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Elizabeth Warren Enlists a Transgender 9-Year-Old to Choose the Education Secretary as the Political Landscape Radically Transforms

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In case you missed CNN’s Equality Town Hall last night, Elizabeth Warren took a question from a 9-year-old:

“My name is Jacob, and I am a nine-year-old transgender American.”

The audience went nuts.

“What will you do in your first week as president to make sure kids like me feel safer in schools, and what do you think schools need to do better to make sure that I don’t have to worry about anything but my homework?”

Elizabeth used the opportunity to slam Betsy DeVos:

“Let me start by saying I want to have a secretary of education who both believes in public education and believes in the value of every one of our kids and is willing to enforce our civil rights laws. We’ve had some secretaries of education who’ve been better, and we’ve had one that’s been a whole lot worse. Her name is Betsy DeVos. So, when I’m president, she’ll be gone.”

Poor Betsy can’t seem to catch a break — in December, actress-turned-activist Alyssa Milano, in partnership with Cosmopolitan magazine — provided a novel take on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas:

“Late one evening at the Department of Ed, thoughts were bouncing around Betsy DeVos’s head. She needed a gift, she started to think. A gift for the people that would really stink.

“All night she stayed up, her mind ablaze; the sh*tty ideas pouring onto the page: No more investigations for off-campus rape; bars and house parties would totally be safe. The meaning of harassment she would remove; squeeze and twist until it was hard to prove. Live hearings where attackers defend their own violence sounded like a good way to keep victims silent.”

Alyssa appeared to have forgotten that law enforcement exists. To her, it’s the Department of Education that’s supposed to investigate crimes.

Elizabeth wants Jacob to help pick the next J. Edgar:

“I want to make sure that the person I think is the right secretary of education meets you and hears your story, and then I want you to tell me if you think that’s the right person and then we’ll make the deal.”

Thumbs up from the kid.

Jacob’s no stranger to the spotlight. Last October, Good Morning America spotlighted her:

When the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) came out with its first policy statement on the treatment of transgender and gender-diverse youth, Mimi Lemay felt validated.

Her son Jacob, 8, transitioned when he was 4 years old with the support of Lemay and her husband, despite the child’s doctor and therapist urging a “watchful waiting” approach at the time.

“We were trying to hold him back,” said Lemay, who chronicled her early struggles with Jacob in an open letter on Boston.com that went viral. “Finally, my husband and I came to the conclusion that the longer we kept him in limbo — one name at home and one at school — the more he would accrue harm. That was evident to us and we made the decision to transition.”

Now that previously-outdated doctor’s on board.

“This (the AAP’s policy statement) will go a long way in fixing that,” Lemay said. “And I hope that it’s widely followed. I would like to see the AAP and medical schools get together and make this mandatory.”

The academy found that most mental health problems in gender-diverse children arise from “stigma and negative experiences,” and can be prevented by a supportive family and environment, which includes health care.

The guidelines specifically disavow the “watchful waiting” approach, calling it outdated and based on flawed science.

“More robust and current research suggests that, rather than focusing on who a child will become, valuing them for who they are, even at a young age, fosters secure attachment and resilience, not only for the child but also for the whole family,” the report said.

NBC did a piece on Jacob in April of 2015:

Jacob is a happy, healthy, well-adjusted pre-schooler. He has two sisters — one older and one younger.

When Jacob was born, his name was Mia. But by the time he was two, he was telling his parents, “I’m a boy.”

So Jacob’s been, in effect, a transgender activist for quite a while.

Kids seem to be taking over politics as of late, and the transgender thing’s all the rage.

In case you missed it, there was also this:

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Shameful: ESPN Uses Chinese Map Which Promotes Their Claim to Taiwan, Other Territories

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ESPN is now facing more backlash after using a map which promoted the Chinese claim to own Taiwan and as well as other territories in the South China sea.

The use of the map occurred during ESPN’s “Sports Center,” as they were covering the arrival of NBA players in China and the network covered the controversy surrounding the NBA and China. As Reuters notes, such maps are used locally by China to push their claims. The maps are controversial because of the dispute and are not accepted internationally.

They used a different map in relation to covering the China story earlier in the week.

They also towed the Chinese line in referring to Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters as “anti-government.”

