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Virginia Republicans shoot themselves in the foot!!! Should have aimed at their heads!!! VA GOP cancels demand that voters sign a loyalty oath in the March primary!!!

State Republican Party leaders voted in Richmond on Saturday to ask the state to cancel a required party loyalty pledge in the March 1 GOP presidential primary.

Roger Miles, a GOP state central committee member, said shortly after the unanimous voice vote that the party leaders are halting their plans because of “bad publicity.”

At the party’s request, the State Board of Elections has been requiring all voters in the GOP primary to sign and print their name on a statement affirming “I am a Republican” before being allowed to cast a ballot.

Now, let's discuss this development.  1 March 2016 is the Presidential primary in Virginia (and several other states).  In September 2015, the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) State Central Committee (SCC) voted to require anyone who wanted to vote in the GOP primary to sign a statement certifying they are a Republican.  Such "loyalty oaths" are permitted by state law.

HOWEVER -- as usual, this was a subterfuge on the part of the PRV SCC.  This requirement had NOTHING to do with party loyalty.  Instead, this was an attempt by the RPV to use official election personnel to collect information that would be used by the party to expand their membership.  Here is a memo issued by the RPV SCC -- note the NUMBER ONE reason for requiring the loyalty oath.

 SSC Members and Unit Chairs,

Today, our Party formally informed the State Board of Elections that the Republican Party of Virginia intends to require a Statement of Intent to be signed by voters in the March 1st Presidential Primary. This request was approved by the State Central Committee on September 19th of this year. Our Party has this option available to us by statute.

Attached you will find a copy of the proposed Statement of Intent. Previously, our opponents in the media have messaged this as a "loyalty oath" that will hinder the participation of our military and civil servants. As you will find by reading the text of the proposed Statement, the statement was specifically constructed to allow for participation by our military personnel and civil servants.

The benefits of this statement are twofold. First, this Statement provides us with a huge opportunity to collect data. As you will notice there is an optional line for email addresses. A similar process was used in the 10th Congressional District canvass in 2014, it yielded over 9,000 email addresses that instantly benefited not only our Party but also our nominee. The statement has the potential to add tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of email addresses for the Party and our nominee.

Second, while that Statement if very broadly construed, it will hopefully deter Democrats from participating in our primary process. Without party registration, preventing Democrats from voting in a state run primary is nearly impossible. Given the critical nature of the 2016 elections, it is imperative to ensure every measure is taken to ensure Republican voters select our Republican nominee and I agree.

We know that the Democrats and the media will do everything to push back on us on this issue. In 2012, the State Board of Elections claimed that printing the statements would cost the Commonwealth $250,000. To be clear this claim is ludicrous! RPV staff have looked into the situation and the cost of printing for 1 million of the Statements would be around $10,000 and distribution to cities and counties would also come in at less than $10,000.

Please email me with any questions or concerns on this issue. Thank you for your time. Also please enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday.

So -- the REAL reason for the "loyalty oath" was to collect personal data that they can use for partisan political purposes.

The RPV then ran into reality.  They demanded that loyalty oath be administered by Officers of Election.  Officers of Election (OE) are volunteers who are trained in polling place operations, who are paid $100 for one day's work (Election Day), and who administer the elections IN A NON-PARTISAN MANNER.  Requiring the OE to collect data that will be used by the RPV for partisan political purposes IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

When the State Board of Elections (SBE) recognized the bullshit the RPV was trying to pull, they declared (1) the state will print the "loyalty oath," and, (2) after the election, the signed oaths become official election material, will NOT be given to the RPV, and will be locked away in the circuit court's vaults statewide, just as with all other election material.

The RPV went apeshit because their scheme did not work out.  And that, folks, is why the RPV has cancelled the "loyalty oath" requirement.

Now, as of Saturday afternoon, 30 January, several Virginia rightwing websites are pissing and moaning because they claim that Democrats on the SBE and SBE staff undermined their loyalty oath.  HORSESHIT.  The RPV thought they would get away with something, they were caught, and now all they can do is whine, whine, whine.  TYPICAL REPUBLICAN, TYPICAL TEA PARTY.  You Tea Partiers and Republicans never want to play by the rules -- you may now KISS MY ASS. 

Oregon standoff ends; one terrorist dead; 8 or more in custody; eyewitnesses knock down the lie about dead terrorist shotwhile on his knees, hands up

This will be a short blog entry.

