The Guilt of Sean Payton: Murder, bounties, and the NFL hiding behind gun control

I don’t like Sean Payton, the head coach of the New Orleans Saints football team, mostly because I’m a Tampa Bay Buccaneer fan. I think he runs a dirty organization as was the evidence of his one year suspension a few seasons ago, and I think he leads a team of thugs.  That could be said of many NFL teams, but when a coach like Payton exploits that thug culture to squeeze out a few more wins for his own personal advancement I think he opens himself up to an extra level of scrutiny when something goes wrong.  And when an ex-star player of his, Will Smith was gunned down in the street on April 9th 2016 Payton didn’t blame the football players involved for their very bad behavior leading up to the tragedy—he blamed guns and took a progressive position socially to camouflage the failure of a culture which he has helped create—and that makes him a scum bag.

Former Saints DE Will Smith and his wife were out for a night dining with friends.  One of those friends just happened to be a cop who was involved in a shooting of the father of Smith’s future murderer—later that evening—ironically.    Smith had friends in law enforcement and he was a star football player and Super Bowl champion—so he had a sense of entitlement based on his behavior.  He was doing good things with his life and looked to be a good family man.  He had celebrity friends and was the star of whatever event he attended.  All was well until he started driving home and accidentally bumped into the very expensive Hummer driven by Cardell Hayes.

After Cardell Hayes lost his father to a police shooting the city of New Orleans paid the minor league football player a hefty sum of money for which he purchased a bright red Hummer.  It didn’t sit well with the football player to be rear ended on a late night Saturday while stopped in the road.  Hayes moved toward the sidewalk to get out of the way of traffic and settle the matter with the driver who hit him.  But instead of pulling up behind to exchange insurance information, like what was supposed to happen by law, and call the police to file a report, the car driven by Smith ran off invoking a hit and run incident.  Well, being a young football player who has had to scrap for everything on every play to get what he needs in life, watching that car run from the scene of the accident was apparently too much for Hayes who gunned off in pursuit of the fleeing vehicle.  It was unlikely known at the time that it was the famous Will Smith who had hit him and whom Hayes was chasing.  All Hayes knew was that someone had committed a crime against him and he was going to get the guy.  What Hayes should have done was write down the license plate number.  He would have had his justice and everyone would still be alive.  But instead Hayes torpedoed his car into Smith at a traffic light several blocks up the road and the two drivers met on the street for an angry brawl. One thing led to another and before anybody realized how serious the situation was, Hayes shot Smith in the chest six times killing the New Orleans football star.

Hayes stayed on the scene and admitted what he had done to police and everything was cleaned up and looked to be a pretty straight forward case of road rage. But it was in the aftermath that Sean Payton obviously missing his friend and speaking with a heart rooted in tragedy said that he hated guns, and that New Orleans was like the wild, wild, west.  Payton used the death of his friend to advance a progressive anti-gun stance without addressing the behavior that actually caused the violence in the first place, and that was disgraceful.  It made Payton an even worse person than I already thought he was and he appeared to think as Smith did that his level of celebrity could free him of the burden of judgment.  For instance, if Smith was as smart as news reports obviously wanted to portray him in this tragedy, why did he participate in a hit and run?  Was he counting on making a call to his friends on the police force to resolve the issue and to ensure that he was above justice because of his celebrity?  It certainly looked that way.  Payton seems to think that he can make reckless progressive statements because the people of Louisiana want another Super Bowl win so he calculated that they would just put up with his banter without question.

Most of the people I know in my neighborhood have guns and they often carry them.  Yet we never shoot each other—even when we get into traffic accidents.  It was only a few months ago that a lady hit me on my motorcycle nearly injuring me badly.  I was literally a half-inch away from losing my right leg.  We were both armed with guys, yet even in such a crises it never occurred to either one of us to shoot each other.  I simply yelled at her, and then once I saw how sorry she was, we quickly went to the business of settling the accident.  It was a very civil way to settle a tragedy.  It certainly didn’t devolve into the kind of violence that killed Will Smith.  That is because the problem isn’t guns, its behavioral science.  The football culture that Will Smith and Cardell Hayes lived within is built on primal valor and coaches like Sean Payton exploit that pent-up energy to win football games. For young people like Smith and Hayes—who often grow up fatherless, but find social redemption in popular gladiator sports the ethics on a football field often depend on an eye for an eye mentality.  There is a lot that goes on during a football game psychologically that never shows up on a television screen for which Smith and Hayes have made their livings and it’s not easy to turn all that off for civilian life.  Many football players have a hard time with that adjustment.  Will Smith was apparently attempting to do that and he was mostly successful.  But when you play a game where the alpha male rules the field and that an entire team depends on your ability to assert that dominance over other alpha males—the nature of the game doesn’t just leave the mind on the football field.  It sometimes carries over into the streets of whatever communities they live in.

