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Jeb Bush is toast!

I looked up the origins of that idiom (using “toast” to mean in serious trouble or finished), and was quite surprised to discover that it came from the 1984 movie Ghostbusters. It seemed to me like an idiom that always existed during my lifetime and not one that first began to appear in common usage in the late 1980s (when I was in college).

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November 19, 2015 at EDT pm

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  1. And Cruz has moved into third as Carson fades. I recall a certain someone disputing my comment that Cruz will capture much of Carson’s vote…

    The Undiscovered Jew

    November 19, 2015 at EDT pm

    • Based on which poll? Yesterday’s Bloomberg still has him behind Rubio.


      November 20, 2015 at EDT am

    • The latest polls from PPP and NBC News have Cruz third. The others have him tied or only a point, or so, behind Rubio. The worst one can say is that Cruz and Rubio are statistically tied.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      November 20, 2015 at EDT pm

  2. Isn’t Ted Cruz ineligible to be president? He was born in Canada wasn’t he?


    November 20, 2015 at EDT am

    • Here’s a long comment from another site that outlines the eligibility issue as it concerns guys like Cruz, Rubio and Obama:

      The elephant in the living room that everyone is ignoring big time, including the contributing members of this website is the ineligibility of B. HUSSEIN Obama for the office of the POTUS. Obama is still a usurper and this emboldens the two remaining GOPe candidates – Rubio and Cruz.

      None of these three fraudsters are natural born U.S. citizens as dictated by the U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Clause 5.

      The Framers drafted and adopted the Constitution and its natural born citizen clause in 1787. The Constitution does not define the clause. We therefore need to look to see what their definition of the clause was then, unless there is some evidence that the clause was ever amended by a duly ratified constitutional amendment. The only constitutional amendment that defines citizenship is the Fourteenth Amendment. Both Minor v. Happersett (1875) and U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark (1898) have both explained that the meaning of a natural born citizen is not found in the Fourteenth Amendment. Hence, Article II’s natural born citizen clause has never been amended by our Constitution.

      Our U.S. Supreme Court has informed that one way to learn what meanings the Framers gave to terms or clauses they put into the Constitution at that time is to look to the state of things and meanings that existed at that time. Both Minor and Wong Kim Ark have explained that one significant piece of evidence to look at is the common law that existed at the time of the Framing. Both Minor and Wong Kim Ark defined a natural born citizen under the common law with which the Framers were familiar when they drafted and adopted the Constitution. The unanimous U.S. Supreme Court explained in Minor that that common law defined a natural born citizen as a child born in country to parents who were its citizens at the time of the child’s birth and that all the rest of the people were “aliens or foreigners” who needed to be naturalized under Acts of Congress or treaties. Minor even added that “there have been doubts” whether children born in the United States to alien parents were even “citizens” under the Fourteenth Amendment. Since Virginia Minor was a natural born citizen and a fortiori a citizen, there was no need for Minor to address and answer the Fourteenth Amendment question. Wong was not a natural born citizen under the Framers’ common law, but he was born in the United States. Wong Kim Ark had to therefore to address and answer the Fourteenth Amendment question of whether he was born “subject to the jurisdiction.” Relying on the colonial English common law as and aid to interpret and apply that clause, it held that children born in the United States to alien parents who were permanently domiciled and resident in the United States and neither foreign diplomats nor military invaders were also “citizens” of the United States from the moment of birth by virtue of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Court did not need to nor did it hold that Wong was an Article II natural born citizen. Hence, not only did Acts of Congress and treaties make more citizens of the United States of people who would otherwise not be citizens, but so did the Fourteenth Amendment. And Wong Kim Ark informed that persons born in the United States to qualifying alien parents were included at “citizens” by the force of the Fourteenth Amendment.

