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Pants on Fire: Not Even Politifact Is Buying What Gavin Newsom Is Selling on San Francisco’s Homeless Problem

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Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at his gubernatorial campaign’s primary night watch party in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

When it comes to addressing serious problems in their own backyards, Democrats typically default to blaming Republicans in an effort to avoid responsibility for the consequences of their own disastrous polices.

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) is a prime example of this, especially when it comes to issues he has no one to blame for but himself and his fellow left coast Democrats.

Back in June, Newsom told Axios‘s Jim VandeHei in a wide-ranging interview that the dire homeless problem in San Francisco was primarily due to an influx of homeless people coming to the city from … Texas:

Facing what feels like the first real crisis of his new administration — and in the midst of stalled efforts in Sacramento to do something about it — Gov. Gavin Newsom has taken aim at something new when asked about California’s homelessness problem: Texas.

Specifically, Newsom accused the Republican-led state of sending people to San Francisco.

“The vast majority also come in from — and we know this — from Texas. Just interesting fact,” Newsom said in an interview broadcast on Sunday with “Axios on HBO.”

The comment came after interviewer Jim VandeHei asked Newsom why the net size of San Francisco’s homeless population hadn’t changed much during his tenure as the city’s mayor (although a number of people did find shelter during his administration).

The L.A. Times, not exactly a friend to Republicans and Texans, wrote about Newsom’s claims at the time and easily debunked them, noting that it was actually the reverse that was true:

A spokesman first pointed to a 2016 newspaper story that counted the number of homeless people San Francisco officials put on buses to other communities and states. But the article doesn’t cite any inbound deliveries of people. In fact, it reported that Texas was the top out-of-state destination for San Francisco to send away homeless people. As of late Sunday night, there was no additional information provided to back up the governor’s claim.

Newsom conceded in the broadcast that California has an enormous poverty problem. “We’ve got to get our act together,” he said. Nonetheless, he went on to criticize states led by Republicans that he said have an “intentional” policy to ignore those in need.

Nearly two months later, the geniuses at Politifact finally decided to weigh in. And in a genuine shocker of shockers, they rated Newsom’s claims as “Pants on Fire”:

Politifact isn’t exactly the type of fact checking organization that rushes to defend Republicans or to take Democrats to task, so that they decided to take Newsom to the woodshed is worth mentioning.

They did a detailed analysis of Newsom’s claims, and found them to be sorely lacking. Here’s what they concluded in their ruling:

San Francisco’s own homeless surveys contradict this. They show a large majority reported living in the city before becoming homeless, and just a fraction coming in from out-of-state.

Newsom’s office pointed to data from San Francisco’s bus ticket program for homeless people. But that defense doesn’t hold up. It shows just a small fraction, less than 7 percent, left for Texas, and doesn’t demonstrate that they originally came to San Francisco from that state.

In the end, we found Newsom made a ridiculous claim.

We rated it Pants on Fire.

Just to put an even finer point on how duplicitous, self-serving, and shameless Newsom is on this issue, when asked about comments made by President Trump in early July that the federal government may need to “intercede” in cities with large homeless problems, here’s how Newsom responded:

“If interceding means cutting budgets to support services to get people off the street, (Trump has) been very successful in advancing those provisions,” the governor said. Instead, he argued, the president has been “decreasing the social safety net to address the reasons people are on streets and sidewalks in the first place.”

It’s similar to what he told Axios in June. In other words, Republicans are to blame for this crisis.

It’s baloney. The homeless issues the state of California (and not just in San Francisco but in other big cities like Los Angeles, too) can in large part be laid at the feet of Democrats who have absolutely run the state into the ground, including Newsom.

Newsom was a member of the SF Board of Supervisors from January 8, 1997 to January 8, 2004. He was the Mayor of San Francisco from January 8, 2004 to January 10, 2011. He was the Lt. Gov. from January 10, 2011 to January 7, 2019.

That’s 22 years he alone has had to commit to helping solve the homeless problem that exists in cities like San Francisco and L.A. Him trying to pin the homeless crisis there on Republicans is absurd, and just shows he’d rather conveniently pass the buck rather than take responsibility for his own leadership failures.

(Hat tip: Hot Air’s John Sexton)

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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.

