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Sunday, January 31, 2016


Ben Carson is not a fan of the uneducated.

At his town hall meeting in Iowa City on Friday, the Republican presidential candidate insulted people with low IQs and lamented that they were allowed to vote. He said it was “disturbing” that many people are unable to pass the written test to get into the military. He urged the audience to “read up” on the history of Islam, and said progressives are “dumbing down our society” with calls for political correctness.

All of this intrigued Daniel Schnall, 29, a graduate student at the University of Iowa and registered independent. Schnall asked Carson: If you’re so passionate about being educated, then why don’t you accept the science of human-caused climate change?

Can you explain… why you’re not willing to listen to the experts?
“You’ve spoken a lot about using common sense and using your brain, and I really appreciate that,” Schnall said. “And in some of the questions in the debates, you responded that you really seek the input of experts.”
He continued: “The experts in the scientific community overwhelmingly agree that climate change is a problem. Can you explain that discrepancy, and why you’re not willing to listen to the experts?”

For the entirety of his presidential campaign, Carson has been unwilling to say he accepts the mainstream scientific opinion that carbon emissions from human activity cause climate change, and that climate change will have catastrophic effects if left unchecked. “There’s always going to be either cooling or warming going on,” Carson has said, implying that humans have nothing to do with how hot the Earth is becoming.

On Friday, he responded to Schnall’s question by saying that the climate science is “politicized.”
“I don’t subscribe to the politicization of the environment, because that’s what leads to things like the Clean Power Plan,” Carson said, referring to Obama’s regulations to limit carbon emissions from coal power plants. “The EPA has said that if we implement every aspect of the Clean Power Plan, it will lower the temperature of the Earth by 0.05 degrees Fahrenheit… that’s the benefit. The cost is billions of dollars and millions of jobs. That doesn’t make any sense, because that is ideologically driven.”
There’s a lot to unpack about Carson’s comments on the Clean Power Plan. For one, he said that regulations would be useless because they would only make a small dent in global temperatures. But that’s scientifically misleading — no one regulation in any one country can be significant enough to make a big dent in global temperatures. However, considering the United States is currently the world’s second-largest carbon emitter and by far its largest historically, the idea is that the U.S. must act first to motivate other countries to do the same.

If he’s going to stand up there and say we need to listen to the experts, and we need to use our brains — 97 percent of the scientific community agrees on this one.

And his claim that putting carbon regulations on the already-dying coal industry would cost “billions of dollars and millions of jobs” is also dubious — according to multiple studies, the regulations would actually create jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, since both will have to be increased to meet the regulations’ requirements.

But the most notable portion of Carson’s response was what he didn't say — and that’s anything about the actual science of human-caused climate change. Carson said the EPA had become politicized and that the Clean Power Plan wouldn't work, but he didn't say anything surrounding the actual question, which was why, scientifically, he doesn't accept that climate change is a problem.

Schnall recognized this, saying that he was “not really” happy with the candidate’s answer. Schnall said that while he’s “not the biggest climate change advocate,” he asked the question because he was frustrated with the polarization of climate change in politics. And for Carson in particular, he just didn't understand how someone could preach the importance of education while denying mainstream science.
“If he’s going to stand up there and say we need to listen to the experts, and we need to use our brains — 97 percent of the scientific community agrees on this one,” he said. “It’s not just politicizing the issue. It’s a little more than that.”

[Cross-Posted from thinkprogress]


Saturday, January 30, 2016


Bill Maher closed his show on Friday by sounding almost nostalgic for the era of GOP “zombie lies.”

“In a very short time, Republicans have gone beyond even the ‘zombie lie’ to just making shit up,” he marveled.

He singled out presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s insistence that she watched video showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing how to harvest the brain of a “fully-formed fetus on a table,” a charge she has defended despite all evidence to the contrary proving her wrong.


“That video doesn't exist, unless you subscribe to Nutflix,” Maher ranted.

Similarly, the host said, Donald Trump only doubled down when hit with the fact that there was no evidence to corroborate his claim that there were 10,000 Muslims “cheering” in New Jersey after the 9/11 attacks.

“He’s like Pinocchio — except when he tells a lie, his balls grow bigger,” Maher said.

One reason conservatives have been able to get away with this kind of brazen lying, he argued, was that the Internet had deteriorated from the “information superhighway” to “bullshit boulevard,” allowing more people to live their lives fact-free.

Conversely, Maher added, people who normally only had to confront their “right-wing uncle” at Thanksgiving now had to deal with them posting conspiracy theories on Facebook.

“That’s what so great about Facebook: you’re not telling lies, you’re just sharing them,” he said.

Roger West

Friday, January 29, 2016


I am certainly no fan of Ben Ferguson, but yesterday he annihilated Fuckface Von Clownstick and GOP front runner Donald Trump, accusing him of cynically taking advantage of veterans because it is “politically advantageous” to do so as the controversial primary debate loomed Thursday.

In a prolonged spat with Fox News over tough questions directed at him by moderator and network host Megyn Kelly, Trump abruptly announced he would boycott the Thursday night debate in Iowa just ahead of the caucuses. Trump said instead he will hold an event at Drake University and give all the proceeds to veterans and wounded warriors.

Ferguson wasn’t buying it, and let his fellow guest, Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson, know it.
“This is a sick and vile move by a guy who likes to throw those words around: Donald Trump,” Ferguson said to CNN host Chris Cuomo. “To use Wounded Warriors and their true battle scars to his political advantage, I would say this to Katrina: I’m not dumb enough to buy that this is about the veterans, because Donald Trump has never held an event for the veterans on his campaign.”
Ferguson also called Trump out for trying to stop veterans from selling items near his hotel on Fifth Avenue. According to a report by the New York Daily News, Trump lobbied lawmakers for years to limit vendors, which included disabled veterans, from selling items outside his swank property.

“While disabled veterans should be given every opportunity to earn a living, is it fair to do so to the detriment of the city as a whole or its tax paying citizens and businesses?” Trump wrote in a 1991 letter to the then-chairman of the state.


Assembly’s Committee on Cities, obtained by the Daily News. “Do we allow Fifth Ave., one of the world’s finest and most luxurious shopping districts, to be turned into an outdoor flea market, clogging and seriously downgrading the area?”

In light of this, Ferguson called Trump’s Thursday move hypocritical.
“So for him to come out now and to self-righteously say, ‘I’m gonna stand up for veterans, and I’m going to do an event that I haven’t had time to do’ until it was convenient for him tonight, many veterans are going to be turned off by this,” Ferguson said. “They went and fought for their country and now Donald Trump uses them as political pawns.”
Cuomo said the head of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Paul Rieckhoff, said the organization would take no donations from Trump.

