We’ve been suckered.

LBJ’s miserable War on Poverty and his expansion of the Vietnam War helped create the disconnected society in which we live. The War on Poverty, in particular, betrayed the civil rights movement. Out of the Democrats’ good intentions came an intractable underclass. A class which has lost hope, lives in ignorance and decadence, a class that needs a miracle to change the mindset that controls it.

Democrats, devoted to the War on Poverty, destroyed the black family and black communities in the U.S. Before the War on Poverty, a majority of African-American children were born into two-parent families. These days, nearly 70 percent are born to young, poor, single women.

Before the War on Poverty, black communities, despite Jim Crow laws, were doing well in such diverse places as Detroit and New York. Black dads were finding their way into the middle class. In many areas, black children were doing better in school than were their white counterparts. That was true in Harlem and that was true in many major American cities.

Black culture and society might have thrived except for the selfishness of Democrats, who saw a client group they could keep on the government plantation by offering more and more federal programs and handouts.

Before the Democrats’ War on Poverty, blacks could point to a proud history of survival and triumph over the odds, in spite of racism and bigotry. Yet Democrats continue to promote victim status of blacks and the less important aspects of black history.

In a comprehensive article in a recent City Journal, African-American historian James McWhorter reminds us:

“… but a history only of horrors cannot inspire. What could be more demoralizing than ‘Mba Mbulu’s Ten Lessons: An Introduction to Black History,’ for example, a chronicle mostly of slavery and segregation, with ‘White People’s Attacks on Other People’ and ‘Back in Our Place’ as typical chapter titles? Except for a little dollop of blacks’ contributions to what is called ‘White History,’ the overall message is a grim saga of victimization. This kind of history is deeply damaging to blacks. When ‘Learn your history’ means ‘Don’t get fooled by superficial changes,’ today’s New York City Street Crimes Unit can’t be distinguished from yesterday’s Bull Connor, and our aggrieved despair over our sense of alienation from the national fabric remains as sharp as ever. Could any people find inner peace when taught to think of their own society as their enemy?”

McWhorter mentions Chicago’s “Bronzeville” as an example of pre-LBJ War on Poverty. He relates:

“As the city industrialized after 1875, blacks occupied a three-by-15-block enclave on the South Side, and the Great Migration from the South swelled the black population to 109,548 by 1920. … Bronzeville was a leading center of innovation in jazz, nurturing Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, and Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines. Oscar Micheaux’s film company, producing a pioneering oeuvre of ‘race movies.’ … This was a thriving civic community, supporting branches of various civic organizations, including a YMCA settlement house that ran job-training programs. Bronzeville’s churches, all 92 of them, stressed ‘community uplift’; they ran lodging facilities for new arrivals from the South and employment agencies to shunt them into the workforce. Olivet alone had 53 departments devoted to community programs. Bronzeville produced several political leaders, including the first black congressman since Reconstruction, Oscar DePriest.”

Bronzeville’s Provident Hospital was “one of the top black hospitals in the country, employing many of black Chicago’s [by 1929] 176 doctors and running a nursing school. One of Provident’s founders was the extraordinary Daniel Hale Williams, who was the first doctor in America to operate upon the human heart and the only black doctor among the 100 charter members of the American College of Surgeons.” Odd, these blacks managed all this without the help of Democrats or well-intentioned liberals or leftists of either race.

In American public schools these days, American black history is presented as a mythical narrative of abuse and separateness with very few successes. Black intellectuals and politicians eulogize the grievance collectors or the black radicals. They do not promote the history of black heroes and heroines such as Crispus Atticus, the Buffalo Soldiers, black cowboys, black women who pioneered in the West, or the Civil War warriors who fought on both sides of the conflict.

How few relate the tales of Black Jack Pershing and his contingent of Rough Riders. Few young black males find inspiration in the stories of the Tuskegee Airmen or the soldiers and sailors of Vietnam and the Gulf War. They read the latest misery index of Toni Morrison or Cornell West and think that is what blacks are about.

It is inconvenient for Democrats and their friends on the left to give credit to modern great black businessmen and scholars like Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Ward Connerly, Condi Rice and Colin Powell. But these individuals succeeded in spite of whatever racism or bigotry existed in their lives.

Democrats should be ashamed. They have betrayed progress for blacks – for all Americans, for that matter. They won’t free them OR the rest of us from the pigeonholes and stereotypes they have plugged us into. Examples of this abound: the recent TV appearance of singer Harry Belafonte and a bug-eyed, ranting Phil Donahue demonizing and crying “Uncle Tom” as they castigated successful conservative blacks like Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell.



