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Andrew Yang Being Criticized for Perpetuating “Toxic” Stereotype That Asian Americans Are Smart and Successful

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Andrew Yang participates in the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

In spite of the fact that his polling numbers have consistently remained under 5%, businessman Andrew Yang’s following has boosted him in fundraising and polling enough to qualify him for all three Democratic debates to date.

Though his policy ideas are ones that most conservatives and Republicans wouldn’t support (universal basic income, Medicare for all for starters), he comes across as a likable guy who you wouldn’t mind having a beer with while discussing politics. He also presents himself as a guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously, which you notice when he lightheartedly makes jokes related to the fact that he’s Asian American.

Ironically enough, it is Yang’s occasional quips about his Asian American heritage that have generated criticism from other Asian Americans that the stereotypes he perpetuates about other Asians are “toxic” and harmful … to other minority groups:

During the third Democratic debate, Andrew Yang made a joke that played up an Asian stereotype: “Now, I am Asian, so I know a lot of doctors,” he quipped.

It wasn’t the first time he’d done so. Two months earlier, during the second debate, he told viewers, “The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math.”

Yang has also used such one-liners at rallies, and sold merchandise alluding to these comments, including baseball caps and T-shirts simply emblazoned with the word, “Math.”

Yang’s statements have spurred mixed reactions from the Asian American community. While some of his supporters told Vox that the jokes are cheeky in-group references that acknowledge Yang’s Asianness, other voters are concerned they reinforce longstanding racist stereotypes about Asian Americans and other minority groups.

[…]

While Yang may have innocuous intentions with his comments, as he said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper this past weekend, the remarks are nonetheless reaffirming toxic tropes.

What is most “toxic” about Yang’s use of Asian stereotypes? Vox.com’s Li Zhou explains:

There’s a major reason why Yang’s broader use of stereotypes is so harmful: they help reaffirm a trope about Asian Americans commonly known as the “model minority” myth, a term that’s pretty much as offensive as it sounds.

As the name suggests, this myth, which has previously been used to treat Asian Americans as a monolithic group, implies that Asians are fixated on school and certain professions, and is damaging for a lot of reasons. It not only obscures the diversity within the Asian American community, it’s also intended to demean other minority groups, Alton Wang writes for the Washington Post:

‘Writing in the New York Times in 1966, the sociologist William Petersen coined the term “model minority” to describe the post-World War II rise of Japanese Americans, even in the face of ongoing prejudice. He contrasted their success to that of what he called “problem minorities” (a term that he set in quotation marks that clearly pointed toward black Americans), groups pulled down by oppression to the point where they would greet even equal opportunity with “either self-defeating apathy or a hatred so all-consuming as to be self-destructive.”’

[…]

The myth has been used to pit different minority groups against one another, Wang writes.

I gotta admit that I was left scratching my head after reading the Vox piece.

First things first, I have never heard of the term “model minority myth” and I’m guessing the vast majority of people who watched the Democratic debates and who read up on Andrew Yang afterwards out of curiosity don’t know what it means, either.

For whatever it meant back then, the stereotype today of Asians being smart, well-educated people who work hard to be successful is meant to be a compliment in most cases, not an insult. In the vast majority of instances, it is not used as a backwards swipe at other minority communities, either.

I suspect that most of the people who are characterizing Yang’s comments as equating to negative stereotypes are really just looking for something to be offended about. If Yang qualifies for the next debate, hopefully he’ll use the opportunity to say these three words to his “woke” critics: Get over yourselves.

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Ban on Eating Dogs and Cats Blocked By UK’s Ministry of Justice; It Might Offend Southeast Asians

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The Sun reports that a proposed legal ban on eating dogs and cats was blocked by officials in the UK’s Ministry of Justice. The reason? Member of Parliament Giles Watling was told by a source inside the Ministry it would be “culturally insensitive for the government to dictate to other nations what they should eat.”

