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A House Committee Just Passed A Scheme To Bail Out Failing Union Pensions

Nearly 1.5 million Americans’ pension plans are failing and House Democrats want taxpayers to bail them out.

From grocery workers to miners and truckers, nearly 1.5 million current and future union retirees who are relying on their union pensions for retirement are facing a bleak future.

To make matters worse, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s (PBGC), the government insurance program designed to insure pensions,  has “long-term challenges related to its funding and governance structure”, according to the GAO.

“PBGC’s liabilities exceeded its assets by about $51 billion as of the end of fiscal year 2018,” the GAO reported [in PDF] in January.

However, on Tuesday, with a 26-18 vote, the Democrat-controlled House Education and Labor Committee approved legislation that would provide a lifeline to failing multi-employer plans by creating a federal loan program for them.

The bill (H.R. 397) is called the Butch Lewis Act and, if passed and signed into law, would create (and fund) a new agency within the Treasury Department called the Pension Rehabilitation Administration (PRA).

The bill would set up trust fund within the Treasury Department to make taxpayer-backed loans to multi-employer plans in “critical and declining” status that are approved by Treasury to reduce benefits, or make loans to plans that are already insolvent but not terminated.”

The bill was introduced by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) in January and has 168 co-sponsors, including eight Republicans. according to Pension & Investments.

The problem is, according to a white paper [in PDF] published by the Pension Analytics Group last November, “loans would not prevent plan insolvencies, but merely delay them.”

Or, as Alex Pollack, the former President and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, explained the problem in April:

“Let’s make billions of dollars in loans to borrowers which ‘are insolvent’ or in ‘critical or declining status.’  These loans would be unsecured and no payments of principal would be due for 30 years.  At that point, in case of default, the loans would be forgiven. Would you make such a loan?  Obviously not, and neither would anybody else—except maybe the government.”

If union leaders (whose pensions are fully funded) and Democrats (who are beholden to unions for campaign support) have their way, taxpayers will be underwriting risky loans from the Treasury Department that union pensions have no feasible plan to repay.

Additionally, according to the Heritage Foundation, “taxpayer liabilities could exceed the entire multiemployer pension system’s $638 billion-and-growing shortfall.”

Rather than addressing the issue decades ago—by rolling participants into defined contribution plans—when more union companies were exiting the plans or going out of business, union pension trustees kicked the proverbial can down the road.

Just as many felt it wrong for the federal government to use taxpayer money to bail out bankers in 2008, many also feel it would be wrong for taxpayers’ moneys to be used to bail out union pension plans that are destined to fail.

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Video: Marco Rubio Zings the Hypocrisy of CEOs Threatening Boycotts of Pro-Life States

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As Red State‘s Brandon Morse wrote earlier this week, 180 CEOs – including Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Bloomberg chair Peter Grauer – signed on to a “Don’t Ban Equality” campaign that is designed to put economic pressure on conservative states to stop passing pro-life legislation.

A quick recap, via Fox Business:

Business leaders at nearly 200 companies signed a letter Monday calling abortion bans “bad for business” after several states, including Georgia and Alabama, signed legislation tightening restrictions on the procedure.

The letter, which appeared as a full-page ad in the Monday edition of The New York Times under the titled “Don’t Ban Equality,” Opens a New Window. called on companies to “stand up for reproductive health care.” CEOs from media, fashion, beauty, food and tech companies were among those listed as signatories.

“Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers,” the letter stated. “Simply put, it goes against our values, and is bad for business.”

During an interview with Rule of Law Defense Fund yesterday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called out the blatant hypocrisy of some of the CEOs who engage in these type of boycott campaigns. Here’s what he said (transcribed):

“It’s funny to me. Boycotts are one of the favorite tools of the left, including the corporate left. So yesterday, 170 CEOs signed a letter condemning some abortion laws that have been passed in a number of states. We’ve seen in the past, efforts against North Carolina led by the corporate community.