( Here is a short clip under two minutes from MRC-TC from Real Time)

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Rashida Tlaib Gives Donald Trump And Benjamin Netanyahu HUGE P.R. Victory

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(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

How the “Public Relations” wheel spins round and round.

As I mentioned here yesterday in my piece here at Red State , I was worried that while Israel had every right to ban people coming into their country, they would get smeared P.R. wise.

From my article…

Pelosi is going to have to walk a fine line here. The one HUGE advantage she has is that Donald Trump has already mixed it up with these two. The media will run with picking on people of color nonsense and that he got Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to play along.

While I had people arguing with me about the point, I still stand by it. Everything is run through a P.R. lense and if you want to win the war you better understand these battles. Just saying it doesn’t matter is not enough and quite frankly wishful thinking.

Well, what a difference 24 hours can make.

One of the stated reasons for this visit was for Congressperson Rashida Tlaib to visit her 90-year-old Grandma. As she stated in her request for a humanitarian waiver from the Israeli government she may never get to see her Granmum again who resides in the West Bank of Israel.

(Sorry folks, there is no Palestine. You can blame the body double to former Beatle Ringo Starr, Yasser Arafat, for that debacle.)

As my colleague Bonchie covered here earlier today in this piece Rashida Tlaib Shuns Her Own Grandmother To Trash Israel maybe she was not expecting that waiver to be granted.

That request was granted by Israel with the only condition being that she not promote BDS. Within hours though, Tlaib had changed her mind.

Think about what she’s saying.

Her position is that she values promoting the anti-Semitic BDS movement so much that she’d rather let her grandmother die before visiting her if it means not getting to savage Israel for a few days. Who thinks like this?

Oops.

That backfired quickly.

I’m going to run with the theory that they believed not only would Israel block both of them from going to protest but also block the humanitarian request. When the government of Israel granted her request to visit her Grandmum she was put in a position she NEVER anticipated and she had to come up with some screwball excuse.

Yet that worked perfectly in favor of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu from a P.R. standpoint.

Yesterday they ganged up on some harmless ladies just wanting to go on a tour of the Holy Land. Today with Tlaib scrambling to come up with an excuse for NOT visiting her 90 yr old Matriarch she turned the whole narrative around.

In less than 24 hours. That is Trump-like impressive in terms of running a news cycle.

I can’t wait to see what the ladies of the “Progressive Cheer Squad” come up with next to do to not only try to knock Trump down a notch but also give Nancy Pelosi such a splitting headache she might send them overseas and not allow them back into the country. Which would be very Trump-like also and be another P.R.victory for POTUS 45.

God Bless America.

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Israeli Ban Of Omar And Tilab Puts Democrats In Awkward Position

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The Israeli governments move announced earlier today that Rep. Ilhan Omar D-Minn and Rep. Rashida Tlaib D-Mich would be banned from making a trip there beginning on Sunday, has created waves in both countries diplomatically.

This has also created another potential problem for the Democrats in Congress.

Some background first.

The current President of these United States happens to be Donald Trump and he is not a fan of these two ladies and the other members of the “Progressive Cheer Squad” and those that share their mindset. In fact, just before the official announcement from the Israeli Interior Ministry confirming the ban saying it was “inconceivable that those who wish to harm the state of Israel while visiting would be granted entry”, Trump tweeted this…

It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!

Generally, Presidents don’t make such statements about their counterparts in the Article I branch of government. However, we are now fully aware that in the “Age of Trump” the rule book on these things has been thrown out the window. Trump operates on a totally different level than any President before so that which was once uncommon is now commonplace.

The President also flat out said that this in a tweet just after the announcement was made…

Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and they HATE Israel!

So it is clear that President Trump not only pushed for this ban but thinks that Omar and Tlaib hate Israel. Is that a fair argument?

Well, it is one that the Democrats in the House of Representatives actually confronted earlier this year.

From a March 4th article over at NPR

House Democrats are again considering a vote on a new resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to recent comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that senior members of the party and Jewish groups say play on anti-Semitic tropes. A House Democratic leadership aide said the vote could come as early as Wednesday.

A spokesman for Omar has not responded to a request for comment on the resolution.

The infighting among Democrats has largely played out on social media, but this time the Minnesota Democrat is pushing back against her colleagues who say she should apologize and change her tone.

