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The trials, tribulations and distortions of the Mainstream Media

“Some ways to stop Windows 10 update if you don’t want it”

One of our computers automatically started downloading Windows 10 today. I stopped it by shutting thee machine down. Then I found this on another site:

“Some ways to stop Windows 10 update if you don’t want it”

Windows 10 logo

Windows 10 logo

Here at the bunker of The Feral Irishmans, I used the NEVER10 app last week after one of my laptops decided to load 10 on it’s own. It took a while but I got the machine to rollback and was lucky enough to not have any issues as of yet.

I also applied the app to the other computers that are all running 7 Professional. So far, fingers crossed, it has worked.”

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Sanders Tries To Copy Trump Tactic, Fails

Donald Trump will own this nickname. It will become his mantra.

“Bernie Sanders comes up with a new nickname for Donald Trump: ‘Mr. Macho'”

Old men fall asleep.  Bernie is an old man

Old men fall asleep. Bernie is an old man

It’s no “Lyin’ Ted” or “Little Marco,” but by dubbing Donald Trump “Mr. Macho,” Bernie Sanders is giving him a slight taste of his own medicine.

Trump has famously come up with nicknames for his rivals on both the Republican and Democratic sides, and on Monday, Sanders took a stab at it. While speaking to supporters in Oakland, Sanders declared: “Let me not worry about Hillary Clinton right now. Let me worry about Donald Trump — this big, brave, macho guy, my goodness. He said he wanted to debate Bernie Sanders, then he said he didn’t, and then he said he did, and then he said he didn’t. So I say to Mr. Macho that I am open to a debate anytime, any place here in the state of California, hopefully before the June 7 primary.”

More at The Week

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Time Begins Coverage Of Hillary Clinton Email Scandal

The story must be a good one. One by one traditionally leftist print and broadcast sources are discussing just how bad the Inspector General’s report is for Clinton’s political future. This morning, formerly Time Magazine, has begun to follow their lead. They are even referring to Clinton’s problem as a ‘Scandal’.

“Bernie Sanders Says Superdelegates Should Consider Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal”

Bernie Sanders said in a new interview that voters, and superdelegates to the Democratic convention, should take a “hard look” at a recent and highly critical State Department report on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State.

The Vermont senator, who has refrained from attacking his opponent on the email scandal on the campaign trail, mentioned the Thursday report by the State Department’s inspector general during a Sunday appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation. The inspector general concluded that Clinton and her senior aides ignored repeated warnings that her private email system was vulnerable to hackers when she was Secretary of State.

“It was not a good report for Secretary Clinton,” Sanders said. “That is something that the American people, Democrats and delegates are going to have to take a hard look at.”


No Wonder People Think Libertarians Are Nuts

Love the Iron Cross tattoo.

“Libertarian Party chair candidate strips on stage at national convention”

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“DNA test traces origins of Hillary cackle to hyena ancestors”


When asked for comment, Hillary for America campaign responded that all information relating to Mrs. Clinton’s family tree was lost along with her emails during the unfortunate private server incident. At the same time, being a strong believer in identity politics, Mrs. Clinton is hopeful that these findings will help her to secure the support of minority animal voters in the coming presidential elections.”

More at the People’s Cube


Ace Explains Why Donald Trump Is Winning

Ace makes some observations. He, himself, is tired of the weak-kneed politicians who can be molded by politically correct accusations. He cites Marco Rubio and his campaign derisively.

From Ace of Spades:

“Why Trump Won, and Why the Current Crop of Purported Leaders Must Be Swept Aside”

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Trump won because when a Native American activist (posing as a journalist) declared that “Pocahantas” was “very offensive” as used in regard to Elizabeth Warren — dishonestly, I might add, as everyone knows the term is used to deny she’s an Indian, not to denigrate her as an Indian, and everyone knows this, and only a liar pretends otherwise — Trump did not begin falling over himself to make apologies and keep the well-wishes of the increasingly unreasonable left-wing hegemony.

He just began making fun of the stupid silly bitch for being a stupid silly bitch.

People are f*cking tired of walking around on eggshells and being made to apologize for every f*cking g*ddamn thing in the world.”