It’s funny. These companies have no problem — these same voices — have no problem leading boycott efforts as a result of laws passed by the democratically-elected legislatures of American U.S. states. On the other hand, they are the first ones to come up here and argue ‘oh, we can’t cut off economic relations with fill-in-the-blank authoritarian country, China, Saudi Arabia, whoever it might be.’”

Continuing to mimic these CEOs, Rubio continued: ‘I don’t care that they have a camp with a million Uighur Muslims interned and forced labor and quote-unquote re-education. We want to do business there. I don’t care that women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. We want to do business there.’

“So these same companies who have no problem being the voice of moral authority when it comes to imposing boycotts as a result of laws passed by the democratically-elected legislatures of American states, they have no problem being the voice of open and free economic engagement with authoritarian countries that have real, documented, persistent human rights violations.”

Watch video of his remarks below:

Rubio is 100% correct here, and his mentioning of North Carolina hit home to me, as a lifelong resident of the state and someone who was right in the thick pushing back against the activist/corporate left’s relentless econmic boycott campaign over the HB2 “bathroom bill” in 2016.

I pointed out the virtue-signaling hypocrisy of the NBA, who threatened an All-Star Game boycott of the state at the time, as well as the double standards of the activist left:

The NBA is content with punishing North Carolina for a bill protecting women and children while it rakes in billions from expanding operations in countries with brutal human rights records against men, women, and children. The NBA’s sudden concern is not genuine; it’s a product of pressure by the left-wing outrage machine.

Then, the radical activist left in North Carolina, who normally are absolute purists on issues related to “fair and living wages” and “safe spaces for women,” applaud the NBA for threatening the economic livelihoods of their fellow residents.

Go figure.

Some things never change.

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Devin Nunes Shows Us Why There Is No Difference Between the Steele Dossier and Robert Mueller’s Report

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. walks through Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017. Nunes said Friday that Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, volunteered to be interviewed by committee members. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

 

The House Intelligence Committee held a hearing of some sort today billed as “Lessons from Mueller Report: Counterintelligence Implications of Vol 1”. I can’t tell you much about it other than it seems like National Review’s Andy McCarthy, who has been the sole glimmer of sanity on that site in regards to the whole Russia hoax, went in unprepared for what awaited and got his ass handed to him.

Be all that as it may, Ranking Member Devin Nunes did a great job pointing out exactly what the Mueller repoort is.

Here we are, more than two years since Democrats from this committee publicly claimed to have “more than circumstantial” evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to hack the 2016 elections, and more than two years since they read false allegations from the Steele dossier into the Congressional record at an open hearing of this committee.

After that, the American people were subjected to endless hysteria by the media, Democrats, and anonymous intelligence leakers. Seemingly every day the media triumphantly published a supposed bombshell story, often based on classified documents the reporters had not actually seen, which purportedly proved that President Trump or some Trump associate was a treacherous Russian agent. Democrats on this committee regularly joined cable news pundits in denouncing the traitors. Eventually the Democrats became convinced that the Mueller report would finally rid them of the sinister president who had the audacity to defeat Hillary Clinton.

The entire scheme has now imploded and the collusion accusation has been exposed as a hoax. One would think the Democrats would simply apologize and get back to lawmaking and oversight. But it’s clear they couldn’t stop this grotesque spectacle even if they wanted to. After years of false accusations and McCarthyite smears, the collusion hoax now defines the Democratic Party. The hoax is what they have in place of a governing philosophy or a constructive vision for our country.

The Democrats assembled us today to analyze the shoddy political hit piece known as the Mueller report. It’s written in the same spirit, and with the same purpose, as the Steele dossier, which was once championed by Democrats on this committee, but which they rarely mentioned after it was exposed as yet another Democrat-created hoax.

