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Carlos Maza Is Trying to Take the Heat Off Himself for Livelihoods Being Ruined (Don’t Let Him)

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While he does have a good number of supporters, Vox Media’s Carlos Maza seems to have become a public pariah thanks to his war against YouTube over having his feelings hurt by Steven Crowder.

Over the past few days, YouTube has bent over backward in order to please Maza, who has apparently roused the mob against YouTube for even daring to allow someone like Crowder to have a platform. Maza has done everything in his power to make it seem as if Crowder is a white supremacist, a homophobe, and a bigot.

Crowder is definitely not any of those, but that matters little to Maza. His true target was never really Crowder, it was anyone and everyone who offered differing opinions based on an opposing ideology. To him, people like Tucker Carlson are considered an enemy to society, and as dictated by the social justice dogma of the modern era, if it’s not falling in line with them, it’s Hitlerian.

Maza’s plan worked…sort of. YouTube has made a sweeping rule demonetizing anyone with content that may remotely resemble an opinion not shared by Maza’s hard-left ilk. Content creators on the platform have lost their income whether they were right-leaning or not. This includes educational and raw news channels that featured content such as speeches from Hitler or Richard Spencer.

One such channel was Ford Fischer who operates a channel where he posts on the spot footage of events like alt-right gatherings, protests, speeches, etc. His work had been used in documentaries. Despite this, YouTube demonetized him.

This sudden rush to please Maza by YouTube is Maza’s doing. Maza whipped up what every corporation fears, and that’s a mob that may alter public opinion about them. While YouTube is staffed by the same type of leftist that Maza is, and was only too happy to capitulate, this is Maza’s fault.

However, Maza is attempting to take the blame off himself for YouTube’s sudden, panicked rush to fix an issue that wasn’t an issue. As creators find their source of pay going away, they can only trace it back to one man.

Maza, however, has decided to put the blame squarely on YouTube, and is attempting to simply pass it off as their incompetence in silencing and censoring the right people.

The last thing we should do is allow Maza and the media to structure the narrative that the cause of this “adpocalypse” is anyone’s fault but the creators of the outrage in the first place. Maza and the rest wanted censorship and punishment for those guilty of wrong-think. They got it.

When the left asks for more interference from the powers that be, this is what happens. There’s collateral damage. Innocent people suffer while you’re trying to target a specific group. The problem is that the specific group that Maza is targeting isn’t guilty of the things he’s pegging them with in the first place.

This sends YouTube frantically searching to position for a line to be drawn, and since Crowder did nothing wrong, they pull the line back further than it needs to be, hitting everyone else in the process.

This may be because of a reaction from YouTube, but rest assured, Maza was the source that caused the effect.

Keep the facts the fact. Maza caused this, and we shouldn’t let his false narrative thrive.

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Fox: Pelosi has told Dems at caucus meetings, “We should go down there and arrest” Trump

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With all due respect to the Fox News news desk, I’m skeptical. What would it even mean to say, “We should go down there and arrest the man”? Suddenly I’m picturing her leading an elite team of 20 Democratic congressmen dressed in SWAT gear into the White House and fighting their way past the Secret Service to the Oval Office.

Maybe followed by a hot pursuit through the streets of D.C. after Trump flees out the back door and hops behind the wheel of the presidential limo to make his getaway.

Also, arrest him for what? The only power Congress has to detain people as far as I know is to enforce a contempt citation, and Trump hasn’t been held in contempt. (Although House Dems would love to do so in order to rebuke his many assertions of executive privilege over witnesses and documents they’ve demanded.) If you believe the Times, even Bill Barr might end up dodging a contempt vote.

So what the hell would this even mean?

Nancy Pelosi suggested this week that Democratic leaders should look beyond the short-term question of whether to pursue impeachment against President Trump – something the House speaker is loath to do considering the high political risk and low chance of success – to the possibility of pursuing charges against him once he leaves office.

Pelosi, D-Calif., reportedly referenced this scenario in a meeting with Democrats this week. Politico reported that the House speaker told top committee chairmen: “I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison.”…

Several House Democratic sources told Fox News that Pelosi has said similar things about Trump in past caucus meetings, such as “we should go down there and arrest the man.” The sources said Pelosi is trying to put any action off until after the election, making the case that Democrats should defeat Trump in 2020 — and then seek prosecution after he leaves office.

