Evening Edition - June 11

June 11, 2019

Fun series of Twitter tweets, starting with an arrogant leftist claiming that the Bible instructs everyone to be socialists, and ending with a lesson in the difference between personal charity and coerced government collectivism delivered by Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw.  

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/leftist-feminist-claims-bible-teaches-socialism-crenshaw-sets-record-straight/

By the way, nobody mentioned the most decisive argument of all to prove that the Bible is not an instruction guide telling everyone to be a socialist: If it were, liberals wouldn’t be banning it from schools. 

 

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Warning: this story is for adult eyes only, and it might even turn adult stomachs.  Peter Bright, a well-known tech reporter for the site Ars Technica with a Twitter following of over 18,000, has been charged with soliciting sex with children online.  There are more sordid details about his alleged kinks and background at the link, but I warn you, it’s very disturbing.  Not explained is how anyone could be a “tech expert” and think this sort of disgusting behavior online would go unnoticed by authorities.    

https://www.westernjournal.com/known-tech-reporter-arrested-attempting-solicit-sex-9-year-old-girl/

It’s another reminder to be extremely careful in dealing with anyone you know only through the Internet.  Even well-known public personas may be nothing but virtual reality.

 


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For the first time in history, female law clerks for the Supreme Court outnumber male clerks.  That’s because the newest Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, kept his promise to encourage women in law by hiring only female clerks.  That earned him praise from, of all people, liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsberg – who, as Deanna Fisher at the Victory Girls blog notes, could have hired female clerks herself at any time over her career on the court, but didn’t. 

https://victorygirlsblog.com/ginsburg-praises-kavanaugh-for-law-clerk-team/ 

Personally, I think you could argue either way that this is a great step forward for women or discrimination against men.  But one thing that’s indisputable is that it’s hypocritical to celebrate it as a long-overdue victory for women when you could have remedied it yourself at any point in the past 26 years. 

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The clashes between the First Amendment right to religious expression and the SCOTUS’ newly-created right to same-sex marriage are suddenly back in the news.

In Washington, the State Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the Christian owner of Arlene’s Flowers for the second time in an accusation of discrimination for declining to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.  This, after they were forced to reexamine the case in light of the SCOTUS ruling in favor of Colorado Christian cake artist Jack Phillips.  The Court ordered them to make sure their decision was not influenced by animus against her religious beliefs, and – what do you know?! – turns out that after a thorough self-examination, they found they harbored no anti-Christian prejudice at all. Her attorneys say they are planning an immediate appeal to the Supreme Court.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/washington-supreme-court-rules-against-florist-who-refused-service-for-gay-couples-wedding

Ironically, since it was Phillips’ SCOTUS win that forced the Washington court to reconsider its ruling, there is news that Phillips is being sued for the THIRD time – the same lawyer who failed last time is taking another swing at him. 

https://pjmedia.com/trending/christian-baker-jack-phillips-is-being-sued-again/

As noted in this article, there is no shortage of bakers in Denver who will make a gay wedding cake, and Phillips is not taking any active role against same-sex marriages.  The radical activists are just out to keep harassing him over and over for his personal religious beliefs until they either drive him out of business or the SCOTUS finally does its job, fixes the giant muddy mess it created by inventing a new right that conflicts with the First Amendment, and clarifies its ruling, preferably by bringing its gavels down forcibly on the heads of these aggressive lawyers. 

For a good background in how we got here and what needs to be done to correct it, I recommend this piece by Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of Liberty Institute, which fights to protect religious freedom rights.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/kelly-shackelford-supreme-court-masterpiece-case-religious-case

 


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Joe Biden is discovering that being the frontrunner in the polls in a crowded field is like being the crab that’s almost made it out of the bucket: all the other crabs keep trying to drag him back down. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/joe-biden-quickly-becoming-punching-bag-rest-2020-democrats/

What’s funny is seeing some of the criticisms they’re lobbing at Biden and what they tell us about the state of the Democratic Party in 2019.  For instance, Bernie Sanders is attacking him for representing “a middle-ground strategy that antagonizes no one.”  One thing you can say for Bernie is that he has no history of middle-ground, pragmatic, bipartisan stances to overcome in order to impress the far-left.  To quote a great Waylon Jennings song, he’s always been crazy. 