Will Smith abused his rights as a private citizen when he attempted to roll away from the accident.  When he was challenged by another alpha male for attempting to flee likely they said things to each other that required in their minds an ultimate statement on who was the alpha male.  Hayes not having any other intellectual resources to guide his actions went for his gun and the rest his history.  But it wasn’t the gun that was the problem or that people carry them.  It is that we have a society that doesn’t understand how important alpha males are and how hungry young people are to either become them, or yield to them.  And for coaches like Payton who build alpha males for the benefit of football victories so that the people of New Orleans can feel good about themselves on a Sunday afternoon—he should have known better than to say the stupid things he did about guns.  In a lot of ways Payton was just as guilty of what happened in that murder as the gun was.  He breed and exploited the circumstances for which the violence was provoked in a road rage incident and like a coward—he deflected the blame to an inanimate object—instead of the behavior of the participants.  For a coach that paid players on his defensive teams, which Smith was a part from 2009 to 2011—to physically harm other players to take them out of a game, the morality of gun violence doesn’t hold much water when Payton helped create a culture that inspired violence against others.   

How guilty was Payton, well, for the NFL they came down on him hard—a $500,000 fine and a year suspension.  Considering the problems the NFL has had and how much they’ve let go over the years—Payton must have been pretty guilty.  If Payton had been a better coach and mentor, it is highly unlikely that Will Smith would have run away from a hit and run accident, or ran his mouth when cornered down the road by the victim.  We are all products of our environment and in the world of professional football; the head coach is the judge, jury and executioner of environmental influence.  Will Smith was a product of Sean Payton’s professional football teams and that product showed itself most when he crashed into Cardell Hayes then left the accident scene expecting to be relieved of the guilt.  Why shouldn’t Smith have expected to not be punished when he watched so many of his friends and fans forgive his head coach and push behind justice just so they could witness one more win in New Orleans on any given Sunday? The answer is, Smith didn’t know better and that was the fault of a culture who made him that way—and the guilt for most of what shaped that culture for Will Smith led right into the office of Sean Payton.

Rich Hoffman


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Thank You Merle Haggard: Saving lives with the wisdom of lyrics learned from hard living

I have a lot to thank Merle Haggard for and I’ve been thinking about them all since his death on April 6th 2016.  He had a lot of great songs, but for me the most important and my personal favorite was ‘Misery and Gin.’  I was 12 years old when I saw the movie Bronco Billy by Clint Eastwood for the first time.  It was and still is one of my favorite movies.  It hit me at just the right time in my life.  Like the Clint Eastwood character in that movie, I was socially awkward up to that point, so I could easily relate to his quirkiness.  But the tenacity for which the Bronco Billy’s character stuck to his beliefs even in spite of a changing world held a lot of appeal to me—so I watched it often.  One particular time was as a late teenager, I had just been in a serious car accident running around with friends.  The driver crashed in a manner that should have killed everyone.  I had blood running down every part of my body, and every bone hurt.  It was probably the most fun I had ever had watching a movie was that particular time.  I had taped Bronco Billy on a new VHS tape off television and enjoyed watching it when I needed a lift—and as I  breathed a sigh of relief at still being alive, the Bronco Billy message resonated intensely with me at that particular time.  And of all the good songs in that movie it was ‘Misery and Gin’ which had taught me the most about life.  Clint Eastwood wisely allowed Merle Haggard to have an extended section of the movie to sing his new song and rolled it nicely into the events of the movie—and I never forgot it.

‘Misery and Gin’ was everything that I didn’t want to be in life. It was a parody of itself, a country song that espoused all the misery that drinking, picking up loose women, and bars filled with cigarette smoke entailed.   It was an extremely honest song and was one that I decided very early on that I wanted nothing to do with relating to lifestyle choices.  It reminded me of several uncles I had who lived that life, and I thought they were losers.  It gave me more conviction to turn away from that kind of life well before I was deep into puberty—and I am thankful for it.  Regarding the night of the car accident, I was with a friend in a hot rod car after a Christmas party for the place we worked.  That friend and I had a rival relationship; we would continually outdo each other on daring deeds.  We took outlandish risks to satisfy the inner daredevil in us—such as playing high-speed chicken with cop cars, fighting the biggest bullies in whatever number they presented themselves and performing any risk of physical manner that opportunity allowed like jumping across high-rise roof tops.  We did some really crazy things that should have killed us several hundred times over—and neither of us ever backed down from anything.  But you can only push things so far.  We both had a knack for coming out on top no matter how deep in trouble we got ourselves.  I think I was around 17 at the time.

