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Ted Cruz in Photographer’s Gun Crosshairs. Play The Game ‘If This Were a Democrat’

An AP photographer creates a photo that makes it looks like Ted Cruz is being targeted with a gun.

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

From Politico:

The photograph — taken by the AP’s Charlie Neibergall — actually captured a background poster, with a large semi-blurred image of a handgun pointed at Cruz’s forehead, straight between the eyes.

Cruz was appearing Saturday at CrossRoads Shooting Sports in Johnston, Iowa. During his speech, Cruz, an outspoken proponent of Second Amendment rights, encouraged residents to adopt what he called a Texan approach to guns by simply “hitting what you aim at.”

A day earlier, the Republican presidential candidate accused Democrats of using Wednesday’s church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, as an excuse “to take away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Twitter went nuts:

I guess this was Ted Cruz offense:

And this:

https://twitter.com/JRpolitirants/status/609570710617329664

And now, the left is trying to tie the Presidential contender to the Charleston Shooter:

Remember when Sarah Palin was blamed for the Arizona shooting of Gabby Giffords and the U.S. Federal Court Judge in Arizona for what she’d put on a website months before? Here’s what she did (first produced by the media, by the way):

Photo: Sarah PAC via Gawker
Photo: Sarah PAC via Gawker

 

Here’s one image that uses the GOP as ‘targets’ of the Democrats. Result? No outrage:

Photo: The Blaze
Photo: The Blaze

If not for double standards, the left would have no standards at all. 

 

IJR: Anti-Gun Group Puts Adult Words in Kids’ Mouths to Cut the NRA Down to Size

Michael Bloomberg’s latest anti gun group uses ‘the children’ again to make a point — but does it work?

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The group ‘Everytown for Gun Safety‘ has produced a new commercial it hopes will cut its prime nemesis — the NRA — down to pint size.

The newest anti-gun group funded by Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg features children reading the words of NRA executive Wayne LaPierre. They call the spot, Lil’ Waynes (LaPierre).

Bloomberg is just the latest to put adult words into children’s mouths in hopes of making a desired target look childish.

Read more here: http://www.ijreview.com/2015/04/291788-anti-gun-group-uses-fad-putting-adult-words-kids-mouths-cut-enemies-size/

Why Did Author Brad Thor Target Me for Comment?

Getting a shout out for my work over at Independent Journal Review from Brad Thor is a big deal to me.

Justen Charters gets a shout out, too.

Two Oregonians–three, if you count Laughing at Liberals–who write for important national publications and who are making a difference. 

Thank you, Brad Thor. That’s high praise coming from you. 

Cylvia Hayes, You’ll Look Marvelous in an Orange Jump Suit.

And she may take her Rhinestone Cowboy with her.

Cylvia Hayes, Grifter.  Image Credit: Andy from Beaverton
Cylvia Hayes, Grifter.
Image Credit: Andy from Beaverton

It must be hard to admit the woman whom you’ve personally coronated ‘First Lady’ of Oregon is the same grifter she’s always been.

Her scams just keep getting bigger.

And her men keep getting dumber. Take Governor John Kitzhaber. Please

Let’s go to the Cylvia Hayes hall of shame tote board:

The scam to ‘marry’ a man for $5000.

The scam to set up an illegal pot farm.

The scam to sell the Governor’s office for personal and mutual gain. 

The scam to make money using her title and not reporting it to the government.

Wait, whoa on that last one. A ‘scam to sell the Governor’s officer for personal and mutual gain’? From Willamette Week

As WW has reported, Hayes in 2013 leveraged her position as first lady and policy adviser to Kitzhaber into private consulting contracts worth at least $85,000. On Tuesday, EO Media reported Hayes was paid $118,000 for unspecified work by a now-defunct Washington, D.C., non-profit.

WW has also reported that Hayes used state employees to help run her consulting business, and conducted private business while traveling at state expense.

Worse? She didn’t report $118,000 to the government. And the Governor didn’t report it on his ethics disclosures, either. 

There’s more, but you get the picture.

In the post modern world of moral relativism, you may not know this behavior is not just unseemly, but unethical, lawless and an assault on the consciences of all good Oregonians who have been forced to tolerate this woman much like kids forced to be nice to Dad’s fourth wife named Bambi. 

The Governor and Hayes are both under investigation by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission and the FBI. Good. Both deserve to go to jail.

