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From the New York Times:

Michael Bloomberg Actively Prepares to Enter 2020 Presidential Race

Mr. Bloomberg is expected to file paperwork this week in at least one state with an early deadline, although an adviser said the former New York mayor had not made a final decision to run.

Nov. 7, 2019

The 77-year-old billionaire Wall Street and media tycoon (b. 1942) declared that the mounting anti-Baby Boomer fury has convinced him that it is time for America’s rightful ruling generation — those born in the early 1940s — to take power from the 1946-born arriviste Donald Trump.

 
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  1. Dan Hayes says:

    Steve,

    If Bloomberg wages a serious presidential run it will be interesting whether various underground stories of very serious sexual transgressions get airings?

    At this stage it is like you years ago proposing that rumors about Clinton would be investigate worthy.

    • Replies: @Paul Rise
    , @LondonBob
  2. SFG says:

    Trump’s luck.

    All he’s going to do is pull suburban upper middle class voters off the Dems and throw the election to Trump.

    Not that I’m complaining… 😉

    • Replies: @Carol
  3. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:

    He doesn’t like Trump, but presumably he also doesn’t like Warren and Sanders’s wealth tax proposals. So he may also be motivated to be a spoiler if Warren or Sanders is the nominee and ensure that Trump wins and that there’s no wealth tax.

    Bill Gates drew a lot of flack the other day for suggesting that he may prefer Trump over Warren because of the wealth tax.

    “Bill Gates says he’d consider Trump in 2020, if he faced Elizabeth Warren”

    https://mynorthwest.com/1588432/bill-gates-warren-trump/

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Anon
  4. Hail says: • Website

    OT but still on US politics gossip:

    Any comment on the “whistleblower,” now that his identity has been revealed?

    Reported relatively widely since circa Oct. 30; now the Washington Examiner has finally published the name. As of evening Nov. 7, Tucker Carlson and guests all imply they know the name but Fox will not let them say it.

    The “whistleblower” is CIA officer Eric Ciaramella. Born Feb. 1986, Connecticut; elite, ‘prep’ high school ’04; Yale ’08 [Russian & East European Studies]; and Harvard MA.

  5. Bugg says:

    In a MeToo world, his less than happy if well reimbursed departure from Salomon Brothers could use some revisiting. Derb may have some insight. My understanding from a since deceased SB director who was our neighbor and friend and also a big supporter of Bloomberg’s mayoral campaigns was there was some serious Napoleon complex stuff going on. Bloomberg was fond of bragging how he fvcked this one and that one quite out loud to anyone and everyone in earshot. As talented a guy as he is, it was beyond simple bragging, closer to Jordan Belfort stuff. You don’t get rid of him unless it gets that stupid. But he’s blessed with owning a media company, and bullying reporters was a regular feature of his mayoralty. Perhaps it continues to not be discussed.

    Perhaps more importantly how do you sell a billionaire media magnate to the woke Coalition of the Fringes. It’s a bad fit. His mayoralty in it’s most successful points was mostly a carryover of Giuliani. His own ideas were nanny state nonsense; wars on Big Gulps and salt.

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    , @JMcG
  6. Bloomberg could be dangerous. He points at Trump and screams, “DIE BOOMER!” Tens of millions of X-ers, Millennials, and Zoomers vote for him, chanting, ” The Pillow is coming, The Pillow is coming”.

    • Replies: @Kronos
    , @Lot
  7. Barnard says:

    I can’t think of a better way for Bloomberg to waste his money. I’m sure the blood sucking leeches are already lining up to consult for him.

  8. @Hail

    Ole Raldo is jelly? The War of the Eyetalian Stallions is on, baby!

    • Replies: @Hail
  9. Lot says:

    Bloomberg is technically Jewish but he really has just about the most generic “rich white guy” look you can think of.

    Is there anyone who looks like that not worth at least $5 million?

    This Mr. Bean look requires a net worth of $20 million to pull off:

    A young Bloomberg at his Eagle Scout ceremony. Why is there a cross covered with electric candles?

    Sam Walton shows us the Southern version of the look:

  10. Corvinus says:

    “Any comment on the “whistleblower,” now that his identity has been revealed?”

    You mean the alleged identity of the whistleblower.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  11. @Lot

    Only you would think Bloomberg doesn’t look Jewish! Anyway, I agree that a country which isn’t ruled by Jewish Billionaires just isn’t worth living in.

    • LOL: bomag
    • Replies: @Hhsiii
  12. Lot says:
    @Hail

    Trump’s luck: Dems pick a “scandal” involving Trump wanting to investigate the obvious corruption of Biden’s drug addicted son taking millions of dollars from a foreign company while he was VP.

