From Daily Mail: The Republican elector from Texas who refuses to cast his vote for Donald Trump at the Electoral College wrongly claimed to be a first responder during the September 11 attacks.
Chris Suprun, a Texas elector, said he was one of the first on scene after a third plane flew into the Pentagon on 9/11. But in fact he was not employed as a firefighter at the Virginia department he often credits until a month after the attacks, according to an investigation by WFAA. The fire department did not even attend the Pentagon on 9/11. Suprun portrayed himself as a heroic firefighter in a widely-shared editorial this month for The New York Times, in which he declared he would not be voting for Trump, calling him unqualified, unfit and ‘dismissive’ of his own conflicts of interest.
The 42-year-old, from Dallas, is the sole Republican to publicly announce his ballot would not be cast for the president-elect. He also co-signed a letter with nine Democratic electors which has been widely described as ‘bipartisan’ calling for briefings before the college voted from intelligence agencies on claims Russia hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails in an attempt to tip the election in Trump’s favor. Suprun is just one of 38 electors in the Lone Star state, where Trump won by more than nine points.
The faithless elector detailed his criticism of Trump in the Times, writing: ‘Fifteen years ago, as a firefighter, I was part of the response to the Sept. 11 attacks against our nation. That attack and this year’s election may seem unrelated, but for me the relationship becomes clearer every day.’
Suprun claimed to be a first responder with the Manassas Park, Virginia, fire department and has made at least two appearances at Major League Baseball games where he was introduced as a 9/11 veteran and threw out the first pitch. He also claims to have founded the nonprofit Never Forget, and says he is a licensed paramedic. But a first responder who knows Suprun told WFAA a different story.
The responder, who spoke under anonymity, said: ‘He claimed to be a first responder with the Manassas Park [Virginia] Fire Department on September 11, 2001 and personally told us stories “I was fighting fire that day at the Pentagon”.
‘No, I was on a medic unit that day at the Pentagon and you make a phone call to Manassas Park and you find out that he wasn’t even employed there until October 2001.’ The City of Manassas Park confirmed that Suprun was hired on October 10, 2001, a month after the September 11 attacks.
The city’s fire chief told WFAA that the department never even responded to the Pentagon or other 9/11 sites.
‘It’s no different than stolen valor for the military; dressing up and saying “Hey, I earned a Purple Heart” when you weren’t even in combat,’ the first responder told WFAA. ‘There’s a big difference between shopping at Old Navy and being a Navy SEAL.’
In his editorial, Suprun credits former President George W Bush for leading the nation through 9/11 in his New York Times op-ed. ‘George W. Bush is an imperfect man, but he led us through the tragic days following the attacks,’ he writes. ‘His leadership showed that America was a great nation.
‘That was also the last time I remember the nation united. I watch Mr. Trump fail to unite America and drive a wedge between us. Mr. Trump goes out of his way to attack the cast of ‘Saturday Night Live’ for bias. He tweets day and night, but waited two days to offer sympathy to the Ohio State community after an attack there. He does not encourage civil discourse, but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage.”
‘This is unacceptable. For me, America is that shining city on a hill that Ronald Reagan envisioned. It has problems. It has challenges. These can be met and overcome just as our nation overcame Sept. 11.’
Read the rest of the story here.
Suprun has responded to the above story: “That story exhibits a reckless disregard for the truth,” Suprun wrote on Reddit of the WFAA piece. Noting that he had never claimed to be a first responder with Manassas Park, Suprun said at the time of the attacks he was a volunteer firefighter for the “Dale City Fire Dept.” and was later hired by Manassas Park. “We’ve corrected the record with the journalist who wrote that story, and if he has any integrity, he’ll reveal his anonymous sources and let everyone have open debate,” he wrote. “I know where I was on that tragic day.” Even if the debate takes place, the allegation that Suprun was less than truthful raises questions about how electors are chosen.“
Warner Todd Huston reports for Breitbart.com, Sept. 14, 2013, that Washington is abuzz with the rumor that RINO Arizona senator John McCain will retire in 2016.
First elected to the Senate in 1987 after Barry Goldwater vacated the seat, if McCain indeed retires in 2016, he would have been a senator for nearly 30 years — which definitely is not what our Founding Fathers had in mind for “citizen legislators.”
