgments about the American people.

  77. @Hippopotamusdrome
    OT.


    More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
    ... 01/09/2015 ...
    Iceland's government is only obliged to take in 50 asylum seekers a year, according to a humanitarian quota
    ...
    More than 11,000 families in Iceland have offered to open their homes to Syrian refugees in a bid to raise the government’s cap of just 50 asylum seekers a year.
    ...
    They responded to a call by author Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir, who set up a Facebook group with an open letter to the country’s welfare minister,
    ...
    “They are our future spouses, best friends, the next soul mate, a drummer for our children’s band, the next colleague, Miss Iceland in 2022, the carpenter who finally finishes the bathroom, the cook in the cafeteria, a fireman and television host,” she wrote.
    ...
    Referring to the thousands of migrants who have drowned in desperate attempts to cross the Mediterranean, Ms Bjorgvinsdottir urged Iceland to “open the gates”.
    ...
    More than 11,000 people have so far joined the group, writing their own proposals in thousands of comments below.

    “I'm a single mother with a six-year-old son...we can take a child in need. I'm a teacher and would teach the child to speak, read and write Icelandic and adjust to Icelandic society. We have clothes, a bed, toys and everything a child needs,” wrote Hekla Stefansdottir, according to a translation by AFP.
    ...
    Meanwhile, the welfare minister, Ms Harðardóttir, told national broadcaster RUV that authorities were reading the Facebook offers and would consider increasing the number of refugees accepted under a quota.
    ...
    Iceland, which has a population of little over 330,000, welcomed 1,117 immigrants in 2014, according to government figures.

     

    “They are our future spouses, best friends, the next soul mate… the [hunky!] carpenter who finally finishes the bathroom… a fireman…”

    Hmm, according to red pill wisdom, women love to travel to have affairs that they don’t need to add to their “count”. This comely Icelandic lass is 33 and unmarried. I find myself wondering if a big part of women’s support for immigration is that they can find that tall, dark and unique [not from around here] guy… without the inconvenience of traveling? Food for thought.

  78. @5371
    So she's Lauren Lauren. Oh well, there was Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and Humbert Humbert - and two of the ancestors of the Sitwell siblings were called Sir Sitwell Sitwell.

    No ditto. The Bush name retains pride-of-place, so she goes by the name “Bush Lauren.” It’s too bad, because as a “Lauren Lauren” she would have made an excellent UN Secretary-General, but as a “Bush Lauren” she’ll have to settle for the Audubon Society…

  79. @Foseti
    Jeb is an iSteve parody of a republican candidate at this point.

    Also, my autocorrect turns "Jeb" into "Bev".

    “Also, my autocorrect turns “Jeb” into “Bev”.

    Hmm… Someone should suggest to Yeb that the tranny vote could help turn things for him.

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