Those of you following news of the terrorist takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon know the standoff ended last night (26 January) with the arrest of several terrorists; one terrorist wounded; and the loony "Blue Tarp Guy," LaVoy Finicum, shot dead.

Local people had scheduled a town hall meeting with the terrorist leaders, trying to persuade them to leave.  A group of terrorists were in two SUV's headed for the meeting when they ran into a federal and state roadblock where they were captured, one wounded, Finicum killed.

Now the rightwing is trying to turn Finicum into a martyr with claims that he was out of his vehicle, on his knees, hands up, kneeling in front of federal officers. B U L L S H I T.

Eyewitnesses state Finicum refused to surrender, was armed, charged at officers, was shot.

The Bundy militants and their supporters are trying to turn LaVoy Finicum into a right-wing martyr, but two eyewitnesses deny that he was shot and killed in cold blood by law enforcement officers.
Finicum was part of a convoy headed Tuesday evening from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to the John Day Senior Center, where the armed militants apparently intended to set up a Committee of Safety as a form of shadow government ahead of a possible armed takeover of federal land in Grant County, Oregon.
State Rep. Michele Fiore (R-Nevada) and the “Bundy Ranch” Facebook page shared similar accounts of Finicum’s fatal shooting, each claiming the rancher had been shot with his hands up while his friends were arrested.

Michele Fiore is the dingbat from Nevada whose Christmas card for 2015 featured her entire family -- grandma, dad, mother Michele, and children -- including a 5-yr-old -- all posed brandishing AR-15 rifles, shotguns, and pistols.

In other news of these terrorists:

John Ritzheimer of Arizona is a loud-mouthed terrorist constantly threatening federal officers, Muslims, and anyone else he doesn't like.  Ritzheimer claims to be a former Marine and portrays himself as a real badass.  A few hours before the feds moved in, Ritzheimer slipped out of the refuge and went back home to Arizona where he, first, pleaded on Facebook for donations to pay a lawyer, then, second, turned himself in to local cops who turned him over to the FBI.

The two dozen or so other loons who remained in the refuge were given by the feds until 4:00 AM to leave or else.

Oregon wildlife refuge standoff is ending: At least eight in custody; at least two shot

AS OF 9:45 PM EST, 26 January.

Local tv news is reporting that FBI and Oregon state police arrested terrorist leader Ammon Bundy and seven others in at a roadblock near the occupied wildlife refuge.

Bundy and his terrorist accomplices were on their way to speak to a meeting called by local people who wanted these thugs to go away when FBI and Oregon state police nabbed them at a roadblock.

Reports vary but it appears that at least eight are in custody, two shot, local hospital on lockdown, over 50 miles of local roads and highways blocked.

Update, 10:00 p.m. EST: The Oregonian reported that Payne, along with Ammon Bundy and his brother Ryan, were arrested, as were Joe “Captain O” O’Shaughnessy, a member of the Oath Keepers militia group, and Brian Cavalier, a “bodyguard” for the Bundys. They were all charged with conspiracy to impede a federal officer by force, a federal felony. One militant was reportedly killed during a shootout with authorities, but their name has not been released.

10:14 PM  FBI confirms one terrorist dead.

10:41 PM EST:  LaVoy Finicum, the "Blue Tarp Guy," reported to be dead.  I'd call that a good start.

LaVoy Finicum — the Oregon militant who gained fame for conducting a television interview from beneath a blue tarp — has reportedly been shot and killed by law enforcement officers.
The Arizona rancher, who was caring for 11 foster children with his wife, vowed at the start of the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Preserve that he was willing to die for his interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.
“I have been raised in the country all my life,” Finicum said in a widely viewed television interview with a rifle on his lap. “I love dearly to feel the wind on my face. To see the sun rise, to see the moon. I have no intention of spending any of my days in a concrete box.”
He was reportedly shot Tuesday evening during a shootout when law enforcement officers stopped a group of militants on their way to establish a shadow government in nearby Grant County.
State Rep. Michele Fiore (R-Nevada), who is close to the Bundy family and other militants, has identified Finicum as the militant who has been reportedly killed.
Six others — including Ammon and Ryan Bundy — were arrested following the shootout.
Reports indicate that one other person might have been wounded in the gunfire.

10:53 PM EST:  Toughguy terrorist John Ritzheimer -- the one who said he was "ready to die" -- ran away and is hiding out at home in Arizona, begging for legal help!!!

00:19 AM 27 January: 

 Ritzheimer turned himself in to Arizona police.  Wonder if he's an FBI informant?

