New Hampshire wrap-up open thread

New Hampshire resultsI won’t lie: I’m not happy with Trump’s victory. I don’t believe Trump is a true conservative; I think he’s a Trumpista, who heads the cult of himself. To that end, I’m concerned that he’ll say or do whatever it takes to capture the national zeitgeist to his advantage.

The one other point I want to make is that New Hampshire is a microcosm of everything I’ve said is the problem with Open Primaries: Party members don’t get to pick their own candidate. Instead, it’s a statewide free-for-all, with people free to make mischief for the other side’s candidate.

I strongly suspect that, if someone breaks down the numbers, Trump got the smallest percentage of his votes from actual conservative Republicans. As someone who lives in an Open Primary state, I resent the hell out of a system that allows people who do not support conservative values to help select the so-called “conservative” candidate.

At this rate, what we’ll end up with in this election is the “Democrat” party fronting a socialist, and the “Republican” party fronting a big government Democrat (that would be Trump, who believes as devoutly in the government as the Democrats do). What true conservatives want, of course, is SMALL GOVERNMENT. That option looks as if it’ll be off the table in this election, and that does not bode well for America’s future.

End of rant. Now it’s your turn.

Monday morning open thread

It was a long, long, long, long weekend and I’m still catching up.  I’ll have a window of time later this morning to write, and then perhaps some time in the afternoon again.  Until then, the best that I can offer is an open thread.  Certainly there’s a lot going on in the world, what with elections and, of course, Beyonce’s homage to the Black Panthers at the Super Bowl, so please weigh in.  I’d love to hear from you.

And in the spirit of the Super Bowl, a Bernie cartoon:

Bernie on the Super Bowl

The Bookworm Beat 1/26/16 — the illustrated edition and open thread

Yesterday, I wrote a long post explaining the all-important constitutional matters at stake in this election.  However, it is a long post (although I’ve heard it makes for surprisingly smooth reading).  If you want shorter, quicker reading, I recommend my most recent round-up.  And if you’re tired and just want the fun and easy (but still thought-provoking) stuff, I’ve got good posters for you right here:

Liberal and conservative celebrities education

A tale of two bills Clinton and Cosby

The boycott Israel crowd

BET awards racist

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Open Thread

Sorry about the silence. I’ve spent the weekend working on one of those “big posts” I periodically do. I’ll publish it tomorrow. You’ll see that it’s long, although those who have been kind enough to proofread it for me say that it’s actually a very easy read. I will looking forward to hearing your take on the post. In the meantime, here’s an open thread.

Jury duty open thread

imageEvery two or three years, without fail, the County of Marin calls on me to report for jury duty. It’s as user-friendly a process as can be — except for these darn chairs in the jury holding room where those of us yet to be called sit patiently. I don’t know when I’ll be released but I know I will. Even if I get sent to a courtroom, the policy seems to be to prevent all lawyers from ever being seated.

Until I return, please treat this as an open thread.