Thursday, January 7, 2016

Leader of armed Oregon militia rejects county sheriff offer to end standoff

Via Michael

 Ammon Bundy (L) meets with Harney County Sheriff David Ward along a road south of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, January 7, 2016.  © Jim Urquhart

The Harney County Sheriff met with the leader of the armed militia to ask them to leave the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon it has occupied since Saturday. Reuters reported that Ammon Bundy rejected the Sheriff’s offer. 
The sheriff, David Wade, met with Bundy on Thursday to offer them passage on the condition that they vacate Oregon. Bundy declined the offer, telling reporters, “we always consider what people say.”

This meeting was an attempt on the Sheriff’s Office behalf to end the situation peacefully. According to Oregon Live, the sheriff told Bundy that he was, “here to offer safe escort out.” The meeting follows Wednesday’s town hall meeting that drew roughly 400 people. The county has announced plans to meet with the group on Friday.

More @ RT

This Badass Escaped an ISIS Prison. And He Has a Message for Obama About His ‘Bullsh**’ Strategy

Via Billy


With all the publicity ISIS gets, there aren’t many first-hand accounts from people they’ve taken prisoner escaping and living to tell the tale.

Through Hamody Jasim, a former Sergeant Major in the Iraqi military, Independent Journal was given a rare opportunity.

Jasim, the author of the Terrorist Whisperer, connected us with Master Sergeant Karam Saad, whom he served with during the Iraq War:

While Jasim was able to make it out in 2008, thanks to invaluable assistance with U.S. intelligence operations, Saad stayed behind. ISIS would take him prisoner six years later.

Saad shared his gripping story with Independent Journal.

To start things off, he brought us back to the day he was captured:


 More @ Independent Journal

Woods: I challenge Hillary Clinton to a lie detector test for the sake of my son killed at Benghazi

Via Billy

Germany springs to action over hate speech against migrants

Via David "This is a society whose leadership has a death wish.  They would literally rather destroy their entire country, their society, their culture, rather than admit that not all cultures are the same. I believe civil war is the only answer at this point.  Germans - and Europeans in general - must fight back.  And I'm afraid that means civil war."


Donald Trump may be testing the boundaries of tolerance on the U.S. campaign trail. But here in Germany, the government is effectively enforcing civility, taking aim at a surge of hate speech against refugees and Muslims.
As Western Europe’s most populous nation grapples with a historic wave of mostly-Muslim migrants, politicians and activists are decrying a rash of incendiary speech bubbling to the surface of German society. In a country whose Nazi past led to some of the strictest laws in the West protecting minorities from people inciting hatred, prosecutors are launching investigations into inflammatory comments as judges dole out fines, even probation time, to the worst offenders.

Massive Windows 10 News Hides 5 Nasty Surprises

Via Billy

Windows 10 update prompts are removing all obvious options to decline. Image credit: Hayden Dingman ‏(@haydencd)

Sometimes showing off has a way of coming back to bite you. In an understandably celebratory post Microsoft MSFT -3.85% has revealed Windows 10 is now active on over 200 million devices (though this includes Xbox One upgrades and Windows 10 Mobile smartphones). Then it made a series of boasts which exposed something rather shocking…  

In an attempt to illustrate just how much Windows 10 users love the new operating system, Microsoft rolled out stat after stat about growing adoption and momentum (Black Friday and Christmas play their part here). But then things got weird:

“One of the ways we measure our progress with Windows 10 is looking at how people are using Windows,” explained Microsoft Senior Vice President Yusuf Mehdi. “Recently we reached another milestone – people have spent over 11 billion hours on Windows 10 in December alone, spending more time on Windows than ever before.”

More @ Forbes

Yes, Trump and Sanders Are Actually Changing America

Via Richard

Troy Campbell, Politico Magazine

"Today Trump supporters voice opinions that yesterday they may have been unsure of or publicly afraid to acknowledge for fear of being alone and called a “racist” or “bigot.” Likewise, today, Sanders supporters voice opinions that yesterday they may have been unsure of or publicly afraid to knowledge for fear of being alone and called a “socialist.”
Decades of psychological studies help to explain this phenomenon. In one of these experiments, the famous Asch conformity trials of the 1950s, test subjects were far more likely to express a dissenting opinion, parting from the norm when asked a question, if someone in front of them did it before them, acting as the “enabling dissenter.”

