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Populism and the Elites: Why the Freedom of Speech Must Be Curtailed

The credentialed media have never gotten over losing their ‘gatekeeping’ function, being the arbiters of what gets published, and what does not. The first real crack in their armor was the success of Rush Limbaugh, and his ability to reach millions of people with a message of which the vast majority of the Democrats with bylines disapproved. But, in radio, ratings are everything, and it was the public who listened, and kept increasing his audience size . . . to the great chagrin of the editors of The New York Times.

Then that internet thingy that Al Gore invented started giving other people the ability to self-publish in a way which allowed them to be read by any. It was Little Green Footballs and Powerline which demolished CBS News’ attempt to throw the 2004 election to John Kerry by using obviously forged documents that was the first big step in destroying the power of the media to hide the truth. Conservatives had a medium through which they could convey their views and, to the credentialed media’s collective horror, expose the truth. Now, to Andrew Marantz’s and the editors’ horror, wicked, wicked people like Donald Trump were able to get out information about the odious Hillary Clinton, information which helped defeat Her Inevitableness, to the great advantage of our country.

Populism refers to a range of political stances that emphasize the idea of “the people” and often juxtapose this group against “the elite”. The editors of the Times see themselves as the elite, the patricians who simply should rule over the plebeians, and thus, to them, populism is anathema.

Yet what is populism? Behind it all is the conviction that the voters should decide the direction of the government, which is something absolutely fine with the elites . . . as long as the plebeians vote the way the elite believe they should. Donald Trump was definitely not how the elite believed the plebeians should vote, but he was hardly the only case: Brexit in the UK, Viktor Orban in Hungary and Matteo Salvini in Italy.

From Foreign Affairs:

Italy’s Precarious Triumph Over Populism

Reports of Matteo Salvini’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

By Alexander Stille¹ | September 13, 2019

Last month, Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s right-wing populist Lega party, attempted a Machiavellian power move. Hoping to take advantage of his soaring popularity, he brought down his own government, with the clear intention of forcing elections that would return him as Italy’s uncontested strongman. To his own and most Italians’ surprise, his jilted coalition partner, the Five Star Movement, turned around and formed a new government with the center-left Democratic Party (DP), until then the government’s principal opposition.

And so Salvini had transformed what appeared as a moment of historic triumph for the right into a major opportunity for the left. Salvini had committed what the Italians call an autogol, a soccer term for accidentally kicking the ball into your own net.

“The idea of saving our country from a swerve into dangerous populism based on hatred prevailed,” said Nicola Zingaretti, the secretary of the Democratic Party. When the new coalition was announced, many commentators breathed a sigh of relief that Italy had prevented what some feared would be the “Orbanization” of Italy, or the emergence of a far-right government, led by Salvini, that would follow the neo-authoritarian model of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

But whether the new government halts the rise of right-wing populism more than temporarily will depend on its ability to improve Italy’s standard of living and reverse some negative trends that have made the country one of the weaker links in the European Union. To fix all this would be a tall order for any government, let alone one composed of two parties—each riven by serious internal divisions—that were bitter rivals until a few weeks ago. In other words, if Italy does not begin to address the problems that paved the way for Salvini’s ascendancy, the country will have him to contend with whenever elections are held next.

I won’t quote the entire article for you — that would be plagiarism — but you can easily follow the link to it. While there is a decent amount of background information, suffice it to say that it fairly drips with condescension for the plebeians, for the riff-raff ordinary public. Dr Stille noted that Signore Salvini “campaigned with the Trumpian slogan ‘Italians first!’”, as though it is somehow wrong for Italian voters to be concerned with Italians first.

Italy and Greece, two of the poorer economies in the European Union, have been subjected to the greatest inflows of refugees from the Middle East and Northern Africa; Sig. Salvini, promised to halt illegal immigration, something he was at least able reduce as Interior Minister. Prime Ministers Viktor Orbán of Hungary and Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland have been doing the same thing, while Boris Johnson, now Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was the driving force behind the Brexit campaign, much of the support of which was due to Her Majesty’s subjects wishing to curtail the inflow of immigrants.

Of course, the European Union, led by Führerin und Reichskanzlerin Angela Merkel of Germany, have been busy welcoming these non-Western civilization immigrants into Europe, and it’s just horribly raaaaacist for the commoners to object.

One external factor that could make an important difference in Salvini’s fortunes is the European Union. The leaders in Brussels would make a serious mistake if they assume that they can return to business as usual now that an EU-friendly government is back in place. In part, right-wing populism has grown because the social compact within many European countries has broken down. Tone-deaf EU bureaucrats have appeared more concerned with fiscal rigor than the quality of life in member countries. They have had little patience with countries such as Italy that have struggled to meet EU deficit targets. At the same time, the EU has left Italy (and other frontline countries such as Greece) alone to contend with mass migration from Africa.

In order to seriously undercut Salvini—and those like him—Europe must revisit the Dublin Regulation, which established that demands for asylum must be handled by the countries in which the applicants arrive, placing an unfair burden on Italy, Greece, and Spain—also the countries that were hardest hit by the crash of 2007–08. Europe must act collectively to reduce the flow of refugees, combat human trafficking, and process the cases of asylum seekers. In the same spirit, it needs to show greater flexibility about spending limits, worry less about inflation, and pursue a more growth-oriented economic policy. Paradoxically, the recent slowdown of the German economy might favor this prospect.

In other words, unless the current government and its allies in Brussels take concrete, meaningful steps to improve the lives of ordinary Italians, Salvini’s power grab may turn out to have been delayed but not denied.

Which begs the question: how would Italians — and other Europeans — view improvement in their lives? The patricians all seem to assume that the primary issue is having more euros in their pockets, and that’s an important consideration.

But the various European nations are, unlike the United States, established on ethnic groups; Italy is the country of Italians. We saw how the various ethnic groups in the old Yugoslavia, held together by the iron will of Marshall Tito, fragmented and fractured on ethnic lines not long after his death; we saw how the Czechs and the Slovaks, so long united in Czechoslovakia, chose to split into two nations. The patricians, so long imbued in their liberal ideas, cannot seem to grasp the fact that perhaps, for Italians, the quality of life for many Italians includes having neighbors who are also Italian.

Yes, I know, I know: such ideas are anathema, simply beyond the pale, but that doesn’t mean that some people don’t hold them. And in democracies, countries which are (supposedly) governed with the consent of the public, the voters have a right to vote for the politicians who support the policies they prefer.

Professor Stille, of course, hopes that the European Union can somehow impose Rightthink on the plebeian voters in Europe, that the general public will mirror the views of the elite. Dr Stille quoted, rather approvingly, Democratic Party secretary Nicola Zingaretti, who said that the surprising coalition had saved Italy from a “dangerous populism.” That danger was that the plebeians would no longer do the will of the patricians.

That, of course, is much of the reason why the editors of The New York Times are publishing OpEd pieces in favor of regulating the speech of the plebeians, while still clinging very tightly to their own freedom of the press. As long as the editors of the Times were one of the most powerful gatekeepers of what could be published — meaning: what the common people could read — the elite could tolerate the (mostly) unfettered Freedom of Speech. Once Rush Limbaugh and Powerline started to break things open, not so much. Why, if the commoners could read and hear differing viewpoints, why them might adopt those differing viewpoints, and that simply cannot be allowed.
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¹ – Alexander Stille is San Paolo Professor of International Journalism at Columbia Journalism School.
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Syria Withdrawal Part II: Protecting (Our) Kurds

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Yesterday, President Trump announced that he was immediately withdrawing U.S. Forces from Syria. As expected, the usual suspects both Democrat, never-Trump and even sometime political allies of the President such as Senators Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham, immediately and stridently decried the decision. I did a little write up yesterday explaining some of the history of our Syrian experience and the why’s and wherefore’s of The President’s decision.

Today we will delve into what many folks consider a huge issue; As the United States executes this decision, how do we protect the Kurds from our NATO ally, Turkey? Turkey as we know, within hours of U.S. troops moving, attacked Kurdish positions in Western Iraq. This is a non-starter.

First of all, let’s talk about Turkey. Turkey is a NATO “ally.” The reason for the quotes as you might imagine, is that we’ve been having some issues with Turkey for the past few years. These have become more of a problem since the President Erdogan’s election and subsequent consolidation of power over his political rivals. Erdogan, like his predecessors, has been dealing with an active insurgency in his country fostered by the PKK, a Kurdish separatist movement. The PKK has been declared by not only Turkey, but also the United States, as a Terrorist group. This will become more clear shortly.

“The Kurds,” on the other hand, aren’t. They are not one homogenous entity in their relations with each other, or with Turkey. They are actually three separate groups, each with differing loyalties. The below graphic explains this and also shows how much of the angst over President Trump’s alleged “abandonment of an ally” might be misplaced.

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At the top of the graphic, we have the Turkish government, with arrows showing its relationship to each of the main Kurdish groups. It is important to note as I have above, that Turkey has been fighting an active separatist movement for several decade. Of course this colors its view of the Kurds. At the bottom of all four entities involved, including the Turkish government, we can see that all four have engaged the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).

On the far left is the PKK, a Kurdish separatist group in Turkey who have for several decades, been considered a terrorist organization by both Turkey and the United States. Note that the arrow from Turkey to this group is titled “Fighting.” The Turks are trying to keep their native Kurds from establishing a separate state inside Turkey.

On the far right, are the Iraqi Kurds. These folks have their own semi autonomous region inside Iraq and have been reliable U.S. allies. The arrow from the “Turkish Government” block indicates “good relations” between both governments. Absent some signal change, there is likely to be absolutely no bloodshed between the Iraqi Kurds and the Turks in the foreseeable future, despite what the never-Trump crowd is saying.

Now for the difficult part, the Syrian Kurds. As the graphic shows, while the Syrian Kurds were fighting ISIS/ISIL (incidentally also trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Al Assad) they are considered a hostile force by the Turkish government because of their alignment with the PKK. This is likely one of the reasons that the first thing the Turkish forces attacked after the withdrawal of U.S. forces, was a base supporting the Syrian Kurds.

As a January 2019 Washington Times article explains

The Kurds are a Middle Eastern minority spread out from Syria in the West, through Turkey and Iraq, to Iran in the east, and further divided into various political groupings.

But this is not what the foreign policy establishment is referring to in the Syria debate. Rather, they are talking about a specific Kurdish political institution in northern Syria, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and its military wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG). This is the Syrian franchise of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been at war with Turkey for 35 years, and is a U.S.-designated terrorist group inspired by Marxist doctrine.

There are obviously some competing issues here that we need to resolve, but as the Washington Times excerpt above indicates, they might not be quite as cut and dried as The President’s critics seem to believe. First of all, Turkey is a NATO ally. Although lately they have been “somewhat unfriendly,” we need to treat them as as an ally to avoid exacerbating the situation to a point that it’s irrecoverable. That ally has a righteous concern regarding the PKK, it’s allies and Turkish internal security.

Second, we have to resolve the Syrian Kurds’ support for us with Turkey’s desire to eliminate them as a threat. The most critical thing we need to understand, is what I mentioned in the first article in this series; We were illegally involved in Syria in the first place. Moreover, while the U.S. had its agendas, the elimination of ISIS/ISIL and the advancement of the Obama/Powers Responsibility To Protect doctrine, the Syrian Kurds also had theirs, the overthrow of President Assad.

When we combine these three agendas, what we have, is an alliance of convenience. The Syrian Kurds assisted us in eliminating ISIS/ISIL, but we also assisted them in defending themselves against Assad’s government forces. Should we simply abandon them to whatever their fate may be at the hands of Assad or Erdogan? Of course not. But we do need to recognize, that absent the aberrant policies of the Obama administration, we would have never invaded Syria and certainly never been involved with this particular group in the first place.

So, what do we owe the Syrian Kurds? Not as much as we owe the Turks, as unpalatable as it many seem at this particular instant. However, we do owe them something, as they were of some assistance in helping us. The solution could be as simple as brokering a peace deal and a change of alignment of the Syrian Kurds. If we can convince them to forswear their alignment with the PKK and accept a U.S.-Turkey negotiated autonomous region on the Syrian side of the Syria-Turkey border, we could preclude further bloodshed while at the same time adding to President Assad’s (and his Russian sponsor’s) concern about a hostile force on his frontier. Moreover, this just might send such a message to President Erdogan as to begin a modest rapprochement with this most important NATO ally.

Tomorrow: Syria Withdrawal Part III: The Way Ahead

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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A Woman Confronts Beto, Calls His Position on Illegal Immigration ‘a Slap in the Face.’ His Reply Fails on Every Level

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Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke takes part in a debate for the Texas U.S. Senate with Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, in Dallas, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

 

 

On Sunday, as Beto O’Rourke continued his single-digit reach for White House and hunting-rifle-theft glory, a woman in a Phoenix rally crowd confronted him over support for illegal immigration.

Here’s what the extremely-outnumbered lady had to say:

“Robert, I noticed that you pander a lot to the illegal aliens and encouraging illegal immigration. We are a nation of laws and I just think it’s a slap in the face to every legal immigrant who has waited, and paid, and played by the rules to immigrate to this country legally and who have respected our country, our land, our citizens, our laws, and who have gone through the process to come here legally.”

She accused him of slapping the face of all immigrants:

“To just say everybody is welcome here, you all get free stuff, and just come on over the border is again, a slap in the face to every legal immigrant, like my mother, who has come here legally.”

The crowd booed.

But Beto told them to let her finish.

Now, it’s at this point that something interesting could’ve occurred.

He could’ve addressed her comment.

Perhaps he could’ve explained his position, bolstered by moving realities. He might’ve changed her mind. He may’ve said something to reach those who would otherwise disagree, as his response was broacast over the webwaves relentlessly.

Nope.

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If I had to guess, I’d say he wanted her to finish her thought only so he could use it as a springboard.

There’s an age-old — and, it should be noted, presumably wholly ineffective — political trick that goes something like this:

You say, “What do you have to say about issue A, about which many find your position offensive?”

I say, “What I find offensive is blah blah blah issue Z.”

And on we go into infinite dumbness.

Discussion, understanding, growth, and any discernible purpose to sound emanating from pieholes, all successfully averted.

Here’s his reply to the woman’s “I just think it’s a slap in the face to every legal immigrant who has waited” comment :

“[W]hat is a slap in the face to my conscience and the best traditions of this country is taking kids from their parents and putting them in cages. We, in this country, have lost the lives of seven children in our custody and in our care.

There are tens of thousands waiting on the other side of the border in an Orwellian-named migrant protection protocol. In Tijuana, in Ciudad Juárez, vulnerable, penniless, frightened. They’re being preyed upon by those exploit those who have no defense left.

“If immigration is a problem, it is the best possible problem that this country could have. I want those asylum seekers here in this country. I want us to live according to our conscience, to our laws, to our commitments, and to the best, boldest, brightest future we could possibly have. Those immigrants pose no threat to you, nor to me; stop trafficking in these lies.”

And this beat goes on.

Or, the Beato.

-ALEX

 

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Did You Know In-N-Out is Spreading the Word of God? The Chain’s President Opens Up About Her Family’s Christian Principles

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Do you know the joy of a Double Double? Have you felt the elation of Animal Style fries?

The West’s best fast food chain has a secret, and it’s right beneath their reasonably-priced one-way tickets to palatable ecstasy.

On the bottom of cups and cartons at In-N-Out sit messages to the delectable destination’s customers.

Here’s one:

“For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.”

Proverbs 24:16 (NASB)

That’s beneath the french fry tray.

Want a refreshing beverage? Here’s what your root beer will tell you:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His [a]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

John 3:16 (NASB)

Even water comes with a reminder:

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’”

John 14:6 (NASB).

You could go your whole life and never know the references were there; In-N-Out isn’t into beating people over the heads.

But the privately-owned portal to heaven and the family overseeing it were both founded on Christian principles.

Speaking to The Christian Post recently, President Lynsi Snyder — whose grandparents launched the hit hamburger haven in 1948 — discussed her personal trials and her help from above.

The 37-year-old lost her father when she was 17. That led to drug and alcohol abuse, as well as three rocky marriages.

But that was then:

“I finally found that the deep need in my heart can only be filled by Jesus and my identity in Him.”

Now, in addition to running a restaurant empire — she became a billionaire before the age of 35 — Lynsi is sponsor of the Army of Love ministry.

The organization’s purpose: to “unify the body of Christ into soldiers” and “unite various ministries.”