That sounds like Pelosi overcompensating rhetorically for the fact that she doesn’t want to impeach Trump. She has upwards of 60 people in her caucus pressing her to open impeachment proceedings; in order to hold them off, she may feel obliged to talk tough — ridiculously, unrealistically tough — in private to reassure them that she hates the president just as much as they do. “You guys only want to impeach? Why, I was thinking we should lock his ass up.” Whatever.

Trump’s playing the tough-talk-aimed-at-the-base game too:

The impeachment chatter on both sides looks increasingly like little more than kabuki performed for the 2020 electorate. Pelosi’s happy to have Democrats threaten Trump in ever more draconian ways *if* doing so sates their appetite for formal action. Embarrassing the president by impeaching him would inflame Republican voters, she fears, but talking about sending him to prison or whatever? Eh, talk is cheap. Trump talked endlessly about locking Hillary Clinton up on the trial in 2016, didn’t he? Meanwhile, if Pelosi’s not going to hand him turnout fuel by actually impeaching him, Trump’s going to use their tough talk about prison etc. as kindling instead by feigning offense, as in the tweets above. It’s a performance on both ends.

I think. Judging by this clip, it sounds like Jay Inslee wants Trump charged with “climate treason” or something.

In lieu of an exit question, here’s Hannity very belatedly deciding that threatening to lock up one’s political opponents is actually bad.

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Body Cams; Good for the Goose, Good for the Gander

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FILE – In this Jan. 15, 2014 file photo a Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration in Los Angeles. An agreement with Boston’s largest police union to have 100 officers wear body cameras was praised as a step toward greater accountability. But with the Sept. 1, 2016, rollout date for the pilot program approaching, not a single officer had volunteered to wear one. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Body Cams; Good for the Goose, Good for the Gander

Over at American Thinker, my good friend Mike Thiac has a great article out today, regarding body cams for Federal Law Enforcement Agents. Mike and I served together over in The Sandbox where he was the unit Intelligence Officer. He’s now a Patrol Sergeant for a major metropolitan police force.

Mike’s article points out yet one more example of Federal hypocrisy. The Federal Government is pressuring localities to put body cams on all of their officers who have contact with the public. This is a great idea ( body cams, not Federal pressure). First of all, officials who have the power to arrest and confine you, by force if necessary, do need proper oversight.

Interestingly, body cams are also supported by many police officers. Why? Because, in a “he said, she said,” situation, body cam footage has cleared a number of officers from unfounded accusations. In short, body cams are a win-win.

Then comes the example of the City of Atlanta and a Federal Task Force. As is common in many localities, the Federal Government establishes joint City/County-Federal Task Forces to focus on certain crimes, drugs, carjacking and the like, or to assist Federal Marshals in serving Federal arrest warrants. The Feds will provide one or two agents while the rest of the manpower is provided by the local agencies. Everyone is provided Federal credentials. Typically, the Second-in-Command is a Fed, while the the Task Force Commander is a local selected by the Chief of Police or County Sheriff.

These ad hoc units provide great capability, as long as everyone is following the rules. The incident my buddy Mike describes, is one where Atlanta’s Mayor and Chief Of Police decided that all Atlanta Police Officers would be required to wear body cams—even when they were part of a Federal Task Force. This decision was sparked when an Atlanta citizen was shot and killed during a Federal Task Force attempt to serve a warrant. The shots were fired by an Atlanta Police Officer serving with the Task Force.

Their decision was the correct one. However, when informed of this, the Federal agencies involved declined to allow local officers to wear body cams. Of course, Federal Agents don’t either. The Mayor and the Chief Of Police responded by pulling their officers out of the Federal Task Forces. This too was the correct decision.

Mike Thiac is right. What’s good for the Goose, is good for the Gander. Here’s his final wrap up.

Technology is a good thing, and we should use it. But I don’t care for hypocrisy at any level. Federal law enforcement, do not lecture local/state agencies if you are not willing to have your actions reviewed, or “Monday-morning quarterbacked,” by the same “Social Justice Warrior” types, race baiting poverty pimps, and the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, etc. This is the 21st Century, technology is here to stay — embrace it, use it, and get used to the consequences. If you would listen to your brother cops at the local level, you know it’s mostly positive. Come and join us on the front line.

