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Ted Cruz Confirms that He Is, In Fact, Beto O’Rourke’s Father

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New York Times author Nate Cohn really liked Robert “Beto” O’Rourke. In fact, Cohn liked O’Rourke so much that he often compared him to one of cinema’s greatest and well known protagonists of all time, Luke Skywalker of the Star Wars series.

According to Cohn, O’Rourke was Luke, and the evil Darth Vader was Ted Cruz and both were fighting over the galactic senate…in Texas.

“For about a year now, I’ve been comparing Beto to Luke Skywalker,” tweeted Cohn. “He’s the famous hero, for Democrats, of an epic of good versus evil, against one of the greatest villians of all time. Darth Vader, Ted Cruz; Star Wars in a Galaxy far away; Texas Senate in the Trump midterm.”

Michael Li, Texas transplant and NYU redistricting expert, came to a realization. If O’Rourke is Luke, then that makes Cruz O’Rourke’s dad.

“Wait, Ted Cruz is Beto’s father??!” responded Li.

Cruz saw the tweet and wanted to clear the air.

The answer is “yes.”

Love him or hate him, Cruz is one of the funniest guys in congress and the internet showed its appreciation for it.

Cruz is a good natured dude, and this is definitely a good natured burn on O’Rourke, who Cruz defeated in the midterm elections despite all the Democrat’s horses and all the Democrat’s gender fluid persons of political affiliation coming together to try to push Cruz out of his Senate seat. It was a tough fight, but in the end, Cruz ended up being O’Rourke’s daddy.

 

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The RedState Film Review: CRAWL

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Screenshot and poster image from Paramount Studios

Hurricanes, alligators, and the human condition converge on a Florida locale.

In the midst of the summer blockbuster season, which is choked with massive tentpole blockbusters, some studios hope for a counter-programming opportunity and try to tempt audiences with some differing options. Paramount has attempted to earn some extra cash by releasing the thriller “Crawl” this weekend between a couple of major releases.

A hybrid of a disaster film and a creature horror feature, the plot revolves around a hurricane setting its sights on the west coast of Florida, and as if a category-5 tempest was not perilous enough some residents who become trapped in the storm zone find their home beset by a swarm of vicious alligators. Tension arrives with dual threats.

Directed by horror vet Alexander Aja and produced by Sam Raimi this is a low budget affair (shot for under $20 million) that has plenty of logical and geographical shortcomings, but it still manages to be a compelling ride that delivers its share of thrills and fun. This is not a film to study ardently, but one to allow to perform for you.

The story surrounds around Haley, a college student who is on the University of Florida swim team — home of the Florida Gators! With the storm approaching she drives out to look for her father (Barry Pepper, the closest to a star in this), who has not responded to repeated calls. She ventures to their childhood home to discover him wounded and trapped deep in the crawlspace (ahem) of the basement (double ahem.) He is wounded by a leg bite he received from a large alligator, one of a number occupying their space.

As the storm rolls in the basement begins flooding and the numerous attempts at getting help, and getting out, comprise the content. The budget restrictions are evident — a slim cast, a mostly solitary interior location — but Aja does a respectable job in delivering a sufficient amount of tension and maintaining interest. He makes the limits of the setting a claustrophobic element, a challenge for the besieged characters.

As a Florida resident, I needed to suspend much of my local knowledge. One major issue is that the state rests at sea level and thus any significant digging gets you into the water table. This means basements are non-existent on the peninsula. This became a curiosity, as the first act takes place primarily in the “basement” of the home. But it is the type of ride that you need to bypass these type of elements.

“Crawl” offers up enough of a diversion from the formulaic studio offerings. If you are primed for a thriller as an alternative you can be entertained. This kind of movie does not require heavy cerebral lifting, so you can turn off the mental analysis and delve into the popcorn. If you manage that there is some fun to be had in this genre release.

