The “I hate myself for blogging about Trump” post

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I swore to myself at some point that I wouldn’t give that ferret-headed, boorish narcissist any time on this blog. There are enough media outlets giving him the validation and attention he so desperately craves, and I didn’t want to be part of that crew.

But no… Trump had to go and overstep even the high watermark of his own shitbaggery this week, and so here I am… blogging about that mega-douche. I hate myself, but I’m going to do it anyway. So let’s start with a few facts here.

As you may have guessed, hell will freeze over before I cast a vote in Trump’s direction. If that douche tool gets the GOP nomination, I will not just vote for Hillary or Bernie Sanders, or whichever Democrat decides to make a run for the White House, I will actively campaign for them. I might vote Libertarian, depending on whether or not the LP candidate makes the ballot here in Virginia, but there’s no way in hell I will EVER support Trump.

No, it’s not because of the stupid hair that looks like a small animal crawled onto his head and died there.

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No, it’s not because I’m somehow afraid of him telling it like it is. Frankly, I’d love a candidate who really spoke the truth – a direct and honest candidate who is capable of understanding the issues and speaking to them eloquently and intelligently. Trump ain’t it.

It’s because Trump is an immature, narcissistic, boorish lout, who has little to no idea about the economy, foreign policy, national security, or anything else that’s actually important for a President of the United States to know.

Add to that the fact that he’s an ill-mannered, primitive, childish troglodyte, and you have a perfect combination of oafishness and ignorance to get yet another big-government Democrat candidate elected to the White House.

I DON’T WANT THIS DUMBASS RUNNING A NATIONAL ECONOMY.

But… but… but… but… he’s run big business, and he’s a billionaire! He has what it takes to turn this economy around!

Not just no, but FUCK NO!

Yeah, the guy is worth about $4 billion, according to Forbes, but having inherited daddy’s multi-million dollar real estate business, and bribed numerous politicians as just part of doing business, this “smart” businessman still declared bankruptcy four times!

Now, Trump claims he was just using bankruptcy laws to his corporate advantage.

Sorry, but any “businessman” who inherits his wealth and then uses bankruptcy laws to essentially avoid doing honest business has no business running a national economy. Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows a corporation to stay in business while it re-structures and attempts to reduce its debt. So a guy who had to file for bankruptcy protection because his companies apparently couldn’t control their spending wants to run America’s economy, AND rape taxpayers more than they already are getting raped to pay down the national debt! Right. Got it?

And frankly, I don’t want someone running an economy as complex as ours whose MO is to essentially bribe politicians to  gain corporate advantage. And I don’t give a crap to which party this puerile imbecile has given the most!

Oh, and by the way, considering that the wealthiest 10 percent of taxpayers already pay more than 70 percent of the total collected federal tax revenues, his idea to slap the “wealthy” with an additional one-time 14.5 percent tax to pay down the profligate spending habits of Washington politicians is putrid.

I DON’T WANT THIS DUMBASS TO HEAD OUR NATIONAL SECURITY APPARATUS AND OUR MILITARY.

Boots on the ground to fight ISIS? Really?

Preemptive strike on North Korea? Really?

“All freedoms flow from national security…” Really? Seriously? This is a person who shows little to no comprehension about the nature of fundamental rights and freedoms. Having him in the White House would be a disastrous, neocon mess.

I’m hardly a John McCain fan, as you may well know from my previous writings, but to call into question the guy’s military service and ridicule his five years as a POW is pretty much below the pale – especially from a draft dodging, privileged daddy’s boy, who claims he couldn’t serve because of bone spurs in his widdle feet!

When he grows enough balls to pick up a rifle and defend this country, then he can castigate others’ military service and be all cavalier about sending our troops to fight in the Middle East again after more than a decade of military operations. Until then, he needs to shut the fuck up and let grown ups discuss military policy.

