Governor Inslee sinks to new level of petty by refusing to sign certificates for marksmanship champs

You folks in Washington have term limits for politicians?

Governor Inslee is doing something unbelievably petty.

Back in 1903, there was a group that started in our nation called the Civilian Marksmanship Program. They would get together and have shooting competitions. It was for a while under the auspices of the Department of Defense. Here in Washington, they have a couple of groups that go and compete in marksmanship — the Washington State Rifle and Pistol Association, and the Washington State Police Pistol Association.

This organization always holds an annual banquet, where the top shooters — both civilians and law enforcement officers — are given certificates signed by the governor. Most states do this every year. It’s known as the Governor’s 20.

“The Governor’s 20 has been around for years — it’s a competition of law enforcement officers [who] are competing for skills,” Jane Milhans of the Washington State Rifle and Pistol Association told me.

This year, however, Governor Inslee’s office sent this letter ahead of the banquet.

“The certificates that were signed last May will be the final certificates signed by the governor … Governor Inslee is no longer able to support any program affiliated with the National Rifle Association (NRA), due to the organization’s obstructive efforts to undermine common sense gun safety measures, including those that enjoy broad public support.  We understand competitors will be disappointed by this decision; however, the Governor [sic] believes constructive conversations and meaningful action around gun safety are necessary to better protect our families and communities.”

Let me tell you the extent of the NRA’s involvement. The organization that runs this is just a little 501 (c)(3). They only register these competitions with the NRA so the shooters can get classifications if they set national records and so that the NRA can set a common set of standards for each state’s competition.

“The big focus and emphasis [of the NRA] is all on safety, and even the NRA … will provide training to smaller law enforcement agencies that don’t have the manpower for a training department,” Milhans said.

So because they register their event with the NRA, Governor Inslee will no longer sign certificates. One of the winners last year in the civilian competition was a 16-year-old female high school junior.

“I thought he was spitting in the face of law enforcement officers … it’s an honor to win the award, for one thing,” Milhans said. “Law enforcement officers lay their lives on the line every day, and I feel they deserve the recognition. So I was saddened by that.”

Milhans volunteers hundreds of hours a year teaching women how to defend themselves with firearms after her own home was broken into. She feels that Governor Inslee is ignoring the concerns of female gun owners who want to have a firearm in order to feel safe.

“He has not reached across the aisle to people like me, to talk about why women are firearm owners … As a survivor of a home invasion, it’s really important to me that women learn how to protect themselves,” she said.

Governor, I hate to tell you this as you’re going around telling everyone how great our weed is, but we do have problems in this state. Some people need protection, Mr. Governor. You want people who are armed to make sure that they’re well-trained in the use of their gun and go to the range. The fact of the matter is, with all the drug junkie vagrants roaming around our state, a lot of people don’t have time to wait for the cops to come seven or eight minutes later. Crime is through the roof, especially in Seattle. A lot of people have decided that they need to defend themselves. And you send out a petty little letter like this, Mr. Governor. It’s unbelievable.

But the reason Governor Inslee sent this letter is because he wants to run for president in 2020. He wants to get up and give his little stump speech about how green we are and how he stood up to the NRA by denying certificates to 16-year-old marksmanship competition winners.

“He has turned this into a political situation, instead of being the non-biased, non-partisan governor that he should be and recognizing law enforcement officers,” Milhans said. “I’m just really disappointed.”

Record-breaker Sir Roger Bannister, who completed first four-minute mile, dies aged 88

Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to run a mile in less than four minutes, has died at the age of 88.

 Sir Roger ran the world’s first ever sub-four minute mile in May 1954 at the Iffley Road track in Oxford.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011.

A statement released on behalf of his family said: “Sir Roger Bannister died peacefully in Oxford on 3 March 2018, aged 88, surrounded by his family who were as loved by him as he was loved by them.

62% Of NFL Fans Plan To Watch Less Football

They wanted ‘political’?
They’re getting ‘political’..right in the wallet.

Is it a passing storm or an existential problem? That’s a key question for the NFL as it grapples with the mushrooming controversy of players kneeling in protest during the national anthem, and President Donald Trump’s persistent bashing of the kneelers.

A new Yahoo Finance poll suggests the NFL has an enduring problem on its hands. Nearly 62% of 9,056 respondents told us they plan to watch less pro football in response to the anthem controversy. Thirty-six percent said they plan to buy less NFL merchandise, and 32% have chosen not to attend a game they would otherwise have gone to. Those findings all have financial implications for the NFL and its 32 team owners.

We wanted to limit our survey, conducted online via SurveyMonkey from Sept. 28-29, to people who patronize the NFL, and exclude people who have an opinion but don’t watch football. So we only counted answers from people who describe themselves as pro football fans. Eighty-eight percent of respondents said they watch at least one game per week, with 46% of those saying they watch more than two games.

Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s complete merger

Almost 40 years ago, no one in their right mind could have conceived of the idea that would turn out to be today’s Bass Pro. 

Bass Pro Shops has wrapped up its $5 billion acquisition of Cabela’s.

The two companies announced the transaction Monday, saying the corporate headquarters will be Bass Pro’s in Springfield, Mo.

Cabela’s has a Huntsville location, while Bass Pro Shops has stores in Leeds, Prattville and Spanish Fort.

The company says it will continue promoting both brands.

Bass Pro announced last year it would buy the company. Bass Pro paid $61.50 a share, or about $4 billion in cash, assuming about $1 billion in debt, according to the Omaha World-Herald.