Friday, January 22, 2016

Palin Endorses Donald Trump

Donald Trump decided just before primary season the best thing for his campaign was to drag in another nutcase, that is Sarah Palin, and let her give a bizarre, rambling endorsement in front of the whole world. "In God's name why?" you may be thinking, and so are most Republicans -- as well as anyone with a a working brain. Is he trying to lose? Is he completely insane? Perhaps.

But Trump loves all things loud and showy, and Palin did not disappointment. Her crazy shirt looked as if she had run into a chain-link fence and brought it with her. Her rolling syntax puts the emphasis on the wrong word every single time so that no one can understand a word she is saying. Her loud shrieks about ISIS and "bitter clingin'" to guns and ammo were priceless.

Only time will tell whether her endorsement will attract the Tea Party voters or drive everyone away screaming. But even I will admit it is a very entertaining reality show.

Excerpts via New York Daily News transcript

“Thank you so much. It’s so great to be here in Iowa. We’re here just thawing out. Todd and I and a couple of our friends here from Alaska, lending our support for the next president of our great United States of America, Donald J. Trump.

Mr. Trump, you’re right, look back there in the press box. Heads are spinning, media heads are spinning. This is going to be so much fun.

Are you ready to make America great again? We all have a part in this. We all have a responsibility. Looking around at all of you; you hard-working Iowa families, you farm families and teachers and teamsters and cops and cooks; you rockin’ rollers and holy rollers! All of you who work so hard, you full-time moms, you with the hands that rock the cradle. You all make the world go round and now our cause is one.

When asked why I would jump into a primary — kind of stirring it up a little bit maybe — and choose one over some friends who are running and I’ve endorsed a couple others in their races before they decided to run for president, I was told left and right, 'you are going to get so clobbered in the press. You are just going to get beat up and chewed up and spit out.'

You know, I’m thinking, 'and?’

You know, like you guys haven’t tried to do that every day since that night in ‘08, when I was on stage nominated for VP, and I got to say, 'yeah, I’ll go, send me, you betcha. I’ll serve.'

And, like you all, I’m still standing. So those of us who’ve kind of gone through the ringer as Mr. Trump has, makes me respect you even more. That you’re here, and you’re putting your efforts and you’re putting reputations, you’re putting relationships on the line to do the right thing for this country. Because you are ready to make America great again.

Well, I am here because like you, I know that it is now or never.

. . . Only one candidate’s record of success proves he is the master of the art of the deal. He is beholden to no one but we the people. How refreshing. He is perfectly positioned to let you make America great again. Are you ready for that, Iowa?

No more pussy footin’ around! Our troops deserve the best. You deserve the best.

He is from the private sector, not a politician, can I get a 'Hallelujah!'


 So troops, hang in there, because help’s on the way because he, better than anyone, isn’t he known for being able to command, fire!

Are you ready for a commander-in-chief ... you ready for a commander-in-chief who will let our warriors do their job and go kick ISIS' ass?


But now, what they’re doing is wailing, 'well, Trump and his, uh, uh, uh, Trumpeters, they’re not conservative enough.'

Oh my goodness gracious. What the heck would the establishment know about conservatism? ...
. . . How about the rest of us? Right wingin’, bitter, clingin’, proud clingers of our guns, our God and our religions and our Constitution. Tell us that we’re not red enough? Yeah, coming from the establishment. Right.
Well, he being the only one who’s been willing, he’s got the guts to wear the issues that need to be spoken about and debated on his sleeve. Where the rest of some of these establishment candidates, they just wanted to duck and hide. They didn’t want to talk about these issues until he brought them up. In fact, they’ve been wearing a, this, political correctness kind of like a suicide vest. And enough is enough.

. . . He’s a multi-billionaire. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But, it’s amazing, he is not elitist at all. Oh, I just hope you all get to know him more and more as a person and a family man. What he’s been able to accomplish, with his, um, it’s kind of this quiet generosity. Yeah, maybe his largess, kind of, I don’t know, some would say gets in the way of that quiet generosity, and, uh, well, his compassion, but if you know him as a person and you’ll get to know him more and more, you’ll have even more respect. Not just for his record of success, and the good intentions for America, but who he is as a person. He’s not an elitist. And yes, as a multi-billionaire, we still root him on because he roots us on.


