‘Reverse-Rigging’ Of Washington Primaries?

Is it possible for a primary to be rigged in favor of the underdog?

On Tuesday, May 24th, Washington state Democrats had a presidential primary, which is a bit odd, because they already had a caucus (most states have one or the other.)

The Washington state Democrats had presidential caucuses – not to be confused with their primary –  on Saturday, March 26th.

According to the website newstimes and NPR, the primary votes simply don’t count.  That is unfortunate for Hillary Clinton, because she won Tuesday’s primary vote handily, 54 percent to Bernie Sanders’ 46 percent.

The Atlantic states that Sanders already won 74 delegates, while Clinton won only 27, based on the March 26th caucuses.

Writes newstimes:

“On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton edged out Bernie Sanders, but the results won’t affect the allocation of delegates to the Democratic National Convention: Democrats in Washington state ignore the results of the statewide primary and rely solely on the party caucus system, which Bernie Sanders won in March.”


“Clinton’s win might give her some momentum, but it won’t get her any delegates. There were no delegates at stake in the Democratic primary. Washington Democrats already awarded their delegates based on party caucuses.

“Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won Washington’s caucuses in March, getting 74 delegates. Clinton got 27.”

The Atlantic writes that roughly 230,000 people participated in the Democratic caucus, The Stranger reported in March. However, more than 660,000 Democratic votes had been tallied in the primary as of Tuesday,according to The Seattle Times.

(Updated to correct title)




New Zealand Has A State-Owned Bank

New Zealand has a state-owned and operated bank, called Kiwibank.  It is run by the country’s post office.

States Wikipedia:

Kiwibank Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the state-owned enterprise New Zealand Post Limited. Through Kiwibank, New Zealand Post provides banking services through its PostShops (post offices) and joint venture Books & More and Papermate outlets throughout New Zealand. Kiwibank is owned by the New Zealand government and the company’s Board of Directors was chaired by former New Zealand Prime Minister Jim Bolger from 2001–2010. The current Chairman of the Board of Directors is Rob Morrison.

According to the Kiwibank website:

“Kiwibank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of New Zealand Post, which is a 100% state-owned enterprise.”

Police In Pasco, Washington Shooting Cleared Of Wrongdoing


The Pasco Police Department today released the determination of its internal investigation into the February 10 shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

KEPRTV writes:

“After reviewing the completed Special Investigations Unit file, an internal investigative report prepared by the Department, and the analysis of an outside expert retained by the Department, Pasco Police Chief Robert Metzger determined the responding officers did not violate Department policies and procedures.”

Chief Metzger will return Officer Adam Wright and Officer Adrian Alaniz to duty effective immediately, writes NBC.




Does Trump Wear Jeans?

TYT Network

Donald Trump went to the Iowa State Fair in his helicopter and gave kids free helicopter rides. One of the kids asked Mr. Trump if he was Batman. Trump replied, “I am Batman.”

Also, according to TYT Network, when asked if he wears jeans by reporters, Trump answered, “(Mitt) Romney wears jeans.”


School District Fined For ‘Proselytizing Christianity’

TYT Network

A Mississippi school district was fined for reportedly mixing church and state.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has found the Rankin County school district in contempt of court for continuing to promote Christianity during school hours after it agreed to stop.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ordered the district Friday to pay $7,500 to the plaintiff as punishment for violating a 2013 order and again ordered it to stop sponsoring prayers at graduations, assemblies, athletic competitions and other school events.



This website – OK, Fine – will now write an editorial on the Confederate Battle Flag.  OK, fine, has generally refrained from writing about the Confederate Battle flag because for the most part, it has largely disappeared.  Below is the state flag of South Carolina.

Note that the Confederate Battle Flag does not appear on the flag.

“Asked by the Revolutionary Council of Safety in the fall of 1775 to design a flag for the use of South Carolina troops, Col. William Moultrie chose a blue which matched the color of their uniforms and a crescent which reproduced the silver emblem worn on the front of their caps. The palmetto tree was added later to represent Moultrie’s heroic defense of the palmetto-log fort on Sullivan’s Island against the attack of the British fleet on June 28, 1776,” writes 50states.com.

The U.S. flag and South Carolina state flag flies at half staff to honor the nine people killed in the Charleston murders as the confederate battle flag also flies on the grounds of the South Carolina State House in Columbia, SC June 20, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Miczek - RTX1HF3B

There is a Confederate Battle Flag used as part of a war memorial to Confederate soldiers on the grounds of the statehouse.  The Confederate Battle Flag is not flown above the rooftop of the Capitol building there.  This can be seen in the photo above.

According to PBS, the flag used to be flown above the Capitol building, but was removed from that site in the year 2000. PBS reports that the flag at the memorial cannot be lowered to half-mast.  It can only be hooked onto or removed from the pole.

As written about before, the only state flag in the U.S. that contains the Confederate Battle Flag as part of its imagery is the Mississippi state flag.  All other states have removed that symbol from their flag.  The Mississippi flag can be seen below.

So, isn’t the conversation about the Confederate Battle Flag moot or nearly moot?  Should the real focus be to have the symbol  removed from the Mississippi state flag – the last official state flag that has it?

What about the war memorial flag in South Carolina?  Could they perhaps build a “statue flag” or put a “sculpture” of the flag on the memorial, instead of having a real flag?  What kind of facsimile could be used instead of a real flag?  Is there a compromise?

Those are the thoughts of the Confederate Battle Flag from this website…

Hundreds Of Fruit Pickers Stranded At U.S. – Mexican Border

Hundreds of Mexican farm workers have been stranded for two weeks at the U.S. border after a government computer failure left them unable to get visas, states Reuters.  The visas were sought for them by Washington state cherry growers, officials said on Monday.

Meanwhile, cherry crops have been spoiling in the trees because the orchards lack enough workers to pick them, said officials, according to Reuters.

A State Department database crashed on June 9.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection has managed to process fewer than half the applications it has received seeking H-2A visas for temporary farm employment.

The visas have been granted to about 1,250 workers who had previously obtained them, but 1,500 first-time applicants cannot yet get the documents because of the computer failure, according to State Department spokeswoman Julia Straker.

Among those waiting are more than 550 would-be workers sponsored by the Washington Farm Labor Association.

Most of the workers are stranded in Tiajuana, according to Reuters.