You can usually find Mike Thiac on Patrol, on his blog A Cop’s Watch or at my house eating my brisket and swilling my scotch.

Mike Ford is a retired Infantry Officer who writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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Pot, Meet Kettle: Transgender Women’s Cycling Champ Who Bullies Female Sports Figures Condemns “Toxic Masculinity”

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Oh the irony. The sweet, sweet irony of it all.

Transgender cycling champion Rachel McKinnon vented recently on social media about toxic masculinity and how it negatively impacted the behavior of women who are confronted with it.

In a tweet from late May, McKinnon wrote that “Toxic masculinity includes not being able to recognize when women are deeply uncomfortable with your behavior or presence…but it also forces women to do our best to be subtle because we’re scared you’ll react like this or worse.”

Y’all, if only one thing in modern history could ever be declared a classic case of “pot, kettle, black“, McKinnon’s comments on this issue would be it.

For those wondering, let me refresh your memories on who McKinnon is.

McKinnon created a stir last fall when she won a women’s cycling world title. Some of her competitors cried foul because McKinnon …is actually a man.

Fast forward a few months later, and McKinnon – an assistant professor at the College of Charleston, SC – was still giving it his all trying to shame women who disagree with him into silence. Some of his recent targets include 1980 Olympic swimming silver medalist Sharron Davies, and tennis great Martina Navratilova.

He successfully led the charge in having Navratilova, an LGBT rights pioneer, excommunicated out of several prominent LGBT groups over her belief that men competing in women’s competition gives the men an unfair advantage (which is true).

His Twitter feed is filled with examples of his attempts at shutting up women who disagree with him:

Here’s another example of McKinnon’s warped views on female sports figures who dare to oppose his agenda:

Bizarre, right? McKinnon actually believes that excluding an entire race from competing in sports is the same thing as excluding men from being able to compete in women’s competitions. Who knew?

And what happens if you’re a woman and disagree with what he says? Tough sh*t. McKinnon has declared the debate over: “If you feel it’s unfair for trans women to compete, too bad. Suck it up, buttercup. The world has moved on. There is no ‘debate’ to be had.”

Sadly, McKinnon isn’t the only man masquerading as a woman who uses his elevated positions as a professor, athlete, and activist to bully into submission those who speak out against transgender women in women’s sports. But he’s one of most prominent, and his (rarely questioned) actions have had a chilling effect on female athletes and commentators alike, some of who are afraid to speak on the record for fear of being on the receiving end of his targeted (and oftentimes successful) bullying tactics.

With all this in mind, let’s revisit that tweet of McKinnon’s from last month:

“Toxic masculinity includes not being able to recognize when women are deeply uncomfortable with your behavior or presence…but it also forces women to do our best to be subtle because we’re scared you’ll react like this or worse.”

You really can’t make this stuff up.

(Hat tip: PJ Media’s Tyler O’Neil)

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Trump Pounces on Pelosi After She Calls for His Imprisonment

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Yesterday, I reported on the fact that Nancy Pelosi told Jerry Nadler that she didn’t want to see Trump impeached, she wanted to see him in prison.

While I’ve personally got very little problem with politicians taking swipes like this (as if Democrats didn’t call for the jailing of George Bush, this isn’t a new thing), it’s worth noting that the media and liberals lost their ever loving minds when people would say “lock her up” in relation to Hillary Clinton.

So perhaps they’d give Pelosi some pushback here? You know, since it’s so bad to target your political opponents via charges of criminality (even when they are obviously valid as in the case of Clinton).

Nah, they instead decided to play it as a “Republicans pounce” story because that’s what they always do. You see, the story isn’t the incredible hypocrisy of Pelosi saying what she said, it’s that Trump responded to it.

While Pelosi’s original remarks didn’t warrant a write-up from The Washington Post because that would mean holding a consistent standard, Trump saying this got their juices flowing.

President Trump attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an interview that aired Thursday night as “a nasty, vindictive, horrible person” in his first public comments since reports that she told colleagues she would like to see him in prison rather than impeached.

“I think she’s a disgrace,” Trump said on Fox News. “I actually don’t think she’s a talented person. I’ve tried to be nice to her because I would have liked to have gotten some deals done. She’s incapable of doing deals. She’s a nasty, vindictive, horrible person.”

