A trust deficit, a moral deficit and the federal deficit

art.getty.rnc.logoLast year, the Republican National Committee announced it was joining forces with the Koch brothers’ operation to create a massive, nationwide voter database, allowing conservative candidates across the nation to tap into the database for their campaigns.

Under the deal, described as historic, any data collected by one group would be shared with the other, putting the party “orders of magnitude ahead of where we were two years ago,” as one official put it.

But as Yahoo reports, this “sharing” thing isn’t going too well. The two organizations are now at war with each other, with the GOP fearing a Koch takeover of its operation.

“I think it’s very dangerous and wrong to allow a group of very strong, well-financed individuals who have no accountability to anyone to have control over who gets access to the data when, why and how,” Katie Walsh, RNC chief of staff, told Yahoo.

I would take that a step further. I think it’s very dangerous and wrong to allow a group of very strong, well-financed individuals who have no accountability to anyone to have control over candidates as well. But I’m old-fashioned that way.

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U.S. Sen. Ted “the Texas Show Pony” Cruz is under fire for his choice of Kevin Kookogey as his campaign chair for the state of Tennessee.

Kookegey, it seems, made a name for himself in Tennessee when he publicly protested GOP Gov. Bill Haslam’s appointment of a woman named Samar Ali as international director of the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development.

Samar Ali

Samar Ali

As Kookegey explained back in 2012:

“To date, the Haslam administration has displayed an unfortunate ignorance to the threat of Shariah. They seem willing to accept the claims and defense of the Muslim Brotherhood at face value, refusing to even consider that, perhaps, those bent on destroying Western Civilization might just be infiltrating our institutions. … It is not like this has never happened before. The Muslim Brotherhood is following the blueprint of the Communists, who infiltrated the highest levels of government and society in the 1950’s. Shariah, however, is an even greater threat, because it has cloaked itself under the auspices of a religion, thus confusing the uninformed.”

Ali, a native of Tennessee, is a former student body president at Vanderbilt, where she earned her law degree. She was a 4-H member growing up, and her father, a physician, served 25 years in the Tennessee National Guard, retiring as a brigadier general. She also served as a White House fellow, serving as an adviser to the Department of Homeland Security.

Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler rejected criticism of Kookegy’s appointment. “It is absurd to suggest that being a defender of American law under the United States Constitution is somehow anti-Muslim,” Tyler said.

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From The Wall Street Journal:

“WASHINGTON—The U.S. budget deficit narrowed further in May as revenue continued to rise faster than expenses have in the past year, the Treasury Department said Wednesday.

The budget picture has improved this year amid higher tax revenue and stronger economic growth, even though government spending has also increased. Revenue for the fiscal year, which began in October, is running 9% ahead of the year-earlier levels, while government spending is up 6%.

In the past 12 months, the budget deficit has fallen to $412 billion, down from $460 billion in April and $491 billion a year earlier. That marks the lowest 12-month deficit since August 2008.”

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td1234
td1234

New term transracial. 


"Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP in Washington state, has been accused of pretending to be black, and now the city is investigating.


The Coeur d'Alene Press reported Thursday that Dolezal, who in childhood photos appears as Caucasian with blonde hair, identified herself as African-American on her application to serve on the citizen police ombudsman commission — a commission she now chairs. Additionally, she claimed on her Facebook page in December that Albert Wilkerson, a black man posing with her in a picture, was her father. Public birth records indicate otherwise. 

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Captain-Obvious
Captain-Obvious

@td1234 However, I feel nothing but disdain for someone like Lieawatha Warren doing the same thing.

And yes, I realize it's a double standard, but since it's my only one, I'm entitled to it.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@td1234

New term transracial.

Not new--term's been around to describe adoptions of a certain type for awhile now.

josef
josef

I'll check back in later and see if this mess is cleaned up...got grandboys to corral...

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

@josef 

Good luck with that !
  The tadpole is currently destroying our house.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Over at Kyle's, he's posted a comment acknowledging the comments issue (it's happening at other ajc blogs as well, apparently) and promising to try to get it sorted.

SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

OMG!!!!  The blue nose has become self-aware! 

breckenridge
breckenridge

 "All I can say to the KATB radio station in Alaska, to your board of directors,  is you guys will be the first people to see the Russian soldiers moving across the Bering Strait to invade the continental U.S.A. and bring judgment to this country for becoming a land of sodomites. Don't worry. You will be raptured before World War III begins, right?"  Rick Wiles,  on his End Times radio show, 6-10-2015

Ouch! That's what KATB gets for dumping his show - a living room full of Ruskies!

LeninTime
LeninTime

Can these glitches swallow the blog host whole?

josef
josef

Since it's the somewhat serious discussion of the issues that's going away, maybe we should just get on with nyanh-nyanh name calling? 

LeninTime
LeninTime

Bizarre. Wonder why the word *M*a*r*k*e*t*W*a*t*c*h* gives a post the dead man's switch.

josef
josef

This is making it next to impossible to carry on a discussion...OY! 

SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

Dang,I even had a "Like" disappear.At least I'm not having to log back in 6 times.Whew!

Captain-Obvious
Captain-Obvious

@SFM_Scootter @Captain-Obvious For me the biggest thing is logging on. On my Android, my Firefox app allows me to log in and out with no problems.

On the PC, Firefox doesn't stay logged in, and when you try to sign on, hitting the button gets you nothing.

josef
josef

Well, well, well...that one went bye-bye, too...

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@josef Other blogs are similar.  A blog "said" 4 comments, and had 2. 

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@josef I think Jay posted a new blog, but somehow that disappeared too. 

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Watch out for Scotty, loons!

"Scott Walker is advocating a reform in Wisconsin that could have more profound an impact on America than anything we have seen in a long time. Establishment leftism depends upon institutions that support and promote its philosophy and agenda using our money. The most obnoxious offender is Big Education, especially tenured professors who mock our values even as they rob our pockets. Tenured professors are impossible to remove, they need do almost no work, and these goons spout Marxist nonsense and abuse conservative students with impunity."

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Just giving you a heads-up. Leftie-world is about to get all shook up...

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Philo_Farnsworth 

Musta come from unskewedwalker.com, then.

If Walker wants to come out against Big Education, he may be one of the first voted off the island.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Captain-Obvious @Nick_Danger @Philo_Farnsworth 

That's true. 

But my bet is that a decent majority of Americans have a positive opinion of the American education system, and consider it one of the best in the world, and coming out against it would be a mistake for Walker.

First, he'd have to explain why people come from all over the world to partake of our colleges and universities, while the opposite happens little.