    Way to screw their strongest candidate.

    The GOP lost badly in 1998 when they did this to Clinton. And it also reminds me of how the Scott Walker recall backfired.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  13. J.Ross says:

    Conspiracy theory (but it all but sure to be true, and actually is true in the case of Biden):
    All these tax-stealing pedophile grifters are going to run because they are so corrupt and half-too-clever and twisted, they not only think that this exempts them from investigation and indictment, they can’t see how this could be less effective with everybody doing it at once. So the campaigns aren’t campaigns, they’re a political alibi for deep swamp crime. You can’t investigate me because I’m your opponent. This isn’t true, and doesn’t really apply in most cases: Biden was not Trump’s opponent at the time of the infamous Ukrainian phone call.
    Prediction based on above: Hillary will run again.
    And as for Enemy of the Constitution Michael Bloomberg? Well, it ain’t ever going to be him, now, is it? If I created Enemy of the Constitution Michael Bloomberg as a fictional character I am certain it would be rejected as for dozen different reasons, none of which would imply anybody ever voting for him to be president. What a totally unlikeable little cartoon.

  14. Kronos says:
    @Redneck farmer

    I doubt it, it’s like electing a Mason to lead the Anti-Masonic Party.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Masonic_Party

    Bloomberg is a 1942 War Baby. Also, he has too much of a financial background. (Trump’s Billionaire advantage was that his wealth wasn’t directly from Wall Street but tangible asset cultivation.) Bloomberg would be a weaker Mitt Romney with a anti-Wall Street faction roasting this left flank. He’s too old, too white, too Boomerish.

  15. Paul Rise says:
    @Dan Hayes

    Back in the day Bloomberg was the obvious subject of many Page Six blinds …

  16. For the Blue-squad or the Red-squad of The Party? You never said, Steve, and you know I won’t click on any NY Times links. Last time he tried this, it was as an R, wasn’t it? Most even low-info. R-voters will remember this guy’s “grassroots” organizations spending 10’s of millions of bucks for gun control. That’s not to mention the lower-grade Statist stupidity like his big-cups-of-coke ban.

    Who does he think he is?

  17. @Lot

    Lots of guys worth 5 bucks can look like this. They usually just don’t know to shop at the Goodwill stores in the right neighborhoods.

    • Replies: @bomag
  18. J.Ross says:
    @Anonymous

    The black podium ladies allowed millionaire socialist Bernie Sanders to say (as an illustration, not as a serious proposal — although, with that guy, who knows) that he honestly thinks he can “solve” homelessness given enough tax revenue, with the notional taxation illustrated as taking one hundred billion dollars from Bill Gates. I will try to list everything wrong with this, to check my own reading comprehension and not because I expect that anyone here needs this explained:
    1) David Cay Johnson demonstrates in Perfectly Legal how you really can’t tax super-rich people because they can afford a dedicated team of lawyers to non-criminally exempt them from any tax you can levy. His book is right up Sanders’ alley but Sanders doesn’t seem to have read it or to be aware of massively relevant issues like legal tax avoidance. JFK and Reagan proved roughly the same idea, winning more tax revenue after lowering tax rates.
    2) Bill Gates actually has less money than Sanders talked about taking. This is an idea so financially stupid that Bill Gates can’t afford it. That’s really quite astonishing.
    3) The homeless aren’t solvable as a one-time purchase for many reasons, notably mental illness and population fluctuation.
    4) There are economic, regulatory, and structural bases for poverty (and some homelessness), which could be solved through policy, potentially costing no money. Sanders is talking about doing nothing in the way of prevention but piling astronomical sums of money for clean-up. It becomes very hard now to not picture him as Scrooge McDuck piling masses of physical money for swimming purposes.
    5) The black podium ladies were wrong on principle to let Sanders speak.

  19. anon[334] • Disclaimer says:

    If Hillary runs, she would be 72 years old. At some point, this starts to discredit the electoral process in the eyes of younger people — i.e., under the age of 50.

    • Replies: @SFG
    , @Kronos
  20. Glaivester says: • Website
    @Lot

    In the “Mr. Bean” picture he looks like Teller of Penn & Teller.

    • Agree: Lot
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  21. Anonymous[208] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    He looks Jewish. A lot of Jewish men have similar mouths.

    • Replies: @Lot
    , @Reg Cæsar
  22. Lot says:
    @Redneck farmer

    Excellent new meme. I see references from 6 months ago, but hasn’t quite broken through. Best treatment so far:

    https://www.takimag.com/article/the-day-of-the-pillow/

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    , @Gabe Ruth
  23. Lot says:
    @Anonymous

    If you know someone’s ethnicity in advance you can always find some confirmation of it in a photo.

