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Project Veritas Uncovers Google Documents that Show Staff Tried to Remove Breitbart from AdSense

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As the Project Veritas investigation continues its investigation into it Google, it continues to uncover some pretty striking things going on within the company that completely blow its claims that it’s politically neutral out of the water.

A recent video shows James O’Keefe talking with a former employee of Google under complete anonymity. The employee is asked about an email from March 23, 2017, uncovered by O’Keefe’s team with the header “Please join us in asking Google to remove ads from Breitbart.com.”

Within the email is a request from readers to join a co-signed letter to leadership that had already accrued 1,186 employees with the intention of convincing Google’s brass to “end Google’s business relationship with Breitbart.”

“I’m sure most of you are aware of the extreme sexism that articles and comments on Breitbart disseminates,” the email states. “And for this and many other reasons, my colleagues and I have drafted an internal letter to leadership asking them to end Google’s business relationship with Breitbart.”

The anonymous Google insider said that the internal email was meant to convince leadership to cut Breitbart off from being able to take part in Google’s AdSense program, which allows Google to run ads automatically on various websites based on what the user is into. This would damage Breitbart’s ability to generate revenue through clicks.

“What you’re looking at here is Google intolerance, and what’s really ironic here is that Google prides itself on inclusion and diversity,” said the insider. “But what you see right here is actually an intolerance to inclusion and intolerance to diversity.”

As O’Keefe points out, this display of intolerance is important due to Google’s claims of protection under section 230 under the communications decency act. The act states that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

This is just one more drop in the bucket of Google attempting to damage President Donald Trump’s chances of winning reelection in 2020. Before this, leaked emails between Google employees showed them trying to find a way to silence people like Ben Shapiro and Dennis Prager, who they referred both to as “Nazis.”

 

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President Trump Scores Major Win As Fourth Circuit Tosses Progressive Lawfare Out of Court

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After Donald Trump’s election, he and his administration have been the target of unrelenting lawfare. While the administration is winning a large number of these cases, winning takes time and effort and slows down other things. What makes these attacks different is that not only is the Trump administration targeted, but President Trump, himself, is often the target. For instance, the lawsuits to force release of his income tax returns, a lawsuit (decided yesterday) that declared he could not block people on Twitter (the First Amendment apparently now includes the right to be heard), and, the favorite, a lawsuit by Maryland and the District of Columbia claiming that President Trump is in violation of the Emoluments Clause to the Constitution,

Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of the US Constitution reads:

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

How does this apply to Trump?

Trump retains an interest in the various Trump properties and the theory goes that because foreign leaders stay a some of these properties that this constitutes a payment by foreign governments to Trump. It is hard to read that train of logic without laughing out loud but, I fear, that the people who filed the lawsuit were actually deadly serious.

In March 2018, a Clinton appointed judge allowed the lawsuit to proceed because, you know, OrangeManBad. In December, the Fourth Circuit put the case on hold and heard arguments in March.

Today, that court delivered a resounding victory for President Trump:

A federal appeals court Wednesday sided with President Trump, dismissing a lawsuit claiming the president is illegally profiting from foreign and state government visitors at his luxury hotel in downtown Washington.

The unanimous ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit is a victory for the president in a novel case brought by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia involving anti-corruption provisions in the emoluments clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

In its ruling, the three-judge panel said the attorneys general lacked legal standing to bring the lawsuit alleging the president is violating the Constitution when his business accepts payments from state and foreign governments. The decision — from Judges Paul V. Niemeyer, Dennis W. Shedd and A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr. — also stops dozens of subpoenas to federal government agencies and Trump’s private business entities for financial records related to the D.C. hotel.

“The District and Maryland’s interest in enforcing the Emoluments Clauses is so attenuated and abstract that their prosecution of this case readily provokes the question of whether this action against the President is an appropriate use of the courts, which were created to resolve real cases and controversies between the parties,” Niemeyer wrote in the 36-page opinion.

(Read the whole opinion)

President Trump was justifiably jubilant.

