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Conservative Picks for the Ohio Primary

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In keeping with my commitment, I am searching the nation for the top Conservative options in order to prevent RINOs from betraying their campaign conservative stances. In the past primaries, specifically Illinois, it was incredibly disappointing how Conservatism performed at the ballot. In neighboring state, Indiana, things look a little more hopeful.  A common theme in this edition will be the opposition of incumbents who voted for Omnibus. The Ohio Primary presents an opportunity to advance Conservatism in the state. Ohio is a red state that is plagued by unions and opioids. Leftists in Ohio are also more daring than in other states to run as a Republican because they know Democrats will lose. Nonetheless, Ohio had some principled Conservatives which the Freedom Caucus is helping.

Best Picks: Jim Jordan, Christina Hagan, Melanie Leneghan, Todd Wolfrum
Worst Picks: Samuel Ronan, Bill Johnson, Robert Blazek, Anthony Gonzales, Bob Latta, Bob Gibbs, Michael Turner
Best Races: District 12, District 4
Worst Races: District 1, District 6, Ohio Senate,

Ohio Gov

An interesting matchup here which deviates from the typical RINO vs Conservative. On one side we have Mike DeWine and Mary Taylor. Mary Taylor may initially stand out as the Conservative candidate with endorsement from Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee. But she’s also backed by John Kasich the most leftist of all the GOP Presidential candidates. Mike DeWine, one may peg as a RINO but strong Conservatives such as Troy Balderson and Kevin Bacon have given him the nod. This race is filled with misinformation with both candidates accusing the other of being leftist. Sites like Breitbart are trying to make this a battle against the Establishment that this race really isn’t. Ted Cruz isn’t infallible with his endorsements as proven with Steve Montenegro early this election season. However a history lesson courtesy of the Buckey Firearm Association is the deciding information: Mike DeWine is anti-gun. He was formerly a Senator who favored gun control and when he was thrown out for it, sought other elected offices. This dude needs a place to rest his head. And for that reason he is out of consideration. Mary Taylor may be associated with Kasich but at least she’s not anti-gun.

Conservative Pick: Mary Taylor

US Senate

This race is believed to be one of the most easily flipped races for the Senate. Last month Trump added his personal touch on the race and endorsed Jim Renacci, Representative of the 16th District. After 7 years, Renacci has nothing to show for it other than a mediocre record. . It seems as though he is the hand selection of Cocaine Mitch. He also voted for Omnibus which discredits him from being a Conservative Pick. Renacci has many endorsements, but none from nationwide conservatives Those were received by Josh Mandel. Mandel was the race’s frontrunner before having to withdraw citing his wife’s help. And so the race seems as though it is between Ranacci and Gibbons. Mike Gibbons is a business man. He has gathered the second choice endorsement of Rand Paul.

Gibbons is running as a Conservative but he’s not the only one. Melissa Ackinson is an entrepreneur running as the pro-Trump grassroots candidate. She may in fact be more Conservative than Gibbons and Renacci but she is a Trumpist first. From her positions on trade and the language used in her campaign. However it does seem as though she is fiscally conservative. Next is Don Elijah Eckhart. In 2016 he tried to defeat RINO Rob Portman and lost. Again he’s trying but it doesn’t seem like a serious attempt. He’s a good person, likely a good Conservative, but a bad campaigner. Lastly Dan Kiley is running but is more of the same. All of the candidates support Trump’s tariff’s except Eckhart but he’s the least supportive of school safety measures. Whereas Mike Gibbons believes that tariffs can lead to better trade deals and a freer trade, the other three are parroting Trump on the issue. There is no good choice in this race, but Renacci is a McConnell puppet and Gibbons is most prepared to stop him. Also Rand Paul is supporting him.

Conservative Pick: Mike Gibbons (little confidence)

District 1

Steve Chabot is actually one of Ohio’s more Conservative Congressmen. But alas, he is another mediocre politician. He is being opposed by Samuel Ronan. Though I oppose politicians who voted for Omnibus, a rare exception must be made. Ronan is pragmatic. He knows people vote by party only and is a leftist living in a red district. So what’s his plan? Win as a Republican. Ronan is pro-abortion and believes healthcare is a human right. Hard pass.

