Leavenworth St. Safe Zone

In anticipation of tonight’s GOP Debate in Milwaukee (and you gotta think Scott Walker had been anticipating that hometown crowd), here is former Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman on FOX Business with the debate preview!

You can tell Governor Dave was champing at the bit to get in a last word after the Democrat talking head’s slander.

Ah well. Maybe…just maybe…Governor Heineman will be on ANOTHER media outlet tomorrow morning…that you can listen to…on this website…


The campaign never sleeps

The NRCC has a new ad out as part of their campaign against Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford. See it here:

And here’s the script…

ANNOUNCER: Across America, some cities are safe havens for illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes.

Crimes such as burglary.

Aggravated assault. Rape. Even murder.

In Congress, Brad Ashford could have made these cities enforce immigration laws.

Instead, Ashford voted with Barack Obama, providing sanctuary to thousands of hardened criminal illegal immigrants.

Brad Ashford failed.

And our families are at risk.

Wait, so Brad Ashford doesn’t vote just like a Republican?
But aren’t his FRIENDS all Republicans?…


Democrats for Democrat

As it turns out, there is a reason Democrat Brad Ashford’s first name is “Democrat”. Because that is way he fits in with all of his pals.

See the list of said pals, here:

Ashford funder poster 01

As you can see, Ashford is hosting a funder with special guest, Jim Messina.

Who’s that?

Just the former Obama White House Deputy Chief of Staff to Rahm Emmanuel, and Obama’s 2012 campaign manager. That guy.

The guy credited with being “integral” to passing the ObamaCare…with zero GOP votes.

And, along with all the Democrats in town, THAT is who is buttering Brad Ashford’s bread.


Also, notice all the sidwalk chalk art

Just a few thoughts on the Yale and University of Missouri videos and themes that are being passed around of late — and in this morning’s update.

Many are positing the downfall of civilization with those issues and the students who are living that dream.

Yes, DREAM. As in…campus life has almost nothing to do with post-college reality.

It is not a bad thing to have the discussion and debate and philosophizing that occurs on college campuses. The problem is that students there think they are on a different planet while on a campus, and forget how the real world actually works.

Not that this is anything new. I encountered that student, who screamed at the Yale faculty guy, dozens of times in my undergraduate days. They have always been, and will always be, around.

Except now, everyone has a movie camera in their pockets, so instead of the students just walking away and forgetting about her tirade (as everyone there did), she is forever memorialized on social media.

(Just to realize the type of Yale student that was taking part in that bull-session on the Quad, note that they were all — for real — snapping their fingers of approval during the discussion. Bluto Blutarsky would have smashed their guitars.)

I have also encountered the kooky professors, like the one at Mizzou, who no one can believe is allowed to teach at a college. Students there no doubt shrug at her existence among them. People on the outside though see her and are astounded. As rightly they should be — considering who pays her.

While both situations could be swept away and ignored, it is at least valuable for the average observers to understand what is considered “normal” on college campuses.

And it is also worthwhile for the college campus residents to hopefully realize that the bubble they are living in is NOT normal.
And only lasts for 4 (or possibly 5) short years.


How to watch the debate

Hey, if you don’t have FOX Business, you can still watch and listen to tonight’s debate online at FoxBusiness.com through their Listen Live link, here.

(If for some reason that doesn’t work, just click HERE for FoxBusiness.com and click their Listen Live link.)

The Undercard debate starts at 6pm CT (7pm ET, 5pm MT) and includes (newly demoted) Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie, as well as Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum. Alas, last debate’s (arguable) winner, Lindsey Graham and George Pataki have been kicked to the curb.

And then at 8pm CT (9pm ET, 7pm MT) the Main Event starts.
It will include Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul.

By the way, go back to the morning update, and remember who was in the lead at this time in the last two elections, and who the ended up with the nomination. As Governor Dave notes, we are STILL in the early stages.


It’s like a virtual corner slice

And as always, if you’re not at a watch party at a fine Pizza Establishment, you should watch the debate with me on the Twitter!

You can follow me @LeavenworthSt, and then click on my list of debate pundits to follow the fun they’re dishing out. Really the best way to watch and take part.

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Thanks and see you tonight!


  1. And the poopswastika that caused the whole Mizzou melee seems to be vanishing into thin air. Google “Was The Poop Swastika Incident At Mizzou A Giant Hoax?”. The only photograph posted online turns to have been taken a year before the incident.

