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Hillary’s Gone Hollywood

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Let’s face it, a Hollywood ending was the only proper ending to the long, at times mysterious but always dramatic, political career of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Taking a cue from her one-time boss Barack Obama, who, along with his wife Michelle, are contributing their talents to Netflix, Hillary and daughter Chelsea are planning to “influence culture and society” by creating a Hollywood production company that will offer — what else? — adaptations of overtly female-centric material.

Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea are forming a production company to pursue film and television projects, making a foray into Hollywood after decades in the public eye.

The two have spoken to studios about financing a pipeline of programs, said people familiar with the matter. They would give a studio first crack at releasing the projects, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are at an early stage.

The family hopes to use film and television to influence culture and society now that Hillary Clinton is out of politics. They plan to focus on stories by and about women. The production company is one of many potential business opportunities that Hillary Clinton, 71, is considering.

Hillary Clinton previously signed on to help produce a TV show with Steven Spielberg. That series, “The Woman’s Hour,” is an adaptation of a book about activists who fought to earn women the right to vote.

The story of the women’s suffragette movement doesn’t necessarily have to be overlaid with today’s particular flavor of militant feminism. And it would be lovely if that historical time, which women in this country actually do look to favorably every time we cast a vote, could be presented in a way that’s lighter on preaching and shaming and heavier on historical accuracy and the triumph of the American spirit of equity.

But I’m not optimistic, unfortunately. Even with the esteemed and talented Spielberg in the director’s chair.

“The Woman’s Hour” is a project Hillary has planned to do with Steven Spielberg since August. Spielberg was Hillary’s 4th largest Hollywood donor during her 2016 presidential run, contributing a generous $2.2 million to the campaign. Director J.J. Abrams and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg were Hillary’s 3rd and 5th largest Hollywood donors, respectively. Now, throwing good money after bad, these big names might also supply projects to Clinton’s anticipated production company.

I suppose with all the other studios and productions companies moving to Georgia — and threatening to leave every other day — Hillary sensed some room in California to make a launch back into the spotlight. And if the Georgia contingent moves back to California, she’ll already have gained an advantage when they return.

Oddly, and rather hilariously, her association with Spielberg — who was critical of streaming services being taken seriously by the Academy of Motion Pictures — puts her at odds once again with the Obama as he helps produce content for streaming service Netflix.

So those old DC battles will still be playing out on your television and computer screens, just much more subtly. And with actors who aren’t also politicians. And everyone can still count on being told how to think and which woke issue is the woke issue of the day. But really that’s nothing new. And at least it’s blatantly in our faces rather than subliminally hinted at.

And just remember, as politicians invest themselves more and more into entertainment: you can always change the channel.

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[Watch] Does Your Position on Immigration Make Sense?

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Comedian and head writer at We the Internet TV Lou Perez recently posted a hilarious but thoughtful video diatribe about immigration. Lou – who’s father was an immigrant – points out the amusing dichotomy between what open-borders progressives say about immigration and what they say about the man who currently resides in the White House.

I’m so thankful my father made that long journey nearly 40 years ago, but to be honest if my father were thinking about crossing the border today in 2019, I’d tell him not to. Even if it meant I’d never been born. Why? Ummm…because Donald Trump is president. You know- the racist, fascist otherwise known as HITLER. What American in their right mind would ever let immigrants legal or undocumented enter the country while Hitler is in office?? That would be so messed up. I keep seeing all this mixed messaging. It’s confusing. The same people who call Trump Hitler also want to let in migrants and asylum seekers? they compare turning away asylum seekers at the border to the U.S. turning away Jews before WWII, but wouldn’t the analogy be more like Jewish asylum seekers being sent right into the arms of Hitler. Because remember, Donald Trump is just like Hitler. Possibly worse depending on who’s tweet you’re reading.

Perez goes on to point out the hysterical hypocrisy of the celebrity Left, who keep promising to move to Canada while simultaneously demanding an open border to allow in as many immigrants as care to come.

If living under a Trump dictatorship is too hard for Lena Dunham to bear, can you imagine what it’s going to be like for Maria, a single mother with 2 children fleeing a murderous drug cartel in Central America?? If celebrities really cared they’d be down there at the border building a wall, pleading with them, “Stay out, Maria! It’s not safe here!  You can’t nanny our children or clean our houses!”

The kicker is the end, when Perez reminds us how great this nation truly is no matter who is in the White House.

Man, it is truly a testament to how amazing our country is that Donald Trump is the president and people are still risking their lives to get here.

Check out the video here and be sure to subscribe to We the Internet TV on YouTube so you don’t miss a single laugh.

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Awkward: Charlemagne Tha God Tells Elizabeth Warren ‘You’re Kind Of Like The Original Rachel Dolezal’

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., winks as she jokes with other senators on the Senate Banking Committee ahead of a hearing on the nomination of Marvin Goodfriend to be a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

 

President Trump’s nickname of “Pocahontas” has inflicted what looks like fatal damage to Sen. Elizabeth Warren. No matter how hard she tries, she just can’t seem to shake it. I can even imagine the flap being mentioned in her obituary one day. “Warren ran in the Democratic presidential primary, but was unable to gain traction in the race due to a running feud with President Trump over her claims of Native American heritage…”

The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate appeared on the popular radio show, “The Breakfast Club,” this morning. During the interview, host “Charlemagne tha God” (CTG) doesn’t look like he’s buyin’ what Sen. Warren is sellin’. Warren turned on her best down-home accent, dropped her g’s, but CTG looked unconvinced.

She told her hosts, “I grew up in Oklahoma. I learned about my family the way that most people learn about their families. From my mama, my daddy, my aunts, my uncles. And, it’s what I believe…But I’m not a person of color. I’m not a citizen of a tribe. And I shouldn’t have done it.”

She acts like she has to convince us she’s not a person of color. We’ve known that all along Senator.

CTG asked, “If you had to do it over, would you?”

Warren dismisses that and says, “I can’t go back, but I should. But, what I can do is…” (She rattles off a list of campaign promises, housing, student loans, health)

Uninterested in her promises, CTG asks, “How long did you hold onto that? Because there’s some report that shows you were Native American on your Texas bar license and you were Native American on some documents when you were a professor at Harvard. So, like, why’d you do that?”

She tells him, “It’s what I believed. You know. It’s what I said. It’s what I learned from my family.”

Yeah, you already told us that.

CTG asks, “When did you find out you weren’t?”

Warren doesn’t want to answer that, because she’s always known she wasn’t a Native American. She tries to dodge the question. “You know. It’s. I’m not a person of color. I’m not a citizen of a tribe. And tribal citizenship is an important distinction. And not somethin’ I am. So…

Mother of God.

CTG wants to know, “Were there any benefits to that?”

Warren answers, “No. Boston Globe did a full investigation. Nothin’ about my family ever affected any job I ever got.”

Hmmm.

Finally, CTG says, “You’re kind of like the original Rachel Dolezal, a little bit. Rachel Dolezal was a white woman pretending to be black.”

Warren blames it on her family again. “Well, this is what I learned from my family.”

Good grief.

 

Plus: A little something extra via Jim Treacher, PJ Media

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[Watch] Does Your Position on Immigration Make Sense?

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Comedian and head writer at We the Internet TV Lou Perez recently posted a hilarious but thoughtful video diatribe about immigration. Lou – who’s father was an immigrant – points out the amusing dichotomy between what open-borders progressives say about immigration and what they say about the man who currently resides in the White House.

I’m so thankful my father made that long journey nearly 40 years ago, but to be honest if my father were thinking about crossing the border today in 2019, I’d tell him not to. Even if it meant I’d never been born. Why? Ummm…because Donald Trump is president. You know- the racist, fascist otherwise known as HITLER. What American in their right mind would ever let immigrants legal or undocumented enter the country while Hitler is in office?? That would be so messed up. I keep seeing all this mixed messaging. It’s confusing. The same people who call Trump Hitler also want to let in migrants and asylum seekers? they compare turning away asylum seekers at the border to the U.S. turning away Jews before WWII, but wouldn’t the analogy be more like Jewish asylum seekers being sent right into the arms of Hitler. Because remember, Donald Trump is just like Hitler. Possibly worse depending on who’s tweet you’re reading.

Perez goes on to point out the hysterical hypocrisy of the celebrity Left, who keep promising to move to Canada while simultaneously demanding an open border to allow in as many immigrants as care to come.

If living under a Trump dictatorship is too hard for Lena Dunham to bear, can you imagine what it’s going to be like for Maria, a single mother with 2 children fleeing a murderous drug cartel in Central America?? If celebrities really cared they’d be down there at the border building a wall, pleading with them, “Stay out, Maria! It’s not safe here!  You can’t nanny our children or clean our houses!”

The kicker is the end, when Perez reminds us how great this nation truly is no matter who is in the White House.

Man, it is truly a testament to how amazing our country is that Donald Trump is the president and people are still risking their lives to get here.

Check out the video here and be sure to subscribe to We the Internet TV on YouTube so you don’t miss a single laugh.

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AG Barr Exhibits More Tolerance For Collusion Players (Who He Says Probably Did Not Commit Treason) Than He Does For Media And Anti-Trump Officials

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In his extraordinary, hour-long interview with CBS This Morning, Attorney General William Barr revealed many things. Among them are that he and Bob Mueller are on the same page and have always been; that the idea the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians was “bogus”; that he still has some questions about how the investigation was handled and that it went outside of normal protocol; that the collusion players were a small cabal of upper echelon employees rather than an entire corrupt system; that, in his view, trying to unseat a duly elected, sitting president was as much of a danger to democracy as foreign interference in electoral processes; and that Utah Attorney General John Huber’s investigation is focused on Hillary Clinton and could be wrapped up soon (!).

But among those many revelations, Barr implies he may give the players in the collusion hoax more latitude than he gives the press and the opponents of Trump who have twisted the investigation and misled the public on all manner of things related to the investigation.

For example, Barr suggests that the the players in the collusion hoax, while certainly endangering the democratic process, were, in some ways, acting on what they believed to be the right thing to do, as misguided as Barr clearly thinks it was.

When interviewer Jan Crawford ask Barr about whether he had concerns about how the counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign was conducted, Barr gives a stunning response.

WILLIAM BARR: Yes but you know, when you’re dealing with official government contact, intent is frequently a murky issue. I’m not suggesting that people did what they did necessarily because of conscious, nefarious motives. Sometimes people can convince themselves that what they’re doing is in the higher interest, the better good. They don’t realize that what they’re doing is really antithetical to the democratic system that we have. They start viewing themselves as the guardians of the people that are more informed and insensitive than everybody else. They can- in their own mind, they can have those kinds of motives. And sometimes they can look at evidence and facts through a biased prism that they themselves don’t realize.

That something objectively as applied as a neutral principle across the board really you know, shouldn’t be the standard used in the case but because they have a particular bias they don’t see that. So that’s why procedures and standards are important and review afterward is an important way of making sure that government power is being conscientiously and properly applied. It doesn’t necessarily mean that there are people- you know, that people have crossed lines have done so with corrupt intent or anything like that.

At a different point in the interview, Barr discusses the “appalling” behavior of Peter Strzok, so he by no means lets the collusion team off the hook. But it’s an interesting response, especially in light of how very little rope he gives to talking heads and media members who have misled the populace in a “hyper-partisan” frenzy. As Barr tells Crawford near the beginning of the interview:

Well, we live in a hyper-partisan age where people no longer really pay attention to the substance of what’s said but as to who says it and what side they’re on and what it’s political ramifications are. The Department of Justice is all about the law, and the facts and the substance and I’m going to make the decisions based on the law and the facts and I realize that’s intention with the political climate we live in because people are more interested in getting their way politically. so I think it just goes with the territory of being the attorney general in a hyper-partisan period of time.

Later, he reveals why he wrote his four-page memo after the redactions he was promised from the Mueller team never came and he realized he had to give the public and the media something as they extended the redaction period for a few more weeks.

BARR: I didn’t think the body politic would allow us to go on radio silence for four weeks. I mean, people were camped outside my house and the department and every- there was all kinds of wild speculation going on. Former senior intelligence officials who were purporting to have it- or intimating that they had inside information were suggesting that the president and his family were going to be indicted and so forth–

JAN CRAWFORD: And saying that publicly?

WILLIAM BARR: Saying that publicly. There was all kind of wild and–

JAN CRAWFORD: And you knew that to be false?

WILLIAM BARR: Yes, and it was wild and irresponsible speculation going on which the very–

JAN CRAWFORD: Wild and irresponsible. The former intelligence officials’ speculation–

WILLIAM BARR: Right, and talking heads and things like that, and these things affect the United States’ ability to function in the world. We have an economy. It could affect the economy. It can affect – it can affect our foreign relations during very delicate period of time with, you know, serious adversaries in the world. So I felt- that in order to buy time, in order to get the report out, I had to state the bottom line just like you’re announcing a verdict in a case. My purpose there was not to summarize every jot and tittle of the report and every, you know, angle that – that Mueller looked into. But, just state the bottom line which I did in the four page memo.

Later he talks about his amusement that people are concerned he might slip up and declassify things that could compromise assets or hurt intelligence recruiting.

WILLIAM BARR: Well in an exceptional circumstance I have that authority but obviously I intend to consult with them. I’m amused by these people who make a living by disclosing classified information, including the names of intelligence operatives, wringing their hands about whether I’m going to be responsible in protecting intelligence sources and methods. I’ve been in the business as I’ve said for over 50 years long before they were born and I know how to handle classified information and I believe strongly in protecting intelligence sources and methods. But at the same time if there is information that can be shared with the American people without jeopardizing intelligence sources and methods that decision should be made and because I will be involved in finding out what the story was I think I’m in the best decision to make that decision

Finally, he marvels at the media’s apparent new focus away from fact-finding and toward protecting government sources.

WILLIAM BARR: Well the media reaction is strange. Normally the media would be interested in letting the sunshine in and finding out what the truth is. And usually the media doesn’t care that much about protecting intelligence sources and methods. But I do and I will.

The interview should be a must-watch for all Americans. Barr, very near the end, hits on what has characterized U.S. politics for the last 10 years or so: a growing partisan opportunism that, arguably, has been fueled and sustained by a media that has their own political agenda.

WILLIAM BARR: Yeah, because I realize we live in a crazy hyper-partisan period of time and I knew that it would only be a matter of time if I was behaving responsibly and calling them as I see them, that I would be attacked because nowadays people don’t care about the merits and the substance. They only care about who it helps, who benefits, whether my side benefits or the other side benefits, everything is gauged by politics. And as I say, that’s antithetical to the way the department runs and any attorney general in this period is going to end up losing a lot of political capital and I realize that and that is one of the reasons that I ultimately was persuaded that I should take it on because I think at my stage in life it really doesn’t make any difference.

For all the revelations, the most astonishing is the one where Barr appears more forgiving of the small group of anti-Trump bureaucrats than he is of the media machine and partisan officials who divide Americans with histrionic misinformation.

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Go Girl: Actress Selma Blair, An MS Sufferer, Shuts Down Trolls Who Said Her Head Wrap Was Cultural Appropriation

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Actress Selma Blair is hitting back at critics who accused her of cultural appropriation after she shared two photos of herself on Instagram wearing a head wrap.

People magazine reports:

The actress, 46, first sported the wrap in a photo taken with Rachel Fleit, a filmmaker known for embracing her hair loss and baldness, caused by alopecia.

“We have one answer to your bad hair days or NO hair days. #alopecia @rachelfleit … wraps! (oh, it’s been around for thousands of years…),” Blair wrote.

The Cruel Intentions star has been open about dealing with the intense side effects of multiple sclerosis, which may include hair loss, ever since she revealed she was diagnosed with the chronic neurological condition in October.

Blair also shared a photo of herself and her son Arthur Saint, 7½, both wearing headwraps.

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“This is not brilliant and is not cool,” one user wrote. “White people have scorned Sikhs for hundreds of years, and now we wanna appropriate and make it trendy? No. Just no. We dont get to do this.”

Another added: “Cultural appropriation. How can one wear that when the religious people who actually wear it gets so much ridicule.”

“You are so wonderful and I know you mean no harm, but this is serious cultural appropriation,” a third commenter wrote. “I’d be happy to have a private conversation about how this is hurtful to Sikhs if you’re open to it.”

Here are the “hurtful” photos:

Some people would just delete the photos out of frustration over the sheer stupidity of the criticisms, but not Blair. Here’s how she handled it:

The “Legally Blonde” actress also responded to comments on her posts, writing: “This is not at all a Sikh turban or imitating one. And funnily enough, Sikhs absorb negativity, diffuse it. Tolerance. So none of these comments hurt. They may be not knowing what they write. A head wrap can be useful and beautiful in all cultures.”

“Covering one’s head is not appropriating anything but warmth and a wig alternative,” she responded to another critic.

“Scarves have been worn by all colors for ages. Relax. What do you want a woman with no hair to wear? Just an itchy wig? Why not tie your own scarf and bejewel it. I think it’s a pretty alternative.”

Good for her.

Accusations of “cultural appropriation” have gotten way out of hand over the years as bored people online actually look for things to get offended over. That Blair took the time out in the middle of her MS battle to push back against the concern trolls in her comments section is a testament to just how strong of a fighter she is. For those who actually do engage in the comments of their social media posts or blogs, it’s a lot more emotionally taxing than you might think. That goes double for anyone who is dealing with serious health issues, as Blair is.

Blair opened up to “Good Morning America”‘s Robin Roberts back in February about her struggle with MS. At the time of the interview, she was experiencing an MS flare-up but still held her own because she wanted to raise awareness of what MS was like.

Watch the interview below, and please keep her, her family, and everyone who lives with MS in your thoughts and prayers.

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Remember the Time That Jim Comey Sent Peter Strzok To Brief Donald Trump On the Danger From Russia

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One of the overarching mysteries of the whole Russia collusion hoax is why the FBI, despite it’s legitimate concerns about the activities of a few people in and associated with the Trump campaign, never warned the candidate about those concerns. This lack of warning was a stark break in departure from historical practice. It has, for instance, been reported the FBI did deliver such defensive briefing to Senator John McCain during the 2008 campaign and he removed a staffer who may have been a counterintelligence risk.

As it turned out, the FBI did deliver such a briefing to then-candidate Trump. The briefing was conducted by none other than Peter “Insurance Policy” Strzok at the direction of James Comey, himself.

A mid-August 2016 counterintelligence briefing for the Trump campaign did not specifically warn officials about Russian outreach to the Trump team, nor did it warn that two campaign aides, Mike Flynn and George Papadopoulos, were already under FBI investigation, Fox News has learned.

The new details about the so-called “defensive briefing” have emerged from congressional letters, text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page, and sources familiar with the matter. Such briefings are designed to warn the candidate and his team about national security threats.

“There was a defensive briefing of candidate Trump on Aug. 17 of 2016,” Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said Thursday on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” “And I can tell you what he wasn’t told: He wasn’t warned about a Russia investigation that Peter Strzok had opened 18 days earlier.”

A source familiar with sensitive records documenting the August briefing told Fox News that Strzok was in a unique — and apparently conflicted — position. Strzok opened the FBI investigation into Russian outreach to Trump campaign aides, while at the same time he was supposed to be warning the Trump campaign about Russian activities.

Critics of the Russia and special counsel probes question whether the lengthy investigation could have been shorter, or whether it could have been avoided altogether, had Strzok and others provided adequate warning.

Of course he was conflicted. Strzok appears to have been, like the rest of FBI and Justice leadership, Hillary Clinton partisans. He could see the value of hammering the Trump campaign at some later time with allegations of “Russians in the Mist.” In fact, is was shortly before this that Strzok sent his mistress the text message that referred to the “insurance policy” and promising that Trump would never become president because they would “stop it.”

By the time that this briefing took place, the FBI already knew that George Papadopoulos didn’t know squat…he was spoonfed a rumor by another Western intelligence, if not FBI, asset. The sole person on the campaign with any major role still under suspicion was Manafort. Apparently, Mike Flynn had tickled the FBI’s sensors by making a hugely public appearance at an RT gala in Moscow. But, as far as we know, Flynn was not under any suspicion in August 2016 and he still retained his security clearances.

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Ratcliffe on Thursday questioned Strzok’s role.

“Why would Peter Strzok, who would participate at [former FBI director] Jim Comey’s direction in a defensive briefing designed to protect and warn a candidate, be the same person who is in fact at that time already investigating the candidate’s campaign? That shouldn’t happen. There should be answers to those questions,” he said.

We hope that John Durham’s investigation finds the answers because it would be interesting to hear the explanation of why the FBI refused to tell the man who would become the President of the United States that there were possible foreign agents in his inner circle so he could remedy the problem and, instead, elected to husband those allegations and use them to launch the Mueller investigation.

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Masculinity Is Not A Dirty Word

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Masculinity is not a dirty word.

As I alluded to in a previous piece, there appears to be a growing tendency to associate masculinity with something evil or as some put it, “toxic.”

In a great rebuttal to this grossly dishonest meme, Devon Foley published an article aptly entitled ”Why we need Alpha Males.”

Although published back in 2016 and coincidence certainly is not causality, I find it interesting that this piece was published just as the antithesis of the Beta Male-Pajama Boy had burst on the political scene. Donald J. Trump bulldozed aside the field of Republican candidates who vied with each other as to whom could appear more “presidential.” Trump continued this, not once being afraid of being seen as “being mean to a girl,” telling Hillary Clinton, “Because you’d be in jail,” when responding to her purported fear of his becoming President and our nation’s de facto Chief Law Enforcement Officer. Right then and there, he guaranteed the Republican base would show up at the polls.

Foley addresses this in a more fundamental manner.

While it may be clichéd, there’s a lot of truth in the opening monologue of the father in American Sniper. There is evil, there are wolves, and a society needs strong, virtuous men – masculine men – to keep order and protect the weak. And it, too, seems to be an affront to today’s culture. 

Foley goes on to state that these virtues are still needed, even on modern times, perhaps more-so. Here’s the money quote

If the good are not stronger than the wolves, what will stop them?

Democracy on its own certainly won’t. If we’re honest, democracy – like all societies – requires alpha males to keep order and to enforce the values of the society against those who would act on their own “wills to power”. Vote all you want, but if no one follows up the laws with force, they are meaningless.

Spot. On. Judges and Politicians may rule and legislate. Nations may sign treaties. But in the end, it takes alpha males to enforce those rulings, laws and treaties. A line somewhat inaccurately attributed to George Orwell, nonetheless expresses a simple truth.

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

Such a man, as I pointed out here, was Kendrick Castillo. When it came down to it. He saw his duty as a man, to protect the weak. His doing so cost him his life, but it inspired other young men to follow him and in so doing, saved others.

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The EPA is Still Using Your Tax Dollars to View Porn On the Job

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The Environmental Protection Agency is consistently one of the least trustworthy government agencies in terms of how it spends our tax dollars, and apparently, investigators found that employees are too busy looking at huge…tracts of land than doing their jobs.

According to the Daily Caller, at least three EPA employees were caught watching pornography during work hours, on top of one EPA employee who received 38 months in prison after obstructing a child pornography investigation by the EPA’s Office of Inspector General:

CASE NUMBER: OI-BO-2015-ADM-0058

An EPA GS-13 employee allegedly received, viewed and disseminated inappropriate materials, including adult pornography, to other EPA employees and individuals outside of the agency via an EPA email account. The investigation supported the allegations. EPA management suspended the employee for 14 days without pay, the employee challenged the suspension and the matter was settled through arbitration.

CASE NUMBERS: OI-DE-2018-ADM-0063 and OI-DE-2019-ADM-0016

An EPA GS-12 employee allegedly conducted personal business during official work time. The employee also allegedly maintained pornographic images on an EPA computer. The investigations supported the allegations, and the employee resigned.

CASE NUMBER: OI-AR-2017-CFR-0001

It was alleged that a contract employee accessed pornographic and other nonwork-related websites while working on an EPA contract. The allegation was supported. The contract employee was terminated, and the contracting company issued a credit to the EPA for the contractor’s misused time.

This seems to be a constant problem within the EPA. Various incidents have occurred where EPA employees were caught with copious amounts of pornography on their computer, including one person in 2014 who had over 7,000 files of it on his computer. He was caught watching porn when investigators came to visit but the employee was never fired.

Two have been caught with child pornography. The aforementioned EPA employee who was sentenced to 38 months was Floyd O’Hara, who pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in 2018. The second was an EPA IT specialist in 2015 who was caught with child pornography by investigators. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison with five years of supervised release.

I’m not sure what the purpose of the EPA is at this time. At the moment they seem to spend a lot of energy using money that comes out of my wallet and yours to become experts at the environment in PornHub. I get that it’s wildly more interesting than reports about groundwater samples and the health of tree bark, but if I hand you five dollars to clean my yard I’d be pretty peeved if I came back and saw you looking into the neighbor’s bedroom.

Either get to work, or better yet, dissolve the position until the EPA is just like your search history: Deleted.

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UNCW Speaker Makes a Joke About Diamond Rings and Women, Humorless Feminist Professors Label Him a Sexist Pig

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A University of North Carolina Board of Governors member is in hot water after a speech he gave during a commencement ceremony earlier this month a UNC Wilmington that offended some students and faculty members.

Wilmington’s WECT reports:

Thomas Fetzer, a member of the UNC Board of Governors, was expected to deliver greetings to the Class of 2019 on behalf of the board.

In emails obtained from the university, WECT learned Fetzer went off script.

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…. Fetzer spoke for more than six minutes on topics including continuing education, personal advice on finances, and technology.

Here’s what Fetzer said that caused the uproar (bolded emphasis added by me):

“Let me just cut to the chase young ladies, there are only two things in this world you should borrow money for. Your continuing education and a house. Pay cash for everything else because it’s a depreciating asset and you will end up owing more than it is worth. And that is the road to ruin. Those are the parents clapping. Young men, I will add one thing to the list for which you may borrow money. A diamond ring. Because it will appreciate, and so will she.

That’s it. Yep. He made a diamond ring joke. For that, Fetzer has been branded as a sexist pig.

Here were some of the email complaints from professors about Fetzer’s comments:

“I have heard from several students and parents who were both disappointed and offended by the Board of Governor’s representative, Mr. Fetzer’s long and sexist speech at graduation. Traditionally this speech has just been a “greeting” of a few sentences. Mr. Fetzer took the position of keynote speaker, much of his content was unnecessary, some of it entirely inappropriate. To advise students “Gentleman… you must invest in a diamond for your lady” was something right out of 1965…to say it was insulting to women who have just received their degree is an understatement.”

[…]

Two other professors also echoed concerns in response to the professor’s initial email.

“I would like to echo [her] concerns about the speech given by Mr. Fetzer on Saturday. It was, to say the least, disappointing, at the worst, belittling and denigrating to swaths of our population and counter to UNCW’s purported commitment to honoring inclusion and all peoples,” wrote a professor from a separate department.

A third professor responded to the email writing, “Thank you… for articulating a reaction that I am sure was widely shared. I disagree with only one part of your comments: I’d say the speech was right out of 1865. Whatever its vintage, it was completely inappropriate.”

You know, it’s one thing if the main issue was that the speech wasn’t vetted. It’s understandable for a university to want to approve of what a speaker is going to say before they say it. But even saying that, if Fetzer had “gone off script” and blasted Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly over the “bathroom bill” and other issues liberals have with them, he would have been applauded and celebrated by these same professors.

But he didn’t. He made a timeless joke about the cost of a diamond ring and how a woman would appreciate over time just like the ring did. And for that, he’s the scum of the earth?

I was searching for the right comments to use to respond to this absurd nonsense and came across those of UNCW Sociology and Criminology Professor Mike Adams, who has had (and won) some major free speech battles with the university in the past. Here’s what he tweeted about the Fetzer controversy:

‘Nuff said.

(Hat tip: Campus Reform)

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