Please see related nearby posts regarding Kitzhaber’s bizarre presser yesterday. 

 

Revealed: Why This NBC Host Didn’t Get Arrested for Breaking the Law Live on TV.

Why wasn’t NBC’s David Gregory jailed? Anyone else would have been locked up for this.

From my story over at Independent Journal Review:

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A two-year-long legal battle to find out why David Gregory was never arrested for breaking Washington, D.C.’s strict gun laws–live and flagrantly on NBC’s Meet the Press–is over.

The result, according to the attorneys from Legal Insurrection blog and Judicial Watch is this: Gregory knew he was breaking the law, flouted it on TV and, even though D.C. Metropolitan Police INVESTIGATORSwanted him arrested, they were ordered to stand down.

Head over there to find out WHY the DC Metro police failed to arrested then host of NBC’s Meet the Press. Here’s the document obtained by Legal Insurrection Blog and Judicial Watch for why Gregory should have been arrested for possessing that large capacity magazine. 

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KOGO, Victoria Taft, Cliff Albert, Mary Ayala, Bob Sullivan Win First Place in Breaking News at San Diego Press Club

I know, I can’t believe it, either. The last time I was this surprised was when Rick Belcher, one of the best of the ten or so bosses I had at KPAM, made sure one of my shows was entered into a contest and I won Oregon Broadcaster of the Year.

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This time around I was just filling in on KOGO’s midday talk show for LaDona Harvey–on the biggest story in San Diego in years. For more than a week. Thanks for the opportunity, KOGO!

PHOTO: CLIFF ALBERT
PHOTO: CLIFF ALBERT

The last time I won a news award was back in the 1990’s working with a lot of the same people. What a pleasure. What an honor.

Facebook crash occurs as activists call for “99 Days” without Facebook

I’m not suggesting any conspiracy here, just irony. The number 99 might be a tip off to the political bent of organizers.

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As you can see from my post below, people were so upset about today’s Facebook crash they took to Twitter to scoff and laugh. Some actually were so concerned they called the cops. 

But an alert Facebook friend alerted me to this:

Kinda ironic this happened on the day people were trying to organize “A day without Facebook”

He was almost right. It turns out, there’s an organized effort to cut off Facebook for “99 Days of Freedom” after word caught on that the social media giant was running mood experiments on its users,

The concept was dreamed up by Dutch-based creative agency Just and began as an office joke.

“Like a lot of Facebook users, many of us were bothered by reports of secret mood experiments,” says Just’s Art Director, Merijn Straathof.

“As we discussed it internally, we noted an interesting tendency: To a person, everyone had at least a ‘complicated’ relationship with Facebook.

“Whether it was being tagged in unflattering photos, getting into arguments with other users or simply regretting time lost through excessive use, there was a surprising degree of negative sentiment.

“Then someone joked, ‘I guess that the real question is, ‘How do you feel when you don’t use Facebook?”

You can sign up here for 99 Days of Freedom. Sheesh, they should have just done an event page on Facebook. Word probably would have traveled faster. 

 

UPDATED: Facebook down! Collective hilarity ensues–and yes, people called the cops

Facebook crashed for an hour today

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Photo by ABC News

For some reason NOTHING was posting to my Facebook pages today: https://www.facebook.com/victoria.taft.37 and https://www.facebook.com/vtshow and I was afraid I’d been hit with a virus–after finally going with an Apple MacBook which, as we’re all told, rarely is hit with viruses. Alas, it was Facebook’s fault. Yes!  ABC News got to the bottom of it: 

A spokesperson told ABC News last month that the company “ran into an issue while updating the configuration of one of our software systems.”

Facebook last experienced a half hour outage last month in the middle of the night.

A message posted on Facebook’s developer’s portal around 12 p.m. ET said the social network “is currently experiencing an issue that is affecting all API and web surfaces. Our engineers detected the issue quickly and are working to resolve it ASAP. We’ll update shortly.”

Reaction was swift via
https://twitter.com/VictoriaTaft”>Twitter. 

and finally this:

Anthony Bourdain is debriefed by Blogs of War and it’s a smash!

“Find myself in Beirut during the 2006 war was clearly a defining moment for the show–and some kind of crossroads for me personally.”

