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LGBTQ Writer for Think Progress Gave Longtime Friend Ultimatum Over Her MAGA Hat. She Chose the Hat.

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Think Progress‘s LGBTQ writer Zack Ford wants you to know, that when it comes to politics versus friendships, he will choose politics every time.

Ford, who is also infamous for accusing women who don’t want men in their bathrooms of “bigotry” and “transphobia”, has a newsletter he sends out periodically. He shared the link to a recent one on his Twitter feed in which he talked about a longtime friend who he saw in a photo wearing a MAGA hat.

Here’s what Ford wrote in his newsletter (if you click on the link, scroll to the bottom in order to bypass the other random nonsense):

As I was browsing Facebook last night, I saw a picture of an old high school friend celebrating the Fourth of July with her daughter on her lap. She was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.

Now, this friend and her family are evangelical Christians, and I’ve definitely disagreed with them on many things. But we’ve had respectful conversations about many topics in the past, even on the very personal issue of their anti-gay beliefs, and I believed that there was still mutual respect despite these significant disagreements. I’ve even stayed in their home in the past. But seeing her proudly wearing a MAGA hat in public — and with her daughter no less — violated this accord deeply.

It’s not just a hat. It’s a symbol of all of the oppression and injustice the Trump administration is responsible for. It’s an endorsement of caging kids, banning Muslims, firing trans people, and dozens of other ways Trump has undermined our democracy — up to and including the fascist military display that graced the National Mall last night. More than anything, “MAGA” represents the idea that some human lives are worth more than others.

I explained all of this to my old friend. To those inclined to reject the humanity of any particular group, a MAGA hat is a symbol of affirmation — license and encouragement to continue holding those beliefs. To members of those many rejected groups, it’s a threat — a warning that such prejudice is welcome in that person’s vicinity (and may come from them directly). It’s unacceptable to me to be subjected to that symbol from someone with whom I hypothetically have mutual trust.

I gave my friend an ultimatum. I told her I wouldn’t unfriend her so long as she apologized for wearing the hat and promised me I wouldn’t have to see it in my feed again. When she claimed I was trying to police her beliefs, I corrected her, pointing out that my conditions only regarded the hat, not her position on any particular issue. When she claimed that she’s equally offended by the Pride flag, I corrected her again, explaining that objecting to a symbol of inclusion is in no way comparable to objecting to a symbol of exclusion and that she was making a false equivalency. When she said, “If I can’t have an opinion about something then I guess I don’t really live in a free country,” I knew there was no longer enough common ground for us to have a relationship.

He unfriended her. It sounds like she got the better end of the deal on that one:

I know it’s not totally uncommon for friendships to end over politics. Sometimes people just drift apart because they no longer share the same values. Or because there were misunderstandings about one or the other (or both’s) political beliefs. But I can’t imagine seeing a friend who wears merch that expresses political beliefs that are the opposite of mine and just assuming the worst about them because they’re wearing it.

If I’ve known them long enough, I have a pretty good idea what kind of heart they have, and am confident that their disagreements with me are in good faith. There wouldn’t need to be any “conversation”, as Ford initiated with his friend. And there would certainly not be any “ultimatums” issued.

But that’s not how politics-obsessed virtue signalers like Ford choose to view things. He chose to see the worst in his friend even after knowing her for so long because for the Zack Fords of the world (and there are plenty out there like him), everything, and I do mean everything must be viewed from the prism of politics. Government is god to them. If you dare stray from their worldviews, you’re committing a sacrilege. And, to them, you’ve struck out.

There are plenty of people who support Trump for completely legit reasons unrelated to any alleged bigotry, intolerance etc. Just as there are people on Ford’s side who support Democratic politicians for completely legit reasons unrelated to any alleged socialistic desires, love for abortion, or anti-religious bigotry, etc.

Simply put, it is okay to have friends who disagree with you politically. If your political discussions get too heated, you can agree to disagree and move on. You can suggest politics be an off-limit topic if need be.

Can you imagine how boring and closed off the world would be if people only associated with like-minded people? That’s how Zack Ford types want it to be, but that’s not how it should be.

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— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –

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State Dept Hit With Lawsuit To Force Disclosure Of All Records Relating To Hunter Biden And Ukrainian Energy Co.