. . . Now, finally friends, I want you to try to picture this. It's a nice thing to picture. Exactly one year from tomorrow: former President Barack Obama.

He packs up the teleprompters and the selfie-sticks and the Greek columns and all that hopey, changey stuff and he heads on back to Chicago, where I’m sure he can find some community there to organize again.

There, he can finally look up. President Obama will be able to look up, and there, over his head, he’ll be able to see that shining, towering, Trump Tower. Yes, Barack, he built that. And that says a lot.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

"13 Hours" #Benghazi Movie Bombs

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I'm a huge fan of the TV comedy known as "The Office," and I am especially fond of the character Jim Halpert, played by actor John Krasinski as the love interest of receptionist Pam Beesley, the nemesis of beet farmer turned paper salesman Dwight Shrute, and the "best friend" of his boss, Michael Scott.

But sadly, Krasinski recently took a questionable role as a Libyan contractor caught up in the violence at Benghazi in the film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. The director, Michael Bay, is famous for movies full of explosions such as Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It almost sounds like a joke from The Office, a spin-off of Michael Scott's "Threat Level Midnight." But the folks who made this are serious, man!

Just the title with the keyword "Benghazi" is enough to make true conservatives line up for tickets, right?It's like clickbait come to life for the far-right conspiracy crowd.

And indeed, many of these conservatives sat in dark theaters seething with anger towards their own Dwight Shrute - Hillary Clinton - then took out their phones and tweeted about it. Take that, Hillary!!! Only, you know, Ted Nugent also felt a need to threaten her life, and President Obama, also too.

But not so fast - one ex-CIA Director says the movie is made-up fiction:

But whether the movie is true or not is irrelevant if it tanks at the box office. And by all accounts and measurements of cinematic achievement 13 Hours is a BOMB, in more than one way.

And of course this: The Trump

Monday, January 18, 2016

Bundy Malheur Occupation Enters Third Week

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Bundy Militia Invades Oregon

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, remains the site of an occupation by several of rancher Cliven Bundy's sons and their sovereign-citizen firearm toting friends.

They remain holed-up in the office of a biologist while they stockpile grub and rant about the Feds. Meanwhile, law enforcement has taken a hands-off approach, allowing sympathizers to bring them food and moral support, and allowing the squatters to come and go, even to adjoining states to drum up support. This begs the question of whether the lukewarm reaction is because the Bundy freaks are too armed and dangerous, or merely too white.

If you are as frustrated as I am, sign the petition:

Of course the Feds want to "avoid another Ruby Ridge or Waco," which is the usual explanation. An yes, they are out in the middle of nowhere in the middle of winter, so perhaps the FBI and BLM are merely waiting them out until they get cabin fever. However, there are local people there who have to drive the same lonely roads, and who have been followed around by these creepy guys as they "protect" the land they claim as theirs. Not to mention the local Paiute tribe, who have the real claim to the land in the Malheur Refuge. Why has the Federal Government left the innocent people of Burns, Oregon, at the mercy of these backwards delusional crybabies with guns?

People did have some fun sending weird stuff to the Militia members, such as a bag of candy d***ks and some sex toys, and watching militia member John Ritzheimer melt down into a tantrum on a facebook video. But honestly - mail trucks and FedEx were able to deliver the stuff directly to the compound. No biggie french fry, except that these folks are criminals!

LaVoy Finicum, a 54-year-old Arizona rancher and one of the group’s leaders, says the siege will continue until the federal government cedes control of the 187,000-acre refuge to Harney County.
“It needs to be very clear that these buildings will never, ever return to the federal government,” says Finicum, who wears a cowboy hat and a Colt .45 pistol holstered on his hip.
. . . On Friday, one of the protesters was arrested in Burns and charged with theft of federal property after he drove a refuge pickup truck into town. It was the first arrest since the occupation began.
-- Washington Post

LaVoy Finicum or "Tarpman" ~ What A Guy!!!
Used foster children as "main source of income."

Refuge? What is a Refuge?

