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Mixing It Up

It’s been a rough few days. So we’re mixing it up a bit. Putting politics aside. Lightening it up. 


Feel better? Good. Cuz today we’re diving into the silver screen. We’re taking a look at three very different movies: Trump Card (Dinesh D’Souza), Knives Out (Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig), and We Bought a Zoo (Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson).

So get the popcorn started and pull up a chair:

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Deja Vu: A Trip Down Trump Lane

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Some of us saw red flags regarding Donald Trump a long time ago. Prescient, this post was originally published on October 16, 2016. It was titled WA State Dels, Alts to RNC Convention Call for Trump to Step Down or be Replaced.

It still rings true, sadly:

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When the Trumptantic Hits an Iceberg

The Trumptantic has hit an iceberg. It’s taking on water. Going down fast. Republicans who want to retain a fig leaf of credibility and future viability would do well to jump ship, putting as much distance between themselves and The Donald as possible.

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Having scored big with the second Trump impeachment,, Leftistas and their willing lackeys in what used to be the mainstream media are now circling the waters, licking their chops. Sniffing out their next quarry.

Meanwhile, the incoming administration and the Party of Unity (barf) are forging ahead with political search and destroy missions that make the nearest rabid dog look like a piker. By all accounts, Democrats are ready to shred anyone and everyone who dares to disagree with or even question official Leftista orthodoxy.

They won’t stop at total government control of your entire life and a cradle-to-grave, Mother may I? nanny state. Nope. They’re out to crush and destroy any and all opposition and dissent. Hi, Parler.

All together now: Party of Healing. (Seen any flying pigs lately?)

What Have We Learned?

In the meantime, class, what have we learned from the last four-ish years? Well, that depends on who you ask. Here are some possibilities:

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A Bad Look for Dems – Harbinger of Things to Come?

Regarding the events of last Wednesday at the national capitol, let me make two things clear right off the bat:

  1. Violence and mayhem are never acceptable and never the answer. Period. Both should be roundly and soundly condemned in the strongest terms by both sides of the aisle.
  2. I was much engaged elsewhere last week and did not pay a lot of attention to politics or news, except for brief snippets and occasional updates. I did not watch or read Trump’s speech. And I probably won’t.

But I do have some observations after catching up a bit:

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8 Things to Remember About This Year’s Legislative Session

The Washington state legislature is set to convene on January 11, 2021 and to adjourn (please, God) on April 25, 2021.

The following is adapted from a 2015 article by our friends at FPI. It still rings true. So whether you’re considering getting involved or wondering how to do so, here are eight things to remember about dealing with the legislature:

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Fighting ‘Tyrant Jay & the Despots’

Struggling to stay afloat amid the latest round of economy-crippling, business-busting Restrictions a la COVID, Farm Boy drive-in restaurant in Olympia was recently held “in contempt of court.”

The offense? Offering – gasp! – indoor dining in violation of Herr Jay’s latest round of restrictions.

So, lemme get this straight. Big box stores remain open and customers can shop indoors. Pot shops and liquor stores are “essential” but churches aren’t. (Don’t get me started.) The gov and his B Team get to decide whether or not you, your business, or your paycheck are “essential.” 

Bloodhound-like, L & I runs around sniffing out businesses who dare color outside the lines. As if they don’t have anything better to do. (Don’t get me started again.)

Anarchists and armed thugs can take over and trash an entire section of Seattle and that’s okay, saith Jay and Mayor Jenny. But open your doors to serve up a burger and fries and The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Run for your lives! And get slapped with an $86,751 fine. To which a judge claims, straight-faced:

“The purpose is not to punish the defendant but to bring them into compliance.”

In other words, just another day in the People’s Republik of Washington.


At Farm Boy restaurant in Olympia. Why doesn’t EVERY business have one?


Posted on front door of Farm Boy drive-in restaurant.

Want to fight back?

It doesn’t have to be anything big, splashy or dramatic. Just spend some moola at a small business trying to survive Tyrant Jay and the Despots as they churn out one toe-tapping restrictive chart topper after another. Are they auditioning for a Grammy?

Hope they get that fixed!

