gop “rule 40b” makes brokered convention impossible, only @realdonaldtrump qualifies to be nominee

A little know GOP rule was put into place in 2011, to help Mitt Romney secure the nomination and prevent an outsider like Ron Paul from using delegate tricks to become the nominee or force a brokered convention: Rule 40b.

The rule is now haunting the GOP establishment as they watch their party apparatus getting dominated by Trump, and Trump beating them with their own rules to prevent such an occurrence from happening.
In Layman’s terms:

The Rule prevents a candidate who does not meet a qualifying threshold (which only Trump has reached) from being considered on the Second Ballot.

In short: The establishment cannot stop Trump. It’s over.

Even John Boehner admits this. (LINK)

Breitbart:

Technically, most of the analysts citing Rule 40 are referring to the current version of Rule 40(b), which sets a certain minimum threshold for candidates at the Republican National Convention. According to this rule, candidates must arrive at the convention with a majority of the delegates from eight states or territories, or else they are disqualified from the first round. In most elections, this is a mere formality because the clear winner of the nomination is well-known before the convention begins, making the convention an extended infomercial for the party and its nominee.

Of course, there is good reason to suspect the Republican convention will be rather more exciting this year. Gidley noted there is apprehension among front-runner Donald Trump’s supporters that the GOP Establishment will use some “shenanigans” to “steal” the nomination from him at the convention. Among those shenanigans could be changing Rule 40 to bring candidates who don’t meet the established minimum threshold into the game.

There are two ghosts from the 2012 election haunting the Shakespearean drama of the 2016 primary, and Gidley invoked them both in a single breath: Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.

“This is actually called the ‘Ron Paul Rule.’ The Romney people put this in place,” Gidley explained. “The Establishment hurt Ron Paul, but I think this Establishment rule will actually help Donald Trump.”

ule 40 “was an effort to stop the Ron Paul faction from gaining traction at the convention,” Gidley recalled. “And now we see the fruits of that rule, which was designed to stop Ron Paul, could effectively stop the Establishment.”

“The second part of the rule is, you can’t even count votes for anybody else who doesn’t meet that threshold,” he pointed out. “So people can try to submit votes for other people — like Kasich, or like Rubio, or like Romney — but if you haven’t won a majority of the delegates in eight states, you can’t be on any ballot, at any time. First, second, third, fourth, fifth — it doesn’t matter.”

It has been suggested that the Rules Committee will simply change Rule 40 to arrange whatever outcome is necessary to block Trump, but Gidley was skeptical of this idea. Normally, a presumptive candidate who has reached the “magic number” of bound delegates needed to secure the nomination can control the rules. If Trump is held below that 1,237-delegate threshold this year, the Rules Committee could theoretically rewrite the rules to hurt him, but Gidley anticipated sheer chaos if such tactics were employed.

Breaking: GOP “rule 40b” makes brokered convention impossible, only Trump qualifies to be nominee.

#benghazi seal father on #hillary #clinton: ‘#shesascumbag’ (@shoq #shoq)

The father of slain former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty who was killed in the 2012 Benghazi, Libya terrorist attack has strong words for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her handling of Benghazi.

“She’s a scumbag, in my opinion,” said Ben Doherty in an interview with NECN published to coincide with Clinton’s testimony on Thursday before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

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Glen Doherty with his father Ben, family photo via WCVB-TV.

Well I think that she pulled all the troops out of the embassy, he had no backup. He burnt alive. She said it’s no big deal, it’s a big deal to me, he’s my son and I loved him.”

Glen Doherty’s mother and the former wife of Ben, Barbara Doherty, is one of the few Benghazi family members to speak out in support of Clinton, telling NECN:

“”They’re looking at the wrong place. If you read carefully what was going on, many people made many mistakes, which is normal in confusion. After a few days, the facts were out, and they’re really chasing the wrong person.””

“”They’re hoping to defeat her and it’s not going to work.””