The self-described militia occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge disabled surveillance cameras around the area, saying the FBI had installed them to keep watch. “This in my opinion is unreasonable search,” said LaVoy Finicum, who is acting as a spokesman for the group. He then went on to goad law enforcement: “Come pick them up.”
-- Slate

On Saturday, Kierán Suckling, the executive director and founder of the environmental group Center for Biological Diversity, stood in the parking lot of the Refuge where the armed occupiers hold their daily press conferences.
“We’re here as the public to speak up for our lands and say this is public land, Bundy and your militia, go home,” Suckling said, holding a sign that read “Stop Bundy Land Grab.”
-- Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon Senator Martic Heinrich reached out to the Justice Department this weekend:

And law enforcement isn't totally ignoring the Bundy Militia:

But . . . he went back to Malheur:

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Bundy Militia Invades Oregon

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One of the offspring of Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy has invaded eastern Oregon to defend a couple of ranchers who set a fire and burned up some public land. Actually, the two ranchers (named Hammond) have surrendered to Federal prison for the next five years, but that didn't stop Ammon Bundy. No, he and some other militia nuts took over the office of a biologist at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and have said they will not leave until their demands are met. They are demanding that the Federal Government "back off" and give all the public land to the ranchers for their cattle. Oh, and they want the Federal Government to stop enforcing inconvenient laws, like no arson and no overgrazing. Stuff like that.

Twitter has been on overdrive, labeling this group #YallQuaeda #WhiteISIS #YokelHaram #Cowliphate

Also see below for #tarpman and #BundySnackMovieTitles

Given the 5th grade education of Bundy and his pals, and their lack of knowledge about government, it's pretty much been a clown show from the beginning. Even the townspeople in nearby Burns, Oregon, some of whom are sympathetic to the Bundys and Hammonds, still want the militia to leave. The local Sheriff has met with Bundy and asked him politely to pack up and leave, but he refused - because he's just not that smart. While the FBI and Bureau of Land Management have taken a hands-off approach so far, I doubt this will last too much longer.

Meanwhile, please send snacks to the Bundy Militia because gosh darn golly-gee, they remembered the guns but forgot the food!

From the New York Times: "Crackpots in Cowboy Hats"
The leader, Ammon Bundy, is the son of Cliven Bundy, the deadbeat rancher and Fox News hero who still owes more than $1 million in unpaid grazing fees. The elder Bundy says he doesn’t recognize the government. The younger Bundy recognized it enough to get a federal loan guarantee for his fleet repair business in the rugged sprawl of Phoenix.
Ammon Bundy says God drove him to break into the offices of an agency that works on behalf of pileated woodpeckers, yellow warblers and other avian wonders. Bundy’s not leaving, he says, until land that we own — that is, every American citizen — is taken from us and given to some unnamed private entity.
Yes, it’s comical — white privilege mixed with a “Hee Haw” parody. The only thing Bundy and his fellow burglars have accomplished thus far is to leave behind enough evidence for prosecutors to file numerous criminal charges against them.

From Oregon Live
(Sheriff) Ward was accompanied to the remote location by Sheriffs Brian Wolfe of Malheur County and Andy Long of Tillamook County as well three rigs carrying heavily armed law enforcement officers.
Ward met Bundy on the side of Lava Bed Road, a handful of media surrounding the men. Bundy was accompanied by Ryan Payne, a self-styled militiaman from Montana.
Ward explained he was there to resolve the standoff. He said he didn't want anyone to get hurt.
"We need to find a peaceful resolution and get you guys out of here," he said.
Bundy, wearing his trademark cowboy hat, told Ward, "We mean no harm to anybody."
Bundy went into his oft-repeated comments about why the militants had arrived to take over the refuge.
"We're here for the people of Harney County," he said. "We're here because people were being ignored." He said citizens have complained over and over about federal land-use issues.
"Yet, sheriff, you would not address those concerns," Bundy said. "We're getting ignored again."
Ward replied, "I didn't come here to argue."

Town Hall Meeting:

Local Paiute Tribe Speaks Out

Tarp Man

Please Send Snacks!

Gun Nuts See "Fake Tears" From President Over Sandy Hook

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Last week President Obama tearfully announced new measures included in an Executive Order meant to curb gun violence, such as better background checks at gun shows. He has always said that the day of the Sandy Hook massacre of innocent children and teachers was the worst day of his Presidency.

Of course, the wingnuts who believe he is still planning a "Gun Grab" and martial law don't understand real emotion when they see it. They immediately jumped to bizarre conclusions and conspiracies to explain the President crying over dead children.

Because they are insane. And heartless!