One candidate stuck out from the rest in last night's GOP debate as being more presidential than the rest. That candidate was John Kasich. This has been a fear for me. A lot of people have focused on his polling, but remember that Kasich has only been in the race for a couple of weeks and to the average voter, they just don't follow state governors. That can be seen further in the polls, where his "don't know enough about him" column has always been sky high. I got a feeling that is going to start changing though. He came off as presidential, being able to address the issues and not resorting to attacks, unlike most of his competitors. He actually has done some good here in Ohio, which is covered with bad but not the kind of bad that will turn off GOP voters. He also brings more experience to the field than about everyone else up there. 

I would honestly not be surprised if Kasich won the nomination. His answer on gay marriage will win over the Log Cabin and younger Republicans. His defending his expansion of Medicaid will help win over the more moderate voters. And the fact that he is from Ohio will win over the Republicans that want nothing more than a Republican in the White House. Add to all that the fact that he was also a host on Fox News means he will have the biggest Republican media machine in his pocket, which is starting to become more evident. My guess is a lot of that has played into him making the cut last night. In two weeks he beat out two former GOP contenders, the two Ricks, as well as some other big names, like Lindsey Graham. If he doesn't win the nomination, which isn't a given for him, I can easily see him being a running mate, just to win Ohio.

I've been warning for months that John Kasich is the one Democrats have to watch out for. I've also been met with a lot of pushback over that, but after last night I think more people are seeing my concerns come true. 

Authorities in Louisiana are investigating a car fire inside a fenced construction site of a new Planned Parenthood center that occurred Saturday. Back when I was in the fire service, I investigated quiet a few of these. Generally they aren't that hard to determine a general idea of what happened, since they usually have a very distinct point of origin. With the investigation going on this long, my guess is the point of origin is in a non-typical place or the car had just been sitting there, taking out any engine related fires. The fact that the investigation is going into its third day really makes me feel this is either a suspicious fire, or something extremely uncommon in vehicle fires. It will be interesting to find out.

I want to do a full blog on the Sam DuBose case, as this does hit right at home for me, but until then I been sitting here wondering something. Sam DuBos was pulled over for no front license plate, and there was at least two police cruisers, two officers and one officer in training on the scene. So how many cops does it take for the most minor of traffic stops? And don't the police realize that ganging up on someone for something so minor is going to make anyone defensive, which DuBose really wasn't? 

This goes to the larger narrative of needing better training and a total revamp of police relations. The average citizen breaks 3 laws per day, according to a recent study. That's because we have so many laws on the books anymore and they keep adding up. Do we really need an army of police officers to enforce every law, especially the minor ones? I believe these are serious questions that need to be answered. 

Ivana Trump has said her former husband, Donald Trump, made her feel "violated" during sex. So how does Trump respond? Through his attorney, who defends his client by saying "you can't rape your spouse." Welcome to the GOP women's rights problems of the 2016 cycle. 

HuffPo Writer Wants You To Think Taking A Breathalyzer Is Same As Sandra Bland

The Huffington Post has gone down hill over the past severatl years, but it has reached a new low with what can only be described as a "whoa is me, police abused me too" post.

In an interview with Breitbart yesterday, Mike Huckabee said the Iran deal is pushing Israelis to the "door of the oven". It shouldn't be shocking, but it still is, that Republicans love making such horrid comparisons. The fact that they so easily diminish the atrocities of Hitler into today's political disagreements shows what little compassion they have for the Jews that lived through this horrible ordeal. But President Obama isn't taking it, saying in a news conference: "The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are I think part of just a general pattern we’ve seen ... that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad". I couldn't agree more and Mike Huckabee needs to immediately apologize to all Jewish people for his assinine comment. 

Donald Trump, in a 40 minute interview with The Hill is raising the threat of him mounting a third party run should the RNC be unfair to him. “The RNC has not been supportive. They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy," Trump told The Hill. This must be his first go around in politics. Supporting contributors when they give money, then ignoring them later is common for any political party.

Since the shooting in Chattanooga last week, there has been a lot of finger pointing as to the reason military recruiters aren't armed. But so far the most egregious comes from Jeb Bush, who is blaming Bill Clinton for a "law". Politifact has looked into it and it turns out it wasn't a law, but rather a directive. Oh, and that directive? It wasn't issued by Bill Clinton, but rather his predecessor, George H.W. Bush. Or, as we should call him for the purpose of this post, Jeb's daddy. 

Just when I thought nothing could shock me more from the GOP field of morons, we now have one trying to blame a President for something that candidate's own father actually did. As I've always said, we are becoming more and more like Idiocracy by the day.

Donald Trump Exposes The Real GOP And They Are Pissed

If you have been stuck in a cave somewhere, you may have missed all the blow up the past few days over comments Donald Trump has made about John McCain. But is what he's saying that far off from what Republicans really think?

A report is out that some big donors and higher ups in GOP circles are now working on a way to keep Donald Trump out of the debates. I can't even highlight how bad this would be for the GOP (so please do it!) First off you will alienate all Trumps supporters in a huge, guaranteed to backfire way. Second, with Trump's basically unlimited funds, coupled with his ego, I could easily see him purchasing air time on all the major networks and instead of a debate, give an unmoderated campaign speech, televised to millions. Finally, Trump hasn't ruled out a third party run. Want to really screw over Republican chances in 2016? Ban Trump from the debates and push him to run third party. 

Basically this idea is a trifecta of bad for Republicans, so let's hope it comes to being. 


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