We might as well get used to this strategy of harassment by lawsuit as long as Trump is in the White House. And we probably should keep it foremost in our minds the next time a Democrat resides there.

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LGBT Site “Queerty” Tries to Create False Narrative About Right-Wing Homophobia With Zero Proof, Internet Responds

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If you were watching the US women’s soccer team celebrate their victory over the Netherlands, then you likely watched as Megan Rapinoe tossed the flag to the ground in order to pose during her celebrations.

FIFA seems to be killing any video of it, but Caleb Hull managed to put it back up. Watch it now, because there’s no telling how long it’ll be allowed to stay up before Twitter takes it down again.

As that happened, however, fellow player Kelley O’Hara ran up and snatched the flag off the ground, earning her the respect of Americans who found Rapinoe’s carelessness with the flag insulting and offensive.

At some point in the celebration, O’Hara, a lesbian, went up to her girlfriend and kissed her. The moment was captured on camera and displayed to the world. According to Queerty, an LGBT site apparently dedicated to being the victim of outrage whether it’s real or not, celebrated this moment by proclaiming that Republicans and Trump fans were all about O’Hara until that moment in an article titled “Trump fans adopted soccer star Kelley O’Hara as their hero. Then they watched this kiss”:

As the far right singled out O’Hara for praise, few pundits noticed that after picking up the flag, she rushed across the field to her girlfriend and locked lips. That makes her the 42nd identifiable LGBTQ player in the Women’s World Cup.

Who the “far right” is or which “pundits” noticed her kiss after rescuing the flag, Queerty author David Reddish doesn’t say. We’re just supposed to believe that they “watched the kiss” and infer that “far right” figures were outraged and now hate her.

Queerty tweeted the article out to Twitter in order to garner the outrage of its readers, but instead got slapped down by more or less everyone for its blatant attempt to create a narrative through dishonest and half-baked commentary.

At the time of this writing, Queerty is being ratio’d heartily with 4.5k in responses compared to its likes which currently sit at over 750.

And it’s right for this to happen. Narratives that say the right hates the LGBT community get created from little to nothing and are spread to the populace who, if they aren’t politically aware, tend to absorb the message and believe that the right truly has it out for gays and lesbians. While it’s impossible to deny that there are people out there who hate gays and lesbians, they make up a minuscule part of the population, and what’s more, they aren’t all on the right.

The problem doubles when they say it’s primarily trump who hates gays and lesbians. As Trump is the President, they believe that the United States in general is hostile to the LGBT community. The problem here is that Trump doesn’t hate the LGBT community. In fact, he’s technically the first President to embrace them from the get-go, and never had to “evolve” about it as Obama did.

The truth is that the vast majority of the right doesn’t care about O’Hara kissing her girlfriend. It’s not an issue. Whatever information the left is working off of to be able to claim the right is homophobic is outdated by years, and may have been overblown in the first place judging by how quickly left-leaning activists make every minor incident a moment of pure hatred and bigotry. You can ask Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Colorado about that.

But why use reasoning when you could easily create a boogie man out of the “far right” and get people to take sides out of outrage and get them to vote for your party?

 

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‘The Breakup’: A Never-Trumper Believes Their Romance With Democrats May Be Over

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An avowed Never-Trumper (NT), the Bulwark’s Sarah Longwell has written a piece entitled “The Breakup” which begins by telling us that their romance with Democrats may be coming to an end. After all, it was built upon a shaky foundation – that being “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

They’ve had disagreements before she admits, as they did over the Kavanaugh confirmation process, but they’d always been able to patch things up. This time it’s for real and “it’s playing out in front of everyone on social media.”

She cites a “condescending” op-ed from the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson:

Never-Trump Republicans and independents may be shocked to hear this, but the Democratic Party is likely to nominate a Democrat for president. That means they’re not going to nominate someone who thinks exactly like a Never-Trump Republican.

Break out the smelling salts. I think several refugees from the GOP, pontificating on Twitter and the nation’s leading op-ed pages, just fainted dead away.