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Antifa ‘Martyr’s’ Manifesto Is Nonsensical Garbage That Echoes AOC’s Own Policy Ideas

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., makes an objection to a Republican argument as the House Oversight and Reform Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Citing turn-of-the-century anarcho-communist writer Emma Goldman (herself a student of a philosophy that promoted change through violence and implicated in violent crimes with her lover Alexander Berkman), the Antifa member who tried to firebomb an ICE facility in Washington State left a manifesto behind. And it’s absurd gobbledygook. But Goldman wasn’t his only muse.

The details of his crime are as follows:

At approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday morning, just a few hours after a peaceful protest had concluded, Tacoma Police Department responded to a call of an attack at Tacoma Northwest Detention Center. The detention center houses more than 1,500 detainees who are awaiting deportment, according to the Los Angeles Times. Tacoma Police arrived to find a man throwing incendiary devices at the facility. He was also armed with a rifle. Van Spronsen had managed to ignite a vehicle and was attempting to also detonate a large propane tank. Police believe he was wanted to additionally set buildings on fire. The police responded to the man’s attacks with gunfire, killing him.

And his inspiration, if we are to believe his last ramblings, are the whiny socialists of years past but also well known players still with us today.

n a three-page document posted on Seattle TV station KIRO’s website, Willem Van Spronsen cited popular left-wing historian Howard Zinn, said that “i am antifa,” criticized the Electoral College and accused the U.S. of running “concentration camps” on the border.

Willem Van Spronsen, 69, declares early on in his manifesto that “evil says concentration camps for folks deemed lesser are necessary. the handmaid of evil says the concentration camps should be more humane,” using a term usually reserved for Nazi Germany’s death camps, but introduced in the border-security debate last month by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

He also mocked people criticizing Ms. Ocasio-Cortez for intellectual sloppiness, referring to “these days of highly profitable detention/concentration camps and a battle over the semantics.”

Amidst the garbage rantings of an insane person’s last words, there was once sentence that was particularly disturbing (emphasis mine):

This is my clear opportunity to try to make a difference, I’d be an ingrate to be waiting for a more obvious invitation.

Ocasio-Cortez has refused to condemn the attacker’s behavior, and hard-left progressives are praising his bravery. It’s little wonder he felt “invited” to try to destroy a facility and potentially murder people in the process.

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If We’re Going by Her Rules, then AOC and Her “Squad” Condone the Firebombing Attacks

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listens during questioning at a House Oversight and Reform committee hearing on facial recognition technology in government, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

It’s an easy thing to say “I don’t condone resorting to violence” but apparently it’s too difficult to say for people like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This means that she condones violence…at least according to her own rules.

On Monday, the democratic socialist sweetheart of the Democratic party decided that she would lay down ground rules for Republicans about their stances should they not condemn President Donald Trump for his “racist” tweet that said that the congresswomen who rag on America constantly should go back to their countries of origin and fix the problems there.

According to AOC, if they don’t condemn then they condone. It’s a typical tactic of the left to claim that silence is violence, and true to form, AOC invoked the tried and true method of nailing intent to inaction.

“Until Republican officials denounce yesterday’s explicitly racist statements (which should be easy!), we sadly have no choice but to assume they condone it,” tweeted AOC. “It is extremely disturbing that the *entire* GOP caucus is silent. Is this their agenda?”

It’s not a particularly good route to take in political debate, though it’s not without it’s too-high success rate. What Ocasio-Cortez is doing is, without your permission, putting you into a camp of people opposed to the goodness of not being racist.

As I wrote on Monday, Trump’s tweet had it’s issues but one thing it wasn’t was racist. You can easily glean what Trump was trying to say in the tweet, which was that the girls could go back to the countries their families came from and experience what it truly is to deal with the problems they claim America has then come back here and tell everyone what to do. It had nothing to do with race, but attitude.

Regardless, the running narrative is that the tweets were about race and that the congresswomen should be kicked out of the country, and if the GOP won’t denounce Trump’s tweets then they also agree with the racism of Trump and are racist too.