    The Federalist has FOIAed any photographs, descriptions, or reports of the alleged poopswastika.

    I’m still offering 2-1 on it being a hoax.

    • Macdaddy says:

      Since they all end up being hoaxes, I’ll pass on your bet. Plus I’m sure you’re guilty of something by just breathing and I don’t want to associate with undesirables such as you. Not that being desired means that one person or group of people, or beings, is superior to one who is not desired. Because racism.

  2. Ed Stevens says:

    Dang … I was all stoked to hear Jimmy Messina do”Your Mama Don’t Dance” one more time … Who knew his name had been pinched by some prog/trog political gunslinger.

    Poco – one of greatest country rock groups of all time … and unofficial farm band for the Eagles.

  3. Macdaddy says:

    Sweeper, you made the claim: “The problem is that students there think they are on a different planet while on a campus, and forget how the real world actually works.”

    You sure about that? These idjits didn’t spring up out of the ground. The lightbulb didn’t just come on in Transgendered Pronouns in 10th Century Nepalese Literature class. These people have been carefully groomed and nurtured. When critical mass is reached, things may look very, very different. Cultural Revolution, French Revolution, and Russian Revolutions should teach us that things sometimes flip quickly. These kids’ parents run corporations. You sure they couldn’t be persuaded to see things the students’ way? I’m not so sure.

    • Sparkles says:

      The two moments of piercing clarity that truly stood out in the debate, were the moments when Rand schooled Trump (China/TPP), then summarily spanked Rubio on his unaccountable trillions.

      In each occurrence, you could viscerally sense a collective jolt to all in the room. The gleeful, hallucinatory supply-side stupor was instantaneously vaporized by a blinding flash of veracity.

      If only for a moment, reality made an appearance.

  4. Melissa Click, the U Missouri professor who called for ‘more muscle’ to remove the press, resigned her courtesy appointment in the journalism school, while a vote to expel her was being held. I guess one of her pals texted her with the count.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      The courtesy appointment at the Journalism School is gone, yes.
      But her actual position in the Communications Department has not been terminated, as yet.
      And that’s her actual job at the university!

      • This is interesting. She was hired in 2008 (presumably fall) and so would ordinarily have undergone tenure review in fall 2014. That she still calls herself an Assistant Professor means one of two things; she’s not really an Assistant Professor, but an Assistant Professor of Practice or something similar (not tenure track); or, she had her clock interrupted for some reason (a child, family crisis, whatever). These days women faculty can generally get another year before tenure if they claim a sad movie made it hard to concentrate one day. But the irony then would be, all this happened before her tenure review is finished. Tenure review is the easiest way to dump someone, becuase it’s a judgement call, and judges hate to inject themselves into that process. Commnications Studies departments are generally weak, and so deans will have a big say. And deans hate a fuss.

  5. Key 'n Trumpets says:

    The GOP debate has prompted the Fox punditiots (it’s a pundit, it’s an idiot, it’s a Punditiot!) to talk about Rubio, Carson, and Fiorina. Even Fiorina, as if she’s not dead meat.

    In case you have forgotten, this all started with Trump stunning the GOP by him hammering it for it allowing Obama Democrats to allow illegal border invasion, which no sovereign nation can survive.

    Since then, every time Trump has said something equally true, GOP punditiots have screamed “that’s rude” and clutched at a succession of kinder persons like Fiorina who was fired from her only big job, and Carson whose campaign admits his lies, and Rubio, an indebted thief who appointed his wife treasurer of a PAC and then used the money for himself, and who in June, while he was running for President, took a crazy loss by dumping his IRA and his house in foreclosure.

    For perspective, I have never been fired and I was an executive. My history is honorable enough for me without inflation, yet a brain surgeon needs to invent lies to boost himself. Plus, I owe nothing to anyone. Yea, that last one was hard but you too can do it by acting like a grown up. This is all true and if I say it rudely it is still true. And if I am not rude, you will remain asleep.

    Wake up. Republicans keep hoping to find a gentler way to strip the killer obesity off America’s bloated government. They buy herbal pills that promise to melt off pounds and no effort pep talks that won’t make us healthy. In fact, all truth hurts. Lies feel good. Medicine is bitter. Poison is sweet. But if you pick the truth, know that it is always going to be hard to swallow. And the reason Trump hurts is because you haven’t had truth in so long you don’t know what it tastes like.