Well, he’s right there. But what can GOP leaders learn from Mr. Trump?

It’s time to start treating them as what they are — dishonest liars trying to control you.

And it’s time to start treating them as straight up internal enemies.

We tried it polite. We’ve been falling all ourselves for 30 years to try to convince the increasingly extremist left wing assh*les that we’re not all the foul things they call us.

It’s impossible — their jobs, their income, and their government subsidies depend on us being treated as second-class citizens and beasts for taxation.

It’s about time we woke and realized they cannot be convinced, because they never really believed their bullsh*t anyway, it was always for the purposes of exacting rents out of people and making them knuckle under.

And I’m afraid our current leadership just can never get that — they find themselves too afraid to go against their class, they fear too much the idea of being outcasts from their castes.”

This, really, is what Trump has given Americans. Many of us don’t care as much about his positions on border walls or immigration or his mindless platitudes as we do about defeating the strongest weapons those on the left have with which to bludgeon you and me into submission. It amounts to this:

They call us vile names.

That scares the crap out of the leaders who do not want to have their names removed from the guest lists at cocktail parties at Georgetown, Manhattan, or Seattle. Mr. Trump has shown them and the list makers that he doesn’t care, that he can throw parties and you can expect his to be more well-attended.

I, for one, am eager to use the Trump tactic.


Cringeworthy Discussion About Hillary Clinton On MSNBC

I was convinced that the media would ignore the Inspector General’s report on Clinton’s emails and server. I was wrong. Here are several people on the All-In-For- Hillary network, including Andrea Mitchell. They are as brutal as they would be if Clinton was a Republican.

“It Feels Like She’s Lying Straight Out”

Chuck Todd said that “She could not get confirmed as Attorney General right now” because of her blatant disregard for the rules and dishonesty about it. How in the world could we elect someone President if they couldn’t even pass muster for a cabinet position at this point?

Mika Brzezinski said “she is straight out lying right now” and has been all along.

No person has been more faithful to Hillary than Andrea Mitchell Reports and Andrea, when pressed by Mika if Hillary was a liar, said “That’s for the American people to decide, but this is indefensible.”

There is a longer, ten minute version here.


We Made Slimy Katie Couric Unhappy

We criticized her for deceptively editing her hit piece on guns. She does not say she did anything wrong. Instead she says she is sorry that people didn’t like it.


Bravely assuming that this person really had Couric’s permission to talk and isn’t just a “friend” or acquaintance trying to do her an unauthorized “favor,” there’s still nothing resembling an adult apology (bolds are mine):

Katie Couric Regrets ‘Poor Decision’ to Insert Pause in Gun Documentary Interview

“This was an unnecessary mistake,” an individual with knowledge of Couric’s thinking told TheWrap.

Katie Couric is upset that an eight-second pause inserted into an interview she did with gun rights activists in the documentary “Under the Gun” has drawn criticism, calling the edit an “unnecessary mistake,” according to an individual with knowledge of her thinking.

The individual spoke to TheWrap and said that director Stephanie Soechtig inserted the pause, which critics are calling an example of “deceptive” and “appalling journalism.”

“This was an unnecessary mistake,” the individual told TheWrap. “It did not represent editing someone’s sentences, there was no factual error, this is not a mistake that is a substantive mistake. It could have been avoided,” he said, adding: “This was a poor decision that was made and it involves silence.”

Read the rest of the ‘Non-Apology’ at News Busters


Palestinians Compared To Israelis

Of course there are plenty of people who support the destruction that Islam teaches. It’s all based on one thing: Hatred of others.

This is an insightful essay on the differences between western values and Islam. Included is a stark image of a greenhouse installed by Israelis in which to grow vegetables. It was abandoned by them when Gaza was turned over to the Palestinians. Did they continue to grow food there? No.


Records show it has always been so. Sadly, this is what our President and most of the rest of the American left believe we should emulate. Me, I prefer the examples set by the Israelis.

150 years ago, Mark Twain visited Muslim-occupied Israel and wrote of “unpeopled deserts” and “mounds of barrenness”, of “forlorn” and “untenanted” cities.

