Get Out There And Hustle

For longer than I have been alive there are thousands of coaches each year who have told hundreds of thousands of players to “Get out there and hustle.” When Pete Rose was playing baseball his nickname was “Charlie Hustle” because of his aggressive all-out style of play. So when a football coach tells his team to “hustle” he is not instructing them to fake a field goal.

I don’t think Democrats ever played sports. They seem familiar with the other kind of hustle.

I found that tweet following links from a story about the brutal unmanning of Manu Raju by the thuggish Martha McSally. Women who watched that video clutched their pearls. Men who watched it clutched their balls. Poor Manu.

CNN reacted with shock and horror at the unjustified emasculation of their friend. The announcers at CNN knew they had to report the atrocity so that the world would know. So they made a story out of it, and the story went viral.

Shortly thereafter, someone in McSally’s camp registered the domain, and her re-election campaign was capitalizing on the quip.

Oh, the humanity! (insert ‘eyeroll’ emoji here)

Anyhoo, I was looking at the picture in that tweet and these words caught my eye:

“No corporate PACs
Just people like you.”

My first thought when I read that was “Gee Mark, people like me don’t donate to people like you.” Then I thought about what dishonest and total bullshit the “no corporate PACs” thing is. The ad is for Mark Kelly who is a Democrat but just about every candidate in both parties makes the same claim. “No corporate money.”

What is a “corporate PAC?” Corporations may not donate directly to a PAC, and PACs are limited to $5,000 per year in how much they can donate to a candidate. That’s small money. The big money is in the independent expenditures. That was what Citizens United was all about- SCOTUS struck down limits on independent expenditures. How do you turn down an independent expenditure?

Here’s the other part of the ‘no corps’ pledge: Money is fungible.

When the law says a corporation may not do something, that does not mean that the people who own the corporation can’t do it as individuals. So if you say you won’t take money from corporations does that mean you won’t take money from the people who own the corporations?

That’s a lot of people, even if you limit it to major shareholders. And unlike me, they are exactly the kind of people who would donate to Mark Kelly.

You want to impress me, Mark? Refuse to accept donations from anyone who is not a legal resident of Arizona. It doesn’t seem right to spend four years harping about “Russian meddling” and then turn around meddle in an election in a different state’s elections.

But wait! There’s more!

If you click on the link under the picture it will magically transport you thru the miracle of the internets to a page with a header that says:

Mark Kelly
U.S. Senate

Except that is not Mark Kelly’s home page. It’s a page at ActBlue, the lefty PAC.

You can also see these words:

Help send Mark Kelly to the United States Senate!

We need someone representing Arizona who leads with science, data, and facts. Mark is a veteran combat pilot, an engineer, and an astronaut who has devoted his life to public service. Now he’s running for the US Senate to improve people’s lives. Mark refuses to accept corporate PAC money, which means his campaign is fueled by grassroots donors. He can’t do it without you.

Chip in now to send a message to the corporate special interests and support a better future for Arizona.

Reading that made me feel so patriotic I had to stand up and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. After the stuff I quoted there is some mumbo jumbo that you certify that you aren’t a Russian agent and that Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself, but off to the side all by itself is this sentence:

Your contribution will benefit Mark Kelly.

Now if you were a Democrat and therefore gullible, and you saw that ad posted in Tweeter thread, and you were horrified at the callous thuggishness of Martha McSally and the way she shredded poor Manu’s boy parts and you wanted to donate to the thuggish Martha McSally’s challenger, you might click on the link which directed to a link that brought you to this donation page, you might take out your credit, debit, and/or EBT card and make a donation.

After hitting print screen and posting your evidence of the donation on social media (gotta virtue signal) you might feel pretty good about yourself. Except you didn’t donate to Mark Kelly, you donated to ActBlue. It’s a great hustle.

ActBlue is a non-profit PAC. (Aren’t they all non-profit?) (The Clinton Foundation was a non-profit too.) ActBlue is totally pro-Democrat and they raise money strictly for Democrats but they are totally not affiliated with the Democrat Party. ActBlue will accept donations on a candidate’s behalf, but they skim off a fee (aka “the vig”) for handling the transaction. But they also raise money for themselves. A lot of money.

Whenever there is some new outrageous tweet or statement or action by Donald Trump, ActBlue is there, fundraising. But when your business model is raising money from outrage you tend to see a lot more things as outrageous. You might even be tempted to gin up outrage, or stage it, or even fake it.

I believe it was Hillary Clinton who said, “Public service and be a very enriching experience.” So can political consulting and operating PACs, charities and other non-profits. Just ask Pope Frankie. His solid gold toilet didn’t come from bingo.