 

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Long-time Washington investigative reporter John Solomon announced on Monday that, with the help of the Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF), he had filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. State Department to “force disclosure of all communications records between the State Department (including the U.S. Embassy in Kiev) and Hunter Biden, Devon Archer, Burisma Holdings, Rosemont Seneca Partners, and/or Blue Star Strategies.”

Background:

Devon Archer is Hunter Biden’s business partner. They are co-owners of Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC (RSP).

Burisma Holdings, is a Ukrainian energy company which paid large sums of money (a minimum of $166,000 per month) to RSP while Vice President Biden was serving as Obama’s “point man” for Ukraine. Solomon reported that the payments were made from the spring of 2014 through the fall of 2015. Also, both Hunter Biden and Devon Archer became members of Burisma’s board of directors.

At the time Biden became the U.S. “point man” on Ukraine in February 2014, President Viktor Yanukovych had sought asylum in Russia following the deadly “Orange Revolution,” and Putin had sent his forces into Crimea.

The Lawsuit:

Solomon had previously requested these documents through a May 6, 2019 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Because the State Department has failed to respond to this request, he has filed a lawsuit.

In 2018, while speaking to a group of foreign policy specialists, Joe Biden unwisely boasted that he had threatened to withhold $1 billion of U.S. loan guarantees to Ukraine (which would have put the country on the road to insolvency) if they did not fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin by the time he left the country. His plane was scheduled to depart in six hours.

Biden left out the fact that Shokin was investigating Burisma Holdings and was just about to question Hunter Biden about his dealings with the company.

Solomon first wrote about this story on April 1, 2019. Here is Joe Biden, in his own words, telling his audience what he’d said to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko:

I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’

Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.

Solomon prefaces his comments by saying that “every American deserves the right to be presumed innocent until evidence is made public or a conviction is secured, especially when some matters of a case involve foreigners. The same presumption should be afforded to Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Devon Archer and Burisma in the Ukraine case.

That said, he demands answers to the following questions:

Was it appropriate for your son and his firm to cash in on Ukraine while you served as point man for Ukraine policy?

What work was performed for the money Hunter Biden’s firm received?

Did you know about the Burisma probe?

And when it was publicly announced that your son worked for Burisma, should you have recused yourself from leveraging a U.S. policy to pressure the prosecutor who very publicly pursued Burisma?

He also wants to find out what the State Department knew about Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine and Ukraine’s investigations into those business dealings?

SLF’s executive director Todd Young said that, in his FOIA requests, Solomon simply seeks to answer those questions. Mr. Solomon’s questions, stemming from years-long investigative journalism, are powerful and legitimate inquiries into what the American public has a right to know about how and why Vice President Biden and the Obama administration conducted foreign policy in the last week of its tenure. The well-documented series of events involving Ukraine begs for public disclosure.”

Click here for lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

I have written about Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine here and here. his business with China here, and the time he left his cocaine pipe and several other possessions in a rental car here.

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A Continuing Degradation of Life: Government Orders the Killing Of a Man Who Was Left Quadriplegic By a Car Accident

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What happens when the government is put in charge of your healthcare? Well, sometimes, apparently, it’s this.

In 2008, 42 year-old Frenchman Vincent Lambert was in a car accident which left him a quadriplegic.

Fast-forward to last week, when France took away his food and water, dooming him to death.

As reported by Bioedge:

The Cour de Cassation overruled an appeals court which had directed doctors to keep Mr. Lambert alive pending a review of his situation by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. Doctors plan to remove his hydration and nutrition, while keeping him as comfortable as possible while he dies of thirst and starvation. His treating doctor, Vincent Sanchez, urged his family to make sure that “support to Mr. Vincent Lambert is as peaceful, intimate and personal as possible.”

Peaceful, intimate, personal…that sounds nice. But then there’s that whole “forced to become no longer alive” part.

And it’s more than just a slippery slope, as noted by the European Center for Law and Justice:

Vincent Lambert has since become the symbol of the implementation of euthanasia in France, and beyond. Should he be euthanized, 1,700 other persons in the same state of health in France could suffer the same fate. The truth is that, according to his medical condition, he is not dying and could live many more years, if it wasn’t for the physician in charge of him.

The various diagnoses established throughout the judicial process indicate that Vincent Lambert is in a chronic state of altered consciousness that includes states ranging from “vegetative” to “minimally conscious state.” He breathes alone, sleeps and wakes up. He is fed by a gastrostomy (feeding tube). His movements and facial expressions are difficult to interpret medically, but there is no doubt that there is a possible interaction with people, however small it may be. For example, he turns his eyes and head towards his mother when she calls him.