The source added that the law would be difficult to enforce and the “current ban on transporting or exporting dog and cat meat suffices.”

Watling told The Sun:

Dogs are our companion animals. We do not eat them, and that is a very important message to send to the rest of the world.

It’s not culturally insensitive because we’re not telling them what to do – we’re just telling them what we do.

We shouldn’t be worrying about that, so I was surprised that was the MoJ’s objection.

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman spoke to The Sun and said, “We currently have some of the strongest animal welfare laws in the world. The government is currently considering whether any changes are needed in this area in the UK and will set out any plans in due course.”

The practice is already banned in Germany, Austria, Taiwan, South Australia and Hong Kong.

According to The Sun:

An estimated 30 million dogs a year are slaughtered to be eaten, across China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Most are stolen off the street.

Their meat is considered both a delicacy and a health tonic.

 The Sun has a photograph on their website of the “Yulin Dog Meat Festival” which is held annually in China’s Guangxi province. It’s difficult to look at.

It is illegal to eat dog or cat meat in the US, but I was surprised to see how recently this legislation passed. The Federal Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act was was signed into law in December 2018 as part of the 2018 Farm Bill.

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There is a New Feminist Version of the Monopoly Game That Pays Female Players More Than the Males

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Hasbro will address the Patriarchy by instilling female-privilege into its iconic game.

In a move that supposedly will empower women and is not in any fashion whatsoever pandering, it has been announced that a new version of the generationally popular board game MONOPOLY is getting a makeover (unless, it is sexist to say so…) The new version is being dubbed “Ms. Monopoly’, and there will be new rules.

One of America’s most recognizable board games is getting an upgrade. Hasbro is debuting a new game celebrating women’s empowerment — Ms. Monopoly, marking the first time in Monopoly history when a new mascot will be featured on the cover of the game. The twist? In Ms. Monopoly, female players will get more money.
The most notable change is that when women pass GO they will receive a 20% increase over the male players, receiving $240.00 each time they pass, while men are paid at the standard $200 limit. In addition, other changes will be seen, such as instead of buying properties you will be buying inventions created by women.

‘It’s a fun new take on the game that creates a world where women have an advantage often enjoyed by men,” the company said in a press release. It seems a rather wrong message to think you are empowering girls who play by delivering the message they can only succeed if the standards are tilted to favor them. Nothing is being repaired by this rule change, because in the original game there was no gender pay imbalance — everyone received the same income and all players had an equal opportunity to succeed.

Now the message to young females is they need to have a built-in advantage in order to succeed, and then deal with the resentment when they end up winning. It would be deeply instructive if one of the businesses that players could invest in was the Handsome Her Bakery. This was the Australiaan eatery that made global headlines when it was going to charge male customers eighteen percent more than women — and promptly went out of business. There is your teachable roll of the dice.

Of course if you are going to insert social engineering into the rules that means that the exact same tactic can be used to undermine those same rules. The fix to any player who feels slighted by the gender dynamics simply has to declare that they self-identify as a female — and just that easy you have found yourself on the receiving end of more income!

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LA Gubernatorial Candidate Tells Supporters There Are Only Two Genders; Here’s What MSNBC Anchor Told Viewers

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Louisiana gubernatorial primary candidate, medical doctor and current U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham (R), released a new campaign ad in which he said there are only two genders.

Abraham tells supporters, “Here’s the truth. Life begins at conception. Government is too big. Our taxes are too high. And our car insurance is too expensive. President Trump is doing a great job. Facts matter more than feelings. The Second Amendment is self-explanatory. And as a doctor, I can assure you there are only two genders.”

It’s no surprise his assertion that there are only two genders did not go over well with our friends on the left. MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing addressed this topic during a panel discussion about the GOP’s relationship with women and the LGBT community. (Specifically, a national LGBT group, the Log Cabin Republicans, had just endorsed Trump for a second term.)