Palestine is “desolate”, he concluded. “One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings.” The same is true of the Palestinian Museum which opened with much fanfare and one slight problem. While admission is free, there’s nothing inside for any of the visitors to see except the bare walls.

The Palestinian Museum had been in the works since 1998, but has no exhibits. The museum cost $24 million. All it has to show for it are a few low sloping sandy buildings indistinguishable from the dirt and a “garden” of scraggly bushes and shrubs. The Palestinian Museum is open, but there’s nothing inside.”


Secret Service Agents Strike Back At Congressman

So it’s not just the IRS that has become weaponized. The Secret Service is part of the Treasury Department. Somehow these federal employees took it upon themselves to attack a sitting Congressman, endangering him and his family. They got light slaps on the wrist for actions that should have landed them in jail.

“US Secret Service agents disciplined over congressman”

Forty-one US Secret Service personnel faced measures ranging from a letter of reprimand to suspensions without pay for up to 45 days for improperly accessing and leaking the personal information of a congressman

Forty-one US Secret Service personnel faced measures ranging from a letter of reprimand to suspensions without pay for up to 45 days for improperly accessing and leaking the personal information of a congressman

The US authorities have disciplined 41 Secret Service personnel for improperly accessing and leaking the personal information of a congressman who had scrutinized the agency, the Department of Homeland Security said.

The announcement comes after a report in September by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General accused the Secret Service employees of accessing the personal files of Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, who has led several inquiries into alleged misconduct at the agency.

They were punished with measures ranging from a letter of reprimand to suspensions without pay for up to 45 days, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a statement on Thursday.”

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The Bigger Question Is Will Trump?

The whole trouble with this damning report from the Inspector General is that almost no one will read it and mainstream media will gloss over it. It is said to be a game changer. But someone with a bully pulpit needs to condense the report into bite sized sound bites and feed it to voters. Hillary is doing just the opposite. When she does refer to it, because some insensitive reporter asks her about it, she spins it in a way that her followers can accept.

Donald Trump is in a unique position here. Almost every thing he says is broadcast and repeated, then dissected. If he starts to explain what the IG’s report says about Clinton people will begin to understand. Bernie could do it as well but it is questionable whether he is smart enough to figure out how.

“After IG Report, Will Bernie Have the Guts to Take Hillary Down?”


With the publication of the State Department inspector general’s extraordinarily damning report on Hillary Clinton’s private email server, we’re going to find out if Bernie Sanders really wants to be president or if his campaign has merely been an academic exercise in socialism promotion.

Donald Trump will certainly be able to use the report to wound Clinton and has already started, but Sanders is now in a position to use it to actually take her down. Right now, before the California primary.

But will he?”

More at PJ Media


Now That’s Funny Right There

Socialist Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders appeared on Univision, the Hispanic television network. There he was interviewed by Univision’s Leon Krauze. During the interview Krauze pointed out that three countries in latin America have been run by socialists and their economies are failing. He mentioned Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazil. He then asked Sanders to explain why his preferred socialism was not working there.

Sanders refused to answer.

Here is video of the interchange. Be warned. It’s annoying. It was originally recorded in English. Then Spanish was dubbed in over the English. Finally English subtitles were added.

LEÓN KRAUZE, UNIVISION: I am sure that you know about this topic: various leftist governments, especially the populists, are in serious trouble in Latin America. The socialist model in Venezuela has the country near collapse. Argentina, also Brazil, how do you explain that failure?

BERNIE SANDERS, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: You are asking me questions…

LEÓN KRAUZE, UNIVISION: I am sure you’re interested in that.

BERNIE SANDERS, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: I am very interested, but right now I’m running for President of the United States.

LEÓN KRAUZE, UNIVISION: So you don’t have an opinion about the crisis in Venezuela?

BERNIE SANDERS, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Of course I have an opinion, but as I said, I’m focused on my campaign.”

From Newsbusters


I Don’t Understand Why The Mexican Government Doesn’t File Criminal Charges Against the Obama Administration

Bringing guns or ammunition into Mexico is a serious crime. If you or I did it we would be in the slammer for years. Even if we never fired a shot. Now there are documented killings of Mexican nationals using guns senth there under ‘Operation Fast and Furious’.

