California Rep. Devin Nunes hit Twitter with a $250 million lawsuit for “shadow-banning” conservatives, censoring viewpoints that oppose leftist dogma and ignoring complaints of repeated abusive behavior when it’s coming from liberals against conservatives.
I’m not an attorney, so I can’t comment on the lawsuit’s chances of succeeding, but I’m glad to see Republicans finally fighting back hard against Silicon Valley limousine liberals who think that having created a popular public forum means they have the power to decide what is allowed to be communicated over it. It’s one thing to remove blatantly abusive or threatening content, but quite another to allow power-mad techies deep in the bowels of Twitter or Facebook to quietly hide posts that challenge their freshman-level socialist views.
Incidentally, does anyone else find it odd that leftists have been crying for over two years about Russia attempting to unfairly influence elections via social media, but they think it’s fine when they try to unfairly influence elections via social media?
There are many more details about the lawsuit and Nunes’ reasons for filing it at this link. Warning: some of the quotes are pretty vile:
One thing about it that piques my interest is the fact that Twitter allowed these nasty attack accounts to continue spewing false and defamatory tweets about Nunes (one even trying to fool readers into thinking it was from his mother) for as long as a year. How many conservatives have seen their accounts immediately banned or suspended, hidden, or at least been issued warnings over a single comment that wasn’t a fraction as provocative? Yet liberal attack accounts are allowed to go on and on.
Just this week, what I believe to be a thoughtful essay on my website decrying the anti-Semitic rhetoric of a certain Congress member was banned by Google as “dangerous.” I’m still not sure why, although judging from similar actions, the tragic shooting in New Zealand seems to have made social media censors decide that any criticism of someone who happens to be Muslim, no matter how reasonable or justified, is an incitement of general anti-Muslim violence. Taken to its logical extension, that would ban every comment that’s critical of anyone or anything.
Except, of course, accounts that openly call for violence against Republicans and Trump supporters. The social media giants seem slower than molasses in January when it comes to banning those.
Continuing our theme that being “progressive” means constantly looking backwards (digging up every bad idea from the past, from socialism to anti-Semitism to non-PC Twitter jokes to measles), Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the latest Democrat to try to rerun Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election campaign by calling for the elimination of the Electoral College.
Many Democrats are still whining about Trump’s presidency not being “legitimate” because he didn’t win the popular vote, which is irrelevant (if it had been a popular vote election, both candidates would have run completely different campaigns aimed at turnout.) They say this is an affront to democracy, but America is not a pure democracy. The Founders feared the tyranny of the majority and created a Constitutional republic for good reason, so that any candidate would have to win broad support across the nation, not just in a handful of heavily-populated cities.
Some dismiss this as putting “geography” ahead of people, but it’s actually protecting people. People in farming or ranching states shouldn’t be steamrolled by voters 1,000 miles away who have no understanding or concern about their lives and interests. If you want to see what a national popular vote election would be like, ask a conservative farmer in California or Colorado how well he feels his state government represents him now.
Hillary was done in by a number of factors, not least of which was her decision to ignore the problems of voters in Rust Belt states. So they voted for the candidate who actually came there and addressed their concerns (Trump), which is exactly as the Founders intended.
Even Snopes.com had to grudgingly admit that without the heavy leftwing turnout in California, Hillary’s “popular vote majority” would have vanished.
One of the benefits of being my age is that you’ve lived long enough to have seen people argue over the same issue from both sides of their mouths. For instance, when I say that if Democrats win the next election by Electoral votes but lose the popular vote, they’ll suddenly start voicing deep respect for the Electoral system, it’s not just guesswork. I remember the 2000 election, where Al Gore (when he thought he might win the Electoral but not the popular vote) piously warned that “this is not a popularity contest.” After he lost the Electoral vote but barely won the popular vote, suddenly, it was a popularity contest. Too bad for the Democrats it wasn’t a hypocrisy contest.
Trivia note: Trump is actually the fifth President who took office without winning the popular vote. The way “progressives” are so focused on refighting every battle from the dim past, I expect them to soon start protesting that Rutherford B. Hayes was an “illegitimate” President and demanding that he be replaced in history books with his Democratic opponent, Samuel Tilden.
The Electoral College isn’t the only American institution that must be altered or destroyed if it thwarts Democrats getting their way. Several of the Party's cacophony of candidates are embracing a suggestion that if the Democrats get back into power, they expand the Supreme Court to 11 seats, giving them a chance to overcome the current conservative tilt and stack it with liberal activists who view the Constitution the way most of us do a roll of Charmin.
This sparked an interesting response from some wicked Republican wags. They say that since Trump is a grand master at trolling Democrats to trick them into destroying themselves, he should immediately announce that he agrees with them that the SCOTUS needs to be expanded, and call on Congress to act to do it right now. That would, of course, send the Democrats scrambling to the nearest TV cameras, going on record denouncing the expansion of the Supreme Court as an unconstitutional power grab, the very suggestion of which should be an impeachable offense! They would either kill their own argument for stacking the Court…or they could go along with Trump and let him appoint two more conservative SCOTUS Justices. Either way, a win-win for America.