An indignant Jansing told viewers she found Abraham’s remarks to be “incendiary.” Here’s what she had to say. (video below)

We’ve got an important question now. What does it mean to be a mainstream Republican? It is the question that some Republicans have been asking in the age of Donald Trump, and increasingly, it seems the answer might be to make incendiary comments about women and members of the LGBT community.

In Louisiana, the Republican candidate for governor, Ralph Abraham, is out with a new TV ad this week making incendiary comments about gender.

Yes, it’s now become “incendiary” to say there are only two genders. For eons, there were two genders. Now that some far left activist conceived of the notion that there exists not two, but many genders, the world is expected to comply.

I searched the internet to find out just how many genders there are and was surprised to discover that the answers varied greatly. At the end of 2017, for example, I found estimates ranging from 63 to 81. One 2018 article tagged the number at 123. In 2019, however, those in the know, have simplified things for us, and explain that there exists a “spectrum” of genders.

There’s only one good answer to the question of how many genders there are: Gender is a spectrum, and there are as many gender definitions as there needs to for every person to have a label that feels true to themselves.

Can you imagine anything worse than being “misgendered”?

Watch the video.

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Dave Chappelle Gets the 0% Treatment on Rotten Tomatoes at the Hands of Salty Critics

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No matter how you slice it, Dave Chappelle’s recent Netflix comedy special “Sticks and Stones” was the stand-up comedy talk of the town. The controversy surrounding it has created two camps, and as everything else does nowadays, these camps tend to be divided by political lines.

Chappelle’s stand-up routine was not politically correct, and while he says things that much of the right would disagree with, the right applauded the special as a celebration of free speech and hard truths. The left, however, hated it with the loathing of a Clinton on election night.

It’s no wonder either. When the crowd thought Chapelle was making fun of Trump, Chappelle was actually making fun of them. He also said some things about guns and abortion that the left truly didn’t appreciate.  If you have the ability to do so, I recommend that you go see it for yourself. As I detail in a previous article, all the bad things you hear about it are things said by a leftist media that is aghast that someone would dare fall outside the approved boundaries they’ve set.

(READ: Why You Should Definitely Watch Dave Chappelle’s New Stand-Up Special, And Ignore The Outrage Brigades)

In fact, the left has attempted to wreck the special’s success in any way possible, and this includes critics who are letting their bias show on Rotten Tomatoes. For some time, Chappelle’s special sported a 0% rating on the critic site, withe every critic’s judgment a bit more ridiculous than the next.

“Like dropping in on a rascally uncle who doesn’t know, or doesn’t care, how much he’s disappointing you,” wrote Inkoo Kang of Slate.

“Sticks and Stones is designed to generate inflammatory coverage… It’s a symbiotic cycle with no end in sight, and it’s become the last thing a beloved provocateur should ever want to be: predictable,” wrote Allison Herman of The Ringer.

“”Sticks & Stones” isn’t necessarily a failure, it just feels like Chappelle presenting half-formed material with few jokes that truly hit hard and stand out,” said Alci Rengifo of Entertainment Voice.

I’m not a professional movie critic, but I do make a living being a cultural critic and I can tell you that a lot of these judgments are off the mark. Only one or two of Chappelle’s jokes don’t necessarily land, and while he was being provocative, it wasn’t being provocative for the sake of it like Amy Schumer tends to do. He was doing so with a point attached, almost like a dare to become angry with him and prove him right. It’s very South Parkian.

But I don’t think Chappelle’s special needs to be defended. I think the critics need to defend their ratings. What’s more, I think it’s time that Rotten Tomatoes release the audience score, which it still hasn’t done, but I digress.

Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and critics not liking something and explaining why is fine. My problem with a lot of these reviews is that it’s clear that many of these critics are mad because Chappelle’s jokes didn’t pass the partisan smell test for the left. The funny part is that Chappelle’s jokes didn’t necessarily fall on one side or another. He said things both sides can agree on or laugh about.

But centrism can’t be tolerated in any degree, and Chappelle screwed up in their eyes by making things that they consider holy to be laughing matters.