Regarding restaurants, if you don’t want to eat inside, fine. Don’t. If you do and choose to accept the risk, fine. Your call. Choose. In America we call that “freedom.” Or at least we used to.

So hop in the car and spend some money at Farm Boy in Thurston County. They could use your support. They also make a pretty good burger and onion rings. Farm Boy is located just off the I-5 at 3840 Maytown Rd SW, Olympia. Who’s in?

Also see: Why I Drove 90 Miles to Eat HERE.

GUEST POST: Live From the Gulag de Oro!

Perhaps no one is happier to kick 2020 to the curb than inmates of the state formerly as “California.” Indeed, Golden Staters can only look up after Gov. Newsom spent most of last year sinking the state into a government-induced train wreck a la the pandemic. Here’s what one Californian reports from the Gulag de Oro. – Ed.

By Beth Ann Hansen

Used by permission

For those of you not in California, this is just a bit of what’s happening here.

So inside dining was prohibited, but they said outside dining was allowed. Then they said inside was allowed if you modified your entire floor plan, air systems, serving protocal and tableware. So they did that and many moved the dining outside, spending money on furnishings, tents, licenses, etc. Then they said oh too much of that, and so they banned modified inside and all outside dining as well.

But they said you can order to-go, to take it back to your home, and eat it inside. And you know what? People are eating inside with non-household members, so what did that accomplish?

Meanwhile, these restaurants spent every last cent complying, buying supplies, modifying  inside dining, and then building the inside-outside dining rooms. Just to have both shut down.

Most restaurants have spent $10-20k + building all of this. We all know this will eventually be ordered to be torn down.

This is no longer rational and this is no longer America.


About that last sentence. California tossed “rational” out the window years ago. Gov. Newsom is the latest in a long line of lefty lunatics running the gulag into the ground. He and Gov. Grinchlee are peas in a pod on that score.

Both are Exhibit A in why friends shouldn’t let friends vote looney lefty.

Let’s hope that the Newsom recall effort gathers steam fast. Hopefully it’ll head north and hit Olympia. (But don’t hold your breath.)

Meanwhile, here’s to a new year and new hope, particularly on the Harbor where Republicans won a majority on the county commission. Go get ’em Kevin and Jill!Ed

Image credit: Wikipedia, Creative Commons License.


To Our Friends…

To Our Lefty Friends*:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, carbon-free, non-addictive, gender-neutral, socially-distanced and masked-up celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, or no practice of your choice, with or without the traditions of your choice and with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

We also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2021, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

To Our Conservative Friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Adeste Fideles!


*A modified version from my buddy Bruce M. 


GUEST POST: Trading Freedom for Safety is a Risky Proposition – Here’s Why

By Caleb Backholm

Used by permission

As millions of doses of the vaccine are being distributed, we are nearing the end of the COVID-19 crisis. I know some on the news will say we still have many months of fear and shutdown ahead, that we must not relax now. But I’m going to make the case that the opposite is true. As I look at this crazy year I asked myself this morning — who handled this the best?

Worldwide, the answer seems to be Scandinavia and Africa, which is weird, because there aren’t two parts of the world much more different in climate and culture than Scandinavia and Africa.

But that also underscores the point I’m going to make about the United States. Nothing we did seemed to matter, at least when it came to controlling the virus. (Except for nursing homes. That mattered.)

I’ll explain.

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GUEST POST: Who Are The Sane Dems Now?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks the Democrat party isn’t radical enough. Okay, so she didn’t use those exact words. But even Sleepy Joe can connect the dots (in between nap time and Fixodent applications). Via The Washington Times:


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said it’s almost time for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to make way for bolder, more progressive leadership in the Democratic Party.

“I do think that we need new leadership in the Democratic Party,” the democratic socialist of New York told host Jeremy Scahill on the “Intercepted” podcast. “I think one of the things that I have struggled with, I think a lot of people struggle with, is the internal dynamics of the House has made it such that there’s very little option for succession, if you will.”


What does “bolder” and “more progressive” mean to the kookburger wing of the Democratic party? (Hi, Karl Marx.)

Here’s what our newest contributor, Alan Keisner, had to say on the matter:

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