    But MB just looks really generic in old age, unlike the 1950s photo that’s obviously a bunch of AJs.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
  24. Hail says: • Website
    @Reality Cheque

    He looks too wimpy to be called a Stallion of any sort:

    (pic of bespectacled CIA agent Eric Ciaramella with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer)

    • Replies: @Moses
    , @Bugg
    , @J.Ross
    , @LondonBob
  25. anon[315] • Disclaimer says:

    Dear voters:

    Don’t trust anyone under 70!

    Signed, Generation 1968

  26. Anonymous[356] • Disclaimer says:
    @Glaivester

    Teller is also Jewish, in his 70s, and at 5’8″ tall, the same height as Bloomberg. It’s not unusual for them to look alike.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  27. Carol says:
    @SFG

    I think he’s going to file for the Democrat primaries.

    • Replies: @SFG
    , @anonymous
  28. Jack D says:
    @Lot

    Maybe it’s a menorah?

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  29. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross

    JFK and Reagan proved roughly the same idea, winning more tax revenue after lowering tax rates.

    You’re conflating income taxes with wealth taxes.

    JFK and Reagan lowered marginal income tax rates. Sanders and Warren are proposing wealth taxes.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @Anonymous
  30. SFG says:
    @Carol

    Rats. You’re right.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  31. Tony says:

    How long before Trump refers to him as the pencil neck whistleblower.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Harry Baldwin
  32. Jack D says:

    In other news, JFK’s CGI avatar announced today that it had closed a deal to run for the Democrat nomination. No longer will voters be confined to having to vote for living people. Since modern voters prefer their Presidents a little bit older but not too old, JFK’s avatar will be digitally aged to present as 56 years old.

    The avatar will exist only from the waist up, so there will be no #Metoo problem with CGI JFK screwing every hooker, secretary and intern in Washington like the meatspace JFK did.

    • LOL: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @anon
  33. Anonymous[381] • Disclaimer says:

    Bloomsperger is another high IQ guy with questionable social skills and zero charisma like Zuck and Gates etc.

    I listened to Trump’s latest roadshow event (hadn’t listened to his arena stuff since the election) and Trump has gotten better at speechifying. He is sharp as a knife and the knife is bloody. Very good energy and very effective overall. Blistering rhetoric that the news cycle ignores. This guy is now an expert flame thrower. He’s on another level now compared to his green political skills in the last election cycle.

    If Bloomberg had been listening to Trump’s live events he wouldn’t be entering the race.

    Trump’s impeachment has solved Trump’s problem of betrayal on immigration. His base loves him. He will overperform again. The daily news cycle is a radical distortion of Trump’s persona. The reality is he is pumped up and slashing & burning the opposition. It’s a withering assault. Free use of words like “treason” “communists” etc. The campaign will be one long charismatic acid attack.

  34. Jack D says:
    @SFG

    Future history book, translated from the original Mandarin,

    “From 2016 to its final dissolution in 2092 under President Kardashian, the United States was ruled by a succession of billionaires.”

    • Replies: @SaneClownPosse
  35. Moses says:
    @Lot

    Bloomberg is technically Jewish but he really has just about the most generic “rich white guy” look you can think of.

    Lol. Like saying “My wife is technically pregnant but…”

  36. Moses says:
    @Hail

    Oy, the glasses! That face!

    Physiognamy is real.

    Ciaramella has “insufferable, lying Baizuo” written all over him.

    • Agree: Kevin O'Keeffe
  37. Hail says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    Trump’s impeachment has solved Trump’s problem of betrayal on immigration. His base loves him.

    “All the day-to-day polemics seem so inconsequential in the face of the demographic trends.” — Guillaume Durocher

  38. Bugg says:
    @Hail

    These photos are apparently of one of George Soros’s sons, not the whistleblower.

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @Dr. X
  39. Hail says: • Website
    @Moses

    Physiognamy is real.

    As is, apparently, the Shakespeare convention of naming characters after what they are.

    His name starts with C-I-A.

    Ciaramella

    I mean, geez.

    • LOL: ben tillman
  40. SFG says:
    @Anonymous

    Aspergers don’t get that high in business usually–Zuck and Gates got in on the ground floor by developing or stealing the product.

    I do agree he will not do well against Trump.

  41. J.Ross says:
    @Hail

    That’s scion of evil Alex Soros. CIA election interferer Eric Ciamarella has a narrower face.

  42. J.Ross says:
    @Anonymous

    The same problem applies. Lawyers, and for that matter legislatures, exist to make life easier for the super-rich. They are capable of doing other things but not of betraying that function.

  43. @Bugg


    My understanding from a since deceased SB director who was our neighbor and friend and also a big supporter of Bloomberg’s mayoral campaigns was there was some serious Napoleon complex stuff going on.

    At the old Sali of the 70’s and 80’s, every MD/partner level bond trader and salesman had a Napoleon complex, even the tall guys.

  44. anon[315] • Disclaimer says:
    @Tony

    How long before Trump refers to him as the pencil neck whistleblower.

    Pretty sure that’s Boottygig’s nick.

  45. anon[315] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    In other news, JFK’s CGI avatar announced today that it had closed a deal to run for the Democrat nomination. No longer will voters be confined to having to vote for living people

    Dead people, especially Chicagoans, helped put him in office the first time, it’s only right he should strive to represent them once again.

  46. Hail says: • Website
    @Bugg

    Thanks.

    It looks like this is Ciaramella (CIA-Ramella):

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    , @Reg Cæsar
  47. Kronos says:
    @anon

    Oh we’ve been disillusioned about that since forever.

  48. Tony says:

    I laud Bloomberg for his not backing down on the stop and frisk policy.

  49. @Tony

    Rush’s name for him is Pajama Boy whistleblower.

    Hannity calls Biden Quid Pro Quo Joe. I think Trump out to pick up on that, it’s better than Sleepy Joe, or whatever he’s been calling him.

  50. 77 years old? Isn’t he about ready to die?

    Catherine Deneuve just had an ” ischemic stroke, which occurs when an artery to the brain is blocked” at 76 y/o.

  51. @Anonymous

    Betrayal on Immigration and ending foreign wars.
    But he’s batting a thousand for Zio-land.

  52. @Corvinus

    No, he means the identity of the so-called “whistleblower”.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  53. @Jack D

    USA has always has been ruled by wealthy, inter-related families.
    The ballot is always a choice between two members of those families.
    Win-Win for those families.

  54. @Hail

    Backpfeifengesicht!

    • Replies: @Hail
  55. It’s worth remembering how Bloomberg was elected mayor in the first place. He was elected in 2001. In fact the primary that year was originally scheduled for September 11. The position was open because Rudy Giuliani was term-limited out. Because of September 11, it was suggested that the term-limit law be waived so Rudy could serve a third term, but Bloomberg was having none of it. Fast forward eight years, and Bloomberg got the term-limit law repealed so he himself could have a third term! The Yiddish word for this is Chutzpah.

    As for that original 2001 election, two of the also-rans were non-politicians with familiar names: Kenny Kramer and Bernie Goetz.

  56. Hail says: • Website
    @ben tillman

    Backpfeifengesicht!

    German compound word for a “in need of a slap in the face”

    How about just an old-fashioned treason conviction?

  57. @Hail

    Eric Ciaramella = I recall America…

    • Replies: @El Dato
  58. @Hail

    Looks like an Italian Edward Snowden.

  59. @Anonymous

    The second one’s an impAuster. He turned in his Jewish card the moment he took Bob Dylan seriously.

  60. @Moses

    Yes, and if I may try the sort of wordplay that R.Caesar uses skillfully, then Eric Ciaramella yields “ace liar claimer”

    • Agree: Hail
    • LOL: Chrisnonymous
  61. Speaking of Bloomberg. Here’s the low-down on Calif housing:

    How California Became America’s Housing Market Nightmare

    https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2019-california-housing-crisis/

    Text string: “immi” Results: 0

  62. gman says:

    @steve sailer: what are your overall thoughts on the Dem 2020 field? Who do you think is over/under-rated? who do you think has the best shot of winning?

    • Replies: @Hail
  63. dvorak says:

    The representative of the Silent Generation is mum about his decision to enter the race.

  64. @Anonymous

    Teller is also Jewish, in his 70s, and at 5’8″ tall, the same height as Bloomberg. It’s not unusual for them to look alike.

    Teller is half-Jewish, his mother a Delaware Derrickson, probably related to the director Scott. Those of us weaned on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In said, upon first seeing Penn & Teller, “That’s Henry Gibson!”

    A casting director agreed. Teller played the son of the boyish, goyish Gibson in the 1987 TV movie Long Gone.

  65. LondonBob says:
    @Dan Hayes

    Anti-semitic trope to suggest Bloomberg was involved in any deviant sexual activity.

    https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/jewish-labour-movement-lambasts-chris-williamsons-racist-resignation-letter/

    The organised Jewish community has been very active with their use of ‘anti-semitic trope’ so far in the British general election and I look forward to Corbyn generating many more.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  66. LondonBob says:
    @Hail

    Is Ciaramella homosexual?