And by the way, the Trumptarded comments about immigration, citing nebulous “border patrol people”? He really has no comprehension about why and how illegal immigrants make their way over the border. His assertion that the Mexican government is actively sending criminals over the US border is pretty bloody ridiculous. Yes, there are organizations that do exactly that, and the Mexican government has been pretty pernicious about publicly trying to bully us into allowing their criminal illegals to remain in the United States, but to claim that essentially the Mexican government is involved in human trafficking across the US border is a bit… um… unsupported, stupid, and ignores the very real issues associated with illegal immigration, including Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) involvement, the very real profits associated with human trafficking, and corruption within the Mexican government.

The majority of illegal aliens who schlep their way into the United States do so across the Mexican border. There is a multi-billion dollar market in human trafficking, and it involves some of the most dangerous TCOs in the world, including Zetas and MS-13. And frankly, the more our governments crack down on drug trade, the more these TCOs are going to be shifting their revenue generation to less regulated endeavours. The Mexican government doesn’t have to actively do anything. Yes, there are corrupt law enforcement and security officials on the ground that are accepting bribes to help the TCOs traffic people across the border, but this does not denote a Mexican government policy of sending their trash over to our country. The issues are much more nuanced and detailed than that, but the boorish Trump-in-a-china-shop just doesn’t get them.

IMMATURE SLOB.

There are many more reasons why I would never support Trump for president. Frankly, I think he’s just embarrassing. He reminds me of that one fat, redneck uncle many of us have, who resides in a trailer park, wears sweat-stained wife beater shirts, sits around on a ratty recliner with his hand down his pants, scratching his barely-used balls, and spills his can of Bud Light all over the trailer floor as he screams about the “DAMN LIBRULS.” You don’t want to admit he’s related to you, and you don’t want to invite him to your family gatherings, but he shows up, gets drunk, engages in public policy discussions he doesn’t understand, and scares the kids at the family reunion by offering them a sip of his whiskey. I may not be the most diplomatic human being on this planet, but I also know how to behave like an adult in situations where this is required.

Trump is apparently incapable of doing so.

“Waaah! Megyn Kelly was mean to me!” If that means she refused to kiss your hairy ass by asking you tough questions about your record and about your commitment to the Republican party, then yeah. But guess what! Better Megyn Kelly than the Democratic candidate in a debate.

And better the pretty, blonde journalist from Fox News than Vladimir Putin, who is cunning and intelligent, as well as understated, besides being downright evil, and would make an even bigger jerk of Trump than Trump has made of himself.

And worse yet, Kelly’s refusal to kiss said anal orifice resulted in an avalanche of ignorance from Trump, including an allusion to Kelly perhaps being on the rag and referring to her as a “bimbo.” Well, goodness! Why else would a woman not genuflect in front of the Donald? She had to have been on the rag, right?

Of course, now Trump is showing his lack of integrity and honor by not only refusing to apologize for being a troglodyte, but is walking back his comments by claiming that’s not what he really said and/or meant!

“I cherish women,” the real estate mogul told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” adding that he did not mean to imply that Kelly asked him sharp questions during the debate because she was menstruating.

“Who would say that?” Trump said Sunday. “Do you think I’d make a statement like that? Who would make a statement like that? Only a sick person would even think about that.”

And of course, it wasn’t his fault. It was the rest of the Republicans who were just MEAAAAAANNNNN to him and are using his comments to paint him as the uncivilized narcissist he is!

He blamed his Republican presidential opponents for fanning the flames of controversy, and claimed he meant to refer to her “nose and/or ears” — not a woman’s period.

Trump attacked several of the Republicans who have criticized his remarks about Kelly.

And let’s not kid ourselves, it’s not the first time, Trump has gone on the offensive to females – publicly and unapologetically – merely because he didn’t like what they said or wrote about him.

As far back as a 1991 interview with Esquire magazine, Trump had boasted: “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of [expletive]. But she’s got to be young and beautiful.”

In a 2006 book, he wrote of women as objectified collectibles: “Beauty and elegance, whether in a woman, a building, or a work of art is not just superficial or something pretty to see.” He once sent New York Times columnist Gail Collins a copy of something she had written about him with her picture circled and “The face of a dog!” written over it.

And in 2012, he tweeted that Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington is “unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man — he made a good decision.” (Huffington’s ex-husband, former congressman Michael Huffington (R-Calif.), came out as gay after their divorce.)

