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Religious Institutions Clashed With the Secular Left Last Weekend and Religion Got It’s Butt Kicked

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There is a debate in full swing about the direction conservatives should take in the future between New York Post editorial page editor, Sohrab Ahmari, and Vichy Republican David French. I’ll post more on this in the coming week but, boiled down to their essentials, Ahmari thinks we are in a existential fight for cultural survival and the only way forward is for conservatives to control as many levers of power as possible. French thinks being invited to the right parties and being able to wander about the lido deck with a fruity drink and chat with Important People is the most important thing, and so he believes we should focus on trying to win over the left with our arguments. While I think that Ahmari may go a bit far, I know that French is nothing more than a Judas goat leading us to cultural extinction.

Case in point.

The Bishop of Providence, RI, sent out this tweet on Saturday.

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There is nothing at all controversial about this statement. If you are actually a Catholic, not just a smells-and-bells type but one who lives the Faith, you can’t attend events where your presence might lead others to believe the behavior there or the the actions being celebrated are okay. These so-called “Pride” events celebrate aberrant sexual behavior and proclaim that behavior to be normal. For a bishop to not issue such a warning is, in my view, pastoral malpractice. But the leader of a diocese proclaiming Truth to his flock can’t be left unchallenged. Bishop Tobin was beset by a Twitter mob. He was labeled “homophobic” by the Boston Globe: Providence Bishop faces backlash for homophobic tweet.

One of the bishop’s own priests sided with the mob against the man to whom he owes earthly obedience:

The Rev. Edward L. Pieroni begged gay and lesbian parishioners not to leave the church during Sunday services at St. Raymond’s Roman Catholic Church in Providence, The Boston Globe reported.

“A lot of people have hung in there, but it’s like, ‘One more slap and we are done.’ I am here to beg you — and I will get on my hands and knees and beg you — not to leave,” Pieroni told the congregation.

Got a newsflash for you Father, if the are in your church and are not hearing that the lifestyle they are leading (and here I’m lumping in cohabiting heterosexual couples, too) is offensive to God then you are failing your parish, you are failing the Church, and, most of all, you are failing the people who will never hear repentance preached to them.

After a fairly short period of time Bishop Tobin deleted the tweet and issued a statement worthy of a prisoner in one of Stalin’s Gulags at a self-criticism session.

“I regret that my comments yesterday about Pride Month have turned out to be so controversial in our community, and offensive to some, especially the gay community,” Tobin said. “That certainly was not my intention, but I understand why a good number of individuals have taken offense. I also acknowledge and appreciate the widespread support I have received on this matter.”

Meanwhile, in McLean, VA, another drama was playing out. President Trump made an unannounced stop at the McLean Bible Church. The pastor, David Platt, prayed for the president. As a Catholic, this strikes me a very unremarkable. Every Mass, right after the recitation of the Nicene Creed, we have the Univeral Prayer, also known as the Prayer of the Faithful. This is how the liturgical instructions read:

69.  In the Universal Prayer or Prayer of the Faithful, the people respond in some sense to the Word of God which they have received in faith and, exercising the office of their baptismal Priesthood, offer prayers to God for the salvation of all. It is desirable that there usually be such a form of prayer in Masses celebrated with the people, so that petitions may be offered for holy Church, for those who govern with authority over us, for those weighed down by various needs, for all humanity, and for the salvation of the whole world.

70.  The series of intentions is usually to be:

a)  for the needs of the Church;
b)  for public authorities and the salvation of the whole world;
c)  for those burdened by any kind of difficulty;
d)  for the local community.

In fact, there is even a dedicated Mass, first Sunday of October, to pray for members of the legal profession…I don’t know how that is working out for us, but we keep trying.

I try to stay in my lane on these things as I’m not Protestant, but there is no theological reason at all for anyone to object to a prayer being offered to strengthen and guide the President. As Catholics we pray for Trump every Sunday just like we did for Obama because this is part of what we call the Spiritual Acts of Mercy. Hell, if you hate Trump you should be first in line to demand that such a prayer be offered. But that is not where we are. Pastor Platt did a walk back of his blessing because there were people who were offended at his offer of Christian charity. See my colleague Amelia Hamilton’s post Pastor Issues Statement After Trump Visits His Church.