Meanwhile, Pete Buttigieg, who’s seeking a promotion from mayor of South Bend, Indiana, to President of the United States, summed up the Party philosophy circa 2019 in a nutshell (emphasis on "nut") by declaring, “We’re not going to win by playing it safe or promising to return to normal.” 

I strongly suggest that that Democrats raise funds by selling caps that read “MAUAAA” (“Make America Unsafe and Abnormal Again.”)

I almost feel sorry for Joe Biden (note that I said “almost.”)  As I’ve watched him struggle over the past couple of weeks against attacks from the left over his previous positions, and even flip-flop on a moral issue as fundamental as not thinking it’s right to force taxpayers to pay for abortions (under Obama/Biden, it was only right to force nuns to pay for abortions), it’s dawned on me:

Joe Biden is the living embodiment of the dire predicament of the entire Democratic Party.

Right now, the Party is being ripped asunder by two warring factions: the old guard who think their liberal views need to be tempered with at least a little lip service to common sense and moderation in order to win general elections in all but the bluest areas; and the far-left “progressives” who want to go pedal-to-the-metal hard left, openly and loudly embracing every crackpot idea from free government health care and college tuition to open borders to outright socialism, financed by 90% tax rates and printing money that is handed out to everyone for free. 

The Old Guard quite reasonably sees the “progressive” path as general election suicide, which is why they back Biden: he’s been around so long that he won his first political race when Ed Sullivan was still on TV, and he has a long and reasonably centrist record.  But in order to win over the radicals who vote in the primary elections in disproportionate numbers, Joe has to pretend to be one of them.  This requires him to renounce decades of pragmatism in an attempt to pass as one of the hip, young “Democratic” socialist radicals. 

It’s an embarrassing, unnatural and uncomfortable costume for someone of Joe’s years to have to don.  It reminds me of the episode of “Frasier” where he told his prissy brother Niles, “Please don’t try to be hip.  You remind me of Bob Hope when he dresses up as The Fonz.” 

But even if Joe could still fit into his leather jacket from high school, it wouldn’t matter (and not just because leather is now politically incorrect.) The faction that’s taking over the Democratic Party will tear down statues of American heroes from over 200 years ago if they fail to live up to some PC standard that was just invented on Twitter.  Joe can’t win them over by claiming that, like any human being, his opinions have changed with the times, because that would require his critics to be reasonable and have a sense of forgiveness and historical perspective.  It would be like trying to reason with a mob of villagers who are chasing Frankenstein’s monster with torches. 

Example: the latest “revelation” to come out about Joe is that in 1987, he (gasp!) rejected identity politics: as he put it then, the arguments that only blacks can represent blacks and “that coalitions don’t work anymore, that whites and Catholics and Jews no longer care about the problems of black America.”  That was considered reasonable then.  It’s still reasonable now.  But to many voting in the Democratic primaries, it’s an “OUTRAGE!!!”  Because refusing to separate and judge people by their race is now racist.  

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-urged-black-voters-to-reject-jesse-jackson-during-first-presidential-run

Joe may yet pull out the nomination, but by the time the process is over, he may be so tired of fending off the other crabs and having to publicly renounce things he knows to be true, like someone being tortured by the Spanish Inquisition, that he’ll wonder if it was even worth it to secure the honor of losing to Trump.

 

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It sometimes seems as if the big tech companies are taunting the government: “Go on, regulate us!  Bust us up like the monopolies we are!  We double-dog dare you!” 

How else to explain the many recent stories of blatant bias and abuse of their platforms to censor conservative speech?  Just today comes another outrageous example: Pinterest, the site that allegedly lets users “pin” or link to things they like has blocked links to the pro-life group LiveAction.org.  An insider/whistleblower told the group that it was done surreptitiously by putting Live Action on a list of banned pornography-related sites, on grounds that they link to “harmful conspiracies.”  That refers to the undercover videos revealing Planned Parenthood workers talking about selling harvested body parts from aborted babies - which I agree is a "harmful conspiracy," but exposing it was not.  