In other words, the left is angry that Chappelle practiced comedy.

It should be noted that, as of this writing, one critic has at least given the special a positive score, boosting Chappelle’s “Sticks and Stones” up to a whopping 17 percent.

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Rhode Island Congressman Makes Crazy Claim About Guns and Manages to Show Ignorance of His State Laws

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Here is what happens when politicians claim superiority on an issue about which they are oblivious.

The shooting over the weekend in Odessa Texas has the liberal politicians out in force, going full anti-gun messaging in full throat before any electronic outlet they can find. It is rather telling how they are completely silent about more shootings, victims, and deaths occurring in the heavily gun-regulated Chicagoland area over the exact same time frame, but we are used to their hypocrisy on this matter.

And stumbling into the debate with all of the grace of someone crashing into a Mikasa stemware display with his shoelaces tied together is Congressional Rep. David Cicilline. The honorable Mr. Cicilline of Rhode Island decided to make a bold pronouncement on Twitter concerning the gun laws in this nation.

This is a rather impressive accomplishment; one small sentence of just 20 words, and he manages to layer the idiocy despite this dose of brevity. Just to start, to invite people to call you ‘crazy’ as you then proceed to prove your mental/emotional imbalance is not the work of a competent federal legislator. Talk about setting a personal precedent…

Next, Cicilline trots out this tired and provably false canard about it being tougher to purchase cold medicine over the counter. This asinine dose of prevarication has become a knee-jerk narrative for those who prefer to do little to zero thinking about guns. It is the kind of vacant aphorism that gun-nabbers love to volley between themselves to feel better about their lack of comprehensive knowledge.

But there is an additional dose of ignorance to shove into Cicilline’s clear backpack — he is completely showing he is unaware about the gun laws in his own state. Turns out, after conducting the type of cursory research that seems beyond the reach of a federal lawmaker, that Rhode Island actually has some of the very type of gun legislation he is calling for here. From Gunlaws.com here is the purchasing restrictions found in The Ocean State (emphasis added):

The seller must then conduct a background check of the intended buyer through the local law enforcement officials or the State Police superintendent. Various copies are made to be sent to the Attorney General, the law enforcement agency conducting the background check, and one is kept by the seller.
The person or licensed firearms dealer must keep the copy for a period of six years. Furthermore, a seven-day waiting period is also instituted by law, and the physical transaction of the weapon from the seller to the buyer may not occur until the wait-period has lapsed. The purchaser must also be at least 18 years old and compliant to the federal regulations detailing the qualifications of possession of a firearm.

Fair to speculate these are not steps taken by Walgreens if you attempt to buy some assault-Pseudoephedrine. Not only is this doltish position being taken by a politician laughable, but the way he elides his own state’s gun laws is made all the worse by the fact that David Cicilline is also a lawyer. This then takes us in the usual fashion to note that we are being served up one of two disqualifying realities: David is displaying a stark ignorance of his state law, or he is intentionally misleading his constituents with what he knows to be a fabrication.

Either the case, he has effectively dismissed himself from any further discussion on this subject. He has even gone so far as to make this entirely risible comment the pinned tweet on his feed. As divorced from reality as this comment is anyone who believes this to be a realistic representation is completely exposing themselves as an unthinking minion. I’d go so far as to even call them “crazy”.

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The Babylon Bee Takes on the Fauxtrage Mob’s Ridiculous War on Comedian Dave Chappelle – and Wins

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In his recent Netflix special “Sticks and Stones“, comedian Dave Chappelle has unleashed hell on cancel culture and fauxtrage mobs, and also turned the tables on liberal arguments when it comes to issues like abortion and President Trump.

Naturally this makes Chappelle Public Enemy Number One to leftists and their outrage army whose sole purpose in life is to find things to be offended about in order to wage social media wars against the offending subject. The idea is to force the object of the mob to shut up or otherwise confirm.

Chappelle has proven over and over again that he’s just not gonna do that.