In an interview with the Hollywood-centric website The Wrap, McCain floated the idea of retirement, saying, “The president and I, he’s in his last term, I’m probably in mine, the relationship we have had over the past three years is quite good. Quite good.”
McCain made the off-the-cuff comment when the interview he was giving to The Wrap was interrupted by some Obama supporters who thanked him for supporting the POS in the White House on Syria.
But when pressed, McCain became coy, saying he hasn’t really made any final decisions: “Nah, I don’t know. I was trying to make a point. I have to decide in about two years so I don’t have to make a decision. I don’t want to be one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off.”
RINO Sen. John McCain was one of the sponsors of the National Defense Authorization Act that gives “authority” to the president and military to arrest and indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without charge or trial.
So it really shouldn’t surprise us that he favors capitulation on raising our national debt ceiling — yet again — and is bawling about conservatives Republicans “pushing too far.” The Associated Press reports, May 23, 2013:
A long-simmering feud between establishment Republicans and Tea Partyers broke into full view Thursday, with Sen. John McCain accusing younger colleagues of overplaying their hands and tempting Democrats to change Senate rules that protect the minority party.
Tactics for dealing with the government’s budget and debt became the latest quarrel In a string of them between McCain —sometimes joined by other traditionalist Republicans —and Tea Party champions such as Ted Cruzof Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida.
Those four won Senate seats by defying the party establishment, and are shaking up the tradition-bound Senate with no-compromise, no-apology stands on key issues like debt and deficits, government spending and the use of drones in the war on terrorism.
McCain himself has defied Republican orthodoxy at times. But he was the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, and he now is among those who say a minority party will accomplish little in the Senate if it can’t find ways to cut deals with the majority.
Cruz, who like Paul is weighing a 2016 presidential bid, renewed his taunts of the party establishment in a speech Thursday on the Senate floor. The more accommodating Republicans, he said, are in cahoots with Democrats to raise the government’s borrowing limit by disabling the GOP’s ability to mount a filibuster threat that could be used to extract spending cuts from Democrats and the White House
[…] Earlier in the day, Lee angered McCain with similar remarks. Lee said Republicans should block a House-Senate conference designed to resolve budget differences because it might ease the Democrats’ effort to raise the government’s borrowing limit. That rankled the sometimes cantankerous McCain, of Arizona. He said the Tea Partyers’ tactics could embolden Democrats who are threatening to change Senate rules that now allow the minority party — or even just one senator— to block various actions.
“That would be the most disastrous outcome that I could ever imagine,” McCain said.
For months, Democrats have complained about Republicans blocking or delaying confirmation of top White House nominees, including some federal judges. Democrats say the impasse over a budget conference is further evidence of a small group of senators in the minority abusing their powers to block actions that in the past would have gone forward after a few speeches. Supporters of the Tea Party-backed lawmakers say the ongoing IRS and Benghazi controversies have vindicated their sharply partisan, uncompromising views. Republicans cite the controversies as examples of Democratic overreach and obfuscation.
This week’s budget quarrel follows a high-profile split between Tea Partyers and champions of a big defense program over drone attacks, and an intra-GOP disagreement over gun control tactics.It involves an obscure procedural battle and arcane rules governing the congressional budget process. Democrats want to set up an official House-Senate negotiating committee to iron out the gaping differences between the budget plans passed by the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House.
Cruz, Lee and others say they fear House and Senate leaders will use the budget measure to engineer a scenario in which an increase in the government’s borrowing cap could pass the 100-member Senate by a simple majority instead of the 60 votes typically need to overpower the minority on an issue.
McCain and others, like Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., note that House Republicans can block any move by Democratic negotiators to engineer a filibuster-free debt limit increase.
“Isn’t it a little bizarre,” McCain said Wednesday. “Basically what we are saying here on this (Republican) side of the aisle is that we don’t trust our colleagues on the other side of the Capitol who are in the majority, Republicans.”
“Let me be clear. I don’t trust the Republicans,” Cruz responded. “And I don’t trust the Democrats. I think a whole lot of Americans likewise don’t trust the Republicans and the Democrats, because it is leadership in both parties that has gotten us in this mess.”
At a Tea Party rally last month in Texas, Cruz taunted fellow Republicans after the Senate rejected a call for background checks on virtually all prospective gun buyers.