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107 Responses to Get Out There And Hustle

  1. Myiq2xu™ says:

    One of the reasons the political class hates Trump is that they make a lot of money running political campaigns and providing support services to candidates. Trump didn’t hire them so he didn’t “pay the vig” when he rai in 2016.

  2. elliesmom says:

    McSally is one of many candidates who is going to need a big Republican turnout to keep her seat. What she said about Manu is getting positive feedback from Republicans, although not from all of the conservative media hacks, so she won’t be hurt by it, but it’s not going to energize people to vote for her unless they’re already going to the polls to vote. One of the things I’ve observed, mostly because it’s a no-brainer, is when someone lives in a state where the outcome is determined before the election ever happens, it takes a lot to get the opposition out to vote. I’m hearing a lot of “We know whoever the Democrat is will win Rhode Island, but let’s see how many towns we can get to go for Trump.” You never know, it might work. The state went for Reagan over Mondale so it’s possible.

    • Somebody says:

      I like that strategy and would love to see some surprises like that in November. In some of the smaller or less populated states it really doesn’t take that many people to “turn it red”. Especially when you consider typical voter turnout. Shake the bushes so to speak, get people to the polls. For years I’ve looked at the raw numbers and wondered why no republican ever thought about or attempted to flip some states. They always follow “the plan”, Florida, Ohio, blah, blah.

      By the same token a D could nip away at lower population red states in the same manner, yet they don’t.

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        Some campaign moves are intended to energize your base, others to depress their base.

        If you can’t make the voters like you then make them hate your opponent. Whatever it takes to reach 50% +1

        • DeniseVB says:

          I’ve noticed the Dems are both energizing (Orange Man Bad!) and depressing their own base (Send money to impeach/defeat Orange Man Bad!), little else. This is nothing like I experienced in 04 and 08 with the Edwards campaign. It was definitely a flag waving grassroots campaign and a lot of fun.

  3. helenk3 says:

    I love the McSally liberal hack tee shirt. Thought it was a great idea. raise funds and have fun at the same time

  4. J says:

    I said this before and it is I think worth repeating. When nanny bloomie ran for mayor he used his billions to hire every person involved in politics. Stratigists, pollsters, canvassers. Many got paid to do nothing but not compete. No candidate stood a chance against him. He became mayor because he bought it. I moved to NYC at the end of Koch and lived through Dinken’s. It was a mess. Then came Rudy. He focused on quality of life crimes i don’t know what Time Square looks like now it was a mess under dimocrats. Rudy turned it around. It was spectacular when I left in 2006.
    Can nanny buy 2020?

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      They are already gearing up in Virginia to accept thousands. There are to be new grants available to do planning for the “changes” to come.

  5. Mothy67 says:

    I think my mom has stepped into full blown old age crazy. I am the laziest person that according to my grandmother was the laziest person that God ever let live on his good great Earth. I suck. I have a snow blower. My sidewalk is three cars long. It takes me longer to get dressed than it does to do my walk. The woman that claims she is my mother thinks I should run my machine and do the block. Yes I did it.

    • lateblum says:

      Your neighbors will love that they don’t have to go out to shovel. I just read a note on the nextdoor neighbors listing from a woman who was thanking “whoever shoveled our walks today” as her husband had just come home from the hospital after having shoulder surgery yesterday. Now I have to go out to clean off my car and go to the store. 😟

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    Here’s an interview with Omar’s challenger.

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    My POS senator.

  13. Cisco says:

    “Pay the vig”.
    May I assume you too may have dealt with shall we say “undocumented loan officers” in the past?
    Having two unbroken legs is great collateral…so I’ve heard.

  14. Mothy67 says:

    Shay has been a vegetarian for years. It was never a big deal. It cost a bit more but never a big deal. She dicovered bread she is okay ripping off one slice of crusty bread and dipping it in soup i am not I eat the whole loaf slathered in butter. I cannot stop. Do they even have bread rehab? Why do mussels taste so good with bread?

    • Cisco says:

      Because you get to dip the bread in the cooking broth.
      To me that’s just just as tasty as the mussels, maybe even more.

    • swanspirit says:

      Everything tastes good with bread. Especially buttered bread dipped in an over easy egg. According to poets, it’s the stuff of life.

    • elliesmom says:

      You might enjoy having a bread machine, You dump the ingredients in, push the button, and come back 3 hours later to fresh, warm bread. I made French toast yesterday with some whole wheat pecan bread I made in my machine, I love Vermont cheddar cheese soup with maple oatmeal bread dunked in it. Mussels are really good with roasted garlic bread. Liquid ingredients first. Then the dry. Then machine does all the work. My 8 year old granddaughter can do it.

