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Proof that YouTube Is Censoring Non-Mainstream Conservative Content Surfaces

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We all know it’s happening. Social media suppresses conservative voices, articles, and videos all the time.

One person in particular who has been censored both overtly and behind the scenes is Steven Crowder, who claimed that his content was being censored. It turned out that he was right, and that his videos would not pop up if you searched for them by name.

They would continuously show themselves in overseas countries, but in America, they were being censored. Crowder created a video to show first-hand screenshots.

As Crowder says in the video, this happening in the United States, where we celebrate free speech, has some very dark implications.

The problem is that it doesn’t end there.

Paul Joseph Watson of Summit News also did an experiment and searched for a video specifically by name called “Hillary Clinton lying for 13 minutes straight.” The video features Clinton caught telling lies about her political positions as you can see.

Entering the name of the video directly into YouTube’s search function yields many results, but not this video as you Watson shows in a screenshot.

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I recreated the search myself and got the same exact result.

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Meaning that YouTube is actively censoring this video about Clinton, and one that would be damning to her if she were to ever run again, which is a rumor that is floating around at this time. In its place are mainstream sources for videos giving commentary and one promotional video by Clinton herself.

While I wouldn’t call all the videos presented flattering to Clinton (with the obvious exception of one) I wouldn’t exactly call them damaging, unlike the one showing her blatantly lying is.

Google’s attempting to protect and promote Clinton has not been anything new. In fact, as a pro-Clinton author detailed, the relationship between Google and Hillary, and noted that it goes much deeper than support from Google employees for her campaign as he detailed in a series of tweets:

Now, switching to Hillary Clinton: This is going to hurt me to write, because I & my whole extended family have been strong supporters of the Clintons for decades. I have a framed, signed letter from Bill on the wall near my desk. But Hillary should be ashamed of herself.

Hillary has long depended on Google for both money & votes. Her largest donor in 2016 was Alphabet/Google. Her Chief Technology Officer during the campaign was Stephanie Hannon, a former Google exec. And then there’s Eric Schmidt, longtime head of Google …

A leaked email showed that in 2014 Google’s Eric Schmidt offered to run Hillary’s tech campaign (see pic). In 2015, Schmidt in fact funded The Groundwork, a highly secretive tech company, the sole purpose of which was to put Clinton into office.

About 96% of 2016 campaign donations from Google employees went to Hillary. And Elan Kriegel, Hillary’s Chief Analytics Officer, credits his 2012 tech team, informally supervised by Eric Schmidt, for half of Obama’s win margin: nearly 2.5 million votes.

Even if Clinton doesn’t run, what we have here is pretty solid evidence that Google is willing to rig searches in order to better benefit a Democratic candidate.

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New Video Shows Male Track Runners Absolutely Blow Away a Woman at the World Athletic Championships

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[Screenshot from Twitter, cropped, https://twitter.com/WingsScotland/status/1178410585886724096?]

 

In my opinion, some people in politics and entertainment are putting into one heap two things which don’t belong together: people’s rights to present themselves as they wish, and men’s rights to invade women’s sports and beat the stew out of them. Irony: It’s being called “The Equality Act.”

There are reasons sports are separated by sex; and one of those is the fact that men, generally, are bigger, faster, and stronger.

Here’s more on that from Joe Rogan:

“There’s a reason why we make the distinction to have male athletics vs. female athletics. The reason is that males have a physiological advantage over women. … [I]f you’re a women, and you’re a natural woman, and you don’t take any extra hormones or male hormones, you’re not taking steroids or any sort of performance-enhancing drugs, you’re doing your very best to compete and you’re at the top of the heap, and someone comes along and they were a man for 30 years, and decides they’re going to be a woman…and competes as a woman and destroys records and dominates you in that sport, that’s bull****. … That’s a person who is biologically a male, and who was a male for 30+ years of having testosterone run through their body and affect their tendon strength, and affect the shape of their bones and the mechanical advantages of the male hips vs. the female hips, and then they’re competing with smaller people who have been a woman their whole life. It’s not fair. It is as much cheating as taking steroids when the other person doesn’t or taking performance-enhancing drugs when the other person doesn’t. Maybe even more so. Maybe even more so, because you also have — there’s a bunch of advantages in terms of reaction time that males enjoy. It’s some significant difference in reaction time between males and even untrained males vs. female professional athletes.”