Sounds pretty truthy to me. Pelosi is as underhanded as they come and this was on display just a few weeks ago when she trashed Trump publicly as a criminal just moments before going into a meeting trying to strike a deal over infrastructure. Maybe that’s how two-faced and listless career politicians are in Washington D.C. but to normal people, that’s nasty, vindictive behavior.

Not content with just being hypocritical via omission of criticism of Pelosi, the Post ran a story this morning bemoaning the “flip-flopping” by Sean Hannity on jailing political opponents.

What’s worse? An admitted partisan political figure like Hannity changing his stance or a supposed hard news agency holding two completely different standards when it’s a Republican who’s being targeted? I’m going to go with the latter but the Post always think it’s Republicans who are the story. We pounce, we seize, and we even pounce on our own pouncing.

Consistency in media simply doesn’t exist. If they held any actual journalistic standards, they’d be calling out Pelosi’s call to jail Trump the same way they went after him for saying the same about Hillary. At least in one case we had a clearly defined statute she had violated.

At least we get the comedic value of seeing them now try to excuse such behavior. Hypocrisy is part of the job I guess.

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Stacey Abrams did it again. “You don’t have the right to vote in Georgia”

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Has Stacey Abrams decided to adopt Hillary Clinton’s playbook? Since November 2016, Hillary has traveled from coast to coast, and around the world, bemoaning the fact that she lost the election in 2016 to the bad orange man. Now Stacey Abrams can’t stop talking about her loss in 2018 to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and for the same reason — she was robbed, you know.

Four Democrats running for their party’s nomination in 2020 traveled to Atlanta to participate in the African-American Leadership Council Summit. Senator Cory Booker and Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke, as did Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke who ended the day by heading a fundraiser in a tony part of town. Stacey Abrams welcomed them in her now normal fashion.

The message is Georgia is a battleground state, or so the Democrats want you to think. All four of the candidates held Stacey Abrams up as the poster child for voter suppression. Corey Booker called Georgia a blue state, which must have come as news to all the Republicans in statewide offices. He said the party must focus on registering “first-time voters of color in overlooked communities.” The reality is that more Georgians than ever are registered to vote. Georgia’s total population is 10.4 million of whom 6.9 million are registered to vote. There are about 1.2 million more voters registered in Georgia today than in 2010.

Pete Buttigieg held a private fundraiser at Manuel’s Tavern, a Democrat institution earlier in the day before he spoke at the summit. He’s all about blaming voter suppression for Abrams’ loss.

“Stacey Abrams ought to be the governor of Georgia,” Buttigieg told a room full of mostly black Democrats.

“When racially motivated voter suppression is permitted, when districts are drawn so that politicians get to choose their voters instead of the other way around, when money is allowed to outvote people in this country, we cannot truly say that we live in a democracy.”

Joe Biden is onboard the voter suppression train, too. Proving that he has no new ideas to offer in this race, he repeated the same thing all the others were saying. He blamed Republicans for a “methodical assault”.

“Voter suppression is the reason Stacey Abrams isn’t governor right now,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said.

Beto O’Rourke, the last of the four candidates to speak, outlined his voting rights proposal which he said he developed with Stacey Abrams in mind.

“Though she may have technically and legally lost the election,” he said, “she won a much larger battle.”

He didn’t actually say what that larger battle is, but never mind.

At the IWillVote Gala Thursday night, Abrams was among other heavy-hitter speakers. DNC Chair Tom Perez, Joe Biden, Beto O’Rourke, Congressman John Lewis, and Congresswoman Lucy McBath took part in rallying Democrats. As the gala was happening, I noticed a tweet from a CNN reporter covering the event.

She has a flair for the dramatic, doesn’t she? The people in that room didn’t “have the right to vote”? Really? I’m pretty sure there are provisions in the Constitution that take care of that. We do know the truth, though, and she lost her election. Whether or not it was a “fair fight” is always a subject for debate in any political campaign, not just hers. It is not unusual for one candidate to accuse another of not fighting fair in the heat of a campaign. Sadly, Abrams continues to sound like a candidate, not a woman who gained valuable experience in the political arena. Bitter isn’t a good look on anyone.