Crazyass Nevada Congresscritter Michele Fiore is claiming that LaVoy Finiucm had his hands up, trying to surrender, when he was shot dead.  I'm calling BULLSHIT on that.

I'm confused

Why is it 
I have a right to a lawyer;
if I can't afford one, 
one will be appointed for me.

But if I can't afford a doctor, I just die.

I'm confused.

What Trump, Cruz, and the rest of the GOP-Tea Party won't tell you about Reaganomics

What Trump, Cruz, Tea Party don't want you to know about Reaganomics.  (HINT:  It doesn't work.)

Every candidate in the GOP presidential race is running on the same economic platform: slash taxes, slash spending, slash regulation. It’s the Republicans’ special formula, guaranteed to spark prosperity and opulence for all. At recent debates, candidates have said things like this:

Marco Rubio: “It begins with tax reform… It continues with regulatory reform. Regulations in this country are out of control… I’m going to side with Ronald Reagan on this and not Nancy Pelosi.”

Ted Cruz: “You pass a tax plan like the tax plan I’ve introduced: a simple flat tax, 10 percent for individuals, and a 16 percent business flat tax, you abolish the IRS… it produces economic growth.”

Ben Carson: “A flat tax for everybody… get rid of the incredible regulations — because every regulation is a tax, it’s a — on goods and services… It’s the evil government that is — that is putting all these regulations on us so that we can’t survive.”

Donald Trump: “[Corporations are] leaving because of taxes, but they are also leaving because they can’t get their money back.” (“We don’t win anymore. Our taxes are too high. I’ve come up with a tax plan that many, many people like very much… I think it’ll make our country and our economy very dynamic.”)

John Kasich: “If you cut taxes for corporations and you cut taxes for individuals, you’re gonna make things move, particularly the corporate tax… Regulations are… in a position where they’re smothering people.”

Chris Christie: “It would not necessitate us raising any taxes… I’ve vetoed more tax increases than any governor in American history.”

Jeb Bush: “We… cut the rates down. A corporate rate of 20%… On the regulatory side I think we need to repeal every rule that Barack Obama has in terms of work in progress, every one of them.”

Deregulate the private sector, shrink taxes for everybody, but especially corporations and the rich. America has been here before. These ideas are not new. Throughout the 1920s, they were policy.
Calvin Coolidge, president from 1923-1929, derided and disdained regulation. He appointed commissioners to the Federal Trade Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission who did virtually nothing to referee business activity. Under Coolidge, the federal regulatory state was “thin to the point of invisibility.”

The 30th president was also a proponent of “scientific taxation,” the idea that lower taxes increase government revenue. Coolidge drastically cut tax rates for the wealthy. In 1923, the top income tax rate was 73%. By 1925, it had been slashed down to 25%. The corporate (aka business) tax rate hovered between 10% and 14% during Coolidge’s terms, and total government tax revenue (local, state, federal) was just 5% of GDP.

So how did the economy react under the exact policies the Republicans are running on today? By cutting taxes and regulation that “smother people,” did the “evil government” finally get out of prosperity’s way? As Cruz said at the fourth debate, did those “1920s with Calvin Coolidge” produce “incredible economic growth?”

Well, from 1925-1929, the economy and the stock market definitely boomed. But something else was booming too. Throughout the 1920s, inequality soared to unprecedented levelsWorking-class wages slowed, people struggled in poverty and debt, family farm foreclosures were on the rise, and the workforce experienced long periods of un- and underemployment. By 1929, the top 1% of wealthy Americans owned a whopping 39% of the world’s wealth.

The Roaring Twenties were not roaring for everyone.

Additionally, this alarming economic inequality was fueled by unstable growth. In 1929, the brewing crash came to fruition, and the towering bubble blown by hundreds of thousands of unrestrained financial actors, acting in their own independent interests, popped.

It’s been the same throughout American history. Implementation of lax regulation and super low taxes for the rich is correlated to exactly what happened in the 1920s: severe economic inequality, an unsustainable “sugar high” in the economy, and a large collapse followed by a period of recession (Roaring, Crash, Depression).

After the 1929 economic catastrophe, America had a liberal revolution. In 1932, a wave of Depression-fueled populism swept the nation, propelling a socialist Democrat by the name of Franklin D. Roosevelt into office, and a Democratic Congress along with him. That wave stayed high for the next 36 years, from 1932-1968 (FDR to Nixon), with voters consistently keeping Democrats at the nation’s executive and congressional helms.