Unfortunately for Democrats, the Mueller dossier, as I call it, either debunked many of their favorite conspiracy theories or did not even find them worth discussing. These include:

  • Mueller’s finding that Michael Cohen did not travel to Prague to conspire with Russians.
  • No evidence that Carter Page conspired with Russians.
  • No mention of Paul Manafort visiting Julian Assange in London.
  • No mention of secret communications between a Trump Tower computer server and Russia’s Alfa Bank.
  • And no mention of former NRA lawyer Cleta Mitchell or her supposed knowledge of a scheme to launder Russian money through the NRA for the Trump campaign. Insinuations against Mitchell originated with Fusion GPS chief Glenn Simpson and were first made public in a document published by Democrats on this committee.

The real purpose of the Mueller dossier, however, was to help Democrats impeach the president in the absence of any evidence of collusion. Thus the report includes:

  • A long litany of ordinary contacts between Trump associates and Russians, as if a certain number of contacts indicate a conspiracy even if no conversations actually created or even discussed a conspiracy.
  • Excerpts from a voicemail from Trump attorney John Dowd that the Mueller team selectively edited to make it seem threatening and nefarious.
  • No comment on the close relationship between Democrat operatives at Fusion GPS and multiple Russians who participated in the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower. In fact, no comment on Fusion GPS at all.
  • No useful information on figures who played key roles in the investigation such as Joseph Mifsud, Alexander Downer, or Christopher Steele.
  • No useful information about the many irregularities that marred the FBI’s Russia investigation.

Furthermore, the Mueller dossier cites dozens of articles from the reporters and publications that were most responsible for perpetuating the Russia hoax. Thus Mueller produced a perfect feedback loop: intelligence leakers spin a false story to the media, the media publishes the story, Mueller cites the story, and the media and the Democrats then fake outrage at Mueller’s findings.

In sum, Mueller relied on a mass of reporting whose central narrative—that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to hack the elections—is false. And the Democrats spread a hoax claiming Trump is a Russian agent, but it was later discovered that the only people who colluded with Russians were the Democrats, who paid for the Steele dossier, which relied on Russian sources.

…shoddy political hit piece known as the Mueller report. It’s written in the same spirit, and with the same purpose, as the Steele dossier…

That’s it in a nutshell.

While Mueller was sort of constrained by actual facts in Volume I, which was, as Nunes points out, an exercise in refuting basically every Russia story that appeared in the media, in Volume II, the report embraces dubious legal theories that are eerily reminiscent of the Enron and Arthur Andersen cases…because Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann almost certainly wrote it.

The fact that no one in the media is talking “collusion” or “Russia” anymore…except Juan Williams

is a dead giveaway that they all know just how fraudulent the allegations were and they want to avoid the stench of that fraud once the Department of Justice IG, Michael Horowitz, and Barr’s special prosecutor looking into the Russia hoax, John Durham, render their reports. Innocent people were trashed in the press by shameless leaks from within the FBI and intelligence community and, it seems, from within Mueller’s office. A president was deprived of a year and a half of his first term. The nation lost two years. Political divisions were created that will never heal. And all for what?

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The AP Goes to Bat for Ilhan Omar As Her Tax Fraud Scandal Widens

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Last week, we were given the news that Ilhan Omar had committed campaign finance violations, something investigative voices on the right had been saying for a while.

It took an announcement by the Minnesota campaign finance officials to finally get a few mainstream outlets to notice. Then things got worse, as it became clear that part of the entire scheme involved her filing joint tax returns with someone she wasn’t married to, all while simultaneously being married to another man.

Redstate Senior Managing Editor streiff covered that story.

When the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board released its report requiring the pro-terrorist, anti-American, anti-Semitic bigot who happens to represent Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional to pay nearly $3,500 in fines and restitution for diverting campaign contributions to her own personal use, they buried the lede. Apparently, she not only scammed her contributors to enrich herself, she also engaged is several years of calculated income tax fraud.

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So for at least two years, Omar committed tax fraud. As streiff points out though, the investigators were only interested in the years she received donations. There’s a very good chance the fraud goes back even further.

If this were a Republican, it’d be huge news. As it stands, I’m not even sure CNN has reported on it and the only mention from a major paper I’ve seen is The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake retweeting a local report covering the scam.

The Associate Press did finally put out a story on the ordeal, but decided to use it’s position to essentially shill for Omar. Instead of an investigative piece on her wrongdoing as you’d see with any other non-liberal politician, they found an “expert” to do a Q&A with who is sure to paint a picture of Omar being in the clear.

Despite the mainstream press’ desire to bury this story, Omar’s hometown paper has a bit of a harsher (but not too harsh) take. While they are extremely pro-Democratic party, the Star Tribune’s editorial board took the Congresswoman to task for her continual drama.

It’s against the law in Minnesota to file jointly unless one filer is legally married to the other. Last year Omar told the Star Tribune that she had married her partner “in her faith,” and had earlier divorced her first husband “in her faith.” That’s fine for religious purposes. But for tax purposes, only civil marriages qualify. It’s not known whether she benefited materially by filing jointly. That is something that voters, who are obliged to follow tax laws no matter how painful, are entitled to know.

Omar’s excuse has been to say she was divorced and remarried in her “faith.” The IRS doesn’t care about that though, or they wouldn’t if Omar weren’t part of the privileged class. She broke the law, period.

Omar’s political rise has been marred by a series of unforced errors, including intemperate remarks and tweets earlier this year that were widely perceived as anti-Semitic. Every month seems to bring a fresh problem.

You can sense that patience is running out. I don’t know if this means Omar will face serious challengers in 2020, but the possibility is strong.

In the end, Omar will likely skate because that’s what all liberal politicians tend to do. There’s no logical reason why she shouldn’t be staring down an indictment right now.

There is some sweet, sweet irony in all this though. After crying about Trump’s tax returns, Omar (and Democrats) are now left scrambling to excuse the fact that she won’t release her tax information to show exactly what was going on. If you go on Twitter, this is a good characterization of the liberal response.

Liberals a week ago: “Donald Trump is a tax cheat and should be in prison despite me having no evidence of that!”

Liberals today: “Nobody cares about tax fraud, rube!”

Republicans should keep pressing on this issue. Omar shouldn’t be anywhere near Congress and seeing her ousted in 2020 would be a good thing. Don’t let the media dictate the terms here. Go hard and don’t worry about getting called a bigot. They are going to do that anyway.

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Attention Democratic Socialists of Portland, OR: Send Your Child To Social Justice Summer Camp This August

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PJ Media’s Jeff Reynolds was sorting through his emails when he came across a digital flier from his child’s school district advertising a new summer camp “opportunity” for grade school children. “Social Justice Summer Camp” will teach your child how to be an effective social activist.

The photograph on the flyer shows a girl with her fist in the air and a boy next to her wearing what sure looks a lot like an Antifa mask, complete with a star. The children almost look like they’ve stepped out of a youth jihadist training camp. Reynolds comments that “teaching incoming 4th through 8th graders how to riot, become members of antifa, and join a communist revolution seems a bit much—even for Portland, Oregon.” I agree.

Here is a description of the organization and activities from the camp’s website:

Budding Roses is a volunteer-run collective of educators, students, and activists who provide free social justice summer camps and year-round workshops for Portland-area youth in 4th-8th grade.

Camp Philosophy

Our goal is to provide a free, safe and encouraging space for youth to learn, express themselves, and engage critically with the issues they encounter individuals and as a group. We strive to help them cultivate the necessary tools to be active members of our communities through experiences of collective decision-making and democratic education. At camp, youth of all ages play a leadership role alongside adult counselors and make collective decisions about the activities and format of the day. Each day opening and closing assemblies provide a space for youth and counselors to democratically plan activities for the day, resolve conflicts, and build interpersonal leadership skills.

Daily Activities
Include a combination of community-building activities, discussions on social justice topics, interactive workshops, movies, arts, games, and free time. Workshops and discussions are often held in collaboration with local activists and community organizations. In the past two summers, we have worked with the Burgerville Workers Union, Critical Resistance PDX, the Transformative Lenses Collective, and DUG (Deep Underground)!

Building Solidarity

In our work we strive to be a resource for both the campers, their families, and the broader community.  With funding from the , an online fundraising campaign, and in-kind donations of space, supplies, and services we were able to offer two hot meals a day, school supplies, and a back-to-school haircut for youth last summer. In addition to this we hope that with the skills, ideas and support found at Budding Roses, each camper is empowered to make a lasting positive change in their community.

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Budding Roses was selected for a 2018 Spirit of Portland Award, as Nonprofit Initiative of the Year. View our acceptance speech and statement here.

 

The camp is free because Budding Roses is funded by the Black Rose Anarchist Federation, a socialist group. It’s a small price for Black Rose to pay because they are creating a pool of young socialists from which they can recruit when the children grow a little older.

The “About Us” section of their website reads as follows:

Black Rose Anarchist Federation / Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra (BRRN) is a political organization with locals in over a dozen cities sharing a common set of politics and creating a shared strategic vision of how to build “popular power” in workplaces, neighborhoods, schools and all sectors of society towards the goal of libertarian socialism. Our organizing work is centered on building mass movements such as tenant unions, neighborhood assemblies, workplace campaigns, student unions, prisoner organizing, and in defense of communities resisting criminalization and deportations.

If you are interested in learning more about our politics we recommend you start with our core organizational documents: our Mission Statement, Role of the Revolutionary Organization and Points of Unity.

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Just think how formidable these children will be by the time they reach high school.

The very idea of a camp whose mission is to teach grade school children the ways of socialism is disturbing to me. As it should be to any freedom loving American.

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Twitter Suspends Project Veritas for Revealing Pinterest Blocked Pro Life Website as Porn

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Yesterday, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas revealed that Pinterest had deactivated the account of the major pro-life group, Live Action, and blocked the ability to save items from their site to Pinterest. Pinterest blocked Live Action by declaring it to be a porn site and in their notification about account deactivation claimed that Live Action provided misleading medical information (this is demonstrably a lie as the medical information on the site is written/reviewed by actual doctors) and for pushing anti-vax messages (Live Action is against the harvesting of fetal tissue of use in vaccine development, a position the US government is in agreement with ). O’Keefe received his info from a Pinterest insider.

This is the full video

These are the key out takes via Twitter:

The last seems to have given Pinterest’s fellow anti-Christian, pro-infanticide, pro-Democrat ally, Twitter, the reason it needed to suspend Project Veritas:

This is a transparently bullsh** excuse for bullying yet another conservative, or at least a non-liberal, who refuses to toe the line to the nasty little SJWs who seem to run Twitter. What Twitter did was say that investigative reporting violates its terms of use and that revealing actual evidence of Big Tech censorship of political viewpoints with which they disagree is a banning offense.

Stuff like this is why I believe that the full force of the federal government needs to be marshaled to extract vengeance from these people. I could care less what the Bulwark boys and their fan club bleats about “muh private corporation” and “principles” and “don’t use them.” We have the necessary tools of power and woe be to us if we don’t use them, while we can and before it is too late, to make the existence of Twitter and Facebook and YouTube and Google and Amazon and PayPal so painful and onerous that they will either voluntarily dissolve into smaller business units, be broken up by legal action, go out of business, or decide to stay the f*** out of national political discussions.

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A Scrambling Democrat National Committee Has Taken Out a Second Line of Credit

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Heading into the 2020 election cycle the Blue Party is willing to go into the red.

Student loan debt. Consumer protections from credit card companies. Clamping down on the mortgage industry. Based on many of their pet projects you might conclude that the Democratic Party is strongly averse to engaging in the perils of securing financial loans. Yet as they are gearing up for their debate schedule the Democratic National Committee is seeking out help — it has its hand out to receive millions in financial assistance.

For the second time in about two months, the DNC is securing a substantial loan in order to prepare for the election cycle and have a ground game properly established. In early April the national party secured a $5 million dollar line of credit, and already it has reported to the federal election commission that it has now doubled that amount, with a secondary loan.

And no, this is not exactly standard accounting. The DNC has been woefully behind the Republicans in fundraising this year. Through the month of April, the DNC has pulled in less than $20 million; the RNC meanwhile more than doubled that intake, with over $45 million. Things look even worse on the bottom line. The DNC is sitting on only $7.6 million in cash, and is sporting a debt total of $6.2 million. Their Republican counterparts are flush, with $34.7 million in hand and holding no debt at all.

That debt facing the DNC is not just outstanding bills. About $5 million concerns revolving credit lines, with most of it involving an outstanding loan, and over $400,000 owed to American Express.

Things are looking like they are further leveraged with upcoming election events. The city of Milwaukee was tabbed to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, but in order for them to be considered city authorities had to first secure their own line of credit. This was not to pay for staging the event, it was more financial insurance policy.

The money essentially serves as a backstop for the bid. That backstop wouldn’t come into play until after the convention, and only then if the host committee falls short of fundraising and runs a deficit.

While considering cities for the convention the DNC was stipulating that the bids had to assure there would be a $20 million line of credit. Again, this is not standard operating procedures. According to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, this meant making some tough overtures. “I’ve made it clear for a long period of time that the city would not be the one to guarantee a line of credit,” said Barret. “Talking to mayors of other cities it is more rare than not that a city would do this.”

It may have been a cagey move on the part of Barrett to assure that the city would not be on the hook for the DNC bills. Following the 2012 convention, held in Charlotte, the DNC racked up millions in debt and it defaulted on paying back the loan that was granted by Duke Energy.

This makes the DNC a lending risk. The entity is operating in the red, and is taking out multiple loans while sitting on revolving debt. Milwaukee was wise to offset the responsibility to a third party lender.

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The Word “Racism” Has Lost All Meaning

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In 2006, Michael Richards was very angry when he was continuously heckled while he was on stage doing a stand-up comedy show. Richards, unsure of what to do, began doing what some comedians do when they feel up against the wall. They immediately go to shock value. Richards began throwing around the “n-word” as a way to try to get cheap shock-laughs while freaking out on some hecklers and was labeled a racist for it. The hecklers were black, making Richards’ screaming of the “n-word” a racist act, and fair enough.

Richards has had the label of “racist” attached to him ever since. Thing is, I’m not exactly sure that Richards could be considered a racist. He committed a racist act, to be sure, but in subsequent interviews spanning years, I can only conclude that the guy isn’t actually harboring animosity toward people of different skin color. He was just a bad stand-up comedian who had a moment of panic-induced rage that made him cross a societal line in an attempt to gain footing.

It happens to comedians all the time in varying levels. It recently happened to Whoopie Goldberg. It doesn’t make what Richards did right, but it does offer us context, and context is exactly what seems to be thrown out in almost every accusation of racism nowadays.

As I wrote earlier on Wednesday, Tim Allen topped trending lists on Twitter because of accusations of racism being thrown at him. Why is he racist? Because he doesn’t know how to play spades, and six years ago he tried to reason that saying the “n-word” in a specific context should be allowed if the context has zero racist connotations.

Years of the “n-word” being used by all sorts of people proved Allen correct. One shining example is Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park making an entire episode centered around the Richards incident where they used the “n-word” openly many times. There was little to no blowback over it. Stone and Parker even made the argument in the South Park episode that Richards wasn’t racist, he was just a bad comedian. Richards himself has made that observation.

Here we see four white men using the “n-word” in various contexts, and yet none of them actually are racist when nuances are considered.

Yet context and nuance are given no quarter in today’s social justice infested society.

People are labeled “racist” left and right for simply opposing a person of color in any way regardless of the subject. I was recently labeled a racist for pointing out that twerking on cop cars and sticking your butt out at a camera at a Pride parade does nothing to help acceptance or tolerance of LGBT peoples.

The people in the video and pictures just happened to be black, but being black wasn’t the issue. It didn’t matter. I opposed something black people happened to be doing.

But you don’t even have to be doing anything to necessarily be labeled as racist. Are you a white Republican? You’re a racist? Are you a doctor or a nurse? Kamala Harris thinks you’re a racist. Did you vote for Trump? Clinton thinks you’re a racist. Are you a Hispanic woman wearing a MAGA hat? A white SJW will be along shortly to label you as racist. According to the activist left, Veggie Tales is racist too. Oh, and Lord of the Rings also causes racism to magically appear in people.

Most recently, Steven Crowder was labeled as a racist for daring to call Vox’s Carlos Maza a Mexican, which he is, and is something Carlos Maza proudly calls himself.

What isn’t racist? Anything that the left does.

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace claimed there wasn’t a “strain of racism” on the left. Yet leftists activists and politicians embrace rabid antisemites like Nation of Islam hate preacher Louis Farrakhan, who think Hitler was a great man and that Jewish people are termites. CNN’s Don Lemon called white men the number one threat to America.  Leftist “comedian” Kristine Wong made a YouTube show that openly teaches kids racism against white people.

Even Virginia governors doing blackface seem only elicit a finite outrage from racially obsessed activists.

The word “racism” is no longer a description, and hasn’t been for some time. Now it’s simply a political tool with no meaning. The word doesn’t need context to be used, and you need not worry about dissecting nuance in order to toss it around. Just find something you don’t like and apply liberally. No pun intended.

This isn’t good for obvious reasons. For one, any actual racism gets lost in the minutia. We also lose sight of what actual racism looks like, and soon actual racism gets pardoned as reactive defensiveness against another race over accusations of racism that never happened. We clown ourselves and call it “being woke.”

This is why the word is losing its edge. People having the accusation of racism nowadays are more likely to laugh it off than actually go through the time-wasting process of proving they aren’t. Why should they? The vast majority of people accused of racism did nothing racist at all and have nothing to answer for.

What’s more, the general public isn’t asking them to answer for it either. The only people stomping their feet and demanding a pound of flesh are the mainstream media, politicians, and activists, and they’re losing the public’s ear thanks to overuse of the accusation.

The word “racism” just doesn’t mean anything now, and the left has only itself to blame.

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BBC To Ask Reporters To Avoid The Word ‘Terror’ Because ‘One Man’s Terrorist Is Another Man’s Freedom Fighter’

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According to The Daily Mail, the BBC plans to ask reporters not to use the word ‘terror’ when describing a terror attack. They can, however, use the word if they are quoting someone else. A senior BBC official told the newspaper that, “It boils down to that phrase, ‘One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.’”

This new rule for reporters will go into effect when the BBC publishes their new editorial guidelines shortly.

This is reminiscent of Obama’s Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s reference to “terrorist attacks” as “man-made disasters.”

Instead, The Daily Mail reports, “they will refer to terror attacks by naming specific details, such as the location and the method of slaughter used. Reporters would describe them as the London Bridge van attack or the Manchester Arena bomb attack instead.”

Not everyone is on board with this bow to political correctness and, understandably, MPs and others have “accused the broadcaster of ‘failing in its public service duty.’”
Former Home Office advisor and chief executive of the Think Tank Civitas David Green said:

If they don’t want to use that [the word terror] then they’re failing in their public service duty which is to be clear and accurate.

I think there is a common usage, which has some recognition in law, which if you use attempted killing or injury to a political objective, then that’s terrorism.

It would be misleading not to say that these are terrorist episodes if they are attempts to advance a political or ideological cause through violence.

The Christchurch one [in New Zealand] was someone a bit wacky but he was trying to make a political point, and all the Islamist episodes are aimed at a political outcome.

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said, “They are terrorists and these are terror attacks. The BBC should not try to sanitise the behaviour of terrorists by not calling it out.”

A BBC source said, “bosses are eager to report terror attacks consistently, regardless of the terrorists’ political ideology. But instead of branding them all as terror attacks and risk accusations of bias, it wants to avoid the word altogether.” He added, “Our question is, ‘Is Darren Osborne [who was behind the Finsbury Park terror attack] a terrorist?’ He is being motivated by far-right thinking, in the same way as the guys in the attack on London Bridge. Consistency will be the key.”

Needless to say, many BBC reporters are unhappy by this latest request. One said, “The end result is a desire to squeeze the word terror out altogether, which many people think is nuts.”
The BBC guidelines currently tell reporters not to use the words “terrorist” or “terrorism.” These words were banned during the time of the IRA bombings.

The guidelines state: “Terrorism is a difficult and emotive subject with significant political overtones. Presenters use the words “militant” or “jihadists” as substitutes.”

The BBC was criticized for referring to the Christchurch, New Zealand “terror attack” in March as the Christchurch shooting.” Facing disapproval over this characterization of the incident, BBC News editorial director Kamal Ahmed said, “There is no agreed definition of what a terrorist is. There was no ban on any expression.”

When jihadists conspire to kill innocent civilians to make a statement, that is an act of terrorism. The perpetrators are terrorists and nobody should be worried about offending them or those who sympathize with them. And to pretend otherwise is a great disservice to their readers and listeners.

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Kamala Harris Says Her DOJ Will Prosecute Trump for Obstruction of Justice

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Can someone remind me of the rules, again? I was under the impression, as shown by the breathless coverage of Donald Trump, that a President should never push his/her DOJ to prosecute someone, especially not a political opponent.

I guess things change quickly depending on who’s saying it.

We saw this last week when the media said absolutely nothing about Nancy Pelosi saying she wants to see Trump in prison. That wouldn’t be much of a story (as I’m not much for feigning outrage over political jabs) if the media and Democrats hadn’t lost their minds so thoroughly at Republican suggestions that Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted.

Lagging 2020 candidate Kamala Harris is now getting in on the act.

“I believe that they would have no choice and that they should, yes,” Harris told the NPR Politics Podcast, pointing to the 10 instances of possible obstruction that former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report detailed without making a determination as to whether or not the episodes amounted to criminal conduct.

“There has to be accountability,” Harris added. “I mean look, people might, you know, question why I became a prosecutor. Well, I’ll tell you one of the reasons — I believe there should be accountability. Everyone should be held accountable, and the president is not above the law.”

Well, except if you are Jessie Smollett or Kim Foxx, then you can break the law without comment from Kamala Harris (who has personal relationships with both).

That above quote is mostly bluster, which is something Harris has become good at. You see, she’s a tough prosecutor and only she can bring the weight of justice down on Trump’s head. In reality, the last thing any new President is going to want is the distraction of trying to bring nonsense charges against the former President. By that point, she’ll have already gotten what she wants out of the far-left and will have no reason to risk her re-election prospects with blatant lawfare.

There’s also the fact that there’s no case against Trump because thinking about doing something he had the constitutional authority to do is in fact not obstruction of justice. Crazy, I know.

This entire sequence from Harris just comes off flat. She’s trying to make her case a little bit too hard and it seems desperate. Her charisma ranks somewhere between Howard Dean and Kirtsen Gillibrand, which is to say that it’s not very high and she’s painfully awkward in live interviews.

The media’s lack of reaction and even their promoting of comments like this is probably the bigger story. We’ve been told for years that suggesting a political rival be locked up is out of bounds and disgraceful. Yet, the moment Democrats start doing it, the media perk up and tell us we should all take it very seriously. It’s comedically inconsistent and their lack of condemnation now that it’s a Democrat doing the talking is blatantly political.

By the way, that’s NPR doing the interview above, so congrats to your tax dollars for making it happen.

In the end, what Harris is saying isn’t going to be relevant because she won’t win. But it’s worth pointing out the ridiculous level of hypocrisy emanating from the media and Democrats over this topic.

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