The Supreme Court will decide whether states have the right to prosecute illegal aliens who use fraudulent information such as stolen Social Security numbers to obtain employment. Read the details at the link to answer the question that’s probably on your mind right now: “Why would anyone think they WOULDN’T have the right to prosecute them for that?!” Obviously, you haven’t met enough lower court judges.
I am willing to guess this was definitely not what CNN expected when they invited a prominent Muslim physician onto the air and gave her an opening to attack President Trump and try to blame the horrific New Zealand mass shootings at two mosques on him. Talk about destroying the carefully-created narrative!
She not only rejected the notion that Trump has any responsibility if a fanatic mentions him in a manifesto (she added, “A fanatic could equally mention me”), but pointed out that Trump and George W. Bush were “beloved” in the Muslim world, because they have been fighting to stop radical Islamists from killing Muslims going all the way back to Saddam Hussein’s slaughter of 180,000 Kurds.
No, this was definitely not the interview that CNN was expecting. But it was one that needed to be aired on CNN, and it’s one you need to see at the link.
Less than a month after DNC Chairman Tom Perez refused to allow Fox News to host one of the party’s Presidential debates, Fox has hired former DNC Chair Donna Brazile as a commentator. Ms Brazile said it’s important for people not to retreat to “safe spaces” where they just talk to people who agree with them (apparently, Perez wants the debates to be a “safe space”) and “There’s an audience on Fox News that doesn’t hear enough from Democrats.”
Actually, Fox News shows usually include both sides of issues, and even the conservative opinion shows regularly include guests from the liberal side (hence the motto, “Fair and balanced.”) I’m happy to hear that she’ll be a part of the Fox roster, and I think she’ll soon discover that the Fox audience hears a lot more from Democrats than the CNN or MSNBC audience ever hears from Republicans.
Some Democrats are blasting the media for heaping so much praise on white male Democratic candidates such as Bernie Sanders and “Beto” O’Rourke, but not on the women or racial minority candidates.
This must really confuse the poor media. They thought their job was to heap praise on Democrats, and now even Democrats are complaining that they’re biased and not doing their job properly.
You know the public is not interested in seeing you become President when you host a panel discussion in New Hampshire and there are more than twice as many people on the panel as there are in the audience. It looks as if “Let me do to America what I’m doing to New York City” may not be a winning campaign slogan for Bill DeBlasio.
You can tell spring is in the air when your wife presents you with that long “honey-do” list of jobs that have been piling up around the house and yard for months. But at least it’s good news for do-it-yourself stores like Home Depot. It’s also great news for job seekers and the economy: spring is Home Depot’s busiest season, and the chain just announced plans to hire 80,000 staffers. They note that in the past, about half of these seasonal staffers have transitioned into permanent positions, so it’s a great way to earn money while getting your foot in the door. Info at the link.
A new Gallup poll found that the more people have grown to know Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the less favorably they view her. But according to her, it’s not because Americans reject socialism, or that she keeps saying ridiculous things and proposing unpopular policies, or she declared herself to be our boss, or she celebrated the loss of 25,000 new Amazon jobs in her home state. No, it’s because the Fox News “propaganda machine” is lying about her.
I think a more likely explanation might lie in the lyrics of an old song by the Teddy Bears (younger folks might know the Amy Winehouse version. It goes:
“To know, know, know him
Is to love, love, love him…”
Well, like that, only backwards: the more you know, the less you love.
Back in the USSR (not the Beatles song but the actual communist empire that Bernie Sanders seems nostalgic for), people who displeased Joseph Stalin would be erased from history books. Photos would even be altered to remove their images.
If Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, who now outspokenly opposes the radical green movement, is correct in his allegations, Google is helping Greenpeace bring back the Stalinist practice of “disappearing” heretics from history.
I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. If the left now endorses tearing down monuments, statues and crosses and banning books, plays, movies and TV shows in order to obliterate from history anything that doesn’t conform to their contemporary PC standards, it was only a matter of time before they got around to cleansing the Internet of inconvenient photos…and facts.
Here are three ways that you can tell you are lazily and cavalierly throwing the term “Nazi” at your political opponents:
1. When you call President Trump’s son a “Nazi” for defending Chelsea Clinton from the outrageous charge of being responsible for the New Zealand shootings because she condemned anti-Semitism.
2. When you call anyone a “Nazi” for defending anyone who condemns anti-Semitism.
3. When you call anyone a “Nazi” who isn’t a Nazi.
Our feel-good Huck’s Hero story of the day: how Navy SEAL-turned-Virginia House Delegate John McGuire took up the cause of Vietnam veteran Richard Oulton. Now, 20 years after his HOA forced him to take down his American flag, and with the support of McGuire and Oulton’s fellow homeowners, Old Glory is flying again. Read the full story here:
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