M. Douglas Wray

The Conservative ‘Warrior’

As someone who’s very interested in the hijinks of the far-distant right-wing fringe, I subscribe to a number of email lists that give me a peek into the ‘mind’ of extremists.

Recently I got an email from Conservative Party USA that started with this noble-sounding line:

What is the Code of the Conservative Warrior?

Unlike liberals and radical progressives, the Conservative Warrior takes charge of his thoughts, feelings and actions. He happily discovers cause and effect relationships in the sphere of human action. His sense of life allows him to experience the joy of his existence.

This is just hilarious on its face.

From my experience, “conservative warriors” let Fox News tell them what to think and that’s what they think – to the exclusion of any and all facts. Period. ‘Sense of Life’? These trogs have less sense and less life than a potted plant. As for experiencing joy, again, from harsh experience I’ve learned that “conservative warriors” only true experience of joy is when they’re beating someone – either metaphorically or literally. They have no sense of fairness or decency. If money’s involved, then it’s no-holds-barred. I was young during the 60s and I *KNOW* how conservatives talk about anyone that doesn’t put on the brown shirt and march in lockstep. They will kill us all, given half a chance.

Self-Mastery means
The individual knows he exists as a being who possesses power. It is possible to call him or her a warrior
That means you gain control of any situation by calculating everything of importance. Then you take the necessary action based on your convictions and beliefs.
Remember, you’re not a leaf who is at the mercy of the wind; although the Deep State would like to reduce you to that state of existence.

Yes, because POWER is the only thing worthy in this world and woe to them without it. Truly Christian. Cold, calculating, controlling and merciless – the exact image of the ‘Deep State’ they’re howling about. Guys. GET A FUCKIN MIRROR.

As a Conservative Warrior
No one can push you or make you do things against your better judgment. You are tuned to survive, and you survive in the best of all possible fashions.”
Not only do you tune yourself to survive, you also thrive. You understand reality and you use your knowledge to succeed in your endeavors.

Yep! That’s RIGHT! If you don’t WANT to do it, “NO ONE’S THE BOSS OF ME”. Very mature. So helpful in a dangerous situation. As for ‘better judgment’ – keep in mind, these “conservative warriors” are the ones who eagerly voted for a man so racist and hateful he’d put children in cages because he didn’t think they were human because of their color. Or point-blank ignore a pandemic warning until it was a crisis. Yes, you “conservative warriors” are really doing your level best to kill us all.

During these trying times
You obtain peace of mind because you are confident in your ability to overcome challenges and obstacles. You believe that you will achieve your goals and desires.
Life continually presents you choices. Your success rides on your ability to make more correct decisions than incorrect ones. That’s especially true when you’re faced with big decisions. You know, the ones that can make or break you. If you decide to live a life filled with reason and rationality…and love that which you most value, you will enjoy living by the Code of the Conservative Warrior.

More code: “You’ve got enough money stashed away to live like a king while your neighbors starve and die, GOOD FOR ME!” Also,

“Life presents you with choices – screw everybody else, get YOURS NOW, so what if they die!! Dirty fucking hippies deserve it.”

It’s important
That you continue to seek new thoughts and new ideas, especially from the great conservative economists and philosophers. So many people shut themselves out when all they need to do is open up and look out. You should always be on the outlook for more information, never taking anything for granted, and never fully believing everything you hear. You must continue to exercise your mind, expanding it into unknown territory.

Yes, lap up the swill pouring from the mouths of thugs like Limbaugh and Hannity, your gods. NEVER BELIEVE WHAT YOU’RE TOLD – unless your gods tell you. It’s all a big liberal lie. That kind of retardation is going cost America a LOT of lives – nearly as many as we wasted in their idiotic wars like Vietnam and Afghanistan and Iraq already. “Conservative warriors” a term of art for “vicious, cold-blooded opportunistic sociopathic racists” and anyone calling themselves such marks themselves as an enemy of Humankind in my opinion. If you do and are reading this, please throw yourself directly into a tree chipper, it’s the highest service you could do right now.

