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Marianne Williamson Is Right About Grosse Pointe, For The Wrong Reasons.

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Author Marianne Williamson speaks during the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Last night at round 1 of the Democrats debate in my hometown of DEEETROIT at the wonderful Fox Theatre on Woodward Ave, we had the opportunity to watch 10 people who are most likely not going to be the Democrats nominee for President in 2020.

That doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth watching.

One of the breakout comments of the night was from self-help author and feelings over facts guru, Marianne Williamson, when she compared the ultra-wealthy Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe located just a couple of miles from the Motor City to the decimated area of Flint 70 miles away.

Here is what the enlightened author said in regards to the Flint water crisis …

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“I lived in Grosse Pointe. What happened in Flint would not have happened in Grosse Pointe.”

She then went on to talk about dark psychic forces and some other things that we can discuss in a later post.

She is 100% spot on though that this would never happen in G.P. and it is not because of race. Simply, it is because of competency.

Grosse Pointe and the surrounding cities are represented in District 2 by State Representative Joe Tate who just happens to be a Democrat. Also in the State Senate, this city is represented by State Senator Adam Hollier also, believe it or not, a Democrat. The citizens and the elected representatives would have never allowed the incompetence that occurred in Flint to materialize.

Back in April of 2014 when Flint changed its water delivery system from the Detroit water system to the Flint river it was overseen by…Democrats.

This does not mean that Republicans would have done better necessarily. The Governor at the time was a Republican by the name of Rick Snyder and his Department of Environmental Quality dropped the ball severely when the initial warning signs of issues popped up in Flint. As President Barrack Obama’s E.P.A. did also.

However, the debacle in Flint immediately became an issue of finger-pointing while people suffered and being used as pawns. That would not have happened in Grosse Pointe. Partly because of the value of the property but also there would have been demands for people to have been fired locally. The political class knows this and would have reacted before they had received 4 phone calls on this.

In Flint, there is still to this day almost zero accountability for the very people who put this plan into motion. If you don’t believe me take a look at the actual CITY COUNCIL MEETING from March 25th, 2013 and then google what penalties these people faced.

I’ll wait right here.

So while Williamson was right “technically” about her statement, she had it wrong and for all the wrong reasons. This had nothing to do with racism and more to do with the competence of officials that people just give a pass too when they constantly deliver poor results.

The decent citizens need to start kicking people in the arse in their city just like people in other cities across Michigan would do. I know the results they would see would amaze them.

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The Democrat Debate Was All About Removing The Right To Choose

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I thought they were the party about defending choice? When did that change?

On night one of the Democratic Party Presidential candidate political forums (dubbed “The Donkey Debates”) we were presented with few surprises and many head-scratching moments of sheer aversion to the facts. Promises were made and bromides were delivered as if by firehose. Amid all the pledges of free everything while demonizing anything approaching a functional corporate foundation something unremarked but completely remarkable took place — The Democrats defied their biggest core belief.

Early on, of course, we heard of abortion rights, but it was a lightly touched-upon segment. After all, who does not know this is essentially Democrat gospel already?! Turn against the sacrosanct issue and you are effectively excommunicated from the party. So the candidates breezed over that subject and moved on to more heady waters.

Universal healthcare was roundly supported, with a number of hopefuls pledging outright that they will see to it that private health insurance is phased out for single-payer government-run healthcare. (Recall not long ago this was something a candidate would never admit to, for fear of crippling their campaign?) Liz Warren was especially comical in this round, pointing out how insurers sometimes have you filling out dozens of forms. Yea, one thing we all know about the government, it NEVER involves excessive amounts of paperwork!

Gun control was another issue brought up, with most in some form of agreement that Americans had no reason to own a weapon. Sob stories abounded, and all pledged to make those evil guns even more evil. Immigration came up, and the call to simply do away with border protection was a general agreed-upon result. The environment was of course a big issue, and the call went out to go after the vile energy-producing companies and shift our nation over to a green energy platform.

To an extent these grand, sweeping policy proposals are expected from this group. Consider their plight; in a group of 20 names you need to be distinguished, so being as far out as you can go, and promising as much as you possibly can leads to making these outlandish promises. Except in so doing the Democrats are violating their core belief system.

What happened to their pledge to give everyone the right to choose?!?! Every single candidate — hell, almost every Democrat — adheres to the concept that the right to choose is the most important standard they can think of in politics. Defend it to the death.

Except…

They want to remove our right to choose our own health care provider. They not only want to put limits on which guns we choose to buy but to eliminate that choice entirely. Choosing to defend our border from incursions is looked to be phased out entirely. They even want to take away our choice in energy consumption — only approved green energy options will be offered.

When it comes to the issue of abortion, which concerns a segment of the country, “choice” is the preeminent standard. But once you get into broader subjects concerning nearly all of America — healthcare, energy, constitutional rights — then suddenly our right to choose is completely invalid. The smarter minds who know what is best will be more than happy to make those choices for us.

Thank you, but I prefer to choose liberty and freedom over the nannies who cannot even follow the time constraints of a debate set up, let alone the founding documents of our nation.

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Tech Censorship, Leftist Bullies and the Short Term Solution

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In early June, it was announced that the Justice Department, which enforces antitrust laws, and the FTC were gearing up to investigate big tech giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon. That is the first step and one and most likely a long process.  The last effort to look into Google took two years.  However, it is a necessary step in the right direction.

The First Amendment does not restrain censorship on social media.  Hence, the Left, through using bully tactics, has found a way to enforce their own opinions through the use of deplatforming.  It works because social media giants like those noted above are near-monopolies.  Does anyone care if you are silenced on MySpace?  If you end the monopolies, you start to eliminate a tool of the Left.

For the bulk of American history, the media published things and the First Amendment protected them whether in print, on the radio, in movies, television, and even art shows.  That covered nice things and not-so-nice things.  But then, social media hit some saturation point in 2016 with the election of Donald Trump.  There were a plethora of opinions for public consumption.  Even traditional news jettisoned reporting “the news” and started reporting what others said online.  Free speech had reached a climax- no filters, no barriers, and a global audience.   The goal was to “go viral.”

After Trump’s election, things changed.  Some who were tolerant of some form of censorship now came to demand censorship.  First, they came for Russian outlets like RT and Sputnik and no one batted an eye.  But then, it moved beyond the Russians.  When Twitter dragged its feet in banning Alex Jones, a CNN reporter went through his history of tweets and found the smoking gun- a violation of their terms.

Following in short succession were people like Milo Yiannapolos, Richard Spencer and Ann Coulter.  Except for a few supporters, they were alone in their fight.  However, the Left came to realize that these people were just the tip of the white supremacist iceberg on social media.  This “legion of hate,” they proclaimed, were out to stomp out all immigrants, people of color, all shades of LGBT and half the American population (women).  In short, there was just too much free speech on social media and someone had to do something to save America from itself and not elect the wrong President ever again.

The Left realized that those who controlled social media and the Internet (namely Google) thought like them.  They realized Twitter could silence an inalienable right.  The sparse wording of the First Amendment was replaced with “terms of service” which meant whatever the Leftist mob wanted those terms to mean.  The loathsome “heckler’s veto” was finalized as deplatforming.

Hence, there was nothing now to stop social media from deplatforming a person like Steven Crowder because he hurt the feelings of Carlos Maza.  Maza led a campaign to demonetize Crowder on YouTube which was successful.  YouTube followed up with a change to their terms of service and announced they would ban “…videos alleging a group is superior to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion…”  The classic documentary Triumph of the Will was one of the first casualties.  Soon, historians found themselves banned from uploading archival material about Hitler.  Today, YouTube proudly asserts that they have reduced the views of “supremacist” videos by 80%.

And then the infection spread.  Gab, an alternative to Twitter, was threatened by Microsoft with the cancellation of their domain based on “offensive” posts by a minor GOP candidate.  Facebook jumped on the pile by banning videos from Prager University.  When journalist Tim Shorrock criticized the New York Times for covering up American support for South Korean dictatorships, he found himself on the wrong side of the mob.

Officials for Google stated: “Although people have long been racist, sexist, and hateful in many other ways, they weren’t empowered by the Internet to recklessly express their views with abandon.”  Vice celebrated that “deplatforming works” and gleefully accepted the censorship of fellow journalists.  But, it is not just journalists, pundits, and politicians.  Just recently, parents in Virginia who questioned the school’s new transgender policy found themselves also deplatformed.

Efforts to extend the First Amendment to social media through the argument that they are the new digital public squares have been met with stiff resistance even though 70% of Americans use at least one social media site.  Trying to classify social media as “publishers” has also met with no success since they insist they are platforms, not publishers.  In essence, they say they are like phone companies that allow you to communicate with another but exercise no control over what you say.