Fine. Then let’s play that game.

As Streiff covered Monday, Ocasio-Cortez was asked point blank if she condemned the recent firebomb attack on an ICE facility. She wouldn’t give an answer. As the reporter said, it’s easy to do so, but still, AOC would not say a word.

By Ocasio-Cortez’s own rules, her silence speaks to her position. She condones the firebombing attacks according to her silence.

If she does condemn the attacks, then she’s more than welcome to just say so. She should condemn the attacks, denounce Antifa, and make it clear that any violence towards others is wrong. It’s not hard.

The same could be said of Rep. Ilhan Omar who refused to condemn Al-Qaeda on multiple occasions. I guess she condones the terrorist group that carried out 9/11?

Yet, she’s not doing that. She’s remaining silent and therefore she condones terrorism.

That’s not me saying that. That’s AOC.

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Here’s The Real Reason For The British Ambassador’s Resignation

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In recently leaked diplomatic memos sent to the British Foreign Commonwealth Office, British Ambassador to the U.S. Sir Kim Darroch delivered some nasty blows to President Trump and his administration. Sir Kim wrote, “As seen from here, we don’t really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.” In fact, it’s a real possibility that “his career could end in disgrace.”

Predictably, President Trump responded to Darroch’s criticism by tweet, writing that the U.S. will no longer work with him.

It is the job of an ambassador to observe and evaluate what’s going on in their host country and to report back to their home country. After news of the leaks broke, the British FCO said as much in a statement.

The British public would expect our Ambassadors to provide Ministers with an honest, unvarnished assessment of the politics in their country.

Their views are not necessarily the views of Ministers or indeed the government. But we pay them to be candid. Just as the US Ambassador here will send back his reading of Westminster politics and personalities.

Nevertheless, several days later, an announcement that Sir Kim would resign was made.

This week, it was reported that Sir Kim had vouched for British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele, telling a U.S. official that he was “legit.”

On Monday, the Washington Examiner’s Tom Rogan reported the most serious charge against Sir Kim of all, a truly fireable offense. Two of Rogan’s sources, one a current U.S. official and the other a former official, told him that the British ambassador had “repeatedly leaked classified U.S. intelligence information, including highly classified information, to a journalist for a U.S.-based media outlet.”

Rogan’s source told him the U.S. government had launched an official investigation after becoming aware of the leaks which he described as “very sensitive.” He wrote:

That source says that non-U.S. government derived records showed the ambassador and journalist exchanging messages on a continuing basis. The source emphasized that these communications were not derived from U.S. government actions.

Rogan was unaware of when the investigation began or if it had ended. According to one of the sources, Sir Kim:

Repeatedly transmitted highly classified U.S. originator-control intelligence information to the journalist. ORCON intelligence, as it’s called in the intelligence world, is closely held and carefully distributed. At least some of this information was classified at the “Five Eyes” alliance classification level, meaning it was distributed by the U.S. only to Australia, Britain, Canada, and New Zealand. Some intelligence may also have been classified at the U.S.-U.K. only level. Such intelligence is transmitted only on the condition of established protocols and the assumption it will be closely held.

Any investigative attention towards a British ambassador will raise eyebrows. Five Eyes protocols prohibit intelligence monitoring of allies. While this rule is occasionally bent, its malleability is tempered by the need to sustain shared trust.

Conversely, were the ambassador of America’s closest ally found to have leaked highly classified U.S. intelligence, it would undercut the trusting relationship of the two closest allies.

Rogan said this is not unprecedented. “Sensitive leaks in media have occurred repeatedly in both directions across the Atlantic.”

Following the May 2017 suicide bombing of a concert in Manchester, England, U.S. media leaks of British intelligence led Britain to temporarily suspend the sharing of certain intelligence material with the U.S. government. At the time, Trump described those leaks as “deeply troubling” and said that Prime Minister Theresa May was “very angry.” In 2006, British intelligence officials were similarly enraged by U.S. action against al Qaeda operations officer, Rashid Rauf, at the culmination of an investigation into a plot against transatlantic passenger aircraft departing Britain.