During that time, there were no towering sugar highs in the economy, no economic bubbles, no economic busts. To the contrary, “the middle class boomed, the economy boomed, and the stock market boomed.”

The “tired ideas of the past” that Rubio attacked in the fourth debate produced a thriving (for people of a certain color, at least) time in American history; the “again” in Trump’s favorite catch phrase. College kids could work their way through school, parents could provide for their family on a high school education — the middle class was flourishing.


Because America had left the laissez-faire and low-tax policies of Calvin Coolidge far behind: the market was now steeply regulated and the super rich taxed at a rate of over 90%.

But, starting in the ’70s and ’80s, as the conservatives took back control of the Senate and the White House (and used religion to do it), making law the deep tax cuts and deregulation of the economy central to Republican economic theory, income inequality began to rise and economic bubble after economic bubble was created.

As economist Paul Krugman outlines, “The whole era since 1985 has been one of successive bubbles. There was a huge commercial real estate bubble in the 80s, closely tied up with the S&L crisis; a bubble in capital flows to Asia in the mid-’90s; the dotcom bubble; the housing bubble; and now, it seems, the BRIC bubble. There was nothing comparable in the ’50s and ’60s… So what was different? The answer seems obvious: financial deregulation… Banks were set free — and went wild, again and again.”

The Republicans, thrown out of office by the electorate after the ’29 Crash, were back in control to tilt the playing field once again. The administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, followed by economically conservative Democrats Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, began instituting policies of deregulation and de-taxation, thus beginning again the cycle of boom and bust.

The only reason the economy didn’t crash with the stock market in 1987 and 2001 is because, as Robert Kuttner, journalist and economist, testified to Congress, “[The Federal Reserve] races to the rescue… [bailing] out the speculative system, so that the next round of excess can proceed. And somehow this is scored as trusting free markets, overlooking the plain fact that the Fed is part of the U.S. government.”

Conservatives tout the idea of the “free market,” the concept that the economy would flawlessly self-regulate if only the big, “evil” government would stop, as Cruz said in the fourth debate, “descending like locusts” with “armies of regulators.”

But the deregulation of the market has not created a beautiful, effortless, self-regulating economy. It has instead forced the Federal Reserve to act time and time again when the market inevitably fails. After the 2007 crash, this economic theory made the American people bail Wall Street out.

Laissez-faire economics simply does not work as well as conservatives say it does.

Even Ronald Reagan, often pointed to by Republicans as evidence that supply-side economics works (“I side with Ronald Reagan on this,” as Rubio said at the debate last night), realized that Reaganomics damages the economy.

After the Republican darling cut taxes in 1981, a budget deficit ballooned, and Reagan ended up signing “probably the largest peacetime tax increase in American history.”

Ronald Reagan is quite the opposite of a boon for the low-tax, low-regulation argument: he was actually responsible for a historically large tax increase.

The historical evidence is clear, and with economists actively warning against the Republican economic plans that “deny fiscal reality,” “benefit the wealthiest Americans” and “ensure that the top 1 percent comes out way ahead,” there is absolutely no reason for Americans to be caught in a debate over which Party has the better economic policy.

The Republican laissez-faire, supply-side economic agenda doesn’t work.

Even though we know this, even though the truth is plain, America is caught, cycling itself through one grand, pointless economic loop.

Thanks to the Republicans, this country looks an awful lot like it’s been transported back 95 years.
Politicians have sliced taxes and gashed regulation (although thanks to the Obama administration this has slightly waned); the economy has undergone the worst recession in recent history; taxes on the wealthy have been slashed, loopholes preserved and the Bush tax cuts made permanent; regulations have been destroyed, in part because of the worldview of Alan Greenspan, who has personally admitted to being wrong (Dodd Frank doesn’t go far enough to rein in the greed); wealth is again soaring to the top 1%; the Republicans are again in control of Congress, and even though they don’t have the presidency as they did in the 1920s, they are stopping the current one from signing progressive tax legislation into law.

America got it right a few decades ago. As economist Thomas Piketty explains, the “progressive taxation of very high incomes and very large estates partly explains why the concentration of wealth never regained its astronomic Belle Époque levels after the shocks of 1914-1945.”

And the country is getting it wrong now. As Forbes’ Joseph Thorndike writes, “The decline in high bracket [tax] rates since the 1980s — a phenomenon particularly evident in the United States and Great Britain — has helped boost incomes for the very rich in both countries.”

The economic agenda the Republicans are pushing today creates growth that no democratic society would want for its people: highly unstable and channeled into the hands of the wealthy few.

