Ten things about Ted, a Cruz compendium

Good morning Austin:

Lists are click bait, news crack – addictive and, ultimately, wasting.

The ten former child stars who were destroyed by fame or who weren’t destroyed by fame; who grew up too fast or who grew up just fine; who were so cute then, but aren’t so cute now; who went from fab to drab or who grew up hot; who have gone bad, and who died too soon.

Irresistible stuff, these lists.

Why?

From Maria Konnikova at the New Yorker:

The article-as-numbered-list has several features that make it inherently captivating: the headline catches our eye in a stream of content; it positions its subject within a preëxisting category and classification system, like “talented animals”; it spatially organizes the information; and it promises a story that’s finite, whose length has been quantified upfront. Together, these create an easy reading experience, in which the mental heavy lifting of conceptualization, categorization, and analysis is completed well in advance of actual consumption—a bit like sipping green juice instead of munching on a bundle of kale. And there’s little that our brains crave more than effortlessly acquired data.

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In the current media environment, a list is perfectly designed for our brain. We are drawn to it intuitively, we process it more efficiently, and we retain it with little effort. Faced with a detailed discussion of policies toward China or five insane buildings under construction in Shanghai, we tend to choose the latter bite-sized option, even when we know we will not be entirely satisfied by it. And that’s just fine, as long as we realize that our fast-food information diet is necessarily limited in content and nuance, and thus unlikely to contain the nutritional value of the more in-depth analysis of traditional articles that rely on paragraphs, not bullet points.

Well, that’s good enough for me, and with the proper disclaimer.

So here goes.

 1. Ted Cruz has his own line of sneakers.

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It also comes in a left shoe.

It’s the creation of SABO, the Texas-born Los Angeles street artist, who created the Tatted Ted poster.

SABO is not to be trifled with.

NOTE!!! VERY IMPORTANT!
PLEASE KNOW YOUR CONVERSE SIZE BEFORE ORDERING, PERIOD!

At $170, these are original Converse Chuck Taylor shoes. The art work is customized by Sabo. Each set is signed by the artist. It’s your mission to get Mr. Cruz to sign them as well. 😉

Compare this to Rand Paul’s libertarian flip flops.

 

Rand Paul flip flops

Rand Paul flip flops

 

2. Ted Cruz has never been to a gay wedding.

From his appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show.

Hewitt prefaced his question about whether Cruz had ever attended a gay wedding with this, though it didn’t stop him from then asking the question.

Hugh Hewitt: What matters more, knowing if a candidate for presidency will attend a gay wedding or whether he or she will destroy the Islamic State before it throws hundreds if not thousands of gay men to their deaths from towers? What matters more knowing?

Ted Cruz: There’s no doubt that the latter does, but that’s part of the gotcha game that the mainstream media plays where they come after Republicans on every front. It’s designed to caricature Republicans, to make them look stupid or evil or crazy or extreme and it’s because, sadly, most media players are not actually objective journalists, that they are active, partisan players. Right now the mainstream media are the Praetorian Guard protecting the Obama presidency, and there is no group on this planet more ready for Hillary than the mainstream media.

 

3. Ted Cruz wants America’s pastors to preach and pray ahead of the Supreme Court hearing arguments on same-sex marriage.

From BARBWIRE:

By Sen. Ted Cruz

On Tuesday, April 28, the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in favor of “same-sex marriage.”

How will the American church respond?

The prophet Daniel described the people who know their God as people who do two things: display strength and take action (Daniel 11:32).

How can the church rise to the occasion in this situation? Along with my friend David Lane of the American Renewal Project, I urge you to consider the following –

 How can the church rise to the occasion in this situation? Along with my friend David Lane of the American Renewal Project, I urge you to consider the following –

1)     Preach about biblical marriage on Sunday, April 26.

We know that marriage is intended to be sacred, beautiful, and nourishing. If you do not influence your congregation’s understanding of marriage, who will fill the void? Hollywood? Divorce courts?

2)     Lead prayer services on Tuesday, April 28.

Prayer moves our God to intervene in history. Prayer softens our hearts and brings us into alignment with the heart of God. The church has not shared the truth about marriage well: it is time to repent and commit ourselves to courage on this front.

Regardless of what happens in the Supreme Court, or anywhere else, we know that the truth will never be obsolete. The union of man and woman in marriage will always be relevant. People will continue to need marriage, and to desire it – because we are made in the image of God, creatures who value authentic companionship and intimate connection.

That leaves us only one question. Will we be on the right side of history, the side occupied by the Author of history? Otherwise we will fall victim to the fashions of the times.

Will we discard an institution, ordained by God, which has brought so much stability and happiness to the human family? Or will we stand in its support? Rightly or wrongly, the Supreme Court will take a stand on marriage this summer. Let’s take ours now.

God bless America,

Senator Ted Cruz

P.S. Thank you, as the prophet Daniel might have said, for taking action in defense of marriage. Marriage was God’s idea, and He will preserve it, with or without us. But how could we miss a chance to stand with Him on behalf of something so wonderful?