    • Replies: @ChrisZ
    , @SteveRogers42
  67. @Lot

    Goad is even more underrated than Steve in terms of writing abilities and common sense essays.

  68. El Dato says:
    @LondonBob

    The group added that the “racist resignation letter employs the antisemitic trope that the Israeli government is meddling in British politics to manufacture antisemitism through the Jewish Labour Movement.”

    Ahahaha.

    “To link us, the group that lobbied for the IHRA definition of antisemitism to be adopted in full, to far-right groups is yet more conspiratorial crankery,” JLM added.

    Jews should be forced to be accompanied by a helper animal at all times, so that it can signals when they are making obvious fools of themselves.

  69. Bloomberg would be a media darling because all the money would circulate through the MSM-Political Consultancy Axis of Evil. Trump didn’t do that, and that’s the real reason they have been gunning for him since he took the escalator down.

  70. ChrisZ says:
    @LondonBob

    He went to Yale, so the odds are good.

    • LOL: Jim Don Bob
  71. JMcG says:
    @Bugg

    He’s a major force in the taking guns from white guys movement.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  72. George says:
    @Lot

    ‘most generic “rich white guy” look you can think of.’

    Most “rich white guy” are Jewish so that is what a generic “rich white guy” would look like.

  73. @Jack D

    Indeed, it may have been the result of an attempt to convert an existing cross into a menorah for young Michael’s ceremony. Christian symbols were more prevalent in such situations before the interesting times in which we live, and so were kind people who at least tried to be nice to others.

    IDK. It’s just a thought. On the other hand, maybe it was an electric KKK cross, ready to be lit up.

    • Replies: @William Badwhite
  74. That is a good picture of Bloomberg posing with his Bloomberg terminals. In a way, he was a Levi Strauss of his era: Making his fortune by selling goods to other fortune seekers.

    Strauss of course is famous for his role in creating an American icon, blue jeans, from his business of selling needed items in San Francisco during the gold rush. Selling goods and services to others who are seeking fortunes is what a wise man does in a fortune-seeking environment.

    Re Bloomberg, at this point he is becoming a joke as a guy who always comes around and threatens to run for president and never seriously does. If elected, would he and a Democrat Congress outlaw Big Gulps across America? A different Democrat might just regulate cupholders to make them all big enough to fit a Big Gulp in them. Same Leftist philosophy expressed with the opposite results. Hey, it’s almost as if Leftist thinkers are all about imposing their own preferences on everybody else!

    • Agree: Abe
    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  75. Corvinus says:
    @ben tillman

    “No, he means the identity of the so-called “whistleblower”.”

    No. The alleged identity of a whistleblower, and is being protected as according to the law, by which Trump and others are seeking ways to skirt it by calling for the name to be revealed.

    You’re just not that bright.

    • Replies: @bomag
  76. BTW, whatever else can be said about him, Michael Bloomberg has a heart. I just remembered someone I used to know who worked for him. He saved her leg so that she could walk again:

    One day somebody drove over her leg at a corner in the city. Her leg was crushed and caught up in the wheel well of the car, mangled and broken in many places. Horrible. The prognosis was that she would never walk again, and that she might even lose that leg altogether.

    The only possibility of saving her leg and her ability to walk was a long series of special surgeries that her insurance would not cover. She could not afford to save her leg, and she would be crippled for the rest of her life.

    Well, guess who stepped up and paid for all that: her boss, Mike Bloomberg.

    She recounted to me how he just went and paid for her series of very special surgeries, over a period of many, many months by very special doctors. If Bloomberg had not done what he did for her, she would not have been able to walk normally into my office, and may not have had two legs at all. (Future lawsuits or not, there was no time for that.) He saved her leg, out of his own, large-but-generous pocket.

    I don’t like him politically, but that story sticks with me. He is a decent man.

  77. Dr. X says:
    @Bugg

    Whoever he is, he looks gay as hell…

  78. Gabe Ruth says:
    @Lot

    Funny that Mr. Goad got so worked up about that. I actually mostly agree with the column, but most boomer criticism from intelligent frogs is focused on continuing boomer support for Conservatism Inc. rather than alleged generational guilt.

  79. @Buzz Mohawk

    He is a decent man.

    Maybe, but then there is this.

    In the most explosive allegation, a former sales executive, Sekiko Sekai Garrison, claimed that less attractive women were ridiculed and new mothers had their sales territories and pay slashed. She claimed that when she told Mr. Bloomberg she was pregnant, he expressed unhappiness with the number of pregnant women on his staff and suggested she get an abortion. Mr. Bloomberg strongly denied the allegations and settled the case for an undisclosed sum.