George Paar, “Duke of Duvall County”            —-             LBJ

Concealed Carrier Prevents Mass Shooting At SC Nightclub

Deputies: Man charged after opening fire, wounding several people at nightclub

Sunday, June 26th 2016

(June 26, 2016/Fox Carolina)
Jody Ray Thompson (Courtesy: SCSO)
Jody Ray Thompson (Courtesy: SCSO)
LYMAN, SC (FOX Carolina) –Deputies with Spartanburg County said a man faces multiple attempted murder charges after opening fire outside a nightclub early Sunday morning.

The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. at Playoffz nightclub on Inman Road in Lyman.

Deputies said 32-year-old Jody Ray Thompson pulled out a gun after getting  into an argument with another man and fired several rounds toward a crowd that had gathered out in front of the club.

“His rounds struck 3 victims, and almost struck a fourth victim, who in self-defense, pulled his own weapon and fired, striking Thompson in the leg,” Lt. Kevin Bobo said.

Bobo said the man who shot Thompson has a valid concealed weapons permit, cooperated with investigators, and won’t be facing any charges.

“Thompson was still on the scene when deputies arrived, but the initial scene was chaotic,” Bobo said. “It wasn’t until victims and witnesses were interviewed, and video from the scene was reviewed that Thompson was identified as the suspect.”

Thompson was charged four counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Bobo said none of the victims’ injuries were life threatening.

Thompson is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.


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Couple Taken Hostage Kill Escaped Murder Suspect in Mississippi

MARCH 11, 2016

Rafael Arnez McCloud allegedly had killed once before. More than eight months later — and days after escaping a Mississippi jail — he appeared poised to kill again. Wielding a bloody knife, he held a man, a woman and their 5-year-old son hostage in a bathroom of their Vicksburg home.

Raefal Arzen McCloud is seen in a photo released by the Warren County Sheriff's Office.

But this time, he was the one who ended up dead.

Early Thursday, the 24-year-old wife and mother, who’d been allowed to leave the bathroom, returned with a handgun and fired one shot at McCloud, police said. She then untied her husband, who “took control of the weapon and fired additional shots, striking McCloud.”

The husband went outside and flagged down a motorist, who called 911. Neighbor Ollie Dixon saw him outside, “wounded and bleeding everywhere.”

“He wasn’t screaming,” Dixon told CNN affiliate WLBT. “He was just looking like he was in shock.”

Shock soon reverberated elsewhere around western Mississippi. People there had been on edge for over a week since McCloud escaped from jail after holding an employee hostage and stealing his clothes.

That set off an intense manhunt involving local, state and federal authorities. Its end — with the 34-year-old McCloud killed by his latest hostages — was “certainly not the outcome that we wanted,” Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said, but was a relief nonetheless.

Vicksburg police Capt. Sandra Williams said after the couple took down McCloud, “There’s no telling how many lives were saved.”

Ghosthunters find woman’s body

McCloud was awaiting trial in the death of 69-year-old Sharen Wilson, whose body was found in late June behind Kuhn Memorial State Hospital in Vicksburg.

The hospital, built in the 1830s and abandoned since its closing in 1989, remains popular among paranormal enthusiasts — as seen in an episode of “Ghost Asylum” filmed at the location — looking for lingering spirits.

In fact, ghost hunters alerted police after finding Wilson’s body near a tree line outside the hospital. A trail of fresh blood was inside the hospital, as reported by CNN affiliate WAPT.

“There was some trauma to the head and about the body,” Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong said then of Wilson.

It didn’t take long for authorities to pinpoint McCloud as the suspect. The charges subsequently filed against him suggest a horrific crime — sexual battery, rape, arson, home invasion, weapon possession by a felon, grand larceny auto theft and burglary, in addition to capital murder.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges in January. But investigators have said that McCloud admitted to kidnapping Wilson from her home and dumping her body in the grass behind the deserted, dilapidated hospital.

Gun rights advocates hold up case

Then, at about 6 a.m. on March 2, McCloud escaped the Warren County Jail in Vickburg, where he was awaiting trial in Wilson’s death.

He used a makeshift weapon to subdue a night shift employee at the jail, according to sheriff’s department investigator Mike Traxler. Then, McCloud forced him to give up his pants and jacket, and he walked out of the jail.

Afterward, Vicksburg police urged “citizens in the community to be alert at all times.” That meant, among other things, calling 911 immediately if they suspect a burglary, and taking weapons in from their car into their homes.