Roger West

Thursday, January 28, 2016


With news that the leader of the Oregon militia occupying a federal wildlife refuge was arrested last night, and another member killed in a confrontation with police, it’s worth taking a look back at how the media has described the crisis in the last few weeks.

The armed militia first seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon on January 2, and proclaimed early on that they were willing to kill and be killed if necessary. Since then, their occupation of the land, and their refusal to seriously negotiate with the FBI, has cost the U.S. government over $133,000 per day.

Regardless, much of mainstream media has continued to avoid labeling them as the occupying militia that they are. Rather, the go-to label for the armed group has been “protesters.”

Shortly after the militia first took over the refuge, the Associated Press also ran an article framing the crisis in Oregon as a “peaceful” gathering of protesters. After receiving criticism, the AP changed the original headline, but still did not note the potential for violence at the occupied government building.

Although seven other members of the militia have been arrested, and one has surrendered to authorities, remaining members plan to continue their occupation of the federal land. Jason Patrick, one of the remaining militants, compared the death of militia member Robert “LaVoy” Finicum to the police killing of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old carrying a toy gun. “The government can kill who they want for whatever reason they want with impunity,” Patrick said, according to VICE News.

But regardless of what Patrick thinks, the way law enforcement has interacted with the Oregon militia — and the way the militia have been portrayed in the media — makes the power of white privilege in the United States quite clear.

The media has labeled Black Lives Matter events a “threat,” and activists have even been accused of inciting violence “to the point of a hate crime“, despite the movement being largely peaceful. Police have repeatedly used excessive force against Black Lives Matter activists, deploying riot gear, tear gas, and smoke bombs on the unarmed activists protesting. And just last week, a Minnesota cop encouraged people to run over Black Lives Matter protesters. “Run them over,” Sergeant Jeffrey M. Rothecker wrote in a Facebook comment. “Keep traffic flowing and don’t slow down for any of these idiots who try and block the street.” He then advised drivers how they could use the law to justify running over protesters with their cars.

Some people who have picked up on this double standard have asked the media to begin calling the armed militia in Oregon domestic terrorists — a term fitting for anti-government extremists, willing to kill and be killed, who have taken over federal land — but it seems many outlets still prefer “protesters” instead.

[cross-posted from thinkprogress]


Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Six members of the militia occupying the Malheur National Refuge, including Ammon Bundy, were taken into custody Tuesday night following a shooting nearby, according to the FBI.

The Harney County District Hospital in Burns, Oregon is on lockdown, and a section of the highway is also closed. The altercation occurred at about 4:25 PM local time, when the militia was on its way to a meeting in John Day, a neighboring town.

The FBI released a statement confirming that one militant died in a shootout. Another militant sustained “non life-threatening” injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Bundy and his militia have been occupying the federal property since the beginning of January, and law enforcement has been hesitant to remove them. But conflicts with local residents have escalated recently; members of the occupation have torn down their fences and reportedly vandalized other property in the town. Locals have grown angrier at the lack of action to remove the militia.

Two other militia members were arrested last week when they stole federal vehicles to drive to Safeway. Meanwhile, the militia has been trying to convene their own justice system to attempt to arrest local officials.

There are reportedly still members of the militia at the refuge and it’s unclear what impact tonight’s events will have on the ongoing occupation.

[cross-posted from thinkprogress]


Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Chris Cuomo of CNN suggested yesterday to conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Monday that he was partly to blame for “birthing Donald Trump” before deciding to endorse Sen. Ted Cruz in an attempt to derail the New York billionaire’s campaign.
“Donald Trump, I really truly believe is a dangerous man,” Beck warned GOP voters during a CNN interview. “I’m here to talk to you about the Constitution and what I believe is an absolute right or wrong… The mood of the country is very angry but you never make a good decision when you are angry.”
Beck added that he did not mind being personally insulted by Trump, saying, “Look at me, there’s lots of jokes to be made.”
“But here’s the thing,” Cuomo pointed out. “Is there a little bit of reap what you sow in some of this with the GOP, that engendering an oppositional mode towards government, in ratcheting up negativity as a mainline discourse, you wound up somewhat birthing Donald Trump?”
“And now some of those people who were angry about what was going on and telling people to be angry, now they’ve got somebody who is harnessing the power of exactly that, and you’re disappointed,” the CNN host said.


Beck insisted that he had “warned against this.”
“The progressive movement, and that is what this is — Donald Trump is a progressive, make no mistake,” Beck remarked. “The progressive party was started by Theodore Roosevelt, it was started by a Republican.”
“Bernie Sanders is at least honest about who he is,” the former Fox News host continued. “He’s not afraid to say, ‘I’m a socialist and I think we should be more like Denmark.'”

According to Beck, America does not support the “soft” positions of Hillary Clinton or the “anger of Donald Trump.”
“The real question that is before America is this: Do we believe in socialism or constitutionalism?” he asked. “Those should be the two candidates in the United States of America, and let the people decide.”
“Are we going socialist or back to the Constitution? That’s a fair and honest debate.”


Monday, January 25, 2016


Katrina Pierson, the national spokesperson for Fuckface Von CLownstick presidential campaign, on Sunday defended her call for a “pure breed” president by arguing that she was a “half-breed” like President Barack Obama.

In 2012, Pierson had complained that both then-GOP nominee Mitt Romney and Obama were not “pure breeds” because their fathers had not been born in the United States. She has also quipped on Twitter that Obama was refusing to help the black community even though he was the “head Negro in charge.”

On Sunday, Pierson told CNN’s Brian Stelter that “even minorities and women” were supporting Trump.

Stelter reminded Pierson that she had griped that Obama was not a “pure breed.”

“Would you like to retract that?” he wondered.
“No, not at all,” she replied. “These tweets — I’m an activist and I am a half-breed. I’m always getting called a half-breed. And on Twitter when you’re fighting with liberals and even establishment, you go back at them in the same silliness they are giving you.”

“So, I myself am a half-breed,” Pierson added. “We have entered silly season. Donald Trump is up in the polls. There’s desperate campaigns out there, they can’t take him down so they try to take down the people that are around him. And we’re just not going to get distracted by all that nonsense.”


Sunday, January 24, 2016


To the surprise of absolutely no one, Tina Fey returned to SNL on Saturday night to reprise her slaying impersonation of Sarah Palin, mocking the frantic and crazed endorsement speech the ex-VP candidate gave in Iowa earlier this week for Donald Trump.

Introduced by Darrell Hammond’s Trump, Fey began by saying she was taking a break from her “full time career of writin’ things on Facebook” to endorse the next president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

Cutting to Trump, he called her “The total package. Smart. Legs. Yelling. Everything. I haven’t seen a woman this impressive since Jeb Bush.”


Fey’s Palin noted, “I’m here because we Americans are struggling. So many of us have lost our jobs at the factory or our reality shows about Alaska. We’ve seen our own children targeted by the police for no reason other than they committed some crimes.”