Food, culture, conflict are things with which chef, author and restauranteur Anthony Bourdain must contend in producing his TV shows, “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown.” The brutish, chain smoking and potty mouthed host glowers his way through his shows but his sensitivity to his hosts is never far fromABsmoking his mind. 

I used to think that basically, the whole world, that all humanity were basically bastards. I’ve since found that most people seem to be pretty nice–basically good people doing the best they can . There is rarely, however, a neat takeaway. You have to learn to exercise a certain moral relativity, to be a good guest first–as a guiding principle. Other wise you’d spend the rest of the world lecturing people, pissing people off, confusing them and learning nothing. Do I pipe up every time my Chinese host serves me some cute animal I may not approve of?

Bourdain recently debriefed Blogs of War about his culinary (and otherworldly) exploits,

I’ve been able to look at places like post Benghazi Libya, the DRC, Liberia, Haiti, Cuba, Gaza, the West Bank, Kurdistan and recently Iran from a very intimate angle. Those are all very long stories–and if you don’t take that time to listen, to take in the everyday things–the things that happened before the news story, there’s not much hope in understanding them.

Bourdain says sometimes food tells the real story of what’s happening in a country, as he found out recently in pre-revolutionary Egypt,

When we expressed a desire to shoot a segment at one of the ubiquitous street stands selling ful, our fixers and translators, who, no doubt also worked for some sinister department of the Interior Ministry, were absolutely adamant that we not do it. What was it about this simple, everyday, working class meal of beans and flatbread that just about everyone in Cairo was eating that was so threatening? Turns out, they knew better than us. The price of bread had been going up. The army controlled most of the bakeries and stocks of flour. There had been riots over bread elsewhere in the country. And the inescapable fact was that ful was ALL that much of the population was eating and the bastards knew it. That was an image they apparently considered sensitive , dangerous: their countrymen eating bread.

Read the rest at Blogs of War here. 

Obama releases photos of him watching…no, not Benghazi, the World Cup

The White House staff made sure media outlets got a gander of El Presidente watching the US lose to Germany (but still advance to the group of 16).

Note the changing personnel seated next to Mr. Obama. Valerie Jarrett is out and someone new comes in. Here:

And here:

Note the photos were aboard Air Force One and shared by the mainstreams who should be wondering where the photos are of the president during the Benghazi debacle.

Meantime, hawkers of tourist trinkets at the World Cup put Obama’s mug on the English national team cup.


No, the president, whose antipathy toward the British includes removing the bust of Winston Churchill from the oval office, does not play for Manchester United.

Poll: 55% Oregonians want Democrat Kitzhaber replaced; Richardson pulls to dead heat.

Without friendly media giving Kitzhaber the usual Democrat discount, Governor continues slide. kitzhabermediameltdownRichardson pulls within 2% in a poll with a +/- 3.95%

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is continuing his favorability slide with Oregon voters even within his own base, according to a new poll of registered, likely voters. The poll was commissioned by the Oregon Taxpayers Association and performed by public affairs firm Wentzel Strategies based in Ohio. The phone poll of 607 likely voters was taken between May 29-June 1. The poll showed the third term governor’s favorability has slid six points in the last month compared to an OPB poll taken last month.  While the sample group was smaller and skewed slightly older, perhaps from not including cell phone users, it contained some very encouraging news for Kitzhaber’s younger challenger Dennis Richardson. The poll indicated the Republican has pulled to within two points of Kitzhaber. When the margin for error is taken into consideration, Kitzhaber’s advantage is erased.  Among the eye opening revelations:

47.8% claim Oregon is going in the wrong direction

55% said Kitzhaber should be replaced.

56% said Kitzhaber was doing only a fair or poor job

Who are these people? 

52% voted to give Kitzhaber his current third term.

47% identified themselves as liberal or moderate.

Taxpayers Association PAC Director Jason Williams said Kitzhaber has no one to blame but his own horrible job performance, including the Covered Oregon and education department debacles.

The spike of Kitzhaber negativity can be directly attributed to a recent string of bad news national in scope over Oregon’s performance, for what we are calling the 100 Days Media Meltdown. In the past 100 days, there have been seven colossal Oregon failures stories, with many of these headlines carrying a national perspective– 55% Oregon voters want him replaced!

I’ll be mining more info from this poll soon, but this poll should be a real Kitzhaber wake up call. Problem is, he has such a string of media reported leadership disasters, I wonder if he can do anything to reverse the perception of his disasters.