Maybe, it’s just a “failure to communicate,” she says. “What Never Trumpers have been arguing, generally, isn’t that the Democrats should nominate someone who will make them (the Never Trumpers) happy, but that they should nominate someone who a majority of Americans in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Carolina, and Florida will be happy to vote for.”

Does such a candidate exist? What she is searching for is a moderate Democrat. Didn’t Eugene Robinson just tell her that’s not going to happen. None of the 2020 presidential candidates fit that description – not by a longshot.

Next, I suppose Longwell is telling us she’s willing to make some concessions: “Because if Never-Trump type Republicans want a candidate whose policies broadly align with their own preferences, they have one. His name is Donald J. Trump.”

What she is saying is that we’re happy with his results and if he weren’t so coarse or so common, we could vote for him. But we hate him so much because we are so moral that we can’t vote for him. She continues:

I would generally not prefer socialized medicine or intrusive government regulation. I would prefer a conservative-leaning Supreme Court. BUT, the larger costs and risks of Trump’s presidency vastly outweigh the real positive goods he has delivered to Republicans and conservatives.

There aren’t enough tax cuts and judges in the world to justify a president who stands on the stage with Vladimir Putin and sides against America’s intelligence community; who ignores, if not invites, foreign interference in our elections and normalizes unprecedented levels of corruption and incompetence; who abdicates moral leadership both at home and abroad; who lies and obstructs justice and then lies about obstructing justice.

As a result, we Never Trumpers, like Democrats, believe it would be better for the country if Trump were to lose the next election.

First, I find it hard to imagine that anyone would fault President Trump for siding against America’s intelligence community after the farce they have foisted upon the country. The intelligence community is responsible for the bogus Trump/Russia collusion story which has cast a shadow on Trump’s presidency for over two years. They are the problem.

As for corruption, please. The only corruption we’re seeing is from the non-elected, Obama-era government officials who could not abide a Trump presidency and tried everything in their power to bring him down.

Trump’s “abdication of moral leadership both at home and abroad?” Trump was not my first choice for the Republican nomination in 2016, nor even my second choice. But, I have been so pleased with his long list of accomplishments so far, his willingness to fight for America on trade and immigration issues and for his love of country that, in my eyes, he is right up there with Reagan.

I would ask Ms. Longwell to tell us how Trump has abdicated moral leadership at home and abroad. Specifically, is there a basis for this insult or is she simply parroting the left’s talking point.

“Donald Trump is unpopular compared to most first-term presidents.” Not especially. I looked up Obama’s poll numbers at the same point in his first term. According to Gallup’s Daily Tracking poll “from July 20-Oct. 19, 2011, Obama’s approval rating ranged narrowly between 38% and 43% for all but a few days of the quarter.”

“What we Never Trumpers can’t quite get our heads around strategically,” is why Democrats insist on nominating a candidate who supports such extreme positions including  “eliminating private health insurance, late-term abortions, the Green New Deal, open borders, and free health care for illegal immigrants.”

She wonders why Democrats can’t just tone it down a little (to suit the NTers). Do they really have to “push those policies out to the edges?” If Democrats would only compromise on the degree of their extremity, maybe they don’t have to break up. Longwell writes:

First, you don’t need 10 million more voters in California, New York, and Massachusetts. No one is going to eliminate the Electoral College between now and November 2020. In order to beat Trump, Democrats need average voters in Midwestern swing states to either vote for their nominee, or be willing to stay home.

Second, Democrats just picked up those swing voters in 2018! They know they can do it! All they had to do was run a slate of reasonably moderate candidates who campaigned on protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions and providing a constitutional check on Trump. These same Trump-skeptical independents and previously Republican-leaning voters in midwestern states who ran into the arms of the Democrats in the midterms are likely to pick the next president, too…

If you’re a Democrat, do you view the possibility of electing a more progressive president as worth the risk of reelecting Trump?

After pleading with Democrats to shift to the right in order to win the presidency,  she laments that NTers are “politically homeless today, roaming around Reagan 35X like a pack of hobos. All because we weren’t willing to trade a political agenda we more-or-less agreed with for a morally, intellectually, and temperamentally unfit president.”