Being a platform has its advantages.  It allows social media to exercise no control over what they print, no need to create transparent rules for using the platform, and no appeals process once deplatformed.  There is no legal recourse.  Publishers, by contrast, can be taken to court and are responsible for the content they print of it is libelous or maliciously false.  Their claim to be being a platform is based on Section 203 of the Communications Decency Act.  However, that section was based on the understanding social media, which was in its infancy at the time, would remain neutral public forums.  Now, they want the best of both worlds: the protections afforded by being a platform and the power to ideologically manipulate their content.

Breaking through the platform-publisher question will be a long battle in the courts involving third parties.  Not only does it cross international boundaries, but applies to sew sites as well as Nazi forums.  However, more immediate action is required given the importance of social media in today’s society.

Google owns 90% of the search engine market, 75% of mobile Internet browsing and, along with Facebook, 50% of online advertisement.  YouTube dominates online video.  Facebook is accountable for two-thirds of social media with Twitter owning virtually the remainder.  Although monopolies in their own right, they often work in a collusive manner.  If one, for example, bans Alex Jones, they all ban Alex Jones.  Whoever is leftover and remain on social media are then threatened with boycotts by the mob.  Eventually, even PayPal cut off Alex Jones.

With legal and legislative fixes to preserve free speech either ineffective or long term, if there is even any inertia in that direction, major antitrust enforcement efforts are the necessary clumsy fix.  The “fix” may just be breaking these tech giants into smaller companies as was done in the early stages of mass electronic communication in the country.   In this way, no single company would be large enough to stifle free speech.  It would thwart something our Founders never envisioned: People demanding censorship of speech simply because they disagreed with or did not like the results of an election.

Not likely to solve all the problems as it would not be a comprehensive enough effort to expand free speech rights, it would nevertheless be a necessary temporary effort to hold back the waters of censorship until sanity returned.

 

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#Resist: Dem Lawmaker Who Interrupted Trump’s Va. Speech to Protest “Hate” Has Anti-Semitic History

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Virginia Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, is escorted out after interrupting President Donald Trump as he spoke at an event marking the 400th anniversary of the first representative assembly, Tuesday, July 29, 2019, in Jamestown, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

In case you missed it in the midst of the ongoing national media coverage of President Trump’s feud with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7), a Virginia House of Delegates Democrat made headlines on Tuesday when he interrupted a speech Trump gave in Jamestown.

NBC News reports:

A Virginia lawmaker, who is Muslim, shouted “you can’t send us back!” briefly interrupting President Donald Trump during an event Tuesday commemorating the 400th anniversary of Virginia’s first legislative assembly.

Ibraheem Samirah, a Democrat elected this year to the state House of Delegates, halted Trump’s speech with a one-man demonstration as he held a sign that read “deport hate,” “reunite my family” and “go back to your corrupted home.”

Watch video of Samirah protesting Trump’s speech below:

One crucial piece of information missing from that NBC News piece on Delegate Samirah protesting “hate” is the fact that Samirah has a history of expressing anti-Semitic hate. Via Fox News:

The Washington Post, in February, reported on a series of Samirah’s social media posts from 2014 that have since been deleted.

In one Facebook post in 2014, Samirah shared an angry letter by musician Brian Eno who claimed that funding Israel was like supporting the Ku Klux Klan.

“I’d say worse,” Samirah wrote, sharing the letter. “But I’ll go along with Eno on this one.”

In another post from 2014, after former Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died, Samirah wrote: “Ariel Sharon, burn. Burn a million times for every innocent soul you killed. Hell is excited to have you.”

Samirah also reportedly posted comments about Israeli teenagers, sharing an article about how Israel uses social media and dating apps to “legitimize murder,” writing: “Most Israeli teenagers not only want to cover up the murders in their name, but they have young urges that need to be released somehow! Tinder’s perfect for that.”

Samirah, who was a former volunteer for Tlaib, also is reportedly connected to multiple anti-Semitic organizations.

Who did Samirah learn this behavior from? Not just Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, but his own father, too:

A Washington Free Beacon investigation found in early 2019 that Samirah has connections to many anti-Semitic organizations and that his father is a organizer for the terrorist group Hamas.

Samirah himself spoke at a Hamas-related conference in 2018 and is a fervent supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel. He urged friends on Facebook in 2014 to support the BDS movement while Israel is “most exposed.”