In the words of Archbishop Charles Chaput could be heard tolling in the distance:

My point is this: Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God.

Getting back to my opening paragraph. You are never going to convince these people not to mob you. You are not going to be permitted to belong to a church, or any group, for that matter, that doesn’t adhere to the liberal secular orthodoxy. No matter how many of the Right People you convince that you are actually a very reasonable conservative who doesn’t take all this Bible thumping bullsh** very seriously–but a grifter’s gotta grift, right?–they still aren’t going to leave you alone. As longtime RedState managing editor Erick Erickson says, “you will be made to care.” If we don’t increase the level of pain we are able to inflict upon them to the point where they back off, we might as well climb in the boxcar that is heading for the camps because that is our destination. And David French and Bill Kristol will be there on the platform waving a cheery goodbye.

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Jerry Nadler Starts the Mueller Hearings and His First Witness Is Hilariously Bad

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Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has decided he’s moving forward with hearings on the Mueller report. Because we must get to the bottom of what happened according to Democrats and 400+ pages from the Mueller report just won’t do.

In reality, this is a partisan exercise with no real end game except to drag the issue out into the 2020 election. Nadler has been rebuffed at every turn, even by Robert Mueller him, who’s said he has no reason to testify.

In the absence of any real, substantive witnesses, Nadler has a plan.

His first witness in the hearings will be…Nixon White House Counsel John Dean?

That’s a Politico reporter above breathlessly letting us know that the Democrats are shifting to “substance” by bringing in irrelevant lawyers from a 50 year old administration. Makes sense.

While having no actual testimony to give concerning the Mueller report and its inner workings, what Dean does have is delusional anti-Trump bonafides and that’s good enough for Jerry Nadler.

In other words, Dean is a grifter, much in the same mold as Bob Woodward, who’s been living off of Watergate most of his adult life.

And completely unexpectedly, all of his targets over the years have been Republican Presidents. Bill Clinton, who was actually impeached, didn’t make his list of “Worse than Watergate” books, but Ronald Reagan did because reasons.

Dean is the worst kind of character because he was actually up to his eyeballs in Watergate and his transformation is nothing but self preservation. He needed to save his skin after getting caught trying to cover up Nixon’s deeds so he decided to become a reliable Democrat apparatchik, knowing it’d give him plot armor for the rest of his life.

This guy will have absolutely nothing substantive to give Jerry Nadler and his crew, but he will rail against Trump and that’s enough to get you called in as an expert witness.

The Democrats are making fools of themselves. The DOJ successfully slapped their hand, so they shift to using John Dean as a mouthpiece in public hearings, knowing the media will report is as serious business. The rest of the country is just laughing at them though.

But hey, maybe Nixon will finally resign after this?

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The Chicago Way

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The Chicago Way

Chicago not too long ago elected its very first black, lesbian mayor. No big surprise, right? It is a leftist city. Here is what is interesting; she doesn’t seem predisposed to go along with the good old boys there. Over at American Thinker, Thomas Lifson describes Lori Lightfoot, the new Sheriff in town and some interesting fallout. From the article

Chicago’s new mayor, Lori Lightfoot, is an outsider to the vast boys’ club whose network of favors and bribes defines the way politics there operates.  A black lesbian, I doubt she was very. welcome.  Now she promises to do something about it.

Dare anyone hope that the corruption that defines Chicago politics will ever end?  Or how about diminish?  Right now, four of the 50 members of the city council are out on bail, and a fifth has been wearing a wire for the feds as part of a plea deal.

The article goes on to describe Lightfoot and some of the cast of characters she’s dealing with, including many career politicians who’ve been so corrupt for so long, they almost don’t bother to hide it. Chief among them, is Alderman Ed Burke, whose actions remind me of the fictional Chicago Alderman Yablonowitz, being investigated by reporter Ernie Souchak played by John Belushi in the movie “Continental Divide.”