Far from spreading economic prosperity to all, as the Republicans claim, conservative supply-side/laissez-faire Reaganomics inflames inequality and crashes the economy.

President Obama's policies are bankrupting ISIS . . . and no one notices

Courtesy of Vox:  

Though the American media often portrays ISIS as an unstoppable, terrifying juggernaut, the truth is that the group is in real trouble, and is actually losing ground in its core Iraqi and Syrian holdings. A new leaked internal document suggests the pressure may be even worse than we thought. According to the document, ISIS is being forced to slash salaries for its fighters by half across its holdings. 

The document appears to be authentic. "[I] definitely think this is real," Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told me. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-Assad group watching the conflict, has heard from its own sources that ISIS is slashing salaries.

So at this point you are probably asking, "How did that happen?"

Funny you should ask.

Most of ISIS's money comes from extortion: essentially taking money from its citizens at gunpoint. But there's only so much wealth for the group to steal in the territory it controls without economic growth, and ISIS has no plan for putting together a real economy. Its oil infrastructure, which used to be quite valuable, has been heavily bombed by the US-led coalition. 

"Their cash had already been drying up," Gartenstein-Ross explains. "The coalition bombing their trucks bringing oil to market further depletes their revenue by adding a premium to doing business with ISIS. Plus, taxing a population that has very little source of income isn't a sustainable revenue model." 

So in short: ISIS has lost 25 percent of its territory since mid-2014. Its cash resources are running low. It has no friends in the region and lots of powerful enemies.

Okay so I kind of understand the strategic reasons for not yelling this from the rooftops and giving Daesh the opportunity to recognize what is happening and taking steps to circumvent these strategies.

However when I hear these Republican candidates bitching about the President having no plan to deal with the terrorists, or when they call him "weak" or "ineffective," I just want Obama to walk up to a microphone somewhere and shut their asses down.

As far as I'm concerned when it comes to the current crop of GOP presidential hopefuls there is not one among them qualified to wipe our President's ass much less take over his job.

Imagine if a Muslim or a black man had said this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In response to the ad and other attacks on his Christianity as well as his conservatism, Cruz responded:
“I’m a Christian first, American second, conservative third and Republican fourth...I’ll tell ya, there are a whole lot of people in this country that feel exactly the same way.”

Got that:  Ted Cruz said:   “I’m a Christian first, American second,. . . "

Can you imagine the blazing outrage from Fox and all the usual suspects if a Muslim, or Obama, or a black man said something like this?

Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump while her son is arrested for beating his girlfriend, shit-faced drunk, brandishing an AR-15 -- GOP Family Values on display

Courtesy of Gawker:  

Yesterday, Palin’s son, Track, was charged in Wasilla with weapons and assault offenses. 

Per online court records, Track Palin, 26, was charged yesterday with assault, interfering with a report of domestic violence, and possession of a weapon while intoxicated. All three charges are misdemeanors. Spokespersons with both the Wasilla Police Department and the district attorney’s office confirmed their existence.

Wow! That living vibrantly is REALLY working out well isn't it?

You know what else is interesting?

Bristol Palin removed that shot of Track with Trig and Tripp from her Instagram page.

I guess somebody knew what was coming.

I wonder if this means that the Donald will still allow Palin to endorse him later today?

Update: And yes as predicted Sarah Palin did indeed endorse Donald Trump:  

“I’m proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president of the United States of America,” Palin said in a statement from the Trump campaign. 

In the statement, Trump said he is "greatly honored" to receive Palin's backing. "She is a friend, and a high quality person whom I have great respect for," he said. "I am proud to have her support.”

How's THAT for perfect timing?

Gee what a great day for...uh...for...uh...yeah there are really no winners today are there?

Update 2: It looks like the Wasilla police department has some more info:  

On 01/18/2016 at approximately 2204 hours, Wasilla Police responded to a residence for a disturbance. An investigation revealed Track Palin had committed a domestic violence assault on a female, interfered with her ability to report a crime of domestic violence, and possessed a firearm while intoxicated. Palin was arrested and charges of assault in the fourth degree (domestic violence), interfering with a domestic violence report, and misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree were forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office. Palin was held without bail until arraignment.

Anybody want to venture a guess as to who the unnamed woman might be?

Britta perhaps?

Update 3:  Apparently the woman Track beat up was not Britta, his ex-wife --  at least not according to Radar Online: 

Track’s ex-wife, Britta Hanson, told Radar she was not involved in the incident. 