      • SHV says:

        Zojirushi bread machines are the best…..not inexpensive but last forever and work great. I take the easy approach and order mixes from Prepared Pantry.

        • elliesmom says:

          I have a Zo. I love it. I’ve had a Cuisinart, too, but the Zo produces a better loaf of bread. When I down-sized my kitchen, I left the Cuisinart behind for my son-in-law. I make most of my own bread, Regular loaves in the machine and artisan loaves in my KitchenAid. I keep a large container of yeast in the fridge all the time. Regular unbleached flour, bread flour, whole wheat, and rye. When I first got a bread machine, I went overboard eating bread, but now I don’t eat more than I would if I bought bread at the store. I just enjoy it more. It’s also one thing that’s cheaper to make than to buy.

  15. helenk3 says:

    Harry and Megan no longer part of the royal family. no more taxpayer money. nothing said on money from Charles

    • lyn says:

      I thought Diana left her boys come moolah?

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        I think they each got around 35 mil which was from her divorce settlement. Now they are likely restricted on accessing the capital, but Most commoners, could live very comfortably on the interest from that sum. Don’t H and M want to be just regular folk not hindered by all those royal duties and stuff.

        I saw they have to pay back the money used to redo Frogmore. 🐸 🐸 🐸 all g with no more 👑.

        Now take the Sussex title as well. They can be mr and mrs sparkles.

        • Anthony says:

          She’ll burn through that in a year. I used to LOVE Harry before he got Sparkled. Never thought he’d turn out to be such an easily manipulated jackass.

          • helenk3 says:

            I do not think they fully understand yet. From now on they will be mr and mrs used to be.
            all those offers she thinks she will get ain’t gonna be coming. The only real experience he has is being in the military and he can not do that anymore

          • Somebody says:

            I think I read that most of Di’s money will go to Harry, but they each got a set amount and get a stipend from the rest. They also both got money from the Queen Mum (great grandma), but William got a third of what the other great grandkids got since he’ll be filthy rich soon.

            Once Charles ascends William gets the Duchy of Cornwall trust worth 1.2 to 1.6 billion. A trust set up for the next in line in 1337. Anybody that dies in any crown country without a will, their estate goes into the trust. Any crown shipwreck found, bounty goes into the trust. Some of the crown harbors collect a fee that goes into the trust.

            The duchy of Cornwall or Cornwallis trust is worth big bucks, more than anything else the royals have. The heir (next in line) manages the trust, can move assets around and can receive the proceeds each year, but is not allowed to touch the principal.

            Apparently Prince Charles has been a very good steward of the duchy trust and it has grown significantly with he and his advisors at the helm. What he gets each year is his and he’s been getting a lot since he was 2 I think. He’s very wealthy. A few years back he agreed to pick up part of the total royal tab from the trust…….oh so generous 🙄

            Sooooo when Charles moves up then Harry gets all of Di’s money in the trust. Money she got from the divorce. Charles takes his money with him, but not the duchy trust. There is a separate royal trust for the Queen or King. The Queen gives lesser royals a stipend from her $$ too. The royals also get public trust money, which is what H&M volunteered to give up because their $$ wasn’t much.

            Big question is will Charles cut them off? That’s the bulk of their yearly money. Will the royals push back on the trademarks?

          • Anthony says:

            I don’t believe Charles will cut them off, but the Royal Sussex trademark should be rescinded. They’re no longer royal

          • Somebody says:

            Harry gets Di’s $$ when Charles moves up because William gets the duchy trust and will become filthy rich.

          • votermom says:

            I bet they divorce in less than 2 years

          • lateblum says:

            Yep. I give this marriage 2-4 years. I’d say they’ll be living apart in 2years.

          • lateblum says:

            Given her track record in relationships, her marriages haven’t lasted long. The one with family members only lasted until she was done finding them useful.

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  16. Dora says:

    The Queen must have really been pissed.

    Morgan is happy. 🙂

    • Cisco says:

      As President Trump would say “you’re fired”.

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        How long will Me-Me-Meghan stay with Hairy if he’s broke? Her lifestyle will eat up his fortune at the same rate that Mike Bloomberg is going thru his right now, but Bloomie is a billionaire and the campaign will end soon.

        • lateblum says:

          Plus, it’s his money. She thinks in terms of community property, I’d guess.

          • Somebody says:

            I don’t know the divorce laws in Canada or the UK, but we all know California is a community property state. She may hang on longer than you all think. If she can’t turn the royal thing into serious cash, she will probably at least hang on until the queen passes and Harry gets all of Di’s money now in a trust.