Now, many on social media are calling what happened Thursday morning in Vicksburg as a textbook example of why citizens should be armed — just in case they encounter someone like McCloud, they can act.

The National Rifle Association, the country’s leading gun rights group, reposted CNN.com’s story on its Twitter page, eliciting responses like, “Good for them, I’m sure if they weren’t armed, he would have killed them too.”

Some blasted those calling for gun control, while others expressed gratitude that this family had a firearm of their own.

One poster wrote, “Thank god they had a gun.”

Relief for a community ‘on edge’

The husband and his young son first ran into McCloud around 4 a.m. Thursday as they were going from inside the house to their garage, police said. Armed with a knife, the man forced them back inside.

He bound the family in the bathroom, but not very well. The husband “said he was able to free himself, fought with the suspect and sustained a stab wound to the back side of his shoulder,” according to Vicksburg police.

McCloud again restrained the man. Then at some point, and for an unexplained reason, he let the wife leave the bathroom.

She got a handgun, returned and shot McCloud once. After that, she cut her husband loose, and he too opened fire on McCloud. His body was found in the bathtub with multiple gunshot wounds.

With that, Vicksburg’s police chief said, “The hunt for Rafael McCloud (was) over.”

“It’s been a long, drawn out situation,” added Chief Armstrong. “… This community has been on edge for a very long time.”

Armstrong said it will be “part of our investigation to determine how many shots were fired.”

Karen Davis, a friend of Sharen Wilson, said she is glad there won’t be a trial, which she thinks “would have been a waste of taxpayer’s money.” She also told WAPT she’ll breathe easier knowing McCloud won’t hurt anyone else again.

“I’m not celebrating anyone’s death,” Davis said. “But I am very much relieved.”



The Legacy of WW 1 in France’s Red Zone”

 The Real “No-Go Zone” of France:   A Forbidden No Man’s Land Poisoned
When you imagine France and its scenic countryside, you might think of the picturesque villages, vineyards a plenty and endless rolling green hills to drive through on a blissful summer road trip. But there’s one corner of this scenic country that no one has been allowed to enter for nearly a century, known as the “Zone Rouge” (the red zone).
Pictured above is an artist’s impression of the forsaken territory in the years following the Great War. Today, around 100 sq km (roughly the size of Paris), is still strictly prohibited by law from public entry and agricultural use because of an impossible amount of human remains and unexploded munitions yet to be recovered from the battlefields.
Step inside the real “No Go-Zone”…
After WWI, unable to keep up with the impossible task of removing endless undetonated weapons, human and animal remains,
the French government decided on a forced relocation of residents which led to the creation of the Zone Rouge.
Entire villages wiped off the map were considered “casualties of war”.
“Douaumont, Destroyed Village”
The once busy farmland was abandoned, and without human presence, soon became unrecognizable thick forestland.
“Here, stood the church.”
For decades however, much of this deceivingly lush forestland was still regularly used by forest keepers and hunters until 2004,
when researchers found extremely dangerous levels of up to 17% arsenic in the soil, a thousand times higher than levels typically found previously within the red zones.
The water in the area was found to contain toxic levels of arsenic that were 300 times above the tolerated amount
and abnormally high lead levels were recorded in some animals, particularly in the livers of hunted wild boars.
The nearby residents, forest keepers and hunters of the area, like the ones who built the abandoned hut (pictured above)
to have lunch and store their prey in, were never subject to any medical study.
Authorities finally prohibited public access to the site in 2012, known locally now as “Place-à-Gaz”.
The French government actually formed a special agency dedicated entirely to the ongoing munitions clearing,
called the Department du Deminage. Over time they’ve managed to reduce the size of the red zone and return less
affected zones to civilian and agricultural use. Unfortunately, in several cases, this was done much too prematurely…
The map below indicates the red zone and the less dangerous zones in yellow, green and blue.
Until the mid 1970s, much of the “clean-up” was only done superficially, destroying hundreds of thousands of
unexplored WWI chemical bombs without considering the leaks and contamination to the soil and water.
Alarming amounts of lead debris scattered by shrapnel were also left in place, contaminating the soil with
non biodegradable lead, mercury and zinc likely to remain for at least 10,000 years to come.