ESPN had already stepped into the controversy earlier in the week when they reportedly told their shows not to cover what was going on in Hong Kong, but to stick solely to sports angles, according to Deadspin.

What you didn’t hear was much discussion about what is actually happening on the ground with protestors in Hong Kong, why they’re protesting, or any other acknowledgment of China’s political situation, past or present.

This could be because Chuck Salituro, the senior news director of ESPN, sent a memo to shows mandating that any discussion of the Daryl Morey story avoid any political discussions about China and Hong Kong, and instead focus on the related basketball issues. The memo, obtained by Deadspin, explicitly discouraged any political discussion about China and Hong Kong. Multiple ESPN sources confirmed to Deadspin that network higher-ups were keeping a close eye on how the topic was discussed on ESPN’s airwaves.

Deadspin observes wryly that ESPN had a different position when it came to talking about the anthem protests and President Donald Trump.

Last year, then-newly appointed ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro said this about when ESPN would cover politics:

There is the intersection between sports and politics. When Tiger is talking about the president, when the anthem story, every time that there is an intersection, ESPN is the place of record. Of course, when you tune into ESPN, we should be, we need to be covering those stories, if there is a connection to sports.

This particular story fits with Pitaro’s definition of politics and sports overlap, and yet ESPN execs still felt the need to send out a “stick to sports” mandate in order to guide coverage. The only question that remains now is whether they did so because Pitaro has narrowed the window for when ESPN is allowed to talk about politics even further than he had previously stated, or because ESPN is worried about pissing off Tencent, the massive Chinese internet company that it struck a deal with in 2016.

As Reuters points out, ESPN also has a multibillion dollar deal with the NBA who has substantial business dealings with China. ESPN is additionally owned by Disney which has its own substantial business interests with China.

This action by ESPN is not just a shameful sellout of our ally Taiwan and the other territories to the communists, but also a sellout of our values and American positions on the subject for almost 70 years.

The whole controversy is so troubling because it reveals just how deeply China has insinuated itself into the control of our media, entertainment and business.

Time, long past time, to start cutting the cords.

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Sports World Wanted To Get Into Politics, Welcome To The Standard You Set

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Between Colin Kaepernick using protests as a distraction from his falling numbers, to NBA coach Steve Kerr pretty well slamming anything that didn’t align with is progressive political philosophy, the American sports fan has been subjected to a whole bunch of politics in their game-watching over the last several years.

Perhaps most notoriously, sports network ESPN had even apparently introduced a company policy forbidding the discussion of anything but their own preferred progressivism, which they definitely felt they were not only entitled to have but thought it smart to promote as part of their programming. Here’s TownHall’s Matt Vespa from spring of this year on how that strategy paid off for the network (hint: it didn’t):

[N]ew blood has been ushered into ESPN, a flagship of sports journalism, that’s been bleeding customers for years. In 2018, the network lost 2 million subscribers alone. It’s part of a marked decline that dates back to 2011 when ESPN was 100 million subscribers strong. It’s now 86 million. That’s still a lot of paying customers, but the loss of roughly 15 million $1.44 billion, it makes any further losses a serious issue, especially when the network pays $2 billion for the rights to Monday Night Football, whose renewal is due in 2021. With the continued bleeding, there’s no way ESPN could afford the rights. Outkick The Coverage’s Clay Travis broke down these numbers.

Former ESPN president John Skipper is out. The man who suspended longtime anchor Linda Cohn, a fixture on the network, for reportedly saying that politics had something to due with the 10+ million subscriber loss, but did nothing to former ESPN reporter and host Jemele Hill, who called President Donald Trump a white supremacist. More stories about how ESPN had become a bastion of political correctness ensued.

Make sure you click those links and read about how employees were pretending to be progressives to keep their jobs and were told they simply could not espouse conservative ideals.

Now, with the NBA working overtime to protect their cash cow relationship with China — who the U.S. has begun to call out for it’s abuse of the Uighur Muslims interred as political prisoners — people like Steve Kerr, who wanted to have his political opinions out there for the world to see, are being asked to weigh in on the political situation with China.

It’s not going very well.

And of course journalists would be remiss if they didn’t step up and completely misunderstand the issue and try to cover the progressive behinds of those who wanted badly to use their platforms to spread the word of social justice and big government intrusion in daily life.

You should read that New York Times reporter’s tweet as sarcasm, dummy.

But what Deb misses — besides the fact that that particular image is actually calling out Nike more than Kaepernick — is that he’s absolutely right, and his tweet maybe shouldn’t be seen as sarcastic. It is good to see athletes being held to the standard they apparently wanted to be held to. As someone said to me on Twitter:

Admittedly, it’s a little painful to watch given that their actual knowledge of politics is as lacking as many of us suspected it was. Which, by the way, is why many people prefer they keep political discussion out of sport. Because the sports world doesn’t apparently do the work to understand politics before spouting off about it. (See LeBron James recently gushing over California Gov. Gavin Newsom over paying college athletes.)

Sports figures don’t particularly like when fans who’ve never played their sport start trying to tell them how to perform. Word of advice to the sports world: people engaged in politics feel the same way.

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More on Whistleblowing: Twists and Turns

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks to reporters about the release by the White House of a transcript of a call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelenskiy, in which Trump is said to have pushed for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his family, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

Whistle-blowing is all the rage these days; just ask your average Democrat, including those who infest the legacy media. This latest Ukraine gambit, they say, is “sure” to get “Orange Man Bad” once and for all. I don’t think so, as the story continues to evince red flags nearly every day. Here are a few tidbits – some well-known, some more obscure. How were the seeds of this Ukraine complainant sowed? Daniel Greenfield exposes the root cause as – no surprise! – an Obama-era policy change. It was aimed at Romney but snared President Trump:

Obama’s Presidential Policy Directive 19 opened the door by expanding whistleblowing protection to members of the “intelligence community” and other personnel handling classified information. But PPD19 was never really meant to help the likes of Manning and Snowden. Instead it was part of a larger pattern of politicizing national security organizations that led directly to the current crisis.

Both the Russians and the Democrats understood that whistleblowers were a strategic vulnerability. Whistleblowers were seen as sympathetic underdogs who were trying to do the right thing. That was the perfect camouflage for an enemy agent or the agent of a police state. Astroturfing, the practice of manufacturing grass roots efforts and building causes around individual protesters, like Greta Thunberg or David Hogg, had moved into the national security infrastructure before going off like a bomb. The real purpose of PPD19 was to aid Obama loyalists is undermining a Romney administration.

[Whistleblower protections] are not meant to allow an anonymous government employee to assist in a partisan campaign to remove the President of the United States as part of a ploy orchestrated by the opposition party. That is a breathtaking abuse that will damage whistleblower protections indefinitely. The Obama administration and its allies have tried to turn government agencies into bear traps, seeking to retain control of policymaking through a network of lefty loyalists in agencies and activist judges in the courts, and, beyond that, to force out Trump appointees and to even force out President Trump.

Read the rest here.

But PPD19 apparently wasn’t good enough for the Deep State, particularly after President Trump beat Shrillary, and the “resistance” was off to the races looking for ways to impeach him. They resorted to other measures, including changing the whistleblower disclosure form. As many have previously reported, the disclosure form was modified to permit use of second-hand information such that any allegation deemed “credible” could be used to target someone for policy differences or even personal reasons. That form was approved by the current IC IG, and we have subsequently learned that the new form was backdated to enable the Ukraine complaint and that the IC IG refused to explain why in testimony before the House Intel Committee last week:

In tense testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) on Friday, the inspector general for federal spy agencies refused to disclose why his office backdated secret changes to key whistleblower forms and rules in the wake of an anti-Trump whistleblower complaint filed in August, sources told The Federalist. As … the Intelligence Community Inspector General confirmed, the spy watchdog secretly changed its whistleblower forms and internal rules in September to eliminate a requirement that whistleblowers provide first-hand evidence to support any allegations of wrongdoing. In a press release last week, the ICIG confessed that it changed its rules in response to an anti-Trump complaint filed on August 12.

Read the rest here.

You think that the Ukraine hit-job was a one-off and don’t think the Democrats have weaponized whistleblowers across the federal government? Check out this Mark Zaid tweet from June 2018, as they are no longer hiding their actions. Whistleblowers are just the latest extension of the Democrats’ lawfare practices!

https://mobile.twitter.com/MarkSZaidEsq/status/1009900750116442112

Returning to Ukraine, any reasonable person might suspect that the complaint was a set-up from the beginning but, of course, there are more red flags:

  • There was no firsthand evidence used at all in the complaint.
  • The complainant was found to have a “professional association” with a 2020 Democrat candidate.
  • The declassified and released phone transcript summary between Presidents Trump and Zelenskiiy thoroughly debunked the complaint.
  • President Zelenskiiy and several US diplomats (including Kurt Volker, the recently-resigned US envoy to Ukraine in testimony in closed-door hearings) confirmed that there was no US pressure applied on Ukraine for anything.
  • Shifty received the complaint weeks before it was formally lodged and then lied about those contacts, and either he, his staff, or outside counsel appeared to have coordinated with and provided advice to the complainant. Many have remarked that the complaint itself was more of a legal brief than something a normal whistleblower would have submitted.
  • Contrary to established House rules, the Democrats did not share the complaint information with the Republicans on the House Intel committee when it was received.
  • We just learned, as reported by RedState’s own Elizabeth Vaughn, that the Ukrainians had reinitiated an investigation into Burisma Holdings months before that presidential phone call, thus pulling the rug out from under another Democrat talking point that @POTUS strong-armed Zelenskiiy to “investigate the Bidens.”
  • The Democrats are running their impeachment “inquiry,” which heavily features abuse of power allegations stemming from the false Ukraine complaint, on an exclusively partisan basis without any Republican involvement.
  • The “whistleblower” apparently wrote a memo that contradicted his later complaint and was inconsistent with the contents of the actual presidential phone call. Refer to Nick Arama’s piece here.
  • The “whistleblower’s” attorney, Charles McCullough (the former Obama-appointed IC IG!!), worked directly for James Clapper. “Partisan witch hunt coordination we much” (a play on Al Sharpton’s ridiculous “Resist we much” statement). McCullough is the likely author of the complaint itself!
  • The Democrats selectively leaked parts of former Ambassador Kurt Volker’s testimony to the HPSCI but refused to make the entire testimony public.
  • I like the 11 facts presented by John Nolte that early on undermined the Ukraine complaint.

As if those weren’t enough reasons to question the veracity of the complaint, a left-wing journalist who is no friend of POTUS weighs in with his own skepticism and some points from out in left field:

  • The unnamed person at the center of this story sure didn’t sound like a whistleblower. Our intelligence community wouldn’t wipe its ass with a real whistleblower. Americans who’ve blown the whistle over serious offenses by the federal government either spend the rest of their lives overseas, like Edward Snowden, end up in jail, like Chelsea Manning, get arrested and ruined financially, like former NSA official Thomas Drake, have their homes raided by FBI like disabled NSA vet William Binney, or get charged with espionage like ex-CIA exposer-of-torture John Kiriakou. It’s an insult to all of these people, and the suffering they’ve weathered, to frame the ballcarrier in the Beltway’s latest partisan power contest as a whistleblower.
  • The common thread in whistleblower stories is loneliness. Typically, the employer has direct control over their ability to pursue another job in their profession. Many end up reviled as traitors, thieves, and liars. Actual whistleblowers are alone. The Ukraine complaint seems to be the work of a group of people, supported by significant institutional power, not only in the intel community, but in the Democrat Party and the commercial press.

Read the rest here. [Note: While Taibbi implies they are “heroes,” Snowden and Manning should have been hung for what they disclosed.]

To briefly summarize before proceeding further:

  • The Obama regime laid the groundwork for enabling the Ukraine complaint with PPD19.
  • The whistleblower disclosure form was changed specifically to permit a deluge of “whistleblowers” against Trump.
  • Real WBs were required to submit their complaints previously via internal processes within their own agency (confirmed by a long-time IC representative).
  • This whole thing was a Deep State cabal/Democrat set-up and conspiracy, as being revealed on a daily if not hourly basis. The goal is/was to serve as the basis for impeaching POTUS.
  • The Ukraine hoax is being debunked further debunked with each passing day.

It should be readily apparent that, after over two years of incessant hoaxes and lies being perpetrated on Americans by Democrats in Congress and the media and their allies in the Deep State, we are headed for a civil war in this country if these people are not held accountable – and harshly so! – for their actions.

