CNN’s Dana Bash Says Check Out Rubio’s Flag

If your job was to share information, wouldn’t you try to verify that information?

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She must have gone to the Ryan J. Reilly School Of Journalism:

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How To Change A Light Bulb

No way and no how.

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Judge Orders California To Waste 4 Billion Gallons Of Water To Save Six Fish

This is the kind of stupid moves that have caused this drought to be so bad. A few fish are more important than the California farmers and those who consume fruit and vegetables from there.

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According to the Manteca Bulletin, a local paper that has been covering the standoff, this flushed out 15,000 acre feet of water and 23 steelhead trout. But this latest order, which would reportedly use another 12,000 acre feet to save only six fish, was too much for Shields.”

Why?

The environmental argument is that steelhead trout are important to mountain ecosystems, which have downstream benefits. And the flows themselves keep the briny water from the San Francisco Bay from creeping into the Sacramento Delta. “

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Rubio’s In

He says he is ‘Uniquely qualified’.

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MSNBC titles their coverage of his announcement, “GOP declares war on ‘war on poverty’”.

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Marco Rubio and His Father Mario

Weasel Zippers notes,

Some media hacks were saying yesterday they thought Hillary Clinton would steal Marco Rubio’s thunder by declaring yesterday.

Looks like the shoe is on the other foot, Rubio is trending with nothing about Hillary on Twitter.”

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Paul / Alinsky 2016?

I have wondered if anyone would come along, who used the Democrat’s tactics against them. I also wondered if they’d succeed… if the media would allow them to get away with it. The media, being in-the-bag the way they are, will resist, but if the insurgent is organized and persistent, focusing on using their tactics effectively, he or she may be able to pull it off.

Sarah Palin tried, but she was so popular that the mainstream had a visceral reaction to her. The machine joined forces in attempts to destroy her. She won’t be elected to the high office, but she has an important role to play, all the same.

Rand Paul, in my estimation, is a most-adept politician. He has his father’s views of liberty and an (as-yet) nebulous foreign policy. While I don’t support isolationism, I also don’t support military adventurism. War should only be conducted as total war. Half-stepping and pussy-footing around should never be allowed. Rand Paul’s foreign policy gives me pause (but I’ll take it over half-assed, non-committal, senseless endangerment of my brothers-in-arms).

I’m taking the time to write this brief essay about the trend I see emerging from Rand Paul’s campaign, regarding his use of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals”. I haven’t yet seen an insurgent use these rules to their advantage on a consistent basis, but I have noticed it in Paul’s Campaign thus far.

He is sticking to the narrative. He is allowing the media to editorialize, then shutting them down. He is keeping on point with his message, while using ridicule to damage his opponent.

I’m intrigued and hopeful that he can keep it up. It could be quite the case study in using the enemy’s rules against them.

The dangers I see in using Alinsky’s “Rules” are few, but very important:

  • Conservatives/libertarians don’t generally care for personal attacks (Rule 12). So long as they are kept humorous or relevant, it can work (Rule 5). Spend too much time slogging through the mud and attacking the person, and you risk alienating your base.
  • Conservatives/libertarians don’t generally like to get involved. The live-and-let-live mindset does not lend itself well to political activism. If he doesn’t provide interesting ways to keep his supporters engaged, he will lose their attention, thus losing steam and becoming ‘old news’ (Rules 6, 7, & 8).
  • Conservatives/libertarians don’t generally support the “victim” mentality. Turning the negative into a positive is tough, because we don’t view bullying the same way as our enemy. It will take much more, in the form of personal attacks, to garner sympathy from our side. (Rule 10)

If conducted effectively, this insurgency could breathe new life into the political gridlock in America. Rand Paul has the ability to get the attention of a large swath of the under-35 crowd. Young Americans are the most liberal they have ever been. I’m convinced that the vast majority of them are not progressives. They are fair game and the eternal message of liberty looks like primed to make a strong comeback this time around.

For those who don’t remember all of the “Rules For Radicals”, a refresher:

  • RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”
  • RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.”
  • RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.”
  • RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”
  • RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
  • RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
  • RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”
  • RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”
  • RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”
  • RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.”
  • RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
  • RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
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    It’s Time For The Bundy Ranch Anniversary Get-Together

    “Bundy Ranch
    Its Time To Party Patriots. Its been a year and we are excited to see everyone!
    April 11″

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    From their Facebook page

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    Heillary Clinton’s New Logo Is Going To Be Fun

    Here it is:

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    Some have said it looks like a hospital sign. Some have said it looks like a FedEx logo. Everyone wonders why the arrow points to the right. But a lot of people are doctoring it to make it more interesting – because it’s not very interesting. Here are some examples:

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    hillaristika

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    Update: And Hillary’s lawyers are objecting to the above alterations:

    Dear CafePress Member,

    Thank you for using CafePress!