Now millions of Americans are shouting these fringe beliefs from rallies, to college campuses, to endless tweets and uncomfortable holiday dinner tables. Even if Sanders and Trump fade away, they will leave this legacy behind. Long after their wild hair no longer graces the front pages of newspapers, their equally wild ideas will flow through the news and in the hearts of the masses. …

They call this phenomenon biased assimilation. If people are given a little legitimate support of their beliefs, they can deploy that against a sea of contradicting evidence. If a potentially legitimate politician agrees with a voter, that politician becomes the voter’s bedrock source. More and more debate against that politician often just makes that bedrock stronger.

Thus, with the help of an enabling dissenter, an individual can stay strong in a fringe belief. But an individual’s belief is even stronger as part of an army of enabling dissenters.”

A Nation of Fly Larvae: Obama and Gun Control


I’m going to move to Mexico. I swear I am. Except that I already have. Well, I’m going to move there twice. It’s to get away from Hussein Obama.

Who is this President? How did we get him? Does he have anything in common with me? Is there anything even American about him? He is an African of Islamo-Indonesian culture, deeply hostile to America and white people and ruling with a dictatorial style more like that of Shaka Zulu than Thomas Jefferson.

Thoughts? A Recommended Honorable Exit Strategy For Ammon Bundy

 The die has been cast


I believe you know that I respect you as a man of great, inspirational courage and conviction.  And likewise for your brothers.   It was your inspiring courage and conviction at your Bundy family ranch in Nevada that caused me, Oath Keepers as an organization, and many others to come from all over the nation, rifles in hand, to protect your family and back you up, shoulder-to-shoulder as you took a strong stand for your rights and for the Constitution.  It was a profound honor to do so, and it was a stand that will go down in history.

However, as you know, I oppose what you have chosen to do by occupying the wildlife preserve there in Oregon, specifically because it is not being done with the consent of the locals or at their request, without the request of the Hammond’s, and without even their knowledge of what you were going to do, until you did it, and because it is not in direct defense of anyone.  The right way to go would have been to respect the right of the locals on the Committee of Safety to call the shots, decide what needs to be done, and to actually let them be in charge of all outside volunteers, including you.  You can certainly act as an adviser and instructor, giving input on what you think they should do.

More @ Oathkeepers

New Poll Shows Democratic Party-Switchers Support Trump, May Win Blue States

 Via Michael

Donald Trump declared on Fox News Tuesday night that he is confident he can win the blue state of New York.

“ You have more support from Reagan Democrats in New York than anywhere else in the country,” host Sean Hannity pointed out. “Do you think that if you got this nomination that you could flip a state like New York, deeply blue, to red? Could that be possible?”

“ I do. I think I’d do very well in New York,” Trump replied. “I think I will do fantastically in Pennsylvania. I think I will do fantastically in Ohio. I think I’m gonna win Florida. I think I’m going to win a lot of states that nobody else is. Says He Thinks He Can Win New York”

The New York real estate tycoon may be right about his ability to turn blue states red. Trump has dominated the Republican nomination campaign for months — but his strongest support comes from Republicans who used to be Democrats, according to new polling analysis by Democrat data firm Civis Analytics.

Disaffected Democrats now make up 10 percent of Republican primary voters.

The Civis survey show Trump winning 40 percent support from these party-switching voters. If these once-registered Democrats actually vote in 2016, particularly in swing-states and mid-western states, Trump could transform the American political landscape.

He polls well among conservative and evangelical voters and his biggest polling margin against his GOP rivals was among moderate and liberal Republicans, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll.
Democrats propagandize that Trump appeals to xenophobes and the worst aspects of the American zeitgeist,  yet some liberals now recognize that his supporters are a demographic group that the Democrats should listen to.

Trump talks about altering the electoral map at the 16:17 mark in the video above.