The Democrats are attempting to nullify a presidential election and also turn America into a one-party totalitarian socialist/communist state using authoritarianism to control political speech and stifle opposing viewpoints. Their crackpot socialist economic and social policies will require a totalitarian communist dictatorship to force it all down our throats. The sedition perpetrators associated with the Russia and Ukraine hoaxes now deserve not just long jail terms, but firing squads. These criminals are hell-bent on destroying the US for their singular goal of obtaining total and complete power over all three branches of the federal government, and to make up the rules, the laws, and reinvent the Constitution as they please to suit their purposes.

The Ukraine hoax has smoked them all out; we see their spinning, lies, and outright panic daily as we listen to their public statements and cable news interviews. Everything we hold dear in this country – especially the rule of law and its equal application to all Americans – is riding on a full exposure of the Ukraine hoax. This includes all of its tentacles leading to the Democrat Party, Deep State, and their Uniparty partners in the Republican Party like the Romneys and McCains.

May the Barr/Durham investigation lead to the arrest and prosecution of all the perpetrators, no matter how high or how low! And may the Deep State be gutted and bureaucratic norms restored across the federal government to at least a semblance of non-political even-handedness, especially to include correcting the Obama-instigated whistleblower statute changes while they’re at it.

The end.

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Whistleblower, Whose Complaint has all but Unraveled, Seeks to Answer Lawmakers Questions in Writing Rather than in Person

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Citing “people who are familiar with the matter,” The Wall Street Journal reports that the whistleblower, whose complaint sparked the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, really doesn’t feel comfortable about testifying before Congress in person. His or her attorneys have asked lawmakers if their client might instead answer questions in writing. So far, there has been no response.

The source said the whistleblower’s attorneys fear that Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee would leak their client’s identity. Republicans can be so untrustworthy.

Several ideas have been tossed around about how to protect the whistleblower’s anonymity such as having him or her “appear remotely and using technology like voice modulation software to conceal his identity.”

Other ideas involve the use of secure rooms called Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities, or SCIFs. The source said that “while those rooms are available on Capitol Hill, appearing there likely would pose additional challenges to protecting the whistleblower’s anonymity given the number of people, especially reporters, in the halls of Congress. One alternative that has been discussed is using a SCIF at an executive branch agency, people familiar with the matter said.”

A former congressional intelligence official who worked on whistleblower issues told the Journal that he “could recall no precedent for such steps” because “there had never been a whistleblower complaint as high-profile as” this one.

The Democrats’ mollycoddling of the whistleblower stands in sharp contrast to their Stalinesque treatment of the President. This is BS. When an individual tries to bring down a sitting President of the United States, throwing the government into turmoil, the least they can do is appear in person.

Moreover, the whistleblower’s complaint is on life support. Many of the whistleblower’s claims and the interpretations spun by eager liberal commentators have been discredited.

First, we were told there were eight references to Biden during President Trump’s July 25th conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Turns out there were three.

Next, the media breathlessly reported that a ‘promise’ had been made, there was a quid pro quo. There was no promise, no quid pro quo.

The document also claimed that “by mid-May, U.S. diplomat Kurt Volker sought to “contain the damage” from Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s outreach to Ukraine.” Text messages from Volker to Giuliani have since shown that to be false. Even ABC News has acknowledged this. They reported, “The State Department has confirmed that Volker put Giuliani in touch with Zelensky adviser Andriy Yermak at Yermak’s request.”

The whistleblower claimed that White House officials were so shocked by the call that it was stored on a special, separate server. It turned out that the use of this server has become common practice in the Trump administration for a valid reason. Early in his presidency, the contents of Trump’s conversations with leaders from Mexico and Australia were leaked to the media.

Then, we heard that the whistleblower had been in touch with Adam Schiff’s staff members before the complaint was submitted.

Until yesterday, the most stunning detail we’d heard was The Federalist’s Sean Davis’ report that only days before the complaint was filed, the intelligence community had quietly eliminated the “requirement that whistleblower complaints contain only direct, first-hand knowledge of wrongdoing allegations.” This change allowed the whistleblower to file a complaint based on hearsay information.