Then Fey launched into a riff on Palin’s sing-songy, rhyming babbling from the Iowa endorsement speech, including “a rock and roller, holy roller, pushing stroller, pro bowler with an abscessed molar.”
“She’s a firecracker. She’s a real pistol,” Trump said to the camera before pausing and adding a knowing smile, “She’s crazy, isn’t she?”
Then Fey as Palin went completely nuts.

Roger West

Saturday, January 23, 2016


On Real Time last night Bill Maher accused the militants holed up in an Oregon federal reserve of not being as tough as they like to portray themselves.
“How tough can you rugged individualists be when the first thing you did after storming the rest stop was to post an appeal online for supplies — a shopping list, really, that included such items as throw rugs, shampoo, foot warmers, and French vanilla coffee creamer. What, no scrunchies so you can braid each other’s hair?”
If they were so “ready to die,” Maher mocked, the country had plenty of wars available.
“You can go fight ISIS, ’cause what you’re doing isn’t saving the republic,” he said. “It’s more like when you’re a kid and you run away from home by hiding in the backyard.”


Maher singled out Arizona anti-Islam activist John Ritzheimer, playing footage from his heavily-derided “Daddy swore an oath” video and mocking him for going to such lengths to avoid his family for the holidays.

At the same time, however, he compared Ritzheimer to a Yale University student who loudly protested a school official’s email suggesting that the college not discipline students who dress in culturally-appropriative costumes for Halloween.

“If it is a micro-aggression, shouldn’t it just make you micro-angry?” Maher said of the Yale controversy, arguing that if she really wanted to protest oppressive outfits, she should start with Muslim burqas.
“It’s interesting that this Yale student and this hammerhead in the woods think they’re political opposites,” he said. “Really they’re the same person: martyrs without a cause, whipping themselves up into a lather for issues that would better be addressed with Xanax.”

Roger West

Friday, January 22, 2016


Stephen Colbert ripped Fuckface Von Clownstick's [Donald Trump] blatant and disingenuous pandering to evangelical Christians and his bizarre endorsement by the ghost of John Wayne.

The real estate tycoon and reality TV star gave a boastful convocation speech earlier this week at Liberty University, where he told students that he ranked his own book, “Art of the Deal,” just behind the Bible in quality and importance.
“Trump loves the Bible so much he doesn't even need to read it,” Colbert said.
The Republican presidential front-runner drew laughs from students by mispronouncing 2 Corinthians as “Two Corinthians” — rather than “Second Corinthians.”
“Saying ‘Two Corinthians’ is like saying ‘The Book of Job,'” Colbert said, making the aggrieved biblical figure’s name a homonym for the work Trump warns that immigrants will steal from Americans. “The Mexicans are coming here into our country to steal our book of jobs. But ‘the pander express’ did not stop there.”
Trump also gave an interview to the Christian Broadcast Network’s David Brody, who asked the celebrity billionaire if he ever cried. Trump, of course, said he wasn’t “a big crier.”
“Real men don’t cry,” Colbert said. “Donald Trump is a real man. How do we know? Because he just got endorsed by the manliest man who ever manned.”

Trump received an endorsement this week from John Wayne’s daughter, which she announced alongside the candidate and standing before a wax figure of her late movie star father.
“That’s right, with his newfound spirituality, Trump has reached with his golden hand through the veil of death and dragged back the endorsement of John Wayne — the Duke, the toughest man not alive,” Colbert said. “For anyone who doubts this endorsement, consider this: If John Wayne were alive, he would be a 108-year-old white guy — and that sounds like a Trump voter to me.”


Thursday, January 21, 2016


Stephen Colbert said there is no one on Earth like Donald Trump — except for maybe one other person: Sarah Palin.

The “Late Show” host began singing Kelly Clarkson’s hit, “Since U Been Gone,” at the mere sight of the former half-term governor of Alaska and failed vice presidential candidate — who endorsed Trump during a wild speech Tuesday in Iowa.
“God I have missed you,” Colbert said to Palin’s photo. “It’s like a magical eagle made a wish on a flag pin and it came to life — which is great for me. While Trump, admittedly, has given me so much material to make jokes about, nobody compares to the original ‘material girl.'”
He played a montage of Palin revisiting some her catchphrase “greatest hits” during the endorsement speech, and but she also showed off some new prattling idioms — and even transcended language itself at several points.
“Sarah Palin just guaranteed Trump the evangelical vote because I think she was speaking in tongues,” Colbert said, blowing a kiss toward her photo. “I just wish she could endorse every candidate, because I think it would sound something like this.”


Colbert said he would first use a Taser to shock the part of his brain that understands sentence structure before attempting his Palin impersonation.

He then launched into a colloquial but confusing litany of breathless endorsements of various presidential candidates, peppered with resentful attacks on the media and education, in general, and sprinkled with cheerful inklings of violence.

Roger West

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Rick Wilson, a GOP strategist calumniated supporters of Donald Trump on Tuesday, painting them as anti-Semitic lacking ambition, Crooks and Liars reported.

“The fact of the matter is, most of them are childless single men who masturbate to anime,” Wilson told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “They’re not real political players. These are not people who matter in the overall course of humanity.”

The GOP, Wilson insisted, is still being driven by the belief in a limited-government platform.
“I don’t think that this other stuff that Trump is toying with is part of the mainstream conservative movement by any stretch of the imagination,” he added.
“The question to me is, this is all going to be tested, right?” Hayes responded. “I agree with you; there are large parts of people who are avowed Republicans and conservatives who genuinely care about limited government. But what we’re seeing right now is this sort of electoral test. And that’s what makes today so fascinating, this fight so fascinating.”
Hayes noted that, as The Week reported, “paleo-conservative” columnist Samuel Francis advised then-presidential candidate Pat Buchanan to pursue a line of rhetoric similar to Trump’s in 1996.
“[Francis] basically said, ‘Your best path is just get rid of all the conservatism — all the limited government, deficits, all that stuff — and just go whole hog on, essentially, ethno-nationalism.”
What The Week’s Michael Brendan Doughterty argued, the host said, was that Trump’s rise over more established politicians in the polls showed “just how thin the support for their ideas really is.”


“I think that’s absurd,” Wilson replied, arguing that support for limited government principles constituted a “very significant portion of the party.” 
“The screamers and the crazy people on the all-right as they call it, you know, who love Donald Trump, who have plenty of Hitler iconography in their Twitter icons and names,” he continued. 
“They sure do. I can back that up,” Hayes replied.

Roger West

Tuesday, January 19, 2016



Carlos Santana mocked Fuckface Von Clownstick, aka Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in an open letter posted on his Facebook page, according to International Business Times.

The message, obtained by Clutch magazine, praised President Barack Obama after his State of the Union address, and then compared Trump to an angry ape. But the open letter was deleted from Santana’s page a few days after he posted it.


“Regarding Mr. Trump,” Santana wrote. “I remember when I was a child living in Tijuana…I often crossed the border to visit the San Diego Zoo. I would hear loud screams and commotion in the distance. As I came closer to the sound, I noticed everyone was staring at an ape in a glass cage. The ape was staring back at the crowd that gathered. With an angry look of disgust, the ape defecated in his hand and threw it at the crowd. This is what I hear when Mr Trump speaks.
“He lacks consciousness as well as integrity. The Republicans and Mr Trump are selling hate and fear. That is the opposite of what our Country stands for. Let’s go forward with light and love into the future. Global Peace is within our grasp in this lifetime. Pull humanity up, take the high road and look at the aerial view. Peace on Earth now, not later.”

Roger West

Monday, January 18, 2016


Fuckface Von Clownstick [Donald Trump] on Sunday lashed out at Sen. Ted Cruz for continuing to attack so-called “New York values.”

On ABC’s This Week, host George Stephanopoulos reminded Trump that Cruz had insulted “New York values” during a recent debate, and then the Texas senator escalated his attack on New York after he was asked to apologize.
“He’s doubled-down on this issue of New York City values,” Stephanopoulos explained. “He lumped you in yesterday with Hillary Clinton, Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio.”
“The truth is he’s a nasty guy, nobody likes him,” Trump replied. “Nobody in Congress likes him. He’s a very — he’s got a edge that’s not good. You can’t make deals with people like that. It’s not a good thing for the country. Very nasty guy.”

Trump argued that Cruz was “a total hypocrite” because he had hosted fundraisers in New York and had not disclosed campaign loans from New York banks.
“I’m leading Ted Cruz by a lot. The polls are showing that I’m on the upswing. He’s on a big down swing. But if you look at what he said and the way he said it and the scorn toward New York, I think it’s a disgrace,” the billionaire opined. “He’s putting down the great people of New York. Who could have done what New Yorkers did under that unbelievable circumstance [after 9/11]?”

Roger West

Sunday, January 17, 2016


SNL. blasted the GOP debates, mocking the Thursday showdown on the Fox Business channel.

Cast member Taran Killiam used his portrayal of Texas Senator Ted Cruz to mock the controversy over his citizenship status by stating that he can’t be Canadian because “Canadians are well liked — I am not.”
“Canadians are rugged and outdoorsy, whereas I am mostly made of pudding,” he continued. “Canadians are genuine and warm, whereas when I smile it looks like I am peeing.”
Pressed to explain what he meant when he attacked rival Donald Trump over his “New York values,” he gave examples that made it apparent what he was really talking about.
“I think most people know exactly what New York values are. And frankly, they are not the rest of the country’s values,” he said. “Instead of celebrating Christmas, New Yorkers celebrate a pagan holiday called ‘Festivus.’ Instead of watching American football, they challenge each other to masturbation contests. In New York people don’t say ‘hi’ to their neighbors. They say ‘Hello, Newman.’”

Told he was describing episodes of “Seinfeld,” Cruz replied: “Believe me, if I could say liberal Jews, I would.”


Saturday, January 16, 2016


One of President Obama's staunchest supporters is Bill Maher. For years Obama has ignored the stage of HBO's Real Time - and Maher last night, in his return from vacation, put Obama on notice that its time to get his ass to the show for an interview.

For his 60th birthday, Bill Maher has turned to fans for help. He wants Barack Obama to appear on "Real Time With Bill Maher" before the president leaves office.

Is it so much to ask? The media-savvy Obama did "Running Wild With Bear Grylls."

Maher asked fans to sign a petition urging Obama to visit "Real Time," which started its 14th season on HBO with Friday's telecast. Maher stressed that Obama has done virtually every other talk show.


Maher also noted his tireless support for Obama, and his request burned up Google Trends.

What might be keeping Obama from "Real Time"? Maher's atheism and marijuana use could be stumbling blocks. But might Obama open up in ways he hasn't on the freewheeling, F-bomb-dropping "Real Time"?

Having supported this President unconditionally, do your backers a favor, schedule some time on Real Time!

Roger West

Friday, January 15, 2016


Y’all Qaeda, white angry militants who have taken over an Oregon wildlife refuge appear to be moving toward “indicting” county officials who they say mocked them by threatening to impose a $70,000-a-day bill for their ongoing occupation.

Ammon Bundy said a bogus “grand jury” set up by the militants had served notices of intent Wednesday to various Harney County officials who had refused to support their armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Preserve.

The militant leader suggested that Judge Steven Grasty, the chief elected county official, should be arrested for treason because he made fun of the out-of-state militia members who are trying to overthrow the county government and demanding that federal lands be turned over to their control.
“It appears that he must be trying to hide something because he’s getting very belligerent towards the Committee of Safety and, of course, towards us,” Bundy said.
The militant leader complained that Grasty would not allow the Committee of Safety, which is made up of six local residents selected by Bundy himself as a shadow government, to hold a meeting Friday evening on county property.

“He’s completely biased, he’s also threatened the Committee of Safety, he’s intimidated them, he’s tried to belittle them and really acting strange,” Bundy said, with a copy of the U.S. Constitution conspicuously poking out of his shirt pocket.

Chris Briels, the county’s volunteer fire chief, resigned his unpaid post after Grasty asked him to step down from the unelected Committee of Safety.
“I’ve been told that we don’t know what we’re doing,” Briels said Wednesday, with Bundy standing beside him. “I’ve been told that my life is in danger. I’ve been told all kinds of things. I will not be told what to do. I have my own mind, and I will use my own mind, not somebody else’s.”
Grasty has been strongly critical of the militants — who he calls “armed thugs” — and their plot to take over the county government, even as he complains about the same federal land use issues that drew the outsiders to Harney County.

The sheriff of neighboring Grant County claims he was unwittingly invited to a lunch meeting Wednesday with some of the militants — who asked him to travel to Harney County and join their siege.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer, who is admired among the right-wing Oath Keepers gun group, said he would not undermine the authority of Harney County Sheriff David Ward — but he also would not comply with his neighbor’s lone request.
“About the only thing he really told me is I’m welcome to come down there if I would shame and humiliate them into giving up, and I said, ‘No, I won’t do that,’” Palmer said. “I’m not in the business of denouncing or shaming or humiliating anybody.”
Palmer said he would not join the militants in Harney County, but he urged the federal government to comply with the armed outsiders’ demands.
“I believe the government is going to have to concede to something,” Palmer said. “I don’t think these guys are going to give up without knowing that they’ve done something that benefits the people of our country or our region.”
Grasty’s counterpart, Grant County Court Judge Scott Myers, said the Harney County judge had warned him that militants might be trying to take over the government in that county, as well.