Because Democrats and so-called progressives have so heavily invested themselves in “identity politics”, under normal circumstances any criticisms of Chappelle would be viewed and called out as “racist” because the comedian is black.

But those rules don’t apply in this case, because Chappelle is doing what fewer and fewer comedians are doing in modern times when it comes to the demands from the left for milquetoast “comedy” and “safe spaces” for minority groups: he’s, in a nutshell, giving them the bird.

With that in mind, the geniuses at the Babylon Bee wrote one of the better takes on liberals and their reactions to Chappelle’s “Sticks and Stones” special:

After some confusion was expressed by casual observers of apparent hypocrisy in their denunciation of Dave Chappelle’s most recent comedy special, liberals from around the country clarified that they only want black voices to be heard when those voices are saying liberal-approved things.

The offended white progressives asked black comedian Dave Chappelle to “keep it down” and “maybe not talk so much” after his comments made them feel uncomfortable, sources confirmed Thursday.

Read the full “report” by clicking on the link below:

Perfect.

Chappelle, whose political affiliation is unknown, has demonstrated that he’ll call both sides to the carpet politically. But because he doesn’t spare the snowflakes on the left from his politically incorrect wrath, he gets treated like a traitor to The CauseWestlake Legal Group 2122 The Babylon Bee Takes on the Fauxtrage Mob’s Ridiculous War on Comedian Dave Chappelle – and Wins republicans Popular Culture Politics political correctness Ohio North Carolina Netflix Hollywood Front Page Stories Front Page Featured Story Featured Post Entertainment donald trump democrats dave chappelle Culture comedy Allow Media Exception Abortion   , as a comedian whose opinions and shows you should ignore because he refuses to march in lockstep with leftist orthodoxy.

Nobody puts Dave Chappelle in a corner, and that includes perpetually fauxfended liberals. Kudos to the Babylon Bee for getting right to the heart of the matter.

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San Francisco Board ‘Sanitizes’ Language For Criminals; Hopes To Change Views About How ‘Justice-Involved’ People Are Perceived

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A number of syringes are seen in the remains of a tent city being cleared by city workers along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor’s office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

 

Once arguably the most beautiful city in the United States, San Francisco has become synonymous with homelessness and filth. But, instead of tackling the city’s soaring crime rate or taking action to address their homeless crisis, its Board of Supervisors has introduced new “sanitized” language for criminals. They believe that by adopting these changes in vocabulary, it will soften the way people feel about criminals.

I think it’s equivalent to remembering to make a mortgage payment when your house is on fire.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a “convicted felon” released from prison will now be known as a “justice-involved person” or simply as a “returning resident.” There’s a big difference between a “convicted felon” and a “returning resident” folks. Just saying.

Instead of the negative term “juvenile delinquent,” they will use the phrase, a “young person with justice system involvement” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.” As if this person was just living their life, and this random event happened to them when they weren’t looking.

Parolees and those on probation will be referred to as “a person on parole or a person under supervision” and “drug addicts or substance abusers,” will be called “people with a history of substance use.”

Board Supervisor Matt Haney explained to the newspaper, “We don’t want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done. We want them ultimately to become contributing citizens, and referring to them as felons is like a scarlet letter that they can never get away from.”

The guidelines state:

The previous words used to describe criminals only serve to obstruct and separate people from society and make the institutionalization of racism and supremacy appear normal…Inaccurate information, unfounded assumptions, generalizations and other negative predispositions associated with justice-involved individuals create societal stigmas, attitudinal barriers and continued negative stereotypes.

The Chronicle “noted an individual whose car has been broken into could well be known to police as “a person who has come in contact with a returning resident who was involved with the justice system and who is currently under supervision with a history of substance use.”

This new language has been endorsed by the city’s district attorney, and awaits the endorsement of the Mayor, London Breed.

Stories like this help us to understand how San Francisco’s problems, particularly the city’s homelessness and surging crime rate, have spiraled out of control. The city’s leaders spend their time on these stupid, impotent measures while Rome burns.