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“Justice Department Documents Reveal Widespread Use of Fast and Furious Weapons by Major Mexican Drug Cartels – Linked to at least 69 Killings”


Judicial Watch obtained the documents last month in response to a March 17, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seeking the following:

All records identifying the locations (including, but not limited to, crime scenes and the locations of seizures) at which firearms – that were identified during the course of or due to Operation Fast and Furious – have been recovered by law enforcement personnel.
The documents show 94 Fast and Furious firearms were seized, 20 were identified as being involved in “violent recoveries.” The “violent recoveries” involved several mass killings:

June 30, 2014 — One 7.62mm rifle recovered in Tlatlaya, Estado de Mexico. This is the reported date and location of a shootout in which 22 people were killed.

May 22, 2015 — Two 7.62mm rifles recovered from the site of a massive shootout in Rancho el Sol, Michoacán, that left one Mexican Federal Police officer and 42 suspected cartel members dead.

August 7, 2015 — One 7.62mm rifle was among five firearms reported as recovered from an abandoned stolen vehicle in which three dead shooting victims were found in Parral, Chihuahua.

January 29, 2013 — One 7.62mm rifle seized in Hostotipaquillo, Jalisco is reportedly related to the assassination of the town police chief, Luis Lucio Astorga and his bodyguard.

January 11, 2016 — One .50 caliber rifle seized from the Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman’s hideout in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, where he was (re)arrested.

In October 2014, Judicial Watch uncovered the fact that an AK 47 rifle used in a July 29, 2013, gang-style assault on an apartment building that left two people wounded was part of the Obama Department of Justice’s Fast and Furious gunrunning program.”

Read the rest at Judicial Watch



So far two of the officers have been acquitted by the court. What would be the cost of their legal defense? It would break most people’s finances. We knew when Mosby filed charges against the six cops that they were almost surely false. This should end Mosby’s career.

“Two officers in Freddie Gray case sue Marilyn Mosby for defamation”


Two officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are suing Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby for defamation and invasion of privacy.

Sgt. Alicia White and Officer William Porter, who are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter in the 25-year-old’s death last April, filed the lawsuit against Mosby, Baltimore sheriff’s office Maj. Sam Cogen and the state of Maryland on May 2, according to Baltimore Circuit Court records made public Wednesday.

The officers claim that Mosby and Cogen knew the statement of charges filed against the officers and other statements made by Mosby at a May 1, 2015, news conference announcing the charges “were false.”

Officers Alicia White and William Porter

Officers Alicia White and William Porter

“These among other statements were made not for the purpose of prosecuting crimes that had allegedly been committed by White and Porter, but rather for purposes of quelling the riots in Baltimore,” the suit alleges.”

Read the rest at the Baltimore Sun


AOL: “America is about to have a 3rd-party nominee: Gary Johnson”

Johnson says he agrees with Bernie Sanders 73 percent of the time. WTF? What has happened to the Libertarian party?

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This Memorial Day weekend, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is expected to become the Libertarian Party’s nominee for president — and Johnson’s clinching of the nomination might have a bigger effect than you think.

“The Libertarian Party is gonna be on the ballot in all 50 states. If I’m the Libertarian Party nominee, I hope to be, I’m going to be the only third party on the ballot in all 50 states,” Johnson said on ABC’s “This Week.”


As for which current presidential candidate Johnson could pull voters from? According to an online political quiz, he says he’s most like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“I side with myself 99 percent of the time, but then the next politician that I most align with is Bernie Sanders at 73 percent,” Johnson explained on MSNBC.

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“Dems discuss dropping Wasserman Schultz”

Bernie has already said if he were elected he would replace her.

My new favorite image of Debbie Downer

My new favorite image of Debbie Downer

It used to be my favorite was this close-up:

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

Democrats on Capitol Hill are discussing whether Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz should step down as Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman before the party’s national convention in July.

Democrats backing likely presidential nominee Hillary Clinton worry Wasserman Schultz has become too divisive a figure to unify the party in 2016, which they say is crucial to defeating presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump in November.”

Read the rest at The Hill


Two Stories Today About Vegans Going Too Far

First, there is a story about Vegan activists in Spain who took off their clothes and got wrapped up like supermarket meat. Then the people who didn’t take off their clothes harangued the leering crowd about the evils of eating meat.