After WWI, in a rush to convert areas for the growth of crops or livestock, the first industrial pig farm was established as
early as 1929 near the site of the Battle of Verdun, the longest sustained conflict of World War I, lasting 300 days and
costing more than 300,000 French and German lives. The 25 hectare pig farm was riddled with shell holes after the chemical treatment of the soil.
The French word “Verdunisation”, referring to the treatment of drinking water using chlorination which originated in Paris in 1911, actually takes its name from this region.
Farmers in less dangerous re-populated “yellow” and “blue zones”, still hit shells every year, damaging their farm machinery
and sometimes narrowly escaping death by the remains of a hundred year old war. In Verdun , there are road signs to indicate a dumping grounds for farmers to leave the shells they’ve plowed up on their land to be collected by authorities.
They call it the “iron harvest”, in which nearly 900 tons of unexploded munitions are recovered each year by Belgian and French farmers after plowing their fields.
Crops from these areas should be continuously monitored by the French and European government but there is some doubt as to whether this is actually being done enough or even at all.

The aftermath of a French battlefield…
More than a century later, there are still large quarantined parts of the red zone where 99% of plant and animal species perish.
Dchets de                                                          Guerre, le                                                          poison                                                          inconnu
Clearing the red zone is an extremely dangerous job, and fatal casualties from gas shells are not uncommon amongst munitions removers .
Authorities estimate that if they continue working at the current rate, it could take anywhere from 300 to 700 years to complete.
Other experts believe the Zone Rouge will never be fully cleared of its unexploded munitions.
Meanwhile, teetering on the edges of the Zone Rouge on northeastern France , surrounding villages and towns are making the best of a bad situation. To compensate for all the quarantined land they can’t and probably never will be able to farm or ever set foot on, locals take advantage of the region’s military history.
In Pozières, one of the villages that was completely destroyed in World War I and subsequently rebuilt, there is a café and restaurant called “Le Tommy”, dedicated to the sacrifice of the allied forces, which has reconstructed a WWI trench in its back garden for tourists (pictured above).  

North of Verdun, in the ghost villages that “died for France ” and were never rebuilt, discovery trails and memorial sites have been opened to the public around the red zones .
Locals also keep themselves busy with their own impressive private museums of war remains they’ve collected over the years in the area, lending pieces to local tourist museums.
A 20 hectare contaminated site abandoned by the French Society of Munitions Recovery, which went bankrupt in 2006. No one knows the effect this pollution is causing and no one known when or how it will be cleaned up.
The Red Zone is still very much off limits, an area of untold dangers to its surroundings. In 2012, it was announced that the consumption of drinking water was banned in 544 municipalities in the area due to excessive levels of percholate, used in the manufacturing of rockets and ammunition.
Each of those municipalities affected by the ban correspond exactly to the locations of old front lines of major WWI and II battlefields.
The explosive remains of war…

Photography (c) Olivier Saint Hilaire

Fired Crawford police officer gets probation for indecency

WACO — A 29-year-old former Central Texas law enforcement officer must serve 10 years of probation for fondling a juvenile girl while he was on the police force.

William Geoffrey Byrom was sentenced Tuesday in Waco after earlier pleading guilty to indecency with a child by contact.

William Byrom

Byrom was a police officer in Crawford when the allegations surfaced and he was fired in 2014. Investigators say the case involved a girl under age 17.

An affidavit says the girl was interviewed, by officials with the Waco Child Advocacy Center, in 2013 about several alleged incidents of Byrom molesting her.

What We Learned At the Debates Part 2

Loss of Liberty, one boiled frog at a time..


Concentrating on the 2nd Amendment while ignoring the others feeds right into the hands of those that wish to oppress us.  Does anyone think that we are freer today than we were in 1968?

And yet the NRA has taken in untold billions of dollars to “protect” our gun rights, the Republicans have taken in similar amounts and elected “good” folks, the Democrats have taken in just as much and claim to be anti-gun.

Yet, when the Republicans had majorities in both Congress and the Presidency, nothing changed for the better.

When the Democrats had majorities in both Congress and the Presidency, nothing changed that dramatically.

Except for a few things.

Folks that owned stock in gun and ammo companies made lots of money.

Both political parties took in lots of donations for and against the gun cause.

The NRA got rich.

While we were fixated on the 2

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Homeowner shoots, kills burglary suspect in SW Houston

A homeowner shot and killed an apparent  burglary suspect early Tuesday morning at a residence  in southwest Houston.

The shooting happened about 1:30 a.m. in the 8500 block of Maplecrest Drive near Elmsworth Drive, said Ken Fregia, a homicide investigator with the Houston Police Department.

