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One of the biggest disappointments for the Bundy Militia Freedom Insurgents was, of course, their complete failure to rally the people of Oregon, or even of Harney County, to flock to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to join their cause. While they had a few local supporters, most folks in Burns, Oregon, wanted them to get the hell out of the neighborhood. As you'll recall, even the two local ranchers who the occupation was allegedly in support of wanted nothing to do with the Bunditarians -- Dwight Hammond and his son Steven weren't happy with being convicted of arson on federal land, but on their way to prison, their attorney took the time to write to Harney County Sheriff David Ward that "Neither Ammon Bundy nor anyone within his group/organization speak for the Hammond Family.” Now that the Bunditos are all in jail, Sheriff Ward has spoken at length about the weeks leading up to the Malheur siege, and wouldn't you know it, it turns out the militia dickweasels had already done a fine job of alienating local people even before they took over the wildlife refuge on January 2.

Ward spoke to a group of law enforcement officials in Spokane, Washington, at the invitation of the FBI, about the months leading up to the protest and armed occupation, and also sat down for a podcast interview with Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich about the lunacy. (Is the audio embeddable? No it is not.) Ward told Knezovich he'd only been Sheriff for 10 months when he was first contacted by supporters of the Hammonds, including Ammon Bundy and seemingly omnipresent Nevada Assemblywoman Michelle Fiore, in November of 2015. Since the Hammonds' prosecution had been a federal matter, Ward says, he didn't even know who these very passionate strangers were calling him about; he apparently was not aware (as he surely has been informed far more times than he'd prefer) that the anti-government loonies considered him a natural ally, since all good patriots know county sheriffs are the highest legitimate legal authority in America. Sadly for the Bundys and Fiore, Ward chose to remain a member of the reality-based community.

Eventually, Ward says, he met at his office for two hours in November with Ammon Bundy and "patriot" crackpot Ryan Payne (the dude who insists the Civil War never happened). Bundy seemed personable enough, but Payne creeped him out. When Ward told them they were free to protest, but that he absolutely would not tolerate an armed standoff, let alone violence or bloodshed, Payne told him there'd be no violence as long as Ward agreed to "tell the federal court system it had no authority over citizens of Harney County." Ward added that Bundy and Payne tried to dictate to him what his job was as sheriff: to kick out that they called "unconstitutional agencies" from Harney County.

If I didn't do my job according to what they thought it was, that they would bring thousands of people to town and do that job for me.

In a meeting on Nov. 19, Bundy returned with a group of 10 armed supporters and posted guards outside the Sheriff's office, which became a common part of public meetings in Harney County -- the Bundys would leave 20 or so armed men outside meetings, to make sure Ward's four deputies didn't get out of line. Just like the Founders wanted, you know. In that later meeting, Ward made it clear that part of his job, under Oregon law, was to enforce arrest warrants, and so he informed Bundy that, no, he wasn't going to let the Hammonds walk free. Presumably Sheriff Ward wasn't even impressed by the pocket Constitutions the Bundys liked to wave around.

After the Bundy crowd determined that Ward wasn't going to play sovereign citizen ball, they used social media to start a campaign of harassment, flooding the Harney County dispatch center with so many calls that dispatchers were unable to take 911 calls. Bet that showed the tyrants!

After that, things got weird. Or weirder.

Soon strangers began arriving in town. Their numbers became noticeable after Thanksgiving. They followed the sheriff, his deputies and their family members, Ward said. They drove slowly by deputies’ homes. People who put up signs or Facebook pages against the Bundys were harassed and at least one person fled town in fear for his safety, Ward said.

Blaine Cooper and Jon Ritzheimer, who would become central figures in the standoff, followed Ward and his family as they went Christmas shopping, Ward said. Others followed them in the grocery store, and Payne once complained to Ward that Ward’s mother had threatened him, Ward said.

“I understand she’s a scary woman,” he said. “She’s 74 years old, has a pacemaker and is 5 feet 3 inches tall,” he said.

Ward, a former Army medic, was especially critical of some of the occupiers who falsely claimed to be military veterans:

“It was a very trying time,” Ward said. “I looked over my shoulder during that time more than I did in Afghanistan and Somalia.”

Spokane Sheriff Knezovich agreed, and even dared to suggest that a bunch of armed trespassers taking over a federal facility might not actually be such great patriots:

“I’m sorry, folks, they’re not patriots, they’re thugs,” Knezovich said. “They are, in fact, the true tyranny.”

Their intimidation of deputies and their families crossed the line, Knezovich said.

“True patriots don’t do that to other Americans,” he said.

Ward closed the interview by saying that he's all for the Second Amendment, but expressed the potentially heretical view that there are other parts of the Constitution as well:

“I believe in the Constitution in its entirety, not just the parts that make me feel good,” he said.

Clearly an enemy of the people. We can hardly wait to see how the Derposphere replies to Ward, at least the parts that haven't been jailed. We also recommend you give a listen to the full interview -- Sheriff Dave Ward sounds like an extraordinarily sane man who put up with more shit from sanctimonious crazies than any law enforcement officer should ever have to deal with, and managed to do it with grace. He says Harney County is starting to get back to normal, although some locals still get nervous when they see cars with out-of-state plates. If you do go for a visit, maybe put a very visible Audubon Society sticker in your rear window.

[Spokane Spokesman-Review via RawStory / Sheriff's Report podcast (may not play nicely with Firefox)]

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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