The Doherty family is working to close a loophole that mandates single federal contractors carry insurance but does not pay out death benefits if the contractor has no children or spouse, reported the Boston Globe.

“As an independent contractor who was unmarried and without children, Doherty was ineligible to receive death benefits afforded to military personnel under the Defense Base Act of 1941, although he was employed by the CIA, she said.

“The family is working with Congressman Stephen F. Lynch to craft a law that would remove those barriers.

“On Jan. 26, Lynch introduced The Glen Anthony Doherty Overseas Security Personnel Fairness Act.

““It is unacceptable that the Defense Base Act requires federal workers to take out an insurance policy before they are deployed overseas and accepts the payment of insurance premiums from those workers, but fails to provide death benefits to their families or estate solely based on marital and child status,” Lynch stated on his website.”

Kristinn Taylor: Benghazi Victim’s Father on Hillary Clinton: ‘She’s a ‘Scumbag’

global terror (#islam) spiked 81% in 2014 (@barackobama’s islam killed 32,727)

WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) — The State Department said the number of terrorist attacks and people killed by terrorists worldwide spiked in 2014, largely due to the rise in Islamic State extremists in the Middle East and the Boko Haram in Africa.

The annual Country Report on Terrorism found terror groups have ramped up their ability to inflict mass casualties, saying the total number of terrorist-attack-related fatalities jumped 81 percent to 32,727 in 2014. The total number of attacks increased by 35 percent to 13,463. Pakistan and India terrorist activities also contributed to the increase, the report said. More than 9,400 people were taken hostage or kidnapped, three times more than in 2013.

The report stated the IS, also known as ISIS and ISIL, has replaced al-Qaida as a major extremist group.

“The prominence of the threat once posed by core al-Qaida diminished in 2014, largely as a result of continued leadership losses suffered by the AQ core in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” the report said. “AQ leadership also appeared to lose momentum as the self-styled leader of a global movement in the face of ISIL’s rapid expansion and proclamation of a Caliphate.”

When asked by reporters at a State Department briefing Friday about the effectiveness of the U.S. in combating terrorism globally, Tina Kaidanow, the department’s coordinator for counterterrorism, said “the numbers don’t tell the whole story.”

“They’re geographically very much in conflict areas and the lethality of those attacks have really gone up because of the savagery of them,” she said.

The report blamed weak and failed governments, especially in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya, for offering an “enabling environment” for such groups.

State Department: Global terror-attack fatalities spiked 81 percent in 2014

#trump: i’d ‘love’ to have #palin in my admin in an official capacity (#palin2016)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would “love” to have former Alaska Governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in his campaign in an official capacity on Monday’s broadcast of “The Palin Update” on Mama Grizzly Radio.

Trump said of Palin being “along in some official capacity, “I’d love that.” He continued, “Because she really is somebody that knows what’s happening, and she’s a special person, she’s really a special person, and I think people know that. And she’s got a following that’s unbelievable. … Everybody loves her.”

He added that the other GOP candidates are “weak” and “ineffective,” and “the Sarah Palin kind of strength, you just don’t see very much of it anymore.”

(h/t Right Wing Watch)

TRUMP: I’D ‘LOVE’ TO HAVE PALIN IN MY ADMIN IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY

Donald Trump Would Consider Tapping Sarah Palin For Future Trump Administration

governor #palin: highest favorability in gop 2016 field #palin2016

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Though former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not included in a Public Policy Polling survey of potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders, she was still overwhelmingly the most liked person among Republican primary voters.

According to Public Policy Polling:

The best liked person we tested on this poll with Republican primary voters is actually Sarah Palin who has a 70/20 favorability rating. She’s followed by Huckabee at 64/18, Ryan at 58/18, Paul at 58/21, Bush at 56/18, Cruz at 45/20, and Christie at 40/38. Most of those numbers are similar to what they were a month ago but Christie’s seen a substantial drop from +18 at 47/29 a month ago to his new +2 net favorability.