Somewhere right now is a girl with athletic dreams. She’s destined to make all-stars. And all-state. To set records in high school. And get a scholarship. And break records in college. And get national recognition. And go to the Olympics. And get compete professionally. And parlay all the attention into endorsements or other means of making a living. Or any one or combination of those.

But she won’t — because a man is going to take her place.

Why are there people voicing support for it?

This is anecdotal, but I believe it’s worth a watch: A video of the weekend’s co-ed World Athletics Championships surfaced Tuesday, showing four different male track runners pass a woman who’d been given a 7-second head start for a short run. In the 4×400-meter relay, each team was comprised of two men and two women.

This is where we’re headed. Dudes’ll blow out chicks, and that’ll be that for their hopes and dreams.

Check out the videos.

And for a wrap-up, here’s more Joe:

“It has nothing to do with being open-minded or tolerant. It has something to do with logic; just basic reason. This is craziness. You’re encouraging people to be something that’s preposterous. … You’re in make-believe town. … You can’t just decide you’re a woman and compete with women. That’s make-believe. … You…know there’s an advantage. Everyone knows. This is crazy. … I’m as open-minded as they come with this, but this is unfair for women — which is what’s so ironic about this, because everybody’s supposed to be looking out for women. If you’re looking out for women but you’re also blindly progressive to the point where you’re letting [stuff] like this fly, well, then you’re not looking out for women, because women are now in this weird position where you’re putting them at this unfair disadvantage. It’s…crazy. It’s a symptom of a sick society. It’s a symptom of a lack of rational thinking. It’s people just bending over backward so hard to be progressive and open-minded that you’re giving into these extremists, these crazy people that are looking at this thing completely delusionally.”

As reported by The Telegraph, the WAC 4×400-meter relay was “track athletics’ first mixed-gender event.”

Only officially — see here and here.

-ALEX

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Men Are Dangerously Brutalizing Women In Rugby As Teams Are ‘Forced To Prioritize Hurt Feelings Over Broken Bones’

Every House Democrat But One: 234 Elected Officials Demand The Extermination Of Women’s Sports. #TimesUp

Kentucky Governor Releases An Ad Fighting For Female Athletes’ Dreams Of Success: ‘What If That Shot Was Taken Away?’

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President Trump Has Every Right and Authority to Ask or Demand Other Nations Help in Our Investigations

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President Donald Trump arrives with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr to speak about the census in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Last week as leaker in the CIA assisted in a calculated hit on President Trump. Much like James Comey contrived a fact set that led to the appointment of a special counsel, this guy obviously coordinated with Adam Schiff (and I think with Michael Atkinson, the IC IG) to create a fact set would lead to the launch of an impeachment process against President Trump.

The Ukraine call was pretty mundane. President Trump asked the Ukraine president to assist Attorney Bill Barr’s investigation into the possible existence of a copy of the DNC server logs and files that allegedly Crowdstrike examined (I’ve been astonished at the number of people, ostensibly on the right, who will argue that Crowdstrike did not have unique access to the DNC server logs and files when, in fact, we know no US agency was allowed to see them) in Ukraine. He also asked Ukraine to continue the investigation into corruption that Joe Biden shut down in order to save his son’s coke-addled butt.

The fact that Joe Biden is running for the Democrat nomination is irrelevant. No one, under our system of laws, gets a pass because of family connections. Various media organizations claim the charges have been “debunked” but “debunked” is just media code meaning a) we don’t like this and b)lalalalala! I can’t hear you. The fact is the charges of influence peddling have been around for quite a while and have never been investigated by law enforcement. As we were told over the past three years, if the Biden’s are innocent they should welcome the investigation in order to clear their name (hahaha…no one ever believed that lie and we’re seeing that clearly right now). At least President Trump didn’t use an asset of British intelligence to dummy up a “dossier” or bullsh** allegations that, where there is any specificity at all, has been disproven by law enforcement. And, as we discovered in 2016, that is a perfectly legitimate tactic.