There’s a familial fight for Vincent’s life: His parents — unlike his wife and siblings– do not support him being condemned.

On July 1st, his mother gave an emotional testimony:

I would like to speak to you today as a mother, and from the heart of a mother. I am at his (Vincent’s) side with his father, my husband, every single day. In order to visit and take care of our son, we had to leave our home and find a place to live in Reims. We wanted, of course, that he not be left alone, and to stimulate him, be close to him, and give him all the love we can still give, because Vincent is not at the end of his life; Vincent is not a vegetable. I have never seen a vegetable turn its head when you call its name. I have so many photos and videos that completely contradict what is being said in the press.

When I ask Vincent to turn his head, he looks at me; when I ask if he is happy—and I don’t know if this is a reflex or something more— but he does blink his eyes. And what traumatized me the most, I can tell you, is that the day before that on which the doctor had decided to stop his food and some of his hydration, the Sunday on which we visited him, Vincent was very emotional; so I asked him, “What’s going on Vincent?” and he began to cry. And this I can say is a sign for me that Vincent truly has an active conscience …

Why not listen to us? Vincent is a human being; he is not an object; they’re holding his head under water and I… It’s dramatic! That’s it, if I have come here for anything today, it is in the hope that at least his life might be defended here. Because the State, nobody listens to us, nobody wants to hear us, while we have evidence, we are the parents, we know our son, and he is used to us in his daily life and he expresses himself. That’s it, he doesn’t talk but he expresses himself.

Euthanasia is creeping into the planetary consciousness, and tiptoeing its way into the U.S.

As I reported in February, New Jersey has taken a major step toward the legalization of assisted suicide (here); and in December, New Mexico eyed a provision allowing “suicide tourism” for residents outside the state (here).

Where might the cultural change of death as part of the nation’s medical services lead?

Consider the case of Canada, where bioethicists outlined a position of killing children — without parental consent (here). And how about Belgium’s euthanization of an autistic woman (here)? In the Netherlands, the state ended the life of a 17-year-old girl. Her disease? Depression (here).

It seems to me that we, as a society, must always be championing life. Fighting for it. Hailing its virtue. It is, in my view, the greatest virtue of all.

And any move toward something different…is a move toward the dark side.

What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section.

In the meantime, and by contrast, enjoy this beautiful and inspiring video, in praise of lifeshared by Ashton Kutcher in January:

This man gave powerful speech on Down Syndrome

Everyone's life is valuable.

Posted by Ashton Kutcher on Wednesday, January 16, 2019

-ALEX

 

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A Major Mueller Report Claim Just Went Up In Flames

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Robert Mueller’s investigation has been an exercise in religiosity for many in the beltway. Any questioning of his team, his motives, handling of the situation, or his conclusions has been deemed blasphemy and simply is not allowed.

That’s left it to many outside of the mainstream media sphere to expose the questions surrounding what is actually contained in the Mueller report, as well as the investigations that preceded it.

Much of the criticism has been over how he handled the second half of the report, namely the issue of obstruction of justice (see Mueller’s Handling of the Obstruction Question Was Total Garbage). Instead of doing his job, Muller decided to sidestep his duty and not make a decision while winking and nodding at Democrats to push the issue in Congress. The only reason a special counsel existed in this case was to make prosecutorial decisions involving the President and Mueller’s answer was to shrug his shoulders and feed into further partisan frenzy.

But, now we are starting to see aspects of the first part of his report fall apart as well. We have already learned that Mueller and his team purposely misrepresented a phone call between the Trump legal counsel and Flynn’s lawyers to make it seem like witness tampering. The full transcript would later reveal the exact opposite of how Mueller framed it.

Another big shoe dropped today casting more doubt on the honesty and thoroughness of the Mueller report. One of his chief conclusions that formed the basis for the entire Russian interference narrative just went up in flames.

More details about all of this can found at RealClearInvestigations, where Mate lists in long form exactly just what’s missing and wrong with the report given the conclusions it supposedly reached. He goes on to conclude this.

