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I’ll Never Say “Never Trump” by Waverly Woods

Houston, “we have an umpire problem,” all right. It’s from top to bottom and everywhere in between.

By Waverly Woods

Even though I am a Cruz supporter and candidate for delegate to the RNC Convention in Ohio, I would support Donald Trump if he should become our nominee. As someone who has been a Tea Party leader for 5 years, I know how grassroots activists feel and why so many are divided between the Cruz and Trump campaigns.

All are disgusted with how the Republican Party is run and the representation from elected officials with an R following their names. Both sides want our country restored. Both feel their voices have not been heard. They want to know where the accountability is.

The Republican Party just doesn’t get it.

We all believe the system is rigged and what “We The People” choose is being ignored. We continue to vote for those candidates we think represent our principles and values, but when the candidate gets in office and start drinking the Kool-Aid, they do the exact opposite of what they campaigned on.

Everyone should be aware of their representatives’ voting histories. Why send the same legislators back to do the same job? People have had enough! They are now ready to throw the proverbial baby out with the bath water.

Trump supporters see him as a disrupter; someone who doesn’t need the Party Elite and can’t be controlled. Trumpsters want him to burn it to the ground, taking down all the RINOs at once.  Cruz supporters see him standing up to people like McConnell and Reid (one and the same). Yet Cruz may salvage what’s left of our Constitution without all the destruction.

So how did we get here? How did we become so deceived?

It’s about the process. People don’t understand the process: how candidates are selected. In Virginia we only had conventions until 2000. That process hasn’t changed, but the addition of the primary confused everyone. This presidential race is a perfect example of how useless primaries are and how they are a total waste of the taxpayers’ dollars. The nomination will be decided not by primary votes, but at the Republican National Convention, just like it always has been.

What the “Party” really doesn’t want you to know… is how to work the same system in your favor.

Oh, they’ll post the Official Calls and the Party Plan, but you are left to figure it out from there. It’s more than just showing up. It’s anticipating how the rules and Party Plan are manipulated.   The “keep it small and control it all” group are banking on you staying home, being too lazy to get involved, and not wanting the confrontation.

Now, more than ever, is the time to engage in how your country is being run. It’s time to take our country back by starting with our Party. How can we “Stop the Washington Cartel” or “Make America Great Again” if we can’t even restore the integrity of our own Republican Party? Do we actually believe in the Creed?

We Believe,

That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,

That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,

That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,

That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,

That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense, That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.

This isn’t just an idea or a passing thought, it’s our creed. Do we want to hold the “R’s” accountable to it or not? When we see a Party Chairman conducting himself like some out-of-control narcissistic tyrant, should we sweep it under the rug?

I say, HELL NO! The ugly fact of the matter is that this behavior is so common that it’s perceived as business as usual.

Houston, “we have an ‘umpire’ problem,” all right. It’s from top to bottom and everywhere in between.

The shenanigans are rampant throughout Virginia. It is pathetic to watch elected officials combine forces against the very people they serve in an attempt to control everything. This is either “slating” you out of your vote, or abusing the power of their office to control election outcomes in their favor. Then they come back and ask for you to vote for them again. Huh?! That’s a lot of nerve and arrogance. Moreover, it’s a lot of disrespect to the people who should matter the most.

Don’t be a part of the problem by staying home. Be a part of the solution by engaging. That’ll really tick them off! Watch and the Federal Election Commission to see where the money comes from for each incumbent (and who really owns them). Engage in the convention process and watch how many politicians call you on the phone and want to meet with you. You won’t get that in a primary. This is the absolute best way to force the will of the people and hold our elected officials accountable to everyone they serve.

Article written by: Tom White

The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“Since marriage constitutes slavery for women, it is clear that the women’s movement must concentrate on attacking this institution. Freedom for women cannot be won without the abolition of marriage.” “ – Sheila Cronin, leader of the feminist organization NOW

“The haste and vehemence with which scores of Duke University professors publicly took sides against the students in this case is just one sign of how deep the moral dry rot goes, in even our most prestigious institutions.We have become a society easily stampeded, even by the unsubstantiated, inconsistent and mutually contradictory statements of a woman with a criminal record.

All it takes is something that invokes the new holy trinity of the intelligentsia — “race, class and gender.” The story of a black woman gang-raped by white men fit the theme so compellingly that much of the media had no time to waste trying to find out if it was true before going ballistic.” – Thomas Sowell on the Duke Lacrosse rape case.

“Rape is nothing more or less than a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear.” – Susan Brownmiller, noted feminist authoress and academic.