            If divorce terms are better she’ll be demanding a move to LA if the planned trademarks, books, etc., don’t bring in the money expected.

          • lateblum says:

            I’ll have to go back and read some of the posts to see if there is any mention of Archie and his future. She could really nail him when it comes to the child. Let’s pray she doesn’t get preggers again.

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    Oh come on! That’s not Haggis! Bobby Burns wouldn’t touch that fake stuff!

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  22. SHV says:

    FWIW……Trending on twitter….Who is that White Woman dancing with the LSU players? Answer:
    Gemi Bordelon wife of former LSU football player Ben Bordelon. Ben is now CEO of Bordelon shipyards with annual revenue of >$1 billion. Bordelon family apparently a big deal in La Repub. politics and was at the WH affair with the La Congressional delegation.

    As part of her bio, her bra size listed as 34B…..Jeebus…What’s next….The result of her last Pap smear?

  23. elliesmom says:

    The National Weather Service at 7:30 this morning said the snow would start here at 4:30. It’s 4:35, and it just started. We’re getting better at this stuff.

    • Somebody says:

      I hope most of it bypasses you and you just get a beautiful dusting.

      • elliesmom says:

        The snow is gently falling. No wind. So I don’t expect much drama from the storm. But we did have some excitement. Ellie treed a small black bear.

        • Somebody says:

          Oh my, small or not can they be vicious. Plus where’s mama? They are usually very protective of their babies. Hopefully it went on its merry way after Ellie came inside.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      we got the mix of snow/sleet/freezing rain and then just ice as predicted. Maybe they got it right because – Saturday. No need to amp the Snowmagedon fear mongering machine so most just went with the general info from the NWS.

  24. taw46 says:

    He reports for CBS and has been covering the earthquakes. A warehouse has been found with supplies, supposedly dating back to Hurricane Maria. And they are saying there are 7 more stocked warehouses. Read the thread, people are outraged with their government for not distributing these supplies since 2017. I seem to recall someone talking about the corrupt PR government. Hmm, who could that be?

  25. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Not as embarrassed as they are. I thought that CNN employees were incapable of embarrassment. The Covington kids, Russian collusion, that townhall in Broward . . . there are a ton of things CNN has done that are more embarrassing than that Blaze tweet.

  26. taw46 says:

    Mt.Laurel, recognize any of these? Lol.
    Do these people ever go on dates, to lunch with friends, to movies? Or do they spend all of their time figuring out what to wear at the next protest, what signs to carry, new songs and lyrics. By the way, this is the Chilean feminist anthem. I thought that was cultural appropriation?

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Thank goodness. For once I know no one in the clip!

      I can name several women that were to attend. so I might not be out f the clear yet as they are hanging about all weekend long.

      Hopefully no one at at our open house this weekend will be sharing their you tube rants. They are truly pathetic.

      A few of the new hires by organizations in our office space were also all geared up . Greta defender, MO ahd Hilly worshipers, vegans who lecture you about food choices, and proud haters of not just un-woke men but babies and children – so they are extra crazy.

      These are the people that love VA’s crazy ass Governor Northam.

    • DeniseVB says:

      The “Women’s March” was a gigantic failure today. Nobody understood what rights they were “fighting/protesting/whinging” for, nobody showed up to cover this clusterf**k. Doesn’t surprise me they’d march over to the Trump Hotel and double down on, “Hey, Pay Attention to US, the March Without a Clear Message”. LOL, these women don’t represent me !

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        They get a smaller crowd each year. There were a slew of push notices yesterday from all the local stations and several early today and then nada – which means it did not go ever as well as they hoped – although you will never hear anyone admit that via the MSM or DNC.

        The weather was crappy – but they have stunts planned for three days.I am surprised Northam did not come to address his fans.

  27. DeniseVB says:

    New thread up 😀

  28. Mothy67 says:

    So Shay is with her mom again tonight. I pushed it she needs to know her mom. They are getting along great. There were years with no contact. Is it wrong that I am angry and jealous. I am the cunt that has made sure she gets complete protein. You have no idea what I have gone through with meal planning . Vegetarians are a pain in the arse. Try feeding a jock that will never eat meat. Her mom can take her out to dinner. She does not nor has she ever bought socks or shoes. I made this happen. Her mom had been absent for years. She has three kids. She is a good mother. Things were different in 2006. She was 18 and she did not abort. What do I do fourteen years later? Should I talk with her mom and let her know I am jealous? It is her mom!!!! I am lost.

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