Conservative Pick: Steve Chabot

District 2

Brad Wenstrup is an incumbent RINO who is unopposed. He stopped being Conservative when Trump became President.

District 3

Joyce Beatty is the incumbent Democrat. Two Republicans are running in opposition. There is Jim Burgess and Abdul Haji. Not much can be gathered about Burgess other than failed attempts at running for the local school board. Abdul Haji is a supporter of Mike Gibbons and his Conservatism shows on his twitter some.

Conservative Pick: Abdul Haji

District 4

The 4th is Jim Jordan’s. Jordan is a member of the Freedom Caucus and a strong Conservative. His name is floated for House Speaker in replacement of Paul Ryan. Opposing him is Joseph Miller who doesn’t really have an actual campaign.

Conservative Pick: Jim Jordan (For House Speaker)

District 5

Bob Latta is the incumbent and is a RINO apart of the problem. Opposing him is two contestants. Todd Wolfrum is a local public servant looking to go to DC. His campaign promises include joining the Freedom Caucus, banning funding for abortion agencies, and prohibiting foreign aid when there is a debt. Seems like a strong Conservative. Running from the left is Bob Kreienkamp who is anti-gun and against tax cuts. But this is what the Republicans invite.

Conservative Pick: Todd Wolfrum

District 6

Bill Johnson is the incumbent in District 6. Hardcore RINO. He has voted for nearly every reckless spending bill in the last few years. But of course Ohio has already had a few leftist sneak their way in as an R so. Unfortunately Robert Blazek also sucks. He wants to tx entertainment because he thinks theirs a connection between violence and media (there’s not). We don’t need to blame video games ay more than guns. These are scapegoats.

Blazek also said he has a plan to help deal with the mental illness and violence, which are causing school shootings and other horrific acts. He would propose a mental health tax of 1 percent on all violent video games and movies. Those movies rated PG-13, R and NC-17 would qualify, as well as games rated for violence. Blazek said he believes the tax would raise about $400 million and the money would then go toward mental health.

Conservative Pick: None

District 7

Bob Gibbs is another RINO. He’s yet another big spender. Two candidates oppose him. Patrick Quinn is a hopeful. He doesn’t hold many positions other than wanting to settle immigration once and for all. Terry Robertson is the other, stronger opponent. In 2016, he failed to unseat Gibbs. Now he’s back. He seems to have a good grasp on all things Trump. He campaigns voter ID and going after activist judges. As the Democrats are salivating over the 7th, its best to nominate a candidate they are less prepared to attack.

Conservative Pick: Terry Robertson

District 8

Warren Davidson has had a brief year in DC without blemish. He is unopposed.

District 9

Three Republicans are scrambling to replace Marcy Kaptur. First up is Keith Colton. My biggest concern is that he is pro-union in a state made less competitive by unions. All else aside he seems like a typical campaign conservative. No joke, the second contestant is W. Benjamin Franklin. Because of his name, his candidacy cannot be found. Steve Kraus was ousted from a state office for a felony charge. He seems just as Conservative as Colton. Colton’s record is cleaner, thus, he is a more formidable opponent.

Conservative Pick: Keith Colton

District 10

Michael Turner is the incumbent. Another hardcore RINO. But he is opposed. First up is John Anderson. He has a “contract” platform. It includes restructuring the tax code to be almost entirely consumption based. It also includes ending foreign aid and preventing the federal government from controlling healthcare. Anderson failed to defeat Turner in 2014 and 2012. John Mitchel is the newcomer in this race. He has a unique set of ideas. He opposes the Convention of States for fear of something else entirely coming out of it. He is also for term limits like every not incumbent. Mitchel opposes UN taking our sovereignty and is pro-life and pro-gun.

Conservative Pick: John Mitchel

District 11

Marcia Fudge is an incumbent Democrat. Two Republicans seek to unseat her. Gregory Dunham is the first candidate. Although he opposes abortion, he believes in banning semi-auto guns. He is running on a national debt platform but doesn’t realize tax cuts don’t reduce government income. He doesn’t have a good grasp on the constitution or finances for that matter. He is another “fiscally responsible, socially inclusive(leftist)” candidate. From past experience we know that these politicians don’t exist. They will most certainly increase government under the guise of common sense. Beverly Goldstein tried and failed in 2016. Her platform is about jobs and crime. She is more set up to be a local politician but she’s preferable to Dunham.