One thing I had on this friend is that he had difficulty with talking to girls and women.  I was never afraid to talk to any girl anywhere about anything.  It was very easy for me, but for him it was extremely difficult.  He could never find the right words for the right girl.  So I’d hang that over his head whenever I could.  He’d respond by showing off more to compensate for his inequity.  I had arranged for three very attractive girls to race us back to his house after this Christmas party so he was showing off in his hot rod car to do his part in impressing them.  He let them get on the highway in front of us by nearly a mile and his plan was to blow by them at over 150 MPH—to show them how fearless and how powerful his car was—because we all know that girls like that kind of thing—the naughty side of them anyway.  That’s when his angle was wrong and there was too much traffic on the road and his Chevy, Nova had too short of a wheel base to maneuver quickly in any kind of evasive action so he fishtailed wildly into a retaining wall after blowing by the girls and the car spun endlessly through the heavy traffic before going airborne then flipping end over end down the highway.  Of course we didn’t wear seat belts in those days.

Miraculously we landed with the car pinned up against a retaining wall, nose down and pieces of the car strewn all over the highway.  We were both alive and hadn’t hit any other cars somehow.  But we were all sliced up from broken glass and the violence of the impacts.  The police came and arrested my friend for reckless operation, endangerment and a whole host of other violations.  I was free to go to the hospital.  Instead, the three girls took me home and helped me get all patched up.  I put duck tape on the deep cuts to hold the skin together and applied maple syrup to clot up the blood that was still dripping everywhere.  After all that was over, I watched Bronco Billy after popping some popcorn and having a nice cold Coke.  That is when I realized that life didn’t get any better than that.  A good movie, a nice drink, and the thrill of being alive—all I needed was a nice woman to share that kind of thing with. I met my wife about 9 months later—and obviously now I live a lot like Bronco Billy did in that movie—by choice largely because I decided to after that night.  It was a little more complicated than that, but looking back, it’s pretty easy to see.

Of that movie it was actually Merle Haggard’s song ‘Misery and Gin’ which communicated strongest to me.  I decided I wanted no part of living anything like that life.  While most everyone I have known before and since find appeal to that lifestyle—it doesn’t have to be a country honky-tonk, it could be a BW3s or a nightclub—drinking and hanging out with women who have made bad decisions in their lives and living a life of perpetual misery just wasn’t something I was going to do—and I never have.  Even that night in the car, it was my love of life which was the secret ingredient that the girls liked so much and why it was so easy to get them to come along and do whatever I wanted—including patching me up.  Of course nobody understood that—but I knew it was the promise of getting away from the misery and gin lifestyle that the girls had been trained which was their ultimate fate by a society stuck to that fate by their own bad decisions.  I offered a release from that, something of a lottery ticket.  It was very appealing to both the opposite sex, and the guy friends I had who clearly wanted to be a part of it whenever possible.

I used Bronco Billy to bond with my wife.  We watched it several times a month during our early marriage and she came to understand the words of Merle Haggard very well.  Without Bronco Billy, it might have been too difficult to convey to her what kind of life I intended to live.  She wouldn’t have understood.   But the mood of the entire movie was captured so nicely in that old Merle Haggard song and I have to thank him for it.  It put my life in a positive direction very early.  Without it, I probably would have still found a way, but it might have taken me a decade or two more to figure it all out.  Because of his song, I was able to accelerate the process and apply it much more quickly than if it hadn’t of ever been made.  So I’ll miss Merle Haggard. He made my life better in a lot of ways. He was certainly one of the greats and I’ll always be thankful.  Listen to the words and maybe it will help you too.

Rich Hoffman


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The Addict John Kasich: Begging for money like a derelict one last time

If you ever wanted a way to explain to your kids why they should never do drugs, just point them in the direction of the Kasich presidential campaign.  It always comes up if you dig deep enough; illegal drugs are a terrible aspect of modern culture—especially in Ohio.  If there is one reason to despise illegal immigration, it is because of the horrendous effect that narcotics passing into our country hidden within that act entails—drugs turn good people into bad every time—without fail.  Now based on his behavior it would appear that John Kasich has become a serious drug addict.  What he is saying and doing makes no sense—he is delusional.  The day after the Super Tuesday presidential results where Donald Trump won five American territories and lost only one to John Kasich—Kasich complete with a confetti style victory party had his team put together this video.

Uuuuuuh, we are halfway through the election of more than fifty American territories who produce electoral votes and Governor Kasich of Ohio has only won one state with a measly 66 delegates—and that was Ohio on March 15th.  For him and really everyone else the election is already over except by defying the will of the American voter who has supported the Republican Party.  There is no other way for this election to end for Kasich other than a concession speech.  Yet, Kasich and his people sent me this email looking for money just two days from a miserable showing on Super Tuesday where he barely even stacked up any votes in most of the states—except for Ohio.  Nobody in their right mind—who has any money to speak of—would dump money into Kasich—these are supposed to be smart people.  But this email clearly shows the rationality of a crack addict looking for just one more hit before plunging themselves into bankruptcy.

Rich, want to defeat Hillary Clinton and win the White House? Only John Kasich can do it.

