February 19, 2016 6:45 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads for Friday, February 19, 2016 Morning Reads for Friday, February 19, 2016 By Ginny Morning Reads 25 Comments On this day in 1945, the United States Marine Corps invaded Iwo Jima. Oo-rah. Prayers for Pat Conroy. Not BFFs. Back-pedaling. Nikki Haley endorses… madness ensues. Just one itty, bitty sentence. Register your drone, nerds, or else! Karma. PC for Dummies. Speaking of PC, Stephen Fry quits Twitter, again. This time over a snarky comment about a dress. Get a grip, people. He’s paid to be snarky. The rest of us, not so much. If you haven’t been reading Lileks, you should start. This month he’s been blogging for 19 years. Before most of us even knew how to spell b-l-o-g. Motel of Nightmares. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Ginny 25 Comments Saltycracker The Presidential candidates can talk about the establishment and insiders but the DNC has perfected the process. We can stop the nonsense on Hillary vs. Sanders, it is over, way over. http://bigstory.ap.org/urn:publicid:ap.org:0617d451fe3b403b846c4dd1847cb5f8 February 19, 2016 7:15 AM Log in to Reply John Konop Is this add a cheap shot from Cruz, since he made similar statements as well? ……..Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign hit rival Marco Rubio on Wednesday in a new television ad that compares the Florida senator’s support for the failed “Gang of Eight” 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill to President Obama. “I will never support — never have, and never will support — any effort to grant blanket legalization amnesty to folks who have entered, or stayed, in this country illegally,” Rubio says in a clip at the beginning of the ad. “Then Rubio got to Washington,” a narrator says, “and wrote the bill giving amnesty to illegals, using Obama’s talking points to make his sales pitch.” The video goes on to match up similar statements made by both Obama and Rubio in support of the immigration bill.,,,,,,,,, http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/269757-watch-cruz-slams-rubio-over-immigration-in-new-tv-ad February 19, 2016 7:22 AM Log in to Reply John Konop Also is this not unethical to release at about the same time by the Cruz campaign? http://www.mediaite.com/online/cruz-campaign-pushes-photoshopped-image-of-rubio-shaking-hands-with-obama/ February 19, 2016 7:45 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker Hate seeing Cruz go the low road. No interpretations needed, here is Rubio’s position and as he reviews advice he might improve. I’d rather he’d go with local law help to the Federal law more than complete a wall. https://marcorubio.com/issues-2/marco-rubio-immigration-plan-border-security-legal/ February 19, 2016 8:06 AM Log in to Reply John Konop Salt, You make a very good point, this debate like many issues have been about low road spin, not real policy. The debate needs to move toward policy suggestions like you made, less about election style nasty talking points. This is why very little ever gets done, we end up fighting gut level political football game over solving anything. February 19, 2016 8:16 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker Went to https://johnkasich.com/resultsnow/ didn’t find his immigration plan. February 19, 2016 8:20 AM Log in to Reply John Konop Salt, Similar to Rubio on the issue….And exactly what Cruz proposed, before he claimed he was for it, before Cruz was against it…..Like many other issues it also depends on the major donors Cruz is soliciting money from…..The Cruz famous wink-wink for cash, while he claims to be the only one with integrity, cough, cough……I really do not get how Cruz supporters do not get they are being played by him? http://www.cfr.org/campaign2016/#/john-kasich/on-immigration …………Gov. Kasich’s positions on some immigration issues have changed considerably over the years. In 2015, he says the government must complete construction of a wall along its border with Mexico and make clear that those who come over illegally will be deported. However, he says Washington should pass legislation that provides a path to legal status for the more than eleven million undocumented immigrants already in the country. “If they’ve been law-abiding over a period of time, they ought to be legalized, and they ought to be able to stay here,” he said. Meanwhile, Kasich says the United States needs to improve its existing guest-worker program. “We also need an expanded program so that people want to come into this country, work on a temporary basis, they can get here and go home. Now they get here and they stay. They hide.”….. February 19, 2016 10:24 AM Saltycracker When he makes a final decision he should put it on his web site. February 19, 2016 11:30 AM Andrew C. Pope Hate seeing Cruz take the low road? Salty, Cruz bought a house on the low road. He goes for a morning run along the low road. He drives the low road two and from work every day. He did the “adopt a mile” for the entirety of the low road. When the low road had pot holes, be paved it himself. Ted Cruz is a man whose sole motivation in life is amassing power for himself. Outside of “I want to be President,” I don’t believe he has ever had an original thought in his life. Listen to his stump speeches, which are merely regurgitations of an incredibly one-sided and jingoistic retelling of the Reagan era. An era when Reagan’s manliness scared Iran into releasing American hostages. An era when America didn’t need to negotiate and told regimes like Iran and the Soviet Union how it was gonna be. Cruz’ advantage is that he’s the best at aping the B.S. narratives primary voters believe. He’s shown no ability to govern, to lead, or to get along with people. Calling him a snake oil salesman would be an insult to the people who make a living selling snake oil. February 19, 2016 8:40 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker A, I made the same mistake with a long answer to Charlie on “what Beach meant” when “he does nothing for us” would have sufficed. February 19, 2016 9:06 AM Log in to Reply Calypso “Since brevity is the soul of wit / And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief…” –W. Shakespeare February 19, 2016 9:13 AM Teri Lileks! I remember when blogs used to be called “Online Journals.” Because, dammit, apparently I’m middle-aged. February 19, 2016 7:35 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Well here is the response to the “shameful rejection of Bork”: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2016/02/18/gop-is-right-the-parallels-to-the-bork-case-are-uncanny/ February 19, 2016 8:36 AM Log in to Reply Davo65 Pretty funny that republicans are going to block Obama’s nominee because…haha…they are still butt-hurt about Bork! Even my Polish inlaws can’t hold a grudge that long. Any excuse to do nothing, I guess. February 19, 2016 8:37 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker Is there a Las Vegas bet on when the Clinton Foundation will donate $100 mil to the walled Vatican City “anywhere but in our back yard” refugee plan in return for a kind word from the Pope ? February 19, 2016 8:44 AM Log in to Reply Teri Please, Salty. We’re Catholic. We don’t do Vegas; we play Bingo and have raffles. February 19, 2016 9:32 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Somehow I think Cuba is going to figure into all this before it’s over. February 19, 2016 12:00 PM Log in to Reply Pete Gibbons I do not know who Stephen Fry is but I thought we all agreed the dress was blue and black? February 19, 2016 9:06 AM Log in to Reply John Vestal British comic/actor. Used to be in a comedy duo with Hugh Laurie back before Laurie came over here and started playing a gimpy, oxy-addicted American doctor. February 19, 2016 9:35 AM Log in to Reply Three Jack When you stop to think about it, the president choosing to send the Veep to Scalia’s funeral instead of going himself is pretty low. If he shows up on a golf course tomorrow as he did when he hit the links right after speaking about Jim Foley, it will be even worse. February 19, 2016 12:40 PM Log in to Reply xdog Scalia won’t care. February 19, 2016 1:42 PM Log in to Reply auh2o Sadly, neither does Obama. February 19, 2016 3:44 PM Log in to Reply Three Jack ‘Do you tell the truth?’ ‘I always try too’ Huh? Only Hillary or her husband thinks this way as a means to advance their collective political fortunes. Try to tell the truth? That’s the standard we accept as voters? February 19, 2016 12:44 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus You can’t handle the truth!! February 19, 2016 4:22 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus This is like “Let’s find the 20 biggest freaks we can think of and see who they like for prez: http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-celeb-endorsements-2015-10 February 19, 2016 4:03 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.