The Conservative Party USA is:
Committed to protecting your individual rights…and enhancing your personal liberty and economic freedom.
The great economist Ludwig von Mises chose a verse by Virgil to be his motto: “Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it.”

Faithfully yours,

Sam Gallo, Chairman Emeritus
Marcus Kohan, Chairman
Keith Westbrook, President
And all our other team members

As long as the wealthy approve those rights and as long as you pay homage to them. Again, more hilarity ensues at the mention of Mises – who came to be widely regarded as an “archetypal ‘unscientific’ economist”– polite way to say ‘loon’ in common parlance.

Lastly, Sam Gallo. Jesus… the guy is over 90, white as a soda cracker and from Louisiana. Want to bet he’d bring back slavery in a heartbeat? Wonder if he has a child bride. I mean, a real “conservative warrior” can do anything he wants, right?

This, right here, is the face of the force that’s working hard right now to wreck our country.

Cold-blooded, calculating, ruthless sociopaths that will do anything to get their way.

America is watching guys. Watching close. Taking names and details down.

When this crisis has passed there will be accountability for the crimes that have been committed. With any luck, this “conservative warrior” will be taking a dirtnap by then but his pals will be held up to blowtorching scorn for the rest of time.

People’s families and friends are dying RIGHT HERE AT HOME.

Best you sit down now and STFU now Sammy boy – this crazy talk is going get more people hurt.

Blocked Tweet

Donald Trump is a punk. He’s obviously got Russians monitoring his feed 24×7. This was knocked down in less than a minute! No problem. I’ll post it here. It’s called Freedom of Speech you drooling goon. You CAN’T silence your critics. Every voice you silence will spawn a hundred more. Resign Donald. DO IT NOW. The Russians are going to release all of your dirt and the world will soon KNOW what a scumbag you are. Please don’t drag our whole country down into that sewer with you. Resign. Do it now.

Farewell to Rush

List of Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (Wikipedia)

Here’s the entry in Wikipedia. Thomas and Harvey are no doubt turning over somewhere.

Some of his more noteworthy remarks. (Snopes)

At least he got his medal

It will look almost as good as one of these on his gravestone.

Having lost my dear friend 

Kaye Sillery Fissinger – 5/16/44 – 5/18/17

to lung cancer, I can truly say that I understand the gravity of the situation.

Farewell Rush.

You won’t be forgotten… that’s for certain.

Your entry in this list will be a lasting reminder of GOP corruption gone wild.

Enough yet boys? Is it??!

“Justice” Roberts

Cory Gardner – VOTED FOR NO WITNESSES IN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF DONALD JOHN TRUMP Jan 30, 2020

How can anyone wearing the robes of a judge sit quietly by as the very concept of justice is made a mockery of? Roberts is proving decisively that he is a creature of the GOP and unfit to wear the robes of Chief Justice. From the very beginning when he tried to muff Obama’s swearing in to now, he’s been a quietly smiling assassin of democracy.

The GOP’s vote today not to have witnesses or evidence is proof that Trump is guilty.

There is a firsthand witness and evidence that these people are also involved – and are now running the trial they are suppressing witnesses and evidence from – neat, eh?

Vice President Pence

Rick Perry

Mike Pompeo

Bill Barr

Lindsey Graham

Devin Nunes

John Solomon

Joe diGenova

Victoria Toensing

Rudi Giuliani

These guys make Nixon look like a piker.

November? Seriously?? Give this crowd of halfwit holier-than-thou hooligans hundreds of days more to wreck our nation??

That is the wrong answer folks.

Trump has to go NOW, the damage being done on a daily basis is horrendous and getting worse by the day.

Now that his buddies look to be giving him a free pass, you can count on it getting far, far worse.

I have every expectation Trump will try to order a nuclear strike somewhere in the middle east at the first opportunity.

Let’s hope our military leaders intervene and save us all.

Ukrainian Thugs

FRL has been under steady attack since 8:00am today – well over 100 attacks in 10 minutes.

Golly, y’think the local GOP has tagged us a threat to Trump?

Sad. SUPER sad. The CO GOP has become an arm of the GRU.

Matt Garrett

There’s a very interesting story here.