Gov. John Kasich is the ONLY Republican polls show can defeat her in three critical swing states: Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

Following our big Ohio win, we’re now focused on collecting delegates in Utah (will caucus on Tuesday) and the other major upcoming states like Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania and many others.

We will go into the convention with more momentum than any other candidate

Governor Kasich will be our nominee because he is the only candidate who can do the job of President and the only Republican who can WIN.

It’s critical that we continue to build on our momentum!

Chip in $25 or more right now to ensure we win the nomination.

Rich – not only will we continue to gain momentum before the convention but we’ll unify our party and defeat Hillary Clinton this fall.

We have an 8-point lead over Hillary nationally and would defeat her in Ohio by 21 points!

Our positive message is working and it’s gaining more attention every day.

Trump and Cruz are terrified to face Gov. John Kasich in the GOP convention. Here’s why:
Politico released a survey where 45% of respondents said that John Kasich is the best Republican candidate to go on and defeat Hillary Clinton this fall. Kasich finishes 12-points ahead of Cruz and a whopping 23-points ahead of Trump!
While the other candidates have run campaigns that divide us, Gov. Kasich is the lone candidate who’s run a positive campaign focused on working together to solve our greatest challenges with real, achievable solutions. 
Utah will caucus on Tuesday and Wisconsin voters will head to the polls on April 5th. We need your ongoing support to ensure that we can keep growing on our momentum from the big win in Ohio.
We WILL stop Trump from getting the nomination and we WILL win at the convention – and then we’ll go on to defeat Hillary this fall and begin the hard work of fixing America, together.

>>Chip in $25<<

>>Chip in $50<<

>>Chip in $100<<

Onward to victory,

John Weaver

Chief Strategist

That guy should be fired if he is the chief strategist for Kasich—and Kasich needs to enter re-hab immediately for signing off on it.  To even talk about going to a convention with the most momentum at this point is insanely stupid.  I know area Republicans are having a hard time with the Donald Trump eventual nomination because it will completely change the way they do business inside the Beltway–Lobby money for politicians is like heroin or cocaine is to a drug addict—for the sake of the American Republic—the practice has to end.  Politicians have not done the job correctly for two centuries, and American voters are pulling the plug on them—especially people like John Kasich.  How any Republican within the party leadership could look at the loser and conclude that he should be taking a victory lap after winning Ohio is just delusional—and it’s no wonder that so many people support Donald Trump.

We all speculate on how bad the “political class” really is, and have great fun making light of their efforts. But up until recently we didn’t have any alternative.  Trump gives us an alternative.  Cruz is too rigid for the job, and he is clinging on for dear life, legitimately.  He doesn’t do well in most of the states that are coming up–especially California and New York and now Lindsey Graham is actually joining sides with the hated senator for the sheer preservation of their Beltway addictions.  But Kasich hasn’t really been on the radar but in a few very progressive states who only vote for him because he’s like voting for a Democrat.  Everywhere else, he has bombed badly.

That can only lead us to believe that he has lost his sanity.  And he, along with many establishment Republicans have surrendered their logic to the gullibility of addiction.  They share with the most despicable of our national citizens a love for illusion conjured up by drug use.  Addiction to lobbyist entitlements to the brain of the consumer is no different essentially than a line of cocaine—because the result is the same—avoidance of reality, artificial stimulation of the present circumstances, and undeniable escape from the conditions of one’s environment. John Kasich and his team have shown that they are no different than the scum bag drug addict who would sell their children into the hands of villains just to feel the rush of their drug of choice one last time.  My answer to them is no different than if a homeless person missing all their teeth and wearing tattered clothing draped from their arms asked me for a few dollars in downtown Cincinnati.  You know by giving them money that they are only going to turn around and buy a bottle of alcohol or a hit of crack—that’s usually why they are in the situation that they are—because they made bad decisions based on a reality they couldn’t come to terms with.  And that is certainly the situation with John Kasich.  He has lost his mind in addition to losing the election during the presidential primary.  Now it forces us to do the hard thing—and that is to starve him out for his own good.  He has embarrassed us enough in Ohio.  Now it’s time to turn off the money—I certainly won’t be giving him any.

Rich Hoffman


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Trump’s Shangri-La Cincinnati Office: How to find it and what you can do to help


So, you’ve seen the last debate before the massive votes across the United States—specifically Florida and Ohio—and you want to know what you can do to help Trump have a big night.  Maybe you want to help walk neighborhoods in Ohio to keep Kasich—who has been an epic failure to those who know him best within the state—from winning on Tuesday, March   Maybe you want to do one little thing to rob him of that diminutive joy of at least winning Ohio during a primary process that has turned out to be a massive failure for him.  Kasich started running for president in 2013 and spent much of his second term positioning himself essentially as a Democrat to expand his influence to the northern part of the state just to run for president in 2016.   In the process he let down the people who helped elect him and that deserves some rectification.  Trump is the best chance we have of setting many things right, especially robbing Kasich of the Tuesday night prize.  Perhaps you want to make calls on behalf of Trump, or maybe you just want a yard sign.  Well, here is the information you need to make all those things happen over the next couple of days.

I went looking for yard signs for Trump and whatever else I could do to help and found that the Cincinnati office was nestled in a neat little business park behind Chuckee Cheese right off Kemper Road near Tri-County.  It was the second building south of the complex and on the second floor.  I noticed immediately in the windows facing north the Trump signs advertising the Shangri-La of American politics—the epicenter of the most exciting political movement in over an American century—perhaps longer.  Literally stepping into the building after parking on the west side of the building was a magnificent water garden with office complexes facing inward toward the lush atmosphere—a little bridge extended over a babbling brook filled with fish paved the way toward a Trumpian paradise beyond.  It was quite a majestic feel complete with all the elements of heaven.  I followed the path to its conclusion and found an elevator which took everyone upstairs to level 2.  Once there a short trip down the hall, a left turn for about 10 feet and the Trump campaign office was on the next door on the right.   Here is the information I used to find the office.

From: Robert Scott []
Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2016 6:19 PM
To: Robert Scott

Greetings. The Cincinnati Trump Office is now open and we have only 6 DAYS!!! I personally, Robert Scott, the State Director of Ohio, will be manning the office until Election Day on March 15!

Here is what we need ASAP.

(1) Volunteers in the headquarters. We will be open from 9 AM to 9 p.m. starting tomorrow. If you would like to bring anything to hang on the walls and decorate the headquarters. We have snacks and other goodies!

(2) Volunteers to make phone calls from the headquarters. Please bring your Cell Phone and Computer/Tablet with you.

(3) Volunteers to walk their neighborhood for Mr. Trump immediately until Tuesday!

The office is located at:

1329 E. Kemper Rd., Suite 4212 (Second floor) Cincinnati, OH 45246

I found Robert Scott there who was busy setting up the Saturday Trump rally in Dayton where Trump will glide up to a Wright Patterson hangar to give one of his airport speeches by stepping straight out of his private 757 and up to a podium to address fans.  Then a quick jump up to an arena in Cleveland to a packed house there.  Robert was busy also arranging a Sunday rally.   We spoke about the Duke Energy Center down in Cincinnati and we talked about Lakota Schools.  Lakota wouldn’t return the phone calls, and The Duke Energy Center emerged as a possible venue for Sunday just ahead of the election.  He and I spoke strategy and he loaded me up with campaign items and I left feeling that the Trump people were very well-organized and committed.  But they do need the usual help, so the days ahead of Tuesday will be a fight that will require as many people as possible that should be in on it.

I was reminded of the Perot Campaign office in 1992 which was on Montgomery Road years ago, next to Camargo Cadillac.  It was a very vibrant atmosphere that had the feeling of a revolution about it.  Another location that I remember well was the Greenup Street location right next to the Suspension Bridge in Covington, Kentucky.  Even all these years later I remember the camaraderie of going to war with those people in that time under those tenuous conditions.  It felt important and it was–it actually paved the way for where we are today.  I have been around other campaigns and there is a commonality to them—but nothing was quit like those experiences on Montgomery Road in the fall of 1992.  With that said, the energy I felt at the Trump headquarters in Cincinnati was surging beyond that Perot experience—because there was a feeling in the air that finally one of these elections would actually make a difference.  Most of the time, the kind of people who show up to volunteer for these kinds of things are full of love and passion—but the candidate is mostly all air.  Ross Perot certainly wasn’t—but he was nothing like Donald Trump.  Leaving that place and walking back through the indoor water garden back to my car was like the Trump candidacy itself.  A lush landscape of unexpected possibility surrounded by multiple businesses thriving with energy always looking toward opportunity—it was probably the most bizarre, yet all-encompassing place for Trump to have a southern Ohio headquarters.  What a great place to be a part of an emerging movement that carried on its back the hopes and dreams of a nation.

There are only a few days to make a difference.  So get down there, pick up some signs and spread them around town. Get them in front of voting places around Cincinnati on Tuesday.  Better yet, volunteer to go door to door.  Kasich and Cruz will certainly have their people out and Trump needs to have that ground game in place to advance the cause.  Even better than that, go down to the headquarters, order up some carry-out and make some calls under Scott’s direction.  You will never forget the experience.  It’s an opportunity to be a part of history and the memory of it will last a lifetime—regardless of the outcome.  Fortunately for this particular ground shaking movement—the stars are aligning in the favor of reform—for really the first time in American history without an armed revolt to go along with it.  And that is big news.

Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman


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Strategies and Conservative History of Donald Trump: Statements on Apple ahead of gathering under the tent of the Republican nominee

The trick now for Donald Trump is obviously making it so that Marco Rubio’s supporters along with Ted Cruz can jump over to him without feeling they betrayed their candidate.  So a change in presentation is due, especially now that Jeb Bush has announced that he’s out of the presidential race. John Kasich has no chance, Ben Carson has no chance.  Only Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio—both freshman Tea Party senators who don’t have much of a track record are left to determine who will be the Republican nominee along with Donald Trump—who is also a Tea Party favorite.  Let’s see, I heard several establishment Republicans in Butler County Ohio say in early 2013 when they were trying to stuff out the various Tea Party groups—that it would all be over by 2014.  Well, that’s not what’s happening.

Because of the vicious warfare a lot of these Cruz and Rubio people will be reluctant to side with Trump—so it will be the New York billionaire’s task to pull over the supporters and finish off these two—which should be rather easy.   There are a lot of things to pick on that could sink their ships really fast if Trump wanted to do it.  Rubio is from communist Cuba.   Ted Cruz had a father who was a communist revolutionary—and he was not born in the USA.  Both have had trouble with their personal finances and listing their paperwork obligations to some degree.  They both speak well, but are obviously above their head in personal experience. They were good candidates when Bush and Kasich were the focus, but now, they are front-runners subject to exposure—and it will be tough for them—there is a lot of easy fodder for Trump to expose over the next few weeks.

For them however, Cruz and Rubio, they will try to paint Trump as not being conservative enough and that is something that will have to be overcome quickly.  Trump was already dealing with that in his South Carolina acceptance speech before the print was dry for the morning papers.  That assertion, which many friends that I have in the Liberty movement support, is laughable.  The definition being used about conservatism has been established in the Tea Party wake of conservatives mixed with libertarians—and it is that criteria that is judging Trump’s viability of conservative values.  It is a political definition largely formed by Glenn Beck’s portion of the conservative Tea Party audience and is not based on actual conservative value—and that is what Trump needs to attack now in order to overcome the younglings—Cruz and Rubio.

If I had to write Trump’s life arch to arrive at this moment it would probably go something like this, Trump was hungry to step out of his father’s shadow—he worked really hard and put his stamp in New York in a big way enjoying a lot of early success.  He was the Michael Jackson of real estate and he worked extremely hard to get there.  The 90s came, and the bottom fell out of many of his investments.  He was over extended and struggling to stay afloat.  His father who was someone Trump leaned on a lot suffered Alzheimer’s disease and finally died in 1999.  Also over this span, Trump went through two marriages, had to file bankruptcies on several of his properties to keep them from sinking everything he had worked for and he had to pound through a lot of public scrutiny—a lot of people who wanted to kick him on the way back down off his 80s successes.  As a developer in New York, where a lot of liberals control things, Trump had to donate money just to play the game.  There weren’t a lot of Republicans in the world he was living in—so he had to do what it took to help his businesses.  He survived the 90s with a lot of personal skill and triumph and faced the next century without his parents, and a company that needed him to bounce back and carry it on his shoulders toward new heights.  Most of the things Trump faced in the 90s would have forced lesser men to jump off a roof, but Trump just buckled down and solved everything with sheer tenacity and intelligence.  In the post parent years, Trump truly broke out to be his own man—and along the way he started the Apprentice on NBC with Mark Burnett and actually refined himself over the course of 14 seasons as he was a teacher to several young people on a very popular television show.  Along the way, he bounced around on political positions, largely because most of the people he was dealing with were liberals—but he never personally lost himself.  He never drank, did drugs or got himself into misdeeds with women even though he could have easily as a single person at the time.  He met his current wife in 2004 and she seemed to be just what he needed as a person.  Since she came along, his personal focus has been surgical and his businesses have grown enormously.  He could not be a liberal in any way because of the way he has raised his family.  His kids show his conservatism, his businesses could not have been raised to the level they are without him being conservative to his very core—because liberals cannot think right to become wealthy the old fashion way.  Trump has been vetted through the harshest fires and he has endured and actually excelled.  I can say that I know what kind of president he’ll be, and I don’t have to worry about him crowning himself king.  He’s far more complex than that—and more reliable.

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio comparatively have done nothing in their lives.  They are professional politicians without much of a track record and a lot of youthful idealism.  They have not survived the fires of reality all so well—they are actually a bit like Trump was in the 80s.  They have yet to face any hard crashes in their lives—which they will—and you don’t want a person in the White House who might not handle things so well under enormous pressure.  Cruz has been a good debater and argued in front of the Supreme Court, but that’s a rather small thing compared to all the achievements of Trump.  And Rubio in his short career has even been caught on the Gang of 8 mishap with Chuck Schumer—which will be easy for Trump to expose in the coming weeks.  However Trump does get into trouble is with statements like what he made about Apple.