If you think the Crowdstrike story is a conspiracy theory, I’d just note that 1) you don’t know as much about this as the Attorney General does and he’s taking it seriously and 2) if you’re right, you should be happy because this is just a waste of time. But people are upset about this for some reason. Funny, that.

Yesterday, we heard first that President Trump has approached the Australian government for assistance in the investigation. Australia is a key component as an Australian diplomat with intelligence community connections, Alexander Downer, is one of the key figures in the whole Russia Hoax. Australia has agreed to cooperate.

Last night, Sarah Lee reported that Attorney General Bill Barr had been on the ground in Italy (this is where Joseph Mifsud, the guy who played George Papadopoulos is holed up and the country for whom’s intelligence service most people think Mifsud works). He’s also been in Britain.

This is how the loony left is framing it.

These are the facts.

Getting to the bottom of the genesis of the Russia Hoax is a top priority for Trump. It seems obvious that the FBI, parts of CIA, State, and Justice were working hand-in-glove with the Clinton campaign to destroy Trump’s candidacy and then his presidency. The underlying supports of the hoax seem to rest equally on intelligence operations run by Britain, Italy, an Australia against Trump campaign staff. Those operations seem to be designed to create the appearance of collusion with Russia. The major pillar was the Steel Dossier. This was created by an asset of British intelligence and, quite possibly, was the product of a Russian information operation. Read:
The Steele Memo Is Much More Likely Russian Dezinformatsiya Than It Is Intelligence
Key Russian Sources For The Steele Dossier Are Identified And They Will Blow Your Mind
Here’s Why We Should Be Hoping That The Steele Dossier Was Written By The Russians
The New York Times Takes Another Look At The Steele Dossier And Reaches An Astonishing Conclusion
If This New York Times Reporter Suspected The Dossier Was A Fraud Why Is He Only Reporting On It Now

If the Clinton campaign used the federal government to run an operation against the Trump campaign, we need to know about that because people need to go to jail. If a document authored by the FSB/SVR was used to kick off the investigation of a president, we need to know and harsh action needs to be taken against anyone who touched it.

This is not to say this will not have a huge political impact on the 2020 election. Suddenly, everyone who pushed this disgraceful hoax will have to answer for their own involvement. It is hard to see how CNN could even survive such a revelation. That political impact doesn’t make it wrong or illegal. The political impact was created when the Democrats decided to construct the hoax.

So President Trump has every right to send out investigators to find out what happened. Bill Barr’s presence is critical because that impresses upon the locals the fact that POTUS is dead serious and there is no higher priority in our bilateral relations than getting to the bottom of this criminality.

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‘Resistance by Whistleblower’ was Always Part of the Plan

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I came across a fascinating post today written by Legal Insurrection’s “New Neo,” who explains that the unprecedented resistance to the Trump presidency from the left is part of a plan that was hatched long before his Inauguration Day.

Whistle-blowing included.

He cites a Vanity Fair article that was published on February 1, 2017 entitled “An Anti-Trump Resistance Movement is Growing Within the U.S. Government.” It’s lede says, “The bureaucracy is fighting back.”

A U.S. diplomat in Africa told The New York Times that a “draft of a State Department letter of dissent had made its way through dozens of U.S. embassies abroad, accumulating hundreds of signatures from foreign service officers opposed to Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration.” Within days, the draft contained over one thousand signatures.

Similar initiatives were taking place in other government agencies. Workers were simply refusing to carry out policies which they disagreed with. Recall the firing of acting Attorney General Sally Yates for her refusal to enforce the travel ban order. This was the start of the anti-Trump resistance movement.

The diplomat describes some of the tactics the resistance planned to use. He specifically mentions whistle-blowing and leaking to the press.

Others, however, view resistance as a part of the job. “Policy dissent is in our culture,” one diplomat in Africa, who signed the letter circulating among foreign diplomats, told The New York Times. “We even have awards for it,” this person added, in reference to the State Department’s “Constructive Dissent” award. One Justice Department employee told The Washington Post, “You’re going to see the bureaucrats using time to their advantage,” and added that “people here will resist and push back against orders they find unconscionable,” by whistle-blowing, leaking to the press, and lodging internal complaints. Others are staying in contact with officials appointed by President Obama to learn more about how they can undermine Trump’s agenda and attending workshops on how to effectively engage in civil disobedience, the Post reports.

