An important lesson about guns

The most important Basque Fry yet

With so much on the line for our state and our country, you won’t want to miss this year’s event.

June 11, 2020

ITEM #1:  Last week we announced that this year’s 6th Annual Basque Fry will be held on August 8, 2020, and is once again being incorporated into the two-day CPAC West.

Already, the announcement has been met with incredible enthusiasm and an explosion in ticket sales. We’re well on our way to making this our best Basque Fry yet!

It’s certainly going to be our most important.

With today’s Democrats — nationally and here in Nevada — attacking our conservative values more viciously than ever, the stakes could not be higher in this critical election year.

The Basque Fry has grown into the largest annual gathering of grassroots conservatives in the entire State of Nevada — a place to come together, hear some words of inspiration from our All-Star conservative speakers, and recommit ourselves to the fight for our state’s future.

With so much on the line this year, it is more crucial than ever that we all join that fight.

Again, tickets are going fast. So be sure to get yours now by clicking here, and get ready to join us at Corley Ranch in Gardnerville for a day of great Basque food, family-friendly entertainment, and of course our incredible lineup of speakers, including:

  • U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas
  • U.S. Congressman Devin Nunes of California
  • U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida
  • Media personality and best-selling author Dana Loesch
  • ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp
  • Mercedes Schlapp, Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications for the Trump 2020 campaign

We’ll be announcing additional speakers soon, so be sure to keep an eye on your inbox for more news in the coming days and weeks!

In addition, we’ll soon be announcing details for Day 1 of CPAC West, which will be held on Friday, August 7 in Reno in partnership with the American Conservative Union. Like last year’s inaugural CPAC West, the agenda will feature a series of prominent speakers and policy panels with elected officials, policy experts and media personalities. Don’t wait to reserve your spot, which you can do by clicking here.

With Nevada’s economy having been shut down for so long, it’s clear from the response to this year’s Basque Fry announcement that Silver State conservatives are hungry to get back into action.

And with so much riding on this year’s November elections, the timing couldn’t be better. We’ve seen what Nevada’s left-wing Democrats have in store for our state if left unchecked. They’re committed to raising our taxes, forcing dangerous sanctuary policies on our entire state, opening the door to massive voter fraud through all-mail balloting, taking away our Second Amendment rights, and so much more.

It’s time for us to stand up to this destructive agenda, and take back our state.

And it all starts with this year’s Basque Fry and CPAC West. Get your tickets now, and we’ll see you there!

ITEM #2:  Speaking of voter fraud, have you joined our fight yet to push back against the Democrats’ assault on election integrity here in our state?

If you haven’t, be sure to do so today. We’re running an aggressive campaign to expose and combat voter fraud here in Nevada, and you have the chance to join this crucial effort right now by going to

While there, you can:

  • Sign our petition to stand up against voter fraud.
  • Get contact information for the Secretary of State’s office, which will allow you to DEMAND action to stop this abuse of our elections.
  • Get access to a form that will let you report cases of voter fraud.
  • Stay in the loop on the latest news on the voter fraud issue.
  • And donate to support this critical campaign.

Be sure to join our fight today!

ITEM #3:  U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, recently authored an op-ed published by the New York Times, in which he raised the idea of invoking the Insurrection Act to restore order in the face of the riots that have spread across the country.

As Cotton noted in a subsequent tweet summarizing his op-ed, he "called for using military force as a backup—only if police are overwhelmed—to stop riots, not to be used against protesters.” He also tweeted: "My view: Support peaceful protests. Stop violence and looting. If police are overwhelmed by violence, military backup is a lawful & appropriate last resort with historical precedent."

Still, the publication of Cotton’s opinion was apparently too much for many of the Times’ fragile staffers to handle. Mark Hemingway reports that "more than 1,000 employees of the Times ... signed a letter objecting to the Cotton op-ed. 'Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger,' was the message that upset Times employees spread across Twitter."

Exactly how publishing the opinion of a United States Senator on a timely and newsworthy topic puts anyone in danger is far from clear. Nevertheless, the Times’ opinion page editor, James Bennet, has resigned under pressure. The Times attached a note to Cotton’s op-ed saying the piece “fell short of our standards and should not have been published” and claiming the editing process was “rushed and flawed.”

But as Hemingway points out:

“The lengthy and argumentative editor’s note appended to Cotton’s op-ed cites no meaningful factual concerns, and instead accuses the piece of being ‘needlessly harsh’ and says it ‘should have undergone the highest level of scrutiny.’ But on Friday, the same day the paper tacked the editor’s note onto Cotton’s op-ed, the paper published a column calling Tom Cotton ‘fascist’ in the headline.”

Furthermore, as National Review’s Rich Lowry has reported, the piece appears to have undergone a very rigorous fact-checking and editing process before being published.

In other words, the Times’ stated reasons for disavowing the op-ed are entirely bogus.

It’s clear what the Times means when it says Cotton’s op-ed fell short of the paper’s “standards.” It failed to toe the woke, politically acceptable, left-wing line on a controversial issue, and in doing so caused a meltdown among the snowflakes the paper employs.

God forbid Times readers and staffers ever be exposed to something that might challenge their way of thinking!

The paper’s management ought to be ashamed and embarrassed over this gutless appeasement of the spoiled children working for it.

As Hemingway rightly notes, “Whatever you think of the need for the Insurrection Act … Cotton’s op-ed had undeniable news value.”

But that’s of little use to today’s “news media.”

ITEM #4:  "What seemed like a crazy slogan on the far left" — Defund the Police — “is threatening to become a reality in some places around the country,” the Washington Examiner’s Byron York reports.