None of this means that the Mueller report’s core finding of “sweeping and systematic” Russian government election interference is necessarily false. But his report does not present sufficient evidence to substantiate it. This shortcoming has gone overlooked in the partisan battle over two more highly charged aspects of Mueller’s report: potential Trump-Russia collusion and Trump’s potential obstruction of the resulting investigation. As Mueller prepares to testify before House committees later this month, the questions surrounding his claims of a far-reaching Russian influence campaign are no less important. They raise doubts about the genesis and perpetuation of Russiagate and the performance of those tasked with investigating it.

Many were skeptical from the beginning about claims of massive, coordinated Russian interference in the election. It simply didn’t add up given what we actually saw. That’s not to say Russia didn’t try to meddle, but that it’s scope has been blown way out proportion to feed a political narrative.

In the case of the IRA, one of two organizations Mueller claimed made up Russian government coordinated interference, there turns out to be no actual evidence it was being directed by the Russian government. That seems like it’d be pretty important to mention, right?

The fact that the Russians are bad actors does not negate the need to be honest about where the evidence actually led. Instead, Mueller, as he did in several other places in the report, chose to rely on specious or non-existent evidence to state what appears to be a pre-determined conclusion.

I’ll note that we saw the same thing from Mueller’s report in regards to the DNC hack issue. Do I personally believe the Russians were involved in getting the emails from the DNC via a hack or leak? Yeah, I do. Did Mueller actually have evidence to make that claim definitively? No, he didn’t. He once again relied on Crowdstrike’s shaky investigation, which had already been called into question years ago due to inconsistencies in their methodology and how they froze out the FBI.

All of this is piled onto Mueller’s other sketchy actions, like essentially ignoring the Steele Dossier and choosing to only pursue Trump associates in relation to Russia.

I see absolutely no reason to continue to treat the Mueller report as sacrosanct at this point. It’s a document that’s simply got too many partisan omissions and misrepresentations.

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Department of Justice Decides Mike Flynn Is a Co-Conspirator When He Refuses to Lie

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Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves federal court in Washington, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to making false statements to the FBI, the first Trump White House official to make a guilty plea so far in a wide-ranging investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The saga of Mike Flynn took a very strange turn today when the Department of Justice abruptly dropped Flynn as a witness in the bullsh** FARA trial of his former business associate, Bijan Kian. Kian is accused of lobbying for Turkey without filing the proper forms. (Someone should point out to Justice that the Washington Post’s editorial page acted as a lobbyist for Qatar and for Turkey while it was pushing the Khashoggi story.) Flynn pleaded guilty to the same offense and was expected to be the government’s star witness.

Last month, however, Flynn and his longtime counsel parted ways in a rather cool manner and Flynn hired an attorney who has expressed public skepticism over the entire conduct of the Flynn case: Sidney Powell. So today was a different day:

Mr. Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to F.B.I. agents about conversations with the Russian ambassador at the time about sanctions. Mr. Flynn also admitted to prosecutors for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, that he had repeatedly violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the law requiring firms to register their work on behalf of foreign clients. He acknowledged making “materially false statements and omissions” in those filings.

In the wake of Mr. Flynn’s reversal, federal prosecutors are now asserting that he is an unindicted co-conspirator rather than a cooperating witness and want to introduce his statements as evidence. Lawyers for Mr. Kian and Mr. Flynn both object vigorously to that move by prosecutors.

Lawyers for Mr. Flynn suggested that the government’s new position was possibly in “retaliation for Mr. Flynn’s truthful testimony the government does not like.” His lawyers also said that Mr. Flynn’s testimony would remain consistent with the facts of his plea deal and his statement of the offense. “When Mr. Flynn agreed in his ‘statement of offense’ in Judge Sullivan’s court that certain information in the FARA filing was false, he was doing so with some hindsight,” Mr. Flynn’s lawyers wrote.

The gambit, to paraphrase a Twitter thread by The Federalist’s Margot Cleveland runs like this. Nothing Flynn told prosecutors is very usable because Flynn will not be called to testify, he can’t be cross examined, and, therefore, it becomes hearsay. A statement by an unindicted co-conspirator is admissible. As Cleveland says, all of this begs the question of why the government just doesn’t call Flynn and have him testify? After all, Powell is not walking back from the guilty plea.

Part of that answer may be in Powell’s filing:

The evidence collected by Flynn’s current defense Attorney Sidney Powell, who recently replaced Flynn’s former defense attorney Robert Kelner, sheds new light on the extraordinary tactics used to target and retaliate against Flynn, according to the filing.