Conservative Pick: Beverly Goldstein

District 12

District 12 is a free for all with eleven candidates. The Democrats have a similar situation. There is no incumbent because this is a special election situation. In large fields it is often beneficial to trust endorsements. Such was the case in the Texas 21st. In this election however the most prized endorsements of Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows belong to Melanie Leneghan. The power of the Freedom Caucus is coming to her aid. That must mean she’s a strong Conservative. However she’s not the only strong Conservative. There is also Troy Balderson. Balderson is on of the staunchest Conservatives in the Ohio Senate. Unlike most Republicans, he has an actual record of defunding Planned Parenthood. There’s also Tim Kane who is likely a RINO if elected. Another strong Conservative in the Ohio legislature is Kevin Bacon. But the race is between Leneghan and Balderson. Both would make fine Representatives and a clean one is needed if the GOP wants to keep this seat. The winner must win two elections to get to the next term.

Conservative Pick: Melanie Leneghan

District 13

Tim Ryan holds the seat as a Democrat. Christopher DePizzo is the only Republican. He’s probably a RINO but it’s not like he’ll win.

District 14

RINO David Joyce is unopposed.

District 15

A super-RINO Steve Stivers is running unopposed.

District 16

The race to replace Jim Renacci is surprisingly tame, but the choice is clearer than others. This is a classic Republican Civil War battleground. In the Big Government Corner we have Anthony Gonzalez. The RINOs have come out in full force. Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, Bob Gibbs, and Mike Turner have all endorsed Gonzalez. In the Conservative Corner we have Christina Hagan. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan have come to her side as well as several Trump administration names. The NRA endorsed Hagan. THe lines are drawn and it would be beneficial to prevent another RINO from gaining the seat.

Conservative Pick: Christina Hagan

 

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Trump failed with Putin due to anti-Trump Republicans and fake news

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Following Trump’s bizarre performance at the Helsinki Summit with his BFF Vladimir Putin, bi-partisan condemnation of his press conference was swift and severe after he expressed his willingness to accept Putin’s word that Russia didn’t interfere with the 2016 election, despite findings by US intelligence proving otherwise.

Not to worry, though. Following this backlash, and now that he’s home and a safe distance away from Putin, Trump’s false bravado was back on full display yesterday as he attempted to backtrack from his previous statements about Russian interference.

According to Trump, he didn’t reject US intelligence in favor of Russia; he simply misspoke. He’s always believed Russia interfered. He’s just a victim of the English language.

“The sentence should have been ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’ sort of a double negative. So you can put that in and I think it probably clarifies things pretty good.

“I have on numerous occasions noted our intelligence findings that Russians attempted to interfere in our elections.”

But Trump’s difficulty with contractions isn’t the only reason for this apparent misunderstanding. Not at all. The real culprit, as is always the case when the news is unfavorable, is the “Fake News” media.

Sadly, criticism of Trump’s Helsinki remarks has been noticeably missing in some so-called conservative circles in Washington and in the media. Not only that, they have joined the Trump echo chamber in defending him.

For example, according to Trump, Sen. Rand Paul agreed with his claim that the Mueller investigation was responsible for Trump’s troubling comments.

Additionally, in an interview with Trump Pravda (FOX News), Paul called out Republicans who criticized Trump, labelling them pro-war and/or anti-Trump for doing so.

“Republicans that are making the criticism are either the pro-war Republicans like McCain and Graham or the anti-Trump ones like Sasse … They are motivated by their persistent and consistent dislike of the president.”

In the House of Representatives, so-called conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus embraced Trump’s “Fake News” mantra, arguing that the media’s criticism of Trump’s statements had overshadowed his accomplishments concerning Russia. At least, that’s how Freedom Caucus member Rep Warren Davidson sees it:

“The reality is people are upset about what President Trump said, but they’re not giving him credit for what he’s done.”

Is it just me, or shouldn’t what you say jive with what you do? I think they call that walking the talk.