Cruz and other Tea Partyers had threatened to filibuster the gun legislation and keep it from coming to the Senate floor for votes. Other Republicans said the smarter political move — which eventually prevailed — was to let the votes take place, and have a few Democrats join Republicans in rejecting the wider background checks. Cruz suggested that Republicans who favored proceeding with the votes were “a bunch of squishes.”
That earned Cruz a rebuke from the conservative Wall Street Journal editorial page — gleefully retweeted by McCain. “Would it have been right for us to not even debate in light of the Newtown massacre?” McCain said.
[…] Democrats say the debt ceiling must be raised to pay for expenses already incurred by Congress. Failing to raise the ceiling, they say, would trigger a catastrophic default on U.S. obligations.
McCain scuffled with the tea party senators in March after Paul launched a filibuster to warn of the threat of unmanned drone attacks against U.S. citizens on American soil. McCain referred to newcomers like Paul and Cruz as “wacko birds” and said their fears of drone strikes against Americans were “ridiculous.”
“It has been suggested that we are ‘wacko birds,’” Cruz said Thursday. “I will suggest to my friend from Arizona there may be more wacko birds in the Senate than is suspected.”
The split between McCain, 76, and next-generation, 40-something potential 2016 candidates like Paul, Cruz and Rubio also illustrates the broader GOP drift toward the right. McCain has spent decades in the Senate, mixing a penchant for confrontation with a capacity for bipartisan relationships and legislation; the new generation is feistier and more wary of compromise.
H/t FOTM’s tina! ~Eowyn
Real Conservatives already know 2012 candidate Mitt Romney is a RINO.
But many Republicans are still deluded, or Romney’s poll numbers wouldn’t be so high. So this information is for all you sheeple Repubs out there.
In his first townhall meeting, in New Hampshire, since announcing he’s running — again — for the presidency, Romney said “he believes the world is getting warmer and that humans are contributing to that pattern.”
That got an enthusiastic knod of approval from none other than the phony Green guru, Al Gore, who owns four luxury mansions, travels in carbon-burning jet planes, and became a multimillionaire from peddling his Manmade Global Warming tripe.
In the mid-1990s, while he was Speaker of the House and married to wife no. 2, Marianne Ginther, Newt Gingrich had an affair with a 23-years-younger House of Representatives staffer named Callista Bisek. In 2000, Newt married Callista shortly after divorcing Marianne.
But don’t be too sorry for Marianne. She herself was the other woman involved in an adulterous affair with the Newt when he was still married to wife no. 1, Jackie Battley! It was Battley who claimed that she was in her hospital bed recovering from surgery when Newt said he wanted a divorce. [Source: wiki]
This is what the husband-stealer, Callista, “a lifelong Catholic” (!), looks like:
Yikes! Can that hair get more blindingly platinum? S.O.S., L'Oreal!
Betcha those rocks around flaxen-haired Callista’s neck are part of the $500,000 (half a million bucks!) debt Newt — who preaches fiscal discipline for America — has with Tiffany’s.
Newt did not take his presidential campaign seriously;
He was lazy and refused to do the hard work of grassroot campaigning, preferring instead to rely on social media; and
After his disastrous sniping at fellow Republican Paul Ryan’s budget plan, instead of working to put out the flames he himself had started, Newt and wife Callista took a two-week vacation, in defiance of his staff.
Hey, “lifelong Catholic” Callista and “newly converted to Catholicism” Newt: Ever heard of the 7th Commandment?
The Senate election in Alaska is still undetermined because of the slow counting of thousands of write-in ballots, but it looks increasingly likely that spoiler Lisa Murkowski may win.
Murkowski had lost the GOP primary to TEA Party favorite Joe Miller. Addicted to power as a member of the bipartisan political ruling class (her father was Alaska’s former senator and governor), Murkowski stayed in the race for the Senate as a write-in candidate, determined to split Alaska’s conservative and independent votes.
In a sit-down interview with CBS’s Katie Couric — she who disdainly called Middle America the “unwashed” –Murkowski exposed her RINO nature for all to see.
She said the message she’s hearing “loud and clear” from Alaskans is COMPROMISE:
“I will tell you, I am not one of those who wants Obama to fail. If he does well, that means the country’s doing well. We don’t have time as a nation to spend all of what we do blocking. We have got to figure out how we get to a point where we can be sitting around the table and talking about these difficult problems and advancing some solutions.”