There’s one scene in the City Council meeting where once they get to some nefarious dealings, Yablonowitz motions to the stenographer to stop taking notes. Once they get past the dirty deal, Yablonowitz motions for the steno to continue.** That’s the kind of thing going on in Chicago. That’s why I believe the term ‘Open and Notorious” may have been coined to describe the actual Alderman Burke and his level of corruption.

So what? You might ask. It’s Chicago. Political corruption in Chicago is about as common as drunk sailors coming back from shore leave. What’s the National aspect? Here are some names for you, that as part of the Chicago scenery could possibly end up being splashed by the mud flying off of this scandal: Tony Rezco, Obama campaign financier, Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois and convicted Felon, Rahm “Deadfish” Emmanuel, former Obama Chief of Staff and former Chicago Mayor, Valerie Jarrett and of course, The Won, former President Barack Obama. All of these folks know and have had dealings with each other.

This seems to be a time for challenging the “sainthood” mantle the insiders insisted on placing on Mueller, Comey…and possibly Obama. Stay tuned for more info as my sources get it to me. This really could get legs. Buckle up.

**If anyone happens to have that particular clip from Continental Divide, please paste the link in the comments.

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Trump Just Got a Big Win on the Border Wall As Democrat Lawsuit Is Thrown Out

We got some big news involving Trump’s border wall today.

A judge has thrown out the lawsuit brought by House Democrats that was attempting to stop his use of previously allocated funds to build parts of the border wall.

The primary reason for the case being tossed is that the Democrats lacked standing. The judge felt that because of that lack of standing, the judiciary had no role in trying to mediate what was ultimately a political fight. The House had already allocated the funds and granted the executive the statutory ability to allocate those funds further within the departments.

It was ridiculous to ever think that House Democrats, absent passage of legislation, could suddenly decide they have the right to tell the President how he can spend money they already allocated to be highly discretionary. If they don’t like what he was doing, there’s a process for that and it doesn’t involve the courts.

This is a big blow as it green lights the President to go ahead and use billions of dollars on border projects that Democrats were trying to stop. With that said, there may be an appeal and if it gets in front of one of the many card carrying #resistance judges out there, things could shift temporarily. If it ever reaches the Supreme Court though, there’s no doubt they’d side with the administration on the merits of the law.

A quick musing of Twitter shows that liberals are taking it about as well as you’d expect. Namely, they are attacking the judge. I have a feeling the media won’t find any fault in that though after previously recoiling at accusing judges of partisanship.

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Former “Justice Democrats” Backed Candidate Publicly Proclaims to Hate White People

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The “Justice Democrats,” made famous by its involvement with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and far-left candidates, at one point brought a young woman forward to run for office in Colorado, and now the failed candidate is telling people on Twitter just how much she hates white people.

Former Democratic congressional candidate Saira Rao seemed to have a bit of a meltdown on Twitter and made it clear that the sight of the American flag makes her sick.

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This was then followed by Rao blaming white people for her misery.

“White people have done everything to make my life miserable. Yet I’m supposed to not hate white people?” tweeted Rao.

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Rao attempted to run for Congress in Colorado but was handily defeated by incumbent and white woman, Diana DeGette.

According to the Daily Caller, who first reported this, Rao did not take her defeat well and blamed white people for it, even going so far as to blame the Democrat party for being too light on racism:

After her primary defeat, Rao said that she was ready to “give up” on white people, blaming them for her loss. Before her loss, Rao also wrote an open letter to the Democratic party in the Huffington Post, ripping them for not doing enough to combat racism.

“You’ve taken my love, my money, my tokenism, with nary anything in return,” she said. “You continue to call angry white men who commit mass murder ‘lone wolves.’ But if someone who looks like me screams ‘Allah’ and fires a gun, it’s “terrorism.”