      Senator Ted Cruz was born in Canada to a U.S. citizen mother and non-U.S. citizen father. He cannot be a citizen under the common law relied upon by the Framers to define a natural born citizen. He therefore does not meet this constitutional common law definition of a natural born citizen which would a fortiori make him a “citizen” also. Nor can he be a “citizen” of the United States “at birth” under the Fourteenth Amendment, which status is reserved only for children who are born in the United States and “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” and who, not meeting the requirements of the common law which defines a natural born citizen, are not natural born citizens. Rather, he falls into that class of persons who at common law, because they were born in a foreign country, needed to be naturalized by an Act of Congress or treaty. Since he was born out of the United States, although to one U.S. citizen parent, Congress saw fit to naturalize him as a “citizen” of the United States “at birth.” Without such naturalization act, Cruz would be an alien at common law. If Cruz needed such naturalization act to be a citizen and if without such act he would be an alien at common law, he simply is not and cannot be a natural born citizen, for such a citizen does not need any positive law in order to be a citizen. See Wong Kim Ark (considered children born out of the United States to U.S. citizen parents to be naturalized by acts of Congress and explained that under the English common law, only children born in the King’s dominion and under his jurisdiction were natural born subjects and that any child born out of that dominion needed an act of Parliament to naturalize him or her); and Rogers v. Bellei, 401 U.S. 815 (1971) (both majority and dissent said the same as Wong Kim Ark which was that children born out of the United States to U.S. citizen parents become citizens of the United States only through the grace of Congress who made them citizens through a naturalization Act without which those children would be aliens). It simply defies logic and good reason and renders the natural born citizen clause a nullity to conclude that a person who would not be a citizen at all without a naturalization act of Congress is a natural born citizen. Including such a person as a natural born citizen effectively reads the natural born citizen clause out of the Constitution, but does so without constitutional amendment.

      In short, Mr. Cruz is a “citizen” of the United States “at birth” by virtue of a naturalization Act of Congress since his birth in 1970. As such, he is not and cannot be an Article II “natural born citizen.” Since he is neither “a natural born Citizen, [n]or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution,” he is not eligible to be President and Commander in Chief of the Military.

      For my response to Neal Katyal and Paul Clement article, see Mario Apuzzo, A Response to Neil Katyal and Paul Clement on the Meaning of a Natural Born Citizen , accessed at .

      Credit: Mario Apuzzo, Esq.

      Marco Rubio is an anchor baby. He was ‘subject to the jurisdiction’ of Cuba when he was born of Cuban citizen parents. Rubio only acquired his U.S. citizenship when his parents naturalized as U.S. citizens.

      Rubio and Cruz, are defrauding Americans on their POTUS candidacy. None of these individuals are natural born U.S. citizens. All are statute citizens.

      Andrew E.

      November 20, 2015 at EDT am

      • Jeb Bush, to my knowledge, opted to take his wife’s Mexican nationality when they married.


        November 20, 2015 at EDT pm

  3. Oh, you people are so naive. Carson’s running for VP and much if not all of this is predictable theatre.

    Viscount Douchenozzlé

    November 20, 2015 at EDT am

  4. …came from the 1984 movie Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters logo creator just died.


    November 20, 2015 at EDT am

    • First time I heard of that slang was when Elvis Patterson, a defensive back for the New York Giants, was called “Toast” by Bill Parcells after he got “burned” by an opposing wideout.


      November 20, 2015 at EDT pm

  5. JayMan

    November 20, 2015 at EDT am

  6. Curle

    November 20, 2015 at EDT pm

  7. Does ¡Jéb! really need anyone outside of the 0.01% to like him in order to become a presidential nominee? I think he plans on just being the last man standing … once it’s just him and Trump or him and Carson or him and Cruz, then it’s just a matter of using whatever arm twisting, dirty tricks, and deal sweeteners are necessary to get 51% of the delegates to say no to the other guy. This does not necessarily require him to win any primary, much less a debate. Of course, the goal is to develop an air of inevitability such that he eventually becomes the only viable candidate and starts winning some primaries by default. From a certain type of mindset, the win by default is the best win of all.

    Of course the ¡Ĵėb’s donor’s could dump him and bet on Rubio instead. But they don’t have to. The generals are used to giving orders to the enlisted men, not the other way around.

    Greg Pandatshang

    November 20, 2015 at EDT pm

  8. Jeb is finished. His donors have all jumped ship to Rubio. Eventually the establishment will all rally around Rubio but not until after NH. Iowa will either be Trump or Carson and NH will be Trump so the establishment will realize after that that they need to get serious and all join team Marco for SC.

    By the way, Rubio can easily win SC and FLA as long as Carson and Cruz continue to take votes away from Trump.

    Otis the Sweaty

    November 20, 2015 at EDT pm

  9. Jeb is no longer a viable candidate. His money men have all jumped to Ricky Ricardo Rubio who no doubt promised a non-White America for the moola injection. Jeb had a name and some Dynasty thing he could have used with some snazzy ads relating to that late 80s soap opera that might have appealed to some voters, but the stupid fucker decided to badmouth America and make ads in Spanish. This guy must be the dumbest Shrub in the Garden of Evil.

    Joshua Sinistar

    November 21, 2015 at EDT am

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