“I had no idea it happened. I did not know about that,” she told Radar.

Update 4: Here is more from Alaska Dispatch:

According to a criminal complaint in the case against Palin, filed by investigator Andrew Kappler, police responding to a 911 call from a West Parks Highway home where a female said she had been punched in the face found Track walking in the area with a “a visible injury to his right eye.” When asked about the call, Palin denied that a gun was involved but said several were in the home. 

“Due to Palin’s escalating hostility, the unknown whereabouts of the 911 caller, and officer safety, Palin was placed into handcuffs,” Kappler wrote. 

Palin was ultimately charged with fourth-degree domestic-violence assault and misconduct involving weapons, as well as interfering with the reporting of a domestic-violence crime. 

A woman beater and a common thug, nothing surprising about that at all.

 Update 5:  Here's a screen shot of the charges.

Update 6:  Sarah Palin was supposed to endorse Trump at a rally in Iowa at 6:00 PM Eastern Time.  As of 6:15, neither Sarah nor Trump had appeared on the stage and the press was being told there would be a further delay.  Guess Sarah is trying to figure out how to answer questions about her thug criminal son.

Update 7:  MORE
 The oldest of Sarah Palin’s five children, Track allegedly punched his girlfriend in the eye, kicked her in the knee and then held an AR-15 assault rifle near his head, the 22-year-old woman told police who responded to the incident just after 10 p.m. Monday.

At one point, Track was “holding onto a gun, yelling ‘do you think I’m a p---y?’ and ‘do you think I won’t do it?’”

Update 8:  More

We’ve seen an unhinged Sarah Palin declare war on Ted Cruz, and then, in an epically bizarre rant even for her, endorse Donald Trump. The Clinton campaign in an email to supporters calls this a “bad SNL skit come to life” and says they would like to see it stay that way.

All this madness took place while another Palin soap opera was playing itself out back in Wasilla, where Gawker reported last night that Track Palin, Sarah’s 26-year-old son, was advertising his dedication to Republican family values by beating up his girlfriend in a drunken rage and threatening to kill himself. ET reports Track had a blood alcohol level of .189, which means he was doing himself some serious drinking.

The police report (full report here) by Officer Andrew Kappler says it all:
She and her boyfriend of one year, Track Palin, left a different residence together and were arguing the whole way home. Once they got to his home they argued in the car, then in the driveway . They were screaming and he was calling her names. [Redacted] told Palin that she had called the cops even though she had not, in attempt to calm him down and to scare him away from “touching her”. Palin approached [Redacted] and struck her on the left side of her head near her eye with a closed fist. [Redacted] got on the ground in a fetal position because she didn’t know what else he would do. Palin then kicked [redacted] on the right knee. [Redacted]’s phone was sitting on the ground in front of her. Palin took her phone and threw it across the driveway. She retrieved the phone and went inside the house. Palin was already inside and holding onto a gun, yelling “do you think I’m a pussy?” and “do you think I won’t do it?” [Redacted] stated Palin “cocked the gun” and was holding the rifle out next to him with the his right hand near the trigger and his left hand near the barrel, with the barrel just away from his face pointed to the side. [Redacted] was concerned that he would shoot himself and ran outside and around the house. She didn’t see where Palin went, so she went inside and up the stairs, where she hid under a bed. Shortly after, she heard Palin walking around inside looking for her. Palin left after not locating her.
There was an unloaded AR-15 on the counter. You know, the favorite weapon of “real American” patriots everywhere, and the same one, because of their opposition to sensible gun laws, with which they want all terrorists to be armed.
Here’s the charges:
Imagine, America. This could have all been yours, all taking place in the White House instead of Sarah and Todd Palin’s home in Wasilla. In her endorsement of Trump, Palin famously said Trump “would let our warriors do their job.” She apparently didn’t do her’s in bringing up her loutish son, who, according to a police press release, “was held without bail until arraignment.”

Trump, meanwhile, was indicting himself back in Ames, Iowa, when he said of Palin, “She is a friend, and a high-quality person whom I have great respect for. I am proud to have her support.” He later tweeted, “I am greatly honored to receive Sarah Palin’s endorsement tonight.”

High quality. Yes. Look at that family. Rotten apples everywhere. A brave woman-beater son, a daughter who’s the twice-pregnant-out-of-wedlock face of abstinence, and all of them drunken street brawlers.

You have to ask yourself if this sort of appalling behavior is all going to be part of making America great again.