I sent Matt a short list of questions as a private citizen and after receiving his answers, asked if I could publish them on FRL. His response was curious to say the least. He claimed he wouldn’t change any of his answers, but because I didn’t tell him I was a news outlet, he retracted it all, with some elaborate (and pointless) claims of privacy.

Matt, you’re a public figure now. If this is how you react to the spotlight, I really don’t think City Council is the place for you.

Based on your website, you have absolutely zero experience as a Council member and see City Council as little more than a booster for local businesses.

Also, based on my findings on the web, you’d be a developer’s dream – happy to sign off on virtually any project.

When I first heard about your bid for Council, it was obvious you were the candidate for the GOP even if you didn’t say so. Clearly Trump has made the GOP brand too radioactive. I understand your desire to distance yourself from that dumpster fire.

However, transparency seems to be tough for folks on the right and this exercise proves that.

I would strongly urge Longmonters not to send Mr. Garrett to Council or our beloved hometown could easily see a series of very-unwanted ‘deliveries.’


Questions sent to Matt Garrett that he decided the public didn’t need to see answers to:

I sent Matt a short list of questions and below are the questions and his answers to same. – FRL

(Not published at candidate’s request)

From your website ‘Where I Stand’ :

“Longmont’s small businesses need to have major support from all city government, using every resource available to promote local purchasing.”

Q : Can you characterize (give 2-3 examples of) what you consider ‘major support’?

Matt:

(Not published at candidate’s request)

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“City government should not be obstructionists.”

Q: What specifically has council obstructed? Why do you think they did so?

(Not published at candidate’s request)

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“Large and small corporations representing a broad range of business models should all feel welcome…”

Q: Can you give an example of the kind of business that Longmont is lacking or that you’d like to see?

(Not published at candidate’s request)

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In your interview with John Fryar you are quoted:

“Garrett said he might be considered “a little bit to the right” on the political spectrum because “I have a lot of conservative approaches to economics and government involvement.””

Q: Can you be specific? What approach in use by council now would you change?

(Not published at candidate’s request)

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(same interview)

“…cited his opposition to any hydraulic fracturing operations from the surfaces of properties within Longmont’s boundaries.”

Q: Do you believe fracking is environmentally safe in any location?

(Not published at candidate’s request)

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(Not published at candidate’s request)

Still Dirty After All These Years

The Times-Call still has absolutely no shame nor class. That they keep supporting this kind of political assassination in the name of news is sad. Oh well, anything for a buck, right?

This lovely little hit piece came out recently when the Longmont GOP decided to Trump it up.

Attack mailer against Joan Peck. Funded by the absolute worst of Longmont’s rightwing crew.

First, let’s look at the small print at the bottom of this little hit piece:

Gabe Santos, Julia Pirnack, Leona Stoecker, Bob Askey, Bonnie Finley, Dale Bruns

These six have done more to damage Longmont than any other force – and they’ve been at if for a LONG TIME.

Gabe Santos, still slime mongering

Julia Pirnack, still queenly

Leona Stoecker

Leona Stoecker, still shadowy

Bob Askey, still staunch GOP

Bonnie Finley, still scheming with oil

Dale Bruns, still skulking

Where have we seen this little cabal in action before? The Pink Letter – a heavy-handed lie fest orchestrated by one of Longmont’s absolute worst.

Longmont, you deserve much better than these people. Vote their cronies and their influence OUT of YOUR home town. Your grandkids will thank you for it.

 

All Roads Lead to Putin

Donald J. Trump - Travesty

Nancy Pelosi telling Trump “…All roads lead to Putin.” – at which point he lost his shit completely.

Trump : Travesty

Trump responding like an angry child while the staff around him cringe at his idiocy. Pompeo looks like he’s having an aneurism.

 

Open Letter to Ken Buck

HEY KEN!

SO YOU’RE A RACIST TOO?

TRUMP SAYS INSANE RACIST THINGS AND YOU STAND SILENT?

SAD.

RESIGN NOW, YOU’RE A TRAVESTY JUST LIKE TRUMP.

