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Old 08-15-2019, 04:45 PM
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How about the article linked to in post 13?
Yeah, that one quotes SPLC too, so you can probably imagine how I feel about it.
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Yeah, that one quotes SPLC too, so you can probably imagine how I feel about it.
Like you have an excuse to not talk about criminal and/or subversive acts?
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One dismissed charge from seven years ago? That has nothing to do with the OP or subject at hand? That's what you're going to hang your hat on? Alrighty then. Did someone at Team Rugged get a traffic ticket once too?
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Like you have an excuse to not talk about criminal and/or subversive acts?
We can talk about it, but it's going to be a conversation along the lines of if someone had posted some Media Matters press release. Sure, we can discuss the subject, but let's not pretend nor delude ourselves that the source doesn't have an angle here.
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One dismissed charge from seven years ago? That has nothing to do with the OP or subject at hand? That's what you're going to hang your hat on? Alrighty then. Did someone at Team Rugged get a traffic ticket once too?
This is a thread about Matt Shea. I didn't know the OP stipulated time limits on his discussion of Matt Shea. Thanks for setting me straight.
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This is a thread about Matt Shea. I didn't know the OP stipulated time limits on his discussion of Matt Shea. Thanks for setting me straight.
Fair enough. One dismissed charge from seven years ago. Is that the extent of Matt Shea's "criminal behaviour"? Or is there something else you'd like to present for our consideration?
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Speaking of Media Matters, look what Google found:
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[Alliance Defending Freedom] allied attorney Matt Shea has served as Washington state representative for over a decade, and he touts his ties to ADF in both his campaign and government biographies. Shea is also a co-founder of the Washington Family Foundation, which is an anti-LGBTQ organization that later merged with the Family Policy Institute of Washington. The group is affiliated with the Family Policy Alliance and extreme anti-LGBTQ group Family Research Council. During his 2018 reelection campaign, Shea acknowledged that “he had distributed a four-page manifesto titled ‘Biblical Basis for War,’” which included violent language about people who flout “biblical law,” stating, “If they do not yield - kill all males.” It also condemned abortion and same-sex marriage. As a state representative, Shea has voted against multiple bills promoting LGBTQ equality, and he sponsored several anti-LGBTQ bills, including one defining marriage as between a man and a woman and another that would limit access for transgender people to facilities consistent with their gender identity. His extreme views expand beyond anti-LGBTQ rhetoric; Shea also has a history of working with anti-Muslim and militia groups.

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Half the guys I know have played around with paintball, airsoft, or BB guns like this, mostly in our youth. But the reporter sure tries hard to string it all together into something sinister-sounding. I guess he lost me when he started quoting SPLC and not in jest.

Basically, I think the Guardian is mostly yanking libs' chains. Have fun with that, I guess.
Were your paintball/airsoft/BB gun bros all hot for the biblical warfare thing?
If you can put aside your "oh-noes! Evil SPLC!!1!" pearl-clutching for a sec, was there anything specific about the SPLC in the article that you took issue with?
The Guardian is yanking our (not you) chains?
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One dismissed charge from seven years ago? That has nothing to do with the OP or subject at hand? That's what you're going to hang your hat on? Alrighty then. Did someone at Team Rugged get a traffic ticket once too?
Whether Shea is a convicted felon or not, he has a history of very disturbing behavior that extends beyond just edgy political rhetoric.

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...family-values/

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She said Shea insisted she walk on his left side because his sword, if he had one, would be on his right side. He said he knows nothing about that, but as a courtesy would walk between her and traffic.

Lisa Shea’s brother-in-law, Tino P. Vargas, swore in court documents that he saw Matt Shea yell at his wife, grab her arm “very hard and violently” and push her into a vehicle.

Lisa Shea said she moved out of the family home in fear, and a judge granted her a protection order.
Granted, it's not a conviction. And granted, his road rage incident was conditionally dismissed, but the point, Ditka, is that the rhetoric, the violent language in his manifestos, his "civic" activities...are consistent with other allegations of violent behavior.

The rest of us need not prove violence in a court of law to conclude that someone is a violent person. Osama Bin Laden, as far as we know, didn't personally engage in violence against the United States, but that doesn't mean he didn't deal in violence. He promoted it. He paid for it. He had a violent mind and spirit. And so do people like Matt Shea.

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By Shea's own words, the purpose of his camp is to train kids to kill people. Boy Scout camps do not do that. Terrorists do. You know all of those "terrorist training camps" that right wingers are always up in arms about? This is one of them.
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By Shea's own words, the purpose of his camp is to train kids to kill people. Boy Scout camps do not do that. Terrorists do. You know all of those "terrorist training camps" that right wingers are always up in arms about? This is one of them.
It's not just talk; it's filling young and impressionable minds with hatred of anyone not in the group. Worse, it's coming from someone who operates in a position of real power, and whose words and deeds have been ratified by voters. These are extremely dangerous fireworks we're playing around with here.
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Yeah, that one quotes SPLC too, so you can probably imagine how I feel about it.
I feel good in this case for the SPLC because the article from the Spokesman-Review confirms what they said about him elsewhere.