Abrams is riding her message of victimhood for as long as she can. To this day she claims if it were not for voter suppression she would be the Governor of Georgia. It’s madness and it is the same kind of sore loser behavior exhibited by Hillary and her continued claims that she lost the presidential election due to Russian collusion. Both narratives are just plain wrong and do nothing but divide Americans.

The media and other Democrats are happy to oblige her and even encourage it. Today she announced she will be a Grand Marshal in the 2019 Atlanta Pride Festival and Parade. During the announcement, she took shots at President Trump and Governor Kemp.

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GND Architect Warns: Climate Change Is ‘Equivalent to 25 Holocausts’ and ‘People of Color Are Dying Daily From Pollution’

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Rhiana Gunn-Wright, the architect of the Green New Deal, offered her wisdom to MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on Thursday.

(Please scroll down for the exchange which begins at 6:40.)

Velshi asks how Green New Dealers plan to make climate change an important issue in the 2020 election as opposed to something like health care.

“Climate change is not just an issue, it is the issue,” explained Gunn-Wright.

So in the issues that you just brought up, climate change is one of the main drivers of our public health. So the difference between, say, 1.5 degrees of warming — which is the least that folks think that we can get — to 2, you are talking about 150 million deaths. That’s 25 holocausts, right? So how is that not a health issue? How is that not about health care?

Velshi doesn’t question her about how she arrived at this number. Of course.

She adds, “So even the issues that you outline, all of them are affected by climate change and how you decide to deal with climate change is how you decide to deal with all these other issues.”

Velshi says, “Let’s talk about cost.” He cites a study that found the cost to the country’s largest 200 companies for addressing climate change would be roughly $1 trillion over five years. Velshi asks, “What’s the cost of not doing something about it?”

Gunn-Wright replies:

Right. And I think that’s indicative of the ways that we have just absorbed the cost of not doing anything on climate change right now. So the cost of fossil fuels, of oil, the fuels that we use to power our cars are lower than they actually are because we don’t count the effect that they have on the environment, the effect that they have on public health, the fact that it’s causing people to get asthma and cancer and all of these other things.

In a lot of ways it’s just the status quo. But the fact is that we have to start thinking about the cost of inaction because they are mounting and they are mounting quickly. And everyone agrees that they are higher than what we can even estimate right now. And so you cannot talk about the cost of dealing with a problem if you don’t talk about the cost of not dealing with that same problem.

“Kind of interesting, though, that we do, right? That’s the habit society has gotten into,” Velshi responds.

Gunn-Wright said that “We like to think that the way we live right now has no cost and we know that is not true.” She continues with a litany of the “knowns.”

We know that people, especially people of color, are dying daily from fossil fuel pollution.

We know that we are losing a million species right now because of climate change.

We know that there are costs to the ways that we live right now and the sooner that we grapple with that reality, the sooner that we will all be able to build an America and a world that is safe and prosperous and healthy for all of us.

Velshi takes all of her random and preposterous conclusions as fact. He doesn’t ask her to explain why, for instance, people of color are dying at a faster rate than whites. How has she concluded that we are losing a million species right now due to climate change? Not once does Velshi challenge her remarks.

He then thanks Gunn-Wright for coming on the show and explains that “she is a policy director at the think tank “New Consensus” and is an expert on climate change and the costs associated with it.”

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YouTube Community Standards Allows Russia to Monetize Disinformation Accounts But Punishes Conservative Americans

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This week, propelled by the sniveling of a pathetic little anti-Semite* who trades upon his sexual perversion and ethnicity for promotional purposes but who is wildly offended when they become a source of mockery, YouTube went on a rampage of mindlessly demonetizing accounts which could possibly offend any SJW or vicious smear artist with a thin skin. The ostensible reason is that the designated villain in this melodrama, Steve Crowder, offended YouTube’s Holy of Holies, it’s alleged community standards.

No serious person believes this for a second.

Steve Crowder was demonetized to appease a nasty mouthbreather employed by Vox, not that that narrows the waterfront in the Vox newsroom very much, and they quickly cobbled together a purge on other YouTube channels to give a patina of plausibility to their action. This is not conjecture. This can be objectively proven and has been: Russian disinformation on YouTube draws ads, lacks warning labels: researchers.

Fourteen Russia-backed YouTube channels spreading disinformation have been generating billions of views and millions of dollars in advertising revenue, according to researchers, and had not been labeled as state-sponsored, contrary to the world’s most popular streaming service’s policy.