Again, she just just can’t bring herself to put agenda before principles because of her moral compass. And once more I ask, why do you consider him unfit? She never answers that question. None of them ever do.

Yet, she’s willing to support a candidate who supports late term abortion, open borders, and free health care for illegal immigrants because her hatred for Trump is so great?

She appeals once again to the Democrats to shift – just a little – to the right because:

Ultimately Never Trumpers and Democrats want the same thing. And like staying together for the kids, we should stay together for the country. We can fight over marginal tax rates later, after America has restored its basic political norms and no one has to wonder about what the commander-in-chief will do should he lose his reelection.”

Still unable separate her obsessive hatred for the President from the conservative views she has believed throughout her life, she falls back into the arms of the Democrats. They’ll change. It will be different this time.

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Mike Flynn’s Plea Deal Is Up For Grabs After Major Case Goes Chernobyl On Federal Prosecutors

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Yesterday was a day of drama in the prosecution of former Mike Flynn business partner, Bijan Rafiekian, for a chickensh** violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. I posted on the decision by Flynn’s counsel, Sidney Powell, to tell the court that Flynn could not truthfully testify the way Justice wanted because Justice wanted him to lie. Justice, for its part, attempted to, without evidence, change Flynn’s status from cooperating witness to unindicted co-conspirator so they could still use the testimony he’s  now saying is untrue without having to call Flynn as a witness.

What followed was a series of decisions by the trial judge that calls into question the ability of the federal government to pursue its case and left a great deal of questions about whether Flynn had breached his plea agreement and even the value of the agreement itself.

Phase One. The Feds get their ass handed to them.

The court ruled that Flynn could not be a co-conspirator because there was no claim that a conspiracy exists:

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Part of that may be because when federal prosecutors said they were using Flynn, they also told the court that there was no conspiracy:

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There will also be no conspiracy charges made against Rafiekian:

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The court also said the government can’t argue that the contract at the center of the case was paid for by the Turkish government because there is no evidence that is the case.

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There is a decision outstanding on whether the government can even use  some of the information from partnership attorneys that Flynn provided to the government because Rafiekian shared the costs of the attorneys and it may violate his attorney-client privilege.

On the whole, this was ugly. Flynn will not be called by the government. There will be no conspiracy allegations. The government can’t argue as a fact that the contract was on behalf of the Turkish government, only that someone told Rafiekian that it was. That, alone, seems to torpedo the FARA charge. Some of the evidence the government is planning on using may be illegal.It is hard to see how this is even prosecutable unless your objective is to make the expense of the trial punishment for a guy you know you can’t convict.

Phase Two. Is Mike Flynn in deep do-do?

It is hard to tell.

There is a hearing today on this subject before Judge Emmett Sullivan who famously accused Flynn of treason in  a previous hearing.

While he’s probably interested in Flynn’s more nuanced approach to the guilty plea that has evolved with change of counsel:

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He is also going to be interested in how Mueller’s team protrayed Flynn’s involvment to the court and how the prosecutors in the Rafiekian case have described it.

Neither government nor Flynn is in for a pleasant day. Sullivan is not a government toady, like a lot of judges. He also doesn’t like to be f***ed with. Flynn, at least, can hide behind his counsel’s claim that previous counsel screwed the pooch in their plea negotiations. I’m not sure what the government plans on using as an excuse.

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Beto O’Rourke Goes on Bizarre, Pathetic Rant Telling Refugees America Was Founded on White Supremacy

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I know tampering with the dead is taboo, but I’ll make an exception here for Beto O’Rourke.

As I said a few weeks ago, his campaign is nothing but a smoking crater at this point. He has no base of support anymore now that he’s not running against Ted Cruz and the media aren’t relentlessly fluffing him.

Instead of standing for anything, Beto has spent his entire presidential campaign apologizing for being privileged and doing whatever he can to show off his inter-sectional credentials. That’s a losing strategy when Joe Biden is sucking up the moderate support and everyone else is already more woke than you.