Further, Powell’s submission to the court also reveals that Flynn and his attorneys were under extreme pressure to file a Foreign Agents Registration Act in February, 2017 by David Laufman, the former head of the National Security Division.

Flynn was forced to file his FARA registration in February 2017, “under extreme and unprecedented pressure from extensive interactions with the National Security Division including then- NSD head David Laufman.” Laufman resigned shortly after on Feb. 8, 2017, during DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation into the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server to send classified emails.

Further, Flynn’s former counsel had advised prosecutors that “Mr. Flynn did not know and did not authorize signing the FARA form believing there is anything wrong in it. He honesty answered the questions his former counsel posed to him to the best of his recollection, and some with the benefit of hindsight.”

The government would probably rather this can of worms not be opened.

Needless to say, this development has led to an outbreak of explosive diarrhea on the left. Seth Abramson couldn’t quite make it to the little boy’s room on time and befouled himself:

and then he sat in it and rubbed it in his hair

This is a fairly high risk strategy for Powell and Flynn to pursue in the eleventh hour and before a judge who seems more that willing to send Flynn to jail. But the very fact that Flynn was willing to do this, to me, adds credence to the story that he was set up, railroaded, and convinced to lie in order to save his son from being indicted.

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Tucker Carlson: The Democratic Party Has Become a Religious Cult, and Biden & Pelosi No Longer Pass Muster

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Is Nancy Pelosi on the outs? Has she become that pair of bell bottoms at the bottom of the drawer, held down by stacks of parachute pants?

Tucker Carlson thinks so.

He said as much, in his Monday night monologue.

“After almost 200 years,” he began

Oh, wait — I thought that was how long she’s been in Congress. But he was talking about political goals:

“After almost 200 years, the Democrats were a political party with conventional political goals. That’s no longer true. The Democratic Party is now a religious cult, with all that implies. Dissent has been banned. Anyone who questions the party’s leftward fringe is denounced as a racist heretic.”

That doesn’t sound wrong.

He was, of course, referring to the new blood — and new ideas — in the House, courtesy of left-of-Left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar (here).

A summary:

“The party has descended into a purity spiral, and nobody is safe, not even the party’s own leaders. Take Nancy Pelosi, for example. She is the most left-wing Speaker of the House in the history of the United States. She has been a fire-breathing liberal for longer than, I don’t know, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been alive.

“But none of that has been enough to save her. Ocasio-Cortez and a tiny group of House freshmen demand explicit socialism in this country right now. They want to open the borders, empty the prisons and take over the entire U.S. economy in the name of fighting climate change.”

Quite right — the new leaders appear, more than ever before — despite Dems’ constant characterization of der Führer Trump — of the mind that they should rule you. That’s what socialism is: It puts all the power in the hands of the handful of government agents. They own all products and means of production. You may not own a business; you may not choose how and when to spend your money according to the best offerings. Your finances are extracted, and you get what you get — which is to say, whatever they decide you should get.

And, Tucker asserted, those currently vying for the position of disproportionate ruler don’t know much:

“[P]elosi may agree with [their left-wing] goals, but she has contempt for their total ignorance of how laws are made. They’re against the democratic system itself, and Pelosi has expressed that contempt repeatedly in public.”

Indeed, there was recently a potent put-down (here) by “the wall is an immorality” Nancy (here). And, as Tucker displayed for the Fox audience, it went this way on 60 Minutes:

Lesley Stahl: You have these wings, AOC and her group on one side.

Pelosi: That’s like five people.

Tucker went on:

“[F]or saying things like that, Pelosi is facing a revolt from within the Democratic Party. She’s being denounced. Guess what they’re calling her? You know … a racist.

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib explains that Pelosi is oppressing people of color.

Cue a snippet of Rashida:

“More people like us — people of color — have been missing in the [House] chamber, because most of us — and Ayanna Pressley says it more beautifully — people that are closest to the pain need to be at the table making these decisions. Guess what? We know what it feels like to be dehumanized. We know what it feels like to be brown and black in this country.”

What’s with their increasing obsession over the non-white races?

From a clip:

Martha Raddatz, ABC News: What would you say to Nancy Pelosi? What would you say directly to Nancy Pelosi?

Tlaib: Uplift the women, especially the women of color, within your caucus that are out there. Because I’ll tell you, more people like us, more people like me, that come out to vote [means] we win. All of us win.

All of us?