    In accordance with our Intellectual Property Rights Policy, James Lamb on behalf of Ready for Hillary PAC provided us with a notice stating that your use of the “Ready for Hillary” logo and “3 flag logo” infringes upon their intellectual property rights (copyright). Please click here for more information about intellectual property.

    Accordingly, we have set the content that is alleged to infringe the rights of the third party to “pending status” which disables said content from being displayed in your shop or purchased by the public.

    If you believe that you hold the rights to the content alleged to infringe the rights of the third party, we encourage you to contact the alleged rights holder directly for a resolution to this matter. Below please find the contact information for the party alleging infringement.

    James Lamb

    Sandler Reiff Young & Lamb, P.C.

    [contact info redacted]”

    From a post titled, ‘Thin-Skinned Much?’ at Soopermexican.

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    Rand Paul Is Selling Hillary’s Hard Drives

    This is going to be a fun campaign to watch.

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    He has some other stuff as well at his campaign site here.

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    They Say The American Flag Now Looks Like A French Flag

    Because of the solar exposure it has experienced it is now pure white.

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    In this vein here is an audio celebration of the first man on the moon. It was done by a teenager. Ashlyn McCormick’s 4H project is something. She says:

    Singularity is a time-travel themed show where we journey through time to examine singular events in human history, pop culture, and music. So sit back and hold on tight while we journey back to 1969 and fly to the moon — again — with astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, rockin’ out to current hits all along the way.”

    From her website:

    Singularity : The Moon Shot : Episode 001 by The Mccormick Family on Mixcloud

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    Great move for the Democrats

    When running in an election cycle that has a high probability of defeat due to the destruction wrought by the previous administration, make someone who is ruled only by personal ambition and who is wildly unpopular your perceived front runner. It gives your base something insane to try to sell as reasonable, even most logical throughout the blogosphere. It gets the highly arrogant, ambitious and wildly unpopular candidate that is way past their prime out of the way and cleans the slate for newcomers in 2020.

    It’s better to lose a battle if it will help win the War.

    Hillary is in.

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    Common Sense

    I don’t know why I just figured this out but I have now isolated the childish behavior of our President to a specific and easily recognizable pattern and have given it a name. I shall call it Facebook Punkism. He only knows how to make derogatory comments toward those who, like a Facebook Punk he feels threatened by, in the manner of a Punk on Facebook who refuses to recognize the reality of the world they live in. This is the height of modern day childishness that is evermore being practiced by adults. I can see it exhibited at any time of the day I choose to open Facebook because I purposefully have some of these types on my friends list.

    So the Facebook Punkism sufferer in the Oval Office challenged an adult who lives in the real world to come up with better alternatives to the deal he dreams of making with Iran regarding nuclear weapons.

    At that point Prime Minister Netanyahu responds as he has many times. He says the same basic common sense things that anyone but a Facebook Punk recognizes as reality. The Facebook Punk will probably provide a link to an article published in the Daily Kos to show him that he is wrong. He will then think he has somehow altered reality. Watch him closely and see if his behavior doesn’t resemble that of a Facebook Punk.

    Now for some Reality based Common Sense…

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    Pure Pornography…

    After a fashion…

    There is no reason why. No legitimate use. Nothing.. And yet.. Still….

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    FNH USA to Offer Semiautomatic M249 SAW and M4/M16 Rifles

    Why? Because F*ck you.. That’s why.

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    Thoughts On How Rand Paul Has Been Handling Biased Media

    This past week Paul has challenged media personnel that he thought were being rude or unfair. Here is one instance. This one is where he took on Savannah Guthrie for editorializing.

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    Senator Paul has watched both President Obama handle media questions and he has seen what Hillary Clinton has done as well. She has come up with a list of words that are not acceptable to describe her – including ‘Hillary’.

    She is supposed to announce her candidacy today. If she does that means she will have to deal with media questions. She will, if history tells us anything, become all imperious and refuse to answer questions she doesn’t like. She may even become snippy. Clarice Feldman, in American Thinker, says if she doesn’t want to be called ‘Hillary’ we should call her ‘Madame Ka-Ching’, points out:

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    Is it any surprise that the campaign plans what is essentially a listening tour route to the White House? There are too many skeletons in her closet to allow even a peek into it through a keyhole.”