The House voted 424-0 last month on a Republican motion to condemn anti-Semitism following a controversy over Omar’s tweets in which she suggested lawmakers support Israel only because of Jewish lobbying influence and money.

The article also goes on to talk about how House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y both pushed back on these comments. Engel went as far as to ask for her to be removed from his committee. Also, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was contacted by the head of the Anti-Defamation League to condemn the statements made.

Just a mere 5 months ago Democrats voted to essentially tell one of the members of the squad to shove it. Of course in the most polite way the House can.

Pelosi is going to have to walk a fine line here. The one HUGE advantage she has is that Donald Trump has already mixed it up with these two. The media will run with picking on people of color nonsense and that he got Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to play along.

The huge downside is that Pelosi is once again dealing with a minority in her caucus that thinks they represent the country thus that anything they say is speaking for the people. So far, that has not proven to be true.

Even though the “Go Back To Your Own Country” line from Trump created a bit of a cease-fire in the battle between Pelosi and the cheer crew, it won’t last. Like her or despise her, Nancy Pelosi knows how to lead. The ones who criticize Donald Trump for tweeting and do the exact same thing don’t have that skill yet. If they take this as a signal to start firing off some crazy stuff, Trump will win that battle every day.

Which in that case could lead to the beginning of the break of that ceasefire because of the pressure behind the scenes of people agreeing with the ban in Dem circles.

We now have under 15 months until the next Presidential election. The Dem POTUS hopefuls are turning up the rhetoric on Trump and soon to be each other. Nancy Pelosi wants to keep herself as a Speaker and keep the newbies from going off the rails with language that is or may seem anti sematic.

Even with Trump as the foil will the democrats be able to keep their radical members in line?

We have just over 400 days until we find out and it will be well worth watching.

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Watch: PragerU Releases Video That Aggressively Challenges the Concept of ‘Speaking Your Truth’

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One of the most annoying rallying cries coming from the left over the last several years is the reemergence of the concept of “your truth.” It’s not a new concept, but it’s one the left has embraced as part of what they say is a cultural shift. They describe it as being about individuals who speak (paraphrasing) “their truth from their perspective as it relates to their experiences.”

The Philly Inquirer‘s Anna Orso described it this way in a piece she wrote on the issue in January 2018:

Is living your truth a laudable goal, or is it the left’s version of Orwellian doublespeak, similar to “fake news” or “alternative facts”? And what if “your truth” is that the Earth is flat or that dinosaurs helped build the pyramids?

As a rule, of course, it’s not. When Winfrey and others say, “Speak your truth,” they typically mean something more like: Share your perspective, tell your story, open up about your experience. But in an America some call “post-truth,” semantics matter.

Orso’s piece was in response to a speech Oprah Winfrey gave at the January 7, 2018 Golden Globes after receiving the Cecile B. DeMille Award:

The media mogul referenced [“speaking your truth”] three times while addressing the seismic #MeToo movement, including: “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.”

You can read and watch the full speech here.

It was Winfrey’s amplification of “speak your truth” during that speech that PragerU used as an example in a video they released this week aggressively challenging the concept.

As you’ll see, Palm Beach Atlantic University Professor Paul Copan points out in the video that “you can have your experience” or “your perspective” but that there was simply “no such thing as ‘your truth’ or ‘my truth.’ There’s only ‘the truth.’” Which, Copan notes, means “that which is true for everyone.”

The video also referenced a tweet from Wall Street Journal‘s Byron Tau written after Winfrey’s speech in which he questioned the validity of describing personal experiences as “your truth.” The phrase “undermines the idea of a shared set of common facts,” Tau wrote:

After expanding on Tau’s point, Copan wrapped up the video by stating “Truth can’t be relative. If it is relative, then it’s not truth…. Truth is inescapable because reality is inescapable.”

Watch the two minute segment below:

You can also watch a related, expanded version of this video where Copan talks about “is truth relative?” here.

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President Trump Might Be Right About Conservatives With Fredo Cuomo

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Fredo returns to Florida after meeting with his brother in Cuba and finds out he is still all wet.

This whole thing with CNN covering for their anchor after threatening someone for using a non-ethnic slur is typical left-wing garbage. What is also becoming more garbage in my mind is the conservative response to simple things like this.