Look, fact of the matter is Trump DOESN’T say it like it is, as a lot of his drooling Neanderthal supporters claim. He simply opens his mouth and says the most outrageous thing he can think of, because it keeps his name out there. He has no concept of actual policy, he doesn’t understand the intricacies of running a country. He’s run his conglomerate like the Godfather, expecting everyone to kiss his ring, and now that he’s decided to run for President, he expects the same thing. And when he doesn’t get it, he throws a hissy fit about women’s periods and other Republicans being unfair to him! “

“Honestly Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry,” he quipped during the debate. “I’ve been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be, based on the way you have treated me. But I wouldn’t do that.” Oh, you wouldn’t? That wasn’t a veiled, puerile threat?

I just saw “The Book of Mormon” at the Kennedy Center the other night. I haven’t laughed that hard in probably decades. I literally had tears running down my face and was nearly hyperventilating at the wit and satire of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s work! Oh, yes, they were insulting to the LDS. Yes, there was definitely a lot of childish humor and sexual innuendo. Yes, there were not-so-veiled references to some in Africa still sexually abusing infants as a cure for AIDS, female genital mutilation, and the ability of Mormons to turn off negative feelings and emotions “like a light switch” and ignore larger problems. But you know what? The offensiveness served to point out hypocrisy, lies, and selfishness of many religious types, and ultimately led to a message that was overwhelmingly positive and astute – help people, and don’t be a dick. The offensiveness, in fact, said it like it is, but was able to put forth a positive message in the process.

Trump has no such talent. His offensiveness is an end unto itself. There’s nothing positive about his message. He insults people who don’t like him and who challenge him. He is incapable of taking criticism, and simply alienates anyone who doesn’t agree with his tactics. And he’s delusional enough to think that it will get him a seat at the big table, as witnessed by his conversation with Roger Stone, who, until the disastrous GOP debate of a few days ago, was Trump’s top adviser.

Stone: “Donald, stop with the Megyn Kelly shit. It’s fucking crazy. It’s killing us.”

Trump: “What do you mean? I won the debate. People loved it.”

Stone: “You didn’t win the debate.”

Trump: “Yes I did. Look at the polling. Look at Drudge.”

Stone: “The Drudge Report poll isn’t a scientific poll. You won’t give me the money to pay for a scientific poll. And you’re off-message.”

Trump: “There are other polls.”

Stone: “Those are bullshit polls, Donald. They’re not scientific polls. We need to run a professional campaign and talk about what people really care about.”

Trump: “We’re winning.”

Anyone who actually believes this delusional, narcissistic, spoiled brat belongs in the White House, please do us all a favor and drink some arsenic!

KTHXBAI!

Marine Arrested in DC; Connected Scum Still Walking Free

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Wanna see some double standards? How about this?

A Marine detailed to the office of California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr. was arrested Tuesday for possession of an unregistered firearm after a loaded .45 caliber handgun was discovered in his vehicle.

Gunnery Sgt. Peter Boby, a congressional fellow in the Corps’ Office of Legislative Affairs, was arrested after being stopped at a security checkpoint near a House office building, according to the U.S. Capitol Police.

Boby was also charged with carrying a pistol without a license and possession of unregistered ammunition. He processed at Capitol Police headquarters.

My educated guess is he made a mistake. He probably simply forgot the firearm was in his vehicle.

Stupid mistake? Yes.

But should his career be ruined, and his future destroyed because of what likely was an unintentional, albeit dumb, error? I’d say no.

And yet, Boby was arrested and charged for what was obviously an inadvertent error, while politically connected media maggot David Gregory faced no consequences whatsoever after quite intentionally bringing a “high capacity” magazine into the District, because apparently that wasn’t in the public interest. I’m sure it had nothing to do with Gregory and his wife’s close relationship with the DC Attorney General.

Frankly, I trust the Marine – a combat veteran and an NCO – with a firearm much more than I trust leeches such as David Gregory with a magazine, let alone with a camera and a microphone, given the amount of damage his biased agenda can cause.