    That would be a wonderful gift to Paul’s campaign. He is being firm but civil with reporters. He is establishing rules for interviews. Hillary will not be firm but civil. When she lashes out at someone he will have the makings of a good campaign ad.

    Even if she refuses to take questions he can make her look bad. Questions are one thing she always has trouble with. And not all media people are Hillary lovers. She knows which ones will kiss her ring and which won’t. If she limits her interviews to only supporters she can be attacked for it.

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    Malia Obama’s Asthma Is From Barry’s Cigarette Smoking – Not Climate Change

    President Obama has blamed his daughter, Malia’s, Asthma on climate change. The editors at USA Today point out that the most likely reason for her affliction, if it existed at all, is her father’s cigarette smoking.

    That makes a lot more sense.

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    Pretty Malia Obama

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    “Even These Guys Know He’s A Joke”

    I’m surprised the men were allowed bayonets.

    Maybe they’re racists.

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    Tip o’the hat to Angel

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    Saturday Night Special

    The name has been changed and is excluded entirely here so as to protect it from deletion as long as possible.

    I just felt like a good Submarine movie tonight. Based on conversation that takes place in this movie and the wealth of knowledge on this subject that Reboot brings to this forum on a consistent basis, movies are definitely a subject submariners know all about. I imagine they watch a lot of them more than once while out on patrol.

    I love this flick, caught myself watching it and decided to share. I know, Saturday night is for documentaries. Who made that rule? Me. I can break it.

    Roll Tide…

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    What? No Unicorns?

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    “Why College Campuses Are Insufferable, In 2 Minutes”

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    Heh. Moonbats Eat Their Own

    Whatever you do, don’t tell the truth to a moonbat.

    “Spike Lee accused of ‘stigmatizing’ Chicago as ‘Chiraq'”

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    Director Spike Lee was accused Friday of “stigmatizing” Chicago and “insulting” its residents by choosing the name “Chiraq” for his upcoming Chicago-based movie on violence and education.”

    Read the rest at the Chicago Sun Times

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    The ‘Rand Paul Is Rude To The Media’ Meme Isn’t Working

    Below is a clip of the end of an interview with a reporter. As you can see, they both agreed that the reporter could ask one more question. He did and then asked a second ‘Last question’. Paul walked off.

    Some in the media have said he ‘Stormed off’. As you can see he didn’t. Even the Washington Post, never a friend of Republicans, has agreed that ‘Storming off’ doesn’t describe what he did.

    I don’t think actions like this will hurt Paul. I think Americans know that reporters are rude and biased and will enjoy watching anyone who resists the attacks. So far he has done just fine. If he starts yelling on camera or something like that they won’t like it.

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    Friday Night at the Movies – Maximum Overdrive

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    It’s another glorious Friday night in Revo World which is why you have decided to stop by as you have. As always at this time each Friday night the Real Revo Theater is open. Yet another carefully selected screen gem has been selected for our viewing pleasure this evening. Tonight we have a truck driving science fiction horror action romantic comedy movie. I think it’s the first and last of its kind.

    A bunch of craziness gets started when the Earth, travelling along its natural orbit crosses the wake of a faint comet tail…

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    Friday Night Music Videos

    The clues as to the nature of our Friday Night Flight are found here…

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    An Open Letter To America’s Police Officers

    Dear American Police Officers,

    I would like to open this letter with an exhortation I made while giving my Police Academy graduation speech:

    “When people see you, they do not see an individual. They do not see a department. They don’t even notice the color of your uniform. All they see is a badge.”

    As the son of a son of a Police Officer, in a family of Police Officers, I learned long ago that the actions of one man can – and do – reflect upon every other person who wears a badge. When you take up the mantle of Law Enforcement, you are saying that you will conduct yourself with the highest standard of professionalism and integrity.

    You are agreeing to put your life and reputation on the line, to maintain order and guarantee public safety. This job is not for the faint-of-heart. The streets will eat your lunch if you’re timid.

    Often times, when people see you, they will dehumanize you, by virtue of their inability to see you as an individual. They only see the badge. Your actions, in their mind, are a reflection upon every other man and woman in uniform – and the actions of others will color their perception of any interaction with you.

    Conduct yourself accordingly.

    If any part of you takes pleasure in controlling other people or exercising authority, I urge you to find a different career path.