I hope MLK is somewhere right now where he has plenty of room to roll over…

Tucker observed:

“‘Give us power because of our skin color.’ That’s the argument Tlaib is making. Many make that argument; Ocasio-Cortez made the very same case during her Democratic primary campaign last year.”

So where do Nancy and Joe Biden fit into this new world?

Well, to hear Tucker tell it, they don’t:

“Like Pelosi, Biden has dedicated his entire life to the Democratic Party. As Pelosi has, Biden has dutifully moved left with the party over the years and hasn’t complained about it. He is currently running on, for example, free health care for illegal aliens.

“It’s over for Joe Biden — a bitter end to what might have been a decent political career. Only he seems to be unaware of that. On Saturday, Biden groveled one last time in a doomed effort to save himself.”

He’s most likely right. Joe’s too conservative to fit in with the cool kids. Plus, he’s so old, he lived during a time when he could — and did — say this (here):

“My gut reaction is that [homosexuals] are security risks…”

And what about Nancy? Sure — she’s got the pedigree of saying completely buffoonish things (here) and being a living ode to hypocrisy (here), but that ain’t enough.

But, as Tucker pointed out, mainstream America isn’t into the fads and fables of the House’s “Fresh Face Caucus“:

“Normal Americans know they’re not racist. They don’t think their neighbors and friends are racist, either. They don’t care about that. They care about their jobs, their safety, their families, their country.”

Nevertheless, that ain’t woke. And according to Tucker, as far as some of the new kids in Congress are concerned, Nancy and Joe might as well be America’s great aunt and uncle — mouths wide open — collapsed into their recliners after Thanksgiving dinner: They’re old, and they’re asleep.

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‘Gotcha’ Journalism at Play in Conveniently Timed (Non) Story On Mitch McConnell’s Ancestors Being Slave Owners

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks back to his office after speaking on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

On Monday, NBC News broke what some media and political commentators viewed as a blockbuster story about Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) involving the slave-owning history of some of his ancestors.

The report centered around searches done of McConnnell’s family history by way of “ancestry and census records.” Here’s what they found:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said recently he opposes paying government reparations to the descendants of American slaves, has a family history deeply entwined in the issue: Two of his great-great-grandfathers were slave owners, U.S. census records show.

The two great-great-grandfathers, James McConnell and Richard Daley, owned a total of at least 14 slaves in Limestone County, Alabama — all but two of them female, according to the county “Slave Schedules” in the 1850 and 1860 censuses.

The details about McConnell’s ancestors, discovered by NBC News through a search of ancestry and census records, came in the wake of recent hearings on reparations before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Asked about the reparations issue, McConnell, R-Ky., said he was opposed to the idea, arguing it would be hard to figure out whom to compensate.

Even if you hadn’t read the story itself, the headline and subheadline to it tell you all you need to know about why the story was done in the first place: To shame the Senator for taking what the news network views as a conveniently calculated position against reparations:

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Screen grab via NBC News.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was incredulous that NBC News even found this to be newsworthy:

Former Red State managing editor Erick Erickson – now the editor at The Resurgent, called this story out for what it is:

There literally is no journalistic or newsworthy purpose for this article except to apply pressure on McConnell to not block slave reparations legislation. There is none. As the article itself notes,

Louis Cain, professor emeritus at Loyola University Chicago and an expert on the economics of slavery, said more Americans have been stained by slavery than they realize. “I suspect with the mobility of the American population in the 20th and 21st centuries, most of us have ancestors that owned slaves, including many individuals who did not arrive until well after the Civil War,“ Cain said. “The responsibility for what happened was collective, not individual.”

This completely undermines the purpose of the article. If the responsibility is collective, singling out McConnell is ridiculous, but that’s exactly what NBC News is doing because it is not reporting news. It is working to advance the hucksters’ reparations agenda.

Similar point made here:

Bingo.

The journalism community – both inside and outside of NBC, were quick to share, write up their own versions, and/or praise the report and defend the journalists behind it from accusations of an agenda.

Here’s NBC News digital reporter Jon Allen trying to justify the report:

Tim Perone is an assistant managing editor for NBC News digital:

Here’s NBC News correspondent Morgan Radford, in one of the more obvious displays of agenda-driven journalistic commentary:

Move along, no agenda to see here.