    • Sparkles says:

      It’s funny that you would promote the entertainer Donald Trump, while at the same time castigating the misinformed Republican base for their innate penchant to: “buy herbal pills that promise to..”

      In the case of the current leading Republican contender for POTUS.. those herbal pills are promised to magically cure both autism and cancer.

      In the case of former GOP Governor and two time Republican contender for POTUS – those herbal pills will magically cure you of diabetes.

      Of course neither is ‘magical’. They’re modern day, tent-revival, snake oil.
      Your GOP leaders are tapping into religious zeal to peddle their Heavenly cures.
      Carson’s is Mannatech – as in ‘manna’ from heaven.
      Huckabee’s is in conjunction with ‘Christian entrepreneur’, Joe Barton.

      And your man, Donald?
      It’s clear The Donald was never a man of religion. His current pandering is comical and clearly insincere. For The Don, the con of miracles cures from Heaven was never going to be an option.
      Instead, The Donald concocted ‘Trump University’.
      Never actually licensed as a school, Trump used his name to bilk countless thousands out of countless millions by promising a fast route to easy money via secrets to be learned only from Trump University.
      A ‘University’ that turned out to be cheesy real estate seminars in rented hotel rooms around the country. Seminars where slick salespeople pushed the attendants to invest thousands more in a series of massively inflated books, pamphlets and CDs. Because awaiting in those accessory pamphlets, books, tapes and CDs was the secret to prosperity and success.
      As I type, there are three pending lawsuits against Trump University, including one in which the New York attorney general is seeking $40 million in restitution.

      There’s the reality of your modern day GOP –
      Grifting Obtuse People

  6. bynd says:

    The more I read Sparkles writings, the more I understand her point that the truly diverse party, albeit brutally honest, is the Republican party. And evidently, there is nothing good to say about the Dems.

    • Sparkles says:

      The Manson Family was also highly diverse.

      Squeaky Fromme was a child performer, touring with a dance troupe around the age of 10.

      Mary Brunner worked in the library at the University of California, Berkeley.

      Bobby Beausoleil was an aspiring actor and musician. He had moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music career and started a band there called Grass Roots.

      Catherine Share was born in Paris, France on December 10, 1942. Her parents were part of an anti-Nazi underground movement, and killed themselves in an act of defiance against the Nazis.

      As a teenager, Charles “Tex” Watson led his church youth group and regularly attended the Sunday night services. In high school, Watson was an honor-roll student and respected athlete.

      Charles himself was born to Kathleen Maddox, a 16-year-old girl who was both an alcoholic and prostitute. At a very young age Charles was placed in a boys school. He soon escaped and ran back to his mother, but she wanted nothing to do with him and turned him away to live in the streets.

  7. bynd says:

    But eventually, they all got together and followed Charles like mindless robots. Thereby loosing their diversity. And butchering the “bad” rich folks. Kind of like the Democrats.

    The most loving of siblings can often fight and disagree. But in the end, don’t mess with their sibling.

    There can be no diversity when there are no diverse thoughts.

    • Sparkles says:

      Re your marginally lucid reply:
      “The most loving of siblings can often fight and disagree. But in the end, don’t mess with their sibling.”

      Really.. they don’t?
      You mean they don’t commit acts of violence against their own family member, such as attacking their mothers with hammers?

      The leading GOP contender for POTUS has publicly admitted; “I was trying to kill somebody,” when attempting to stab a friend named ‘Bob’ with a knife.
      A story he, on camera, has now changed, claiming there never was a friend named Bob. The person he was trying to kill, via gutting with camping knife, was “a close family member”.

      To his credit, at least some of his extreme acts of violence were directed at people other than his immediate family.
      Like when he punched a classmate in the face with his hand wrapped around a lock, leaving a bloody three-inch gash in the boy’s forehead.
      Or when he hurled a large rock at a boy, which broke his glasses and smashed his nose.

      We’re still awaiting the tale of what this revered Dr. did with a baseball bat.
      “I would go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers.”

      Of course all of this subject to change from day to day. In fact, it’s quite possible that not a word of it is true.
      The truth may simply be that the GOP’s leading contender for President of the United States is a pathological liar.

  8. “The truth may simply be that the GOP’s leading contender for President of the United States is a pathological liar.”

    Seems like that’s a job qualification. If you like your lies, you can keep your lies.

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