Fregia said the homeowner, identified as an Asian man,  told investigators he was asleep but woke up when he heard the sound of glass breaking at his front door. He grabbed a gun and went to investigate. He saw a man breaking into the door and entering his home. He confronted him and fired several gunshots at him, wounding the suspect.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, dashed away after the gunshots but collapsed nearby. He died at the scene.

The homeowner, who was at the residence alone at the time of the shooting, was not hurt. He had recently moved into the residence.

Pasadena, Tx police officer serving month suspension for having sex in patrol car

A Pasadena Police Department officer is serving a 30-day suspension without pay after video evidence revealed that he was using the back seat of his patrol car for something other than hauling bad guys to jail.
A Pasadena, TX police officer demonstrates his in-car dash camera and monitor, August 19, 2013 in Pasadena, TX. Photo: Eric Kayne, For The Chronicle / ©2013 Eric Kayne

Photo: Eric Kayne, For The Chronicle


According to a release from Pasadena PD it was the routine check of a video system in a patrol car that revealed that officer Jeff Mubarak had sex in the back of that car. He admitted to the incident which happened while he was on duty. A dash cam captured what happened.

Police said the incident occurred last August. The officer has been with the department for nine years, according to KTRK-TV.

KTRK-TV spoke to Chief Michael Thaler who said that the woman in the footage was in the Citizen Ride Along program and interested in becoming a police officer. Mubarak and that woman later became romantically involved.

The ride along program has since been suspended and is under review.

“He was honest and accepted responsibility. He expressed extreme concern or remorse for his actions for the embarrassment he caused himself, the department and the community of Pasadena at large, Thaler told reporters.

Thaler said the officer will be able to return to work after he serves his 30-day suspension, which is just short of being fired.


By Craig Hlavaty

Published 2:31 pm, Friday, February 19, 2016

Intruder shot dead by Homeowner in failed home invasion

Officials searching for one person who fled scene

UPDATED 9:18 AM EST Feb 17, 2016

CINCINNATI —A man was shot dead Tuesday during a home invasion in Lockland, police said.

The incident happened around 2:15 p.m. at a home near the intersection of Maple and Locust streets.

Police said the man living in the home called police, saying he shot a man who entered the home.

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According to 911 calls obtained by WLWT, the caller tells dispatchers, “Guy just tried to come in here and cut my throat and he’s dying on the floor.”

Police arriving at the home found one man inside the home with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials said the man living at the home is cooperating with police.

“We’re all cooperative and working together,” said Lockland Police Chief James Toles. “(We’re) trying to get the gun violence off the street and unfortunately it had to come back to this.”

Police said the resident reported that four people entered the home and threatened to kill him with a knife. Three others were still on the scene when police arrived and were questioned, officials said.

A fourth person stayed in a car while the burglary was in progress, police said. He fled the scene in a gold vehicle, authorities said.

Officials said a gun and knife were found at the scene.

Neighbors said it is not surprising to see police on the street. However, they said they are surprised it happened at this particular home.

“He’s a defender, you know, he defends his community. He defends himself, quite naturally,” Lockland resident Dwayne Palmore said. “What would you do if somebody came in your home?”

The fatal shooting was the first homicide in Lockland in 2016.


Stupid RINO Tricks

GREENVILLE, South Carolina — The chairman of the local Republican Party here confirmed to local television that 2016 frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump’s concerns—and those of his closest competitor Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) —with the Republican National Committee (RNC) allocation of debate audience tickets are well-placed.

 Chad Groover, the chairman of the Greenville County Republican Party here, told WYFF—the local NBC News station—that party donors get tickets to the debate.


“You’ll have a good mix of people who are donors, people who are donors and workers, and people who are just workers,” Groover said, noting that he got “a couple of dozen” of tickets to hand out to the party’s faithful donors.

“I didn’t have hundreds of tickets. I had a couple of dozen tickets,” Groover said.

That means a significant proportion of his stack of approximately 24 tickets went to monied interests backing the GOP—not to actual voters in the upcoming election.

Sources close to the process who work for the RNC, but are not authorized to speak on the record, confirmed to Breitbart News throughout the evening on Saturday that that is standard operating procedure for the RNC and the party as a whole for all debates: Donors get tickets while voters have to watch on TV at home.

