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YouTube Community Standards Allows Russia to Monetize Disinformation Accounts But Punishes Conservative Americans

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This week, propelled by the sniveling of a pathetic little anti-Semite* who trades upon his sexual perversion and ethnicity for promotional purposes but who is wildly offended when they become a source of mockery, YouTube went on a rampage of mindlessly demonetizing accounts which could possibly offend any SJW or vicious smear artist with a thin skin. The ostensible reason is that the designated villain in this melodrama, Steve Crowder, offended YouTube’s Holy of Holies, it’s alleged community standards.

No serious person believes this for a second.

Steve Crowder was demonetized to appease a nasty mouthbreather employed by Vox, not that that narrows the waterfront in the Vox newsroom very much, and they quickly cobbled together a purge on other YouTube channels to give a patina of plausibility to their action. This is not conjecture. This can be objectively proven and has been: Russian disinformation on YouTube draws ads, lacks warning labels: researchers.

Fourteen Russia-backed YouTube channels spreading disinformation have been generating billions of views and millions of dollars in advertising revenue, according to researchers, and had not been labeled as state-sponsored, contrary to the world’s most popular streaming service’s policy.

Collectively, the 26 channels drew 9 billion views from January 2017 through December 2018, Omelas found. Another 24 Russian channels with no apparent ties to disinformation attracted an additional 4 billion views, Omelas said.

Omelas estimated those 13 billion total views could have generated up to $58 million from ads, including some from Western advertisers. It estimated that Russia could have received $7 million to $32 million under YouTube’s standard revenue-sharing program, while YouTube itself would have pocketed from $6 million to $26 million.

Here we have a case of YouTube violating its own policies, working against the interests of the US government and our allies, funding more Russian disinformation, and pocketing a share of the windfall.

It is difficult, bordering on impossible, to think this happened without YouTube’s tacit consent. Given the way that Google, owned by the same parent company as YouTube, kowtows to Chinese demands for censorship, and the way Twitter banned accounts of Chinese dissidents inside and outside of China to support that government’s memory-holing of the Tiananmen Square massacre, it is not hard to imagine that a pass was given to these accounts for some sort of privileged position when operating inside of Russia.

The people at Bulwark and a couple of National Review writers can yammer on about “muh private company” but they are either stupid (in the case of The Bulwark, this is quite likely) or deliberately disingenuous. YouTube is engaged in an open and notorious policy of viewpoint discrimination in which Russian propaganda outlets are protected and American conservatives punished. If there was ever a reason for Congress (okay, I laughed out loud writing that) or the Justice Department to act to break up these tech monopolies, this is it.

* This is what you can get away with on Twitter if you are a progressive blue-check-mark type.

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Video: Pro-Life Teen Gets Heckled and Jeered During Speech at Raleigh, NC City Council Meeting

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Pro-life and anti-abortion advocates demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court early Monday, June 25, 2018.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A city council meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina became extremely contentious Tuesday night when 13 year-old Addison Woosley stepped up to the microphone to speak out against abortion and ask the city to outlaw it.

The Raleigh News and Observer reports on what the young girl said to the council, and what happened next:

“On ultrasounds the baby tries to run away from the disturbing instruments that try to kill the baby,” she said. “The baby’s mouth opens wide in a scream when being killed. These babies are alive. They feel being killed. It hurts them and there is nothing they can do about it. There is no way around it. Abortion is murder.”

She then compared abortion to slavery and said she hoped people would look back on abortion with the same disgust as people look back on slavery. She asked people to pick a side.

“Are you choosing to be like the plantation owner flogging the little black child?,” she said. “Or are you going to protest even if it is going to cost you your life like Martin Luther King Jr?”

That’s when the shouting grew stronger.

“Y’all are so disrespectful,” a woman in the audience shouted at the anti-abortion speakers. “Let black people speak for black people when we are in the room. We can speak for ourselves.”

The article also noted that some of the hecklers demanded Mayor Pro Tem Corey Branch cut Woolsey’s speech short. In response, he noted that everyone has the right to speak.

Watch video of what happened below:

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A couple of things: I wasn’t uncomfortable with the speech itself, but I was uncomfortable with the fact that it was a 13-year-old girl giving it. She definitely has the right to say these things, of course, but was she coached by an adult into giving her remarks? I have a hard time believing she researched some of that information all on her own.

In my mind, abortion is an adult’s debate, not a child’s. There are a lot of layers to the debate that children don’t understand and when they speak on it, it doesn’t even sound like their own words.

For years, I’ve watched the abortion debate play out here in North Carolina, and usually it’s the left who use children to help them spread their pro-abortion messages. During protests and marches on the state capital, it is not uncommon to see so-called “feminists” bring kids to these marches – some barely old enough to walk, giving them obscene signs about a “woman’s right to choose” and instructing them on how to hold them.

In one particularly disturbing case in 2013, the Burlington Times-News wrote a puff-piece about 12-year-old Madison Kimrey who was … a pro-abortion activist. Her mother, also a pro-abortion activist, would drive her to protest marches (bolded emphasis add):

But the girl from Burlington wants the right to do both those things one day, and on Tuesday she went to the state Executive Mansion to protest legislation Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law that limits abortion access and eliminates the program allowing students to preregister to vote prior to turning 18.

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She convinced her mother, Mary — who’d participated in Planned Parenthood’s vigil on Monday — to head back to the Executive Mansion.

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Kimrey said she has attended three Moral Mondays on behalf of voting rights, equality and access to abortion.

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That’s how she became passionate about voting rights and the ability to preregister before turning 18. Kimrey has written about that topic on her blog — which gets about 200 views a day — as well as her strong feelings about homosexual equality, animal rights and access to abortion.

Though Kimrey recognizes the bill McCrory signed into law doesn’t physically limit access to abortion clinics, she said, “The way he’s made it now, it’s going to be so expensive … it’s going to be near impossible for people to (afford).”

Kimrey would later demand a meeting with then Gov. Pat McCrory (R). When the Governor correctly pointed out that Kimrey was being used as kiddie human shield by adults in the abortion/voting rights debate, liberals here in North Carolina were outraged.

Liberal TV shows on MSNBC and websites like MoveOn, Salon, Daily Kos, and HuffPo wrote glowing profiles of Kimrey, saying she would “restore” our faith in the future of politics. She was treated like a hero for future generations. I found all of it extremely disturbing.

I think we should let children be children, and let the adults take the lead in political debates.

That being said, that Woolsey was heckled as she was just shows the complete disregard Raleigh liberals have for the rights of others to speak out. It didn’t matter that she was a “baby”, as some in the crowd yelled out as she spoke. It was the fact that she was speaking against abortion and making an apt comparison between the “right” to abortion and what used to be the “right” to own slaves. This is a big no no in Raleigh, which is a liberal hotbed of intolerance for conservative viewpoints.

Just a day after that council meeting, North Carolina Democrats cheered over the failure of the N.C. House to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D) veto of a Born Alive bill.

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Ilhan Omar Joins the Black-Jewish Caucus, Immediately Does What You’d Expect

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Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) speaks on the floor of the U.S. House – 3/7/19. Screen grab via his YouTube page.

House Representative and noted anti-Semite Ilhan Omar has decided to join the “Black-Jewish Caucus,” which is a newly formed, bi-partisan group of lawmakers. Jewish Republican Lee Zeldin, among four others, is a founding member. The purpose is stated as building bridges between two historically oppressed groups.

The irony of Omar joining is that the group was formed in part as a response to her antisemitic assertion that American support of Israel was bought by Jewish money.

The new caucus followed multiple shootings at American synagogues as well as concern over remarks made by both Sarsour and Omar. The American Jewish Congress specifically called for a bipartisan group of Jewish lawmakers to form after Omar suggested that Israel had bought support from the U.S.

While a union between Jewish and black lawmakers sounds mundane on the surface, things get much more complicated when you start including an anti-Semite who wears a religion on her sleeve that has oppressed and murdered Jews for millennia. Even past that, her personal stances on Israel, support of Palestinian terrorism, and support for BDS, also make it pretty difficult to “build bridges” in this case. If Omar were apologetic about any of that, things might be different but she’s not in the least.

Sure enough, instead of bringing a humble attitude to the group, Omar immediately endorsed and propagated an attack from rabid anti-Semite Linda Sarsour.

This is typical antisemitic garbage. Zeldin is not an anti-Arab “bigot” for supporting Israel’s right to exist. Accusing Jews of being in league with Nazis is also typical of Palestinian, antisemitic propaganda and is related to efforts to downplay the Holocaust. See here for a recent example. Sarsour has a long history of supporting terrorist actions, making false claims about Jews, and propagating antisemitism.

For her part, Ilhan Omar wanted everyone to know that even though she’s joining the Black-Jewish Caucus, she still supports Linda Sarsour and all the same antisemitic things she supported before. In fact, it’s Zeldin that she hopes changes.

I’m sure this is going to end really well.

Zeldin responded in a measured tone.

Good luck with that Congressman. Omar is almost certainly going to use her membership to further divide. She’s already doing that and the ink isn’t even dry on the paperwork. She has no capacity to be “better than this,” partly because she is reinforced by Democrats and the media every time she makes a disgusting attack. This isn’t going to stop and will only escalate. Imagine what her response is going to be the first time the caucus does something in support of Israel.

Omar’s personal views and support for anti-Semites like Sarsour aren’t going away because no one is insisting they go away. The Democratic party has completely caved to their left-wing base on these issues.

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To Correct the HBO Series on Chernobyl Moscow Will to Produce a Conspiracy Thriller Blaming the U.S.

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The Kremlin wants to correct the record on the nuclear disaster so it will resort to propaganda.

The HBO dramatic series “Chernobyl” has become a cultural surprise hit. Not only is it hailed as being impressively dramatic but people on both sides of the political spectrum have found reasons to support the show. That is not the case over in Russia, for understandable reasons.

 

While HBO is not directly available in that country viewers can subscribe to stream online, and “Chernobyl” has proven to be popular with the Russian population. Describing the show as a “sensation”, the Moscow Times details at length how the details and depictions displayed have bothered Vladamir Putin and members of the Kremlin deeply.

Various state-backed news outlets across the country have responded to the HBO drama, working to describe “Chernobyl” as anything from being agitprop to an organized effort to destabilize perceptions of Russia being a nuclear power. It is very deep in the article when a curious announcement is given.

Still, an attempt will be made to put an entirely different spin on those events. Russia’s NTV channel has already announced that it is shooting its own “Chernobyl” series based on the premise that the CIA sent an agent to the Chernobyl zone to carry out acts of sabotage.

Well, that sure seems convenient. And misguided. They offer up a glimpse of where the focus of their homegrown drama is going to be centered, and it already sounds like a direct-to-rental disaster I would be excited to watch.

As justification for the story, the film’s director, Alexei Muradov, cited fringe conspiracy theorists: “One theory holds that Americans had infiltrated the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and many historians do not deny that, on the day of the explosion, an agent of the enemy’s intelligence services was present at the station.”

Well, nothing underscores the seriousness and sober treatment of the story regarding a national tragedy better than turning to fringe conspiracy theories for your source material. I am also curious about one other detail with their proposed property. How is the CIA striving to negatively impact the Russian nuclear program by sabotaging a power plant — located in Ukraine?

Clearly, the members of the Kremlin have vodka-tinted noses bent out of joint and are rushing into production an answer to the offense of Westerners telling the story of their national embarrassment. The amusement is that Russian authorities are not resorting to a deeply serious documentary to dispel what it regards as misinformation; it is instead concocting a crackpot explanation delivered in a pulp-fiction style thriller.

It is summarized as “Moscow gives us a thrilling detective film based on a conspiracy theory in which a KGB officer struggles to thwart American spies — the new villains in this national tragedy.” The villains are “new”?! That does not sound like a correction of the record. It sounds like a desperate lurch at deflecting blame…and/or it sounds like a low-budget action title you would stumble across when searching movies in your local RedBox machine.

And I promise you, when it does show up for rental, I am snapping up a copy for myself!

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What Happens When Our Social And Digital Media Outsource Their Jobs To The Rabble

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Inasmuch as I don’t particularly care for Steven Crowder – I’m not his target audience and my preferred brand of comedy is more sociological than political – I spent the bulk of this week ignoring the issue, other than to silently note that once again the mob dictates the rules, not the companies that supposedly wrote them.

However, there is so much happening in media right now that it all seems to be too much to be coincidence.

Let’s start with Crowder. In a spat with a Vox writer who goes by “GayWonk” on Twitter, Crowder got himself in hot water essentially by playing his foe’s game. The man goes by “GayWonk”, lives by his identity, and uses it to make his points. However, when Crowder plays up the man’s preferred identity (I can certainly see how some would take offense to Crowder’s methods), he gets in trouble for it. The mob moves in and gets YouTube to demonetize his videos, cutting off his revenue from YouTube.

YouTube is justifying the action by condemning Crowder as “hateful” speech, and perhaps the argument could be made. The problem is that YouTube is so inconsistent in applying this standard that you could easily find a dozen channels in minutes who are a hundred times more offensive, but they don’t draw the mob against them like Crowder does.

Meanwhile we have Facebook, as I mentioned yesterday, taking action against TheBlaze for what the social media giant said was “clickbait”. However, that term denotes a story whose headlines blows the actual content out of proportion. The idea is that the headline is meant to make you click on something because it sounds so outrageous, but the actual story is nowhere near as dramatic.

Facebook’s standard seems to focus on half of that, saying that the intent of the headline to make you click is what makes it clickbait. This could not be any more dumb, though, as essentially every headline written in this digital era is meant to do exactly that. Again, it is a poorly-enforce policy that, strangely enough, targets a conservative outlet.

Over at a more traditional outlet, CNN announced this week that it has hired Daniel Dale to be a fact checker for its political coverage. While you may not know who Dale is, a brief scan of his timeline since President Donald Trump took office will reveal that he is absolutely silent when it comes to “fact checking” specious Democratic claims while he is more of a well-actuallyer than a fact-checker when it comes to Republicans.

These three stories have a lot to do with each other. They form a pattern that has been growing more and more obvious for a while now: The mob, which typically leans in one particular political direction, has a greater say over policy and enforcement than the actual companies that write the barely-literate and rarely-enforced policies to begin with.

For YouTube and Facebook, theirs is a response to an outraged mob hellbent on proving they are right and everyone who disagrees with them is wrong. The Bulwark, in classic Bulwark style, seems to be fine with this, as a piece devoted to declaring the right and conservative thing to do is to condemn Crowder as a homophobe and bigot.

But, the writer of that piece, much like the mob in general, fails to understand that this isn’t about Crowder, TheBlaze, or any other conservative (and in their eyes, therefore, controversial) icon. Yes it is absolutely true that Facebook and YouTube, like Twitter and other social/digital media sites, are privately owned and therefore aren’t constitutionally obligated to allow all speech. But it is also important to note that allowing mobs to dictate how you run your business is a bad idea, because you do have a certain level of obligation to consistency in the market. Inconsistency breeds distrust and ultimately kills businesses. Allowing the mob to dictate what you should or should not do is not only bad for business, it’s just pure laziness.

CNN’s hire, meanwhile, may seem like it is unrelated to the issue at hand here, but in all actuality, it is yet another indicator that these media sites, rather than enforcing what they already say are the rules, are simply getting lazy.

The very act of journalism is “fact-checking.” Editors exist to fix grammatical mistakes and make sure your facts are factual and your opinion is separate. Fact-checkers, as they now exist, are used to inject opinion into scenarios in order to justify calling something “true” or “false”. Where facts are simply true or false, fact-checkers bring “if A, then B” analyzes into the equation to dilute the original point of the politician or political speaker and make it something that can be argued.

It is the diluting that makes all of this so chaotic in the long run. YouTube and Facebook have rules about “offensive speech” and “clickbait”, but those rules are so diluted by inconsistency and political bias that they only act on them when a mob gets loud enough. CNN has rules about accuracy in reporting and making sure the facts are in line, but those facts are diluted by fact-checkers with political agendas who want to obfuscate the truth just enough to get away with altering what the truth actually is.

The result is the insanity we see in our politics on a daily basis. The people who have caused this chaos – a vocal minority, a mob that is only as effective as it is loud, and it is very loud – will learn no lesson if this is ever turned around on them. After all, who would turn this around on them? These mobs are all leftists and the places that listen to them favor them anyway.

One thing they won’t realize until it’s too late, though, is that they’ll be running off their sources of income.

That is to say, you and I.

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Defying the Hysterics, Mexico Starts Caving to Trump’s Tariff Threats

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Mexican federal police in riot gear receive instructions at the border crossing between Guatemala and Mexico, in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Members of a 3,000-strong migrant caravan have massed in this Guatemalan border town across the muddy Suchiate River from Mexico, as U.S. President Donald Trump threatens retaliation if they continue toward the United States. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

I’ve been critical of Trump’s trade policies at times. My instinct is to oppose tariffs, especially if they are targeted to benefit certain industries at the expense of consumers and other workers. For example, I don’t think Pennsylvania residents are inherently more entitled to steel manufacturing jobs than any other American. Trump’s messaging can often be confusing and that’s been part of the issue. Tariffs as leverage are good. Tariffs as a means to their own end are inevitably harmful.

Despite my prior concerns, at some point I made the decision that I was done reacting rashly toward the President’s trade policy. I found much of the hysteria on the right over every new rumor of a tariff to be tedious and an overreaction. The economy is not going to crash because your Chipotle burrito might cost $0.05 more and even dealing with the bigger items, we were actually talking small fractions of the overall price being affected. One could certainly argue that even small increases are worthy of disapproval and harmful, but the constant preaching of Armageddon is all just a bit much.

I say all that to say that when President Trump announced new tariff threats toward Mexico in order to get them to help with illegal immigration, I took a wait and see approach. It was clear to me that this was a leverage play and that Mexico had far more to lose than we did. I opined at the time that I doubted they’d ever even go into effect.

I may end up being right because Mexico is currently in the process of caving to Trump’s demands.

This follows reports that Mexico is already beefing up its southern border.

Mexican soldiers, armed police and migration officials blocked hundreds of migrants after they crossed the border from Guatemala in a caravan into southern Mexico on Wednesday, and detained dozens of them, a witness from a migrant aid group and an official said.

The Mexican response in the border town of Metapa, which included dozens of soldiers, marked a toughening of the government’s efforts to curb the flow of mainly Central American migrants, said Salva Cruz, a coordinator with Fray Matias de Cordova.

“That many sailors and military police, yes, it’s new,” Cruz said, by WhatsApp, from Metapa, in the southern border state of Chiapas, where the vast majority of migrants cross into Mexico.

Things are moving quickly and there’s still a lot up in the air but what’s clear is that Mexico got the message.

They have no desire to take the hit when they so heavily rely on exports to the U.S. for their economic stability. In the past, the Mexicans have rebuffed signing a “safe 3rd country” agreement with us. We have such an agreement with Canada already. What it essentially does is say that migrants (they aren’t technically illegal aliens yet) must make their asylum claims in the first country they arrive in that isn’t their own. Guatemalans must do so in Mexico while Hondurans would do so in Guatemala, etc.

This helps stem the flow of “asylum shopping,” where migrants pass up perfectly safe offers of asylum in order to get to the U.S. for economic reasons. Asylum is not an ticket to try to find the best situation possible. It’s there to mitigate life threatening situations.

Now, Mexico and Guatemala are working with us to setup proper asylum procedures, where they aren’t making a dangerous 2,000 mile trip when asylum is being offered to them where they are in Mexico.

The news has some conservatives changing their tune on the whole ordeal.

Good for Shapiro. One of the reasons I enjoy his material is that he does his best to be an honest broker. He’s willing to admit he was wrong here when a lot of other “conservative” voices wouldn’t.

If I’m Donald Trump, I take this deal or something close to it. There’s only so much Mexico can do and these latest terms seem like a max effort to me. It’s unrealistic to think they can actually stop all migrant flows to the the U.S. but if they are willing to help us enforce logical asylum policies and send thousands of troops to their southern border, that’s a big win for the President.

Even if a deal is struck in the next few days, one thing is certain. Democrats will oppose it because the goal for them has never been to stop illegal immigration or secure the border. They want these people making the inhuman journey at the behest of the cartels because they see these people as political leverage. No doubt some liberal judge will attempt to get involved here as well.

Regardless, it appears that Trump’s leverage play has worked and perhaps that’ll earn him a little more benefit of the doubt next time. Ah, who am I kidding?

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WATCH: Antifa Member Tries to Imprison Republican Students In a Room and Regrets It

A member of Antifa attempted to lock Republican students in a room while they were listening to a speaker but failed so spectacularly that he wound up in handcuffs himself.

According to KTTH the UW College Republicans were meeting in Thompson Hall to watch a guest speaker from YouTube channel Operation Cold Front. Emerald City Antifa apparently got wind of the event and decided it would try to take action with a call from its Facebook page.

Just a reminder to people at the UW that the Operation Cold Front crew (who you might remember from such antics as “It’s ok to be White” signs, transphobic harassment of students, posing as Black Lives Matter to ask for reparations, harassing people outside an abortion clinic, and more) will be having a speaking engagement at the UW June 3rd at 6pm in Thomson Hall rm 101. There’s space for 100 or so people, but for those who show up, some useful tactics might to sit in using large items that take up additional seats, maybe with headphones in so you don’t have to hear their garbage, or noise demo tactics such as whistles to make it difficult for them to speak over.

They have recently put out some very ugly, transphobic material and were harrassing queer students at Evergreen, and we hope that we can take some time out this Pride Month to have our queer siblings backs, and not allow these assholes to have a platform.

These people are Proud Boy chuds, and Proud Boy chud supporters, they have been caught on video yelling “yt power!” while harassing womxn, and have a history of harassing womxn (including one of the co-hosts who is an accused rapist). These people belong to the Him Too movement, an anti-MeToo, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, “traditionalist” Men’s Rights trash fire. They should not be on campus bothering students.

So, if you’re able, show up to deplatform.

Apparently, the call went unanswered for the most part. The event went by pretty quietly with the speaker being uninterrupted. Near the end, however, one of the Republican students saw a man in black approach the door.

“I saw a guy in black approach the door but there had been no protest outside or anything so antifa wasn’t necessarily on my radar,” UWCR member Zach Wildfang told The Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. “He crouched down and immediately slapped his chain around the door.”

The chain made a racket as the Antifa member tried to wrap it around the handle and lock the Republicans inside.

“We heard the rattling from inside,” said UWCR president Chevy Swanson. “We looked to see through the window and see that someone was messing with the door. And it’s very clearly a chain being attached. So personally I ran up to the door and opened it on him, the chain fell to the ground, and he ran off, which is good because I much prefer not to be chained in a room with 30 other people indefinitely.”

As this happened a video camera was rolling. The moment the door is opened and the chain dropped, the college Republicans took off after the Antifa member who had fled the moment his plan failed.

The footage begins around the 50-minute mark.

“One of the other attendees of the event caught up to him and called the police and the police end up coming and arresting him,” said Swanson.

According to KTTH, the Antifa member was identified as 18-year-old Ezra Benner, who had reportedly shown up to previous Republican events but had never been disruptive.

 

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NC Jewelry Store Manager out of a Job After Refusing to Serve a Uniformed Sheriff’s Deputy Because He Was Armed

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A store manager for a Kay Jewelers in Statesville, North Carolina is looking for work after a sheriff’s deputy says he was refused service because he was armed.

In a Facebook post published Wednesday, the Iredell County Sheriff’s office wrote that a uniformed deputy went to the store on his lunch break to pick up an engagement ring. That’s when things turned weird:

A uniformed deputy, while on his lunch break, was notified the engagement ring he had purchased for his upcoming wedding proposal, had been sized and was ready for him to pick up at Kay Jewelers located on Turnersburg Highway in Statesville.

The deputy took his meal break to pick up the ring, and was met at the door by the store manager, who informed him he was not allowed to wear his service weapon while on their premises.

The deputy informed the manager he was in uniform and his marked patrol car was in the parking lot, and it would be a violation of policy for him to remove his service weapon while in uniform.

The sheriff’s office went on to note that that policy was in place for a reason:

This policy is in place for not only the safety of the deputy, but the general public as well. The manager stated our deputy would need to return to the store at a different time when he was not armed. The deputy left the store, without the ring he had purchased.

The Iredell County Sheriffs Office, along with Sheriff Darren Campbell, are deeply saddened at a situation involving a…

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As a result of this incident, Kay Jewelers has issued a statement indicating that the manager is no longer employed by the store:

Sheriff Darren Campbell told WBTV News in the video clip below that he believes the deputy was refused service not just because of his gun, but because he was wearing a law enforcement uniform.

“This was an attack because of a uniform,” Campbell stated. “This was an attack because this officer, a young officer – his chosen profession is law enforcement. And he was refused service because of that.”

Watch:

As I’ve written before on this issue, it still floors me when I think about the fact that the idiots who refuse service or who otherwise give shoddy/disrespectful service to our military veterans and law enforcement officers actually think they can get away with it.

Military veterans and law enforcement officers share time in their respective fields under the harshest conditions imaginable. They train together. They work together. They shed blood, sweat, and tears together. They have each other’s backs. They’re willing to take bullets for each other.

And it’s deeply personal to every one of them when one of their own comes under attack, whether in the battlefield, in the line of duty here stateside, or in the normal, everyday roles they serve in their communities.

Anti-law enforcement/military service workers (which I assume is the case here) should know better than to think that the people who rush to protect and defend their fellow Americans whether at home or abroad are actually going to take being insulted and disrespected lying down.

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Bipartisan Opposition Seems to Doom This Trump Judicial Nominee’s Chances For Confirmation

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Despite a highly successful White House program of selecting extremely well qualified jurists and pushing their nominations through the Senate, there have been flies in the ointment. As best I can tell five of Trump’s nominees have been forced to withdraw.

  • Brett J Talley. The ABA hated him and he didn’t disclose that he was married to the chief of staff of the guy, Don McGahn, who was in charge of Trump’s judicial selection program.
  • Jeff Mateer. Some years ago he said mean things about transgender delusionists.
  • Matthew Spencer Petersen. Had never tried a case and couldn’t define basic legal terms.
  • Thomas Farr. He’d worked for Jesse Helms and defended North Carolina’s voter ID law.
  • Ryan Bounds. While in college he’d expressed doubts that the racial separatism sought by a lot of black and Hispanic students was a good thing.

Now anotherone may be ready to join them.

A couple of weeks ago I posted about a Trump nominee named Michael Bogren who had his butt handed to him by Josh Hawley in his confirmation hearing. Bogren had defended the city of East Lansing, MI, in a religious discrimination lawsuit…that it eventually lost. The crux of the matter was that the city barred a farmer who did not live in the city from being able to participate in the farmer’s market in the city because he would not allow gay weddings on his farm. In the view of Hawley, he was a little too enthusiastic as he compared the Catholic Church to the KKK.

See Josh Hawley Barbecues One Of President Trump’s Judicial Nominees For His Anti-Religious Bias.

At National Review, Ed Whelan, who I usually like to read, took the absurd position that comparing an article of faith in a religion with the beliefs of the KKK was okay so long as you were a lawyer defending a client. And there was a behind the scenes deal of some kind which Hawley’s principled questioning threatened to upset.

When Hawley rebutted the article, Ted Cruz weighed in.

On Monday, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis also said he will not support Bogren.

The Senate Judiciary Committee had 12 GOP and 10 Democrats, so losing three GOP votes should be fatal as nearly all votes in that committee have been party line.

I think Hawley is exactly right.

The DC establishment has treated religion as the punchline in a joke for far too long. They drag it out to fire up the base and then tell us to pay no attention when one of the good ol’ boys treats people of faith with contempt. Bogren had two choices to make. He didn’t have to take the case as his law firm had other partners. When he did take the case he didn’t have to go scorched earth and ridicule the religious beliefs of the plaintiffs as well as their own adherence to those beliefs. A warning needs to be sent to this and future White Houses that those days are gone forever.

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Climate Oops: National Park Begins Subtle Removal of “Gone by 2020” Signs After Glaciers Just Keep Not Being Gone

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The climate change lobby has been assuring us for years – decades, really – that we are all on the brink of certain death because of global warming or cooling or climate change or whatever the term du jour is at the time. In the ’80s actor Ted Danson campaigned against global cooling, saying we had 20 years to shift course or succumb to the new ice age. Al Gore told us the inconvenient truth of our impending death way back in 2006. In California, former Governor Jerry Brown told his residents that the summer fire season was only going to get worse and worse thanks to global warming. And of course who can forget Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ constant, dire warnings that we only have a mere dozen years left on this planet?

Glacier National Park in M0ntana has been warning about the coming apocalypse by posting signs around the park that say “Gone by 2020”, referring to fears that the glaciers were receding more rapidly than normal and would eventually melt completely, leading to other natural disasters.

However, nature has a way of surprising us. In recent years the glaciers have actually begun expanding again, and park officials have been subtly removing the grim signage and language from their brochures, say visitors from Lysander Spooner University who regularly visit the park.

Officials at Glacier National Park (GNP) have begun quietly removing and altering signs and government literature which told visitors that the Park’s glaciers were all expected to disappear by either 2020 or 2030.
In recent years the National Park Service prominently featured brochures, signs and films which boldly proclaimed that all glaciers at GNP were melting away rapidly. But now officials at GNP seem to be scrambling to hide or replace their previous hysterical claims while avoiding any notice to the public that the claims were inaccurate. Teams from Lysander Spooner University visiting the Park each September have noted that GNP’s most famous glaciers such as the Grinnell Glacier and the Jackson Glacier appear to have been growing—not shrinking—since about 2010. (The Jackson Glacier—easily seen from the Going-To-The-Sun Highway—may have grown as much as 25% or more over the past decade.)

Visitor Roger Roots detailed the changes, noting that they hadn’t completely scrapped the signage but rather subtly changed the language from saying the glaciers would disappear by 2020 to saying they would be gone in “future generations”.

Independent blog Wattsupwiththat.com claims that national parks often use deceptive marketing to make it appear as though certain areas of the park are deteriorating due to climate change, but it isn’t always necessarily true.

Almost everywhere, the Park’s specific claims of impending glacier disappearance have been replaced with more nuanced messaging indicating that everyone agrees that the glaciers are melting. Some signs indicate that glacial melt is “accelerating.”
A common trick used by the National Park Service at GNP is to display old black-and-white photos of glaciers from bygone years (say, “1922”) next to photos of the same glaciers taken in more recent years showing the glaciers much diminished (say, “2006”). Anyone familiar with glaciers in the northern Rockies knows that glaciers tend to grow for nine months each winter and melt for three months each summer. Thus, such photo displays without precise calendar dates may be highly deceptive.

Last year the Park Service quietly removed its two large steel trash cans at the Many Glacier Hotel which depicted “before and after” engravings of the Grinnell Glacier in 1910 and 2009. The steel carvings indicated that the Glacier had shrunk significantly between the two dates. But a viral video published on Wattsupwiththat.com showed that the Grinnell Glacier appears to be slightly larger than in 2009.

The ‘gone by 2020’ claims were repeated in the New York Times, National Geographic, and other international news sources. But no mainstream news outlet has done any meaningful reporting regarding the apparent stabilization and recovery of the glaciers in GNP over the past decade. Even local Montana news sources such as The Missoulian, Billings Gazette and Bozeman Daily Chronicle have remained utterly silent regarding this story.

Perhaps the lesson here is that while we should always be good and grateful stewards of our environment, we are really very small compared to nature. We have very little control over our planet and certainly not enough to be rolling back the rights of freedoms of individuals to “fix” a problem that we don’t even really understand.

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