In the next excerpt, an Obama State Department official tells a reporter he is entitled to defy Trump’s orders because he believes the President is a threat to national security.

When asked how the opposition emerging at this stage compares to past administrations, Tom Malinow­ski, who served as Obama’s assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, sarcastically told the Post, “Is it unusual? There’s nothing unusual about the entire national security bureaucracy of the United States feeling like their commander in chief is a threat to U.S. national security. That happens all the time. It’s totally usual. Nothing to worry about.”

The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway understood from the beginning what was happening. On January 17th, 2017, she wrote:

Dwight Eisenhower warned that if we didn’t stay vigilant, the military-industrial complex would start creeping into politics with pernicious motives all its own. The intelligence community’s war of leaks against Trump before he’s even taken office is just the latest questionably politicized action in the decades since Eisenhower’s farewell address. And it’s safe to say that the intelligence community pushing unproven and absurd allegations about a president-elect’s sexual perversions is probably way worse than anything Ike imagined.

In order to understand how we got to this perilous place and get a handle on what’s going on, it’s worth taking a closer look at the motives and allegations of political operatives in intelligence agencies, as well as the basic timeline of allegations of Russian electoral interference in the last few months. Far from discrediting Trump, it paints a worrisome portrait of the deep state gone rogue, desperate to stop a man who, whatever his considerable flaws, is an outsider to Washington.

Early on, Democratic politicians and pundits were issuing warnings to Trump on how to behave in his dealings with the intelligence community. He was the duly elected President of the United States.

Hemingway cites Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s unforgettable advice to Trump. In an appearance on MSNBC, he told host Rachel Maddow:

…President-elect Donald Trump is “being really dumb” by taking on the intelligence community and its assessments on Russia’s cyber activities.

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

Members of the “elite” media felt the need to educate the incoming President as well:

Presidential historian Timothy Naftali said on a CNN panel that Trump should stay “silent” lest harmful information be released against him.

Never-Trumper David Frum tweeted, “CIA message to Trump: you mess with us, get ready for a leakstorm of Biblical proportions.”

It would appear that the left had a plan from the beginning. Perhaps not a formal, organized plan. But most of them decided that, since they and all of their friends felt Trump was not a legitimate President and did not belong in the White House, that they didn’t have to implement his policies or treat him with respect. Nothing was off-limits. No matter how egregious or outrageous their statements or actions, liberals could always find an audience to nod approvingly. Yes, we understand.

They all thought they had the power to drive him out of Washington. They have thrown everything they could possibly conceive of at this man and he’s not only standing, he’s thriving.

They may think they’ve finally cornered him this time. That’s laughable.

Hail to the Chief!

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President Trump Wins First Court Fight on SALT Deduction

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It looks like a key component of President Trump’s Tax Reform might get to stick around. CSNBC notes, New York judge dismisses blue state suit over SALT tax deductions

From the article

On Monday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by four states against the IRS, thwarting four blue states’ challenge against a new $10,000 cap on the deduction for state and local taxes, also known as SALT.

First, some background. In 2017, as part of President Trump’s Tax Reform Initiative, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Part of this legislation was a reduction to $10,000.00, the amount of state & local taxes that could be written off on Federal Income Taxes.

As a conservative reform measure, this was brilliant. It limited the amount of Federal subsidies high tax, mostly Democrat locales, could receive via the Federal Tax Code. Before this legislation, low tax states were effectively subsidizing higher tax states. This feature in the new law leveled the playing field by stopping the reward for prolific spending by some states, at the expense of others who more effectively manage their budgets.

Of course four leftist states (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland) promptly sued. This past Monday a New York Federal District Judge, J. Paul Oetken, an Obama appointee, dismissed the case.

This development puts the ball back in Congress’s court, said Michael D’Addio, principal at Marcum in New Haven, Connecticut.
“You know that the federal law is effective and it won’t be overturned because this case has been dismissed,” he said. “Unless you pressure your senators and representatives, there won’t be a solution other than a congressional one.”