A self-appointed judge who will oversee the bogus legal proceedings against Harney County officials said the militants would likely repeat their tactics in other states — and he admitted the group’s goal was to overthrow the elected government and replace it with one they believe was more “constitutional.”
“Ammon Bundy is not leaving until we have a lawful county government and the BLM and FBI are completely out of here,” said Bruce Doucette, who calls himself a “United States at Superior Court Judge.”
Doucette said he will oversee a “grand jury” made up of 25 community members who will meet in secret, but he said the results of their extralegal proceedings will be publicly released.

“Common law grand juries,” which are based on nonsensical “sovereign citizen” legal theories, typically indict public officials on only one charge: treason — for which the penalty is death.


Thursday, January 14, 2016



Numerous attempts to restrict where transgender people can use the restroom have been proposed in recent years, but one Virginia lawmaker’s latest legislation might be the most vicious. He actually wants to fine transgender children $50 if they use what he deems to be the “wrong” restroom.

Technically, Del. Mark Cole wants to fine all transgender people $50 for using any public bathroom that matches their gender, but he makes a point to codify that this applies to students as well. What’s particularly odd is that he has filed two different bills that propose the same thing, but which are worded differently.
HB 663 requires that all public restrooms and all school restrooms, locker rooms, and shower rooms to be “designated for use by a specific gender to solely be used by individuals whose anatomical sex matches such gender designation.” It defines anatomical sex simply as, “the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s anatomy.”
HB 781 uses slightly different language instead of “anatomical sex.” It requires that all public restrooms and all school restrooms, locker rooms, and shower rooms be “designated for and used by individuals/students based on their biological sex.” It defines “biological sex” as the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s birth certificate and is identified at birth by a person’s anatomy or by a birth certificate amended in accordance with subsection E of § 32.1-269.” That statute does allow transgender people to change the sex on their birth certificate, but only if they’ve undergone sex reassignment surgery.

Both bills conclude, “Any person/student who willfully and knowingly violates this section shall be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed $50.” This money would go to the state’s Literary Fund.

What many people are asking is how Cole’s bills would be enforced. They stipulate that “any law-enforcement officer may issue a summons regarding a violation of this section,” but they don’t explain how those officers would know a violation had taken place.

As activist Tim Peacock surmises, “someone would physically have to verify someone is in the bathroom that does not correspond to the current state of his/her physical genitals.” He concludes that the legislation constitutes “forcing children to allow adults to examine their genitals out of misplaced fear that transgender kids and adults might commit a hypothetical never-before-seen act of violence or sexual aggression (that would still be against the law with or without transgender protections).”

In the case of HB 781, enforcement could instead take on a “show me your papers” model, where individuals would have to produce their birth certificate to use the restroom. Profiling of trans people would likely follow, and given that many trans people do not undergo the surgery necessary to change their birth certificates, they would remain incredibly vulnerable for prosecution. Sex reassignment surgery is not recommended for minors, so the bill’s different language would make no difference for transgender students.

Claire Guthrie GastaƱaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, condemned the legislation for trying to ensure “that schools and other governmental agencies can purposely discriminate against transgender adults and children in Virginia.” They are “nothing more than ineffective, mean-spirited efforts to deny LGBT people in Virginia their constitutional and human rights.”

Cole described the legislation as “common sense legislation designed to protect the privacy of children and adults.” He claimed that “it does NOT require genital checks” and would only be enforced “on a complaint basis.”

The legislation resembles a similar bill recently filed in Indiana as well as several other bills filed last year, all of which took different approaches to criminalizing bathroom use by transgender people. None of them passed.

Am I the only one who thinks this is sick? What demented fuck comes up with this shit? Reading Cole’s rationalization to which he offered up points to a more disturbing sickness that this man obviously has.

Can we have Mr. Cole added to the State Police sexual deviant registry?

This story reminds me of the Massacre of the Innocents in the Bible where Herod orders all male children in the vicinity of Bethlehem to be executed so that one particular child, one who will someday be crowned the newborn King of the Jews, would not threaten Herod’s power. Both stories are sad and sick!

Congratulations Mark Cole, you are this week’s most disgusting and disturbing human of the world. Enjoy you sick bastard!

Roger West

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Although the armed occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge facility may seem to have done little more than camp out with guns and demand snacks, their continuing occupation is costing taxpayers dearly.

Local and federal government facilities have had to be closed, keeping public employees unable to complete their work. Harney County, which houses the preserve, schools were closed last week, adding teachers to the list of employees on paid leave and preventing students from learning. Police and security has been brought in to protect the townspeople from the armed militiamen — who have threatened law enforcement and other county officials. The occupied reserve, a valuable tourist attraction for the area, is closed to re-creators. All of those costs and losses add up.

Cost to the County: $70,000 Per Day

Harney County Judge Steve Grasty told outraged community members that he’d send the Bundys a bill for what they’d cost the county — which he estimates to be “$60,000 to $70,000 a day” for the closed schools and government offices and the drastic ramp-up in security.

Despite Judge Grasty’s threats, he doesn’t seem optimistic about actually recouping their losses. He reiterated the threat to the New York Daily News, but clarified that he doesn’t expect Mr. Bundy to pony up: “Will he pay it? No.”

These estimates for security don’t include the additional cost of the FBI presence and support, just the cost to the rural community around the reserve — which is bearing the brunt of the economic fallout.

Cost to the Federal Taxpayer: $23,400 Per Day

Along with the occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge facility, three buildings maintained by the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service have also shut down because of the security threat to employees. The Bureau of Land Management’s district office in Burns, Oregon alone employs nearly 120 employees — most of who are now on paid administrative leave. The weekly cost of those workers — who now are unable to work — is about $117,000 per week, or $23,400 per day.

Not included in this cost are the 50 additional employees at at the refuge center or the Forest Service’s Emigrant Creek Ranger District office. Many of these workers are also on paid leave, which means the actual cost may be even greater.

Cost in Lost Tourism: $40,000 Per Day

The economic impact of birders, hunters, anglers, and other outdoor recreationalists is no joke. Nationally, these groups contribute some $140 billion and hundreds of thousands of jobs to the economy each year – a strong economic force for many small businesses, towns, and counties like Harney.

The Malheur Wildlife Refuge is no exception. It attracts 119,000 recreational visitors a year, who come to see its 190 thousand acres of prime wildlife habitat, housing 320 species of birds, 58 mammals and 10 species of native fish. These visitors spend around $15 million each year, according to a 2013 report from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

$15 million a year averages down to over $40,000 a day, meaning Harney County has lost, as an estimate, a staggering $360,000 in recreation dollars since the armed takeover began.