Sir Kim’s criticism of the President in his cables to the British FCO were merely embarrassing. Leaking classified intelligence to a media outlet is not only unethical and an abuse of power, it poses a danger to national security. It is a serious offense.

Understandably, once the UK government appoints a replacement, Sir Kim will step down.

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Protestors Try to Block ICE Facility In Atlanta, Police Respond

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Protestors gathered outside an Atlanta, GA based ICE facility yesterday to protest things that aren’t actually happening.

Even in the case of overcrowding, that’s happening on the border, not at a regional ICE holding facility a thousand miles from there. In the case of this facility, the majority of those who are picked up and enter it are multiple violators and criminals. That doesn’t seem to matter though. It’s all about painting ICE as Nazis and there’s no one out there outside of the right-wing even pushing back on this craziness.

Some protestors decided it’d be a good idea to try to block ICE vehicles from leaving the facility. That didn’t go well.

Then we got this Emmy award winning flop job from a woman who refused to move.

She’s either the most unbalanced person in the history of humanity or that was incredibly fake. The green hair is how you know she’s a serious person though.

These are people that are so privileged, so starved by their delusions of grandeur that they have to go role play as freedom fighters. ICE are not Nazis and these are not concentration camps. Last I checked, Jews weren’t illegally entering Germany and claiming asylum, given a hearing, and allowed to return from where they came. These protestors are not battling real evil. They are battling their delusions. When ICE arrests someone, it’s because they have have an already adjudicated deportation order. That’s called doing their job. It should not be controversial to carry out lawful deportations of illegal immigrants, the vast majority of which have criminal records, didn’t show up for hearings, and/or who lied about their asylum claims.

If you make a sloppy tweet challenging Congressional members on their anti-American rhetoric, it elicits wall to wall wails of racism. Those same Congressional members accusing ICE of being the Waffen SS though? No big deal. The media just shrug and defend.

But that’s where we are. None of this makes sense and no one is demanding it make sense. It’s all about emotion. That has mayors around the country actually telling illegal immigrants, most of which have multiple criminal violations on their record, how to avoid capture by ICE. We are quickly approach pure anarchy when it comes to immigration enforcement and something needs to be done to pull back the reigns. If the DOJ charging some people federally for impeding law enforcement or helping harbor illegal aliens can deter this, then those are options that need to be on the table.

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It’s Like AOC’s “Squad” Wants Trump To Win

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Like many, I was not thrilled to see President Donald Trump’s tweets on the four members of “The Squad,” the freshmen Congresswomen seemingly led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Whether you believe the tweets were racist or not, they represented Trump’s worst impulse: The need to be involved in the big political news.

Granted, it was a story that the media was not covering, but the moment he tweeted, it gave them cover. They could write about his “appalling” tweets, let the politicians hem and haw over the “racist” comments. It was as though Trump saw a circular firing squad and decided to run right into the middle of it.

However, something extraordinary happened on Monday. As he got into that circular firing squad, he tripped and the Democrats all fired on each other thinking they were hitting the President.

The President’s tweets did something extraordinary. They made Nancy Pelosi come to The Squad’s defense. She had to give them her support, giving up even more of her authority over them and granting them more power. They took to the podium and demanded Trump be impeached (for tweeting?). Impeachment, of course, is something Pelosi has been trying to avoid since she became the Speaker.

Their press conference was the culmination of everything they have been doing since they arrived in Congress. They were the victims of the Big Bad Republican President. They continued to play to the very extreme. They wanted everyone to know their feelings were hurt. More than anything, it appeared to be a show of weakness as they stomped their feet like children because someone said something mean about them.