In what can only be termed as a HUGE break from Donald Trump, Sean Hannity of all people stated that he thought Fredo deserved an apology for someone calling him Fredo while out with his family. Here is what Hannity gurgled according to The Hill

Fox News host Sean Hannity is defending Chris Cuomo after a video surfaced showing the CNN host threatening to “f—ing throw” someone down the stairs for calling him “Fredo,” a fictional character from “The Godfather.”

“I say good for @ChrisCuomo,” Hannity wrote on Twitter late Monday. “He’s out with his 9 year old daughter, and his wife, and this guy is being a jackass in front of his family. Imho Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for. He deserves the apology.”

Being a jackass is now calling someone a fictional name from an iconic movie? The video does not show anyone OTHER than Cuomo using bad language or being confrontational. The person who deserves an apology is the guy Fredo went off on.

Sean’s tweet went out on Monday night and President Trump tweeted this later on Tuesday which probably made the hair gel on Sean’s noggin lose some of that oomph it usually has.

It always happens! When a Conservative does even a fraction of what Chris Cuomo did with his lunatic ranting, raving, & cursing, they get destroyed by the Fake News. But when a Liberal Democrat like Chris Cuomo does it, Republicans immediately come to his defense. We never learn!

If you are on T.V. or radio and you throw hot takes all over the place, when you go out in public you can fully expect for people to praise you or throw a verbal jab. If someone is going over the line like we have witnessed with Sen.Ted Cruz where they are shouting or physically touching someone than take appropriate measures. In the video that was posted Fredo Cuomo was clearly the aggressor and there was no need for it. Zero. Nada.

I fully understand how Donald Trump’s style pisses people off. There are times that I even scream STOP TWEETING. However, he is spot on with this take. Stop acting as though people in entertainment (Which is what CNN is) get to throw jabs and can’t receive any when not in front of the teleprompter.

Sean Hannity is wrong. Donald Trump is right and Chris Cuomo is now Fredo forevermore.

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It’s On: Scott Presler Alerts Baltimore Sun Editorial Board Snobs That Planning for Second Cleanup Is Underway

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An east Baltimore, MD neighborhood in the summer of 2018. Screen grab via Fox 45 – Baltimore.

As Brandon Morse reported last week, conservative activist Scott Presler did a good thing by organizing a community cleanup earlier this month of the poverty-stricken areas of Baltimore that are plagued by trash dumping and the failure of the city to pick up the trash on a consistent basis. To recap:

After President Donald Trump drew attention to Baltimore, some of his supporters went down to West Baltimore to assist with a cleanup effort. The group posted pictures of the effort with before and after photos and found some interesting things along the way.

According to OANN, the group was led by activist Scott Presler, who lead over 100 volunteers after the controversy first arose in the media. Presler said his cleanup effort started with a simple tweet about going to clean up Baltimore, even if it’s just by himself. The tweet went viral, and before he knew it the effort had a slew of volunteers ready to go.

The residents themselves were highly grateful and didn’t seem to be angry at Trump whatsoever.

Presler’s cleanup and the photos and videos he posted afterwards caught the attention of the liberal editorial board snobs at the Baltimore Sun, who wrote a sneering editorial in the immediate aftermath that focused more on what they believed Presler’s motivations were than the actual good deeds that were performed. Here’s just some of what they said (bolded emphasis added):

Whatever he says his motives were, Mr. Presler’s presence in Baltimore reinforces the tired image of our failing urban cores. That the poor people in this dilapidated city can’t take care of their own neighborhoods and all the public officials around them have failed as well. The bureaucratic, all-talk Democrats strike again. If a crowd of volunteers could clean up 12 tons of trash in 12 hours, how incompetent and helpless must Baltimoreans be if they can’t manage it in decades, right?

In short, the paper was far more concerned with the fact that Presler and his team made Democrats at the local, state, and national level (like longtime Rep. Elijah Cummings) look bad than they were with what was actually done by the volunteers to clean up the piles of trash and bring the community together.

The BS editorial board also indicated they were skeptical that Presler would return as he had said he would:

We also hope Mr. Presler keeps his promise to return to Baltimore once a month. It would definitely give his motives more credibility.

[…]

In the meantime, we’ll see how clean the neighborhood still is when he returns in September.