Total Cost: $133,400 Per Day

$70,000 in security costs and closed schools. $23,400 in federal salaries. $40,000 a day lost in recreation dollars. The cost of the nine-day takeover adds up to roughly $1,200,600. Each additional day adds $133,400 to the total, and for the beleaguered Harney county, there’s no end in sight.

[h/t thinkprogess]

Roger West

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Helping aide Trevor Noah prepare to watch the State of the Union address for the first time, was correspondent Roy Wood Jr. offered up his predictions for what President Barack Obama will cover on Tuesday.
“More of a preview of the exhibits in the Obama presidential library — the Affordable Care Act, the climate change deal, how he taught not one but two Portuguese water dogs to fist-bump,” Wood said. “But what I do know for sure about this year’s speech? Obama has no more fucks to give.”
As proof, Wood pointed out how relaxed Obama looked in a picture promoting the address on Twitter:

“Look at his face — he does not care,” Wood said. “That’s the same face I make when I’m about to leave my job.”

But for the most part, he argued, the event is more of an obligation for the president, during which they are expected to call the state of the union “strong” no matter what is going on, or risk creating an awkward moment like Gerald Ford did during his 1975 address when he declared it not good.”

“You know Trevor, when America asks you if it looks fat in its jeans, it’s not really looking for an honest answer,” Wood explained. “Just say America has a bangin’ ass and be done with it.”

Roger West

Monday, January 11, 2016


NBC’s Meet The Press, GOP presidential front-runner Fuckface Von Clownstick [Donald Trump] continued his attacks on Hillary Clinton by bringing up her husband’s sexual indiscretions, while dismissing his own troubled marital history as unimportant because he wasn’t president at the time.

Speaking with host Chuck Todd, Clownstick continued to swing back at Clinton by using former President Bill Clinton’s sexual history as a cudgel after she accused him of having a “penchant for sexism.”

Cautioned by Todd that, if he continues to talk about the ex-president’s infidelity, he was opening himself up to the same treatment, Clownstick said, “It’s okay.”

“I mean, your first divorce was ugly,” Todd replied. “It was all over the tabloids.”
“You know what? I wasn’t the President of the United States, and I wasn’t dealing in the Oval Office, all right? Big difference,” said Clownstick .
Clownstick went on to say that his first wife, Ivana, thinks he is “great,” without mentioning his affair with Georgia beauty queen Marla Maples that broke up his first marriage before Maples briefly became his second wife.

Roger West

Sunday, January 10, 2016



Fuckface Von Clownstuck, one Donald Trump] praised North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un for maintaining an iron grasp on autocratic power by slaughtering opponents, including his uncle.

The real estate mogul-turned politician was speaking in Ottumwa, Iowa on Saturday afternoon when he started talking about nuclear weapons. North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a nuke this week.

Clownstick called the North Korean supreme leader a “maniac” but then said he deserves credit for his brutality.
“And you’ve got to give him credit — how many young guys — he was like 26 or 25 when his father died — take over these tough generals and all of a sudden, you know, it’s pretty amazing when you think of it. How does he do that?” Clownstick went on, according to The Hill.
“Even though it is a culture, and it’s a culture thing, he goes in, he takes over, he’s the boss. It’s incredible,” Clownstick said. “He wiped out the uncle, he wiped out this one, that one. I mean this guy doesn’t play games.”

Clownstick said he would make China to “handle the problem” along with Japan and South Korea.

Watch Clownstick’s speech, as posted to YouTube, here. His comments regarding North Korea start around the 41-minute mark:

Roger West

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Jon Ritzheimer Is White ISIS

Vanilla ISIS militant member who seizing an Oregon wildlife refuge said in a video released on Friday that the movement was bigger than their own individual pasts — after insulting another member of the group.

Jon Ritzheimer opened the video by criticizing “anti-violence patriot” Lewis Arthur in the wake of a confrontation between Arthur and “Blaine Cooper” — the name used by multiple-time felon Stanley Blaine Hicks. The 14-minute statement was posted on Cooper’s Facebook page.
“I’m questioning whether or not this Lewis Arthur is perhaps a homeless person and has found a way to develop this guise using the name ‘veteran’ for Veterans on Patrol to get people to sympathize with him and donate to them so that he can have shelters and food and everything brought to him,” Ritzheimer said. “So, again, people, if you just think you know Lewis Arthur from social media, you do not know Lewis Arthur.”
Arthur, who has identified himself as the leader of the Veterans on Patrol group, was accused of seeking “a couple seconds of fame” after saying that he was attacked by Cooper while attempting to remove women and children from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, as well as Ryan Bundy, who took part in the federal standoff with Cliven Bundy in 2014 and boasted about setting up sniper teams during that encounter.

At one point in the video, someone can be heard whispering the line, “We need to stop fighting with each other,” which Ritzheimer repeats. Later, he asked viewers not to focus on the background of any individual in the group.
“Maybe there is a felon here,” he said. “Let he who’s out there without sin cast the first stone. Yes, Blaine Cooper may have an ugly past, but that man stood by my side when we thought there was certain death headed our way.”
Ritzheimer did not mention that “Cooper’s” past includes felony charges for assault with and without a deadly weapon, as well as alcohol- and traffic-related offenses. The Oath Keepers militia group has described Cooper’s position within the group as “the first sign that nothing good was going to come” from their action backing up Ammon and Ryan Bundy’s taking of the facility.

For his part, Ritzheimer first attracted national attention last year after boasting about making t-shirts saying “Fuck Islam” and organizing armed protests against mosques in Arizona. He subsequently gained the attention of the FBI after threatening to attack a small, majority-Muslim community in New York state.

On Friday he described the taking of the refuge as a sacrifice he and his cohorts were willing to undertake for the good of the country
“A lot of people here are losing work — they’re not able to go home and provide for their families. I am one of them,” he argued. “But I’m making that pledge to these men to know that as long as the greater good for America comes from all of this, what’s mine is yours.”
However, Ritzheimer did not mention that he actually relies on his veterans’ disability pay as well as “a wife that works.”


Friday, January 8, 2016


The co-chairman of Fuckface Von Clownstick[ Donald Trump’s} New Hampshire “Veterans for Trump group has arrived in Burns, Oregon, to assist the small cadre of armed men who are seeking to provoke a standoff with federal officials there.

That not-quite-standoff began over the weekend when a handful of men led by Ammon Bundy decided to turn a much larger peaceful protest over a decision to send two ranchers back to jail for arson into an armed struggle. The group’s numbers are small – especially compared to the 300 who reportedly joined the peaceful protest of the re-sentencing – but they have now been reinforced by Jerry DeLemus, a former United States Marine living on the opposite side of the country.

Clownstick himself has said little about the situation in Oregon, following the pattern of most of the GOP primary candidates. But on Tuesday he seemed to tell The Hill it was time for the Bundy crew to pack it in and go home. “You have to maintain law and order, no matter what,” he said.