Postscript: since the publication of this article, this site has been under steady attack from an IP in the Russian Federation – hundreds of attacks per minute, using the search string ‘bryan baum’. Attempting to do an SQL injection attack. As usual, clumsy, sad and pathetic; i.e. very likely orchestrated by Extremists for Buck aka Pooty & Pals. Come clean Ken, you working with the Russians too? I thought commies were BAD…? You GOP’ers change your tune so much you’re like an eight-track on a paint shaker!

Sex on Autopilot

Just read about Stephen Bradley Mell, now 53, who pled guilty in court to sex crimes.

In the air.

With a 15-year-old.

TimesNow News has more background and it’s really sordid.

Mell clearly groomed his victim, arranged for a time and place, then knowingly put a dangerous vehicle on autopilot so he could have intercourse with a fifteen-year-old girl.

I mean, what could GO WRONG?

Final upshot: yet another victim in the neverending stream of abused, rich guy horks up some cash, hangs out for a few years and in all likelyhood, gets out and does it again – except now with expert support from people like Jeffrey Epstein.

Seven years in prison, five of supervised release, $40,000 fine, $32,500 restitution, $5,000 for Victims of Trafficking Act assessment.

Honestly? That’s it?

No punishment for doing something so reckless with an aircraft??

Does the FAA endorse sex while flying? They must… because I didn’t see a peep about them in the article. I’m just thinking of the people on the ground who could have easily gotten screwed as well if any of a number of things had forced the plane down.

One more case of aerial moronity.

YO. Air community. Let’s be safe up there. (cause it’s US you crash down on)

The Civility Dogwhistle

From Skeptophilia – Skepticism and sarcasm. Six days a week.

http://www.skeptophilia.com/2019/06/the-civility-dogwhistle.html

The civility dogwhistle

When I was young, I had it drilled into me that I was always supposed to do what my mom called “not sinking to their level.”  Bullied?  Ignore it.  “Don’t react, it’s what they want.”  Hear gossip about a friend?  Stop listening.  “Don’t pay any attention, if you argue it’ll just call attention to the gossiper.”  Witness prejudice, bigotry, general nastiness?  Walk away.  “You can’t change the minds of people like that, you’re wasting your effort even to try.”
It’s taken me over half a century to recognize that for the bullshit it is.

The way this is playing out today is usually couched in calls for “civility.”  I hear well-meaning people — often people I agree with on many points — mourning the loss of civilized discourse in our society, implying that if we could just have a nice conversation with the bigots, the intolerant, the racists, the homophobes, that would fix everything.

The ultimate conclusion of this line of thought is the claim that we have to “treat all opinions with respect.”  Which is not only wrong, it’s downright dangerous.  I am under no obligation to treat the opinions of white supremacists with respect.  My moral obligation, in fact, is to shout them down, make sure that they hear loud and clear that they cannot get away with denying someone’s rights, safety, or personhood.

The words “respect” and “civility,” in fact, have become dogwhistles.  No matter how poisonous the claim, you can’t call it out as such, because that would be “disrespectful” or “uncivil.”  It’s pulled the teeth from our capacity for confronting intolerance and prejudice unequivocally and forcefully, made us question ourselves when in fact we’re the ones on the moral high ground, we’re the ones who should be able to say, “No.  This is wrong, and I will not let it go by unchallenged.”

For example, what do you make of this?

I saw this posted on social media, along with a link about how the negative press it’s gettingis pushing the company that owns the sign — Burkett Outdoor Advertising — to take it down.  But the three times I’ve seen it, it’s always been in a positive light.  “Damn straight,” one person wrote.  “You don’t like who’s running the country, get the fuck out of America.”  Another said, “I wish we had one of these in Louisiana.”

So what you’re saying is that if I disagree with you politically, I have no right to live in the same state as you?  Or, according to the first person, no right even to live in the United States?  Forget civility.  If that’s your opinion, go to hell.  And if that response bothers you, causes you to unfriend or unfollow me, or whatever, good riddance.