The left-leaning polling outfit asked Republican primary voters, “Given the choices of Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, and Scott Walker, who would you most like to see as the GOP candidate for President in 2016?”

Huckabee led among the group with 16% to 14% for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; 13% for Chris Christie; 11% for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); 8% each for Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Paul Ryan (R-WI); 6% for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; and 5% for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Ten percent of respondents either wanted someone else or were unsure of their preference.

The poll asked respondents how they viewed Palin in a separate question at the conclusion of the poll, and Palin’s favorability numbers show why former South Carolina Senator and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint said that Palin’s endorsement was the most influential in a Republican primary. The poll was conducted January 23 to 26 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.6 percentage points.

Breitbart’s Tony Lee: POLL: SARAH PALIN HAS HIGHEST FAVORABILITY RATING AMONG GOP PRIMARY VOTERS

obama the frightening disaster: US central command twitter & youtube accounts hacked by #isis

The Twitter account for U.S. Central Command has been hacked, and is carrying messages promoting the Islamic State — including one that says, “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS.”

Another page shows what appears to be an image from a computer web cam in a military facility. An accompanying tweet says, “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base.”

Central Command officials say they are “aware” of the issue and are “addressing” it.

“This is bad,” one Central Command source told Fox News.

The Twitter account now carries an image identifying the page as “CyberCaliphate,” with a message that says, “I love you ISIS.”

The page has started posting screen shots of information about military commanders, including phone numbers and email addresses.

The same image at the top of the hacked Twitter page has also been emblazoned atop Central Command’s YouTube page.

Fox News:

gov #palin: “noticeable absence – man who promised in ’08 to restore america’s image…nominated for #nobelpeaceprize 2wks into this failed presidency”

After the atrocious attacks of September 11th, the world unified behind our great nation, stiffened its collective spine, and took a stand against Islamic terrorism. Following last week’s brutal attacks in Paris by Muslims with the same evil terroristic beliefs as the 9/11 savages, today the world came together again against the death cult that is the radical Islamic “faith.” The largest crowd in Paris’ history just proclaimed “Je Suis Charlie” as Germany’s Prime Minister locked arms with the President of France and marched the streets that her country had occupied generations ago. The heroic Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the King and Queen of Jordan, the UK’s Prime Minister, the President of Mali, the Palestinian President, and so many others all put differences aside to proclaim, “Enough is enough! Evil shall not triumph!”

There was one noticeable absence – the man who promised in 2008 to restore America’s image around the world…the man nominated for the Nobel Peace prize just two weeks into this failed Presidency…the man who would seek to destroy those who effectively question what he is doing to America and her allies. Where was President Obama? Or even, in his stead, Vice President Biden? Secretary Kerry? I’ve no idea what took precedence on our President’s schedule this weekend, but America was MIA as the rest of the civilized world unified against Islamic fundamentalism.

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I humbly dare speak for many concerned Americans tonight in asking, “Good God, Mr. President, we were once known as the leader of the free world, standing for what is right! You must not let America’s sacrifices be in vain. When will you learn that actions speak louder than your words?”

To the people of France, please know that we, the American people, stand with you in this fight against the insanity that is Islamic fundamentalism. Americans love our fellow man seeking peace, so we cry with you, “Je suis Charlie!”

There are more of us than there are of them. Barack Hussein Obama, do not give an inch to this evil.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/America-snubs-historic-Paris-r…

– Sarah Palin

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dec #jobsreport: record 55,807,000 women unemployed; labor participation rate 26yr Low

A record 55,807,000 women 16 years and older did not participate in the labor force in December, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This means that 55,807,000 women in the United States did not have a job and did not actively seek one in the past four weeks.

The number of women not in the labor force increased from 55,195,000 in November to 55,807,000 in December, an increase of 612,000.

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The participation rate for women hit a record low for this year of 56.6 percent, which also matches the 56.6 percent seen in September 1988, a 26-year low. The labor force participation rate, as calculated by the BLS, is the percentage of this population that either has a job or actively sought one in the last four weeks.