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Samirah has said that he takes his inspiration from his father, whom Al Jazeera described in 2011 as a “leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan.” Samirah posted on Facebook in 2018 that he is “inspired by my father” to “dedicate my life to the liberation of Palestine.”

To their credit, every major news outlet outside of NBC News mentioned the accusations of anti-Semitism against Samirah, although the mentions were buried in their stories and they didn’t dive too deeply into them. They didn’t mention his father’s troubling history at all.

Not only did NBC News not report on Delegate Samirah’s disturbing past, but the interview segment MSNBC‘s Ari Melber did on Samirah’s protest was stunningly ignorant and came off as more of a political promotion of Samirah’s views than it did an actual interview.

Samirah was treated like a hero by Melber, and Samirah also compared himself to MLK. With a straight face, the Virginia state lawmaker said his terrorist-supporting father was a victim of “the poor immigration policy of the United States.” Melber did not question him on the reason for that claim once, nor did he ask him about his past anti-Semitic statements.

Watch:

I’m not sure if Melber is Jewish, but at the very least he has ties to the Jewish community as he was “responsible for Jewish outreach” for Sen. John Kerry’s failed 2004 presidential campaign. If Melber confines himself to reading only NBC News stories, it’s understandable why he’s seemingly unaware of Samirah’s anti-Semitic history.

But if Melber is aware of it and still neglected to question him on it, it’s appalling that he failed to do so for reasons that go way beyond his journalistic credibility.

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The Atlantic Unearths New Audio, Claims to Show Ronald Reagan Was a Racist

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It’s almost like there’s a concerted effort going on here to paint Republicans as racist.

The Atlantic is touting newly unearthed audio showing former President Ronald Reagan disparaging African delegates at the United Nations. That’s African, as in countries on the continent, not Americans.

The day after the United Nations voted to recognize the People’s Republic of China, then–California Governor Ronald Reagan phoned President Richard Nixon at the White House and vented his frustration at the delegates who had sided against the United States. “Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did,” Reagan said. “Yeah,” Nixon interjected. Reagan forged ahead with his complaint: “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Nixon gave a huge laugh.

This took place in 1971. The context is that the UN, being the dumpster fire of an organization that it is, had just voted to recognize China over Taiwan. Some African nations sided against the United States (who history would undoubtedly prove right) and that obviously had Reagan and Nixon incensed.

As to the remark, the early 70s were obviously a very different time with very different standards, even if we agree those standards today were not good. Secondly, it’s not even clear that Reagan meant this as broad “racism” as much as a criticism of the behavior of a specific African country.

When the UN took its vote to seat a delegation from Beijing instead of from Taiwan in 1971, members of the Tanzanian delegation started dancing in the General Assembly. Reagan, a devoted defender of Taiwan, was incensed, and tried to reach Nixon the night of the vote. Reagan despised the United Nations, which he described as a “kangaroo court” filled with “bums,” and he wanted the U.S. to withdraw from full participation immediately. Nixon was asleep when Reagan called, so they spoke the next morning.

The point is, I don’t know what was in the guy’s heart, nor do I think a single line defines a person anyway. The remark was ill-advised and insensitive, but I don’t believe Reagan meant it as a racist indictment of all black people. I think he was really mad at some of the African delegates and vented in an offensive manner. Nothing about his record showed him to actually believe blacks were “inferior,” as the article supposes.

This hit piece from The Atlantic is bad faith all around, but that’s been their mark for a long time. Of course, this was all dug up specifically to hit Donald Trump.

The past month has brought presidential racism back into the headlines. This October 1971 exchange between current and future presidents is a reminder that other presidents have subscribed to the racist belief that Africans or African Americans are somehow inferior. The most novel aspect of President Donald Trump’s racist gibes isn’t that he said them, but that he said them in public.

In other words, Reagan was a racist but Trump is worse because he said things in public.

Never mind that nothing Trump said was objectively racist. The comments on “the squad” could be loosely described as xenophobic if you make certain assumptions, but there was no racial element at all. Trump was clearly not targeting them because of their race but because they are the most outspoken, radical elements of the Democrat party.

As to his latest comments,  there was no racial connotation whatsoever in his criticism of Baltimore and Elijah Cummings. In that case, we know exactly why he targeted Cummings. It was over a dishonest, gross rant he aimed at Sec. McAleenan. Baltimore is the most murderous city in the world and has extreme levels of poverty in the city proper. Those were all the reasons the President needed. There was no secret racist motive and we know that because Trump has used language like “drug-infested” before to describe predominantly white areas like New Hampshire.