I should really post more

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I know it’s been weeks since I’ve written anything. I needed a break. I haven’t really been in the mood to write. First, there was the snow, which prompted me to sit around in bed all day in my pajamas drinking hot tea and watching Law & Order reruns.

And now… I’m off on temporary duty to Miami.

I know… HARDSHIP! But you’d be surprised how crappy it feels to go from a foot of snow in DC to 85-degree heat with 10000 percent humidity down in southern Florida! So if you have a snarky comment about how you feel oh-so-sorry for me being down here, keep it to yourself, punkin, because all you’ll get from me is a one-fingered salute.

As for what I’ve been up to?

Well…

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been a regular part of the GunBlog Variety Cast along with some awesome folks, including Sean Sorrentino and Erin Palette. I’ve been doing this for a while now, but I’ve been an abject FAIL at blogging about it, because I’m lazy. So go over there and listen. Surprisingly enough, I don’t bloviate about guns on this one, but rather foreign policy. Erin talks about prepping, Sean and Adam talk about… stuff, and other incredible, talented, and intelligent folks talk about guns and tech. It’s fun. You should check it out, if you want to find out what I sound like on the air (shout out to my broadcaster background!).

And no, I don’t curse.

So what’s been going on?

Well, for one, we kicked Maduro and his band of Venezuelan thugs in the nuts with some sanctions last week. And if you hear them whining that this means the United States is about to launch into some kind of military action against them, you can laugh a little, because they’re either ignorant, or just want to raise the level of whining. Fact is that they were sanctioned under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which authorizes the President to regulate commerce after declaring a “national emergency” in response to any unusual or extraordinary foreign threat. It certainly doesn’t authorize any kind of military action.

Specifically, the E.O. targets those determined by the Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the Department of State, to be involved in:

  • actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions;
  • significant acts of violence or conduct that constitutes a serious abuse or violation of human rights, including against persons involved in antigovernment protests in Venezuela in or since February 2014;
  • actions that prohibit, limit, or penalize the exercise of freedom of expression or peaceful assembly; or
  • public corruption by senior officials within the Government of Venezuela.

The E.O. also authorizes the Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the Department of State, to target any person determined:

  • to be a current or former leader of an entity that has, or whose members have, engaged in any activity described in the E.O. or of an entity whose property and interests in property are blocked or frozen pursuant to the E.O.; or
  • to be a current or former official of the Government of Venezuela;

What does this all mean? It means we don’t like corrupt thugs who steal money from their own people while undermining their basic rights using the U.S. financial system. So we cut off their access to it.

What else has been going on?

The Justice Department determined there was no basis for continued legal action against Darren Wilson, who last year shot Michael Brown in an action which was determined to be justified. Of course, Holder and the DOJ can’t leave well enough alone, so even though the shoot was good, they put out a report citing racism in the Ferguson PD writ large in an obvious attempt to mollify the screeching race hustlers. It is interesting to note that the report cites revenue generation being emphasized in the PD’s approach to law enforcement.

Patrol assignments and schedules are geared toward aggressive enforcement of Ferguson’s municipal code, with insufficient thought given to whether enforcement strategies promote public safety or unnecessarily undermine community trust and cooperation. Officer evaluations and promotions depend to an inordinate degree on “productivity,” meaning the number of citations issued. Partly as a consequence of City and FPD priorities, many officers appear to see some residents, especially those who live in Ferguson’s predominantly African-American neighborhoods, less as constituents to be protected than as potential offenders and sources of revenue.

This is a problem that’s not just limited to Ferguson. Nothing new and different there, and I’ve often been appalled at the outrageous fees and penalties imposed on citizens for engaging in a simple mistake or minor traffic violation. So I get it. It sucks.

But in the same breath, the DOJ’s report claims that “The harms of Ferguson’s police and court practices are borne disproportionately by African Americans, and there is evidence that this is due in part to intentional discrimination on the basis of race.”

Lemme ask ya something. If it is obvious that the city’s focus is on revenue generation, rather than public safety, and therefore, it views the PREDOMINANTLY AFRICAN-AMERICAN city as a source of revenue generation, wouldn’t it stand to reason that in a predominantly black city, the brunt of those revenue generation policies would be… um… black, and that the reason Ferguson’s law enforcement practices and policies overwhelmingly impact African-Americans is because THAT’S WHO PREDOMINANTLY LIVES IN THE FRIGGIN’ CITY?