Kids, now you know why shooting the messenger is an “Ad hominem” fallacy.

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Clearly some people missed the part about killing off folks who want no part of the new theocracy. Or is there really nothing malevolent in that minor detail?
You're blowing things way out of proportion here. They only plan on killing all the males.
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With the implication being that they're going to keep the females alive to be raped.
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Point taken. Here's an article from last year that has his manifesto posted.

He claims that these were only thoughts for a sermon or some nonsense, but he can't be believed because in this section, lying is perfectly acceptable when Jesus is your trump card and it's for a good cause.
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HurricaneDitka, maybe you saw that Shea and Team Rugged are self-proclaimed Christians and assumed this was liberal bashing of Christian conservatives, but that's definitely not the case. Consider:

The leaked emails quoted in the Guardian--which I know you distrust--were obtained by the Spokane Spokesman Review, a newspaper with a conservative newspaper in a solidly red part of the state. Conservative Christians are denouncing this guy, too.

The Spokane County sheriff, Ozzie Knezovich, is a staunch Republican:
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Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, who has urged fellow Republicans to denounce Shea as an extremist, compared Team Rugged to the Hitler Youth of Nazi Germany. [/URL]
This guy is not in your camp. Believe me, you don't want him in your camp.
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Why should they leave if they own the land?
Because they don't want just the land they own. They'll want some lebensraum. They probably feel entitled to all of the United States, which should belong only to Real Americans like them.
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nelliebly, I just wanted to circle back to this to complement you on a well-done post. I don't live in Washington, so I'll probably never have the opportunity to vote for, or against, Matt Shea, and I had no plans to donate money to him or his opponent, but your post has given me more to think on and mull over than the rest of the posts in this thread combined.
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nelliebly, I just wanted to circle back to this to complement you on a well-done post. I don't live in Washington, so I'll probably never have the opportunity to vote for, or against, Matt Shea, and I had no plans to donate money to him or his opponent, but your post has given me more to think on and mull over than the rest of the posts in this thread combined.
That was all information pulled from the Spokesman Review article linked to in post 13 and brought up several other times.
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The local Republicans in Spokane County are now telling Matt Shea to please go now.
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The local Republicans in Spokane County are now telling Matt Shea to please go now.
So is the Spokane Police Guild:

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...rep-matt-shea/

Even if this nutbag is removed or steps down from his current position, he will be haunting the area forever.
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The conservative mayor of Spokane and Spokane Police Chief are also jumping on the "Shea needs to go" bandwagon:

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...ef-craig-meid/
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The conservative mayor of Spokane and Spokane Police Chief are also jumping on the "Shea needs to go" bandwagon:

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...ef-craig-meid/
Still some scumbag holdouts, though:

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Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins questioned the credibility of recent news reports as well as Sheriff Knezovich and two former Shea associates who have become whistleblowers, Jay Pounder and Tanner Rowe.

“I think most of this was taken out of context and I would categorize this as a setup,” Higgins said. “This is part of the ongoing war between the sheriff and Rep. Shea. I wish it would end amicably, but it probably won’t.”

Higgins said he doesn’t believe Shea would actually do any of the activities described in the emails, such as purchasing GPS devices to track perceived adversaries.

“I doubt that happened or was ever going to happen,” Higgins said.
Yeah, Higs? You just know, then? You a buddy of his? Clairvoyant? Delusional POS?

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State Sen. Mike Padden, a fellow Republican who also represents that district, declined to discuss Shea’s activities in detail Tuesday evening, but he noted that officials who have called for Shea’s resignation are not from the district.

“The voters elected him, and it’s the voters who are being short-changed,” Padden said. “And other than that, it’s up to Rep. Shea” whether he remains in the Legislature.
It's been only in the past couple years all this ugliness has been brought to light, so, the chances of him getting re-elected a seventh time, then?
Um, that's probably a no.

Meanwhile, probably a safe wager that Russians are following this story (yes, even this one - if it's in the news, and a powder keg for further political diviseness - hell yes) and thinking - "we got work to do".
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It's been only in the past couple years all this ugliness has been brought to light, so, the chances of him getting re-elected a seventh time, then?
Um, that's probably a no.
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I wish I could believe that is true, but, a lot of crap came out before the last election, including his manifesto. He won that election, which was only 9 months ago, by 16 points. It wasn't even close.

Take a gander at the Spokesman Review FB comments associated with these articles. There are too many vocal supporters of this guy. He's nuttier than squirrel shit and they love him.
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Ah, interesting.
And shitty!
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Ah, interesting.
And shitty!
Shawn Vestal explains the issue more clearly than my post:

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/20...ers-to-do-the/

Spokane Valley loves their local radical Christian warrior.
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nelliebly, I just wanted to circle back to this to complement you on a well-done post. I don't live in Washington, so I'll probably never have the opportunity to vote for, or against, Matt Shea, and I had no plans to donate money to him or his opponent, but your post has given me more to think on and mull over than the rest of the posts in this thread combined.
Thank you, and I appreciate the comment.
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