Yet, it was racist because the smart set in the media told us it was. And to prove their point that this is a normal, evil Republican thing, they went and dug up this old tape of Reagan to slander his legacy because getting Trump is always worth it.

Of course, you could find more examples than you can count of past Democrat Presidents saying and doing racist things, especially given they are the party of Jim Crow and segregation. That doesn’t fit the narrative though, so going after Ronald Reagan gets the go ahead instead.

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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed May Be Willing to Testify Against Saudi Arabia ‘in the Absence of a Potential Death Sentence’

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FILE – This March 1, 2003, file photo obtained by the Associated Press shows Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind, shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan. Confined to the basement of a CIA secret prison in Romania about a decade ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, asked his jailers whether he could embark on an unusual project: Would the spy agency allow Mohammed, who had earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, to design a vacuum cleaner? The agency officer in charge of the prison called CIA headquarters and a manager approved the request, a former senior CIA official told The Associated Press. (AP Photo, File)

 

Alleged mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, has signaled through his attorneys, that he may become more “cooperative” if the U.S. government agrees to spare him from the death penalty at a Guantanamo Bay military commission.

By ‘cooperation,’ his attorneys are referring to the lawsuit filed by victims of the 9/11 attacks against the Saudi Arabian government for their part in “coordinating the attacks.”

Mohammed’s offer was contained in a letter filed on Friday at the U.S. District Court in Manhattan by the plaintiffs’ lawyers. The lawsuit seeks unspecified billions of dollars in damages from the Saudi government, which denies involvement.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

In the lawsuit against Saudi Arabia, plaintiffs’ lawyers had requested depositions from three of the five Guantanamo detainees accused in the Sept. 11 conspiracy. In the Friday filing, a status letter to U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn, the lawyers wrote that earlier Friday, Mohammed’s counsel told them their client wouldn’t consent to a deposition “at the present time.”

Mohammed’s lawyer said, however, that “the primary driver” of the decision was the “capital nature of the prosecution” and that “[i]n the absence of a potential death sentence much broader cooperation would be possible,” according to the filing.

An attorney for Mohammed’s nephew and co-defendant, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali (who also is known as Ammar al-Baluch), said there had been changes in the defendants’ positions.

“I think [Mohammed] feels ready and willing” to assist the Sept. 11 victims’ lawsuit, “but I think he feels he needs to get through” the death-penalty question first, said the lawyer, Alka Pradhan.

Years of reflection seem to have changed Mohammed’s position regarding “martyrdom.” During a hearing held in June of 2008, a military judge said this was to be a “death-penalty case.” Mohammed objected. He said, “It is a martyr case. This is what I wish. I’ve been looking to be martyred for a long time.”

A source told the Wall Street Journal that, “A lot has happened in the past 10 years. The 9/11 defendants are not as interested as they once were in martyring themselves.”

In 2017, the proceedings at Guantanamo were being overseen by the Department of Defense’s then Director of Military Commissions, Harvey Rishikof.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

Rishikof began exploring a potential plea bargain with the Sept. 11 defendants that would exchange guilty pleas for life sentences, according to court documents and people familiar with the case.

Mr. Rishikof is said to have been concerned that the prosecution had been undermined by the torture inflicted upon Mohammed and other defendants at secret Central Intelligence Agency facilities overseas. That issue has mired the cases against them in years of hearings and raised the possibility that a military or federal court could punish government misconduct by barring the death penalty.

After word spread of plea discussions, Mr. Rishikof was fired by then Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for what Mr. Mattis said were unrelated reasons.

The source said it had been Rishikof’s hope that if the death penalty was removed, the 9/11 defendants would speak more freely about the attacks. He believed this might provide “closure” for the victims and their families.

I’ll open this one up to our readers. Should the U.S. spare these men the death penalty in exchange for their testimony against the Saudi Arabian government?

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Miracle in China: 3-Year-Old Falls 60 Feet From a High Rise Balcony, But Neighbors Catch Him (Video)

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A video from southwest China posted to social media Monday reveals a harrowing scene: a 3-year-old hanging from the balcony of an apartment building, six stories up.

As indicated by the tweet, the baby boy climbed his own way out of the high-rise.

Absolute doom seemed certain.

NBC news reports he’d been left alone while his grandmother went out for groceries.