Rao has founded a club called “race to dinner,” where she invites white women to eat and “bear witness” to the pain of black and brown women according to the Daily Caller.

This is a pretty cut and dry example of just how radical the left has become, and how organizations like the Justice Democrats tie themselves to extremists on the left like Ocasio-Cortez.

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Andy McCarthy Is Right About Mueller’s Investigation but for All the Wrong Reasons

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It isn’t very often that I’ll say National Review’s Andy McCarthy has missed the boat but this is one of those occasions.

In his Friday post at National Review, The Mueller Investigation Was Always an Impeachment Probe, McCarthy contends that because Mueller’s team was packed to the gills with progressive Democrats hellbent on creating a case for impeachment, and they knew that Barr would never go along with their legal reasoning–the same reason that was repudiated by the Supreme Court in the Enron and Arthur Andersen cases–they had to find a way of getting their evidence before like-minded Democrats.

So . . . Plan B: What if we decline to make any recommendation on obstruction?

Mueller’s staff calculated: If we don’t press the point of indicting the president, the AG and the Justice Department have no reason to dispute our findings, or even take on our analysis of obstruction law. They’ll be so relieved to avoid a fight over obstruction charges, they’ll be willing to let all that slide. And with Congress demanding the report, and the AG having promised maximum transparency in his confirmation hearings, we will achieve our objective: Congress will get our obstruction evidence, with an accompanying legal analysis that tends strongly in favor of finding felony obstruction. That will be the basis for any impeachment proceedings.

This, then, became the plan: Mueller would decide not to decide.

What matters is that Mueller’s shrewd staffers accomplished exactly what they hoped to accomplish: Make sure the report was disclosed to Congress intact, with 200 pages of obstruction evidence, a legal analysis that tends toward a finding of obstruction, and an express assertion by the special counsel that if he had found Trump did not commit a crime, he would have said so.

That is probably as accurate as far as it goes but I think McCarthy loses sight of the fact that there is a much clearer case to be made for saying that Mueller was never, ever interested in anything to do with Russia and was engaged in a hit job on President Trump from the day he was appointed.

To preface this, let me point out that by the time Mueller was appointed on May 17, 2017, the FBI already knew that the Steele dossier was utter fabulist bullsh**. They knew Papadopoulos didn’t have any inside track to the Kremlin because all of his contacts who purported to give him said information were Western intelligence assets. The knew Michael Cohen had never been to Prague. And if even the New York Times had staffers wondering aloud on video of the Steele dossier was actually Russian dezinformatsiya, that quite a few counterintelligence people at the FBI and at the CIA were undoubtedly pursuing the same line of reasoning as the claims that could be investigated were proven false. It was known for a fact that Carter Page was less of a Russian agent than Hillary Clinton. No one ever had any real concerns about Mike Flynn and sandbagging him was just Andrew McCabe getting payback for Flynn supporting an agent McCabe had fired in her sexual discrimination lawsuit against him. The whole Trump Tower meeting was known to have been conducted by Fusion GPS operatives, one of which John Kerry’s State Department had allowed into the the US despite her being banned from entry. No sane person believed the whole bank-server-in-Trump-Tower-talking-to-Moscow story.

In short, were this investigation actually the “counterintelligence” investigation it was purported to be, then all Mueller had to do was review existing investigatory information, sign off on it, and say “nothing here, folks.”

But that isn’t what happened.

What happened was something completely different.

James Comey was fired on May 9. According to Comey, on the Monday after he was fired, May 15, he decided to leak him memos documenting his meetings with Trump in hopes of triggering an independent counsel (on what grounds, one might ask) and on May 16 the first story about the memos appeared. The next day Mueller was appointed.

But from court documents we know that the FBI had opened an obstruction investigation of President Trump between May 9 and May 17:

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Read the whole thread on the origins of the obstruction hoax.