In what is probably his most pathetic show of pandering to date, Beto decided it’d be a good idea to rant to immigrants about how awful and racist the United States is.

I mean, if that’s true, then why would these people want to be here?

It’s not true though. America was not founded on “white supremacy.” It was founded on an incredible set of ideals which have allowed us to develop into the most free, prosperous country on earth. There’s a reason the immigrants and refugees in that picture are in Nashville, TN and not Mexico City.

This entire message isn’t unique to Beto though. We’ve heard similar trashing of America from other candidates and it appears to have become a pretty solid plank in the Democratic party platform. We’ll see how that works out for them outside of blue urban areas in the coming election.

Denigrating the United States with ridiculous hyperbole just makes Beto look desperate. He’s a man with nowhere go and he’s flailing about (figuratively and literally) trying to make people notice him. Mission accomplished I guess, but it’ll do nothing for his campaign.

Someone tell this dude to just quit already. The sheer cringe of all this is getting harder and harder to watch.

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‘Dirty Work’ Everyman Star Mike Rowe Responds to the Nike Recall – & Hits the Nail on the Head, as Usual

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It’s not easy to come across as an ultimate everyman and an exceptionally smart guy at the same time. But somehow, Mike Rowe pulls it off.

He drops bombs of profundity via the simplest of language in a way I may not have ever before observed.

With his inimitable style, Mike took to Facebook on the 4th to answer a Nike/Kaepernick question from one Karen Murphy, who inquired the following:

“Why would anyone in their right mind support Nike after this latest round of nonsense? Why would any public company with an image to protect take advice from an athlete? How can our attention be sucked up by people with nothing better to do than complain about fireworks and tanks on the fourth of July? Our country seems be losing its mind, or at the very least, its sense of history and perspective. As a man who has always seemed comfortable with our country’s flag, I was hoping you might have some insight to share on this, especially today.”

If you’re unaware of the situation at the Swoosh, the iconic athletic company pulled from stores a sneaker featuring Betsy Ross’s U.S. flag following former football player Colin Kaepernick’s suggestion that it may offend some due to America’s history of slavery (here and here).

Ready to get Rowed?

Here we go…

Mike replied:

“I think Nike has the right to decorate their shoes with whatever flag they desire. I think Kaepernick has the right to offer marketing advice to any company that’ll take it. And I think you and I have the right to purchase whatever brand of tennis shoes we choose. The reason these rights exist, is because we live in the United States, and the reason the states are united, is because we decided, two and a half centuries ago, to be free of our British masters. So, we fought a war. Happily, the results of that war made us a free country.”

But we didn’t stay the way we were:

“Then, four score and seven years later, we decided we could not call ourselves a free country, as long as slavery existed. So, we fought another war. Happily, the results of that war made us freer still. Had either conflict gone the other way, our county would not exist – not as we know it, anyway. And the flag we fly today would look nothing like the one I’m proud to stand for.”

Mike went on to note that there’s nothing dangerous about Nike listening to Colin, or with complaining about patriotic military displays (please see more on that absurdity here).

He also, however, cited Ronald Reagan’s warning of the country perpetually being only one generation away from losing our liberty:

“Along with the siren song of socialism, the persistent promise of “free” stuff, and the breathtaking level of censorship on our college campuses, I worry about the growing belief among many that we can somehow improve our present by erasing our past; by toppling statues, outlawing “problematic” symbols, or rewriting specific pieces of our history in ways that leave us feeling less offended. George Orwell said it best… ‘The most effective way to destroy a people is to deny and obliterate their understanding of history.’”

You got that right!

The former Dirty Work host observed that we shouldn’t overlook Colin’s mistake.