Meanwhile, sounding like he wrote Trump’s “Fake News” talking points, the conservative talk show host formerly known as Rush Limbaugh, also blames the media for Trump’s pro-Russia comments, saying that their “embarrassingly shallow and puerile, infantile questions” were responsible.

So, take heart, America. Trump didn’t mean what he said when he said it. He was simply playing 3-D chess with the Russian President, and anyone who thinks otherwise only does so because they are pro-war, anti-Trump, and they believe fake news.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Top 5 Ways To Celebrate AR-15 Appreciation Week.

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The week of July 4th makes it more than appropriate that we celebrate the 20th Century Musket – The venerable AR-15.

Well, it’s that time of year when those who love freedom celebrate the 4th of July. While those who cannot deal with people living in Liberty [In other words – Leftists] lose their collective minds over the festivities.  Those of us on the Pro-Liberty, Conservative Right understand that the Limited government created by the founding fathers has made the US the greatest in the world.

So, in light of the 4th of July celebration and Gun Pride Month, it is time to commemorate the 20th century version of the rifle of the common foot soldier. Of course, the Armalite AR-15 is really a firearm for civilians. For you Leftists out there interested in factual reality, that means it’s not really of the military or ‘Military style’ – whatever that means.

So, without further adieu, this is our list of the 5 best ways to celebrate AR-15 Appreciation Week:

1. Try one.

A number of shooting ranges will let you try one of these distinguished rifles out for yourself. Despite the false assertions of the snowflake set, you won’t end up with a dislocated shoulder or PTSD from shooting what is essentially a .22 calibre rifle with a bit more propellant. In fact, this firearm is especially suited for the distaff side of the population. These ever popular rifles have a very low recoil and can fitted with a telescoping stock to easily adapt to those of varying stature. If most feminists truly believed in Liberty, this would be their rifle [wooden furniture pieces optional]

Renting and shooting off a few thousand rounds – yes, it’s quite addictive and fun – will give you a feel for the firearm. Soon you too will realise that guns are the gateway ‘drug’ to Liberty and you’ll be hooked… forever.

2. Buy one. (or two or three..)

So perhaps you’ve tried one out or you have a very good friend who has let you try theirs – hooking you on freedom in the process. So now you will want to head out to your local FFL and buy one for yourself. You may want to do some research on these “Barbie dolls for grownups” first, but the process is ‘quick and easy’. And when we say ‘quick and easy’ we really mean long and arduous since you will need several forms of ID and the time to wait for the retailer to check with the feral government as to whether you are worthy of owning one of these fantastic firearms. In addition to this, you may have State hoops to jump through. Still further, there may be even local laws on the subject – if you happened to live in an area that doesn’t value Liberty.

Depending on what you’ve purchased, you will then have to outfit your new 20th Century Musket. This task can also be arduous, but still enjoyable in and of itself.

3. Help a friend Try or Buy one.

This is for those who already have a 20th Century Musket who wish to help out their fellow patriots in becoming outfitted for themselves. Its a lot easier navigating all the options when you have a guide, so consider performing this service for the cause of Liberty. With millions already owning this very popular rifle, the more the merrier.

4. Build one*

*Warning to those of snowflake set – you may not want to read the following so you can be ‘safe’ from the knowledge that there are those imbued with the precepts of Liberty that are taking actions out of your control. This may be abhorrent to you folks who would like to have the power to parcel out your version of ‘Liberty’, but you are henceforth warned if you proceed.

For those on the Pro-Liberty side of the aisle, Building an AR-15 is the next step up from buying one. It may take some mechanical aptitude, but there is no better way of becoming thoroughly versed in the parts and operation of your Modern Day Musket than building and maintaining one yourself. Thankfully, there are many guides and videos on the subject Here and Here.

Multiple build levels for every skill set.

Purchasing a complete lower receiver assembly and mating it with the rest of the parts bought separately.

This process is relatively easy from a mechanical standpoint, the difficulty will lie in trying to choose between the multitude of options. There are almost too many choices in customisation, but that is the beauty of the AR-15 platform. There are however few choices with regard to the ‘chainsaw bayonet’ option – sorry CNN.

Assembling a Lower receiver assembly from a stripped Lower receiver and parts kit.