It is at least the second time DeLemus has ridden to the physical aid of a Bundy. When Ammon’s father Cliven had his cattle impounded by the Bureau of Land Management in 2014 over more than $1 million in unpaid fines and fees for his use of public lands, DeLemus and his son drove 41 hours in three days to come help.

The impromptu militia DeLemus helped lead in Bunkerville, NV, eventually pushed the agency to return Bundy’s cattle under threat of violence. “If they made one wrong move, every single BLM agent in that camp would’ve died,” another leader of the group named Ryan Payne bragged to the Missoula Independent later. “We had counter-sniper positions on their sniper positions. We had at least one guy – sometimes two guys – per BLM agent in there.”

DeLemus’ job in Bunkerville was “chief of security,” according to RawStory, which reports he was personally responsible for dismissing the members of the Bundy brigade who later went on to kill two police in Las Vegas before being killed themselves by other officers. He says he’s come to Oregon to help ensure the younger Bundys and their adherents find a peaceful resolution and leave the refuge safely.

In a Facebook post explaining his decision, he also warned that a military psychological operation was taking place. “We must be level headed and remember there is a psyops war happening as well and all who were at Bunkerville know well what I’m talking about,” DeLemus wrote.

When a GQ reporter asked the Granite State man in 2014 how he thought the Bunkerville standoff might end, he said there was a “good chance” that federal agents would return and kill every member of Bundy’s brigade, promising his crew would shoot back if it came to it. “And I’ll tell you what, they’ll have a bloody nose, and I’ll tell you what: the American people will rise up,” he said. “Go ahead.”

DeLemus told reporters from the conspiracy theory-driven Next News Network at the time that “there’s great risk we may not come home” from Bunkerville. And a year earlier in New Hampshire, he told a crowd of Tea Party types that “We are in a similar position our Founding Fathers found themselves in and their decision to stand was equally difficult.”

He also believes President Obama is secretly Muslim, according to a June 2014 Facebook post about the return of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years as a captive of the Taliban. (The opening sequence of the podcast Serial’s current run of episodes on Bergdahl features Trump’s voice saying, “Y’know in the old days deserters were shot,” to raucous applause.) “You are a race baiter and a sure sign of how little time America has left,” he wrote to the president in another post.

[h/t thinkprogress]


Thursday, January 7, 2016



White ISIS, Y’all Qaeada, the “special” patriots who have taken over an Oregon nature preserve have bristled at suggestions that their armed demonstration is an act of domestic terror — but they apparently don’t understand the legal definition of the term.

One of the militants, Ryan Bundy, spoke Tuesday to blogger Shepard Ambellas of Intellihub about the ongoing occupation of the Malheur National Nature Preserve by self-described militia members.

Bundy, the son of scofflaw Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, complained that the mainstream media had portrayed the militants and his family — who took part in an armed confrontation with federal agents over their unpaid grazing fees on public lands — as terrorists.
“They labeled us terrorists several years ago, so that’s not new,” Bundy said. “You got to look at the definition of terror.”
Bundy asked the blogger to define terror, and Ambellas said he guessed it meant “something that scares someone.”

“Would you say that terror is extreme fear?” Bundy asked.

“I would say the word has a heightened sense of fear,” Ambellas said.
“All right, so extra fear,” Bundy said. “All right, so a terrorist is one that uses extreme fear to control a situation, to control a political situation or any particular situation — so that would define terrorism.”
Bundy, who was arrested last year following a courthouse brawl in Nevada, said terrorists used bombs and bomb threats to create “extreme terror to try to control or gain position or something,” citing the Boston Marathon bombing as an example.

“Terrorism is extreme fear to control the situation,” he said.

The militants have so far not been charged with any crimes, but the United States Code does include a legal definition of terrorism that is much more specific than the one outlined by Bundy and his interviewer.

The U.S. Code defines domestic terrorism as “activities that … appear to be intended … to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion and … occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.”

The sheriff of Harney County, where the nature preserve is located, said the militants had come from out of state to protest the sentencing of ranchers Dwight and Stephen Hammond on arson charges but then took over the government building in hopes of taking over the county government and sparking a nationwide revolution.

Sheriff David Ward said the FBI, which is overseeing the situation, has assured him the militants will face charges.

The sheriff didn’t specify which charges those might be, but the U.S. Code outlines a charge for seditious conspiracy whose elements strongly resemble the plot to take over and occupy the nature preserve.
“If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both,” the statute reads.

Bundy and his group, which calls itself Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, told reporters they want the Hammonds to be released from custody and they want the federal government to hand over land near their ranch to local control.
“The best possible outcome is that the ranchers that have been kicked out of the area … will come back and reclaim their land, and the wildlife refuge will be shut down forever and the federal government will relinquish such control,” Ryan Bundy said in another interview. “What we’re doing is not rebellious. What we’re doing is in accordance with the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land.”
Bundy told Intellihub that Hammond was a victim of government terrorism because the rancher feared that federal authorities would “put a bullet in (his) head.”

“He reported to prison not out of duty, not out of respect for the government, not out of guilt for crime that they say he committed — it was simply out of fear of the oppressive government,” Bundy said.
“He was in fear of being shot in the head — he was fearful for his life, his family’s life,” Bundy said. “He was fearful of others around him. So who has been using those tactics against him? The government has. So who are the terrorists?”

Roger West

Wednesday, January 6, 2016



I am just going to leave this here for the gun loon, gun huggers, and ammosexuals.

In sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee on May 28, 1999, in the wake of the Columbine shootings, NRA Vice-President Wayne LaPierre speaks forcefully in favor of universal background checks.


What changed you asked? Safety took a shit with the NRA for the greed of dollars for peddling guns.

RELATED: 77 Percent say Obama is correct to bypass congress on gun control

Roger West

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Fuckface Von Clownstick’s [Donald Trump] first television campaign commercial falsely portrays a Moroccan border as the one between Mexico and the US — but his camp insists that was done intentionally.
“No shit it’s not the Mexican border but that’s what our country is going to look like,” campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told NBC News on Monday. “This was 1,000 percent on purpose.”
The ad, which is slated to air in early-primary states Iowa and New Hampshire, features footage aired on Italian television in 2014 of Moroccan immigrants entering Melilla, a Spanish enclave. But the narration repeats the candidate’s claim that he will “stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that Mexico will pay for.”

According to Politifact, another spokesperson for Trump’s campaign, identified as Hope Hicks, originally said that she did not know the source of the footage and would not speak for the company that produced the video. The logo for RepubblicaTV, the network where it originally aired, cannot be seen in the video.

The commercial also fails to mention that increased immigration law enforcement and economic conditions within the US have led to more immigrants leaving the country than there are coming in.