But hey, some of us don’t go looking for racism under every bed and around every corner.

In response to said report, Ferguson’s city manager has resigned and a state judge will be in charge of all Ferguson cases. Every town needs scapegoats, I suppose. That, of course, didn’t mollify the stampeding hordes, and just this past weekend, two police officers were shot after working crowd control in Ferguson. Police charged Jeffrey Williams with the shooting. The suspect admits he fired the weapon, but claims he was aiming at someone else in the crowd.

I’m trying to wrap my head at the amount of fucking stupid it takes to make such an admission. Stupid #1) You fire your weapon into a crowd of fucking people. Stupid #2) You admit to doing so, but hey… you weren’t aiming at police, and I guess you were expecting to hit your mark dead on. In a crowd. You dimwitted, miserable FAIL of a fucktard. Stupid #2) The only two people you conveniently hit are two cops. How propitious, considering the demonstrations were all about supposed police “racism.”

And, of course, Holder has been sniveling about how much acts of violence against law enforcement are not to be tolerated. Never mind he and his DOJ are the ones fomenting said unrest!

OK, enough about that.

There was supposedly a ceasefire agreement reached in Ukraine. Well, it was reached, but if you’re thinking that it’s somehow been effective, you’d be wrong. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the ceasefire is “fragile.” I think while violence has been reduced some, he’s the master of the understatement. If you want a boots on the ground (so to speak) glimpse into what’s going on, you should follow U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt on Twitter. The Russians will tell you it’s not their fault – that it’s the separatists failing to abide by the ceasefire – that they have no control over said militants. Um… yeah… right. If you think that Moscow isn’t behind the continuous arming of separatists in the region, I have this bridge…

Yes, I know I should keep up with my blogging, but even I need a break sometimes, so if I’m not around, it’s because I’m busy having a life.

Harf Should Really Just Shut Her Yap

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In case you haven’t heard, there’s more stupidity coming out of the State Department in the form of something resembling words (and ostensibly logic, however bad) from the gaping maw of State Department spokeshole Marie Harf.

See, apparently we can just make terrorists not be terrorists anymore if we just offer them some jobs… maybe a $15/hour living wage… something. But we certainly can’t kill them all!

My reply to this would be, “Why not at least try?” But that might be too “nuanced” for some (and by “nuanced,” I mean, “politically incorrect.”)

And when anyone with a shred of common sense became publicly appalled at the vast amount of stupid, Harf decided to dig a little deeper by claiming her words were just way too “nuanced” for us conservative dolts.

“We cannot kill every terrorist around the world, nor should we try,” Harf said later. “How do you get at the root causes of this? It might be too nuanced an argument for some, like I’ve seen over the last 24 hours some of the commentary out there, but it’s really the smart way that Democrats, Republicans, our partners in the Arab world think we need to combat it.”

And by “nuanced,” we mean “stupid.” My mind certainly cannot process this much dumbassery in such a short period of time.

When I did my Master’s work in National Security Studies, I actually took a class called “The Roots of Terrorism” taught by an expert in the field – Paul Medhurst.  The work was interesting, in that it examined all aspects of international terrorism and allowed us to draw our own conclusions about its roots.

My conclusion was similar to this report.

While the report says that Western foreign policy and the perception that ‘Islam is under siege’ plays a role, they are not the main cause.

Instead, the four causes of radicalisation are: 

  • ‘Trauma’, such as the death of a loved one: Ten per cent of terror suspects became radicalised after a life trauma, says the report.

  • ‘Migration’: A third of all extremists ‘migrated to Britain alone’.

  •  ‘Criminal activity’: Two-thirds of the sample had criminal records.

  • ‘Prison’: Muslim prisoners who are not religious are often radicalised in prison. The report identified 60 known Islamist extremists operating in British jails.

The report also found that two-thirds of terrorists actually came from middle- to upper-class families, showing there’s no direct correlation between poverty, joblessness, and terrorism.