    (Maybe it’s not true.)

    https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/08/bloomberg-on-bloomberg-and-women/

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  80. CCZ says:

    The chutzpah and narcissism of the Jewish billionaire, from Politico:

    “He’s tired of being the almost-ran,” said one former Bloomberg adviser on Thursday after The New York Post reported news of his moves. “Mortality is weighing heavily on him. This is the last time that he can run.”

    https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/07/bloomberg-preparing-to-file-for-alabama-presidential-primary-000322#superComments

  81. @J.Ross

    I strongly agree with your two main points. These Democratic candidates think they are buying themselves some sort of immunity from prosecution by simply being Trump’s “political opponent” for the foreseeable future. Don’t think it will work, and I’m becoming more convinced that the pedophile arrests are coming very soon. Second, I think Hillary is absolutely running.

  82. I can’t remember if I have completely made this up in my mind, but around the time when that book came out about high-frequency trading, weren’t there whispers that Bloomberg terminals were the original HFT scam? I recall reading, and maybe it was on this site, that the terminals that Bloomberg developed and leased for such exorbitant sums was not simply providing information but actually front running trades.

    Again, this could be one of the many conspiracy theories I’ve generated in my own head.

  83. I have the perfect solution to aging Boomers in the White House.

    Jimmy Carter.

    And yes, under the Constitution he is eligible to serve one more term, or until his death, whichever comes first.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  84. @Buzz Mohawk

    The Boy Scouts do not require Scouts or Scoutmasters to be Christian, it requires them to have duty to “God and Country”. There are and have been plenty of Jewish Boy Scouts, also my son’s troop had an Indian (Hindu) kid and his father was an ass’t Scoutmaster.

    DUTY TO GOD AND COUNTRY: Your family and religious leaders teach you to know and serve God. By following these teachings, you do your duty to God.

    http://www.usscouts.org/advance/boyscout/bsoathlaw.asp

  85. @Paleo Liberal

    Jimmy Carter.

    And yes, under the Constitution he is eligible to serve one more term, or until his death, whichever comes first.

    Would it be a conflict of interest for the Carter Center to monitor this election?

  86. @William Badwhite

    My wife’s grandfather was a rabbi and a scoutmaster.

  87. @William Badwhite

    Understood.

    I have my father’s Boy Scout Handbook from the 1930s. I found it in a US Navy sea chest with other cherished items after he died.

    My best friend in life, whom I have known since seventh grade, is an Eagle Scout. Many of our greatest Americans from the 20th century have been.

  88. nymom says:

    Well as a native New Yorker and a person who lived here when Bloomberg was Mayor I will say: “He wasn’t our worse Mayor”…

    For the most part, Bloomberg focused on a lot of public stunts but didn’t really do anything major like:

    Decide to close Riker’s Island and release 900 prisoners by year end.

    Try to force Asian kids out of the science schools by invalidating the testing system so more Black and Hispanic kids could get in.

    Force all middle schools to drop their admission requirements and set aside a certain number of seats for out of districts kids, who will probably wind up driving all the neighborhood kids out; thus, ultimately destroying the school itself.

    Force the TLC to stop issuing TLC licenses so Uber could be gradually destroyed by denying them adequate number of drivers.

    Build numerous bike lanes no one uses leading to increased congestion and then blaming Uber drivers for it.

    Continues his attacks on our police force leading to fewer arrests and more criminals roaming the streets.

    Again, as I said: Bloomberg wasn’t our worse Mayor.

    So let’s see what happens.

  89. nebulafox says:
    @Lot

    The Donald has been truly blessed by the quality of his enemies, starting from Day 1 in the Republican primaries. And the general lack of connection to reality and ideological bankruptcy within the DNC seems very reminiscent of where the RNC was in 2012…

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  90. peterike says:
    @Anonymous

    The reality is he is pumped up and slashing & burning the opposition. It’s a withering assault.

    If you give a withering assault and 90% of the population never hears it due to media blackouts, is it really a withering assault?

  91. Anon[262] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Bloomberg has a good chance of getting the Democratic nomination. The superdelegates and the Deep State media will stampede in his direction if he indicates he’s pro-deep state and pro-immigration. Rich Democratic donors are terrified of being taxed to death, and he’ll get the rich Jews donating to him because he’s a member of the tribe. However, although I think he’d get the nomination (with enough skullduggery in the background), I don’t think he’ll pull in the votes of the radical left unless he makes them a lot of promises he’s not going to keep. Except for being pro-immigration, I doubt Bloomberg’s policies are very different from Trump’s.