In other words, Murkowski wants Obama to succeed — in destroying America. Grrrr…. I will say no more before I get myself banned from my own blog, but here’s a hint: ~Eowyn
The election to the Senate in Alaska is still unsettled because some 80,000 write-in ballots and 31,000 absentee ballots, many of which are military votes, are still to be counted. It’s a neck-to-neck race between Republican nominee Joe Miller and sore loser RINO Lisa Murkowski who had lost the GOP primary but insisted on staying in the race as a spoiler write-in candidate.
Now, there is video evidence, aired by FoxNews’ Huckabee, of a federal government contractor at an Alaskan airbase openly urging his employees to write in Murkowski’s name in order to protect funding for their jobs. The contractor even provided cards for the employees to take with them to the polls.
What this government contractor did is against the law. Federal law prohibits electioneering.
Furthermore, the Miller campaign discovered that Demonrat VP Joe Biden is a good friend of ostensibly Republican Lisa Murkowski. In an interview with the Associated Press, Murkowski bragged that Biden had called and congratualted her. In other words, she is not a true Republican, even less a Conservative. Murkowski instead is a member of the bi-partisan self-designated Political Ruling Class who care about their own interests but have only disdain for We, the “little” People.
Elitist spoiler Lisa Murkowski
Murkowski is a reminder of Thomas Jefferson’s warning to us down the ages: “If once they [the people] become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.” -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Carrington, 1787.
Murkowski has friends in high places in DC and Alaska. Her father, Frank Murkowki, was the state’s Senator for 20 years (1982-2002) and its Governor from 2002 to 2006. Lisa’s tentacles evidently extend into Alaska state government because last Friday, the Division of Elections began validating absentee ballots without notifying the Miller campaign. This directly conflicts with the state’s Election Observers’ Handbook that states the Division of Elections must “notify” the campaign “24 hours in advance of the time of ballot review….”
Not only did the Division of Elections not give a 24-hour advance notice, it never even notified Joe Miller, who learned about this from an Alaska Republican Party official on Friday morning after the validation process had already begun. Given that, there is every reason for Joe Miller to wonder about the integrity of the voting and vote-counting process in Alaska.
Joe Miller is appealing to us to help him ensure a fair vote count in Alaska. Please click here to donate!
H/t beloved fellows Tina, FS, and my friend Bob W. ~Eowyn
Bipartisanship!We don’t need no Stinking Bipartisanship!
by Tom in NC Columnist for Fellowship of the Minds
The establishment Republicans (RINOs) are once again talking about reaching across the aisle to work with the Demonrats in a bipartisan fashion after this year’s election.
Oy vey. Do these idiots realize that is exactly what got us into this mess, and is exactly what the liberals want. Republicans had “worked with” the Democrats before and when it all went bad, guess who got all the blame. THE REPUBLICANS!
After this year’s election, which we all hope is a Conservative romp over liberalism, we do not want or will we accept bipartisanship. We want the Conservative Agenda pushed forward: Lower taxes, more jobs, less government, secure our borders, no creeping Sharia or creeping one-world-government, etc.
For all I care the libs can sit on their side of the aisle and cry like babies with an industrial sized case of diaper rash. If they want to be pacified they can always suck their thumbs. But we won’t cave in to them from now on. Here’s a warning: Any RINO who feels the need to “reach across the aisle” will find their political career cut very short.
We have spent almost two years building the TEA Party into a formidable political machine and we are getting our best candidates elected in November. Message to RINOs like John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Mitch McConnell, Lamar Alexander and others:
Your days are numbered. You might make it through this election unscathed but we are waiting in the wings ready to take you down. You can scoff at the TEA Party, you can have family members insult us, but the one thing you cannot do is ignore us. To do so would be political suicide and you know it. You RINOs would be wise to keep one eye always watching behind you because we are like the shark that smells blood in the water, looking for any sign of weakness or distress so we know when to strike.
Reject us and our agenda at your own peril.
We’ve finally found the really dumb broad in Alaska — and it’s not Sarah Palin.
RINO Sen. Lisa Murkuwski Murkowski lost Alaska’s GOP primary to conservative Joe Miller. So now she’s determined to be a spoiler and split the Republican vote by running as a “write-in” candidate. (See my previous post, “Bitch“)
Alas, her write-in campaign is off to a less than stellar start, notes a source who points to the URL at the bottom of this image from her first ad. (Politico)
H/t Weasel Zippers. ~Eowyn