What Mueller walked into was not a counterintelligence investigation but a investigation into obstruction of justice based upon Comey’s recollections as documented in his leaked memos. The structure of Mueller’s appointment doesn’t cite any violation of law associated with “coordination” (I doubt seriously that this “coordination” would be illegal) but does spell out the legal authority for investigating matters beyond the appointment letter.

So on his first day on the job, Mueller had to decide whether to focus on the Russia hoax or push an obstruction case. It is hard to see any honorable reason why he elected to not quickly clear the Trump campaign of “collusion.” The investigatory leg work had been done. It would have been in the best interests of the nation. The only plausible explanation is that Mueller decided that he could severely damage the Trump administration by a lengthy investigation and that if he slung about the specter of obstruction, the media would ignore the nothingburger than he was supposed to be investigating.

This investigation was never, ever concerned with Russian meddling or collusion. From its first day, the Russia angle was nothing more than a subterfuge for an investigation of the President, his family, and his friends with the sole purpose of damaging them politically and financially and, if possible, sending them to prison. McCarthy may be right about the bureaucratic tussle that led to Mueller not making a decision but he loses sight of the fact that Mueller knew this was an obstruction investigation from his first day on the job and joyfully participated.

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He Persisted: Dan Crenshaw Is Owning Liz Warren on Twitter and I’m Just Here to Share the Popcorn

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As he’s demonstrated in the past, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2) is unafraid to take on the Democratic party’s far left wing, whether it be in liberal dens like “The View”, during House Committee hearings, or on social media.

The latest examples of this from Crenshaw are his tweets countering claims from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), one of the 20+ Democratic candidates running for president. Even though Warren was one of the first candidates to declare her intentions to run, her poll numbers have consistently lagged. As a result, she’s moved even further to the left over the last few months in a desperate attempt to win over primary voters.

Over the weekend, Warren appeared at the California Democratic Convention and made a speech that took veiled shots at Democratic front runner Joe Biden. Here’s what she said:

Crenshaw, in turn, responded with some truth balm:

A little over a week ago, Warren boasted on Twitter about signing the “No Fossil Fuel Money” pledge:

Crenshaw called out her hypocrisy and virtue signaling:

In mid-May, Warren announced she would not do town hall debates on Fox News, citing an alleged “hate for profit” business model:

Reading between the lines, Crenshaw zeroed in on what the real issue was – and let her know it:

I should note for the record that Crenshaw has also tackled claims made by 2020 candidate and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) over the last couple of months:

But his countering of Warren’s narratives is especially noteworthy because they come at a time when Democratic women are trying to silence criticisms from Republican men by playing the “incitement” and “women of color” cards.

Crenshaw continues to show that he will not be intimidated, which is only fitting when you consider that he put his life on the line to protect the right for American citizens like Warren and Sanders to make bogus, hypocritical, and self-serving political claims.

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Steven Crowder Hasn’t Done Anything Wrong

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Right now, Steven Crowder’s YouTube channel is being investigated for racist and anti-LGBT speech due to complaints being made by Vox’s Carlos Maza, popular for the “Strikethrough” video series.

Maza is upset over the fact that Crowder makes fun of his ideas and attacks him during the course of response videos Crowder makes that debunk Maza’s claims in his videos. Maza tweeted at YouTube, saying he has a thick skin, but that he’s bothered by Crowder’s attacks toward him.

YouTube responded by publically telling Maza that they’re looking into it and that they sent him a direct message over Twitter.

In response, Crowder warned his viewers that this isn’t just about YouTube attempting to shut down a channel for supposed hate speech, it’s a multi-million dollar corporation attempting to silence its loudest critics.

This is the long and short version of the story, but this short tale actually opens the door to a much larger conversation that needs to be had. This conversation can easily be started with a simple question: “What is hate speech?”

Crowder did, in fact, call Maza a “lispy queer,” and a “gay Mexican.” In today’s politically correct world this is enough to send clutching hands to the nearest pearls. However, as Crowder said in his update video about the attacks on him by Vox to silence him, these are a combination of both friendly ribbings — something he does with his own co-hosts — and accurate descriptors that Maza himself has used to craft his identity.

