Wow, here’s something you don’t see every day: two politically-oriented Twitter users have been banned from the site permanently for breaching terms of service – and they’re not conservatives!
The banished twits are Brian and Ed Krassenstein, two virulently anti-Trump brothers who had, respectively, 700,000 and 900,000 followers. A Twitter spokesperson said, “The Twitter Rules apply to everyone.” However, the anti-Trump bros didn’t get the boot merely for tweeting something that someone took offense to, but for "operating multiple fake accounts" and "purchasing account interactions" to inflate their influence.
So while it’s definitely “man bites dog” level news for a tech giant to ban a couple of lefties, we now know just how big an infraction that actually takes. If you want me to believe both sides are treated equally, then tell me when someone on the left is banned for simply expressing an opinion that offends NRA members.
Twitter’s permanent ban of a couple of leftists had me thinking I might have woken up in Bizarro World this morning. But then I saw this story about what happened to an engineer who worked for Google and made the fatal mistake of letting his co-workers know he was a Republican.
And then I realized that I was still in the same old Bizarro World we were all living in yesterday.
Sen. Corey Booker hopes to give his lagging presidential campaign a boost by cashing in on the Alabama pro-life law and announcing that if he’s elected President, he’ll bring abortion right into the White House. Well, not literally, although I’m sure Planned Parenthood would love to set up a clinic there, and I imagine most of the Democrats running would be delighted to give them space in the East Wing.
Booker says that he will set up a special initiative right in the White House to “advance reproductive rights” which will be called the “White House Office of Reproductive Freedom.” As the writer at the link notes, that sounds more palatable to voters than the “White House Office of Killing Babies.” “Reproductive rights” and “reproductive freedom” are the latest fuzzy euphemisms to join “pro-choice” as ways of saying “killing children in the womb” without actually having to say it.
At the link, Booker goes on about all the things he’ll do to make abortion not “safe, legal and rare,” which used to be the mantra of the left, but legal, available from any ill-educated quack or uninspected clinic, and as plentiful as hot dogs at a ballpark. He even vows that one of his first moves would be to try to repeal the Hyde Amendment, so that our federal taxpayer dollars could be used to pay for more abortions.
I am staunchly pro-life, but after reading this, I look forward to the day, coming soon I hope, when we will be referring to Sen. Booker’s campaign in the past tense as “Corey Booker’s abortive presidential run.”
With so much negativity in the news these days, how about a story that will restore your faith in your fellow human beings? It’s a remarkable story about how two people connected who, according to all the current favored media narratives, should have been at each other’s throats. One is an African-American woman, the other a white, male police officer. I’ll bet some reporters are salivating already.
But hold on. In this story, the police officer spotted the woman doing something extraordinary. He stopped to offer help. They talked and discovered they had much in common, from their faith to the way they were raised. After they parted as friends, the officer decided he wanted to help her more, and what he did inspired another person to step in and do something else extraordinary and…
Well, just read the story. It will wash the bad vibes from the rest of the news right out of your mind.
I was a guest last night on Laura Ingraham’s show on Fox News, to talk about the strange game of “I know you are but what am I?” that Speaker Pelosi is trying to goad President Trump into playing. First, she accused him of engaging in a cover-up in a transparent attempt to distract attention from all the documents he’s declassifying so the public can see them (he’s apparently as bad at cover-ups as he is at colluding with Russia). Then she used a meeting to discuss a bipartisan effort to rebuild America’s infrastructure to attack and insult him, and when he walked out of the meeting, accused him of putting politics ahead of fixing infrastructure.
But most baffling of all, Pelosi questioned Trump’s mental stability and suggested that his family should stage an intervention. Funny, a lot of us have been thinking the same thing lately, but not about Trump. Trump even held a press conference afterward to question Pelosi’s mental acuity (he said he’s been watching her, and “she’s a mess.”) And he let his staffers take the mics to testify that Pelosi’s claims about him throwing a temper tantrum and storming out were completely false. They said he was very calm and direct in telling the Democrats that they needed to work together, and they were making that impossible by insisting on fighting.
Trump said he can’t work with Congress until they stop the endless "resistance" and phony investigations of every aspect of his Administration, private finances, businesses and family. Pelosi accused him of holding legislation hostage by refusing to work with Congress. She claimed she was ready to work with him on important issues. Yet when he met with her and Chuck Schumer to do just that, she killed the meeting with partisan attacks.
So I think the safe takeaway from all this is that nothing will be accomplished by this Democratic House for the next two years other than more attempts to obtain Trump’s old garbage from the New York City dump so they can root through it. And if they still find nothing, then they’ll impeach him for littering, and the Senate will reject it, and their entire term will go down as the biggest waste of time and taxpayer money in Congressional history.
Speaking of investigations, Pelosi and the Democrats claim that they must continue on in order to insure that the American people are fully informed. But most Americans seem to think we know enough already, and they'd like to see Congress get something done.
We’ve already had House and Senate investigations, plus a two-year, $35 million special counsel investigation by professional and motivated-by-bias prosecutors, and all of them came up dry. Now, we are expected to believe that committees run by the low mental wattage current Democratic leaders are going to pull a Hardy Boys and discover evidence overlooked by all the professionals. To give you an idea of the odds of that, this week, one of the loudest Trump critics, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, demanded at a hearing that the acting DHS director create an internal task force to investigate the deaths of migrant children. The baffled official responded that we already have those.
This is why I compare these House Democrats who just keep demanding more and more investigations to kids who are still looking for Easter eggs on the Fourth of July.
As for which leader is truly “losing it”: I regularly see Trump stand up in front of tens of thousands of people and wing 90-minute speeches, filled with explanations of policy initiatives and hilariously entertaining asides. I also regularly see Pelosi stand in front of small, friendly groups of reporters and struggle to push a noun against a verb with any coherence. So you make the call.
She will have the cover of the media, of course, which will continue to paint Trump as demented and Pelosi as brilliant. CNN political historian Douglas Brinkley lauded her this week as the “glue” that is holding Washington together. If she’s glue, then I suspect he’s been sniffing it.
There was one good thing to come out of all this back-and-forth about who’s too dotty to be near the levers of power: it inspired Laura Ingraham to deliver the funniest line I’ve heard all week. In response to Pelosi and Joe Biden questioning Trump’s mental sharpness, Laura said she’d been watching Nancy and Joe closely, and “They look like they belong in commercials for Visiting Angels.”
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