Clay Travis notes that the Louisville Courier‘s headline was arguably worse than NBC‘s:

Key point from John Hayward and others surrounding this story:

And how convenient was the timing of this story? Very, very convenient:

Here are some more burning questions the mainstream media won’t answer about this story:

Related: If the mainstream media are so good at digging into family histories, how did they so badly botch the Sen. Elizabeth Warren fake Native American heritage story?

Doing a quick scan of reactions to the story last night and today on social media and other websites, I was pleasantly surprised to see how many rank and file leftists (not the ones are perpetually outraged) say they didn’t think story was fair to McConnell. ‘Blaming him for the sins of his ancestors isn’t right’ was the key take away I got from much of what I read in comments.

It’s very obvious why the media ran this story. NBC News and their defenders can try to explain it away all they want to, but it’s very clear what the agenda was here – and it wasn’t journalism.

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The Latest Consumer Boycott Proves the Outrage Outstrips the Facts, but the Outcome Will Still be Failure

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When boycotting a company because you get the facts wrong make sure you raaise the volume on your outrage!

Yes, it is happening again. There is a social media maelstrom and people are so outraged they are pledging to vote with their wallets in the marketplace. These entreaties, like always, are mostly impotent. Their wallets are as empty as their values, and they cannot find the means to get off of a sofa to even engage in the marketplace. And they have managed to prove all of this with the latest effrontery, the call to boycott the Home Depot franchise.

Like Brandon Morse said earlier, millennials are vacant on the skills set needed to even dare enter a Home Depot location, but this boycott proves one other talent eludes these inactive-ists: comprehension. It is with astounding obviousness that this entire dose of outrage is sparked by one basic truth. These shriekers are incapable of reading beyond a headline.

What has them supposedly set off is a profile done in the outlet Business Insider about Home Depot co-founder, Bernie Marcus. The billionaire said he was going to be donating to Donald Trump’s upcoming Presidential campaign. In fact, Marcus said a lot of things, and the article also details many other things, yet those were all dispatched when the carnival-barker loungers stopped after seeing the article’s headline.

For one, Bernie Marcus is no longer affiliated with the Home Depot business. He stepped down from the board about SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO. His opinions today, and the contributions he chooses to make are in no way affiliated with the store chain. The people who are trying to direct others on how to conduct their shopping preferences do so without even being bothered to read a single article on the subject that has them so incensed. But then, had they endeavored to read they would not have been incensed, and then they would have had no purpose to virtue signal.

Marcus has done this before. He donated to Trump’s 2016 campaign, and curiously there was no call for a backlash against the company then. Even those screeching who want to make the wan argument that supporting the store would still benefit him through stock holdings, that is another failure. Marcus divested fully from Home Depot. He is now pledging to donate the bulk of his fortune to causes, a small fraction of which involves a donation to Trump.

Here is a question for those claiming to be cutting up their HD gift cards: what is the reaction when I tell you that a former co-chairman at the company with Marcus, the billionaire Arthur Blank, made donations in the past Presidential elections to Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama? Does that not cancel out? I mean, we are talking about two individuals not with the company, giving money to opposing political parties. How does that affect your impression of the store chain, where neither of them has an interest?

Even bypassing this factual minefield, many of those who are caterwauling have pledged to never shop at Home Depot, and they will energetically take their business to their main competitor, Lowes. Cagey move, that. According to the political donation tracking site Open Secrets, if you want to stop shopping at Home Depot because of the man who is not with the company is donating to the GOP, you are instead rushing out to give your money to a company that supports the GOP.

Well, that will certainly show the guy who is not financially tied to Home Depot’s quarterly returns — as well as the Republican party.

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Democrats Find a Candidate to Set Money On Fire Running Against Mitch McConnell

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Democrats have found their woman in Kentucky. Amy McGrath, who managed to lose the most winnable swing seat in the state in 2018 during an election that heavily favored Democrats, is going to challenge Mitch McConnell.

This of course has the media salivating. MSNBC even did a coordinated roll out, including a hit piece about McConnell’s ancestors owning slaves and a softball Morning Joe interview today. They aren’t even trying to hide that they are a campaign arm of the Democratic party at this point.

Here’s “journalist” Kasey Hunt fangirling over the news.

I’ll go ahead and spoil things. This is not going to be a “blockbuster” race.

This is a state that Trump won by 30% in 2016. Even in 2014, McConnell vanquished a much stronger candidate by 15 points. The difference between 2014 and 2020 is that Republicans actually like Mitch McConnell now, both because he’s shown backbone in major battles under Trump and because his social media team have managed to make him far more likable. If anything, he’s in a better position today than he was in his last election.

