Updated: Salvation Army men's shelter in Champaign to close in March

New 4:50 p.m. Friday:

Despite saying earlier this month that the men's shelter at the Salvation Army of Champaign County would be open at least through June, the head of the organization now says the shelter is closing in two weeks due to a lack of funding.

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Rush's take

Rush's take

by digby

In case you were wondering:

If you look at South Carolina, it is an open primary, meaning Democrats can vote. We took advantage of this, Operation Chaos, Democrat side back in 2008. Democrats can vote, independents can vote. And the things that Trump said and did Saturday night came out of nowhere. They didn't make any sense. Here we are in a Republican primary, and Donald Trump, out of the blue, starts blaming the Bush family for 9/11, for knowing that the intelligence was made up, that there never were any weapons of mass destruction, and they knew it, Trump said.

Michael Moore doesn't even say that. The World Trade Center came down when George W. Bush was president so don't anybody tell me, Trump said, he kept us safe. He jumped all over the Bush family and the Iraq war and claimed that he was on record way, way back as always being opposed to the Iraq war, that it was going to muddy up the Middle East and cause a quagmire. Nobody can find any record of Trump having opposed the Iraq war in 2001, 2002. They asked him about that, and he said (paraphrasing), "I wasn't a politician back then, so the things I was saying weren't getting noted like they would be had I been a politician, but I said it."

On the stage at a Republican debate, Donald Trump defended Planned Parenthood. Not the abortion stuff, he said, but the fact that they do great things for women's health. Folks, there were a number of occasions where Donald Trump sounded like the Daily Kos blog, where Donald Trump sounded like the Democrat Underground, sounded like any average host on MSNBC. And I said to myself, "Now, wait a minute. What's going on?" Trump is not -- I don't care what any of you think, he's not stupid. He has political advisors. He has a lot of people who are conservatives who are there to tell him where the boundaries are, and he crossed those boundaries on Saturday.

I don't know how many people in his circle knew where he was going Saturday night, if he was gonna go there and how far. But on a Republican debate stage, defending Planned Parenthood in language used by the left, going after George W. Bush and Jeb Bush and the entire Bush family, for the most part, using the terminology of Democrats, people think that Trump was out of control, that he had emotional incontinence that night. You like that term? Emotional incontinence. Lost control. Was out of control. Well, maybe, but I still think there was a strategy going into this.

Short version, I think Trump strategically was making a move on independents and Democrats in South Carolina since it's open. And I think that he wants to wrap this up ASAP. I think he wants a blow 'em out, going-away win in South Carolina. I think he just wants to wrap this up. I think he thinks he can. I think the audience booing him ticked him off. It's been happening the last couple, three debates. The donors have gotten a majority of the tickets. I don't recall any Republican debate with the amount of booing that I heard on Saturday night.

I remember debates with very little applause, but not outright booing. And it wasn't just Trump. It was Cruz as well. The establishment's trying to rig these debates as they are seen on TV. The establishment was trying to humiliate and embarrass Ted Cruz and Trump. And I think it really ticked Trump off and may have been -- I'm wild guessing here -- may have been one of the reasons why he was a victim of emotional incontinence.

I don't think Trump "strategizes" that specifically. But he's probably aware that the South Carolina primary is open and that he can drag in some yahoos that aren't normally Republican voters. Maybe even some Democrats who don't like the woman or the socialist.


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Terry Boyer, Quality Bar

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  • Bartender, Pilates instructor.
  • Free time: darts and movies.
  • Signature drink: Cosmopolitan.
  • What he drinks: porter stouts and brown ales.
  • Hates when customer try and touch his hair.

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NYPD wants to make "resisting arrest" into a felony


It's no secret that "resisting arrest" is the go-to excuse for violence committed against suspects by corrupt cops -- it's practically a running gag. (more…)

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