The number of employed women decreased from 69,247,000 in November to 69,042,000 in December, a decline of 205,000. However, the number of unemployed women also declined from 4,195,000 in November to 3,878,000 in December, which means there were 317,000 less unemployed women in September.

The unemployment rate for women declined from 5.7 percent in November to 5.3 in December.

CNS News: Dec #JobsReport: Record 55,807,000 women unemployed; Labor Participation Rate 26yr

holy crap: 93 million adults not working or real unemployment is 37.3% @drudge @sarahpalinu

A record 92,898,000 Americans 16 years and older did not participate in the labor force last month, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The BLS defines people not in the work force as people 16 years and up who are not employed and haven’t “made specific efforts to find employment sometime during the 4-week period ending with the reference week.” The labor force participation rate — or the “The labor force as a percent of the civilian noninstitutional population” — also dipped back down to 62.7 percent, from 62.9 percent in November.

September also saw a labor force participation rate of 62.7 percent, however prior to then, the last time the rate hit 62.7 percent was in February of 1978.

While the level of labor force participation declined — due not only to potentially discouraged workers but also baby boomers hitting retirement age — the BLS reported Friday that in December the unemployment rate declined to 5.6 percent, payroll jobs increased by 252,000 but 456,000 dropped out in November.

“Today’s solid employment report caps off a strong year for the U.S. labor market, which achieved a number of important milestones in 2014,” Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said in a statement. “Total job growth last year was the strongest since 1999, while the unemployment rate fell at the fastest pace in three decades.”

“Although nominal wages fell in December, inflation-adjusted wages have generally been rising, and job growth has picked up in sectors that traditionally provide good, middle-class jobs,” he added.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reacted to the labor news by touting the jobs bills the new Republican Congress have been pushing, including the Keystone pipeline.

“It’s always welcome news when more Americans find work,” he said. “Yet while the economy is showing some signs of improvement, far too many middle-class families are struggling to bridge the gap between rising costs and stubbornly flat paychecks.”

RECORD 92,898,000 AMERICANS NOT IN THE WORKFORCE

political trailblazer #sarahpalin to keynote #nape2015 decision maker’s breakfast #houston

FORT WORTH, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NAPE is pleased to announce that Sarah Palin, the former Governor of Alaska and first female vice presidential candidate for the Republican Party, will give the keynote address at NAPE’s Decision Maker’s Breakfast in Houston on February 12 at the Hilton Americas. The Decision Maker’s Breakfast takes place during the annual NAPE Summit, the world’s largest upstream expo. Each year, the networking breakfast hosts a prominent speaker to examine key issues facing the oil and gas industry.

“We are honored to have Governor Palin keynote the annual Decision Maker’s Breakfast and share her valuable insights gained from her political career”

“We are honored to have Governor Palin keynote the annual Decision Maker’s Breakfast and share her valuable insights gained from her political career,” said Marty Schardt, executive vice president of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL). “From serving as chair of Alaska’s powerful Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, where she earned public praise for whistle blowing on corruption issues, to being the first female and youngest Governor of Alaska, her experience has provided her a unique perspective on industry. I know NAPE attendees will find her policy knowledge and industry outlook to be of great value.”

Known as a fearless and independent trailblazer – and named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” Governor Palin has the distinctive ability to unite, engage and attract audiences as she shares her insight into the issues facing our country today. At the 2015 Decision Maker’s Breakfast, she will address today’s critical issues such as energy independence as well as her perspective on current politics and the 2016 elections.

The Decision Maker’s Breakfast will take place at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 12 prior to the opening of the NAPE exhibit floor at 8 a.m. Launched in 1993, NAPE has become a must-attend event for those looking to initiate and close deals in the upstream space. Next month’s expo is expected to draw close to 17,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors.

To register for the Decision Maker’s Breakfast, visit NAPE’s website (note that seating is limited). To attend additional NAPE Summit events – such as the Icebreaker, Business Conference or Charities Luncheon – please visit http://napeexpo.com/ for more information.