America dodged the Palin bullet once, back in 2008. We’ll dodge another one in 2016 if we can keep this “bad SNL skit come to life” away from Capitol Hill. Don’t laugh. Trump has already said he’d “love” for Palin to serve in a Trump administration.


Track Palin's girl friend, Jordan Loewe, on left in a typical pose -- Tea Party family values on display.

So as I am sure all of you know we, and apparently everybody else, reported yesterday that Track Palin had been arrested for getting drunk and punching a woman in the face.

We now know for certain that the woman was his girlfriend of one year, Jordan Loewe.

Here is more courtesy of the AP: 

According to the three-page affidavit, both Palin and his girlfriend called 911 that night. Police Officer Andrew Kappler wrote that he arrived at the Wasilla home and found Track Palin walking outside and talking on a phone. The officer said Palin had an injury to his right eye and surrounding area, smelled strongly of alcohol and acted with escalating hostility, prompting Kappler to put him in handcuffs. 

Police say a breath sample provided by Palin showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.189. 

The affidavit says other officers found the girlfriend hiding under a bed inside the home and crying. 

The argument continued at the home, according to the affidavit, which says Palin struck the woman with his fist on the left side of her head near her eye. She curled up in the fetal position because she didn't know what else he would do, the woman told police. She said he then kicked her in the knee and threw her phone across the driveway, according to the court document. The woman said she went inside after getting her phone. 

Inside, Palin held the rifle, with the barrel just away from his face pointed to the side, the affidavit states. The affidavit adds that the woman told police Palin was yelling "Do you think I won't do it?" 

The girlfriend "was concerned that he would shoot himself and ran outside and around the house," the affidavit says. "She didn't see where Palin went, so she went inside and up the stairs, where she hid under a bed."

So now we learn that Track had a blood alcohol level of 0.189, which is considered legally drunk, and then some.

Here is a little more detail from Alaska news station KTVA:

The woman claimed Track Palin was calling her names, and in an effort to calm him down and “to scare him away from ‘touching her,’” she told him she had called the police. 

“Palin approached [the woman] and struck her on the left side of her head near her eye with a closed fist,” police said in court documents. “Palin then kicked [her] on the right knee.” 

The woman said he then grabbed her phone, which was on the ground next to her, and threw it across the driveway. She was able to retrieve the phone and headed inside the residence. Track Palin was reportedly already inside the residence and had a gun. She said he yelled, “do you think I won’t do it,” among other things, and was holding the gun in a way she believed he would kill himself. She ran out and then went and hid, police said. 

Track Palin denied using a weapon during the altercation, “but stated that they were spread throughout both residences on the property,” police noted. 

Track Palin had an injury on his face he claimed was caused when she “threw a bow,” or her elbow, at his face. The woman had a visible head injury, according to police, and was complaining of pain in her leg.

The takeaway was that Track was clearly out of control and assaulted this young woman repeatedly, and placed her in fear for her safety and his.

And I have to say the statement that there were guns "spread throughout both residences on the property" concerns me since we know that young children are on those premises at all hours of the day and night.

Alaska Dispatch added more detail about what started the altercation:  

Palin told police he and the woman had been arguing over her communication with an ex-boyfriend. 

“This angered Palin,” the affidavit says. “He stated that they had been arguing for most of the night.” 

According to the affidavit, Palin told detectives the two had gone to dinner, then to his sister’s house and later to a piece of property he was considering buying. There, he said, they began to argue again. Palin accused the woman of driving drunk back to his sister's house, leaving him to walk back from the property. 

The affidavit said the two later drove back to Palin’s parents’ house and continued to argue. Palin told police they argued verbally and that the woman “threw a ‘bow,” meaning an elbow, and that was how his face was injured. 

 The woman also said the two had been arguing for the better part of the night, and in the driveway of the Palin family home.

For more on what happened you can visit Gawker and read the entire police report.

Now I was contacted by my sources in Wasilla last night as well, and I have a little more detail to add.

According to them after Jordan drove Track to the Palin compound, she tried to leave and Track threw himself on her windshield to prevent her from leaving.

It was then that he also pulled that gun, only according to my sources he put the barrel in his mouth and threatened to blow his brains out. They also identified this weapon, not as an assault rifle, but as a pistol.

However when she got out of the car that is when he assaulted her by punching and kicking her.

They were both hammered and Jordan was sobbing uncontrollable, and of course Track is barely coherent even when he is not drunk.

So there you have it, Palin family values once again on display for the whole world to see.