Stately McDaniel Manor

This week’s winning essay,Stately McDaniel Manor’s Campus Rape And Social Justice: All Men Are Rapists . He gives us a clear look at what’s really behind the ‘epidemic’ in campus rape. Here’s a slice:

Rape is among the most turbulent issues on college campuses these days. If social justice warriors–Progressives–are to be believed, the incidence of rape on campus has reached epidemic levels. They proclaim that 20-25% of college women will be raped during their time on campus, and some claim the numbers of victims are even higher.

This is, of course, nonsense, and no extensive, multi-year studies are required to prove it. If valid, reproducible research revealed that whenever a car was started, there was a 25% chance it would explode, who would dare drive? If anyone truly believed that 25% of all women attending college would be raped, what father would send his daughter to college? Which young woman would voluntarily set foot on a campus, particularly knowing that most are victim disarmament zones?

Even so, the battle rages, yet it is an old battle. It is not a battle for the prosecution of actual criminals, nor is it a battle for public safety. As always, it’s a battle of the culture wars; the ultimate prize: ultimate political power.

In this particular battle, conservatives fight for the rule of law–equal justice for all. This requires that people that actually commit rapes be prosecuted and convicted. It also requires that anyone accused of rape–or any crime–be afforded all of the protections of the Constitution, including the rights to counsel, and due process. For conservatives, it goes without saying that actual rape victims must be protected and given all reasonable aid and support. That’s just part of the rule of law, of common decency.

Progressives, however, have different objectives, particularly where alleged rape on campus is concerned. They fight for progressive outcomes, victim empowerment, and documenting large numbers of rapes, which gives them political power to agitate for other progressive goals. Their ideology, their narrative, requires every “victim” be absolutely believed in every particular, regardless of evidence. Evidence is very much beside the point; they have no intention of prosecuting rapists. They only need men to be proclaimed rapists and expelled from schools. This allows them to validate the narrative of 25% of college women being raped, which gives them more political power to persecute “rapists,” which continues the cycle, resulting in political power and control of others. The law and the Constitution are meaningless to them, actual impediments to their desired outcomes.

It is important to also keep in mind that a substantial, perhaps defining current in feminist theory as taught and practiced at universities is that all men are rapists. Some feminist professor/theorists and pundits go so far as to preach that even consensual intercourse is rape, and women that enjoy it simply aren’t sufficiently evolved to understand their oppression and degradation.

And speaking of degradation, the media are always delighted to support the social justice narrative, because it’s their narrative. Consider this from Mary Katherine Ham regarding the Duke Lacrosse case, where ridiculously false accusations of rape were ultimately exposed:

New York Times Public Editor Dan Okrent diagnosed the media coverage of the case in the documentary as journalists excited to find all their pet social-justice issues in one story.

‘It was white over black, it was male over female, it was rich over poor, educated over uneducated. All the things that we know happen in the world coming together in one place and journalists, they start to quiver with a thrill when something like this happens,’ Okrent said.

And it was all a lie, all of it; from the first moment, and to this day, the media have learned nothing. Few, if any, have actually apologized for or retracted their false Duke coverage, and after viewing a contemporary documentary that exposed the Duke hysteria for what it was:

Ten years later, despite a recent lesson in humility with the Rolling Stone UVA rape story, some of that grudging tone remains, as in Slate’s write-up on the documentary: “[I]t’s a bizarre experience to watch a documentary that expects the viewer to root for a bunch of accused rapists.

What’s bizarre is a refusal to admit that the accused Lacrosse players were so blameless, the state’s Attorney General took the unprecedented step of publicly declaring them to be innocent. Not only was there insufficient evidence to link them to any rape, not only was there no such evidence, there was voluminous evidence to prove their innocence. For example, at the time of the supposed rape, one of the defendants was a mile away using an ATM, as time-stamped video footage proved. As for the rest, there was not a molecule of DNA evidence, a fact the prosecutor and DNA lab tried to hide.

In that case, the rule of law was vindicated, and innocent men were able, at horrific cost, to prove themselves innocent. Ultimately the right outcome, but not quite the way our system of justice is supposed to work. For social justice warriors, the outcome, and the fact that the Lacrosse players retained lawyers, was abhorrent. In one case, we see the stunning differences between the rule of law and social justice.

The invaluable Ashe Schow has done important work exposing the sordid motives of the social justice movement in persecuting young men. She reports on a new document that epitomizes the social justice perspective, The Blueprint For Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault, out of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin:

A new ‘victim-centered, trauma-informed’ approach to handling campus sexual assault appears at first glance to be an improvement on the current model of allowing campus administrators to play police, judge, jury and executioner. But look deeper into the new guidelines and one will see that this is far from an improvement and more an attempt to railroad accused students while looking impartial.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, we had a tie, which I had to break as per our bylaws. It was between Bearing Arms Second Amendment as Second-Class Right? A Dismal Warningsubmitted by The Daley Gator, a fine essay by Bob Owens about dangers to our Second Amendment rights and Michael Totten’sPutin Declares Victory in Syria submitted by Joshuapundit, a piece well up to Totten’s high standards as he discusses recent developments in Syria.