The answer to Apple is not to boycott them, or even to have the government force Apple to unlock the cell phone of the California ISIS terrorists.   Trump’s comment that the government “owns” the phones is incorrect.  Trump the CEO is used to operating as a top down manager which is actually needed right now in the White House because of all the dysfunction—but you have to understand that government is owned by the people.  I’m sure Trump understands that, and his intentions with Apple are good, but he’s wrong in assuming that government could solve the problem of encryption with judicial force.  It just feeds the anxiety that Glenn Beck and Ted Cruz are already feeding about Trump’s conservatism.  The government should not be in the business of telling companies what to do.  In the case of Apple, rather than sitting around like a bunch of sorry losers for two months complaining that they couldn’t break the encryption of the confiscated phone, they should have hired a 12-year-old kid to hack the thing.  If Apple can invent something, then someone else can reverse engineer it and in this day and age, there is a kid out there who can do it.  The FBI should have utilized them instead of looking to impose government rule over a private sector company. Out of all the good things that Trump has said and done on this run for president, the supporters of Cruz and Rubio will take pause with that kind of talk—so it’s best to avoid those types of impulsive statements.  The FBI should not be waiting for a court order to force Apple to cooperate, and nobody should boycott Apple with peer pressure to force their hand.  It is up to the FBI to use all their vast resources to break the code.  I do not believe them when they say they can’t get in.  What they want is an easy way to get at such information in the future.  They are looking to move the Overton Window for all future cases in favor of them—which is dangerous.

Even if Trump doesn’t win in Nevada he’s in good shape to win the nomination.  He’ll do well in Nevada—and he’ll get plenty of delegates.  Marco Rubio didn’t do well in New Hampshire or Iowa, so even if he surges, he’s still way behind in the delegate count and Cruz has consistently been in third place.  He has no support from his colleagues in the senate and that will hurt him at this phase.  He has peaked out.  He’s not going to win, so his supporters need to get their minds around it.  Trump at this point could come in second and third in several of the Super Tuesday races and he’d still be poised to win.  Personally, he would consider it a failure to lose anything—but in the game of numbers, they are all in his favor.  So it’s time to start thinking about the next step.  Trump is far more conservative than Cruz and Rubio—not by what he says—but by how he acts when the rubber hits the road.  And to me, that’s what matters most.  Cruz and Rubio have not been job creators. Trump has, and he has a lot more experience at the hard decisions it takes to actually do things in the real world.  There is a big difference between idealism and actuality.  Trump has had a long career of making success out of hard realities whereas everyone else has simply just talked about it.  Trump would be wise to stick to his experience and shift into that next gear that will make it easier for the Cruz and Rubio people to come into his tent.  They may do so reluctantly, but it’s time for them to start moving in that direction.

Now, one last thing about establishment politics, the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that excited everyone but Trump supports right before the South Carolina vote was obviously a small sampling of known Cruz/Rubio supporters hoping to turn the tide of public opinion just ahead of the vote.  The Bush campaign floated it out, and all the major news organizations ran with it—even though it was the only one.  That is how deep the establishment is on the process and it should tell voters everything they need to know.  Yet Trump didn’t buckle at all.  He was calm and cool through the whole process.  On the night before the election he held three massive rallies which made news all over the state.  Trump simply out-worked everyone.  With Trump in the White House he will set a new bar as far as what’s expected out of a sitting president.  There is nobody running who works as hard at things as Trump.  And the establishment doesn’t know what to do with him.  They’ve thrown everything including the kitchen sink at him because there is one thing that Trump has that none of them do—including Rubio and Cruz—Trump loves hard work.  They run from it by default.  That is what’s wrong with Washington D.C.—to its core.  We need a president who will make “hard work” fashionable once again—and nobody can do that like Trump.  Calvin Coolidge was a very hard worker—but he couldn’t sell it.  Trump can outwork Coolidge—but he can also sell it—and that is exactly what America needs right now.  It doesn’t need a political definition of conservatism.  It needs a hard worker who can convince America to do the same.  And that is what Trump is after a long life of really hard knocks. He’s not going to lose this election at this point.  Because nobody is able to outwork him to the finish line—so if you are not yet a Trump supporter and you don’t want Hillary in the White House—it’s time to come to terms.

Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman


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The Blackmail of Jim Spurlino: Attack, attack, and attack until the person who did it to you is having nightmares

Jim Spurlino’s campaign manager called me to clarify that the issue his candidate for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District was facing was not sexual impropriety, but was in fact a child support dispute.  I did a review about a ‘meet the candidates’ night I videotaped for the West Chester Tea Party and provided my opinions based on the performance—of which Spurlino wasn’t present.  CLICK TO REVIEW.  I liked Jim Spurlino because of this following USA Today article. 

If Donald Trump needs any help fulfilling his promise to build a wall along the U.S-Mexico border, he’ll find a volunteer in Ohio.

Jim Spurlino, owner of Middletown, Ohio’s Spurlino Materials and a candidate for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District, offered to send his company’s “mobile concrete plants” to the border to build a barricade that prevents immigrants from coming across illegally.

“The nation needs a concrete-strong border to protect patriotic Americans from foreign terrorists and illegal job-snatchers,” Spurlino said in a statement Monday.

