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      Or is he "just" poking fun at the tentative response provided by the reporter by acting "spastic."

      Trump performed a derisive impression of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski -- who suffers from a chronic condition that has limited the movement of his arms -- at a rally in South Carolina on Tuesday night.

      After Trump made his claim that HE PERSONALLY had seen "thousands of Arabs" celebrating the 9/11 attack in Jersey city, he backed it up by pointing to a short article from the Washington Post. The Washington Post stated that in the aftermath of Sept. 11, "Law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river." There are no other independent and similar reports from other media outlets.

      On Tuesday, after Trump's supporters began citing the article as evidence for the candidate's claim, Kovaleski told CNN, "We did a lot of shoe leather reporting in and around Jersey City and talked to a lot of residents and officials for the broader story. Much of that has, indeed, faded from memory ... I do not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating. That was not the case, as best as I can remember."

      It is that tentative response that Trump has chosen to characterize as "spastic." Kovaleski suffers from arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that limits the movement of the joints and weakens the muscles around them. As a reporter at the New York Daily News in the late 1980s and early '90s, he covered Trump's business exploits and met with the developer on several occasions. Trump boasts that he has a fantastic memory. Here is how the reporter appears.

      SO....did Trump make fun of another person's disability? or was he using an immature taunt better suited to a 10 year old? Either way, does Trump appear Presidential?

      Trump released a statement on Twitter Thursday afternoon, stating that he has “no idea” who Kovaleski is. “If Mr. Kovaleski is handicapped, I would not know because I do know what he looks like,” the statement reads. “If I did know, I would definitely not say anything about his appearance." Trump also accused the New York Times of being “dishonest” and trying to “make a story out of nothing.”

      But Kovaleski told The Washington Post that he’s sure Trump remembers him and his physical ailments. He said that Trump’s behavior “didn’t in the slightest bit jar or surprise me.”

      It shouldn’t have, since it’s not the first time Trump has appeared to stoop to deriding someone’s physical disabilities. In July, NBC’s Katy Tur asked Trump about the criticism he received from columnists Charles Krauthammer and Jonah Goldberg -- specifically, Krauthammer calling Trump a “rodeo clown.” Trump responded, ““I went out, I made a fortune, a big fortune, a tremendous fortune … Then I get called by a guy that can’t buy a pair of pants, I get called names?”

      Many at the time speculated Trump was making a crack at the fact that Krauthammer is paralyzed from the waist down. Just a few weeks earlier, Trump had derided Krauthammer as a “loser” who “just sits there."

      My conclusion: The man is a bully. He takes cheap shots. He plays to the worst instincts of his crowds. The more I consider this the more I think he remembered the reporter and the more likely it is that he was indeed making fun of the man's disability.

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          I would like to see if anyone is interested in writing their predictions for the 2016 Election Cycle.

          This would be a good time for all of us to write down what we think will be the outcomes of the Election. In the end we could see who "Nails it" and who "Fails it"!

          Three rules:

          1. Pick primary winners both parties.25%+25%

          2. Pick winner in Election.25%

          3. Winner by what percentage for narrowing it down.25%

          (VP choice optional)

          Feel free to ad-lib for amusement but these 3 rules choose the winner.

          Winner of what? I don't know. Maybe our hosts could design a Tropy?

          I will go first...

          Since Trump is in this just to push right and have fun he will fade. The strong, well organized disciplined Cruz will ultimately emerge as first choice. Jeb will still be wondering why everyone picked him last to be on the dodge ball team and return home shoulders slumped with low energy. I will guess Cruz's VP is going to be Carson for his Facebook Network. Maybe Rubio.

          The Democrats is where I get amusing for some of you but it is my prediction nonetheless.

          I believe a sort of "Bait and switch" will be employed.

          My prediction is that Elizabeth Warren will be the Democrats ultimate choice.

          She is a far better choice to further the "Progressives"and they (Progressives)will be choosing the candidate you can be sure about that. Maybe a leak to the NY Times about Hillary's health, a bad Email or an indictment and E Warren will hear the call from the people. Hillary will graciously bow out and no one will ever mention a thing about any money (Campaign or Foundation)what so ever. Most will be glad to see her go so they can breath better.

          Some of you may ask. What about Bernie? Well we will see about Bernie because I cant explain it away. He has a huge following and they are working a lot harder than Hillary's people. I just believe, for Progressives E Warren is a better foot forward.

          VP unknown.

          I believe the people will side upon Foreign Policy/Security as priority over Social issues. People will choose a different path of calm rather than current division and agitation. I believe turnout for Republicans high and Democrats lower than expected

          So put your "Writing" where your mouth is and do not take this seriously. Have fun with it and we can look back and see who was right and who was wrong.


          Cruz wins 56%

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              Here's an interesting issue ... The push to revise American history by "tribunals of political correctness" driven by factions at our universities. The latest push at Princeton University to reform the school of all references to Woodrow Wilson's legacy.

              No, I'm not a big fan of viewing history through the prism of hindsight using present-day morals and standards. Wilson had many accomplishments to go along with his backward view on race ... no different than Washington, Jackson, Jefferson, etc.

              Do we rewrite American History to sanitize it of those things that offend us? Who and what would be left? Not FDR or LBJ or Bill Clinton some day?

              It's beyond silly.

              We measure our progress by the distance we have traveled, the changes we made, the awful things we fixed. You eliminate our faults from History; you lose the lessons we learned.

              Political Correctness Goes To War on American History

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                  Is NOAA above fraudulently cooking climate data for political reasons?

                  We already know that they have studiously altered the historical temperature records under the guise of 'correcting' for a number of factors that may or may not have been valid. But any time someone with an agenda claims "this is what it should have been," a healthy skepticism is required. And those 'corrections' all supported the thoroughly debunked 'hockey stick' graph. So their integrity has already been shot, and even if they have since developed some ethics, it will be generations before anyone will take them seriously.


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