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There is a video here

Second, a vegan woman has died on Mount Everest while trying to prove that vegans can do anything non-vegans can do. This sad outcome was preventable.

Maria Strydom and Robert Gropel climbing together in a photo published on social media in December 2015 Facebook

Maria Strydom and Robert Gropel climbing together in a photo published on social media in December 2015 Facebook

For Maria Strydom and her husband Robert Gropel, climbing Everest while adhering to a strict vegan diet was their “own personal Everest.”

The 34-year-old Strydom, a lecturer at Monash Business School in Melbourne, had a message she wanted to share with the world: Veganism is not a handicap.

She and her husband Robert Gropel, a Melbourne veterinarian with Ivanhoe East Veterinary Hospital, both stuck closely to the rigorous diet required by vegans — no animal products whatsoever, which extends from scrambled eggs to most chocolate chip cookies — for which they experienced criticism. Some believed they didn’t receive enough iron and protein in their diet for such strenuous physical activity.

“It seems that people have this warped idea of vegans being malnourished and weak,” Strydom said in an interview on Monash’s blog. “By climbing the seven summits we want to prove that vegans can do anything and more.”

Read the rest at the National Post


It’s Nothing. Just An ATF Agent Having Fun

At least now we know what they call fun.

“Driver of unmarked ATF vehicle prompts complaint, investigation”


Anchorage police have identified the federal agency that owns the unmarked vehicle as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said a citizen complaint on the driver’s conduct has been forwarded to the ATF and the agency will be conducting a personnel investigation regarding the incident.


APD has been able to confirm the vehicle is assigned to a law enforcement agency. The agency acknowledged the vehicle was on official business at the time of the incident,” Anchorage police wrote in a statement Monday.

A citizen called police last week to report that the white unmarked SUV, equipped with red and blue interior dash lights, had attempted to pull him over on the Glenn Highway at around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

“As the motorist yielded, the driver sped past him, laughed, and flipped him the middle finger,” police wrote at the time. “The complainant observed this occur three other times with the same results.”

Read the rest at KTUU, Anchorage


Talk About Contempt Of Congress…

“IRS Chief Skips Own Impeachment Hearing”

IRS Chief John Koskinen

IRS Chief John Koskinen

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will not appear Tuesday at a “misconduct” hearing at which Republicans will lay out a case to impeach him for allegedly failing to comply with a congressional subpoena, the IRS told POLITICO.”


Of Course She Did

She knows her limitations. Or, at least her handlers do. Hillary Rodham Clinton doesn’t even give a prepared speech well. She is completely unprepared to deal with challenges from either Bernie or the moderators. Her team would not have control over either one so she can not risk it.

Clinton knows what she does poorly and what she does best. She will not allow herself to be placed in a position where she must deal with actual Questions.

“Hillary Clinton Says No Thanks to Fox News Debate With Bernie Sanders”

Hillary Clintion Campaign In Kentucky One Day Before State Primary

Hillary Clinton has declined an invitation to take part in a Fox News debate with Bernie Sanders, her campaign announced Monday.”

More at Time


Denial Is Not Just A River In Egypt

You’ve probably heard about the EgyptAir aircraft that didn’t make it to Cairo. There has been a lot of speculation about whether the crash was a result of the actions of terrorists. The discussion has been going on between realists who say, “It sure looks like terrorism”, and the ‘Dreamers’ who are determined to blame something other than Islamists.

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Firmly in the corner of the second group is the New York Times. Unwilling to mention the possibility that terrrorists did the job that killed 66 people they tell us this was a coincidence:

“EgyptAir Was Aware of Threats to Security, Including One Scribbled on Plane”

Debris from the EgyptAir crash

Debris from the EgyptAir crash

First line in the NYT coverage:

CAIRO — In an eerie coincidence, the EgyptAir jetliner that plunged into the Mediterranean on Thursday was once the target of political vandals who wrote in Arabic on its underside, “We will bring this plane down.”

How can we possibly rely on a media like this to provide us with real news?

