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  •  Can't figure out why it's significant (7+ / 0-)

    that Ted Cruz is from Canada.  That seems to me to be the most admirable part of his biography.

    Chickenhawkery, dangerous rhetoric and all-around wackiness seem to me far more significant.

    "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand." ~ Atticus Finch, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    by SottoVoce on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 06:41:31 AM PST

    •  he would be a birther nightmare (1+ / 0-)
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      It is questionable if he is eligible to run for president. He was born in Canada to a Cuban father and American mother. He was not a natural born citizen but would his mother being an American citizen make him eligible.
      If he ever runs this would really be a case for the courts to decide presidential eligibility. He has his eye on running but he is probably to nutty to ever get nominated.

      •  If he has an American (0+ / 0-)

        parent, he might legally be eligible:

        For persons born between December 24, 1952 and November 14, 1986, a person is a U.S. citizen if all of the following are true (except if born out-of-wedlock):

        The person's parents were married at the time of birth

        One of the person's parents was a U.S. citizen when the person was born

        The citizen parent lived at least ten years in the United States before the child's birth

        A minimum of 5 of these 10 years in the United States were after the citizen parent's 14th birthday.

        So if his mom lived in the U.S. for 10 years, five of which were after the age of 14, he would be considered a citizen.

        Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

        by delphine on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:38:32 AM PST

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    •  what's more significant in my view, is Cruz's (1+ / 0-)
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      chilling resemblance to the infamous Sen. Joe McCarthy

      "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

      by Sybil Liberty on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 06:56:39 AM PST

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      •  naw. Cruz has better hair. (0+ / 0-)

        Oh, and McCarthy, despite being a besotted ass, had an IQ of 98, almost twice that of Cruz.

        What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

        by agnostic on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 08:45:23 AM PST

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    •  Beyond INsignificant, it's silly & objectionable. (1+ / 0-)
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      The use of "Calgary Cruz" smacks of bias against foreign-born, and/or bias against a place. I wish Jed Lewison would give some deeper thought to his reasons for using the silly monicker for Cruz.

      We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. -Pres. Obama, 1/21/13

      by SoCalSal on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 08:19:28 AM PST

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