The American public is aware of Trump’s character. He is a known quantity. However, these four Congresswomen are becoming the most known Democrats in the country, and if you think Trump’s approval numbers are bad, you should see theirs.

The findings:

  • Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view.
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view.

Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%.

  • Capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.
  • “Socialism is toxic to these voters,” said the top Democrat.

That’s not good. They are scaring the swing voters. Trump is a known quantity to them. They know who he is. They don’t approve of his character or his statements. However, his inability to control himself on Twitter is nothing compared to the fear instilled in those voters when they see a growing trend toward socialism in Trump’s opposition.

So, you can say Trump made a mistake when he tweeted. I do, in fact, and I honestly wish he’d stop tweeting every time someone he has an opinion about is in the news.

However, the Democrats clearly want you to hold their beer as they attempt to outdo him. It’s incredible, and it’s the reason they are going to struggle in 2020.

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Joe Biden, Dazed and Confused, Promises If You Like Your Insurance, You Can Keep Your Insurance

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You may recall back in 2009 when former President Obama proclaimed that “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.” Because the media felt the need to fluff the former President at all times, that obvious fib went nearly unchecked outside of right-wing sources for nearly five years. Politifact even dutifully gave it a “half true” rating twice. But by 2013, as Obamacare finally kicked in fully, they finally saw the light and rated it their “lie of the year.”

Obama even went so far as to admit he lied, in very diplomatic terms of course.

In announcing the fix, Obama again conceded he had exaggerated. “There is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate,” he said. “It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that commitment and that promise.  We put a grandfather clause into the law, but it was insufficient.”

Given that Joe Biden was Obama’s VP at the time and helped spread the falsehood, he obviously learned his lesson and wouldn’t repeat the same lie again, right?

Nah, he just repeated the same lie again.

Are we back in 2009?

Did no one think to tell him this was a bad idea? Perhaps they did though but Joe Biden has developed a reputation in his young campaign of not listening to aids (sounds familiar) and choosing to just wing it. But come on, it’s nearly a word for word reproduction of Obama’s lie of the year. This should have been flashing red light for Biden to avoid. Instead, he stumbles right into it.

Some apologists may say things will be different this time, but nah, no chance. His proposed plan, which includes a public option and further restrictions on insurance, will undoubtedly produce even worse results than Obamacare for those with private and employer plans. As the market shifts and more people take the free healthcare option, insurance providers will be forced to drop people, raise prices, and ultimately may end up out of business. There’s no scenario where everyone just gets to “keep their healthcare” if they like it.

This smacks of him promising to cure cancer. It’s nonsensical, political garbage. There’s nothing worse than when someone running for office makes promises they know they can’t keep and Biden isn’t quick stupid enough to not realize what he was saying. Or maybe he is? Perhaps he’s just going senile and it didn’t dawn on him how big of a gaffe this is?

I don’t know, but what I do know is that Biden is really bad at campaigning. I’m not going to bury him just yet, but with Warren and Harris hot on his heels, the inevitability of Biden has vanished. He’s got a dogfight ahead and I don’t think “sleepy” Joe is up for it.

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BBC Caves To Iran, Won’t Report On Iran On BBC Persian

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In pushing a media blackout of coverage within its borders, the Republic of Iran set conditions on BBC, essentially telling them they can’t report on anything happening Iran’s borders on BBC Persian.

The BBC agreed to the terms, angering workers at the station.

Yashar Ali of Huffington Post reported on the agreement, noting that it is a “capitulation to a government that has been hostile to press freedom.

The email, sent Saturday to all BBC Persian staff by a BBC Persian digital editor, said that BBC foreign correspondent Martin Patience and his team were in Iran “and due to leave on Sunday.”

The email goes on to say, “It is absolutely imperative that none of their material is run on BBC Persian TV, Radio or Online now or in the future. That includes any official BBC Persian social feed retweeting or forwarding the coverage. Please do not use the material and stories produced in Iran on any platform or in any format.”

It’s unclear who at the BBC agreed to the exclusivity terms.

