The Other McCain

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Props to @cypherdog on Twitter

Posted on | October 2, 2015 | 4 Comments

by Smitty

Our Ambassador issued a Strongly Worded Memo:

Iowahawk started us down the path to enlightenment:

Didn’t laugh; I’d cry.

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge

Posted on | October 2, 2015 | No Comments

by Smitty

The two imperial wizards met in the sound workshop at the conjunction of the moons. Jurtran sat at the Azelbethor Grand, and Mindor (along with his impedimenta) sat among the Five Cellos of Delbin.

They launched into the Great Spell of the Zephyrus Monsoon when the shadows cast by the moons through the portals indicated the correct instant. Their hands spoke the music into the great artifacts, channeling power through beauty.
Nature heard the melody, the intensity, the perfection of the delivery, and answered with a west wind along the ocean that would propel the fleet to a far shore.

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(See complementary piece by Darleen )

Reports: Chris Harper Mercer, 26, Identified as #UCCShooting Gunman

Posted on | October 1, 2015 | 55 Comments

Citing law enforcement sources, CBS News was the first to identify the Umpqua Community College gunman as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. The New York Times reports that it has independently confirmed Harper as the gunman who was killed by officers responding to the massacre at the campus in Roseburg, Oregon.

At least ten people were killed in the shooting, and nothing has been confirmed about Mercer’s background or motives. It has been reported by the Oregonian and by the New York Post that Mercer targeted Christians in the attack, and that he was originally from Torrance, California. Several other claims from various sources about Mercer’s possible motives cannot be confirmed yet.

UPDATE: Badger Pundit reports that Mercer had this on his profile at a dating site for Wiccans and other “spiritual” types:

Hobbies & Interests include “killing zombies, movies, music.”
Ethnicity: “Mixed Race.”
Have Kids: “no — do not want kids”
I currently live “with parents”
Religious: “Not Religious”
Music: “Industrial, Punk, Rock”
Hair Style: “shaved head, short hair”
Groups: “Doesn’t Like Organized Religious; Left-hand Path; Magick and Occult”

UPDATE II: The gunman was an immigrant, born in England. The UK Guardian describes more of Mercer’s apparent online activity:

Harper-Mercer was the son of Ian Mercer and Laurel Margaret Harper. Mercer and Harper filed for divorce on 6 June 2006. He appears to have left an online footprint that hints at interest in mass shootings as well as apparent support for the IRA.
He also appears to have been a prolific user of the file-sharing system Bittorrent.
An email address, “”, was found to be associated with a Chris Harper Mercer of Winchester, Oregon, via a public records search. That address is linked to an account on the torrent upload site, which bears the username “Lithium_Love”.
The final video uploaded by Lithium_Love to the torrent site, just three days ago, was a BBC documentary called Surviving Sandy Hook about the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.
Other uploads include PDFs of the occult magazine Phenomena, conspiracy-themed documentaries including Lost Secrets of the Illuminati, and assorted soft pornography.
There is also a blog attached to the upload account. The first entry was posted on 6 July 2015 and is titled “The material world is a lie.” It says: “Most people will spend hours standing in front of stores just to buy a new iphone … I used to be like that, always concerned about what clothes I had, rather than whether or not I was happy. But not anymore.
“Since then I have learned the truth that such attachments are falsehoods and will only bring misery. This is my first blog post, there will be more to come.”
Other blogposts complain about the uploading habits of other users. Another bemoans the death of horror filmmaker Wes Craven.
A Myspace page bearing Mercer’s name is filled with pictures of masked gunmen and references to the IRA, including a picture of the front page of a the Irish republican newspaper An Phoblacht, bearing the headline “British Army Could Not Defeat IRA”. Another photo to the page carries the words “IRA undefeated army”.

Mercer formerly lived in Torrance, and the Daily Breeze reports indications that Mercer had a history of behavioral problems:

Records show Harper-Mercer, 26, lived in a ground-floor apartment on Arlington Avenue at 230th Street in Torrance with his mother, Laurel Harper, from 2011 to 2013. . . .
Lists of South Bay graduates from 2009 published in the Daily Breeze showed Harper Mercer graduated from the Switzer Learning Center in Torrance with four other students. Switzer teaches students with learning disabilities and emotional issues.
A former behavioral aide at Switzer, who did not want her name used, said the majority of the students at the school are from foster, low-income and single-parent homes. Some of these students were expelled from other schools or had been in trouble with the law.
The school is divided among special needs students and those with behavioral problems.
Records showed Harper Mercer and his mother moved to Winchester, Ore., in 2013. In addition to Torrance, Harper showed previous addresses in Lomita, Harbor Gateway and Lomita.


In The Mailbox, 10.01.15

Posted on | October 1, 2015 | 10 Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

In case you missed Cecile Richards’ testimony the other day, a brief summary:

EBL: American STEM Workers Passed Over For Immigrant STEM Workers
Da Tech Guy: And The Coveted Da Tech Guy Endorsement Goes To…Ted Cruz
The Camp of the Saints: Meet The New Holocaust, Same As The Old Holocaust
Louder With Crowder:’s Resident Pedophile Attacked Me, So I Did Some Research
Conservative Review: Nine Shocking Immigration Statistics
Michelle Malkin: Welcome To Wealthy Middle Eastern Thug Privilege
Twitchy: Media Vampires Descend After Terrified Tweet From UCC Shooting Scene