Collectively, the 26 channels drew 9 billion views from January 2017 through December 2018, Omelas found. Another 24 Russian channels with no apparent ties to disinformation attracted an additional 4 billion views, Omelas said.

Omelas estimated those 13 billion total views could have generated up to $58 million from ads, including some from Western advertisers. It estimated that Russia could have received $7 million to $32 million under YouTube’s standard revenue-sharing program, while YouTube itself would have pocketed from $6 million to $26 million.

Here we have a case of YouTube violating its own policies, working against the interests of the US government and our allies, funding more Russian disinformation, and pocketing a share of the windfall.

It is difficult, bordering on impossible, to think this happened without YouTube’s tacit consent. Given the way that Google, owned by the same parent company as YouTube, kowtows to Chinese demands for censorship, and the way Twitter banned accounts of Chinese dissidents inside and outside of China to support that government’s memory-holing of the Tiananmen Square massacre, it is not hard to imagine that a pass was given to these accounts for some sort of privileged position when operating inside of Russia.

The people at Bulwark and a couple of National Review writers can yammer on about “muh private company” but they are either stupid (in the case of The Bulwark, this is quite likely) or deliberately disingenuous. YouTube is engaged in an open and notorious policy of viewpoint discrimination in which Russian propaganda outlets are protected and American conservatives punished. If there was ever a reason for Congress (okay, I laughed out loud writing that) or the Justice Department to act to break up these tech monopolies, this is it.

* This is what you can get away with on Twitter if you are a progressive blue-check-mark type.

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Video: Pro-Life Teen Gets Heckled and Jeered During Speech at Raleigh, NC City Council Meeting

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Pro-life and anti-abortion advocates demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court early Monday, June 25, 2018.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A city council meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina became extremely contentious Tuesday night when 13 year-old Addison Woosley stepped up to the microphone to speak out against abortion and ask the city to outlaw it.

The Raleigh News and Observer reports on what the young girl said to the council, and what happened next:

“On ultrasounds the baby tries to run away from the disturbing instruments that try to kill the baby,” she said. “The baby’s mouth opens wide in a scream when being killed. These babies are alive. They feel being killed. It hurts them and there is nothing they can do about it. There is no way around it. Abortion is murder.”

She then compared abortion to slavery and said she hoped people would look back on abortion with the same disgust as people look back on slavery. She asked people to pick a side.

“Are you choosing to be like the plantation owner flogging the little black child?,” she said. “Or are you going to protest even if it is going to cost you your life like Martin Luther King Jr?”

That’s when the shouting grew stronger.

“Y’all are so disrespectful,” a woman in the audience shouted at the anti-abortion speakers. “Let black people speak for black people when we are in the room. We can speak for ourselves.”

The article also noted that some of the hecklers demanded Mayor Pro Tem Corey Branch cut Woolsey’s speech short. In response, he noted that everyone has the right to speak.

Watch video of what happened below:

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A couple of things: I wasn’t uncomfortable with the speech itself, but I was uncomfortable with the fact that it was a 13-year-old girl giving it. She definitely has the right to say these things, of course, but was she coached by an adult into giving her remarks? I have a hard time believing she researched some of that information all on her own.

In my mind, abortion is an adult’s debate, not a child’s. There are a lot of layers to the debate that children don’t understand and when they speak on it, it doesn’t even sound like their own words.

For years, I’ve watched the abortion debate play out here in North Carolina, and usually it’s the left who use children to help them spread their pro-abortion messages. During protests and marches on the state capital, it is not uncommon to see so-called “feminists” bring kids to these marches – some barely old enough to walk, giving them obscene signs about a “woman’s right to choose” and instructing them on how to hold them.

In one particularly disturbing case in 2013, the Burlington Times-News wrote a puff-piece about 12-year-old Madison Kimrey who was … a pro-abortion activist. Her mother, also a pro-abortion activist, would drive her to protest marches (bolded emphasis add):

But the girl from Burlington wants the right to do both those things one day, and on Tuesday she went to the state Executive Mansion to protest legislation Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law that limits abortion access and eliminates the program allowing students to preregister to vote prior to turning 18.