Then when that underhanded tactic became public and Live Action appealed, Pinterest immediately issued a permanent suspension of the group’s account for allegedly posting advice that is “harmful misinformation” that might cause "immediate and detrimental effects on Pinners' health or public safety." Since Pinterest refused to respond to inquiries from Conservative Tribune, we are left to assume that they think encouraging women not to kill their babies is harmful to health and public safety, but encouraging them to dismember their children in the womb is beneficial to health and safety – not the babies’, of course. 

My advice to any conservative and/or pro-life Pinterest users would be to “stick a pin in this site, it’s done.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/report-pinterest-bans-pro-life-site-putting-porn-list/

 


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And speaking of Internet censorship of free speech, the CEO of Google explained that they don’t just censor things that obviously violate their stated guidelines, but they also consider it their duty to block content “which doesn’t exactly violate policies” but which is “borderline.” 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/google-ceo-takes-censorship-new-level-limit-content-even-doesnt-violate-policies/

Here’s the problem with that: who decides where the “border” is and which content that lands how far on which side of the line gets censored?  You can bet that with Google’s far-left corporate culture, “borderline” means anything hostile to leftist political views, which is why YouTube (owned by Google) will demonetize conservative satirist Steven Crowder for making harsh jokes about liberals, but never block Stephen Colbert or lesser-known leftist YouTubers for making vicious comments about conservatives. 

The promise of the Internet was that it would be an “information superhighway.” Google became a tech giant by providing an easy roadmap to get wherever you wanted to go.  But lately, Google has been increasingly taking on the role of corrupt highway patrolman who only pulls over cars with license plates from red states.  They need to be reminded that when local cops start violating people’s Constitutional rights, it sometimes falls to the federal government to step in and bust them down to dog catcher duty.  

 

 

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  • Gary Stilwell

    06/12/2019 07:07 PM

    I wish Trump would just shut up his twitters--he telegraphs all the issues he is contemplating and then the resulting firestorm of 'anti' abounds-creating even more knee jerk twitters. These serve NO positive forward movement in any of the agendas the Pres. has.
    Contrary to popular belief "the American People " DO NOT have a right to know--we have a REPUBLIC-incorporating some democratic principles---NOT a true democracy--that system of gov't was rejected out of hand by our Gov't framers--they new it would degenerate into what we are seeing today--the experiment is failing-it is being sabotaged from within--Trump needs to stick with the swamp drain--and it needs to done without blowing your cover(if you know what I mean)
    I can't get this position to the WH--their email rejects replies(how stupid is that?)
    Maybe you have a communication line that can apprise the WH house of this--I hope so

  • Nelda White

    06/12/2019 03:13 PM

    I sincerely hope that these bakers and florist and anyone else that has their constitutional rights walked on will consider filing harassment charges against all involved. Maybe if these abusers of the constitution (thinking it gives them special privileges) have to shell out a few million dollars, then maybe they will learn to respect the constitutional rights of everyone.

  • Michael Galloway

    06/12/2019 01:13 PM

    First and foremost I am a strong supporter of the President, not always because of what he says or tweets, but because of the obvious whether it be the improved economy, respect for our military and law enforcement, support of Christians and evangelicals, support and honor for veterans, etc. (such a nice and welcome change from the dreaded Obama era)
    Having said all that, I really wish that the President would stop calling people "losers", as he did Joe Biden yesterday. I don't care for Joe Biden at all and think he would be again a disaster for the best interest of our nation, but the President should not call him "sleepy Joe", "loser" or any other derogatory names, or mention that he is mentally weak. The remarks are unbecoming of a President. Even some of his advisors have cautioned him about this. I pray he takes their advise.
    Governor, you were so right about the so called polls, as it was yesterday (either NBC or ABC, not sure) that listed six or more democratic candidate hopefuls showing that all of them would be way ahead of President Trump, with Biden, number 1, then Bernie, then Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, etc. Of course, we know that the mainstream media and the Democrats are two peas in a pod and they have started early trying to sway Americans in what will be the end result in 2020. Absurd! Neither the mainstream media or the Democrats have any credibility, so no surprise that they want these "polls" out there among those dumb enough to only watch mainstream or liberal media to gain their daily information.