I liked both articles but decided to defer to the Bearing Arms piece on this one.

Here are this week’s full results. Nice Deb, The Daley Gator and GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD were unable to vote this week but none were affected by the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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Article written by: Tom White

Iowa Got Beat by the Stupid “Ball” Rule – Change it!

I shouldn’t have turned it on.  I was already way too emotionally into the game – undefeated Iowa and one loss Michigan State.  I was rooting for Iowa because of the undefeated status.  I don’t even like the Big Ten.  They hogged the Rose Bowl for years with the now Pacwhatever because they did not like the South.  But Iowa was unbeaten.  Well, they’ll not be unbeaten any more in no small part to the MOST STUPID rule in football:  The rule that states if any part of the ball crosses the plane of the goal line it is a touchdown.  I saw it again.  I’m going to call it for now on the Stupid Ball Rule.

The MSU ball carrier was nowhere near the goal but managed to curl about until he could extend the ball far enough across the line to call it six points and the game (it was very late in the fourth quarter and admittedly MSU might have had the stronger team) but it does not seem right to say its a touchdown, especially in this day and age of instant replay, when the ball has crossed the plane BUT not the majority of the player’s BODY.  Iowa stopped the player from getting in but due to the Stupid Ball rule that does not matter.  Touchdown.   I do not think he earned the points.

Early this season I saw a dangerous play (in a college game) where the player with the ball leaped from in bounds two or three years from the end zone but he timed it exactly to touch the pylon with the BALL (not the player – the player never hit the end zone far as I could tell) and after review it was six points.  Again – the team did not really get the ball in the end zone.

Time to end the Stupid Ball Rule:  Maybe since it is Iowa’s turn to be the latest victim – ask all the Presidential candidates to speak to it.  Force the issue.  The rule should be changed to say the BALL and a substantial portion of the BODY of the player gets in or no score.  Yes there might be controversy and some discretion to refs.  But it would at least be a discussion about substantial justice and equity not a fluky play where one team as stopped the player but he is able to get the BALL or a portion of the BALL in the end zone for points.  Time to abolish the Stupid Ball Rule.

Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Whoopi Goldberg and Those Christian Monsters

On The View, Whoopi Goldberg argued that Americans had no right to be judgmental toward potential Islamist immigrants from Syria, because after all, the most terrifying monster, Adolf Hitler, was a Christian. I don’t know anyone who watches The View, so I cannot sympathize with the kind of person who listens to someone as ignorant and dishonest as Whoopi Goldberg for the purpose of informing oneself about the world, but on the off chance that it is true that people do so, I would like to address both Goldberg and them.

So, there is that. Mindlessness and ignorance on display like an Airedale Terrier at Westminster. Thankfully, the rest of the world is not necessarily as mired in the quicksands of stupidity. The staff over at the Federalist quickly debunked the assertions of these woefully benighted bastions of daytime television.

Co-host Joy Behar exclaimed that this stance wasn’t very Christian, then implied that the Christian refugees are super dangerous.

“[Oklahoma City bomber] Timothy McVeigh was a Christian,” Behar said. “Just sayin’.”

Behar provided no evidence to support her assertion, which is somewhat understandable since McVeigh wasn’t a Christian. McVeigh identified as an agnostic and said his violent actions weren’t motivated by any religious associations, but by an extreme hatred for the federal government.

Whoopi Goldberg followed Behar’s convoluted line of thinking by pointing out how Adolf Hitler was totally a Christian.

“There have been a lot of monster Christians,” she said. “Hitler was a Christian.”

But Goldberg’s claims don’t add up, either.

The Reich Minister of Propaganda for Nazi Germany noted in 1941 that “[Hitler] hates Christianity, because it has crippled all that is noble in humanity.” The Federalist

Thank you! Yet, debunking these claims isn’t the real story. The real story is that liberals actually believe these lies and misshapen logics. They actually believe that Monstrosity is to Christian as Monstrosity is to Islam (if you’re taking your SAT’s anytime soon, pay attention). For one thing to be like another, they must have objective qualities in common. So, if we are to discuss the monstrosities of Christianity, we must compare it contextually to the modern monstrosities of Islam.

So what is going on in the world that is causing all this contention? A large minority of Muslims across the world are committed to interpreting their scriptures literally and to achieving, in reality, the promises of their prophecies. Which means, all non-Muslims must either submit to Islamic Law or die. They seek to create caliphates, within which there is permitted no departure from orthodox Islamic Law, and to expand these caliphates through war and by any means necessary. Christians, Jews, and Westerners have been Crucified, Beheaded, Burned to Death, Drowned, and Executed.

These are the facts about the disturbing realities of Islamist terror across the world. These are the things that Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and Agnostics are concerned about. After all, this isn’t merely a threat to those of different religions. Homosexuals have been thrown off buildings, adulterers have been stoned to death, and girls that have been raped have been killed on behalf of the honor of their families. One need not practice a religion to be horrified and enraged by these atrocities.

Therefore, for an objective comparison to be made, we must compare these Islamist Terrorists to Christian Terrorists. Let’s go down the list. Is there a large minority of Christians across the world aiming to create a Christian State, wherein all non-Christians must either submit to Christian Law or die? The answer is no. In fact, there are not even minuscule minorities of Christians who think this way. Are Christians crucifying, beheading, burning to death, drowning, and executing those who do not except orthodox Christian rule? Again, the answer is no. Are Christians throwing homosexuals off of buildings, murdering adulterers, or killing girls that have been raped on behalf of the honor of their families? No. Of course not.

While there is no doubt that great evils were done in the name of Christianity, many hundreds of years ago, on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church, or during the Spanish Inquisition, or during the persecution of the Protestants – these dark ages are behind us. Christianity has gone through reformation. Most modern religions have gone through periods of reformation.

The reality is (and this is merely a fact) that it is Islamic Orthodoxy, Fundamentalism, and violent jihad disturbing the peace, slaughtering the innocent, and spreading into Western Civilizations made tolerant and open through reformation and through the philosophies of The Enlightenment. You cannot Pooh-Pooh Islamic Fundamentalism by saying that all religions have their monsters and that it’s a wash. It’s untrue. It’s ignorant. It’s offensive.

These women on The View are ignorant, hate-filled proselytizers of secular statism. They place their faith in individual men and women. They cling to their leaders rhetoric like an infant to its’ mothers breast. They have no knowledge, no philosophy, no principle, no morality, and no means by which they can decipher reality and current events. Their minds are impotent. They are only capable of repeating the lies and logics of their leaders. This is at the very heart and nature of liberalism and statism.

You see, Christians place their hope and faith in God, his Son Jesus Christ, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. We do not place our faith in Man. Our liberty, our prosperity, our justice, cannot depend upon the power of individuals within our political leadership. These rights have been given to us by God. We may support politicians with similar world views, but we do not look to them for our freedom and dignity and identity. This is why the Republican Party is ever at a disadvantage. If a Republican politician goes against the morality and reason of their constituents, their constituents rebel. We are not loyal to leaders, but rather to principles, to justice, and to truth. We abandon our leaders when they abandon our principles, and when they abandon justice and truth.

whoopiThe Democrat Party marches in lockstep, despite its’ absurdities and perpetual failures. It doesn’t matter what their leaders do, there shall be no revolt, because they have no principles, they do not even believe they have access to real knowledge of the truth, and justice is merely the consensus of a mob. Take warning – these women on The View are not harmless. They are a dangerous and life-threatening symptom of a terrible disease.  They don’t know right from wrong. They look to Obama and Hillary to tell them what to think and what to believe. They really believe in things like man-made global warming, because their leaders tell them to do so. They really believe that America is an intolerant and bigoted nation, because that’s what their leaders tell them is true. They really believe that all these refugees are Syrian, are harmless, and are mostly comprised of widows and orphans. They have no reason to believe any of this, except that they have been told to do so by their leaders.

This is the real dilemma we face in America. This must become a focus of our study and a premise in all of our equations. Reason, in our dealings with the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, is ineffectual.

Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker

BULLETIN: Development Coming on the Indigent Defense Front and Why Should a Libertarian/Conservative Support a Statewide Indigent Defense System?

There should be a development on the indigent defense front and I’ll announce it when it is time.

In the meantime, why should a tea party guy or gal or a libertarian or a conservative support a statewide indigent defense system?

  • We stand for constitutional rights.  The Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to counsel to every criminal defendant and that should not be limited by poverty.  Pro-gun groups for example should support a statewide indigent defense system because the protection of one constitutional rights helps to protect others.
  • The present crazy quilt where we have public defender offices in some counties or cities and not others is unequal justice under law
  • We have the money.  The judicial branch in Virginia brought in $280,000,000 more than it spent in costs according to a letter written by several statewide attorney groups.
  • It can be done:  Other states such as Colorado have a statewide PD system.

So, let your tea party leader or the tea party federation or your favorite GOP delegate or senator.  I have communicated with both Del. Peace and Sen. McDougle.  You can do it.  Feel free to comment after you do it.

Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders