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Abortion Advocates Attempt to Hijack Mothers Day In Bizarre and Disturbing Ways

If abortionists hate one thing, it’s the celebration of parenthood. Every Mother’s Day is a reminder that people out there are choosing life over supporting the narratives and methods of the holocaust that is the abortion industry.

So, in order to make it seem like their narrative thrives, even on days that deep down are a celebration of new life, abortion advocates craft narratives that latch on and distort the ideas behind the celebration of giving birth and raising children. One such example is pro-abortionists using the hashtag #ParentsHaveAbortion.

Abortion advocacy group “We Testify” attempted to paint aborting your children as a way to make you and your other children’s lives more meaningful and fulfilling.

And another.

Another attempted to link the right to parent with the right to abortion.

And if you’re wondering why they’re using the word “parents” instead of “mothers” after hearing for so long that men should have absolutely no say in the matters of abortion unless it’s to support it, it’s because they want non-binary and trans mothers to feel like they’re being included in the pro-abortion mothers day festivities as well.

While Planned Parenthood didn’t exclusively use the hashtag, they too got into the pro-abortion parent trend. Alexandra DeSantis of National Review pointed out that Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen sent out a fundraising email on Mother’s Day that if it weren’t for the abortion giant, she would have never been a mother.

To make this clear, the number one abortion provider in the nation is hijacking Mother’s Day to raise funds to continue to convince women to deprive themselves of the chance to be a mother.

And lest you think this is only directed at women, I’d like to remind you that the “#ParentsHaveAbortion” hashtag uses the term “parents” instead of mothers. The central theme is that it’s not just women who get abortions, but also trans men.

A group called Black Mamas Matter Alliance posted a depiction of masculine women (or feminine men?) holding children, with one even pregnant with child.

This is a clear bastardization of a celebratory day meant to honor women who have gone through the rewarding and painful process of giving birth to and/or rearing children. Abortionists are making this more about killing children and social issues than allowing mothers to have their moment in the spotlight.

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Social Justice Advocates Aren’t Doing a Good Job Convincing Americans to Hire Based On Race

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It was a great man who once said that we should judge each other, not on the color of our skin, but on the content of our character. Fifty-six years later, a minority of people in America could care less about the level of melanin you’re sporting, and more concerned about whether or not you can do a job.

According to PEW, while a majority of people say that it’s important for companies to promote racial diversity in the workplace, they also believe that merit and capability should come first.

Americans were asked “When it comes to decisions about hiring and promotions, companies and organizations should,” only 24 percent said they should take race and ethnicity into account in order to make the workplace more diverse.

A whopping 74 percent said that only qualifications should matter, even if it results in less diversity.

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Despite the fact that this is 24 percent too many, this is, by far, a good thing. A workplace hiring based on merit and competence is going to succeed far more than a company hiring based on someone’s race. Not only is that a racist act, but it also opens the company up for horrific underperformance or worse.

Of course, not everyone agrees with this, and believes that diversity in the workplace needs to be forced.

“In both situations, people value the end result. They want a diverse campus, they want a diverse workplace, but they’re not necessarily ready to do the work to get that,” said Democratic pollster Pia Nargundkar according to MSN.

“They sort of want diversity to magically appear in both of these places without considering how that actually occurs,” she added.

I’m not sure that’s altogether accurate. Nargundkar is assuming that everyone has prioritized diversity in the workplace to the point of being ready to begin hiring people based on their skin color. A likely more accurate assumption is to say that people are far more open to a diverse workplace and would like to see it happen organically.

What the social justice community is doing when it comes to forcing diversity is to open up those who were brought in on superficial grounds to failure. These failures may result in firings and may cause undesirable numbers to accrue, which may lead to even larger problems.

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CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION: Islamic Terrorists Storm West African Church, Murder 6 Including the Priest, & Burn it to the Ground

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On Sunday morning in Burkina Faso, West Africa, terrorists on motorcycles stormed a Catholic church during mass.

The armed group — numbering between 20 and 30 — killed six men including the priest, identified as Father Simeon Yampa.

“They started firing as the congregation tried to flee,” Mayor Ousmane Zongo told the Agence France-Presse:

As reported by CNN:

The landlocked country in northwest Africa has been beset by extremist violence in recent months as Islamist terror groups expand their reach.

Following the murders, terrorists set fire to the church and nearby buildings.

More from the mayor:

“They burned down the church, then shops and a small restaurant before going to the health center where they searched the premises and set fire to the head nurse’s vehicle.”

Between 2017 and 2018, violent events linked to al Qaeda and ISIS skyrocketed from 24 to a whopping 136.

Last year, the White House announced a planned cut of U.S. troops in Africa by roughly 10%.

But, as noted by CNN in February, a growing terrorist threat had the Trump administration kickin’ around the idea of sending Burkina Faso additional assets in the form of military advisors and “intelligence and surveillance assets such as drones.”

As for the northern town of Dablo, “People are holed up at home. Shops and stores are closed. People are holed up at home. Shops and stores are closed,” Ousmane said.

This isn’t the first time in recent memory that a Christian church in Africa has seen its congregants murdered by Islamic radicals: In the village of Silgadjii in late April, five parishioners were murdered after Sunday service, along with the group’s pastor.

Terrorism is eclipsing the nation, and Fox indicates it’s partly due to an unsecured border:

Over the past six months, at least 5,000 people have been killed in the Sahel – the sub-Saharan region of northern Africa – amid an escalation of inter-ethnic violence ranging from bombings to massacres to suicide attacks.

Fox News also reported last year that Al Qaeda too had gained a foothold in the region, spilling over the porous border from Mali with weapons pillaged from Libya after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi in 2012.

Here and elsewhere, churches have become places of danger. We’ve reached a very sad point in history when houses of worship must consider arming themselves, but that’s where we are (herehereherehere, and here).

Terror is a cancer: Like that deadly disease, if not fought vigilantly and virulently, it will spread until it attains the ultimate victory.

Africa’s situation is a lesson for the rest of the world. Hopefully, it’s one from which America is willing to learn.

-ALEX

 

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WATCH: Nigel Farage Hands the BBC’s Pompous Rear to Itself During Heated Interview

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The BBC thought it would steamroll over the leader of the Brexit party, Nigel Farage, but true to form, Farage made something of a fool out of the network as he proceeded to dismiss gotcha questions and highlighting its incompetence.

As highlighted by the Daily Caller, BBC News host Andrew Marr had Farage on Sunday for an interview about the Brexit party. Marr, however, decided to ask him questions about things that have nothing to do with the party, and more about controversial things that Farage had said or done in the past.

This naturally caused Farage to become angry, and he proceed to explode at Marr.

“Here we are with one of the biggest changes in politics that has ever occurred and you’re not even interested. What is wrong with the BBC?” Farage said with clear annoyance.

Marr attempted to ignore Farage and popped off a question about his stance on gun control, but Farage wasn’t having it.

“I’ve been going around the country speaking at packed rallies every night and do you know who is not there? The BBC — and from this line of questioning now I can see why. You are just not interested, are you?”

Marr, like he was reading off of a checklist, asked if Farage if he’s still uncomfortable with foreign languages being spoken on trains.

Farage urged Marr to discuss the politics at hand in regards to Brexit, and called what was happening in that moment ludicrous.

“This is absolutely ludicrous. I’ve never in my life seen a more ridiculous interview than this,” Farage continued. “You are not prepared to talk about what is going on in this country today. You’re in denial. The BBC is in denial. The Tory and Labour parties are in denial.”

Farage also attempted to work out what Marr’s questions were here, to which Marr tried to say that he’s merely trying to understand the leader behind the Brexit party. Farage pointed out that there have been no questions as to other members of the Brexit party, and haven’t commented on the party’s diversity. The Brexit leader noted that this in itself would be more interesting to BBC’s viewers, not dredging up old things Farage had said in the past.

The BBC has done quite a bit of gotcha journalism recently.

Last week, Ben Shapiro cut an interview with the BBC short after host Andrew Neil attempted to paint conservative positions as “barbaric” while the left’s ideas were “fresh.” Shapiro was forced to ask Neil whether he was “an objective journalist, or are you an opinion journalist.” After some time of receiving more insults and gotcha questions, Shapiro ended the interview, uninterested in continuing what was definitely a hit segment.

As Farage noted in his tweet containing his own BBC interview, the UK isn’t just fighting the political class, but the BBC as well. Judging from its behavior, I’d say he’s not too far off the mark.

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The FBI’s “Raw Intelligence” Excuse for the Steele Dossier Is Garbage

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The most common excuse for the FBI’s ridiculous handling of the of the Steele Dossier, put together by foreign spy Christopher Steele and paid for by Hillary Clinton, is to proclaim that it was just “raw intelligence!” We’ve seen that idea propagated on every cable network, in ever mainstream publication, and by countless Democrat politicians.

The Daily Caller hit on the issue today.

“It’s raw intelligence,” according to countless politicos and pundits, including CNN contributor Asha Rangappa, Democratic Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes, former CIA executive John Sipher and numerous other commentators.

The spy term, which describes information directly from a source that has not been fully analyzed, is intended to downplay the dossier’s significance to the collusion narrative. Christopher Steele, the dossier author, gathered his intelligence from a trusted network of sources, the argument goes, and provided it to seasoned investigators to analyze.

The problem is that the FBI clearly didn’t treat it as such.

The problem with the “raw intelligence” canard is that it ignores questions about how Steele obtained his information and what the former spy did with it once he received it. The FBI also treated Steele’s allegations as more than mere raw intelligence. The bureau relied heavily on Steele’s work, even though it was unverified, to obtain spy warrants against Carter Page.

Steele and his client, Fusion GPS, processed, packaged and disseminated information from the dossier to the FBI, Justice Department, State Department, Capitol Hill, the Clinton campaign and the media.

“Raw intelligence” is not typically something you spew out to the media to influence an election, but the FBI was seemingly fine with it. Steele admitted before the Carter Page Warrant was officially sought that his dossier was politically motivated and that he needed to get the information out before the election. We also know the FBI knew Steele was lying to them about his contacts with the media. A criminal referral is now languishing at the DOJ, hopefully to be resurrected by the new Attorney General.

The bigger issue though is that the FBI chose to treat “raw intelligence” as reliable, verified information, specifically in the Carter Page FISA warrant. In reality, they were likely getting suckered by the Russians, who had ever reason to feed misinformation to Steele.

The irony of the dossier is that it contained allegations about Russia’s hacking and publication of Democrats’ emails, which Fusion GPS and Steele were hired in part to investigate. But Steele himself could have been the victim of Russian manipulation.

A former CIA station chief, Daniel Hoffman, has argued that if Russian hackers gained access to Democrats’ computer systems, they may have discovered that Steele was collecting information on Trump. Hoffman also noted that Steele was likely on the Kremlin’s radar, given his career working for MI6 in Moscow.

That would explain why nearly everything in the dossier turned out to be total garbage. Mueller’s report ended up debunking several of the most salacious claims, including the general claim that Trump was working with the Russians.

Raw intelligence is fine when used in the proper way. It’s necessary to be able to bring in information and digest it. That’s how you go from raw intelligence to something more processed and vetted. Instead, the FBI took clearly faulty, completely unverified material and used it to push a partisan conspiracy forward, all the while they sat idly by as Steele leaked aspects of it to the media.

In doing so, they ended up spreading Russian fed trash all about the election and post election landscape. Saying “but muh raw intelligence” is not an excuse. It only makes the FBI look incompetent, or worse, politically biased. If the FBI can’t do things properly and via objective standards, their powers should be curtailed greatly. Perhaps that should happen anyway given the runaway corruption we’ve continually seen at these bureaucracies.

The next time some know nothing former FBI “analyst” at CNN (who was only at the FBI long enough to be allowed to get coffee for superios) tries to gaslight the country by declaring it’s normal to use raw intelligence in a FISA warrant, they should be laughed off the set. It’s complete nonsense.

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KARMA: Bully Brian Sims Has Gone Silent Just Weeks After Trying to Silence Pro-Life Voices

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It would appear than Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims (D) has retreated to his safe spaces in the aftermath of the powerful response to his attempts at silencing and doxxing three pro-life teenagers and an elderly woman at a Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania in recent weeks.

Amanda Prestigiacomo at The Daily Wire writes:

But now that pro-lifers have responded to Sims’ harassment, such as inviting the Democrat to a pro-life rally in response to his antics, he’s nowhere to be found. The elected official has locked his Twitter account, was a no-show at the rally, has security outside of his office building, and is not allowing constituents in to engage in dialogue.

Sims’ legislative account appears to still be open to the public, though it has been inactive since May 6.

Sims has had a series of bad days after he posted – and bragged about – his bullying tactics on social media:

1) Donations to help pro-life efforts in the state went through the roof. The campaign, started by the father of two of the teenagers Sims bullied, had a stated goal of $100,000. To date, it has raised over $125,000.

2) The mother of two of the teenagers Sims offered money to have doxxed filed a police report against Sims.

3) The pro-life rally held this past Friday in response to Sims’s despicable behavior was a huge success as over 1,000 people gathered to hear pro-life warriors like Abby Johnson, Lila Rose, and Matt Walsh speak.

4) Sims was invited to, but did not attend the rally, which kinda proves what people have said about him all along on the issue of how he picks and chooses his targets based on whether or not he feels he can intimidate them.

One question that has not been answered in the middle of all of this is why Twitter chose not to suspend Sims’s account after he posted the videos of him harassing the women in front of Planned Parenthod. DC Examiner‘s Becket Adams pondered this last week:

Though these recordings appear to be in clear violation of Twitter’s and Facebook’s guidelines concerning targeted harassment, a spokeswoman for the former told the Washington Examiner that the video of Sims berating an elderly pro-life woman and encouraging his followers to “go protest out in front of her house” is “not currently a violation of the Twitter Rules.”

In contrast, Twitter permanently banned right-wing provocateurs Milo Yiannopoulos and Robert Stacy McCain in 2016 for similar behavior.

File this one under “things that make you go hmmmmm….”

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Joe Biden Joins the Goofy Brigade: In Lieu of More Gun Control for Colorado, He Calls the Offering of Prayers ‘Outrageous’

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Just days ago, Joe Biden became the latest politician to castigate the offering of prayers in response to tragedy.

Speaking at a lunch with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Wednesday, the 2020 hopeful referenced the terrible Colorado shooting, in which student Kendrick Castillo was fatally shot while charging a gunman and throwing him against a wall. For more on that situation, please see here.

Joe claimed it’s “outrageous that we still only talk about offering prayers.”

Of course, when a Democratic politician uses such words regarding a crime involving a firearm, what they really mean is that it’s inexcusable for the world not to enact left-wing legislation, aka gun control.

Therefore, the statement is actually, “It’s outrageous that we’re not all Democrats.”

Here’s what he had to say:

“[I]t’s outrageous — it’s outrageous that we still only talk about offering prayers. Look, I don’t know enough detail to know — maybe you guys do — about whether or not, what kind of weapon was used, what the background checks were of the detail. But the idea the we don’t have universal background checks, the idea that we don’t outlaw a number of the weapons that I was able to get outlawed in the crime bill, from large magazines and assault weapons, this is crazy. By the way, it has no — it doesn’t impact on the First, the Second Amendment at all.”



Speaking of “by the way”: By the way, handguns are used in the majority of crimes, not “assault weapons” using large magazines.

The former vice president then moved to trigger locks:

“Look, if you left your car out there with the keys in it, and some kid took it? You’re gonna be sued for that and responsible. Why in God’s name — I don’t know where the gun came from, but if the gun came from somebody who didn’t have a trigger lock on it and the person doesn’t own it, they should be held responsible. It’s a requirement for public safety; it’s necessary. … The idea we have to rely on a young man throwing his body in front of, you know, someone who’s firing on our children? It’s just bizarre.”

Joe’s polishin’ his presidential shoes. But is the dismissal of prayer and the glomming onto a teen’s murder in order to push for trigger locks the best way to do so? Maybe it is.

CNN host Chris Cuomo’s surely on board; he responded to November’s 12-casualty Thousand Oaks shooting thusly:

“’First, I would like to offer my thoughts and prayers.’ Because that’s what you do when you offer, thoughts and prayers. You mock those who lost loved ones, because if you gave it any thought at all, you would never walk away from any of these without figuring out a better way to deal with them. And prayer — you think leaving it to God is the answer? ‘We pray for strength; we pray for wisdom; for resolve.’ But we clearly don’t want to act on any of those here. So what are you praying for?”

Democrats used to publicly value communication with a Creator. Consider this Inaugural Invocation from Billy Graham:

“And now, on this twentieth day of January, 1993, we commit to you President-elect (Bill) Clinton and Vice-President-elect (Al) Gore, who you have permitted to take leadership at this critical time in our nation’s history. Help them always to see the office to which they’ve been elected as a sacred trust from you. We pray that you will bless their wives who will share so much of the responsibility and burdens. Make President-elect Clinton know that he is never really alone but that the eternal God can be his refuge and he can turn to you in every circumstance. Give him the wisdom you’ve promised to whose who ask and the strength that you alone can give. We thank you for his predecessor President Bush and the dedication he gave to this office. Bless him as he and Mrs. Bush continue their dedicated service to our country in other spheres. We commit this inaugural ceremony to you and ask that the memory of this event may always remind us to pray for our leaders. I pray this in the name of the one that’s called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, the Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace. Amen.”

Billy Graham was — it should be noted — a Democrat.

We’ve come far. But not in the good kind of way.

I don’t think the Joe’s intent was to say prayer is a bad thing, but the tactic is lame. Will his rhetoric bolster chances for an Oval Office triumph? And should people talk into microphones while they eat? I lean toward No on both counts.

Joe did get manage to get in some jabs at Trump, including a bunt of this softball: A report goofily asked, “Mr. Vice President, are we in a constitutional crisis  at this point?” JB offered the ominous “It will depend on how the administration acts from here.”



-ALEX

 

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Tough Guy: Cory Booker Uses Expletive When Describing His Opinion on “Thoughts and Prayers”

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Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) wants you to know that the difference between him and other 2020 presidential candidates is that he will be the one to effectively tackle gun violence.

That and, as a “man of faith’ he views the offer of thoughts and prayers after mass shooting tragedies as nothing more than “bull sh*t.”

CNN reports on remarks Booker made on Saturday night’s “The Axe Files” with David Axelrod:

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker says he’s fed up with inaction on gun reform after mass shootings, calling the oft-repeated refrain of politicians who offer “thoughts and prayers” to victims “just bullsh**.”

“When I’m President of the United States, I’m taking a fight to this issue like folks have never seen before, because we’re better than this is a country. It’s a uniquely American problem. No other country has this kind of carnage,” Booker said to David Axelrod on “The Axe Files,” airing Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on CNN. “We are not going to give thoughts and prayers, which to me is just bullsh**. And I’m sorry to say it as a man of faith, but I was taught that faith without works is dead.”

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There are a few things wrong with his statement but I’m going to focus on just a couple of them:

1) Offering thoughts and prayers after senseless tragedies – like the one that happened in my home city of Charlotte a couple of weeks ago where two UNCC students were killed and four more injured – is notempty words” and “bull sh*t.”

Thoughts and prayers provide an immeasurable feeling of comfort and peace and – for some – answers in the aftermath of tragedy and loss. In the days after the UNCC gunman stormed the Kennedy building at the university, prayer vigils and prayer walks were held on campus. Individually, students held hands, hugged each other, and prayed together.

People all across the city and state – and the nation – offered their thoughts and prayers for Charlotte in the aftermath. As a person of faith myself who was in so much shock after it happened, it provided me comfort and solace as I began the grieving and healing processes.

Any person of faith who has read and studied the Bible knows better than to say that offering up thoughts and prayers is meaningless. It’s a shame Sen. Booker has decided to play “who is the truuuue person of faith” game but he’s on the campaign trail, so I guess that’s to be expected. Shame.

2) Booker’s invocation of “faith without works” is insulting, as it insinuates one of two things: a) that people of faith who offer thoughts and prayers either have no solution in response to gun tragedies, or b) that people of faith who disagree with Booker and other Democrats on how to address gun violence in schools, the workplace, etc. are not operating from a position of good faith.

As I wrote in my column last week for North State Journal, it shouldn’t be that way, but it is:

What [Democrats] don’t understand as that in the aftermath, defenders of gun rights grieve, too. They assess what happened and think over and over again of ways the shooting might have been stopped, or the victim count contained to a minimum. They have their own solutions in mind, but few people want to listen.

Some gun rights proponents have been victims of school shootings themselves. Or have loved ones who were. They, too, think we could do more to prevent them in the future. But few people are willing to listen, because their solutions don’t fit the narrative.

No “side” wants to see more school shooting victims. All “sides” want students to feel safe at school. These are common goals. But how to get there is the source of intense debate.

In reality, the only “bull sh*t” on display here is Booker’s phony one-upmanshipping – when it comes to demeaning pro-Second Amendment people of faith by questioning their commitment to comforting their communities in times of tragedy, and the ways they seek to prevent future tragedies.

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Congratulations to Men for Once Again Proving We Beat Women at Everything

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I’m a big fan of the patriarchy, and it’s simply due to the fact that the patriarchy is filled with winners. In fact, we’re so good at winning and getting recognition for our accomplishments, that even when the recognition and awards are meant for women, men still walk away with the “W.”

For instance, a big shoutout to all the drag queens and transgendered folk out there who dress like or identify as women taking over Mother’s Day. The day is supposed to celebrate the women who have grown a person in their womb for nine months before putting their heart, soul, and body into bringing up their children. Even those mothers who have adopted children in order to allow them to experience maternal love that they’d otherwise have been a stranger to.

As Bonchie covered in a Sunday post, Chips Ahoy celebrated drag moms, which was celebrated by the transgender community as a recognition of not only mothers who support their trans or drag kids, but those men who identify as mothers themselves. Nothing pleases me more than to watch my team get such a massive interception as men being celebrated on Mother’s Day. A true testament to our skill and resolve. This was almost as exciting as when sports legend Caitlyn Jenner won “Woman of the Year.”

And I need to use sports as a metaphor on this subject either.

A YUGE shoutout to my boys showing women what it is to be a champion. I’m talking dudes like Terry Miller of Bloomfield High School and Andraya Yearwood of Cromwell High School who absolutely trounced the girls at their high schools in track events like the winners they are. Also, mad props to my bro Rachel McKinnon, the Canadian cyclist, who not only identifies as a woman but can now identify as a gold medal winner after showing those biological females the back of his bike.

Let’s not leave out weight lifting champ Mary Gregory, who not only has to heft weights along with his still attached manhood, but also had to carry the weight of nine gold medals before the weight of women losing was too much to bear and they unfairly stripped this champ of his rightful place at the top.

And I’d be remiss not to mention the now-retired MMA legend Fallon Fox, who got paid and cheered on while he literally beat women into submission in the ring, all while donning the mantle of “woman” along with his fighting gloves. A true warrior.

One thing is deniable. Men are just better than women in everything, including things where women are the only ones who can qualify for the specific award or recognition. Men can’t be stopped.

A huge shout out to the folks in the mainstream media and social justice communities for proving that the patriarchy is the unstoppable force they say it is.

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It Looks Like Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange May Never Face the Charges the U.S. Levied Against Him

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Julian Assange is currently sitting in jail in the U.K. and he’s got quite the list of suitors pining for his time.

The Wikileaks founder was finally kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy about a month ago. Given his mental state and some of the stories of his time there, there wasn’t much of a path for him to stay there anyway. Shortly after his arrest, the United States unveiled a list of charges against Assange, including conspiracy revolving around the hacking efforts of Bradley Manning.

Ironically, while the Obama administration was seeking to put Assange away for life, they were granting clemency to Manning, allowing his release just seven years into his sentence. None of it made much sense and was probably wholly driven by the fact that Manning had become a pop-culture figure on the left due to his transgenderism.

The current charges against Assange are very flimsy and seem to rely on an extremely stretched idea of what conspiracy is.

He rejected the notion that Assange could claim to be a mere journalist with free-speech protections. “WikiLeaks is more than just a repository for classified information, they’re actually out actively seeking it. And the question is whether Assange was enabling individuals like Chelsea Manning to steal classified information. That would make him a co-conspirator.”

It is not illegal to actively seek out classified material as long as you aren’t the one illegally obtaining it. If it were, The New York Times, among many others, would no longer exist. Does that make Assange a “journalist?” Not in the traditional sense, but it doesn’t really matter because the protections under the law apply to everyone, not just self-appointed mainstream reporters. The only real question is whether Assange assisted in any hacking and the evidence of that appears non-existent.

It may not matter though because it doesn’t look like Assange is headed to the U.S. anytime soon. The Swedish Government has decided to re-open the rape case against him that they had originally dropped some years ago and that puts a wrench in the situation.

Sweden will re-open its investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the country’s deputy chief prosecutor announced on Monday.

Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson told reporters in Stockholm that the investigation into the alleged rape had been suspended in 2017 not for lack of evidence but as a result of Assange’s continued residence in Ecuador’s London embassy.

Sweden pretty much has first call on Assange. They’ve already got a court ruling from the U.K. authorizing his extradition while the U.S. would still have to fight those battles. Because of this, it’s likely any statutes of limitations will have run their course by the time the U.S. gets their shot at him.

There’s some hint that this could be gotten around by claiming an exemption in the law dealing with terrorism across international borders but that’d be ludicrous in my opinion. While Assange is clearly a bad actor and it’s perfectly acceptable to oppose his tactics, that doesn’t mean we should massage the meaning of the law to absurdity just to target him. He’s clearly not a terrorist nor has he participated in terrorist acts.

In the end, what I think this looks like is the U.S. overplaying their hand. As much as a lot of people would like to haul Assange in, I think the technicalities of the law will preclude that from happening. That leaves the real threat to Assange’s freedom residing in Sweden and I’m guessing they’ll make whatever they’ve got stick for obvious reasons.

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