She wants to share the joy she’s found:

“The battle over souls is being waged in the heavenly. We want to be on the front lines of this battle to save the lost and bring fallen Christians back to their first love.”

As for the scriptures — which were her Uncle Richard’s idea — she explained, “It’s a family business and will always be, and that’s a family touch.”

Richard began with John 3:16 on the bottom of cups to honor his own rededication to God.

As for a commitment to expansion, Lynsi’s content to keep the Christian-owned burger joint small:

“I like that we’re unique. That we’re not on every corner. You put us in every state and it takes away some of its luster.”

It seems to be working out; In-N-Out’s current worth is estimated at $3 billion.

If you land anywhere near one, I suggest you immediately add to that number.

Benevolence has never been more delicious.

-ALEX

 

See 3 more pieces from me:

Mario Lopez Claims Small Children Shouldn’t Choose Their Gender. What’s Worse – That Or His Christian Faith?

A Tribunal Rules Against A Christian Doctor Refusing To Use Transgender Pronouns – It’s ‘Incompatible With Human Dignity’

Trump Administration Threatens To Pull Funding From Duke University Program For Promoting Islam While Ignoring Christianity

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Ocasio-Cortez Wants to Abolish Prisons Now Because Why Not?

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At this point, I’m just assuming the left is fully aware that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is extremely ignorant, crazy, or both because every time she opens her mouth or tweets something out, ridiculousness comes spewing forth like an exorcist scene.

Take this tweet from AOC about how we should start seriously considering shutting down prisons because they’re leftover remnants of a racist America.

“Mass incarceration is our American reality. It is a system whose logic evolved from the same lineage as Jim Crow, American apartheid, & slavery,” tweeted AOC. “To end it, we have to change. That means we need to have a real conversation about decarceration & prison abolition in this country.”

Let’s get the obvious facts out of the way. Yes, we could use some criminal justice reform and our prison systems are far from perfect.

Should they be completely eliminated?

In order for that to happen, I’m wondering what kind of solution AOC has for serial murderers and rapists. How does she intend to punish child abusers or those who beat their wives and girlfriends? What about those who intentionally cheat the people out of money through scams.

I doubt the left would get behind this either. Where would they put Donald Trump in their weird fantasies after the law comes and gets him for being a big meanie? Where would Bill Nye put the people who deny climate change? What would they do if they don’t have a place to send people who say things like “men are not women?”

Once again, AOC is suggesting things that have zero sense behind them and no explanation as to how they’re going to work.

I’m under the impression that Ocasio-Cortez seems to think that everyone is a good soul underneath and with a little time and effort, anyone can be rehabilitated. Again, I agree that when it comes to many people in prison, rehabilitation, education, and no shortage of the love of God can bring anyone back from the darkness and turn their life around.

However, some people just can’t be saved due to one reason or another, and they’re going to do bad things that hurt a lot of people. They can’t help themselves, maybe because they’re mentally ill or their childhoods were so damaging that their psychological trauma has them almost programmed to act a certain way.

It’s clear that it’s all unicorns and rainbows to AOC and that she lives in some sort of fantasy land where socialism works, there is no social conflict, and anyone who makes mistakes is just a misunderstood person who we should all feel sorry for like some Disney villain in her own movie.

Heck, we even have the money to take in and give welfare to everyone who immigrates here illegally according to her proposals.

(READ: Watch: Ocasio-Cortez Proposes New Act That Gives Welfare To Illegal Immigrants)

I present to you, the unofficial leader of the Democrat party.

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That Latest Elizabeth Warren Lying Scandal Just Got Much Worse

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Who could have imagined that Elizabeth Warren could have the capacity to lie about her background? Shocking, if true.

Warren has been sharing an anecdote lately involving the claim that she was once fired from a teaching job over being pregnant. This obviously plays into every woke stereotype involving discrimination and the current Democrat presidential candidate has decided to make her story a staple of her stump speech. You can find examples of it being spouted going back to the beginning of the year.

The problem was that Warren had told a completely different story back in 2007, as was covered here at RedState late last week.

But in a March 8, 2007 interview with Harvard Law Professor Leo Gottlieb, Warren made it clear that such discrimination had nothing to do with the loss of that teaching job.