Of course this doesn’t end there. The leftists, if they can’t win at the ballot box or in court, try to circumvent the rules. At the same time as the above suit was playing out in New York…(emphasis mine)

A second lawsuit filed in July 2019 by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in the Southern District of New York is still ongoing.

This time, the three states are suing to protect workarounds they built to permit taxpayers to claim deductions beyond the $10,000 SALT cap.

The three states passed legislation that would permit municipalities to establish charitable funds to pay for local services and offer property tax credits to incentivize homeowners to give.

This way, the taxpayers could write off the [their tax] payment as a charitable deduction on their federal tax returns.

Taxes now counting as charity? As I’ve often pointed out, the left never, ever quits. They are all about results, even if they have to cheat. What is more worrisome, is their entitled attitude. They honestly believe that it’s morally fine to force other states to subsidize their profligate spending habits.

Rush Limbaugh is correct. There is no compromise with these people. There is no reciprocal, “reaching across the aisle.” We must defeat them and defeat them soundly. Here’s hoping that the judge in the current case, see the Leftist effort for what it is—and quashes it.

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Director Of ‘Joker’ Explains Why His Film Pushes Back On Woke Culture And Immediately Gets Woke-Shamed

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As a culture, we should be celebrating writer/director Todd Phillips’ move toward a film like “Joker”, his anti-hero origin tale of Batman’s nemesis starring the always interesting Joaquin Phoenix. “Old School” was fantastic, don’t get me wrong. But “Joker” might have something to say that transcends the struggles of frat boys trying to launch.

But the wokest among us are already having serious problems with the film because they fear (Of course they fear. It’s what they do best.) Phillips might be encouraging empathy for a sociopathic murderer that could lead to actual violence. They are therefore in full-on cancel mode three days before the film is actually released.

In a really sharp profile of Phoenix at Vanity Fair, Phillips is quoted as saying he intentionally turned the corner on the types of films he was making because comedy, for all intents and purposes, is dead thanks to the PC police. Cut to the smart set shaming him for being a jackass with his own opinions on things and for using the nasty and offensive term “guys” to segregate women out of comedy.

Tannenbaum, it should be noted, has an enviable bio that proves he’s one of those critical, thoughtful types.

Writer: New York Magazine, NY Times, GQ, LA Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Billboard, Longreads, Blender (RIP). Co-author of ‘I Want My MTV.’ #resist duh”

I particularly like the “duh” there at the end, correcting anyone who thought he wasn’t on the right (read: left) side of all issues always, no matter what they are.

Interestingly, Tannenbaum, as smart as he is, left out the really revealing part of Phillips’ quote. The part where the filmmaker explains the choice to film “Joker” — about a failed comedian who is either born homicidal or is nurtured into it — was in direct response to comedy dying a slow painful death at the hands of humor-murderers like Tannenbaum (emphasis mine).

“Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture,” he says. “There were articles written about why comedies don’t work anymore—I’ll tell you why, because all the fucking funny guys are like, ‘Fuck this shit, because I don’t want to offend you.’ It’s hard to argue with 30 million people on Twitter. You just can’t do it, right? So you just go, ‘I’m out.’ I’m out, and you know what? With all my comedies—I think that what comedies in general all have in common—is they’re irreverent. So I go, ‘How do I do something irreverent, but fuck comedy? Oh I know, let’s take the comic book movie universe and turn it on its head with this.’ And so that’s really where that came from.”

The result is a drama that doubles as a critique of Hollywood: an alienated white guy whose failure to be funny drives him into a vengeful rage.

So basically Phillips has already answered woke critics by making a film about what might happen to an already sick person who tries hard to make them laugh and finds that scolds would rather beat him up in the street than allow him the joy of bringing them joy.

Of course, films can play with parameters and go to extremes, which is what “Joker” likely does (it is based on a comic book, after all). But the theme is much simpler: sometimes monsters just need a little push to reveal themselves. What Tannenbaum doesn’t realize is that this film isn’t trying to encourage, to hear Phillips tell it, the monsters out from hiding. Rather it should be taken as a mirror held up to woke critic’s own wagging finger, with the not-so-subtle suggestion that he, and the entirety of the whole woke subculture, might be the ones doing the pushing.