As such, the same appears to have been true party-wide. One well-placed source who works for one of the GOP presidential campaigns and was in attendance at the debate on Saturday evening here—but was not authorized to speak on record about the matter—told Breitbart News that

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)  and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley were personally given scores of tickets to distribute. Both despise Trump and have said so publicly–Haley even using the platform of the official GOP response to the State of the Union to do so–and it would be no surprise if they did aim to stack the audience with anti-Trump sentiment.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said another source in the audience, someone who has attended several of the GOP debates. That source said the anti-Trump and anti-Cruz audience members—who were thoroughly cheering for

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and his mentor former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush when they made passionate cases for amnesty for illegal aliens, something entirely non-representative of South Carolina’s electorate—were behaving unlike any audience he’d ever seen in his lifetime of attending GOP presidential debates.

The Republican National Committee’s Sean Spicer confirmed to Breitbart News pre-debate that the RNC proper distributed 367 tickets while the state party and locally elected officials received 550 tickets. Meanwhile the debate partners—CBS News, the Peace Center, and Google—received another 100 tickets. That means more than 1000 tickets—1,017 by Spicer’s admission—went not to voters in the upcoming election and not to campaigns for equal distribution to their supporters but to special interest distribution of those connected to the party, mostly high dollar donors. Only 600 tickets were distributed equally among the six remaining GOP campaigns, which to be fair to the RNC is the highest number of tickets distributed as such so far this election cycle.

But Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is calling for the RNC to drop all donor tickets and stop handing them out to special and monied interests entirely. Lewandowski says at all the rest of the debates from here on out, Spicer and the RNC must equally allocate all tickets among the various campaigns so they can distribute them equally and fairly to their supporters—and cut out all the donors and special interests who get tickets.

“I think the RNC does a terrible job in allocating the tickets, to be honest with you, There’s an opportunity—there’s 2,000 seats out there, there’s six candidates on stage, they should just divide them evenly so everyone has them, but instead they just give them to the donor class, they give them to the lobbyists and to all the special interests,” Lewandowski said in the spin room. “It’s not fair, it’s not equitable. So I think what they should do moving forward is take the total number of seats available, allocate them across the board and let the candidates bring their people in, because that’s who should be here, not the donors.”

Spicer has refused repeatedly over the course of several emails on Saturday and Sunday morning to answer whether the RNC will comply with Lewandowski’s request to drop all RNC and state and local party ticket allocation and just allow the campaigns to equally distribute all debate tickets fairly to their supporters in the future.

Trump’s and Cruz’s concerns are even being confirmed by many across the political spectrum. In fact, even the left-of-center Huffington Post confirms that the RNC’s ticket allocation system seems to have been “behind” the excessive and unwarranted booing of Trump and Cruz—and cheering of the donor class supported Rubio and Bush.

“The audience at Saturday’s CBS News Republican presidential debate was more boisterous than unusual — booing, clapping and generally making its feelings known during several exchanges between candidates on stage in Greenville, South Carolina,” the Huffington Post’s Igor Bobic wrote. “At various points, attendees seemed to favor former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and to be very much against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and real estate mogul Donald Trump — the two candidates currently leading the race. The way the Republican National Committee distributed the tickets may have been behind the heightened reactions.”

Vox, another left-of-center outlet, ran a headline that made it even clearer: “The Republican establishment packed the debate audience with Donald Trump haters.” In the piece, author German Lopez noted that the audience’s pro-Rubio and pro-Bush cheering was “very peculiar” as was the booing of Trump and Cruz.

“Something very peculiar happened at the Republican debate on Saturday night: When Donald Trump talked, the audience booed. Yet when Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and even John Kasich talked, they got loud cheers and applause,” Lopez wrote. “This happened again and again. It even led a spike in Google searches for ‘Why are people booing?’”

Vox even admits that Trump’s claim on stage that the odd—and unrepresentative of the party’s voting base—audience was made up of “Jeb’s special interests and lobbyists” was really not “that far-fetched.”

“Prior to the debate, the Republican Party decided not to use a lottery system to decide who should be in the audience,” Lopez wrote. “Instead, most tickets went to elected Republican officials, donors, and other workers for the party picked by local, state, and national party officials. The result, it seems, is the room was packed with Republican voters who overwhelmingly dislike Trump.”

That seems to be why Lewandowski is calling for a new system for fairness, one that cuts the RNC completely out of the process. It remains to be seen if other campaigns will get on board with this, but earlier in the cycle–due to the RNC’s ineffectiveness in dealing with biased moderators–the entire field of campaign managers met privately to cut the RNC out of the process of negotiating with the networks. It is only logical that the next step is that the campaigns work to ensure fairness in debate audience selection, something the RNC clearly failed at providing.



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