Been busy lately, so a few updates.
* I see Donald Trump continues to dominate the GOP polls. He seems to have ruthlessly deflated Ted Cruz's opposition to him, and if the Reuters rolling 5-day is anything to go by, Cruz is fading fast. If Trump ends up so much as winning the nomination, it's going to be a riot.
* I admit, I liked Cruz in a way, but I was never able to forget his multiple too-clever-by-half moments: Supporting TPP until the moment his vote was no longer needed to pass it. Stating his opposition to illegal immigration on the grounds that what was -really- need was a massive increase in legal immigration. Etc, etc. If I have to gamble - and I do - then I'm gambling on Trump.
* Meanwhile I see NRO is throwing down and doing all they can to try and stop Trump from winning the nomination. My prediction: it won't change a thing. Trump will win Iowa and New Hampshire, and probably the nomination itself. Funniest moment so far: the stern-faced statements about how Trump's nomination will mark the first time since Goldwater that conservatism has been sacrificed in a GOP presidential candidate, followed by shocked confusion when everyone responds by laughing.
* In 'local' news, I checked Ed Feser's latest post (his dissing of Coyne) only to find im-skeptical showing up to argue. This was promptly followed by dozens upon dozens of posts by people alternately laughing at him and tearing him to shreds. Last I saw he got Brandon of Siris' attention, who proceeded to demonstrate clinically, thoroughly and at length what I tend to just point out in a paragraph: Skep is an idiot and is so lacking in self-awareness that he qualifies as a chinese room. Wisely, Ed stopped taking him seriously pretty fast, so it remains to be seen how long he's willing to put up with essentially being called a retard by regulars. Feser's blog is filled with sharply intelligent sorts, but they're not nearly as 'fatally polite' as the esteemed Victor Reppert - they'll laugh in his face, as will Ed.
* Back to politics, I see Hillary Clinton is petrified at the prospect of Bernie Sanders making her nomination as 'inevitable' in 2016 as it was in 2008. Clinton's burdened by a host of problems - she's thoroughly unlikable, has a terrible track record as a politician, and her long history of attacking self-described 'rape/sexual assault survivors' is re-emerging at quite possibly the worst possible time in history. My prediction: if Hillary loses, look for Bill to unceremoniously divorce her on the spot. She will have outlived her usefulness, and that usefulness is the only reason she's still around.
* I wanted to like Bernie Sanders. Early on I heard that he had a more neutral attitude towards religion as opposed to Clinton's convenient 'It's time to change religion to match our new standards!' harshness. I heard he was a nationalist, opposed to illegal immigration because of the damage it causes American workers. Unfortunately it's become clear that he's a humongous SJW wimp, whose election would only be positive in a 'Wow, the disaster this will result in will be almost worth it for the entertainment value' way. His nomination, however, would be great just to see how Trump handles him.