He explains:

“On Sunday the president of the Minneapolis City Council announced that a two-thirds majority of the council now supports ‘ending the Minneapolis Police Department.’ Council members said they will be ‘taking intermediate steps towards ending the MPD through the budget process and other policy and budget decisions over the coming weeks and months.’”

Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar chimed in over the weekend, saying, “I will never stop saying not only do we need to disinvest from police but we need to completely dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department ... The Minneapolis Police Department is rotten to the root. And so when we dismantle it, we get rid of that cancer and we allow for something beautiful to arise. And that reimagining allows us to figure out what public safety looks like for us." 

The call to defund policy departments has been echoed by elected leaders in other cities around the country, including New York and Los Angeles.

The absurdity and recklessness of this idea should hardly need to be spelled out. Yet here we are.

York raises just a few of the many obvious questions:

“[D]oes anyone know what DEFUND THE POLICE! actually means? In its statement, the Minneapolis council members included a line that would be funny were the stakes not so high. 'We recognize,' they wrote, 'that we don't have all the answers about what a police-free future looks like, but our community does.' Really? If so, the community should tell the world, because there seems to be great confusion about what a police-free future would look like. ...

“What would happen when a crime is committed? Say there is a murder, which happened 40 times in Minneapolis last year and 492 times in Chicago. Or say there is an armed robbery. Or an aggravated assault. What happens then? Does a social worker go to the scene? Do strategically reallocated resources solve the crime?”

Check out York’s full piece here.

None of us should make the mistake of dismissing the left’s calls as hyperbole, or let any of them get away with claiming that by “defund the police,” they don’t really mean “defund the police.” As radical views continue to become more mainstream on the left, we’ve seen instances where ideas once shrugged off as far too crazy to be taken seriously, actually end up becoming policy.

ITEM #5:  National Review reports that over the weekend, “tens of thousands of people attended protests across the U.K. A small minority of them behaved criminally. In Parliament Square, a statue of Winston Churchill, the man who saved Britain from Nazism, was defaced with graffiti. Vandals scored through his name and wrote ‘is a racist.’”

The news prompted U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to tweet:

“Sure, he was the original anti-fascist. He defeated Hitler & the Nazis. And he saved the free world.

“But you’re an angry, woke Lefty protestor (probably with a trust fund)—and you have a can of spray paint—so your contributions to humanity & equality are about the same.”

We have a feeling Cruz will have much more to say about the insanity of today’s left at this year’s Basque Fry. Book your spot to see him today!

ITEM #6:  The most recent jobs report shows signs of a strong national economic comeback, as our country emerges from the carnage caused by government-imposed economic shutdowns in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

But as economist Stephen Moore reveals, “there are still a handful of states where lockdown orders are expected to remain in place for weeks to come.”

What do all these places have in common? You guessed it.

Here’s Moore:

“With very few exceptions, the cities and states that have ordered their businesses to remain comatose and their millions of workers to go without paychecks are blue, blue, blue. This list includes New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California and Oregon. They all have Democratic governors.

“Once great and mighty cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Manhattan are ghost towns. They all have Democratic mayors.”

As we’ve demonstrated at length, Nevada also belongs on the list of states whose shutdowns were too severe and broad, and whose process of reopening has been far too slow and plagued by poor communication from the Governor.

And today, Nevada is suffering under the highest unemployment rate in the entire country.

The failure to lead has consequences. 

ITEM #7:  Donald Trump, Jr., keeping track of the evolving rules for social distancing, tweeted:

“Things that will get you sick, according to media:

  • Church
  • Work
  • Voting in person
  • Friends/fam/weddings/funerals
  • Trump rallies

Things that WON’T:

  • 1000s protesting in streets
  • Burning down communities”

Everyone got that?

ITEM #8:  We’ve weighed in previously on the New York Times’ “1619 Project,” a collection of essays arguing that the primary inspiration for America's founding was a commitment to preserving the institution of slavery. So off-base was this premise that the project's leader, Nikole Hannah-Jones, ultimately conceded that the central claim of the series was wrong. Nevertheless, the project earned a Pulitzer Prize, which says far more about the Pulitzer board than about the project itself.

We thought we’d call your attention to a video from the Capital Research Center — in the words of The Federalist’s Tristan Justice, “a dynamic, eight-minute documentary debunking the project, providing illustrative insight into the Times’ attempt to radically change the nation’s understanding of the American founding with fake history.”

Read Justice’s full write-up, and watch the video for yourself, here.

Hannah-Jones, by the way, recently opined in a TV interview with CBS News that: "Violence is when an agent of the state kneels on a man's neck until all of the life is leached out of his body. Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence. Using that same language to describe those two things ... it's not moral to do that." 

ITEM #9:  NFL quarterback Drew Brees drew the ire of the thought police recently by expressing his opinion that he didn’t agree with those players who take a knee during the national anthem.

Here’s Brees’ full comment:

"I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country. Let me just tell you what I see, what I feel, when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corps, both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place.

"So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about. And in many cases, it brings me to tears thinking about all that's been sacrificed. Not just those in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the '60s and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point.

"And is everything right with our country right now? No, it’s not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better, and that we are all part of the solution.”

Once the woke mob was finished with him, of course, Brees apologized for his comments.

So we’re curious now, after reading this report from CNN that:

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, never shy to weigh in on the controversies of the day, said she thinks ‘it's really dumb’ for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and others to refuse to stand for the national anthem.”

Ginsburg is of course one of the most lionized figures on the left today. It’ll be interesting to see if she comes in for the same abuse that was heaped on Brees.

We’re not holding our breath.


"The bias of liberal Democrats is to shutter — to put government ahead of business and to put the nanny state ahead of the rights of individual workers." ― Stephen Moore

"Defund the police, abolish ICE, disarm Americans, and then surrender our cities to the Antifa mob? If this is the rulebook for the new Woketopia, then count me out." ― U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz