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#WarOnWomen: Minneapolis Star Tribune in Hot Water After Publishing Sexist Cartoon of Ivanka Trump

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On Tuesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published a cartoon by cartoonist Steve Sack that has people accusing the paper of sexism and hypocrisy.

The cartoon featured a big-lipped Ivanka Trump and what Sack apparently feels is her limited knowledge base: a lot about shopping, her husband and her father, and only a very tiny bit about international diplomacy:

Twitter users were quick to point out the double standards of both the paper, which is liberally biased, and Sack:

Can we expect the normally perpetually outraged feminist left to rush to Trump’s defense and accuse the news outlet and its cartoonist of setting women back decades? Of course not:

Is there any question that this cartoon was inspired by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s catty swipe at Ivanka Trump last week after her appearance at the G-20 summit? Nope:

That AOC thinks she’s got some unique and special standing to criticize someone else’s qualifications for public service is laughable in and of itself.

Curiously enough, the Strib is perfectly willing to run interference over and over again for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) over her alleged tax and immigration fraud scandals, yet allows garbage sexist takes like Sack’s to be published in their paper without hesitation.

BTW, this isn’t the first time Sack has taken sexist cheap shots at Ivanka Trump:

Ironically, Sack did a cartoon a year or so ago about the issue of sexist portrayals of women by public figures:

As usual, Sack’s just one on a long list of “enlightened” leftists who don’t practice what they preach. Go figure.

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Reagan Battalion’s Twitter Account Locked After Slamming Adidas for Their Anti-Semitic Tweet

Things went south real quick for Adidas when racist trolls hijacked a promotion they were doing for their UK account. The idea was to create your own arsenal jersey with a name on the back. Some people entered things such as “@DieAllN******” and “@GasAllJewss.” This was then tweeted out by the Adidas UK Twitter account.

Needless to say, it wasn’t taken well.

It’s unclear if the Adidas account was just using an algorithm to tweet these things out, or if some tired social media operator let it slip through the crack. It’s unclear as to why this happened, but they were called out on it very quickly. One account was the conservative group, Reagan Battalion.

“WHAT THE HELL?” tweeted the group at the Adidas UK account.

For some reason, Twitter decided that this violated their ToS, and proceeded to lock down the Reagan Battalion’s account. The group tweeted out what had happened afterward, noting that Twitter locked their account.

Interestingly enough, while Twitter was busy making sure accounts like the Reagan Battalion were being silenced, the accounts that began the entire ordeal that had the racist monikers were still alive and well.

I want to say that Twitter entered an algorithm that would locate images like this and prevent its spread from happening across its site, I really do. The problem is that the very accounts that started this seemed to go untouched. So, even if it was an algorithm that did it, it was an algorithm specifically designed to react to certain accounts and not others.

Or, at least, that’s what we’re seeing.

I can pardon Adidas for what happened. There are a lot of people who spend a lot of time trying to figure out ways to shock people and fool companies into doing something stupid. It’s one of 4Chan’s favorite hobbies. Twitter, however, has really made a name for itself with targeting conservatives and right-leaning individuals with various punishments for things that aren’t even worthy of punishment.

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4th of July Thoughts

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Source: Main.edu

Happy 4th of July! I offer these thoughts for your consideration.

On a cool Massachusetts morning, April 19, 1775, a group of farmers, tradesmen, and other “Minutemen” led by Captain John Parker, gathered on Lexington Commons to…express umbrage at the British Crown’s attempt to illegally confiscate Colonial Weapons. “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war let it begin here,” declared Parker.

No one knows who fired the first shot, but at the end of the battle, eight Americans lay dead and as many wounded. This came to be known as the “shot heard ‘round the World” and the de facto beginning of the American Revolution.

A little over a year later on July 4th, 1776, the British Crown, along with the rest of the World, heard the American Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. 5 years after that and at the cost of almost 7,000 Americans killed and a little over 6,000 wounded, the British surrendered at Yorktown.

The Fourth of July, our Independence Day, is a great celebration involving parades, sports, picnics and all the other activities involved in a Federal holiday. As we partake in those, I’d humbly ask that we each take a moment to pray for the souls of those Americans who have died since that fateful day on Lexington Commons, those who have been irreparably wounded in body and spirit defending the great, big thing we call, These United States of America. Most of all, please pray for those young folks, many of whom may not legally purchase a beer, who voluntarily sally forth each and every day to man the ramparts, so that the rest of us may enjoy this day of celebration.

May God Bless these United States of America.

Regards to All,

Mike

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Protestors to Make Contribution to Trump Campaign By Burning the American Flag on the National Mall

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President Trump has an uncanny way of driving his opponents absolutely insane.

The lead up to this Fourth of July has been no different. The Washington Post has run at least a dozen “Trump is a tyrant for having tanks on the mall” pieces in the past 24 hours. Some networks won’t air the celebration at all. You’ve got Democrats asserting this is like Tienanmen Square and the beginning of a fascist takeover. One MSNBC contributor even decided to let us know the Betsy Ross flag is the equivalent to a swastika because of course he did.

There’s no such thing as levity anymore.

Now that the day is finally here, we are apparently going to get even more crazy unleashed on the National Mall. From a “baby Trump” balloon to organized burnings of the American flag.

The liberal activist organization Code Pink is planning to fly a “Baby Trump blimp,” referencing the 20-foot blimp that flew in London during Trump’s visits there in 2018 and 2019. According to the event description, it is still fundraising to “make sure Trump gets a great view.”

The group lists the protest as taking place in front of the Lincoln Memorial. But it’s unclear how close they will get given security restrictions in place before and during the celebration.

I’ll go ahead and spoil it. They aren’t getting anywhere near the Lincoln Memorial with that thing.

The man at the center of the 1984 U.S. Supreme Court case that protected the burning of the U.S. flag as constitutionally protected free speech is planning to protest the president as well.

Gregory Lee Johnson, who recently settled for $225,000 with the city of Cleveland for burning an American flag outside of the Republican National Convention in 2016, said he’ll be doing it again Thursday.

“I am going to D.C. on the Fourth of July and I’m going to burn the flag in protest (of his) whole fascist agenda,” Johnson told USA TODAY.

“Think about all Trump has done to whip people into a frenzy,” he said.

I mean, he’s right about one thing. Trump has certainly whipped these people into a frenzy.

Here’s what I predict for today. It’ll be a cool parade, the fireworks will be great as always, and most people will enjoy themselves. The country won’t end, there will be no military coup, and Rachel Maddow will be back on the air tomorrow. The planet will continue to spin properly on it’s axis.

Trump’s opponents just can’t help themselves though. All they are doing by lashing out like this is helping his re-election. Most people around the country, even Trump skeptical moderates, look at flag burning and baby Trump balloons as idiocy. It’s the kind of rabid, abnormality that drives people away from the Democrat party, not toward it.

But hey, I’m good with it. Keep isolating voters all the way to 2020 and Donald Trump thanks you for your contribution to his campaign.

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In Order to Stay Relevant to Younger Viewers, the New Season of MTV’s Dating Show Goes Sexually Fluid

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Are you the one?

That is, to be on MTV’s reality dating show.

That is, to hook up with your dream lover.

That is, for y’all to both be sexually fluid.

From Variety last week:

MTV’s dating reality show Are You The One? is addressing changing attitudes regarding sexuality and gender identity by featuring sexually fluid contestants on the show’s eighth season, which [bowed] on June 27th.

MTV (and/or Variety) believes heterosexuality is so passé. Ain’t you talked to the kids lately? “O” is for Options:

The shift from the show’s past focus on heterosexual relationships is part of the larger effort at MTV to be relevant to younger viewers by reflecting contemporary mores and concerns in youth culture.

According to Executive Producer Rob LaPlante, the former Music Television is also hoping to cash in on the stakes of high drama:

“In previous seasons [the cast] hadn’t been through as much of a struggle. A lot of the people this season come to us having battled the world in terms of accepting them and accepting the way they look at sexuality and coming out. Struggle in anyone’s life makes them a more interesting person. It’s a growth mechanism. Life has not been handed to them on a silver platter.”

It isn’t just a case of adding a pool of gay contestants to interact with one another; now everybody’ll have a seat at a sexual buffet:

On previous seasons of Are You The One? producers would pair 10 male and 10 female singles in heterosexual couples via a matchmaking algorithm. The name of the game: find out who your “perfect match” is. Now, all contestants will be lumped together and have the ability to pair with anyone in the group. The new format has changed the matching algorithm due to higher variables (which the producers run by a statistics professor), but the essence of the show has remained the same.

The show’s transitioning from mere entertainment to entertainment with a message:

“It’s still a fun, drama-filled salacious ridiculous reality show but it’s now got a social message underneath it.”

Are You the One? — for which the main demographic is 21-26 — is gonna have some haters; but Rob isn’t worried:

“The world is going to shout louder than the voices that don’t need to be heard.”

It’s hard to believe how much television has changed over the past 20 years. I suppose the same can be said of politics.

It seems to me that society didn’t evolve so rapidly during the previous two decades:

In 1977, Billy Crystal played Jodie Dallas — a gay character — on the television program Soap. At the time, it was incredibly bold. And it lingered among television lore for years, as homosexuality remained far from the silver and small screen. But in the last few years, the slope of change has turned into an elevator.

Politics (here), culture, entertainment…even — as we’ve seen — religion (here and here)…they’re all malleable. And now, if you wanna really go far on Are You the One?, you will be too.

For a preview of the show — which I was hesitant to embed here — visit this link.

-ALEX

 

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NYT Charles Blow: ‘There Are Tanks in the Nation’s Capital and Concentration Camps at Its Border’

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Yes, the New York Times Charles Blow really said it. He tweeted, “Let this sink in: There are tanks in the nation’s capital and concentration camps at its border. The drift to [sic] toward the unimaginable is unmistakable.”

I am without words. Almost.

Looks like President Trump has really hit a nerve with his “Salute to America” celebration. What is it exactly about patriotic displays that causes the left to completely lose all sense?

The sight of a flag to a liberal has become the equivalent of showing a cross to a Satanist or kryptonite to Superman.

Now that the Trump/Russia collusion theory has been debunked, it appears as if Democrats have traded that narrative for this new one in which Trump is the modern-day Hitler.

And the most ironic thing about it is that liberals are running headlong toward a socialist ideology which actually does have the potential to rob them of their freedom.

It’s dangerous when “opinion leaders” such as Charles Blow and AOC make remarks like this. Before long, these phrases, outrageous as they are, will be picked up by other political commentators and politicians and will soon become part of normal conversation, just as terms like “manufactured crisis” have.

The left has become increasingly anti-American and they no longer even try to hide it.

Many responded to Blow’s tweet with disapproval. (Via Twitchy)

“This is a lunatic take. This manages to insult Holocaust survivors and the US military all in one internet post.”

“You should leave while you still can Charles.”

“Are you… are you seriously? JFC. Get help.”

“I guess you missed JFK’s inauguration.”

“Let this sink in.”

“The tanks are stationary & unarmed for a July 4th parade.”

“Our “concentration camps” detain ILLEGAL migrants,& ALLOW THEM TO LEAVE OR APPLY FOR ASYLUM without the murder, slavery,one normally associates with them.@nytimes employs liars/demagogues.”

“My God…you are an idiot!”

“Maybe in your own head.”

“Someday there will be a new Republican president, who you will also breathlessly try to convince us all is Literally Hitler. Pace yourself.”

“2020 is going to hurt you all so so bad.”

“Your constant “EVERYTHING IS LITERALLY HITLER” is going to get him re-elected because people are tired of being constantly told they’re evil incarnate just for not being Democrats.”

“Did you complain this hysterically when Eisenhower, Nixon, Clinton, Reagan, and Bush did it? It’s not the end of the world. Climb back in off the ledge.”

“The left has lost all connection to reality, as they sit in the freest, wealthiest nation in the history of the world.”

And this:

Happy Fourth of July to all! Enjoy the parade!

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Eyes Are Rolling After Julian Castro Absurdly Compares Betsy Ross Flag to the Confederate Flag

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Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Secretary of HUD Julian Castro speaks during a campaign event at the Unity Freedom Presidential Forum Friday, May 31, 2019, in Pasadena, CA. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

If you thought California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) suggesting that Nike’s decision to not sell Betsy Ross-themed shoes was patriotic was bad, wait until you check out this next story.

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro was asked about the controversy during an interview with CBS News Wednesday, and he used the opportunity to equate the Besty Ross flag to… the Confederate flag:

“Yeah. Well, you know, I was glad to see that and my hope is that that they didn’t just do it to do it, that they understand the significance there. And look there are a lot of things in our history that are still very painful,” Castro told CBS News on Wednesday.

“The Confederate flag that still flies in some places and is used as a symbol, and I believe that we need to move toward an inclusive America that understands that pain, that doesn’t wipe it away from history in the sense that still belongs in a museum or we need to read about it and understand the significance because that’s how you learn and make sure that we don’t make the same mistakes in the future, but does not glorify it, does not celebrated it,” he continued.

Watch video of Castro’s remarks below:

Twitter users erupted after hearing of Castro’s comparison:

Castro’s claim is ridiculous. Until news of Nike’s decision broke, pretty much no one outside of the concern troll left and the ten white supremacists who have “co-opted” the Betsy Ross flag were aware that it had been appropriated covertly for racist purposes.

Red State‘s Bonchie made an excellent point in this regard last night in his post on another historically ignorant leftist who made an obscenely off-base comparison:

Until five minutes ago, absolutely no one was even aware that they should be offended by the Betsy Ross flag. Like all things in politics these days though, it quickly became dogma on the left that the original American flag is a violent symbol of racist oppression. Some of us tried to warn others that it was going to come to this but we were called crazy. I can remember during the original days of the Kaepernick kneeling ordeal when we were assured his protests had nothing to do with the flag itself. Life comes at you fast.

This is the thing about the left that I’m sure most readers understand but which I will nevertheless reiterate: You give them an inch, they will take a mile – and then some.

Though there was an intense debate about Confederate monuments and whether or not they should be removed, the powers that be in various cities and states decided it was in the best interests of their communities to remove them. One of the main arguments used in opposition to these moves is that the left wouldn’t just stop at Confederate monuments.

It was believed that once they got their way on those monuments, the next move would be to erase all public references to our founding fathers and other important historical figures. That is now happening.

Now the movement is extending to historical flags that have nothing whatsoever to do with racism. The left also did this with the Gadsden flag when the Tea Party used it as a symbol. All of a sudden it was a code for racism. In reality, it wasn’t, but when the left has decided they don’t like something you can rest assured they will do whatever they can to either demagogue it out of existence or shame people into being quiet about it.

What’s next on the chopping block? Our current American flag?

Bingo.

People are absolutely fed up with this kind of nonsense, and if Democrats can’t find anyone on their side to stand up to it then they are practically begging for another 4 years of President Trump.

Your call, lefists.

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Beto Betas on Betsy Ross Flag Decision by Nike

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Failed Senate candidate and future failed 2020 presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke has weighed in on the Nike controversy surrounding its decisions to pull its shoe adorned with a Betsy Ross flag and, of course, has decided to side with Nike because the social justice sect of the Democrat religion has labeled it a sin.

According to tweets posted by Ben Jacobs, O’Rourke considers it “important to take into account the impression that kind of symbol would have for our fellow Americans,” and that he respects Nike’s decisions and is “grateful for the conversation” that it’s provoking.

He also added that the Betsy Ross flag has been “appropriated” by white nationalist groups.

In other words, the SJWs said “jump,” and O’Rourke asked “which cliff?”

The appointed cliff was to erase our history because the loudest of the outrage mob have declared the flag in cahoots with racism and slavery. A lot of things could be tied with slavery, yet I don’t see many in the mob tearing off cotton based clothing. This is more useless anger directed at something that doesn’t deserve the ire, and an obedient politician doing what’s necessary to stay in the good graces of a group of people who are rejecting him anyway.

O’Rourke is doing so badly in the Democratic race right now that the chances of him winning the primary are about as good as this Irish blooded politician actually being considered Hispanic as his nickname implies.

If anything, O’Rourke just demonstrated that he, like Nike, is a coward. He’s obedient to a fault.

In the meantime, some companies are tossing out attitudes like O’Rourke’s and asking others to show pride in the flag. One company called “Out of Line” has created a Betsy Ross flag themed shoe in an effort to look at the flag in a more positive light, and recognize an accomplishment of a woman in a time with when accomplishing things was far more difficult.

This woman’s clothing company is showing far more bravery than a major corporation or a nationally known politician.

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Justin Amash Resigns From the GOP But How Will We Be Able to Tell the Difference

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GOP Representative Justin Amash took to The Bulwark, oops, I mean the Washington Post  this morning to explain just how partisan politics offended his sensibilities and principles and how, by golly, after running for office as a Republican for years he just couldn’t take the shame of it anymore: Justin Amash: Our politics is in a partisan death spiral. That’s why I’m leaving the GOP.

I don’t totally disagree with Amash when he says:

In this hyperpartisan environment, congressional leaders use every tool to compel party members to stick with the team, dangling chairmanships, committee assignments, bill sponsorships, endorsements and campaign resources. As donors recognize the growing power of party leaders, they supply these officials with ever-increasing funds, which, in turn, further tightens their grip on power.

The founders envisioned Congress as a deliberative body in which outcomes are discovered. We are fast approaching the point, however, where Congress exists as little more than a formality to legitimize outcomes dictated by the president, the speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader.

With little genuine debate on policy happening in Congress, party leaders distract and divide the public by exploiting wedge issues and waging pointless messaging wars. These strategies fuel mistrust and anger, leading millions of people to take to social media to express contempt for their political opponents, with the media magnifying the most extreme voices. This all combines to reinforce the us-vs.-them, party-first mind-set of government officials.

My question for Amash is when did he first discover he was working in bordello?

Partisan politics, despite General Washington’s desires, have been part and parcel of the national fabric since, well, President Washington was a member of the Federalist party. Wedge issues have also been there, though I think Amash confuses “wedge issues” with “things that matter a lot to most Americans” Abortion is a wedge issue. But, quite honestly, abortion is one of the most important national issues out there for me.

The real issue is, in my view, that Amash has fallen in love with his own press releases. Because he gets praise from the left whenever he does something bizarre and untoward, like supporting impeachment, he thinks he is reaching across the aisle and finding common ground. Apparently he’s never noticed that no one on the other side does the same and the only common ground he ever stands on is owned by the Democrats.

What makes this whole screed so disingenuous is that Amash looks like he’s going to lose his primary. A poll last month showed him trailing my dog, Toph, by 16 points. His declaration of independence is an acknowledgement that he knows his only way forward in politics is to try to convince the GOP to back him over a GOP candidate in order to keep his seat.

I hope this new gig works out well for him and for his constituents. But we all know it will be just a matter of time until he’s caucusing with the Democrats.

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Clothing Company Shows Up Nike’s Cowardice and Creates Betsy Ross Flag Themed Kicks

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A great business model is to watch as a company submits to the will of SJWs over something ridiculous, then craft the very product said SJWs were getting angry over.

After Nike dropped a Betsy Ross flag themed shoe due to kneeler in chief Colin Kaepernick calling it racist, another company stepped up to gladly offer the public their own Betsy Ross flag adorned kicks.

As the Daily Caller reported, a clothing company called “Out of Line” has released its own shoe that proudly displays the Betsy Ross flag across the entirety of the shoe, not just a small space on the back. The shoe is called “Boss Like Ross,” I have to say, they look pretty awesome.

According to the Daily Caller, the company’s founder, Carla Reed, the idea is to promote looking at things in a more positive light, and not erasing an accomplishment by a woman in a time where it was difficult for women to accomplish things:

“She [Betsy] did it and thats my point to Nike,” Out of Line founder Carly Reed told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Their [motto] is just do it, but Betsy did it. She did it all on her own. In a time where it wasn’t easy, as well.”

The “Boss Like Ross” shoes aren’t “intended to be a political statement,” according to Reed. Rather, she wants the sneakers to help change people’s perspective and see things in a more positive light.

“These shoes aren’t about knocking Nike or Kaepernick,” Reed told the DCNF. “It was a great idea by Nike, and I respect anyone who stands up for what they believe in. I believe in women. Women that are getting ‘Out of Line’ and paving their own path, just like Betsy Ross.”

“…They were made to change people’s perspective,” Reed continued. “A perspective that is built around hate and is now erasing a key figure in American history. You can be patriotic and support equality. That is the foundation of America.”

Reed believes that Kaepernick has the wrong idea about the flag.

“Colin Kapernick’s name is everywhere,” Reed told the DCNF. “As much as I respect him and everything, this isn’t really about him. You can take something and see it however you want, and I’m choosing to see this flag in a positive way.”

She’s absolutely correct. The flag does not denote racism, and getting rid of something just because it existed at the same time racism did does not make it evil. Convincing the outrage mob that they should probably find a better way to expend energy is useless, but as Reed shows us, whenever they leave it someone else can pull up quick to retrieve it.

 

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