They needn’t be skeptical anymore. Presler alerted them Monday in a tweet that planning for the second cleanup effort was already underway:

To get a good idea of what Presler and his team first came up against when they visited the city, watch this video done by Fox 45 last year of a tour they went on with then-Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) of the hardest-hit areas of the city:

A firm September date has not yet been given by Presler as to when the cleanup crew will be returning to Baltimore. Stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks.

Related –>> Baltimore Sun Challenged By Philanthropist After Paper Is Shown To Have Reported On The City’s ‘Trash Problem’

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Illegal Alien Who Confessed to Murder Of Mollie Tibbets, Says His Constitutional Rights Were Violated

On July 18, 2018, University of Iowa student, Mollie Tibbets, age 20, went out for a jog in Brooklyn, Iowa and disappeared.

Following an exhaustive search, Tibbett’s body was found over a month later in a Poweshiek County cornfield. Police had been led there by illegal alien Cristhian Bahena Rivera, then 24, who had confessed to the murder. Surveillance camera footage had shown Rivera’s car following Tibbetts. Rivera was charged with first-degree murder and is being held on a $5 million bond.

According to Breitbart News:

Rivera told police that Tibbetts was jogging when he saw her, according to prosecutors. That is when he said he approached Tibbetts and started talking to her. After Tibbetts told Bahena Rivera that she would call the police if he did not stop following her, the illegal alien allegedly chased her and says he “blacked out” after this.

Rivera lived in the county, an area which is surrounded by sanctuary cities, and with a “stolen ID and social security card,” he had found work at a local dairy farm.

Rivera is being represented by two tax-payer funded attorneys, Chad and Jennifer Frese.

They have just filed a 29-page motion which was obtained by the Des Moines Register. They claim that Rivera’s constitutional rights were violated because the local Iowa police who questioned him failed to make it “clear that he could have contacted the Mexican consulate before speaking to law enforcement.”

The filing states:

Providing this information to Bahena Rivera — a confused, exhausted and vulnerable Mexican national was seeking trustworthy help — would have triggered an invocation of consular notification and a decision to await the consulate’s assistance before making any other statements.

They also claim that Rivera was not read his Miranda Rights “until hours into a 12-hour interview — a violation of his constitutional rights that they claim should nullify his alleged murder confession.”

The attorneys wrote that he has “very limited Mexican education” and is “wholly unfamiliar with the U.S. criminal justice system.”

The case is due to go to trial on November 12 and has already been postponed once as Rivera’s attorneys try to have his confession thrown out of the case. They have already managed to “move the trial to a less white, more Hispanic-populated county in the state.”

Should Rivera’s confession be thrown out because he wasn’t read his Miranda rights until several hours into his interview? Should he escape punishment because police forgot to read them for a few hours?

I am not a lawyer, but it’s possible the police did not arrest Rivera until several hours into questioning because that is when they determined he was the killer.

The law states (and I’m sure that exceptions apply) if an individual is not read their Miranda rights, the evidence gathered cannot be used to establish guilt in court.

What happens then in the Rivera case, when the rights were read several hours into the confession? The court filing indicates that, at some point during the interview, he was read his Miranda rights.

Rivera then continued speaking to police for several more hours, signed his confession and then led police to Tibet’s body. The fact that he murdered her is not in question.

This case opens up the hot debate between liberals and conservatives over just which constitutional rights people who enter the U.S. illegally are entitled to. Certain basic human rights apply to citizens and non-citizens alike, but should undocumented immigrants receive the full constitutional rights an American citizen would?

Should American taxpayers be forced to pay for Rivera’s legal representation?

Finally, and most importantly, what about Mollie Tibbetts’ constitutional rights?

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The Left Is Either Confused – Or Projecting. Or Both. Ok – It’s Probably Both

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The Left is really confused.

They spend lots and LOTS of time accusing the Right – of things the Left does.  Often of things only the Left does.  Often of things that are antithetical to being Right – so the Right would never, ever do them.

Or perhaps the addled Left is engaged in Psychological Projection:

“Psychological projection is a defense mechanism in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities…by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.”

The Left has spent decades accusing the Right of being racist.  Of being separatists/segregationists.  Of being Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members.

Except the KKK was founded – by the Democrat Party.  To try to keep – often murderously – members of the Republican Party from registering blacks to vote and getting them further engaged in the political process.