They’re also not really lone wolves, for the most part, and the vast majority were described as social and having lots of friends.

It’s not poverty and unemployment that prompt terrorists to attack their enemies. It’s ideology. And I would submit that no matter how many jobs you throw at them, that is not going to be fixed by giving them free shit.

Geeze, no wonder Harf went from a Middle East leadership analyst at the Agency to a spokeshole! Saying something stupid, and then condemning critics for not having a strong enough intellect to “get” her nuance doesn’t display too much analytic prowess!

FFS, Marie! Just shut your cock holster and stop embarrassing yourself and the administration!

Election Eve 2014 in Virginia

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Greetings, folks. Yes, I know it’s quite some time since you’ve heard from me in this space, but I figured this was an important enough occasion for me to pop my head up. As those of us in Virginia no doubt already know, thanks to the deluge of election mailers, emails and robocalls, tomorrow is election day. Annoying as all that is and has been, everyone should still get out and cast an educated vote tomorrow, if they haven’t voted absentee already.

At stake this year is about one third of the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, and various of sundry gubernatorial, statewide, county, city and local races around the nation. As it stands, the Republicans currently hold the House, and the Democrats control the Senate, along with, of course, the White House. The electoral environment is particularly good for Republicans this cycle, more due to the combination of far-left ideology and rank incompetence on display by the Democrats than anything the Republicans themselves have to offer. Here in Virginia, U.S. Senator (and former Governor) Mark Warner is up for re-election, endorsed by his predecessor (no relation) John Warner, a notoriously weak Republican who was never popular with the grassroots among his own party. Mark Warner was actually a decent governor, aside from pushing the largest tax increase in Virginia history through the General Assembly. He was even fairly pro-gun as governor. Then he ran for U.S. Senate in 2008, promising to be a ‘radical centrist’ if elected. He has not been. As Republicans love to point out, he’s voted with President Obama 97% of the time. And he’s been effectively anti-gun, as his endorsement by MomsDemandingAttention/GunHysteriaNonsenseInEverytown shows:

Mark Warner voted for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment (S.AMDT.715) to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

As such, the most important thing is for everyone to get out and vote AGAINST Mark Warner in Virginia. The aforementioned anti-gun nutbag hysteria machine has also endorsed some Democrats running for U.S. House in Virginia: incumbent Rep. Bobby Scott in the 3rd District, Don Beyer here in the 8th District, John Foust in the 10th, and incumbent Rep. Gerry Connolly in the 11th District. If you live in any of these districts, please get out and vote to DEFEAT these weasels.

Lastly, if you live in Arlington County, please, please, PLEASE vote for John Vihstadt for County Board tomorrow. He represents the only independent, non-Democratic voice on our board, and is carrying the banner of good government and fiscal responsibility. Want our horrendous roads fixed? Want to put a stop to the wasteful Artisphere, Columbia Pike streetcar, aquatic center and other vanity projects being pushed by the current Board majority? Support John tomorrow.

That is all.

Cowards, Corruption, and Conventions

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By now, most observers of Republican politics here in the Old Dominion know what transpired down in Virginia Beach Monday evening. Gary Byler, the current chair of RPV’s 2nd Congressional District Committee, is a supporter of conventions to determine our statewide nominees, and the establishment old boy network of our state party doesn’t like conventions anymore, so they wanted to replace him. He elected NOT to run for re-election, and the Vice Chair of the 2nd, Curtis Colgate, stepped up. He also is a supporter of conventions, and is a fairly big donor, has a long history of party activism, and notably owns the historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach. Establishment Senator Frank Wagner (R-7th) put together a campaign for the chair of the 2nd before Byler announced he wasn’t running. You may remember Frank Wagner is the genius who introduced, along with his buddy Del. Scott Taylor (R-85th), bills in both houses of the General Assembly this past session to forbid any method of nomination except open primaries by ANY political party for statewide candidates. Thankfully, this effort went down to ignominious defeat after a popular outcry.

Senator Frank Wagner, the man who would be king.

Senator Frank Wagner, the man who would be king.