"Yeah, we meant to do that." If this is correct, you're an idiot of epic proportions, if not, you're still and idiot of epic proportions!

Roger West

Monday, January 4, 2016



You know, because nothing says fucking idiot like a couple of dozen conservative armed nutters taking back their country on a bird sanctuary.

While headliners from the national media are either ignoring the story or placing it at the end of their news feeds - Oregon local reporters are working the front lines and tweeting updates as the armed “patriots” settle into what they say will be a long occupation.

On social media, many have complained about the big networks either passing on the militia takeover story or soft-pedaling it. Local reporters, who covered the Hammond trial and saw militia members begin to gather in the small town, have set up their own camp outside of the occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to report on their doings.


Writing for OPB, Amanda Peacher stated that early estimates of 150 occupiers are wildly inflated, saying, “only a few dozen men are occupying the federal building.”

According to Peacher, federal employees were advised to stay clear of the refuge, in a memo that read: “Our top concern is employee safety. All employees are accounted for, and the Refuge will be closed until further notice. Employees of all land management agencies in the area will operate from alternate worksites, telework, or administrative leave.”

Outside of the refuge, she interviewed one militia member — identifying himself only as “Capt. Moroni” — who told her, “I didn’t come here to shoot, I came here to die.”

According to Jason Wilson, who drove in from Portland to cover the stand-off for theGuardian, 
“There were no law enforcement agents visible in the area around the refuge. A man with a goatee beard and wraparound sunglasses stood guard, armed with an AR-15-style rifle, and refused entry to the federally owned facility.”
“He declined to give his name or affiliation, citing ‘operational security,'” Wilson wrote. “He did confirm, however, that the men – several of whom were openly carrying assault weapons – would be camping on the site. ‘This public land belongs to we the people,’ he said. ‘We’ll be here enjoying the snow and the scenery.’”

Wilson was also one of the first to photograph armed militiamen as they began the takeover of the federal facility.

OregonLive reporter Les Zaitz was the first to speak with ringleader Ammon Bundy who told him, 
“The facility has been the tool to do all the tyranny that has been placed upon the Hammonds. We’re planning on staying here for years, absolutely. This is not a decision we’ve made at the last minute.”
According to Zaitz, the FBI is in charge at the scene because the refuge is on federal property.

Additionally, the Harney County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police are on the scene as well.

Now, if this was a black teen with a BB gun, or a march in protest of black live matters, this all would be taking a much uglier turn.

Hopefully this does not turn out as Captain asshat [capt.moron] professes, but if so, if this is their martyrdom to their version of getting 72 virgins upon death….let it be.

Roger West

Sunday, January 3, 2016


...said the Alabama millionaire who paid for planes to circle the Rose Bowl and trash GOP front runner Fuckface Von Clownstick [Donald Trump] on New Year’s Day said he would probably vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton if he had to choose between the two, CBS News is reporting.

Stan Pate, the real estate developer who paid for the planes to fill the air with anti-Trump messages, called his fellow property developer “despicable,” and said there is no place for him in American politics.

“He needs to go back to one of his tall towers and build buildings and whatever else he does. He’s a despicable man,” Pate explained.
“Quite frankly, if it was Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton, I would vote for Secretary Clinton,” he said. “I will accept anybody but Trump.”
Pate admits that he has met privately with Trump rival Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, but said of the skywriting protest against Trump: “This is all me.”
“This is not a Marco Rubio effort, I have not talked to anybody in that campaign since the day I sat down with Sen. Rubio in Birmingham Alabama,” he said. “Just because you built a tall building with your name on it doesn’t mean respect … his private business, he’s been a dictator, we’re not looking for a dictator. This is a guy when he looks in the mirror, he sees the greatest man that’s ever walked the earth, and he’s wrong.”
“I’m tired of listening to Trump, I’m tired of it – just look at what he did to Megyn (Kelly) that’s just despicable,” he said. “Listen to how he’s attacking Hillary Clinton – despicable.”

Pate — who has a long history of donating to the Republican party — also used the skywriting to advertise the fledgling anybody but trump website.

This is not over,” Pate told CBS. “This is just beginning.”

Roger West

Saturday, January 2, 2016


Caught on video illegally selling assault rifles and sensitive information to undercover informants, a former officer of the year has also been accused of secretly working for Los Zetas cartel in a drug trafficking conspiracy in operation since 2006. Although the cop allegedly provided the cartel with firearms, bulletproof vests, luxury vehicles, police scanners, and database access, recently filed court documents revealed at least two convicted cocaine traffickers are cooperating with the government against the disgraced cop.

On September 2, 2014, Efrain Grimaldo, the nephew of Houston Police Officer Noe Juarez, was sentenced to 33 years in federal prison after caught smuggling 1,640 kilograms of cocaine throughout the southern states and east coast. On June 24, 2014, Efrain’s brother, Sergio Grimaldo, was extradited from Mexico and later charged along with Officer Juarez for participating in a conspiracy to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine. Juarez was also charged in a separate conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

In April, videos surfaced of Juarez illegally selling firearms and sensitive information to government informants posing as major drug traffickers. In March 2011, a hidden camera recorded Juarez selling assault rifles to an informant. A second video recorded in July 2011 revealed Juarez running license plates through the Houston Police Department (HPD) database for an undercover informant who told the cop that the plate numbers belonged to people who owed him $800,000 in drug money.

Juarez’s co-defendant, Sergio Grimaldo, pleaded guilty on September 23 and has begun cooperating with the prosecution against the former officer of the year. According to newly released court documents, the convicted drug traffickers have been participating in the conspiracy to distribute cocaine from New York to Louisiana since 2006. Besides providing firearms, pepper spray, bulletproof vests, luxury vehicles, police scanner radios, and sensitive information to Los Zetas cartel members, Juarez also allegedly attempted to release Efrain Grimaldo from arrest by another officer.

Fired from the department following his own arrest, Juarez claims he had no idea that his nephew was a member of the Zetas cartel. But as the evidence continues to pile up with undercover surveillance videos and co-conspirators testifying against him, Juarez appears to simply be another cartel associate who successfully infiltrated the Houston Police Department.

In September, Bullitt County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Mattingly was indicted for conspiracy to distribute more than a ton of marijuana. Mattingly has also been accused of working for a Mexican drug cartel and threatening to kill the captain of the Drug Task Force investigating him.

During the LAPD Rampart scandal in the late 1990s, more than 70 cops assigned or associated with the CRASH anti-gang unit were implicated in police misconduct, including unprovoked shootings, planting false evidence, excessive force, and theft. Subsequent investigations revealed that several cops, including officers David Mack, Rafael Perez, and Kevin Gaines, were actually Bloods who had infiltrated the LAPD in order to gain a tactical advantage over rival Los Angeles gangs.

[h/t Free Thought Project]