American Power: Russia’s First Airstrikes In Syria Hit US-Backed Rebels Fighting Assad
American Thinker: Russia Is The New Hegemon
BLACKFIVE: Book Review – The End Game By Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison
Conservatives4Palin: Governor Palin Urges You To Watch Prime Minister Netanyahu’s UN Speech
Don Surber: Setting The Record Straight On Operation Wetback
Jammie Wearing Fools: The Wussification Is Complete
Joe For America: Hippies Make Mistake Of Trying To Burn Flag At LSU
JustOneMinute: All He Was Saying Is Give Peace A Chance
Pamela Geller: Media Blackout On Massive Protests Against Muslim “Migrant” Invasion Of Europe
Protein Wisdom: Putin Humiliates Obama…Again
Shot In The Dark: Low Expectations
STUMP: Public Pensions Practice – Where Are The Screaming Actuaries?
The Gateway Pundit: Donald Trump – I Will Send Back The Syrian Migrants When I Am President
The Jawa Report: Remember When The Reason To Pull Out Of Iraq Was So We Could Defeat AQ And The Taliban In Afghanistan?
The Lonely Conservative: PP Prez Testified That They Don’t Do Mammograms And Never Said They Did
This Ain’t Hell: VA Officials Profit From Their Positions, also, To Free The Oppressed
Weasel Zippers: Obama Regime Deports 22 Iraqi Christians After Denying Them Asylum
Megan McArdle: Does Fiorina’s HP Tenure Really Matter?
Mark Steyn: State Department Advisory – Steer Clear Of Steyn

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Gunman Kills 10 in Shooting Spree at Community College in Oregon

Posted on | October 1, 2015 | 26 Comments

A gunman has reportedly killed 10 people and wounded at least 20 more on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

UPDATE 3:05 p.m. ET: According to KOMO-TV in Seattle, the shooting began at Snyder Hall on the UCC campus. The number of killed and wounded is not yet certain. It has been reported that police have either killed or arrested the gunman.

UPDATE 4:10 p.m. ET: The shooting began about 10:30 a.m. local time (1:30 p.m. ET), and NBC News reports that Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum confirms 13 fatalities in the incident. The gunman is reportedly dead. More reporting at CNN and KOIN-TV in Portland.

UPDATE 4:55 p.m. ET: The sheriff just held a press conference describing the police response to the shooting. The Oregonian reports emergency dispatch communications:

From the 911 dispatch, seven minutes after the initial call: “Code 4, suspect is down.” At eight minutes after the call, “He’s not breathing, is in Snyder Hall.” At nine minutes after the call, “Suspect is down, we’ve got multiple gunshot wounds were going to need multiple ambulances on scene.”

So the incident ended within 10 minutes of the first report to 911. The deceased shooter, reportedly a 20-year-old male, has not yet been identified and his motive is unknown.

UPDATE 6:50 p.m. ET: The latest:

UPDATE 10:45 p.m. ET: The death toll has been changed to 10.

Reports: Chris Harper Mercer, 26,
Identified as #UCCShooting Gunman


That Time Hillary, Huma, Nancy, and Michelle Got Together To Commiserate

Posted on | September 30, 2015 | 6 Comments

by Smitty

Stunning result:

Tuesday Doggerel

Posted on | September 29, 2015 | 15 Comments

by Smitty

In The Mailbox, 09.29.15

Posted on | September 29, 2015 | 8 Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

EBL: Sometimes Violence Is Justified
The Political Hat: Presenting Next Year’s Hugo And Nebula Award Winner
American Irony: Boehner’s Next Gig
Da Tech Guy: The Unexpectedly Chronicles – Navajos Voting Democrat v. Tea Party Voting GOP
The Camp of the Saints: On Staying Angry – “We Will Not Sink Into The Darkness!”
Doug Powers: Of Course Nancy Pelosi Hasn’t Watched The Planned Parenthood Videos But Is Pretty Sure They Might Be Fake
Twitchy: Mammograms Debunked – Cecile Richards Admits 86% Of Planned Parenthood Revenues From Abortions
Conservative Intel: Scramble For A New Speaker

American Power: NY Daily News Layoffs And Digital Shift May Signal End Of The Tabloid Era
American Thinker: How Long Before Hillary, Garbed In A Bathrobe, Starts Wandering The Streets Of Chappaqua?
BLACKFIVE: Book Review – Woman With A Secret By Sophie Hannah
Conservatives4Palin: Obama “Hero” Bergdahl Slapped With Stiffer Charges
Don Surber: Why Not Name Welfare Recipients?
Jammie Wearing Fools: Memo To The Media – Fetus Video Referenced By Carly Fiorina Released In Full
Joe For America: It’s Way Past Time To Have A Talk About Islam
JustOneMinute: No Foolish Consistency Here
Pamela Geller: Arabic-Speaking Ukrainian Woman Translates What “Migrants” Are Really Saying About “Infidels”
Protein Wisdom: Universities And The Worship Of The Holy Victim
Shot In The Dark: Follow The Money. And Jobs. And People.
The Gateway Pundit: Putin Lectures Obama On Arab Spring – “Do You Realize What You’ve Done?”
The Jawa Report: Cecile Richards Can Already Afford Lamborghini
The Lonely Conservative: Obamacare Co-Op In NY Shutting Down After Losing Millions
This Ain’t Hell: Mabus Doubles Down On The Dumb
Weasel Zippers: ISIS Gets Upgraded From “JV Team” To “Apocalyptic Cult”
Megan McArdle: Predictably, Obamacare’s Nonprofit Insurers Are Failing
Mark Steyn: Last Laughs In Europe

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