 

4. Ted Cruz loves Orthodox Jews — and they love him back — and as a child wished he could celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas.

From Katie Glueck at Politico:

It’s a dynamic that allows the hard-line conservative presidential contender — a practicing Southern Baptist himself — to tap Orthodox donors more aggressively than any other 2016 candidate, as he zeros in on a small but potentially winnable slice of an otherwise deeply Democratic demographic.

Leaders in the Orthodox community point approvingly to his vigorous opposition to the administration’s negotiations with Iran, his comfort level with religious references and, most important, his passionate support for Israel, a theme he touched on during his presidential announcement speech.

“I share a great many values with the Jewish community and the Orthodox community,” Cruz said in a phone call during his first swing through Iowa as a presidential candidate. “Chief among them is a passionate dedication to strengthening our friendship and alliance with the nation of Israel.”
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For Cruz, who attended an elementary school in Houston that was about half Jewish — he grew up wishing his family would celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas — the interest in Israel began in 1976, he said, as a very young Cruz learned of the Entebbe raid, an Israeli military operation to save airline passengers held hostage in an airport terminal in Uganda. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s brother Yoni was killed leading that raid.

“It struck me as a profoundly Texan approach to an act of terrorism,” said Cruz, who is an admirer of the hawkish prime minister. That tough response appeared to stem from “a foreign policy approach driven from strength, which I often wish American foreign policy more closely resembled.”

 

5.  Ted Cruz loves Don Willetts’ tweets.

From that same Hugh Hewitt interview where he admitted he had never been to a gay wedding.

 

Who doesn’t.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Donors, large and small, love Ted Cruz even more than they loved Mitt Romney.

From Russ Choma and Paul Lewis at Open Secrets and the Guardian:

Ted Cruz is raising money for his presidential campaign at a significantly faster rate than Mitt Romney did four years ago, eclipsing the early total raised by the former Massachusetts governor who went on to win the Republican nomination in 2012.

The conservative Texas senator, who is seeking to unite the Republicans’ tea party wing behind his White House run, raised $4.3 million during the final days of March – his first full week after declaring as a candidate for president.

Cruz proved particularly popular with small donors, raising more in his first week from contributors giving $200 or less than Romney did in the first eleven weeks of his campaign.

But the right-wing senator also raked in some noteworthy donations from two wealthy Republican donors – a sports owner and a private-equity investor – who are likely to be kingmakers in the forthcoming race for super-PAC money.

Cruz benefited from becoming the first Republican to formally enter the race for the 2016 nomination, an early move which also made him the only candidate required to submit details of first-quarter fundraising to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

A detailed analysis of Cruz’s filing by the Guardian and the Center for Responsive Politics reveals that his opening money tally significantly outstripped Romney’s performance in the eight days after he formed an exploratory committee four years ago. The analysis of Cruz’s filing, which details donations made between his declaration on March 23 and the first FEC deadline on March 31, suggests the crowded Republican presidential primary is on course to be both expensive and hard-fought.
 
Cruz is considered a second-tier candidate, but is proving he can gain financial traction through a combination  of small-contributor support and backing from key billionaires.
 

7. Ted Cruz loves the Simpsons and his second favorite episode features an alien Bill Clinton.

From the Daily Beast:

Cruz’s second most cherished Simpsons episode is “Treehouse of Horror VII,” which first aired in 1996. The Halloween episode includes a segment in which tyrannical space aliens named Kang and Kodos abduct Bill Clinton and Bob Dole, and then assume their form in order to run for president and take over the world. Cruz’s favorite line is uttered by the alien Clinton, who tells an excited debate audience that America must continue “twirling towards freedom!”

You can hear him recite the line, here 

He also liked this.

 

 

8. R. Lee Ermey loves Ted Cruz.

 

9. Ted Cruz loves guns and the right to bear them.

Here he is at the NRA Convention.

Here’s what he said:

“You know there’s an old line: there are lies, damn lies and statistics. You’re right, that was a poll that was bandied around a lot, but you can find a lot of results in a poll depending on how you frame the question. As you and I both know, we have a system of background checks in place right now.

What Manchin-Toomey was trying to do was extend that to every private sale between two individuals … two guys in a duck blind selling their shotgun, one to the other. The federal government doesn’t have any business there.

When you asked about the role of public opinion polls, when it comes to Constitutional rights, what matters is what the Bill of Rights says. It doesn’t matter what happens to be popular at the moment.

The entire reason for the Second Amendment is not for hunting, it’s not for target shooting … it’s there so that you and I can protect our homes and our families and our lives. And it’s also there as a fundamental check on government tyranny.”

 

10. Some lucky donor will get to go shooting with Ted Cruz.

 

Presumably, Ted and the lucky winner will, in this case, be exercising their Second Amendment rights for hunting purposes and not “as a fundamental check on government tyranny.”

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