The Board officials are only fooling themselves if they believe their decision to soften the language they use when referring to criminals will do anything to alleviate or to reverse the city’s underlying problems.

San Francisco will continue on this dangerous trajectory until the city becomes the next Baltimore.

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Liberals are turning into fascists, says … Piers Morgan?

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Second look at Piers Morgan? This is a couple of days old but still well worth watching, if just to see Piers Morgan and Ben Shapiro in the same room — and largely agreeing on the danger of PC culture. Morgan puts this entirely on his own political allies, arguing that liberals are employing “a kind of fascism” to silence everyone who won’t agree to live under their diktats. If you think differently, or heaven forfend speak differently, Morgan tells Shapiro, liberals will “ruin your life … scream abuse at you,” and completely destroy whatever vestiges remain of your career and family (via Townhall):

Liberals wonder where populism originates, Morgan tells Shapiro, but completely miss the truth — they have created it through their own illiberalism. “Populism is rising because liberals have become unbearable, and I speak as a liberal, okay? Liberals,” Morgan continues, “have become utterly, pathetically illiberal and it’s a massive problem. … What’s the point of calling yourself a liberal if you don’t allow anyone else to have a different view?”

That’s an easy question to answer — it’s because actual liberals have been eclipsed by progressives who still use the “liberal” identity as sheep’s clothing. Progressives are not ‘liberal’ in either the classic or even modern sense. They are proto-fascists who vent their spleens at every opportunity and yet claim that criticism of them is either a symptom of racism, sexism, colonialism, capitalism, or whatever -ism is fashionably unfashionable at the moment. Morgan has it spot-on in that the point isn’t to win on policy or intellectual grounds but to silence everyone and take charge by force or the threat of personal destruction. That’s how the fascists came to power in the 1920s and 1930s in Europe, and today’s hard-line progressives want to use that same path to power. Only today, they call it “cancel culture” as cover for its fascist qualities.

Be sure to enjoy this moment of unvarnished truth-telling before it gets memory-holed. Maybe we can watch this again instead of the hostless Emmy awards.

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Not WOKE: Bill Maher BLASTS The BDS Movement Against Israel.

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The aftermath of a publicity stunt gone badly by Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar continued into Friday Night on the show hosted by super-duper progressive icon, Bill Maher. His once a week HBO show “Real Time With Bill Maher” usually is a launching pad for attacks on Trump or anyone supporting him.

Occasionally though he throws a curveball and last night was one of those nights.

From The Hill…

Liberal commentator Bill Maher on Friday night went after the international movement to boycott Israel, calling it a “bullshit purity test” for Democrats after the Israeli government said it would deny entry to two U.S. congresswomen because of their support for the boycotts.

Maher drew applause in studio on his HBO show after declaring the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement supported by some congressional Democrats “a bullshit purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class.”

“It’s predicated on this notion, I think – it’s very shallow thinking – that the Jews in Israel, mostly white, and the Palestinians are browner, so they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied,” he said.

As I covered here yesterday Rashida Tlaib Gives Donald Trump And Benjamin Netanyahu HUGE P.R. Victory this has turned out to be a huge flop as a publicity stunt for BDS. However, Maher touches on a deeper point here that I have not seen many in the mainstream media make.

The very idea that United States CITIZENS who happen to be elected officials are aligned with this movement which is based on pure fantasy is maddening to the logical mind. That Tlaib and Omar are so unskilled at pulling off a publicity stunt likes this pretty much proves Nancy Pelosi’s point from a month back. These Freshman members of the “Progressive Cheer Squad” are not ready for prime time yet.

When you have lost Bill Maher on something you might want to reexamine your whole overall outlook on things if you are a progressive. Luckily for us, these ladies will not do any such thing. They believe their cause is so righteous that they will not spend a moment for introspection on any of us.

Which means more goof-ups for us to watch for at least the next year and a half.

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