In short, Maza is upset that Crowder is describing him accurately, it’s just that Crowder is using from the position of an intellectual adversary.

So it’s not a slur. Crowder hasn’t called for the actual destruction of anyone in the LGBT community and has made it clear that bringing anyone to physical harm is not something he’s okay with at all. He also hasn’t used LGBT terminology that Maza hasn’t used to describe himself. In truth, Maza doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

We as a society have to draw a true line as to where and what we can consider hate speech because, at this time, that goal post seems to be moving by the hour.

For instance, Maza can suggest that Fox New’s Tucker Carlson is in line with White Supremacists because his content generates racist sympathies and suggests that Carlson himself isn’t concerned with things like immigration policies, but concerned with people are “different.” However, since Maza never calls Carlson any fun names, suggesting that Carlson is guilty of racism isn’t hate speech.

However, videos like Maza’s generate a dangerous narrative that Carlson is a dangerous racist promoting hate and violence. It’s a narrative that some have taken very seriously, and they wind up at Carlson’s doorstep threatening him with physical injury and attempting to gain access into his home while his wife and daughters hide in a closet.

At this time, I haven’t seen or heard Maza denounce this kind of treatment of the right as I have seen Crowder denounce that kind of behavior toward the left. If I’m wrong, then by all means, please let me know and I’ll make the correction. At this time, all I have is Maza promoting the idea of assaulting people because he doesn’t like their politics, so my faith in his goodness is a bit shaky.

Yet, Crowder can deconstruct Maza’s arguments with actual points that don’t accuse a person of horrid behavior with the exception of dishonest journalism. It’s only hate speech because Crowder referred to him in ways Maza refers to himself.

Hate speech, at least as I understood it, is a malicious attack on a certain race, group, or religion with unfounded accusations and calls, or suggestions, for violence. We popularly associate hate speech with ideals given by the Nazi party and verbalized by Hitler. We still hear it today, only it doesn’t come from the right.

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D) suggested: “Israel has hypnotized the world.” Celebrated feminist activist Linda Sarsour said that the flagging popularity of the Democrat party is due to the “Jewish media.” Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said she gets a “calming feeling” when she speaks about the Holocaust and made the false claim that Islamic countries were trying to help Jewish people.

These are awful things to say, and yet the media and fellow Democrats work overtime to run defense for it all. What’s more, it doesn’t just stop at speech against Jewish people. White males are consistently targeted by politicians, activists, and the media. In fact, YouTube itself is fine with videos from the likes of Buzzfeed, MTV, and Huffington post that blanket-blame white people for every problem under the sun, while also stereotyping them.

Crowder is known to do this too, only Crowder is doing it for comedic purposes and isn’t at all hateful toward the people he lampoons. MTV, BuzzFeed, and Huffington Post are deadly serious.

Not only is this hypocritical, it shows us the left’s cards. It’s unofficial motto is “it’s okay when we do it.” Even CNN’s Chris Cuomo says as much during his defense of Antifa’s violence…twice. The left’s mentality is that they can say and do whatever they want because they feel their racism, sexism, bigotry, and even violence is for the greater good. Crowder’s verbal jabs, however, are an avenue to evil.

But more importantly, Crowder is usually right in his rebuttals and criticism. This pulling back the curtain is dangerous to an ideological group whose messages and narratives really only thrive in a vacuum. That, beyond anything else, has to be silenced.

Crowder has done absolutely nothing wrong, especially by the standards set by the left. In truth, his crime is saying they’re wrong and proving it.

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Kirsten Gillibrand Trashed the NRA, Then They Produced a Letter From Her and Things Got Awkward

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Kirsten Gillibrand has currently earned the votes of her immediate family (we think) and sits at 0% in all the latest polling. It doesn’t appear she’s even going to make the cutoff for the first Democrat primary debate. To say her campaign has fallen flat is a bit of an understatement but that hasn’t stopped her from continuing to fight the good fight.

