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Live notes from the Republican Debate

downloadWhat follows is “mostly” unedited notes I took while watching tonight’s Republican debate. Some of the lines were taken from a Facebook group chat with two friends and others went straight into the blog. With that said, here we go:

What’s with the brit on the panel? Lame.

Oh my god does the other male moderator talk this slow the whole time

Carson always looks stoned. Glassy half closed eyes.

Trump Carson and Rubio: No to raising miminum wage – not going to get many votes that way …

Rubio: Welders make more money than philosophers? Oh my.

Jeb and Kashich fighting it out. Jeb looks so dweaby and weak

Jeb: 4% growth i find that highly unlikely sorry buddy. Repeal every rule of Obama? Not. Ok I’ll give him when heh went after Hillary he sounded much better, even though i disagree with him

Fiorina: Man she is ugly. Oh here we go with the ‘woman i met the other day story” – do they make these people up? just answer the question woman!! she’s got a list of 5 things. let’s see if that’s all she talks about all night.

Rand: blah blah why do i feel like he talks and i just hear wind? snore.

Carson rambling about West Point and Hillary and lying. I can’t stand him.

Trump and the Wall … the only good wall is the album by Pink Floyd. A wall will never work, and is not what this country is about.

Kashich: Why is he on this stage again? Oh wait, is he saying we can’t deport Mexicans?? wow. i’m shocked. he’s into letting them stay. maybe i need to pay attention to him. Trump rambling about Ike moving 1.5 million people out … not the 11 million Trump is proposing.

Jeb: Thanks trump for letting him speak at the debate. humor might be good for him. he’s also against sending 11 million people home and breaking up families.

Rubio with a good candy crush vs. telephone comment. might be the first positive thing i’ve ever said about him.

hate the way cruz pauses and stares into the camera. “lawyers and bankers were crossing the rio grande”???

carly: she’s not as fiery as she was at the first debate. tends to yell at the end of each point to fake being fiery. it’s not working….. “secret sauce of america”… yeah that’s not working either.

Cruz: really? who cares if there are more words in teh tax code than the bible? awww come on they ask cruz about his tax plan he says look at his website??? that is fucking LAME = nice female moderator said he hasn’t said how he’d pay for it.

Jeb! – the lil brother that couldn’t … poor guy…..

rubio never sounds like he’s really answering a question, he always sounds like he’s giving a prepared speech.

oooh i like rand attacking rubio’s tax plan calling him out as not conservative. sweet stuff.  rand making sense here on the military. scary for me.

damn trump just got killed with “china not part of this deal” referring to TPP !!!

all taxes and war … small touch on minimum wage. not really much talk of police brutality, education, welfare programs, black lives matter, etc….

Carly wouldn’t talk to Putin??? is she crazy? she says she’d put troops everywhere – but not to start a war. wow. she’s bad.

rubio just called Putin a gangster … great international relations.

when carson talks about the banks i feel like he has not clue … he talks pure BS. yeah, after the first 30 seconds he started talking about the poor and hillary clinton. he does have no clue.

kasich talking like a liberal – too much greed in the banks !!

cruz the only one who actually answered that he would Not break up the big banks. oh here we go some woman he met, aftican american, blah blah blah … whatever! the Obama IRS ???? what the heck is that. OH snap he said he’d let Band of America fail if it was on the brnk …. nice. ah he brought up basically going back to a gold standard.

kasich is really trying hard here to interject on every point but i’m not sure it’s really working … he’s going nowhere.

cruz and kasich going head to head …. loving that. oh no kasich just got boooeed!!!!

oh here comes carly … pretending she was a great executive and now talking socialism … “this is how socialism starts ladies and gentlemen” … she’s so lame tonight.

rubio preaching yet again … so scripted, boring, and predictable. has nothing to do with answering the question on how they would do a better job than hillary with her long resume.

damn! recording cut out probably missed the last 2 or 3 minutes ….

Scary News from Kenya

OB-YZ701_0921na_G_20130921115044I was doing a bit of volunteer work today riding around and knocking on doors with one of the candidates for Emerson town cancel when on the radio a report came on about a mass assault in nairobi, kenya … for most people this probably wouldn’t have much of an effect but my buddy schutz and his family have been living down there for a year or more, and i turned up the radio to get a little more information … they didn’t say much, i guess not much info was out at the time, and i was pretty sure they were ok down there but you just never know … anyway as of right now it seems this is an Al Queda linked attack which resulted in the deaths of 39 people, 300 injured, and a standoff situation with hostages as i write … the good news is that in checking out facebook schutz’s wife posted on his account that they were not there and were all safe … it’s truly a terrible story and i have to wonder about why Al Queda attacks Kenya (the 2002 hotel bombing was also Al Queda linked I believe) … so anyway this blog bit goes out to them and all the families that are affected by this tragedy … stay safe and may noone else lose their life so senselessly ….

The News is Bumming me out

NavyYardFollow0671379516471now it’s nothing new that the news is a bummer … unless its a fluff piece its going to be depressing … but today i’m revisiting feelings that i just don’t like the way we cover news. yesterday there was a mass killing at the Navy Yard in DC (note to self to write a seperate blog entry on why we’re such a gun loving society), and while that’s big news for sure, there are other things going on in the world (flooding in Colorado / Syria issues among the top ones) … and i just can’t help but get bummed out by the fact that misery sells … its’ just so ridiculous that the news organizations run one top story to death until the next big thing comes along, then they bump everything else to air 24 hours straight of just the one big story … and the dramatic graphics and music which are designed to make it more … well dramatic … just make me sad … it’s misery as entertainment …

the only bright spot as i cruised the various cable news broadcasts was the (relatively) new Al Jezeera America, which was still airing stories on the flooding and as I type is running a story on Japanese Sumo wrestling … now i’m not saying i’m a big fan of theirs (they are boring and i’m not sold on the fact that i shouldn’t ban them outright) but at least they are making an effort to do something a little different… i think this approach may pay off for them if they keep it up …

that’s about all i have for now … i noticed it’s been a long time since i’ve written … i’m going to have to make an effort to change that going forward.

NJ Transit joins the digital age …

Passengers who use the Pascack Valley Line can now use their phones to purchase and display train tickets.

NJ Transit started a mobile ticketing pilot program Thursday on the Pascack Valley Line, it announced in a news release.

Passengers can download the MyTix app for free on web-enabled iOS or Android phones. They can use the app to buy one-way tickets and monthly passes for the Pascack Valley Line and between New York Penn Station and the Meadowlands Rail Station for events.

via NJ Transit program lets Pascack Valley Line passengers buy tickets with phones |

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