The BBC responded to the Post:

All international media are subject to reporting restrictions in Iran. We accepted some limitations on this occasion in order to provide our audiences with rare insights from inside the country and this is signposted in our coverage. As ever, the BBC maintains full editorial control over what we broadcast. These reports – our first from inside Iran in 5 years – do not change our unwavering commitment to our BBC Persian staff and their families, who have suffered completely unacceptable harassment from the Iranian authorities since 2009.

According to Ali’s reporting, the revelation of the agreement with Iran has angered BBC Persian staff, who have been targeted by Iran in the past. The capitulation comes two years after Iran targeted current (at the time) and former BBC Persia staff by freezing their assets.

In 2017, the Iranian government froze the assets of 152 current and former BBC Persian staff.  Iran also opened up a criminal investigation into the 152 individuals and accused them of a “conspiracy against national security.” BBC Persian staffers have been subjected to death threats by the Iranian government, haven’t been able to return to Iran for fear that they will be arrested, and their family members living within Iran have been subjected to harassment and threats from the Iranian government.

In 2017, the BBC filed a complaint with the United Nations, stating, “This is not just a campaign against BBC Persian staff but against fundamental human rights, and the BBC calls on the government of Iran to end this legal action immediately,” Tony Hall, the director-general of the BBC said, at the time.

The BBC appears to have changed its tune and is now being fully compliant with the Iranian government’s efforts to censor coverage within its borders. Staffers at BBC Persian feel the agreement is just further persecution of them and their jobs.

Journalism, when done right, is supposed to shine a light on the good and the bad of the world. It isn’t meant to hide what’s going on. The BBC is allowing Iran to hide what’s going on with this decision, and it’s making a mistake in doing so. It’s a shame that they have decided to capitulate here.

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Anti-Trump Doctor Gets Pounced on Twitter After Advocating for Men Who ‘Can Get Pregnant & Also Have Abortions’

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Have you heard of anti-Trump surgeon Eugene Gu?

More importantly, have you heard the news about men?

I’ll let Eugene deliver it:

“It’s a scientific and medical fact that men can get pregnant and also have abortions.”

That’s what he posted to Twitter on July 12th.

It brings to mind, of course, Julian Castro’s comment in the Democratic debate (here):

“And, you know, what that means is that just because a woman — or, let’s also not forget, someone in the trans community, a trans female — is poor doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have the right to exercise that right [to an abortion].”

“Trans female” = dude.

The good doctor was also referencing a notion of opposite-sex identity, though he got the plumbing correct:

“Trans men and non-binary individuals are human beings who deserve to be acknowledged by society. They choose their own identity — not me, not you, not any doctor, and certainly not any politician.”

If I may, I’d like to pause here and point out something that has nothing to do with transgenderism, but rather, a larger idea:

Nobody has the “right” to be acknowledged by society as any given thing. People have the right to think whatever they want, about whatever and whomever they want. Furthermore, they have the right to say whatever they want, about whatever and whomever they want.

It is, to me, both against liberty and in support of one of our greatest contemporary maladies — narcissism — to suggest that people have a “right” to be considered in any given way. You should live your life as you deem fit; if you’re waiting for the world to salute you for it, you’re living according to others. That’s good for no one.

Back to Dr. Eugene, Twitter had a lot to say:

Dr. Rosen Rosen is a musician who composed for the movie Son of Eyeball Man.

Here’s Dr. Hackenbush:



Inez Stepman, of The Federalist, added one:

And there was this:

One user called up Rachel Dolezal:

More:

And this:

And that’s where we are.

This isn’t Dr. Gu’s first time to make headlines. As reported by The Daily Wire:

Gu’s claim to fame is kneeling to apparently protest America’s pervasive racism, a nod to anthem-kneeling former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The persistent Trump-basher even sued the president after Trump blocked him on Twitter; Trump was eventually forced to unblock Gu’s account.

-ALEX

 

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