On Thursday, we learned that the whistleblower likely worked with Biden during his vice presidency. A retired CIA officer told The Washington Examiner, “From everything we know about the whistleblower and his work in the executive branch then, there is absolutely no doubt he would have been working with Biden when he was vice president.” The Examiner reported:

As an experienced CIA official on the NSC with the deep knowledge of Ukraine that he demonstrated in his complaint, it is probable that the whistleblower briefed Biden and likely that he accompanied him on Air Force Two during at least one of the six visits the 2020 candidate made to the country.

A former Trump administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, said Biden’s work on foreign affairs brought him into close proximity with the whistleblower either at the CIA or when he was detailed to the White House.

“This person, after working with Biden, may feel defensive towards him because he feels [Biden] is being falsely attacked. Maybe he is even talking to Biden’s staff,” the former official said. “Maybe it is innocent, maybe not.”

It’s obvious to all that the impeachment inquiry is based on a political dirty trick. And we no longer need to concern ourselves with maintaining the whistleblower’s anonymity. In fact, his identity should be revealed. He should answer questions in front of the American people and face the President whom he is accusing.

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Sen. Joni Ernst Piledrives Pelosi After House Speaker Takes Shot at Her Over How Elections Should Be Decided

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CNN asked Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) earlier this week about whether or not she felt Trump acted inappropriately in the July call with Ukrainian president Zelensky. Instead of playing CNN’s “gotcha” games, Ernst took a wait and see approach, stating she needed to see all the facts first when the time comes for the Senate to play their part instead of just relying on (biased) media reports.

Watch:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took issue with Ernt’s comments, and chided Republicans like Ernst for having the audacity to want to see all information first before drawing any definitive conclusions. Here’s what Pelosi tweeted out Thursday:

The irony of Nancy Pelosi talking about how elections should be decided by Americans rubbed Ernst the wrong way, and she absolutely let Pelosi have it:

I believe that was the Iowa equivalent of “bless your heart.”

Ernst is right. Prominent Republicans in the House are making it clear this is a show trial/”clown show” type of impeachment inquiry because they’ve seen more of the evidence and witness testimony, in spite of the fact that they’ve deliberately been excluded from large parts of the process because Pelosi won’t hold an actual floor vote on an inquiry.

Senators don’t have access to all of the same information yet, even though they’ll get their chance soon enough the way everything appears to be going.

Democrats have spent the entirety of Trump’s time in office – and even before he was elected – crafting ways for him to be impeached. They’ve used the threat of impeachment as a political tool to settle their political differences with Republicans and Trump. Impeachment was not meant to be used for that purpose. That’s what elections are for.

Pelosi, who this time around is leading the impeachment effort and who called for the inquiry before the actual transcript of the call between Trump and Zelensky was even released, is the very last person who should be lecturing anyone on how elections should be decided.

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No Big Deal, Just Beto O’Rourke Saying He’ll Punish Churches If They Don’t Support Same-Sex Marriage

This is an object lesson in why believing liberals will ever say “ok, we got what we want, that’s enough” is a sucker’s bet.

We really aren’t that far removed from gay marriage being made legal and everyone on the left assuring us that that it’s just a crazy-pants, conspiracy theory to fear that punishing Christians for their beliefs would be the next step. It feels like an eternity, but it’s only been five years.

The transgender issue seems to have rejuvenated every aspect of the left’s radicalism in this arena though. Over the past several years, we’ve seen widespread support for genital mutilation, giving kids hormone blockers, and letting small children “choose” their gender. “Trans-kids” have been celebrated by major news outlets.

Beto O’Rourke wants to let the gay lobby now he hasn’t forgotten them though and last night he made one of the most chilling statements I’ve ever heard from an American politician, at least since I’ve been alive.

Think about how dangerous this is. Beto O’Rourke wants to be the arbiter of what religious institutions can believe or not. This is something you’d expect to see in Maoist China, not the United States.

And perhaps you could brush this off as Beto just being a clown. He’s not going to be the nominee after all. But nope, the crowd erupted in cheers. This isn’t some fringe idea on the left, it’s an issue they’ve been hinting at for years and are finally feeling comfortable to embrace at the forefront.

Worse is the lack of pushback from CNN, which shows just how pervasive this idea is. Why even ask this question in the first place as if it’s legitimate? And you’d think a news network would at least challenge the candidates on the religious freedom issues at play. Instead, Don Lemon reads it and responds as if he’s fully supportive of the idea, and no doubt he is.

In the end, I’m skeptical how much these town halls really matter. I wish this kind of craziness was definitive in shifting public opinion, but nothing ever seems to matter as much as we think it does. I also don’t know what’s going to happen with impeachment and Donald Trump. What I do know is that it’s insanity like this that makes him viable in 2020 when many other people in his position would have already folded. He should hit back at this hard.

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Unsolicited Advice: He’s Never Going To Marry You

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Welcome to Unsolicited Advice, the column where I dispense advice to people who never asked for it and don’t know who I am. Last week I “helped” an angry feminist deal with feeling invisible. This week I mined Reddit’s r/relationships forum and found a desperate plea from a 45 year old woman who said she was feeling frustrated after 15 years of a live-in relationship that was not moving towards marriage. She said she had approached the subject often over the years but he repeatedly said he did not wish to marry. “How do I get him to marry me?”, she asked.

The response was so swift and heavy that she deleted the request and ghosted the room before I had a chance to link to it. However, her letter was a dilemma I’ve seen over and over amongst my female friends over the years. I’ve seen so many women (not all, but many) move in with their boyfriends in hopes that it will lead to a marriage proposal, only to end up frustrated and confused after years of waiting. So, if you find yourself in the same situation as Reddit Ghost here is some unsolicited advice I’ve been saving up for just such an occasion.

If a man tells you who he is, listen to him.

If your live-in boyfriend tells you he doesn’t want to get married, he means he doesn’t want to get married. If upon the first meeting some attractive, boyfriend-material dude tells you, “I’m not a great boyfriend”, don’t fool yourself into thinking you’ll be the one person to change him. Just believe him.

Change comes where change is demanded.

If you’ve been living with your boyfriend for 15 years hoping for a marriage proposal, you haven’t demanded change. You’ve simply accepted the status quo. If there is anything a man prefers most in a relationship it is the status quo. Even the best of men would be happy to let things coast as long we agree to it.

There is a silent negotiation that takes place between men and women in their romantic encounters. It isn’t what we demand verbally that moves a man, but rather what we demand with our countenance and our presence. When we behave like women who know their worth, men rise to that level to earn our worth. When we behave like beggars, men treat us like beggars. There is a nonverbal conversation that alerts the male partner to the fact that this is a woman who can only be won by giving her the thing he values most – his life. It is that response that tells a woman this is a man she can offer the privilege of letting in to her own life. It’s a back and forth, a dance that can end in a lifetime commitment that is desirable and ultimately fulfilling.

Too many women like our Reddit Ghost think the dance is irrelevant, perhaps even outdated. They want to skip over the hard (but arguably most fun) part and go straight to the life long commitment. For most men that’s a red flag even if they don’t say so out loud. It tells them you aren’t willing to do the hard things in order to get what you want from the relationship and then he acts accordingly.

Our Reddit Ghost loves her partner. She only wants to spend her life with him and that is understandable. The heart wants what the heart wants. But the heart is also very, very dumb. A woman sure about what she wants is willing to follow her head instead of her dumb heart. She’s willing to risk loss. Reddit Ghost isn’t willing to do the hard thing to get what she wants…leave. Her partner knows this. He is perfectly comfortable turning down her requests for marriage because he knows it won’t matter. Nothing will change. She’ll still be there in the morning.

Status. Quo.

So, ladies like Reddit Ghost, how do you get him to marry you?

You don’t. If you are not getting what you need out of this relationship you must leave. How many women have wasted the best and most fertile years of their lives waiting on a man to “come around”? If the people in my life have been any indication – tons. Don’t be like Reddit Ghost. Don’t waste the best years of your life hoping that he’ll just one day wake up and realize the only missing piece in his life is a wedding ring. While he’s coasting, your prospects are getting further and further away. If you want to bear a family one day, this should be a serious consideration. It isn’t fashionable to say such things aloud these days but that is the harsh, biological truth. Don’t throw away your chance to bear children (if that’s what you want) in the hopes that you can change him.