What the heck?? He’s three.

A crowd had formed far below, and someone had had the good sense to bring out out a blanket.

They stretched it…

The little one struggled to get back onto the balcony.

But he couldn’t make it up.

He lost his grip as onlookers screamed in horror.

The boy fell straight down onto the taut blanket, wondrously saved from a 60-foot plummet.

Watch the incredible video above.

All who held the blanket will live the rest of their days knowing they saved a precious life by caring enough to attempt the impossible.

And the little boy will always know he was given a second chance — by neighbors and, perhaps, strangers.

According to the BBC, he suffered no injuries.

What an absolute miracle.

May God bless the heroes of our world.

-ALEX

 

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Gillette’s “Woke” Ad that Insulted Men Cost P&G Billions

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The personal product-driven mega-corporation Proctor & Gamble had a pretty successful run last quarter, even beating Wall Street predictions. Only one of their brands found themselves deeply in the negative, and it just so happens to be the one that insulted its customer base in the name of being “woke.”

According to Reuters, Gillette suffered a net loss of billions of dollars last quarter. That’s billions with a “b”:

However, P&G reported a net loss of about $5.24 billion, or $2.12 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, due to an $8 billion non-cash writedown of Gillette. For the same period last year, P&G’s net income was $1.89 billion, or 72 cents per share.

According to Reuters, P&G chalked the billions in dollars lost up “to foreign exchange fluctuations, increased competition and a contracting market for blades and razors as consumers in developed markets shave less frequently.”

They’re partly right. A net loss of that much money can only mean that those who do shave have abandoned Gillette en masse, and rightly so. Gillette’s commercial that blanketed the male gender with the accusation of “toxic masculinity” while using feminist buzzwords and clips of hard-left news organizations was one of the most hated commercials of the past decade.

As P&G continued to see profits go up for all of their brands, Gillette began suffering profit drops that were revealed last April. Apparently, the drops never stopped.

Perhaps P&G isn’t willing to come forward yet with the fact that they made a monumental error in assuming men would take the “toxic masculinity” commercial well, but they should soon. The brand is damaged enough to lose billions, and men aren’t coming back, especially with cheaper alternatives embracing men for who they are and not assuming the worst about them.

I personally go out of my way to not buy Gillette products of any kind over the insult and I know many men who do the same. The commercial wasn’t just a call to fight toxic masculinity, it was an attack on men from a company known to create commercials that specialize in attacking the male gender.

The sooner P&G fires whoever thought this was a good idea and begins to move toward making amends with its customer base, the better, but it may be politically stuck now. Walking back their stance may cause them a lot of trouble with the SJW community who know how to raise a mob.

As I’ve said before, however, the mob is more bark than bite. If P&G can show some backbone and apologize, they will invite the wrath of the SJW mob but they may begin to staunch the blood flow from a very still-wide wound.

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Video: CNN’s Don Lemon Grows Visibly Agitated as Black Pastor Refuses to Take His ‘Trump Is Racist’ Bait

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On Monday, 20 African-American faith leaders were at the White House for a meeting with President Trump for a discussion on various issues including those that impact inner city communities across America.

The gathering happened at a time when Trump is facing accusations of racism from liberals and mainstream media journalists over his criticisms of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7) and the inhumane conditions in parts of his Congressional district.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on the meeting:

Atlanta Evangelist Alveda King said she was invited to the meeting that was planned several weeks ago.

[…]

King said the meeting was not a photo op and focused on urban affairs, “things that many of us around the table were concerned about” including the sanctity of life, urban development, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, prison reform, jobs and HBCUs.

King said she doesn’t think Trump is racist and or that his words and actions have emboldened white supremacists.

Another faith leader at the meeting was Pastor Bill Owens from the Coalition of African-American Pastors. The 80-year-old Owens was interviewed Monday night by CNN‘s Don Lemon in a segment that turned out to be a textbook example of agenda-driven journalism.

Here’s on overall recap of it went down:

“What did the president say about his attacks against the leaders of color and did any of the faith leaders raise concerns about that?” Lemon asked Owens on “CNN Tonight” after the pastor shared he has met with the president four times in five months.

“I don’t remember him saying anything about colored leaders, leaders that are colored. There was some things discussed, that were said, but I don’t remember him referring to leaders of color,” Owens, an African American, replied.

“Today the meeting was how can we help the black community. That is my concern. That was the purpose of the meeting. That is the reason I came to Washington. That is my focus, helping our inner-city young people especially. Our children. Our young people,” he added.