    • Replies: @Afi K. James
  92. anonymous[222] • Disclaimer says:
    @Carol

    so was Bloomberg behind — or among those behind — Ukraine-gate with its side-effect of tarnishing Biden, that is, clearing the field of the candidates putatively most likely to beat Trump?

    perhaps that’s what lot was implying in #14.

  93. @Harry Baldwin

    Well, the woman I knew was attractive, so maybe Michael noticed that. Men are human, after all. From an HBD perspective, to this simple-minded layman, it makes sense.

    I was very, very impressed by what she told me, and I was very, very happy for her. This kind of stuff is real, physical life, not the abstract crap all of us supposedly smart people spend so much time arguing about.

    Maybe Mike would have done the same if she had not been attractive. Let us consider that possibility. The simple fact is, he did not have to do what he did at all, but he did it.

    I will always give much more credence to personal stories from real people who tell them directly to me than to anything at all that gets published in print.

  94. Anonymous[376] • Disclaimer says:

    “OK Bloomberg” is a long-standing white supremacists dog whistle, I’ve heard

  95. @JMcG

    But black guys, too! (Stop, Question, and Frisk.)

  96. I hope he gets elected. I need help with sugary drinks.

  97. @nebulafox

    The Republican opponents Donald faced in the primaries were considered highly qualified, electable candidates by the GOPe. Certainly they were of the same caliber as the GOP has been running for the past 30 years.

    • Replies: @Redman
  98. @LondonBob

    If not, it wouldn’t take much of a prison term…

  99. @William Badwhite

    Since there are no more “Boy” Scouts, it’s kind of a moot point.

  100. @J.Ross

    David Cay Johnson demonstrates in Perfectly Legal how you really can’t tax super-rich people because they can afford a dedicated team of lawyers to non-criminally exempt them from any tax you can levy.

    Actually, I think a progressive consumption tax would do the trick.

  101. Hail says: • Website
    @gman

    Steve says he doesn’t make predictions, so his readers have to engage in some ‘Sailerology’ to guess what he might be predicting (comment-166).

    Analysis of iSteve post titles for Jan. to Sept. 2019 — by way of reasoning that attention usually indicates taking a candidate seriously and thus an implied prediction, given a large sample size — suggests that for a while Sailer thought Harris might be on track to have it (presumably he hasn’t thought this since about September at latest); otherwise he thinks Biden is most likely, with Warren second. He doesn’t give Sanders much of a shot, and has never indulged in Yangism.

    Total of above: 40 posts, with Harris at 30%, Biden at 25%, Warren at 17.5%, Booker at 12.5%, Sanders at 5%, Beto at 5% [in post titles, Jan. to Sept. 2019].

    [MORE]

    The RCP [RealClearPolitics] rolling average today [Sept. 28] has Biden at 28%, Warren at 21%, Sanders at 17%, Buttigieg at 5.5%, Harris at 5.0%, Yang at 3.3%, Beto at 2.5%, and Booker, Klobuchar, Castro, Tulsi, Bennet, and Steyer at between 0.8% and 1.8% each.

    –> This method of Sailerology finds Sailer posts track the Biden and Warren polling averages very well, but far overpredict Harris and Booker and far underpredict Sanders.

    As of this writing, the RCP rolling average is Biden 28%, Warren 21%, Sanders 18%, Buttigeg 7%, Harris at 5%; all exactly within the range they were in as of late September.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  102. Redman says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Totally agree. Although overrated (as are most people who actually run for office), the GOP group assembled in 2016 was considered high quality at the time.

    Chris Christie was begged to run against Romney back in 2012 but probably considered it a fools errand to run against Obama. Christie, Cruz, Rubio and Bush all came into the race with support, name recognition and decent track records.

  103. @Buzz Mohawk

    ” Hey, it’s almost as if Leftist thinkers are all about imposing their own preferences on everybody else!”

    In Chicago, we have to carry our own shopping bags in order to avoid paying .07 dollars for what used to be free bags, courtesy of the cosmopolitan Mayor Rahm Emmanual listening to some college girl.

    What got me though was while shopping at Wal-Mart, I saw a Black woman just grabbing some shopping bags. I asked are those free here? She said: “I’m not charged because I’m using a LINK (EBT) card.” S0 we get to pay for Black people’s free shopping bags while we are trying to save the environment by dragging around extra weight.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  104. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Taxing wealth or income is a bad idea. What should be taxed is consumption, and Veblen goods should be taxed even more.

    • Replies: @bomag
  105. Hhsiii says:
    @Mr McKenna

    Not especially. The thin lips etc. look at him as a scout. Older he looks like an aged Buster Keaton.