And while all of this was going on Track's parents were all the way down in the lower forty eight endorsing Donald Trump, because Sarah Palin is the very embodiment of conservative values and Christian morality.

Sorry, GOP Presidential candidates -- no war today!!!!

GOP, Tea Party in mourning: Sailors who strayed into Iranian waters released after 16 hours, no war today.

Not one missile launched, not one bomb dropped. What a great disappointment there must be in GOP Land today.

While Republicans dissed the Obama administration Tuesday for being weak and donned their Chuck Norris personas to mouth off cluelessly about being tough with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry phoned up his counterpart in Tehran to discuss the capture by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards of two Riverine Command boats and 10 U.S. sailors. On Wednesday morning, 16 hours after they were taken, both the boats and the sailors were back in international waters. Four or five years ago, such a swift resolution of this situation would have been unthinkable.

Thanks, diplomacy.

Actually, no thanks, if you are Republican. If that’s the case, the capture of the boats (in what officials from both nations now agree were Iran’s territorial waters) was humiliating to the U.S., proof that President Obama is a weakling, and a vindication of right-wing opposition to the agreement negotiated to curtail Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions.

If chest-beaters like Chris Christie or Tom Cotton or Donald Trump or Ted Cruz had been in charge, Iran would be in a permanent state of trembling and those sailors would never have been taken in the first place. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Here’s Sen. Cruz, being interviewed by Hugh Hewitt Tuesday:
“The bad actors of the world have learned that [President Obama] will not stand up to them.” [...]
We have a Commander-in-Chief where the bad actors of the world have learned that he will not stand up to them. Remember this is the same Barack Obama who is trying to send Iran 150 billion dollars.
“When you follow the path of appeasement, it only emboldens the bad actors, and our prayers are that these sailors are released and they’re released quickly.” 
No doubt Cruz believes it was his prayers rather than the discussion between Kerry and Iran Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif that quickly got the sailors back into U.S. hands unharmed.

And then there was Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who has tried his damnedest to scuttle the nuclear agreement with Iran:
"This kind of openly hostile action is not surprising. It's exactly what I and so many others predicted when President Obama was negotiating the nuclear deal with Iran—that it would embolden their aggression towards the United States and our allies in the region," Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton told Blitzer on "The Situation Room." [...]
And Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:
"Iran is testing the boundaries of this administration’s resolve and everybody knows the boundaries are pretty wide and the administration is willing to let them get away with many things. You'll only see this accelerate since the deal was signed with Iran. [...] That's why as president on my first day in office I will repeal the nuclear deal that Barack Obama has signed with Iran."
The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, was upset that Sec. Kerry attended the State of the Union address:
 "The secretary of state should not say, 'It's gonna be soon, real soon,' "We need to have the secretary of state engaged in this issue right now. In fact, I'm not sure I would have him at this speech." 
By the time the president began his speech, however, it was clear the boats and the sailors were about to be released.


I am a member of a volunteer rescue squad.  Over the past year, two of our ambulances have experienced broken windshields.

In each case, we contacted Safelite Auto Glass for replacement.  We provided them with our name, address, phone number, contact name, insurance company contact info, policy number, date of incident, and all other information they provided.

In each case, a technician came and did the work.  The tech had paperwork with him that showed all our insurance and contact information.  And that's when everything went off course.

In each case, it took TWO MONTHS for Safelite to contact our insurance company.  Because my name was on the contact information, for weeks and weeks I received phone calls and emails from Safelite asking for the same information I have given them earlier.  Eventually, the claim was paid.

We will not do business with Safelite again and I recommend you avoid them.  Use a local auto glass shop.

The Republican Party is coming apart and the nation will be much better off for it.

Excellent analysis of the coming destruction of the Republican Party.  Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch.

The Republican Party is facing a historic split over its fundamental principles and identity, as its once powerful establishment grapples with an eruption of class tensions, ethnic resentments and mistrust among working-class conservatives who are demanding a presidential nominee who represents their interests.

At family dinners and New Year’s parties, in conference calls and at private lunches, longtime Republicans are expressing a growing fear that the coming election could be shattering for the party, or reshape it in ways that leave it unrecognizable.

While warring party factions usually reconcile after brutal nomination fights, this race feels different, according to interviews with more than 50 Republican leaders, activists, donors and voters, from both elite circles and the grass roots.
Never have so many voters been attracted to Republican candidates like Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who are challenging core party beliefs on the economy and national security and new goals like winning over Hispanics through immigration reform.
 Breaks my heart.