“So I know it’s hard for you, you think it’s hard to believe that Trump is racist. But he’s repeatedly used racially charged language. He consistently attacks black and brown elected leaders. So, why is that hard to believe, pastor?” Lemon asked.

“I find President Trump leader of all colors. He attacks who he will. He’s his own man. I can’t dictate what he should or shouldn’t do. But he does not just attack black people. He attacks anybody. And you know it,” Owens retorted.

“So as a man of faith, as a Christian he attacks anyone. It sounds like you’re condoning attacks? Is that Christianly or Godly?” Lemon asked.

“I’m just stating a statement of fact. I’m not condoning anything … President Trump does not pick the people he attacks because of color. He attacks anybody he feels needed,” Owens replied.

You can tell just from reading about the interview that Lemon changed the parameters of the discussion once Owens correctly pointed out that Trump’s criticisms are not about race. Lemon switched gears and then made it about whether or not Owens, as a Christian, condoned Trump attacking anyone.

Lemon, who has compared Trump to Hitler in the past, repeatedly pressed Owens to buy into the argument that Trump’s attacks are race-based, but Owens made it clear he wasn’t going to play that game.

And once Lemon figured out Owens was not taking the bait, the CNN anchor – who is gay – then despicably shifted his ire to Owens himself, accusing him in so many words at around the 2:35 mark of being a homophobe because he’s a conservative who is opposed to gay marriage. Lemon also cut Owens off several times during the segment, citing time constraints.

Watch the full interview below:

Had Owens agreed with Lemon’s assessment of Trump’s motivations, not only would he not have been repeatedly cut off during the course of the interview, but his “controversial” views opposing gay marriage would never have been mentioned. But because Owens doesn’t and won’t toe the liberal line on “racism” accusations against the President, he got the Lemon Treatment.

The liberally biased interview was yet another nail in the coffin of CNN‘s journalistic credibility, but they’re beyond caring at this point because Orange Man Bad and stuff.

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Mario Lopez Claims Small Children Shouldn’t Choose Their Gender. What’s Worse – That or His Christian Faith?

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Access Hollywood host and Saved By the Bell hunk Mario Lopez is getting grilled on the web for a recent comment he made on children and gender identity.

While guesting on The Candace Owens Show last month, television’s A.C. Slater injected his opinion on the “weird trend” of celebrities “transitioning” their small children.

Former nanny Candace posited:

“I’ve had children say they were mermaids, I’ve had children say they could fly. … I’m trying to understand this new Hollywood mentality where they just think their children now have the mental authority and clarity…”

In joined Mario:

“I’m kind of blown away, too. Look — I’m never one to tell anyone how to parent their kids, obviously. … And I would say if you come from a place of love, you really can’t go wrong. But at the same time, my God, if you’re three years old, and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way or you think you’re a boy or girl or whatever the case may be, I just think it’s dangerous as a parent to make that determination then, ‘Okay, then you’re going to be a boy or girl’ or whatever the case may be. It’s sort of alarming and, my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on.”


Some on social media found him outrageous:

While on Candace’s program, the actor conveyed what, to me, is a great perspective for an entertainer:

“I’m in the people business, right? ‘Cause I’m in show business. So I’m in the people business, and I don’t wanna alienate anyone. I want everyone…to wanna watch me.”

Nevertheless, he’s open about his religion:

“If you follow me (on social media), though, I’m not afraid to talk about my faith. … I don’t know why it’s become so polarizing.”

In order to make a substantial point, Mario brought up a historical figure he admires:

“One of my favorite things about [Martin Luther King] is that he came from a place of faith. If he came around today, I think he’d be a polarizing figure. Or I don’t even know if he’d be able to achieve the things or the heights that he had because he was faith-based. Which is unfortunate. … I think a lot of problems that we have stem from not having that, unfortunately, that nuclear family and having that…foundation of a strong family or having that infrastructure that’s maybe faith-based.”

It is, I believe, a great question: How would MLK be characterized today?

Martin had flaws; but he appeared very sincere in his faith.

So does Mario.

As reported by The Daily Wire:

Mario Lopez has described himself as a Catholic and even renewed his Baptismal promise in the Jordan River while visiting Israel in 2018.

And he believes small children shouldn’t choose their gender identity. In Hollywood, are either of those still okay?

Enjoy the full interview below.

-ALEX

 

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