WaterCooler OPEN THREAD 5/7/2016 Courage; Planet Nine; Forever #NeverTrump




“Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”  Dylan Thomas

It’s a Brave New World


A Post-nomination List of Heroes

“Were he to be nominated, conservatives would have two tasks. One would be to help him lose 50 states — condign punishment for his comprehensive disdain for conservative essentials, including the manners and grace that should lubricate the nation’s civic life. Second, conservatives can try to save from the anti-Trump undertow as many senators, representatives, governors and state legislators as possible.”  – George Will, The Washington Post, 29 April 2016

Senator Ben Sasse

Senator Sasse doubles down this week declining to support Trump or Clinton, asking in a Facebook open letter, “Why is that the only choice?”

“It is essential to listen first, to ask questions first and to learn how a broken institution got to where it is, because there are reasons people very rarely try to break special institutions that they inherit.”  – Senator Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, on Why he waited one year from election to first address the Senate.

Former Governor Jeb Bush

“Donald Trump has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character. He has not displayed a respect for the Constitution. And, he is not a consistent conservative. These are all reasons why I cannot support his candidacy.”   – Jeb Bush, Facebook post


Senator Lindsey Graham

“I don’t believe that Donald Trump has the temperament and judgment to be commander in chief. I think Donald Trump is going to places where very few people have gone and I’m not going with him.”  – Senator Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, CNN interview

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

Donald Trump has been invited to meet with Speaker Ryan next Thursday.  Carrot or Stick?  Common concensus says Ryan will remain committed to the party, but attempt equally to respect his own principles. What that will look like, is anyone’s guess.

“Well, to be perfectly candid with you, Jake, I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now. And I hope to, though, and I want to. But I think what is required is that we unify the party. And I think the bulk of the burden on unifying the party will have to come from our presumptive nominee.”  – House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, CNN Interview

“Saying we’re unified doesn’t in and of itself, unify us, but actually taking the principles that we all believe in, showing that there’s a dedication to those, and running a principles campaign that Republicans can be proud about, and that can actually appeal to a majority of Americans, that to me is what it takes to unify this party.”



Relocation Destinations if Trump is Elected

Planet Nine

Planet Nine is theorized mostly by what is missing, than what is evident. Just as a box is defined as much for the empty space around and in it, as it is the cardboard structure itself.

“‘Planet Nine’ has yet to be truly discovered. No one has seen it with a telescope. Instead, its existence is implied by the orbital behavior of a cluster of small, icy dwarf worlds far, far away.”   – Rachel Feltman, Washington Post

If anyone’s in the market for a new address, on a planet far, far away without leaving the galaxy, this planet is for you!

“Planet Nine circles our Sun at a distance of about 40 billion to 140 billion miles, or 400 – 1500 astronomical units. (An astronomical unit or A.U. is the average distance of the Earth from the Sun, or 93 million miles.) This places it far beyond all the other planets in our solar system.”   – Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

The Mars Opportunity

Although, maybe, a smidge too far to jump onboard, Big Red is planning a near-earth showing around midnight on May 30th.  Though not as close as in 2003, it’ll still be close enough to provide more bang for your entertainment buck than whatever anarchy nominee Trump plans on agitating that night.


“That is the point in Mars’ orbit when it comes closest to Earth. Mars will be at a distance of 46.8 million miles (75.3 million kilometers).”   –NASA

100th Year Anniversaries


A Conservative Game Plan

“Competitive strategy is about being different. It means deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique mix of value”  – Michael Porter, What is Strategy?, Harvard Business Review


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