Then there’s Mark Chambers, the mayor of Carbon Hill, Alabama, who posted on Facebook, “We live in a society where homosexuals lecture us on morals, transvestites lecture us on human biology, baby killers lecture us on human rights and socialists lecture us on economics!…  The only way to change it would be to kill the problem out. I know it’s bad to say but with out [sic] killing them out there’s no way to fix it.”

When he began to get backlash, he deleted the post and then lied, denying he’d written it.  (A tactic Donald Trump is finding out doesn’t work so well.)  Then he said that, okay, he wrote it, but it didn’t mean what it explicitly and obviously meant.  “Although I believe my comment was taken out of context and was not targeting the LGBTQ community,” he wrote, “I know that it was wrong to say anyone should be kill [sic].”

This mealy-mouthed non-apology is unacceptable.  Here we have an elected official who has suggested a Final Solution for the “LGBTQ problem.”  This should be loudly, forcefully, and repeatedly challenged — and Mark Chambers should resign.  Now.

 

The GOP and Women

Dust bowl mom

Almost a century now of GOP abuse of women.

Women: “Can I have birth control?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “I couldn’t get birth control so I got pregnant. Can I have an abortion?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “You prevented me from having an abortion so I’m carrying the fetus, but my employer won’t provide reasonable accommodations and is threatening to fire me. Would you please pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act?”
Republicans: “No”

Women: “I had the baby, but I’m out of work. Can I have WIC and food stamps until I get back on my feet?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “I found a job, but it doesn’t offer me insurance. Can I have government guaranteed insurance?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “My kid got sick and I got fired because I missed time caring for him. Can I get unemployment?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “I’m having a hard time getting my kid from school consistently. Can we fund after-school programs?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “I’m prepared to work to support my family. Can you make sure that a full-time job’s minimum wage is enough to do that?”
Republicans: No. But what’s the matter with you and your family, that working two jobs can’t lift you out of poverty? And what kind of a mother are you, letting someone else watch your child while you work? If your child doesn’t do well in school or gets in trouble, it’s entirely your fault. You shouldn’t have had a child if you weren’t prepared to take care of her.”

Police Harrass Journalist

Marshall Joseph Patterson of the Patagonia, AZ police department needs fired. NOW.

Reposted from the Orange Street News without permission.

By Hilde Kate Lysiak

The OSN was working on a story in Patagonia, Arizona when a law enforcement officer threatened the reporter with arrest unless she stopped reporting the news.

The OSN was biking down Roadrunner Lane investigating the tip at about 1:30 pm on February 18th when the reporter was stopped by Patagonia Marshal Joseph Patterson and asked for identification.

The Orange Street News identified herself as a member of the media, including name and phone number.

“I don’t want to hear about any of that freedom of the press stuff,” said Patterson.

The Marshal continued “I’m going to have you arrested and thrown in juvey. “

The Marshal didn’t have his lights on and passed several people who were on the streets without stopping them or questioning them.

“I can have you arrested, do you understand?” the Marshal answered.

Asked what he could arrested for, the officer first said it was for “disobeying his command,” then said it was for riding on the wrong side of the road. Finally, the officer said a Mountain Lion was spotted in the area despite their being other people in the area who were not kicked off the road.

“I’m worried about your safety, the area you were in we were dealing with a mountain lion,” said Patterson.”

“I gave you a lawful order and if you disobey a law enforcement officer….Lying to me and saying you were going to your friends house wasn’t acceptable.”

“If you paste my face on the internet it’s against the law so I’m not giving you permission to use my picture or my face on the internet, do you understand all that?”

The OSN answered, “I understand all that.”

The court says the First Amendment gives citizens the right to record police officers in public while they are performing their duties. But that doesn’t mean you’re allowed to record if you’re doing so secretly interfering with the officer, or otherwise breaking the law.

The Officer told the reporter he was calling her parents.

“You aren’t an adult so don’t act like,” Marshal Patterson said before driving off.


