Reagan Dunn is done with The Stranger

Dear Reagan Dunn,

What a bold move you’ve made in blacklisting The Stranger from your AG campaign press releases. Is it a coincidence that Rob McKenna is also passing over The Stranger? Or is this a recent addition to the Washington State Republican Party platform?

I couldn’t help but notice that The Stranger was blacklisted after their recent acquisition of a certain potty-mouthed, muckraking, filthy, blogging asset from HorsesAss.

Just so you know, since Goldy’s departure, we gone to great lengths to clean up our act. We’ve not uncovered even a single Republican beating up his Mother, we’ve not exposed even one lethal mix of cronyism and incompetence in a top federal agency, we’ve eschewed asking pointed questions about potential brain damage in members of your caucus, and we have made (mild) jokes about Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Why, just recently we rebranded the blog:

The New HorsesAss…Same great flavor, 50% less “fuck.”

Besides that, at the New HorsesAss we are so totally not obsessed with the size of your enormous closets….

I think it’s clear that, of the two publications, HorsesAss is quickly overtaking The Stranger as the more palatable news source to people with language “sensitivities.” And I note we were the first media to break the news that you were running for AG.

So I was wondering…can you please send HorsesAss the press releases you used to send The Stranger?

Thanks in advance!



  1. 3

    Michael spews:

    We should welcome the news that Dunn and McKenna have black listed The Stranger; they’re barely out of the starting gates and already hanging themselves with their own ropes.

  2. 4

    rhp6033 spews:

    Sounds like a typical Puget Sound Republican campaign strategy.

    * Schedule appearances at “private affairs” ensuring only friendly audiences and sufficiently pliant media attend.

    * Schedule fundraisers at large homes in Medina or Clyde Hill where the police will obediently block off access to reporters a block or two from the actual event.

    * Take questions when the cameras are rolling only from supporters who’s questions (and answers thereto) were carefully prepared in advance by the campaing staff.

    * Then have everyone talk to the reportrs about what a “nice guy” the candidate is.

  3. 6

    MikeBoyScout spews:

    Folks like Goldy need to learn not to displease your betters.

    On the other hand, maybe pissing Goldy off is not such a smart thing to do at the outset? It is not like there is not a loonnngggg time between now and the election.

  4. 7

    Michael spews:

    Dino showed up in gated communities outside Gig Harbor a couple of times. One of them, Canterwood, even has their own rent-a-cop force.

  5. 9

    Michael spews:

    There’s nice houses all over the place and most seem to do just fine without a rent-a-cop and a gate (neither of which stop anyone anyway). Mostly the gates and the rent-a-cops just give bored teens something to do…

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    Pete spews:

    @10 And how big were the closets? Republicans seem to like really big closets. (Insert Larry Craig or Mark Foley joke here.)

  7. 14

    Uh oh Jongo! spews:


    Whats the matter Proud Communist? Did tonights Stalin Celebration Party get cancelled?

    Proud Communist, same name and same partisan lemming shit….how does it feel to be just another tool?

  8. 15

    W. Klingon Skousen spews:

    re 14: Have you ever read, None Dare Call it Treason! or, The Naked Communist?

    You sound like an old John Bircher pamphlet. Come to think of it, you would never have actually read either of the above mentioned books. You would have only read a pamphlet blurb telling you what to think.

    Ain’t that right, Groupthink Boy?

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    Uh oh Jongo! spews:


    LMFAO…sure, two books barely anybody has heard of and nobody gives a shit about. Big fucking deal.

    Have you ever read the specifications for Trane 200 ton chiller?

    take your leftist loser shit and shove it up your balloon knot.

    aint that right, leftist groupthink tool?

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    two books barely anybody has heard of and nobody gives a shit about.

    Nobody except right wing dumbfux:

    In the 1950s, John Stormer became disillusioned with the political candidates and philosophies that he was asked to support. In 1962, he left his career as editor and general manager of a leading electrical magazine to begin an intensive study of communism. With what he learned, he wrote the book None Dare Call It Treason which has sold seven million copies. The book argued that the United States was losing the Cold War because it had been heavily infiltrated by Communist subversives.

    Trane could only dream of selling that many chillers.

    And the Naked Communist – that’s a classic of right wing idiot paranoia. That’s probably sold way more copies.

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    Uh oh Jongo! spews:


    Trane could only dream of selling that many chillers.

    Well at $100k per chiller, they dont have to.

    So sorry, but irrelevant 50-60 year old books just arent on my list right now.

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    And Skousen, the author of The Naked Communist, is a favorite of the Mittster Romney. This right wing hack connects the dots:

    That’s because Romney’s argument with the Iowa talk-radio host starts with the two discussing their shared affinity for W. Cleon Skousen. “You and I share a common affection for the late Cleon Skousen,” the radio host says. The former governor agrees, affirming Skousen was his professor and when the radio host professes his fondness for Skousen’s book The Making of America, while he acknowledges he hasn’t read it, Mitt quickly says “That’s worth reading.”

    Remember the Mittster is a Anne Coulter and Limbaugh favorite.