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She convinced her mother, Mary — who’d participated in Planned Parenthood’s vigil on Monday — to head back to the Executive Mansion.

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Kimrey said she has attended three Moral Mondays on behalf of voting rights, equality and access to abortion.

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That’s how she became passionate about voting rights and the ability to preregister before turning 18. Kimrey has written about that topic on her blog — which gets about 200 views a day — as well as her strong feelings about homosexual equality, animal rights and access to abortion.

Though Kimrey recognizes the bill McCrory signed into law doesn’t physically limit access to abortion clinics, she said, “The way he’s made it now, it’s going to be so expensive … it’s going to be near impossible for people to (afford).”

Kimrey would later demand a meeting with then Gov. Pat McCrory (R). When the Governor correctly pointed out that Kimrey was being used as kiddie human shield by adults in the abortion/voting rights debate, liberals here in North Carolina were outraged.

Liberal TV shows on MSNBC and websites like MoveOn, Salon, Daily Kos, and HuffPo wrote glowing profiles of Kimrey, saying she would “restore” our faith in the future of politics. She was treated like a hero for future generations. I found all of it extremely disturbing.

I think we should let children be children, and let the adults take the lead in political debates.

That being said, that Woolsey was heckled as she was just shows the complete disregard Raleigh liberals have for the rights of others to speak out. It didn’t matter that she was a “baby”, as some in the crowd yelled out as she spoke. It was the fact that she was speaking against abortion and making an apt comparison between the “right” to abortion and what used to be the “right” to own slaves. This is a big no no in Raleigh, which is a liberal hotbed of intolerance for conservative viewpoints.

Just a day after that council meeting, North Carolina Democrats cheered over the failure of the N.C. House to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D) veto of a Born Alive bill.

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Ilhan Omar Joins the Black-Jewish Caucus, Immediately Does What You’d Expect

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Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) speaks on the floor of the U.S. House – 3/7/19. Screen grab via his YouTube page.

House Representative and noted anti-Semite Ilhan Omar has decided to join the “Black-Jewish Caucus,” which is a newly formed, bi-partisan group of lawmakers. Jewish Republican Lee Zeldin, among four others, is a founding member. The purpose is stated as building bridges between two historically oppressed groups.

The irony of Omar joining is that the group was formed in part as a response to her antisemitic assertion that American support of Israel was bought by Jewish money.

The new caucus followed multiple shootings at American synagogues as well as concern over remarks made by both Sarsour and Omar. The American Jewish Congress specifically called for a bipartisan group of Jewish lawmakers to form after Omar suggested that Israel had bought support from the U.S.

While a union between Jewish and black lawmakers sounds mundane on the surface, things get much more complicated when you start including an anti-Semite who wears a religion on her sleeve that has oppressed and murdered Jews for millennia. Even past that, her personal stances on Israel, support of Palestinian terrorism, and support for BDS, also make it pretty difficult to “build bridges” in this case. If Omar were apologetic about any of that, things might be different but she’s not in the least.

Sure enough, instead of bringing a humble attitude to the group, Omar immediately endorsed and propagated an attack from rabid anti-Semite Linda Sarsour.

This is typical antisemitic garbage. Zeldin is not an anti-Arab “bigot” for supporting Israel’s right to exist. Accusing Jews of being in league with Nazis is also typical of Palestinian, antisemitic propaganda and is related to efforts to downplay the Holocaust. See here for a recent example. Sarsour has a long history of supporting terrorist actions, making false claims about Jews, and propagating antisemitism.

For her part, Ilhan Omar wanted everyone to know that even though she’s joining the Black-Jewish Caucus, she still supports Linda Sarsour and all the same antisemitic things she supported before. In fact, it’s Zeldin that she hopes changes.

I’m sure this is going to end really well.

Zeldin responded in a measured tone.

Good luck with that Congressman. Omar is almost certainly going to use her membership to further divide. She’s already doing that and the ink isn’t even dry on the paperwork. She has no capacity to be “better than this,” partly because she is reinforced by Democrats and the media every time she makes a disgusting attack. This isn’t going to stop and will only escalate. Imagine what her response is going to be the first time the caucus does something in support of Israel.

Omar’s personal views and support for anti-Semites like Sarsour aren’t going away because no one is insisting they go away. The Democratic party has completely caved to their left-wing base on these issues.

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