Except all the separatists/segregationists – were Democrats.  From George Wallace on down – all Democrats.

Abortion mill Planned Parenthood is a favorite of the Left.  It was founded by Margaret Sanger – another favorite of the LeftWho said really pleasant things like:

“We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…”

“I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan… I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak…In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.”

And Leftist Sanger’s vision – is being delivered by her Planned Parenthood.

CDC: 35% of Aborted Babies Are Black

Blacks – are only 12% of the population.

Racist movie “Birth of a Nation” was screened in the White House – by Democrat President Woodrow Wilson.

American citizens of Japanese descent were during World War II locked up in internment camps – by Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Today’s Democrat Party has the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses.  Separatism.

Today’s Democrat Party has grievance groups like the NAACP and La Raza (translation from the original Spanish: “The Race”).  Separatism.

Of course, it is Leftists who look at people as members of various groups.  They are collectivists – on everything, including race.

But the smallest minority of all – is the individual. Rightists – who are actually Rightists – look at people as individuals.  Which is antithetical to collectivist-racist thought.

The Left is really confused.  Or projecting.

The Left is constantly accusing the Right of being fascists.  Of being Nazis.  Republican President Donald Trump is alleged to be Adolf Hitler.  This after Republican President George W. Bush was alleged to be Hitler.  This after….

The Left even has Antifa – short for “Anti-Fascists.”

Except Antifa is…ummm…a bunch of uniformed thugs beating up and beating down Rightists.  Like the Nazi SS.  Like the Italian Fascist Brown Shirts.

And like the Soviet KGB.  Nazism and Fascism are sibling ideologies – and both are of the Left.  Nazi is, after all, short for “National Socialist.”  And Nazism and Fascism are also siblings – of Socialism/Communism.  Leftists all.

All three sibling ideologies demand an increase in government centralization.  All three demand an increase in government power.

All of which is right in line with the Left.  All of which is antithetical to the Right.

The Left is really confused.  Or projecting.

Speaking of the Left’s confusion.  Or projection.  Or both….:

Hands off the Internet, President Trump

What this also is…is the Left’s acknowledgement that on more things than not, We the People want less government – not more.

So the Left attempts to frame less government policy – as more government policy:

“In the wake of the president’s complaints about how Big Tech treats conservatives, the Trump administration is reportedly developing an executive order that would make a mockery of Republicans’ supposed reluctance to regulate the internet….

“The order’s target is a 1996 federal law that shields online companies from liability for the content uploaded by their users. Significantly, the law – known informally as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act – allows companies to block or remove uploads that they judge to be ‘objectionable,’ as long as they act ‘in good faith.’

“According to CNN’s Brian Fung, who obtained a summary of the order, the administration wants the Federal Communications Commission to restrict the availability of that shield.…”

Section 230 – is much MORE government.  It imposes huge, sweeping immunities from the likes of libel, slander and Intellectual Property (IP) enforcement – for huge Internet companies like Google and Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Extra protections – no other companies have.  Extra protections – granted to companies that are hugely, overwhelmingly Leftist.

This government-granted protectionism – may the hugest cronyism in the history of huge cronyism.

These hugely massive Internet companies got to be so hugely massive – largely thanks to these huge, sweeping, government-protectorate immunities.

And these Leftist crony companies have spent the entirety of their existences – abusing the living daylight out of Section 230s “in good faith” censorship exemption.  Acting over and over again – very much in bad faith.  So they can time and again censor the Right.

Google Whistleblower Bombshell: Search Engine Used Social Justice Warriors to Train Its AI Systems to Suppress All Conservative Views (and Block ‘Another Trump’ from Happening)

Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News

Twitter Employees Admit to Censoring Conservatives, Banning Them for Political Reasons

Whistleblower: Pinterest Censors Conservative, Pro-Life Content

These massive Leftist companies finding Righties objectionable – doesn’t meet the Section 230 legal standard of objectionable.

These massive Leftist companies have been in chronic, incessant violation of Section 230.  Not holding up their tiny end of the bargain – pledged in exchange for their HUGE legal-protectorate cronyism.

So these massive Leftist companies – should lose their huge legal-protectorate cronyism.

The law should apply to these massive Leftist companies – in exactly the same way it applies to everyone else.