He’s windin’ up, folks:

[Colin] has argued that the Betsy Ross flag is ‘racist,’ because it flew at a time when slavery was legal in America. By that definition, aren’t crosses are also racist? Weren’t they on churches attended by slave-owning congregants? Why not demand their removal? What about the Bald Eagle? Wasn’t our national bird flying around when slaves were held? Why not protest it as well? What about the Great Seal? E Pluribus Unum? The Liberty Bell? It rang countless times while slavery was still the law of the land. Why not demand its removal? Kaepernick’s argument is unpersuasive, not because it’s unpopular, or unpatriotic. It’s unpersuasive because it’s completely void of logic.”

The man knows how to make a concrete point.

Mike closed with a statement patriotism, again quoting Orwell:

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

Mike Rowe has a gift. Not only is he able to make powerful points in the most efficient, understandable way possible, but — in my opinion — he does so in a manner poised to compel even those who might otherwise want to oppose him.

He’s a living ode to yet another Orwell quote which he cited in his response to Karen:

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

But more than most, he makes people want to hear it.

Thanks, Mike.

-ALEX

 

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Hurt Feelings: Catty AOC Accuses Kellyanne Conway of Sexism Over “Catfight” Comments, and Hilarity Ensues

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When it comes to the embarrassing dust-up between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the Queenie Quartet, only the leader of the pack Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is allowed to define the terms of the debate, and no one else.

Or so she wants you to think.

The latest instance of AOC throwing a temper tantrum because of hurt feelings comes in response to remarks made by Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President, regarding the ongoing public spat between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez, Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).

Here’s what Conway said:

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday mocked the dispute over border spending between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and four female freshman Democratic lawmakers as a “major meow moment” and “huge catfight.”

Conway gloated that Pelosi had put Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — who call themselves “The Squad” — in their place after they opposed an emergency spending bill because they believed it did not go far enough to protect migrant children.

“Those four female Democrats that Nancy Pelosi is brushing back, I think they are all freshman members,” she said on Fox News.

“A major ‘meow moment’ — brushing back in a huge catfight, really ridiculing them — and they voted against the Democratic aid package.”

In response to Conway’s remarks, AOC accused her of … sexism:

When it was pointed out to Ocasio-Cortez that women being sexist towards each other was not actually a thing, the freshman Congresswoman dug a deeper hole by trying to redefine the term “patriarchy”:

But those pesky facts just kept coming back to haunt her:

Plus, so-called “progressive” women can and do try to keep other women down in ways the “patriarchy” couldn’t get away with, as Daily Caller‘s Virginia Kruta astutely noted here:

In a follow-up, AOC asserted that:

“Being a woman does not mean you’re immune from being bad to women” – totally agree there, especially when it comes to tearing other women down based on their looks – like AOC has done, and then utterly lacking in self-awareness when complaining about how others use a woman’s looks to tear other women down – which AOC has also done.

The arguments of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of the Queenie Quartet have the consistency of a wet paper bag. As I’ve said before, the Freshman Four want to have it both ways. On one hand, they want to be able to insult and vilify their political opposition with impunity, yet they turn around and whine like babies when they get a taste of their own medicine.

In a nutshell, these are the same women who tell you they “don’t flinch” and that they will “raise hell” but then turn around and play the “sexism” or “woman of color” card to try and shut their opposition down for raising hell and not flinching.

“Feminist” frauds. All of them.

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Video: Author James Patterson Reveals Why Trump and Epstein Had a “Falling Out” After An Incident at Mar-A-Lago

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During an interview with reporters on Tuesday, President Donald Trump revealed that he had a “falling out” with billionaire financier recently charged with child sex trafficking, Jeffrey Epstein.

“I knew him like everybody in Palm Beach knew him. He was a fixture in Palm Beach. I had a falling out with him a long time ago,” Trump told reporters. “I don’t think I’ve spoken to him for 15 years. I wasn’t a fan. I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you. I was not a fan of his.”

Author of  “Filthy Rich: The Billionaire’s Sex Scandal–The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein,” James Patterson, revealed to Dana Perino exactly what Trump meant by that during an interview on “The Daily Briefing.”

“President Trump said earlier that he had a falling-out with Epstein about 15 years ago. Do you know what that was about?” asked Perino.