Warren told Gottlieb how she had earned a full scholarship to George Washington University at 16, and graduated with a degree in speech pathology and audiology, and didn’t mention the commuter college that has become another pillar in her bio. She then explained that she left her public school job after one school year because she lacked the educational credentials to qualify for a permanent position, and that she decided on her own to abandon the calling.

Note the language she uses about qualifying for a permanent position, because new documents show that not only was she lying about being let go, she had actually been offered another year long contract extension to keep her job.

The Free Beacon uncovered this today.

Minutes of an April 21, 1971, Riverdale Board of Education meeting obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show that the board voted unanimously on a motion to extend Warren a “2nd year” contract for a two-days-per-week teaching job. That job is similar to the one she held the previous year, her first year of teaching. Minutes from a board meeting held two months later, on June 16, 1971, indicate that Warren’s resignation was “accepted with regret.”

And lest someone tries to pretend this is just Warren living in a gray zone and that she actually meant something else, nope. She pointedly claimed the principal “didn’t ask” her back.

Warren’s book, A Fighting Chance, published a year after she was sworn in as a senator in 2013, tells something of a different story, though the two aren’t necessarily incompatible. “By the end of the school year, I was pretty obviously pregnant,” Warren wrote in the book. “The principal did what I think a lot of principals did back then—wished me good luck, didn’t ask me back the next school year, and hired someone else for the job.”

That, ladies and gentlemen, is calling bald-faced lying for political gain.

Sure, that’s not necessarily unique among politicians, but what is unique is that the media don’t care to report on this at all. If this were Trump or any other Republican caught in such an obvious lie, it’d be headline news for a week but it won’t be. Heck, they aren’t even covering it.

Take this ridiculous tweet by Nate Silver.

Yes, how very interesting. It’s a total mystery why the mainstream media aren’t picking up this story. It’s not like they have been in the bag for Warren since the beginning of the summer or anything.

To tie a bow on all this, Warren is documented in the minutes of the 1971 meeting as actually quitting.

Toward the end of Warren’s first year on the job, in April 1971, the board approved her contract for the following school year, the meeting minutes show. Two months later, the meeting minutes indicate that Warren had tendered her resignation.

“The resignation of Mrs. Elizabeth Warren, speech correctionist effective June 30, 1971 was accepted with regret,” the June 16, 1971, minutes say.

In summary, not only did the school board let her go as she claims, they offered her another year of employment. Her response was to tender her resignation two months later. Perhaps she did that out of frustration, but by her own admission, she didn’t qualify for a more permanent position.

No matter how you read these documents, it’s clear she lied and continues to do so.

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Nickelback Sees a Massive Increase in Plays and Downloads Thanks to Trump

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I think we can officially confirm the existence of a “Trump bump.”

After President Donald Trump released a meme that featured an altered clip of “Photograph” by Nickelback that contained a picture of former VP Joe Biden with his son Hunter Biden and a Ukrainian gas executive, the song received something of a reawakening of attention.

While Twitter deleted the meme of Trump’s due to a copyright claim filed by Warner Media, it didn’t stop the song from achieving a second chance at mainstream relevance.

Billboard reported that the song’s download sales skyrocketed to over 500 percent:

The song earned 772,000 on-demand streams (audio and video combined) on Oct. 2-3, a 38% gain from the 558,000 it collected on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. (Streaming numbers include streams from sources like YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify, but not streams from videos shared directly via Twitter’s platform.)

Digital download sales of “Photograph” on Oct. 2-3 were up 569% over the previous two days. However, in both pairs of days, sales were still negligible. In total for the week ending Oct. 3, the song garnered 1,000 downloads.

If you missed seeing the meme, then you can view it in this video below.

While this is pretty amazing, it does leave Trump with a huge problem in that he made Nickelback more famous. This is clearly an impeachable offense and I imagine that there are very few people who would disagree with that. Mostly Canadians and Deadpool, who is also played by a Canadian.

This is also a bad day for Nickelback since their number two song of all time will now be associated with Joe Biden. I hope the resurgence of their song’s popularity is enough consolation for them.

 

 

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Woke Student Geniuses Protest at the University of Minnesota, Demand All Campus Police be Disarmed Immediately

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So what’s the best remedy for a madman with a rifle, two handguns, and murderous will?

A security guard with pepper spray.