After relentlessly trashing Fox News previously, she decided to do a town hall on the network and let’s just say that it didn’t go well. She’s basically Hillary Clinton but even more inauthentic. Figure that one out.

Take this clip of Gillibrand trying to explain why she flip-flopped on gun rights the moment she was no longer representing a more conservative Congressional district.

(The clips are short, I recommend you watch them for their comedic value alone.)

Anyone else just get a headache? Even past the fact that she’s lying, her delivery is just terrible and she comes across as flailing about wildly.

On her points, the NRA doesn’t sell guns and is a non-profit. They aren’t worried about profits from gun sale as she says. Her quip about the terror watch list is also dishonest tripe. The problem with allowing the government to place people on a secret list with no due process is that it’s third world, dictatorial nonsense. We don’t strip rights from people in this country just because some government bureaucrat decides to put them on a list. You’d think every politician could at least agree on that, but I guess not.

One thing she says in the clip is the the NRA is “the worst organization in the country.”

While that’s not groundbreaking when it comes to Democrat pandering these days, it is note worthy here because the NRA happened to dig up a letter from Gillibrand in response to her comments.

My word, that’s awkward.

In the letter, she’s writing to the executive director of the NRA (at the time) and her position on guns is nearly the polar opposite of what she espoused to Chris Wallace. She reaffirms her support for the 2nd amendment and even trashes the idea of meaningless, feel good laws that don’t actually help reduce gun violence. I agree Sen. Gillibrand.

Even more hilariously, she brags about her support for the Heller decision that she now opposes, which codified the 2nd amendment as protecting the individual right to bear arms.

She ends with this glowing language toward the NRA.

I appreciate the work that the NRA does to protect gun owners rights and I look forward to working with you for many years in Congress.

That sounds quite a bit different than calling them the worst organization in the country. It’s not like the NRA is any different today than it was in 2008. Their missions is exactly the same. The difference then was that Gillibrand represented a rural district and had to pander to those voters. Once she got to the Senate, she immediately became a hardcore liberal on gun rights because her voter base was no overwhelmingly Democrat. There are no principles at work here, only opportunism.

Gillibrand is a hypocrite. She shifts with the winds as bad as any politician in recent memory. Her in-authenticity and awkwardness are why she’s polling at 0% and can’t get any traction. You’d think she’d take the hint and just quit at this point. Instead, she’s sticking around for more and we’ll be her to laugh at all of it along the way.

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Fired New Yorker Fact Checker and Failed NYU Journalism Prof Lashes out at Freedom of Speech

Remember Talia Levin, the woman who was fired as a fact checker for New Yorker for claiming that a disabled vet who worked for ICE had a Nazi tattoo? The woman who was fired from Media Matters…imagine how batsh** crazy you have to be to get fired from that dung heap. The woman who was fired from her NYU Journalism School gig (class title: “Reporting on the Far Right”) because no one enrolled? Now that she’s safely unemployed she’s opened up about her distrubing personal habits and given some insight on a) how she seems to be pretty typical of reporters and b) why they should never be allowed to write anything for public consumption.

First, the personal habits. Lavin seemed to think that a person who has made a career of being an irresponsible jerk and trying to get other people fired went passive-aggressive in a huge way when The Wrap’s Jon Levine reported she’d been turfed out of her comfy, no-work job at NYU:

It’s true: only 2 students signed up for my class.
Here’s some other hot news for Jon and his editors:
Once I threw a VERY elaborate theme party in college and no one came.
In high school, a bunch of boys stole my journal & read my sex fantasies about my English teacher aloud. 1/
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Another time in high school, a boy stole my shoes while I was taking a nap and hid them in a light fixture. I am very short.

I recently asked a guy I went on a date with if he wanted to kiss me and he responded, “I don’t know what to say.” 2/

I was doing a public reading earlier this year and had a panic attack onstage so bad I almost fell over and couldn’t finish reading.