    Oh and Skousen’s Naked Communist changed Glenn Beck’s life:

    In fall of 2007, political commentator Glenn Beck, who is a Mormon, began promoting The 5,000 Year Leap on his show, describing it as “divinely inspired” and written by someone “much more intelligent than myself”.[42] Leap argues that the U.S. Constitution is infused with Judeo-Christian virtues as well as Enlightenment philosophy.[4] Skousen’s son Paul Skousen asked Beck to write the foreword for a new edition of the book. Texas Governor Rick Perry has also promoted the book.[43][44]
    After Beck began promoting Skousen’s The 5,000 Year Leap in March 2009, it went to number one in sales on the charts and stayed in the top 15 throughout the following summer. In September 2009, the book was being sold at meetings of Beck’s 9-12 Project and was often used as source material for 9-12 Project speakers.[4]
    Skousen’s book on (especially LDS end times prophecy, The Cleansing of America, was published by Valor Publishing Group in 2010.[5]
    In a November 2010 article in Canada’s National Post, Alexander Zaitchik, author of Common Nonsense (a book critical of Glenn Beck), described Skousen as a “whack job” with “decidedly dubious theories”.[45]

    Glenn Beck of course is the favorite of our favorite right wing whack job: Puddybud

  13. 20

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    Sure is funny how leftist get upset when Republicans cancel the press ticket of a leftist organization while Obummer does it to any newspaper who dares tell the truth and tells how people protest Obummer teleprompter visitations.

    BTW how #19 fit the topic. More run on moronism!

  14. 22

    proud leftist spews:

    Nice catch. I must admit, as a religious person, that a leap of faith, past reason, is necessary to believe in God. Still, Mormonism seems really strange to me.

  15. 23

    W. Klingon Skousen spews:

    re 16:

    LMFAO…sure, two books barely anybody has heard of and nobody gives a shit about. Big fucking deal.

    Groupthinker? I think so.

  16. 24

    W. Klingon Skousen spews:

    Interesting that Ligo Bongo should label these two classic examples as books that:

    ‘…nobody gives a shit about’.

    How true.

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    rhp6033 spews:

    Looks like there’s a cat fight going on between the Republican anti-tax and the balance-the-budget-at-all-costs conservatives.

    Leading the anti-tax party is, of course, Grover Norquist, who was once famous for stating that his goal was to de-fund the government to the point where it was small enough to drown in a bathtub.

    Leading the recently dis-illusioned antagonists is Sen. Tom Coburn (Rep-Oklahoma).

    The sticking point was Norquist demanding that each Republican in Congress sign his no-new-tax pledge, under threat of being targeted in the primaries if he/she fails to do so. Of course, many Republicans in Congress barely gave it a thought and nearly trampled one another on their way to sign the pledge.

    But Coburn asked some questions, and it turns out that Norquist insists that removing a federal subsidy of a business is a “new tax”. So cutting subsidies and special tax incentives for ethanol or to oil companies would, in his definition, be a tax increase upon them.

    Which means, of course, that the status quo can never be changed. The budget can’t be balanced because each spending cut is essentially a tax on those who benefit from the federal program. The wierd world of Republican tax-cut orthodoxy has reached it’s ultimate conclusion, which is a circle, not a line of reasoning.

    Of course, Reagan’s first budget director, David Stockman, found this out when he came on board that administration believing that his mandate was to balance the budget. After all, that was what Reagan ran upon, and it was a plank in the GOP platform for that election. But he soon found that balancing the budget was far down the list of priorities for the Republican Party – first was cutting taxes, primarily for wealthy Americans, second was raising the military budget, and third was increasing aid to police departments around the country to fund the drug wars. Balancing the budget came way, way, way down the list. He found that even within the Reagan administration, the biggest opponants to cutting spending weren’t the Democrats, but the Republican cabinet members, each of whom wanted to expand their own turf. He was left with only the creation of what he called the “rosy scenario”, which assumed that the Laffler Curve would kick in and the country would receive historical growth rates. When it didn’t, we were saddled with huge deficit which took twenty years – and several tax increases – to rememdy.


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    W. Klingon Skousen spews:

    re 25: There are the log cabin republicans and the log in the eye republicans — the latter of which seems to be the most populous faction.

  19. 27

    W. Klingon Skousen spews:

    Will Lingo Bingo Bongo give us undeniable proof that republicans do not have logs in their eyes and that on the Koch Brothers estates, Camels regularly leap through the eyes of gigantic needles?

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    W. Klingon Skousen spews:

    re 28: How can we trust your pronunciamentos when you say that your own conservative literature is something:

    ‘…nobody gives a shit about’


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    proud leftist spews:

    Maxie @ 28
    It is truly rich when you call progressives “lemmings.” Your party harbors no dissent. (I will, however, tip my hat to Walter Jones of North Carolina on the issue of our wars.) I wish we had an opposition party that actually could engage in rational discourse.

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    Uh oh Jongo! spews:


    you make a lot of incorrect assumptions – which is probably how you run your life.

    Proud Communist – Many of the founding fathers believed that this nation should not have political parties…I happen to agree with them. The fact that you identify with a party qualifies you as a lemming to begin with. Then, as with most progressives and many on the other side, you tow the party line like a good little robot. No thinking required, just vote like they tell you to vote.

    Good job Proud Commie.

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    Many of the founding fathers believed that this nation should not have political parties…

    Can you name them and quote what they wrote on the subject???

    Uhhh.. Don’t think so.

    Funny that they crafted a system of majority rule and minority rights that would end up driving a two party system – the majority and minority party who switch places at any given point in time.