So seem to believe a group of stuents at the University of Minnesota.

They demand that the only thing standing between them and the bullet of a mass killer is a bottle full of juice from a spicy fruit.

#Standards

As reported by The College Fix, the aspiring security specialists are participating in a sit-in outside the president’s office. The rally’s a follow-up to the 2018 protest in front of the UM Police Department.

And they expect their demands to be met, buster!

Tell ’em, world-changers, like ya did to the Minnesota Daily:

“This is essentially a reminder that we expect these demands to be met.”

The activists aren’t just gunning for progress in the danger department; they’re also commanding the school which they don’t own to “increase [in] the diversity of the student population.”

How might that be done? The college is already open to the public.

The revolutionaries insisting UM must be a place where lots of minorities are in mortal jeopardy come courtesy of Students for a Democratic Society.

The rally was referred to as a “study-in,” because students gotta study.

One organizer summed up the protest’s genius:

“The goal is to occupy space … to keep it chill and study.”

That’ll get ’em.

One apt pupil told the Daily, “I have a midterm in half an hour,” said another. “I agree with the resolutions [from SDS], I just have to balance social justice with school.”

Here’s more:

Attendees snacked on Halloween-themed donuts and coffee as they studied.

It’ll be interesting if, at some point years from now, one of the protestors has to call the cops because armed robbers are bustin’ into their home:

“Yes, 911? Guys in black masks with guns are coming through our windows. Please send help. Oh, and by the way — please make sure police in no way bring firearms. I demand it.”

As for their power presently, an Student Government initiative to disarm campus popo failed last year by almost 400 votes.

400 isn’t much, but the protestors have their work cut out for them: At the sit-in, there were only 8.

-ALEX

 

 

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Chicago Orders its Cops: Do Not Cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security on Illegal Immigration

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In late September, Chicago cops were told how it is on immigration enforcement.

The directive had a distinctive separatist vibe: Don’t cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security where illegal immigration is concerned.

Fox News obtained a memo sent out in late September ordering the men and women in blue to press Pause and wait for a supervisor before any assistance to DHS.

“If the request is to assist with an immigration arrest or detention,” the supervisor will take over and CPD personnel will leave the scene as directed by the [them].

Noting to Fox that they’ve traditionally assisted federal agents, one Chicago law enforcement source warned that the new policy puts both police and agents in danger:

“See what happens when that happens and a DHS agent is injured because of a lack of response by CPD. Sickening what’s happening here.”

Another put it like this:

“You’ll not find a single real police officer that would refuse to assist another agency.”

DHS is, of course, none too thrilled, as indicated by a spokesperson:

“The Department of Homeland Security is deeply concerned with the dangerous anti-law enforcement direction given by the leadership of the Chicago Police Department. The men and women of ICE put their lives on the line every day to protect the citizens of this country from dangerous criminals. Failing to support fellow law enforcement officers upon request for assistance not only places our heroic police officers in greater danger but keeps criminals on the streets and makes all of our communities less safe, specifically the great City of Chicago.”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had something to say about that at an illegal immigration rally just last week:

“We will never, ever succumb to the racist, xenophobic rhetoric of ICE. We will continue to ban ICE from having access to any CPD databases. We’ll not allow any CPD officer to cooperate with anything related to ICE and its immigration raids.”

For anyone wondering if illegal immigration contributes to crime in Illinois’s most bustling city, you can rest at ease. In early September, Lori made crystal clear who’s to blame for the Democrat-controlled metropolis’s outrageous gun violence: Republicans.

“60% of illegal firearms recovered in Chicago come from outside IL—mostly from states dominated by coward Republicans like [Ted Cruz] who refuse to enact commonsense gun legislation.”

And remember, those guns then walk around the city, just shootin’ at folks. What’re ya gonna do? Guns have legs and are filled with venomous rage. That’s why we gotta lock ’em up.

We’re living in strange times, with governments warring against Government.

On one hand, the Constitution lays out a plan not much followed: States are to be largely autonomous. Chicago’s giving that a shot.

But DHS believes that shot might get people shot:

“Failing to support fellow law enforcement officers upon request for assistance not only places our heroic police officers in greater danger but keeps criminals on the streets and makes all of our communities less safe, specifically the great City of Chicago.”

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