Back to Monday evening at the Virginia Beach Republican Party mass meeting. Sen. Wagner knew the Beach comprises 64% of the total voting strength at the 2nd Congressional District Convention this year, so he was kind enough to help slate the Virginia Beach delegation down to just 32, including himself and his most reliable minions. This was out of nearly 1,000 people who filed to be delegates. He disenfranchised all of these people simply because some of them were Colgate supporters. The hand count was NOT done through a ‘division of the house’, so that both sides get an accurate, fair count. It was orchestrated so Wagner’s people had every advantage. If it stands, he has 100% of the Beach’s voting strength, and is now guaranteed the chairmanship of the 2nd. Slating is something that’s done to remove ineligible or compromised voters, such as known members of another political party, etc. This was done so that Frank Wagner can win. No other reason. Del. Barry Knight (R-81st) and Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-8th), along with Taylor, helped organize and lead this effort. Del. Chris Stolle (R-83rd), chaired the mass meeting and played along. The rumor is that Sen. Wagner is planning to use this as a springboard to take control of the RPV State Central Committee over the next few years, and then run for Governor in 2017 in an open primary, which he will ensure is the mandatory method of nomination. Particularly distasteful is how Wagner, Taylor and co. hide behind the “Conventions disenfranchise members of the military!” canard. This is the worst, basest, craven cowardice. I’ll bet some of the nearly 1,000 folks you slated were military, Frank.

Senator Jeff McWaters, minion of both Bob McDonnell and Frank Wagner. He made his fortune off of Medicaid, through his firm AmeriGroup, which was then sold off to WellPoint. Real conservative.

Senator Jeff McWaters, minion of both Bob McDonnell and Frank Wagner. He made his fortune off of Medicaid, as CEO of AmeriGroup, which was then sold off to WellPoint. Real conservative.

Needless to say, I have no intention of standing by and letting this happen, and I know plenty of other grassroots Republicans leaders in the Commonwealth won’t either. If they get away with this sort of underhanded behavior here, it will happen all across Virginia. Not a chance. I plan to do my part to shine a light on this, have the Virginia Beach delegation either include everyone who filed, both at the RPV Convention in Roanoke and at the 2nd CD Convention, or have the delegation black flagged (disqualified). Then I plan to help ensure Wagner, McWaters, Taylor, Knight, and Stolle all face strong primary challenges next year. Should they gain nomination, I wouldn’t mind seeing conservative or libertarian independents in the general. These men are unworthy of being leaders, and certainly unworthy of the public trust.

Shak Hill For United States Senate

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As it stands, there are only two candidates for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2014 that have a reasonable chance of leaving Roanoke with the nomination: Former RNC Chairman, former RPV Chairman and former Romney campaign adviser Ed Gillespie, and former Treasurer of RPV’s 10th Congressional District Committee and former USAF tanker pilot Shak Hill. Both men have been absolute gentlemen in my admittedly limited contact with them.

What separates the two men? Their ideology and their records. Ed Gillespie has a record of supporting the Medicare Part D boondoggle, supporting the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP, the bailout), supporting “comprehensive immigration reform” (amnesty), supporting the passage of HB 3202, the ultimately unconstitutional taxing plan as chair of the Republican Party of Virginia, helping found American Crossroads with conservative bête noire Karl Rove, lobbying for Enron, and long-term association with the Republican establishment. A partial list of these would be enough to seriously damage his conservative credentials; the complete list makes a mockery of them. Now he claims to be a pro-liberty conservative. But hey, he did raise a few million dollars for Rand Paul’s Senate campaign. So he’s got that going for him.

Shak Hill is on record opposing the bailouts, the stimulus, HB 3202, and amnesty, and cannot be accused of being a tool of the national Republican establishment. He also brings a compelling personal story to the table involving his wife’s victorious battle with cancer, and fostering of over 40 children, along with his service during the Gulf War. He’s a very strong supporter of gun rights, having gotten the endorsement of Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund. He’s gotten the endorsement of longtime conservative activists like Jim Bowden and D.J. McGuire, and today he receives mine as well. I am proud to endorse Shak Hill for United States Senate.

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