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Bernie Sanders Shows His Vindictive Side

Not saying he doesn’t have a right to do this. It just shows what his opponents can expect.

In reality, this is not unexpected. The Democrat National Committee is headed by Lil’ Debbie. The DNC has chosen Hillary Clinton as their Presidential nominee and nothing, not even voter preference, is going to stop them from achieving that goal. Bernie and his supporters don’t like it. They say it’s, “Unfair”. He has decided to do something about it. This is actually a pretty good tactic.

“Sanders fundraising against Wasserman Schultz”

Sanders is using his campaign's fundraising lists to raise money to oust Wasserman Schultz from her Florida congressional seat. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Sanders is using his campaign’s fundraising lists to raise money to oust Wasserman Schultz from her Florida congressional seat. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has begun raising money for Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s primary opponent, threatening to further divide Democrats even as Party leaders hope to unite the Party behind Hillary Clinton.

Sanders spoke out against Wasserman Schultz in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN, during which he said he “clearly” favored her opponent, Tim Canova. Now, he’s wading in with an active role against her.”

Read the rest at the Washington Examiner

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‘Imagine’ – The Dream Of Utopia

John Lennon wrote the song. In it he put all his dreams of a perfect world. He dreamed of a life without God or Satan, a world without violence or killing, a world without hunger or possessions. He dreamed of a perfect world without competition.

He was wrong – or stoned. His dream forgot the human emotions of lust, greed, and avarice. He thought people could become perfect, but we can’t.

How many of you know the words to his song? All of them?

“Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man”

It has become an anthem for socialists and other layabouts. But every time, without exception, his method has been tried it has resulted in hunger and death. In some cases the death toll was in the millions. In every case some strong man has co-opted the dream and turned it into a nightmare under his control.


Today we are seeing the beginning of another nightmare in Venezuela.


The people there have begun eating street animals and some are stealing from others. As a result, gangs of vigilantes are dispatching hard justice on the thieves. The people are angry. Soon the state will move to stop the people. Then the killing will start in earnest. Mr. Maduro has failed but he doesn’t want to release his control.

Again, every single time Lennon’s dream has been tried it has failed. But some people still ‘Imagine’. They are fools.


“Ted Cruz just crushed Donald Trump in Washington State election of GOP delegates”

A little early but it looks like it’s official.


Washington State holds its Republican primary on Tuesday, and with one candidate left in the race, there’s not too much drama about the outcome. But in a twist — and what would the 2016 race be without a twist? — 40 of Washington’s 41 delegates selected Saturday to attend the Republican National Convention in July are Ted Cruz partisans. Cruz supporters outnumbered Donald Trump supporters at the state GOP convention in Pasco, and they were better organized, pushing through the Cruz slate of delegates over occasional protests from Trump backers, who noted repeatedly that Cruz is no longer in the race.”

Read the rest here


I Can’t Understand Why People Like These Talk To Washington Post Reporters

They should know that the ‘Reporter’ will consider them the enemy.

From the Washington Post:

“Primed To Fight The Government”

Kalley Soper, 4, watches sister Courtney, 16, shoot under the supervision of their father, B.J. Soper, founder of the Central Oregon Constitutional Guard.

Kalley Soper, 4, watches sister Courtney, 16, shoot under the supervision of their father, B.J. Soper, founder of the Central Oregon Constitutional Guard.

REDMOND, Ore. — B.J. Soper took aim with his AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and fired a dozen shots at a human silhouette target. Soper’s wife and their 16-year-old daughter practiced drawing pistols. Then Soper helped his 4-year-old daughter, in pink sneakers and a ponytail, work on her marksmanship with a .22-caliber rifle.

Deep in the heart of a vast U.S. military training ground, surrounded by spent shotgun shells and juniper trees blasted to shreds, the Central Oregon Constitutional Guard was conducting its weekly firearms training.

“The intent is to be able to work together and defend ourselves if we need to,” said Soper, 40, a building contractor who is an emerging leader in a growing national movement rooted in distrust of the federal government, one that increasingly finds itself in armed conflicts with authorities.”

Scary black guns

Scary black guns

Which of these two men have it right? First, B.J. Soper:

Next the WaPo’s hired academic. “It’s complicated.”