“Well, I know that there were some complaints about Epstein at Mar-a-Lago and also I spoke to the head of the spa there,” said Patterson. “I said ‘did you ever meet Epstein?’ She said, ‘oh yes… he was inappropriate with some of the younger women there.”

“She said she went to Trump and he threw him out of the club,” he added.

Patterson went on to tell Fox News that he “knows” Trump wasn’t aware of Epstein’s illegal activities, and also made it clear that he “believes” Clinton didn’t know either.

A raid on Epstein’s home found pictures of nude, underage girls. The impact of Epstein’s trouble with the law has swung many into a political tug-of-war between Republicans and Democrats and trying to connect Epstein to the opposite party. Earlier this week, users on Wikipedia were quietly trying to edit out any connection Epstein had to Democrats like Bill Clinton and Kevin Spacey, both of whom have been accused of sexual assault.

 

 

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Leftists in Canada Call for Censorship of ‘Unplanned’ Movie as Theater Chain Stands Up for Artistic Freedom

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Amazingly a company has stood up to the tolerant hordes that are demanding a movie be banned from theaters.

There had been a time in the not so distant past that the concept of censorship had been a flashpoint cause for those on the left. The mere mention of limiting any amount of content in a motion picture, let’s say, would bring out the loud rebukes. If religious groups were outraged at their depiction in a film scorn would rain down at the appearance of wanting to silence artists.

Even Harvey Weinstein years back would invoke the threat when it came to mundane acts like how his movies were rated by the MPAA.

These days those leftists are not only more comfortable with censoring activities, but they are also applauding them. We are in an era where journalists are encouraging other journalistic outlets to be silenced and removed from social platforms. It is without hyperbole that comparing some things we are seeing to George Orwell’s “1984” takes place. Policing how we think is actually being attempted.

The recent anti-abortion drama “Unplanned” endured some of the silencing tactics when it was released into theaters last April, yet it still managed to become a modest hit on its own terms. Most major cable television networks refused to run commercials for the film, and the Motion Picture Association gave the movie an “R-rating”, which limited its audience reach. This also delivered a crude irony: girls under the age of 18 were prevented from seeing a film about abortion, yet they are able to get an actual abortion procedure in many states.

It is now being released into Canadian theatres and some on the left are incensed about that. The opposition has been so virulent that there have been threats of violence called in to theaters that were scheduling the film. And there have been calls for the film to be banned outright.

In a refreshing dose of sanity and sober thinking the theater chain in Canada, Cineplex, has issued a statement defending its decision. Ellis Jacob, the President and CEO of the theater chain, issued a statement letter declaring they would not be backing down from exhibiting “Unplanned”. The irony that it is members of the left calling for the suppression of art is actually lost on those from the liberal wing.

I understand and can appreciate the concerns about the film,” Jacob said in his letter, “but it is up to each of us to decide whether or not we want to see it.” In other words, he says that he trusts adults to be able to make a decision for themselves. Imagine that kind of thinking, from a corporate head. “In Canada we have the option, and I think it is an important thing to remember.

This outrage is both revealing, and it is imbalanced. The revealing aspect is that it seems a number of leftists feel threatened that a film that offers content in opposition to their own cherished political views. That they feel a need to restrict the title is indicative of a perceived threat. The imbalance comes from the very small platform the film is receiving in that country. Cineplex has 1,700 screens across Canada — “Unplanned” is being shown on just 14 screens. The leftists still regard this small rollout as a threat.

There have been reports of select theaters canceling scheduled viewings as a result of threats. This tactic has become more normalized from the militants on the left. It is a healthy thing to see a company actually standing up in the face of this type of imbalanced activist reaction.

This sure differs from the common reaction we have been witnessing from companies lately. The norm has been for companies to see a social media manufactured maelstrom taking place and then cowing to the digital hordes. It has to be pointed out that it is liberal activists who are at the front lines of the calls for censorship and the banning of artistic content. This is a wide departure from their positions on such matters just a generation ago. Nowadays those who are on the creative side of the culture are more than willing to engage in stifling select creative works they deem unfit.

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