This would be a HUGE reduction in government.

And a restoration of adherence to the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment.  Which reads in the relevant part:

“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall…deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Which the Left is trying to say – is more government: “Hands off the Internet, President Trump.”

Because the Left is really confused.  Or projecting.

Ok – it’s probably both.

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Net Neutrality Proponent Google – Accidentally Admits Net Neutrality Is Unnecessary

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We Less Government types like less government – for a vast and varied panoply of reasons.

For purposes of today’s excursion – let us focus on but one part of but one.

We like less government – because a market free from unnecessary government impositions delivers the most good to the most people.

Businesses are in business – to please customers.  And are in competition with other businesses – to please customers.  The more customers a business pleases – the more customers it gets.

So the economic self-interest of the businesses – not only protects the customers from harm, but ensures the customers the maximum satisfaction from the businesses looking to get their business.

So regulation to stop businesses from engaging in behavior that will harm customers – is almost always completely and utterly unnecessary.

You can impose regulations saying “Soda companies shall not put poison in their beverages.”  And without engaging in a Web search – I am almost positive many governments have.

But soda companies want customers – and they want repeat customers.  So they are exceedingly unlikely to put poison in their beverages.

The regulations – are wholly unnecessary.

And then you have opened the monstrous can of worms – that is a perpetually incompetent and politicized government defining what soda “poison” is.

Our government – and many, many others – has ridiculously deemed carbon dioxide a planet-poisoning “pollutant.”  You know, CO2 – the stuff every plant on the planet inhales.  Which is almost certainly the stupidest government definition – in a human history chock full of them.

So I am quite sure Coke and Pepsi don’t want government going there with them.

We Less Government types have spent the last two decades – almost since the inception of the private sector Internet – fending off Leftist attempts to impose massive-government-regulations Network Neutrality upon the Web.

And very many of the Leftists and their Net Neutrality attempts – were for years and years funded by Google.

Google wants Net Neutrality – because it would deliver them HUGE government cronyism.

But one massive cronyism advantage:

Google is a HUGE hog of Internet bandwidth.  Net Neutrality outlaws them paying for any of it.

Which means you and I will pay a whole lot more for our Internet access – to subsidize the likes of monster hog Google.

Because Google would benefit hugely from Net Neutrality, Google has spent hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying for it – and propping up Leftist “consumer” groups to lobby and screech and shout for Net Neutrality on their behalf.

The lie the Left tells to engender support for Net Neutrality?

The big, bad Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – the companies whom we hire to connect us to the Web – will block us from connecting to the Web.

Get that?  Net Neutrality’s proponents claim the ISP customer service businesses – will refuse to service their customers.

That’s the kernel of anti-Reality – upon which the entirety of the monstrous Net Neutrality lie is built.

Except no ISP has ever blocked anyone (from lawful content) – ever.  Because it is literally antithetical to their business model.

It would be like Coke and Pepsi – refusing to sell Coke and Pepsi.

And you know who knows this?  Net Neutrality-shoving Google:

“Phil Harrison, vice president and general manager of Google, was asked about data caps and the threat they pose to Stadia, the company’s fledgling cloud gaming platform. His response suggested that he believes ISPs will voluntarily lift the data caps for game streamers:

“‘The ISPs have a strong history of staying ahead of consumer trend and if you look at the history of data caps in those small number of markets — and it’s actually a relatively small number of markets that have [data caps] — the trend over time, when music streaming and download became popular, especially in the early days when it was not necessarily legitimate, data caps moved up. Then with the evolution of TV and film streaming, data caps moved up, and we expect that will continue to be the case.”

Emphasis ours.  Because it’s game-set-match for Net Neutrality – and its proponents have lost.  And it is Google admitting it.

“The ISPs have a strong history of staying ahead of consumer trend” – means ISPs have a strong history of looking out for what their customers want…and giving it to them.

Whether it’s on ever-increasing (or no) data caps – or never, ever blocking anyone from going anywhere on the Web.

No Net Neutrality regulations required.

Because the ISPs’ free market desire to get the most customers possible – mandates they do these customer-pleasing things.

No Net Neutrality regulations required.

So, thanks to Google for (inadvertently) finally coming clean.

There are no Net Neutrality regulations required.

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