Monday, September 7, 2015

Donald Trump hasn’t spent a penny on advertising so far.

As U.S.M.C. Gomer Pyle would say "Surprise, Surprise."

Donald Trump wins a huge share of the Democrats’ non-white base — 25 percent of African Americans, 31 percent of Hispanics and 41 percent of the Asian vote.

The conventional wisdom held that Trump was merely a summer fling for angry voters, a protest candidate whose insults and braggadocio would soon impose a ceiling on his support. But recent polls suggest that Trump has raised that ceiling.

 A billionaire who started his campaign in June as a fringe candidate has now become the front runner. The once unthinkable notion that he could win the Republican presidential nomination no longer sounds so crazed.

 As businessman Donald Trump has climbed to the top of the Republican primary polls, political junkies have gone scrambling to explain or describe the coalition of people supporting him. But the candidate has offered his own analysis — he says he is giving voice to the long-dormant "silent majority."

  Lobbing rhetorical stink bombs at a large group of voters is not the normal way to get ahead in U.S. politics but Donald Trump has turned the do's and don'ts of campaigns on their head, prospering with tactics that could sink anyone else.

 Donald Trump Tweeted; "Remember that I am self-funding my campaign. Hillary, Jeb and the rest are spending special interest and lobbyist money.100% CONTROLLED"

Problem is Trump hasn't spent one red cent on advertising .  Not a problem for Trump but a big problem for the other Democrat and Republican candidates. 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Russian president Vladamir Putin drawing his own red line in the sand.

Moves by Russia to send a military advance team to Syria along with other steps are raising concerns for President Obama that Russian president Vladamir Putin is planning to greatly expand his military support for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria John Kerry's state department  said Friday.

 The recently transporting temporary housing units capable of housing hundreds Russian troops to an airfield in Syria as well as the delivery of a portable air traffic control station to the airfield to help land Russian planes. The airfield serves Syria main port city of Latakia and is close to the Assad family's ancestral home.

Moscow maintains a small naval facility at the Syrian port of Tartus on the Mediterranean Sea. The port of Tartus hosts the only remaining international military base outside of the former Soviet Union.

 Russia’s economic interests in Syria totalled approximately $20 billion, about $5 billion of which are weapons sales. RIA Novosti state news agency quoted Putin as saying. "We are already giving Syria quite serious help with equipment and training soldiers, with our weapons,"

No mention of US concerns about a possible Russian military buildup, but said the two discussed "different aspects of the situation in Syria and its environs, as well as the objectives of the fight against ISIL and other terrorist groups".

For moderate Syrian rebels Putin has referred to them as "terrorists" because of their opposition to Assad forces.

Looks like Vladamir Putin has drawn his own red line in the sand. It's just on America's shore.