    When you began on this path, you swore an oath to support & defend the Constitution and laws of your nation, your state, and your respective department.

    Do you remember the first step in the use of force continuum? Officer Presence. The physical presence of the officer presents a significant enough image of authority, as to encourage compliance from most people. That is the power of the badge.

    You have been trained to defend yourself, and to apply physical techniques to affect an arrest… to take away another person’s freedom. This responsibility should never be considered lightly. Never should it be taken for granted.

    You have an immense responsibility to insure the protection of the rights of each and every man, woman, and child in your jurisdiction.

    If you witness abuse, it is your duty, before God Almighty and your fellow man to prevent, stop, and/or report such abuse. You swore, on your sacred honor to protect the rights of your fellow man. It is imperative that you remain ever-mindful to do so.

    For those countless millions of peaceful, professional interactions between the police and the public – each and every day – I say bravo. Thank you for your tireless service and dedication to the cause of public safety and law enforcement. For all the good that you do, and all of the lives you will touch, I offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you.

    To those of you who use the authority and trust vested in you to abuse, control, neglect, or otherwise harm the rights of the average citizen, you are on notice.

    Cell phone cameras are ubiquitous these days. Your actions do not occur in a vacuum. Your decisions do not go unnoticed. In case you’ve been in a cave somewhere, for the past 2 years, you’re not making a lot of friends.

    To the honorable, professional practitioners of the trade – clean out your ranks. There is a concerted effort to undermine public confidence in our law enforcement.

    Progressives are actively engaging in subterfuge to destroy your credibility with the public. They will lie and impugn your character for any chance to chip away at the system.

    I am beginning to tire of defending good, honorable, justifiable actions – only to turn around and see yet another simple-minded punk set about abusing people, or make some stupid decision that causes someone to lose their life. The efforts to undermine your credibility are working. I notice the disdain building, even in quarters where you have traditionally received support.

    We need a return to the days of Officer Friendly, where men engaged the public and worked together for the mutual benefit of everyone. If you want those days, and the respect they engendered back, you’ve got a long hill to climb. It begins with renewing your mind and heart each and every day to the protection and defense of liberty. To the protection and defense of the rights of your fellow man.

    Conduct yourself with integrity and professionalism in all that you do, because people don’t see you. They don’t see a fallible man, subject to the same emotions and frailties as they.

    They only see a badge.

     

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    The Future Of America’s Urban Jungle

    “They were pulling my hair. When I fell to the ground, I felt people stomping on me, punching me in the head. I had a knot on my head,” Destiny said. “They were, like, around me and my sister. If I got up, I would have got hit again,” Lajahia said. Destiny has a bald spot on her head where her hair was pulled out. Lajahia needed 12 stitches to close a gash on her ear.

    “Any animal that would put their hands on a kid like that, that is wrong,” the girls’ mother, Laronda Cooke, told Action News.

    Laronda is enraged, angry that no one tried to stop the beatings and that several people recorded the fight on their cell phones, posting the video on social media and egging the fight on. “It’s wrong, and this has been going on,” said said. “They keep video recording and video recording – kids out here getting beat like this by adults.”

    Trenton police confirm the Cookes are working with them to identify the juveniles and adults seen in the video punching, kicking and beating the girls. The Cookes say they know some of the attackers, and Loronda wants them prosecuted.

    “Every person who took a swing,” she said. “If they can get the guys that were trying to touch my daughter, I consider that sexual assault.”

    “We could have died out there, somebody stomping on my head,” said Destiny. “Anything could have happened.”

    The future of America’s urban jungle. Ostensibly, adult citizens attacking children…crowds gathering to cheer the mob violence and participate in the reverie. These things occur daily, during non-turbulent times. All of these people have food and electricity and cell phones and cable and internet.

    Just imagine the scene when the free-candy train runs out of gas…

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    Horse Thief Gets Beating From San Bernardino Sheriffs

    The man can clearly be seen with arms and legs out-stretched. Then, at 0:30, he clearly puts both hands behind his back, and takes a kick to the head from one officer and a kick to the nuts, from another. I’m a huge cheerleader for my brothers in blue, but this is just shit behavior. I urge caution and restraint with regard to painting all officers with the same brush. Individual actions are the responsibility of that individual, but there is no denying the reflection of those actions, upon the whole of law enforcement. It’s basic human nature. They appear to put a beating on this guy, and if that is the case, they should face the same punishment as anyone else.

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