I thought that was great, but then out of nowhere Spurlino released this information:

“These professional politicians must fear me,” Spurlino said. “I’m not perfect, but I’ll be honest with the voters.”

Spurlino, the owner of Spurlino Materials in Middletown, did not elaborate on what details could have ruined his reputation. He did say it stemmed from the end of a previous marriage.

Spurlino has been divorced twice, according to court records. His most recent divorce came in 2013.

“I would hope that this campaign and my opponents would stick to the issues,” he said. “That’s what I know the voters want to hear about.”

Spurlino called the tactics “cloak and dagger crazy stuff,” before alleging one of his opponents also has stalked his 16-year-old daughter on social media.

“I really can’t believe that kind of stuff happens,” he said.

Spurlino says in his campaign website he and his current wife have raised eight children together.

Neither Spurlino nor anyone on his campaign staff was immediately available for comment.

Talk about mixed messages.  On one hand Spurlino appeared to be a Trump-like candidate, who was ready to fight, but then he was a victim of blackmail playing a sympathy card.  It seemed like two different people who is a huge alarm to me.  I was relieved in a way to find that the situation wasn’t some kind of embarrassing sexual indiscretion because that is a major no, no for me.  If a man can’t keep his house in order at home, they won’t be worth anything as a public candidate.  Child support can be a serious issue as well, but often that kind of thing can be screwed up by government accounting, which happens more than people might think.  I have a big problem with our social trend toward the courts mediating in family affairs.  I mean just recently a Butler County judge favored a swingers club in West Chester ruling against the trustees—so the courts can be just as screwed up as anybody.  The best way to avoid it is to not get divorced.  Spurlino has been married three times and that is a problem, but so has Trump—who I do support.  So if I believe in the candidate, I can overlook some things.  But once you let the government-run your family and divide up finances, it’s over, they rule over your family and its affairs and I can see how someone could end up in trouble with a government-run child support agency controlled by incompetent employees like those found at the BMV.

I spoke to Jim’s campaign manager for a while and we talked about a lot of things, including who he thinks sabotaged Spurlino with the alleged blackmail and I can believe it.  If Spurlino brands himself as a Trump-type candidate strong on immigration, there are a lot of establishment types in Butler County who would have a big problem with him.  I can see them trying to destroy a candidate who made big news for a local race in USA Today.  I remember when I made it into a Forbes article over a political issue and saw how the other side reacted with an eye bleeding vengeance filled with panic—there was never a more ruthless attempt to destroy a person just for being a good person.  If Spurlino could evoke that kind of anger against the establishment, he’d do a good service to conservatism.  But he can’t do that if he puts out a couple of campaign videos trying to apologize for something to get out ahead of a story that appears not to be a very big deal—it’s a family issue that looks like it’s been resolved within the family.  The courts might be in a fuss, but that is likely because they are idiots.  By trying to deal with the issue in a clandestine fashion it provoked a liberal Dayton Daily News reporter to do a lot of digging to find out what the big secret was—which turned out to be far less scandalous than it might have otherwise been.

Just a bit of advice and this goes for anybody.  If someone slips an envelope under your door trying to hang you for something—well the best thing is to be as squeaky clean as possible so you never have to worry about such a thing.  But if it does happen, attack.  Attack, attack, and attack until the person who did it to you is having nightmares about you.  Never let up and drive them into the ground so that they can never get up.  That is my policy and a lot of people have had to learn the hard way.  They read here every day hoping that somehow some way that I’ll stumble and fall so they can peek their heads above the ground in some way once again.  And I’d say to Spurlino, if you are a tough guy, then be one.  Don’t play politics with losers and let your aggression fly loose.  If you have what it takes to work in Trump’s wake, then be bold and hit hard.  If you don’t get elected this time, so what.  Just don’t play it safe.  We have enough people who have been elected to the 8th District who were just pacifists looking for a stable job.  We need fighters in modern politics and the best test of that is in how you deal with people who try to challenge you on the campaign trail.  If someone did you wrong—destroy them.   Don’t complain about it, just take care of it.

Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman


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Lisa Wells of WLW Arrested: Probably shouldn’t have went to the political center, Chuck

I’m not surprised.  Chuck and the gang at WLW picked Lisa Wells once Darryl Parks was out-of-the-way.  Looks like they made a pretty bad decision.  

She was a drug user according to her arrest records and a Lakota levy supporter–which is kind of the same thing.  She was WLW’s way of becoming more “inclusive” to a new demographic that hasn’t typically listened to talk radio.   Why do these things keep happening to WLW? 

Sounds like a management decision to me–the wrong people are in charge and they keep all the wrong people around.  They appear to let knuckle-dragging losers who get stuck on their own roof make decisions based on boobies and tax increase support instead of good hard logic.  CLICK TO REVIEW. 

For context to my statements, watch this video at about the 8:45 mark.

Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman


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