I think most men find a way to tell women who they are when they first get involved. I think most of us prefer to ignore the warnings. We’ve all seen the romantic comedies where the kind, plain, simple girl snags the hot-headed playboy billionaire and he falls so madly in love with her that gives up his old ways and makes an honest woman of her. We all want to be the “special” woman who changes that stubborn man. It’s a victory of sorts.

We don’t change men. Men are simply prompted to change themselves when they see something they want and can’t have without that change. Sitting around for 15 years won’t prompt change, but it will build resentment.

Marriage is a big ask. It’s not like you’re asking for more date nights or a flower arrangement once in a while. This is serious stuff. It requires a serious resolve. He’s shown he doesn’t have this resolve in his refusal to offer marriage, and you’ve shown you don’t have the resolve in your unwillingness to do what’s difficult in favor of having what you know you deserve. It’s a dead end.

If you are Reddit Ghost, cut your losses and figure out why it is you allowed yourself to be in a dead-end relationship for so long. When you figure that out, you’ll start emitting the type of energy that attracts likeminded men. The silent negotiation will happen naturally.

He’s not going to marry you. Leave. Cry your tears. Move on. You deserve what you’re asking for.

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Blizzard/Netease Vowed to Protect Chinese “National Dignity” In Wake of Punishing Pro-Hong Kong Player

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Things are already bad enough for the video game company, Blizzard. After banning an e-sports championship player for making a pro-Hong Kong statement, and even firing the two commentators who conducted the interview with him, many have been turning on the developer.

(READ: Blizzard Entertainment Suspends Player From Championships After He Voices Support For Hong Kong Protests)

Now, news has surfaced that may just make the problem even worse.

According to IGN, once the player, Ng Wai “Blitzchung” Chung, was suspended from the championship, an official Blizzard account on the Chinese social media platform Weibo issued a statement. IGN translated the statement to English:

We express our strong indignation [or resentment] and condemnation of the events that occurred in the Hearthstone Asia Pacific competition last weekend and absolutely oppose the dissemination of personal political ideas during any events [or games]. The players involved will be banned, and the commentators involved will be immediately terminated from any official business. Also, we will protect [or safeguard] our national dignity [or honor].

It should be known that this account is run in conjunction with Blizzard’s Chinese publishing partner “Netease.” At this time, it’s unclear if this is an official statement from Blizzard, or if Netease issued this statement on its own, without the consent of the parent company.

IGN has reached out to Blizzard for clarification, but Blizzard has yet to respond.

In fact, Blizzard has yet to make any response to any of the controversies it’s currently embroiled in.

While it could be said that Netease is only a publishing partner, and the statement was made strictly from their end on a Chinese government-run social media network, and acted without the go-ahead of Blizzard, it’s still an official Blizzard account and no action has been taken against the statement from the parent company.

It’s unlikely any action will be taken at this point. It’s clear that Blizzard is concerned with its reputation within the Chinese market, and deleting this statement would look very bad for them to Chinese officials.

No matter how you slice it, Blizzard is bowing to China’s “national dignity.”

RedState will keep you updated in the event Blizzard releases a statement or takes any action.

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This Groveling Apology Shows Why Chris Cuomo Owns the Nickname Fredo

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We have reached a stage where mental illness and wokeness have combined to create a perfect storm of utterly stupid behavior. The mental illness here is the wave of transgenderism that has gone from being nuts to being fashionable within the lifecycle of a fruit fly. The wokeness part of it is the notion that you can demand other people use whatever pronouns you wish to describe you. The perfect storm of stupid behavior hit Fredo Cuomo last night like a ballpeen hammer on the forehead.

At the Democrat forum on exotic sexual proclivities, Kamala Harris was interviewed by Fredo about her views on adultery…sorry, that was a joke…about her policies in regards to the alphabet folks should the nation have the misfortune to elect her as president. This is her intro:

Actually, that’s pretty funny. You’ve heard the saying that the cop never thinks it is as funny as you do? Well,the people who said that had never encountered angry alphabet people.

[Raises hand]

[uhhhh…yeah they are]

Instead of powering through it with a ‘lighten up, Francis’ moment–it isn’t like CNN’s ratings could be hurt and Cuomo’s job wouldn’t be in jeopardy due to his family name–Cuomo acted just like Fredo after Mo Greene whipped his a**.

This is both sad and pathetic. But it is a metophor for the current age and I suppose we just have to deal with it.

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