    My old Jewish boss used to say Jews look like lots of tings because a Jewish man fucks anything. He was Sephardic and looked Italian or Spanish in a Chico Marx way. And yeah I know he was Jewish.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  106. Another disgusting pos candidate and a globalist to the exact like the rest.

  107. @Anon

    maybe worse than trump, trump will destroy this loser.

  108. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    My old Jewish boss used to say Jews look like lots of tings because a Jewish man fucks anything. He was Sephardic and looked Italian or Spanish in a Chico Marx way. And yeah I know he was Jewish.

    One thing I used to like about regular Jews instead of the really big tikkun olam social justice cunts, is that for all their faults, they were honest. Howard Stern and Al Goldstein were the most outrageous form of this.

  109. Hibernian says:
    @Hhsiii

    Patrilineal descent has only recently been recognized in the Jewish community and is still not universally accepted.

  110. anon[235] • Disclaimer says:

    Michael Bloomberg Announces He Will Spend $159 Million Out of His Own Pocket to Digitally de-Age His White House Bid

    When will James Dean join Bloomberg’s campaign staff?

  111. EdwardM says:
    @J.Ross

    Not sure I agree. I don’t think these grifters feel the need for an “alibi” — because of their hubris. Hubris is the only explanation (other than astronominal stupidity, which I suppose we can’t rule out) for Biden’s statement about getting the Ukranian prosecutor fired.

    Though I do agree about Hillary. She may well plan to ride to the rescue on her white scooter.

  112. @Hail

    A lot of my candidates’ posts are just driven by who said something funny, crossed with how important they are. Castro is pretty reliable for funny, but he’s stuck at the bottom. Lately Warren has stepped up the funny.

  113. @Buzz Mohawk

    Bloomberg’s success at driving down the crime rate to 1940s levels was astonishing.

  114. bomag says:
    @Anonymous

    But income taxes are probably the most successful way to fill the gov. coffers (if one likes the notion of filling gov. coffers).

  115. bomag says:
    @Corvinus

    He’s not a whistleblower: he’s not informing on intra-departmental matters, and, so far, there’s no evidence that what he reported on involved wrong doing.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  116. Tulip says:

    The Bloomberg! American hasn’t seen this much hot air since the Hindenberg. . .

  117. bomag says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Agree, and maybe this is another Black/White divide thing: Black guys are able to affect a pose far above their SES compared to White guys.

  118. J.Ross says:
    @Joe Stalin

    I have a lot of little anecdotes about living in Russia and the Soyuz, and one of them is everybody retaining plastic grocery bags (which, if you don’t pierce them, do after all last forever), after all they infintely collapse and fit in any pocket, but to be clear it’s not like we’re turning into the Soyuz, I mean this was for the environment (wait a minute, isn’t the reason Asian carp are penetrating the Great Lakes because Chicago is telling Michigan to go to environmental hell?), or, anyway, for an environment.

  119. Corvinus says:
    @bomag

    “He’s not a whistleblower”

    Actually, he is.

    “he’s not informing on intra-departmental matters”

    Actually, he is.

    “there’s no evidence that what he reported on involved wrong doing.”

    Testimony from several people directly involved say otherwise. John Bolton has alluded that he has additional evidence.

    Do you enjoy being deliberately obtuse?

    • Replies: @bomag
    , @R.G. Camara
  120. bomag says:
    @Corvinus

    Your usual non-answer.

    My understanding is that Trump asked for an investigation of Biden’s role in Ukraine. Doesn’t seem like much of a crime, except of the unwritten rule that one should not look too closely at Democrats.

    Now there are claims that Trump made an investigation contingent upon some foreign aid, but the timeline and other evidence doesn’t line up with this.

    Political theater.

    Let me know if there is anything else here worth considering.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  121. @Corvinus

    lol. Wrong again on all counts, little Brock bot! I mean, my goodness, its amazing how dumb you really are.

  122. Bloomberg knows full well that not only is he unelectable, but that if he were to win the Democratic nomination it would be the one thing that might well rescue the NRA from its own ineptitude and give the GOP a chance of holding on to the Senate. He’s an egotistical, self centered, arrogant old man, but my guess is that if he’s pouring major money into this there is something or someone else involved. And when odd things happen in Democratic politics, one always has to look at the Clintons and figure out what their angle might be in this.

    Whatever else he is, he is not stupid. There’s an angle here-it’s either a deep seated grudge on his part, or a genuine fear that if he doesn’t derail things something bad will happen to someone. And I really don’t think it’s (largely) because he thinks Pokey will implement her progressive agenda and cost him a lot of money. There is some kind of deal here with someone.

  123. Corvinus says:
    @bomag

    “Your usual non-answer.”

    No, you just relish in ignoring the truth.

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