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President Trump Wins First Court Fight on SALT Deduction

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It looks like a key component of President Trump’s Tax Reform might get to stick around. CSNBC notes, New York judge dismisses blue state suit over SALT tax deductions

From the article

On Monday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by four states against the IRS, thwarting four blue states’ challenge against a new $10,000 cap on the deduction for state and local taxes, also known as SALT.

First, some background. In 2017, as part of President Trump’s Tax Reform Initiative, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Part of this legislation was a reduction to $10,000.00, the amount of state & local taxes that could be written off on Federal Income Taxes.

As a conservative reform measure, this was brilliant. It limited the amount of Federal subsidies high tax, mostly Democrat locales, could receive via the Federal Tax Code. Before this legislation, low tax states were effectively subsidizing higher tax states. This feature in the new law leveled the playing field by stopping the reward for prolific spending by some states, at the expense of others who more effectively manage their budgets.

Of course four leftist states (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland) promptly sued. This past Monday a New York Federal District Judge, J. Paul Oetken, an Obama appointee, dismissed the case.

This development puts the ball back in Congress’s court, said Michael D’Addio, principal at Marcum in New Haven, Connecticut.
“You know that the federal law is effective and it won’t be overturned because this case has been dismissed,” he said. “Unless you pressure your senators and representatives, there won’t be a solution other than a congressional one.”

Of course this doesn’t end there. The leftists, if they can’t win at the ballot box or in court, try to circumvent the rules. At the same time as the above suit was playing out in New York…(emphasis mine)

A second lawsuit filed in July 2019 by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in the Southern District of New York is still ongoing.

This time, the three states are suing to protect workarounds they built to permit taxpayers to claim deductions beyond the $10,000 SALT cap.

The three states passed legislation that would permit municipalities to establish charitable funds to pay for local services and offer property tax credits to incentivize homeowners to give.

This way, the taxpayers could write off the [their tax] payment as a charitable deduction on their federal tax returns.

Taxes now counting as charity? As I’ve often pointed out, the left never, ever quits. They are all about results, even if they have to cheat. What is more worrisome, is their entitled attitude. They honestly believe that it’s morally fine to force other states to subsidize their profligate spending habits.

Rush Limbaugh is correct. There is no compromise with these people. There is no reciprocal, “reaching across the aisle.” We must defeat them and defeat them soundly. Here’s hoping that the judge in the current case, see the Leftist effort for what it is—and quashes it.

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Trump’s Justice Department Puts the Screws to Google in IP Theft Lawsuit

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This really couldn’t happen to a better bunch of people.

Backstory–short hand version with some editorializing because I loathe Google. Sun Microsystems invented the Java language. Google bought Android and wanted to use Java for the system, ostensibly to encourage third party developers. Java was open source to developers but required a license for commercial applications. Google and Sun tried to negotiate a price but couldn’t come to an agreement. Google, being Google and evil is what they do, simply took the code. Sun was too small to fight the Borg and acquiesced because, in the words of Sun President Jonathan Schwartz, ” “we decided to grit our teeth and support it so anyone supporting it would see us as part of the value chain”. Sadly, this is pretty much an every day occurrence as a large company can spend you into oblivion defending your intellectual property or contract rights.

The teeth gritting stopped in 2010 when Oracle purchased Sun mostly to get access to Java. They also decided that they didn’t like being ripped off. In August 2010, Oracle sued Google for patent and copyright infringement. The jury found in favor of Oracle on all counts, but the judge ruled that the patents were never really patents anyway.

Oracle appealed. The appeals court, the Appeals Court for the Federal Circuit which hears all patent and copyright disputes, called bullsh** on the judge’s invention of Google-friendly law and sent the case back for another trial.

They went to court again with Oracle asking for $9 billion in damages but this time the jury found no infringement. Oracle appealed again. Again the Federal Circuit ruled for Oracle finding that the jury erred in understanding the law, that Google had copied, verbatim, some 11,500 lines of code, and remanded the case to assess damages. Suddenly $9 billion stopped looking like a random number.