Every time I eat, food is like, magnetically attracted to my breasts and often clings there unnoticed. Disastrous for a tuna bagel enjoyer. 3/

One time I confused the words for “boat” and “spoon” in Russian and told a friend she could get over her sadness “like the people rowing in spoons over the Dnieper during the battle of Kiev.”

I always try to do Kate Bush songs in karaoke and fail. 4/

One time my shoes broke mid workday. I worked at the World Trade Center at the time so I limped over to the nearest store and wound up wearing souvenir NYPD flip-flops for an entire day.

I have pretty strong natural body odor and have to work to counteract it at all times. 5/

The pimple on my nose won’t go away. It’s been months. Months!

Hope this helped you meet your story quota!!!!
xoxo
Talia

P.S. I’m not ashamed ICE lied about me that I’d started a rumor about one of their agents. I said a cross tat looked like an iron cross well after others had noticed, then deleted it after 15 min w/correx. I never used the word “Nazi.” or the guy’s name. ICE did.

Also I have hidradentis suppurativa and once forgot a coffee cup in my room for so long it grew a mold-bloom blue as oxidized copper.

This has been your news update for today.

This simply confirms some things I could probably have guessed about her. Amusing…actually it would be sad if it were someone who’d ever demonstrated she had empathy for someone else. Then she swung for the left field bleachers.

lots of people claim to champion “free speech.” most of them are liars: what they want is to be able to spread hate unchallenged, and they cheerfully crush their opponents, via harassment, abuse, slander and mass reporting. it’s not hypocrisy, it’s strategy.

i want social media where people can be queer or black or jewish or NBPOC or oppose the current government without fear of abuse, harassment or slander. i don’t think racism and homophobia and misogyny are sacred. i think they are forces to defeat. and i’m honest about it.

when hatemongers have the “freedom” they desire, it forces other people into hiding, to self-censor, to endure abuse in the vilest of ways. i don’t support that. it’s not freedom of speech. just freedom to intimidate. and it’s trash.

i know the playbook by now. i’ve watched them target marginalized people for political expression over and over, with violence on their tongues and in their hearts. make no mistake. they want the freedom to punish and to silence. i say fuck that.

seriously, the entire complex of “free speech defenders” are the squad who wants to say the n word and tell you jews control the world, and worse. they don’t hide the goal of crushing their enemies and wallowing in malice. stop falling for it and fight back.

the “intellectual dark web” guys who pitch fits when their race science chats get cancelled support anti-BDS laws; patron saint bari weiss tried to get an @elivalley talk cancelled. their imitators just want to push for a white ethnostate and run anyone else into the ground.
QED

This, oddly enough, seems to be a very widely held view among people who mewl and bleat about the First Amendment whenever they don’t get the access the demand. Consider the case of the black forklift operator who was tracked down by some moron at The Daily Beast for making a funny video about Nancy Pelosi. Tracked down, we might add, with the assistance of Facebook staff. That is very much in line of the noxious and probably malodorous Andrew Kaczynski who similarly doxxed a guy for making a gif of President Trump bodyslamming CNN and demanded an apology from him as the condition of not revealing his name to the world.

Her list of people who she thinks should be silenced are my reason for supporting the First Amendment. Because unless we allow offensive, even vile, speech we effectively have no free speech because then the limits of what can and can’t be said is controlled by people who probably won’t like something you have to say. Just last week, Erick Erickson, who is just about as mild-mannered a conservative as you will find these days, was suspended from Twitter for making a joke about Elizabeth Warren’s lying about having Indian heritage to further her career.

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No one ever forces you to read or listen to anything you don’t want to. You have the ability to leave the room, the ability to verbally challenge the offender, and the ability on social media to block or mute douchebags. The only reason you put up with abuse is because you are too weak-willed to do anything or because you are gathering evidence for your jihad to make people who don’t agree with you to shut up.

With a little bit of luck, this Lavin woman will reach her true potential slinging lattes at a Starbucks. What is very obvious is that she is hostile to the very idea of a pluralistic society in addition to the First Amendment and she should never be allowed to work in anything that pretends to be journalism again.

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