Think of the stripped Lower receiver as the ‘motherboard’ of your new Modern Day Musket, where you assemble the fire control assembly as well as other parts. It can get a bit involved, but there are a number of helpful websites and videos on the subject. This helps to familiarise yourself with inner most ‘workings’ of your firearm.

Curiously enough, this inert piece of a machined aluminium is considered to be a ‘Gun’ by the Federals, so you will have to endure the usual paper-chase to buy one. Of course, the down-side to buying a ‘gun’ that is in the form of a small piece of aluminium is that is extremely easy to lose one of these things. After all, we’re talking about a small inert hunk of metal that you could easily misplace. But those are the breaks…

Machining a Lower receiver blank.

Then there is the finishing out of what is colloquially referred to as an ‘80%’ Lower. This is a partially machined hunk of forged aluminium that isn’t considered to be a firearm so it’s long on the need for metal machining skills but short on a paper trail. Then of course there is the bare minimum of a piece of metal and going through all the steps in making a part out of metal.

Most likely the snowflake brigades will have their knickers in a twist at the thought of someone making a gun without anyone knowing about it. Well, sadly for them, they still lack the authority to control everyone’s Liberty, so they will just have to deal with it. Most likely it hasn’t occurred to them that the ability for anyone to make a gun out of basic materials negates their cherished control fetishes, but we’ll just let them find out for themselves.

5. Bonus Level: Adding a Piston operated upper to your ‘arsenal’.

For the really advanced level, there is obtaining for yourself a piston operated upper instead of the standard direct impingement type.  Along with exploring all the options for this venerable 20th century rifle. This is a bit of an involved topic, but something to consider.
So there you have it, 5 of the best ways of celebrating the Modern Day Musket – the 20th-century version of the rifle shouldered by the Minuteman at Lexington and Concord. Now, go out there and honour their sacrifice in defense of Liberty and get yourself one. (or two or three…)

 

 

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Bill Shine, FOX News, and the death of the free press

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Other than his plagiarization of Ronald Reagan’s “Let’s Make America Great Again,” Donald Trump’s repeated accusation of “Fake News” has been a key reason for the popularity he enjoys with his loyal followers.

Ironically, Trump’s fake news spiel is also a plagiarization of World War II Nazi propaganda called “Lügenpresse” which translated means “lying press.” Another irony of Trump’s repeated “Fake News” claims—in his own words news is only fake when it contains information he considers negative—is that he most likely owes his 2016 victory to the billions of dollars in free media coverage he received.

Since becoming president, Trump has not only attacked unfavorable media, but he has favored media outlets that feed his narcissistic-sociopathic need for undying adulation. For example, a recent FCC rule change gave Sinclair Broadcast Group—a pro-Trump media outlet with ties to Trump, Steve Bannon, and Breitbart News—potential control of TV news to over 70 percent of US households.

Another beneficiary of Trump’s benevolence toward favorable media is FOX News, the network home of his advisor and shadow chief of staff, Sean Hannity, and the provider of Trump’s daily intel, FOX & Friends. Like Sinclair, Trump is rewarding the network that once branded itself “fair and balanced” in the days before the Age of Trump.

It was announced last week that former co-president of FOX News Bill Shine—after a major push from Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly—will join the White House in a senior communications role. Thought his exact title is unclear at this time, Trump has been without a communications director since Hope Hicks bailed on him back in March. There have been 5 White House communications directors in the past 18 months.

In addition to his tainted history of turning FOX into Trump TV, Shine’s past includes his forced resignation from FOX News due to his poor handling of sexual harassment scandals involving former Chief Executive Roger Ailes and the aforementioned Bill O’Reilly.

Over the weekend, it was revealed that Shine not only failed to address these scandals, he was involved in hiring private detectives to intimidate and track Ailes’ accusers. This recent revelation has some calling out Trump for his decision to hire Shine.

It’s rather ironic that Trump, a man with his own history concerning sexual harassment would even consider hiring someone like Shine, but not surprising. Trump has been an advocate for the creation of state-run media ever since he first threatened to expand libel laws during his campaign—a threat he renewed this past January—against a media he once called “the enemy of the American people.”

With Sinclair nearly a done deal, and with FOX News literally having an office in the White House, state-run media and the death of the free press could be closer than we realize.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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