McConnell’s team is already hitting McGrath on her numerous weaknesses.

McGrath is just an awful candidate to run against McConnell. You don’t win statewide in Kentucky by saying you are the “most progressive person” in the state. That’s going to haunt her in a largely Republican state running against the Senate Majority Leader who’s suddenly earned a positive following, even the anti-establishment, conservative right.

The Beto O’Rourke comparison is spot-on, except the beat down will be much worse in the end. The media are going to pump this race, paint McGrath as historic figure, and present a narrative that McConnell isn’t going to actually beat her by double digits. In the end, it won’t be close and Democrats will set lots of money on fire to lose an already solidly red seat.

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The Reason Why the Home Depot Boycott Was Doomed to Fail Before It Even Began Is Simple

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Earlier I covered the fact that the co-founder of Home Depot, Bernie Marcus, was revealed to be a Trump supporter who plans on donating millions to Trump’s campaign for 2020 just like he did for Trump in 2016. This sparked a trending Twitter hashtag “#BoycottHomeDepot” which, upon exploring the hashtag on the site for a bit, produced far more backlash against supporters of the hashtag than agreement with it.

As I wrote Tuesday morning, what’s likely going to happen is that Home Depot may actually experience a small spike profits due to people shopping there out of spite. It happened with Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby, and there’s no reason to believe Home Depot won’t experience the same bump.

But even if people don’t go to Home Depot to troll the outrage brigades on the left with their wallets, Home Depot likely won’t suffer one lost cent due to the internet hashtag and it’s for a very simple reason.

The people who are boycotting Home Depot don’t go to Home Depot.

Let’s break this down. The solid majority of people who would support a hashtag like this, or even know what a hashtag is, are around Millennial aged. I’m sad to say, as a member of that generation, that millennials are too often inept when it comes to skills older generations easily understood.

In 2014, author and economist Neil Howe wrote a piece in Forbes detailing studies that showed millennials are sorely lacking life skills despite the fact that they are the most educated generation the world has ever produced:

In fact, Millennials are unfamiliar with a broad range of life skills. They are less likely than older generations to know how to sew, make basic home repairs, or drive manual-transmission cars. With GPS always at their fingertips, many never really learned to use physical landmarks to guide them. Some can’t even imagine how people functioned before mobile IT. One Millennial wrote an article asking older people how they used to look up information, meet up with friends in public places, and handle getting lost without smartphones. A Boomer responded that he visited the library, scheduled meet-ups, and learned to read a road map.

Millennials can’t be fully blamed for this. Technology has advanced so far that needing to learn these things hasn’t become as important as it used to be. If a millennial presses the right buttons on their smart phone, someone will show up to their door and fix whatever problem they’re having with their home. Howe even makes mention of this:

Generational traits are also contributing to this attitudinal shift. Millennials tend to trust “the system” and don’t mind relying on digital infrastructure for everything. Boomers and Xers are more likely to think that one day it might fail them. So they have backup plans. As one “modern survival” blogger put it in a post about the younger generation, if and when everything goes wrong, “there are so many that will just be so clueless. No common sense and no skills.”

Back to the Home Depot boycott. A lot of the people expressing rage at the fact that someone would dare to support Trump openly are likely the same ones that, should something break in their home, would call a person to come fix it. That blue collar worker who is going to fix the problem is going to have to go somewhere to get the materials necessary to fix the problem.

Chances are he’s going to go to Home Depot. Everything he would need he can find it there in one spot.

And that man likely supports Trump. According to the Washington Examiner, blue collar workers like Trump, and even those whom were expected to go to Biden ended up heading in the opposite direction. This includes the older generations who are more likely to visit Home Depot themselves:

In a survey of key battleground states conducted after Biden entered the 2020 Democratic primary, Trump not only has a 46%-44% edge, but he has a 26-point lead among non-college educated workers earning $75,000 or less, considered the blue-collar base and a Biden target.

What’s more, the battleground state survey from WPA Intelligence showed that Trump does better with Biden’s other main support group, older voters, and has a 48%-44% lead over Biden in Florida, dubbed the Democrat’s “firewall.”

The Home Depot boycott, despite its status as a viral trending hashtag, is about as hollow and hefty as a Wiffle ball.

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