Ironic that Marshall Patterson’s final remark sums up how I feel about HIM. Officer, you’re a DISGRACE to the badge, you should be arrested and jailed for threatening a journalist with LIES! Big hero you are. Why don’t you go DO your job and stop harassing kids you sad excuse for a man. – FRL

Letter to Covington Archdiocese Covington Catholic School

I saw this posted on Facebook and wanted to put it out on the web in plain sight for all to see. It’s excellently-written and the Archdiocese needs to get about a million copies of it. They’ve hidden their physical address but here it is:

Diocese of Covington
1125 Madison Ave.
Covington, KY 41011
(859) 392-1500

From: Scott Mills – Concerned Citizen

To Whom It May Concern,

As you already know, there are many of us in society who are outraged at the behavior of your “so-called” students who disrespected the Native American Elders in Washington yesterday. Please add my name to what must be the ever-growing list of thinking Americans, who wish to call your school to task for this incident.

I wish I could be standing in front of you, the people who supposedly organized these students to attend the “March for Life” gathering. I’d like to look each of you in the eye as I tell you what I want to say…just to see if anything of it registers at all with you.

Somewhere along the way, you have lost the true teachings of the very religion you so desperately cling to. It seems you’ve either forgotten or paid little attention when the concepts of love, compassion, empathy and the brotherhood of man, were mentioned by the man standing at the altar. These are the tenants which form the foundation of your own faith…and those of so many others. Yet, these children came to our nation’s capital, representing your church…and behaved as though they had never heard of any of these. They came as entitled brats….who just couldn’t come home without making sure they had left their mark……and that being on the indigenous people of this country, you might remember…the ones living here, worshiping in their own way, protecting the earth on which they lived and loving their families….LONG before they were ever introduced to Christianity. And quite frankly, Christianity did them no big favors either.

When did you stop teaching children the important things that will get them through life on a much evener keel? When did you stop really looking at the face of a child who may be hurting or disturbed? When was it that you decided that whatever that child’s needs were…you would do nothing more than spout Bible verse? When was it that you stopped thinking about the overall good in people..and focus strictly on what you do or don’t agree with? And when was it that the church became so political, that politics and religion began to walk hand-in-hand? When did all this take place?

Haven’t we seen enough of this in our country’s short history? Haven’t we learned a thing?
And of all those who have suffered at the hands of men……the very first ones subjected to inhumane treatment were those very same Native Americans. By now I thought we would have come to honor and respect those who came before us……but apparently, that must not be taught in your “Christian” school. These students are the proof, that somewhere down the line….you and your church dropped the ball…big time.
And were there not counselors or adult members of the church school accompanying these boys? Where were they as the harassment took place? Or were they in the crowd…sporting their “MAGA” hats as well? Let me make a suggestion here. The next time you send your backwoods students to Washington, a city that has prided itself on diversity since it’s inception, I suggest you sit their lily-white asses down before they leave and tell them to lose the racist articles of clothing first. Then explain to them that they will encounter people of all races, creeds, nationalities, colors, sexual preferences and the like……and then ask them…..”What Would Jesus Do?”, after all, that seems to be quite a favorite expression of Christians today. The trouble of it is…..most don’t have a clue. They are so far away from acting like a spiritual being….it’s very hard for them to comprehend what that means. More proof that you have not done the job given to you.

You wonder why people are backing away from organized religion in droves? The behavior your students exhibited in Washington is only but one of the reasons. You’ve taken sides against your fellow man, and that’s not what Jesus would have done.

Sincerely,
Scott Mills

This is who the students were mocking.

Coup d’état?

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), days after his swearing in (so his oath should have been fresh in his mind) – made a thinly-veiled threat that if the investigation into Trump’s crimes isn’t stopped, the United States is in danger of a “coup d’état”.

REALLY?

Mr. Gaetz, if the GOP impedes the investigation into Trump’s crimes, your entire party will be labelled as traitors for all time.

Sit down, shut up and READ YOUR DAMN OATH you oaf.

This is an open message to ALL Trump supporters – you idiots START a civil war and we’ll FINISH IT. When we’re done with  you there won’t be two bricks on top of each other in the red states. It will make Sherman’s march look like a church picnic.

Seriously. Stop the talk of insurrection. Do it now. It’s disgusting and unAmerican – which is becoming the GOPs callsign.