  • Ann Bouchard

    06/12/2019 08:26 AM

    Why have anti abortion laws if you allow bullying or any other kind of abuse on people who live who were not aborted. If you are not destructive in the womb you should not be abusive to a person who lives. Otherwise it is the same destructiveness as being aborted. Unless you are constructive during the whole phase of a person's life then you cannot be considered a non-abusive person. People who made it through the womb to live and those who did not were meant to live. A person who is single or not is meant to live and we are meant to enjoy life and be happy. No one is required to believe any doctrines of churches. They do not have to. It is personal preference. The Constitution of the US says freedom of religion, which means you can change your religion and leave religions or join religions. That means you do not have to live by their rules or if you join it assumes you want to live their rules. Live by the golden rule. It works too.

  • Ralph M Bosse

    06/12/2019 08:03 AM

    Good stuff. As always.

  • Elaine humphrey

    06/12/2019 08:01 AM

    We NEED a platform where conservatives are welcome. Then we will hear the crying from these progressive sites when they lose advertising revenue.

  • Jay French

    06/12/2019 06:34 AM

    In what should be obvious to anyone that has not previously fried brain cells using illegal products, the tech giants in harmony with liberals on the far left have decided Orange Man Bad must be defeated using all resources in 2020.
    The Globalism effort using promises of Socialism which in reality is only yet 1 more attempt to establish Communism tied up with pink ribbons and bows of pretty speech using a Bogyman referred to as "Climate Change" as a scare tactic has overcome sensibilities of normalism and fair play dissolving into the chaos of the mob.
    Expect far more and far worse as election night in November 2020 draws closer with massive voter fraud accepted and encouraged in a singular no holds barred Battle Royal Caged Match with the fate of the Globalist agenda at stake.
    A loss in 2020 will effectively lay ruin for 8 years which would then require at minimum another 8 years of Democrat victories to overcome & return to Liberal normal just the same playing field which had been achieved up until the loss on that night of dread in November 2016.

  • JC Holland

    06/12/2019 04:15 AM

    Mike I agree that the democrats have gone crazy left. But, after decades of indoctrination too many Americans are buying into their socialist agenda.
    The DNC does a far superior job selling that garbage then anyone in the RNC does to defend capitalism and Pro Life.
    If we don't get the active support with public national rallies by Franklin Graham that he did in the last Presidential elections, the GOP and President Trump will lose.
    Graham was silent during the mid terms and look what happened. The House and any Pro Life progress was lost along with most of our conservative and Christian values.
    The 2020 elections are not a done deal for Trump. Thinking the crazy socialist liberals can't win is a serious mistake.

  • Charlotte Brees

    06/12/2019 12:58 AM

    I am troubled about the leftist attitudes of the Google Company. However, I am grateful for your notes telling us what to expect from Google, especially since, for most of us, that's the only thing out there for our computers & cellphones. At least we can be prepared because of your warnings & all of your information. Thanks so much for helping us techno nerds to know what's really going on in the world today.

  • Rebecca Holstine

    06/12/2019 12:48 AM

    The story about "Pizzaman", the tech man that was arrested for child molesting and so forth, turned my stomach. I wish they would let me take care of him. My brother just reconditioned my old Bowie Knife. I would love to try it out to see how sharp it is and if the new handle will hold. I grew up around hogs and cows and I know how to handle such things.

  • Marti

    06/12/2019 12:40 AM

    Thank you so much for your newsletters. I begin my day by reading morning edition and look forward to the evening one.
    So many disturbing and disappointing things going on. I will never understand the Democrats thought process.
    I was also sad to hear of Pinterest’s decision, I immediately deleted them! I hope many others do as well so they might see it wasn’t the wisest decision on their part.
    Thank you again!

  • Waylon Bush

    06/12/2019 12:10 AM

    You know, if Pinterest is standing on the grounds that they are a private enterprise and have the right to censure, delete, deny, etc., whomever they wish because they operate as a private business, then so does a baker in Colorado and a florist in Washington!

  • Carl Smith

    06/11/2019 11:18 PM

    I believe the water has already flowed past the point of building a dam or diverting the flow to stop the Progressives ideology. Three years in and between the media and Dim Wits in Congress they have invested too much of what little reputation they had left to stop and reconsider what's best for the Nation or their Self Importance. Donald Trump is just the latest focus of their hatred of America because he is tearing down a 100 years of slow but steady progress. The media, of all people, just cannot admit to being wrong.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    06/11/2019 09:56 PM

    I will not ever go on to Pinterest again!