(Read the whole saga)

Google appealed this decision to the Supreme Court and in April 2019 the Supreme Court asked the US Solicitor General to weigh in on the case. Today it did.

The Trump administration urged the Supreme Court to stay out of a long-running copyright dispute between Google and Oracle Corp., dealing a considerable blow to Google’s efforts to avoid an $8 billion damages award.

It went beyond simply urging the Supreme Court to stay out, it affirmatively agreed with the opinion of the Federal Circuit decision.

“[Google] copied 11,500 lines of computer code verbatim, as well as the complex structure and organization inherent in that code, in order to help its competing commercial product,” the Trump administration’s brief reads. “The record demonstrates, moreover, that [Google’s] unauthorized copying harmed the market for [Oracle’s] Java platform.”

“Although there is a sense in which all computer code could be described as a method of operating a computer, the Copyright Act as a whole makes clear that computer programs can be protected by copyright, refuting any suggestion that the functional character of computer code suffices to bring it within [the Copyright Act],” the government’s brief reads.

If the Supreme Court stays out, and given the Solicitor General’s brief that seems very likely, the only question is how much money will Google have to cough up. $9 billion sounds like a nice round number.

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Great News for L.A.’s Homeless Population: ‘Second Phase’ of City’s Plastic Straw Ban Now Underway

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A homeless encampment in Los Angeles, CA. Screen grab via Fox News.

The long-running housing crisis and homeless problems in California’s big Democrat-run cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco have been well-documented. But the tens of thousands of those living on the streets in L.A. can rest a little easier this week as the ‘second phase’ of the city’s straw ban has gone into effect.

KABC reports:

The first phase of the “Straws on Request” initiative went into effect in April on Earth Day, and applied to restaurants with more than 26 employees. The second phase expands the ordinance to include restaurants of all sizes, including fast food and sit down businesses.

Under the city ordinance, restaurants can only provide plastic straws if a patron asks for one.

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the city’s Bureau of Sanitation held a press conference Monday morning in Echo Park to remind restaurants of the law.

O’Farrell said the law seeks to reduce “single-use plastic waste from littering our beaches and waterways.”

Per the L.A. County website, “non-compliance may result in notices of violation and $25 fines for each day the business is in violation, not to exceed $300 annually.”

CBS Los Angeles notes that the L.A. version of the straw ban goes even further than a similar law already in place at the state level:

The Los Angeles ordinance is more restrictive than a state law that bars full-service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic straws because it applies to fast food restaurants and is the latest in a series of moves to by several other cities and organizations to cut down the use of plastic straws.

City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell (D), who led the effort to get the straw ban in place, told a journalist during a news conference this week that in his opinion people didn’t really need straws to drink with anyway. He also provided smoothie drinkers with some helpful advice:

Twitter users had a some thoughts and questions after reading the news about Phase Two of the straw ban and O’Farrell’s suggestion:

Fox News took an in-depth look at the homeless crisis in Los Angeles back in August. Watch their report below to find out just how bad it is, and what L.A. is (not) doing about it:

Infuriating.

(Hat tip: Twitchy)

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Democrat Dirty Tricks in the Context of Ukraine

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Democrats have an old political playbook consisting of dirty tricks that they have been using for decades. If one pays close attention, a pattern of reuse can easily be discerned. Occasionally, they even document their political strategies, as has been done by the likes of Antonio Gramsci, Cloward and Piven, and the Devil’s disciple himself, Saul Alinsky. Let’s go through a few of them and see how they have been applied to the Ukraine leaker/complainant kerfuffle that is all the rage among wacko Democrats and their lick-spittle media these days.

First of all, Democrats (liberals, progressives and statists are also interchangeable labels these days) are themselves guilty and past perpetrators of that which they accuse Republicans. This is called “transference.” Ukraine is the perfect example, as the emotional accusations against POTUS are all about abuse of power and quid pro quo when in reality, the Democrats in the person of Joe Biden are themselves guilty as sin dipped in misery regarding these accusations. A very specific example is the video clip of Joe Biden being confronted with a question of whether he ever spoke to his son Hunter about Hunter’s business dealings in the Ukraine. Biden responded by saying “never” and then immediately shifted the topic to a demand that President Trump be investigated for his abuse of power and other supposed crimes in dealing with Ukraine.

There is a corollary to transference: Democrats thought of and did first that which they accuse Republicans of doing. In their evil minds, they believe that Republicans always do the same kinds of dirty actions as they themselves do, making it easy to accuse Republicans of the most heinous crimes whenever politically convenient. After reading the declassified transcript summary of the Trump-Zelenskiy and comparing that to the frenetic accusations of quid pro quo and “threats to national security,” it’s easy to figure out the real story, isn’t it?

No political tactic is too vile or unseemly to be used by a Democrat, and no topic is out of bounds if it furthers anything in the Democrats’ agenda. Think about the allegations in the fake Russian dossier as but one example, with the ridiculous allegations about the prostitutes, etc. With respect to Ukraine, the Democrats know about the mutual assistance treaty between the Ukraine and the US, yet they accuse the President of the most heinous crimes associated with POTUS’s request for help in assisting AG Barr’s investigations of the origins of the Russia hoax.

Next, anything is game in the pursuit of Democrat political power. Just throw it out there, and if it sticks, keep running with it. And of course, the Democrats in the legacy media will propagate and spin it even if untrue! That’s EXACTLY what is unfolding in the Ukraine affair. First there were the core accusations in the complaint, then spinning to peripheral affairs (“Trump is keeping secrets about phone calls that shouldn’t be secret,” don’t ya know!), to alleged process crimes (“obstruction”), and now to strong-arming Australia in a similar fashion in other to construct a pattern of evil Trump behavior.

Democrats continually use false straw-man arguments in public discourse in order to portray their own beliefs as correct, as well as their opponents as ostensibly “racist, bigoted, homophobic, unpatriotic,” or whatever. Invariably, their premises are incorrect. The Democrats and media are claiming that the phone transcript proves that POTUS abused his authority by pressuring Ukraine while ignoring the actual content of the transcript itself.

When Democrats go to great lengths to obfuscate and hide something, that something is extremely politically damaging to them. The louder they shriek, the worse the cover-up. POTUS’s recent remarks about the Ukraine phone call leaker are a case in point! They seek to hide the Bidens’ blatant corruption and abuse of power. Hunter Biden, who had been drummed out of the Navy on cocaine use charged, received a $50,000 per month (!) contract with Burisma Holdings Limited, an energy exploration and production company, and Joe Biden strong-armed Ukraine by threatening to withhold foreign aid in order to get the Ukrainians to fire a prosecutor investigating Hunter’s corruption (which was captured on videotape!). The Democrats may think they can convince their base that that’s not corruption or a quid pro quo, but please, the rest of us aren’t that stupid. And it’s amazing that not one major legacy media organization is looking into that criminality at all. To the contrary, they are in “Democrat protection mode and are all claiming that there is ZERO evidence despite the Biden video on the public record!

The level of Democrat caterwauling, emotion, and name-calling is directly proportional to just how bad a given liberal cover up is. It escalates in accordance with the magnitude of the infraction for which conservatives usually take the fall. That is EXACTLY what is going on with Ukraine. The Democrats know that getting to the bottom of Crowdstrike, the DNC, and the Bidens’ corruption is a stake in their collective hearts unless it can be side-tracked by top-shifting to a false set of allegations against President Trump.

Hearsay is all that is needed to accuse a Republican of the most egregious allegations. No need for evidence or truth; it’s the seriousness of the alleged crimes that is what counts in the court of public opinion. It’s all about capturing the daily headlines, not the reality of the claims themselves. Who cares if the allegations are debunked a couple news cycles later because the Democrats bank on capitalizing on the headlines of the moment, not the truth of their breathless claims. That’s what’s going on with the Ukraine kerfuffle, as the accusations of the accuser/claimant based on second-hand information and repeated by the Democrats and legacy media are completely unfounded based on any real evidence, and most particularly the phone call transcript summary.

Democrats are tyrannical—some benign, some purposely trying to change things to the detriment of us all. They believe that the law and due process are malleable depending on circumstance, and that established rules can be whimsically changed to support the politics of the moment. They think they know better and by their ostensible intelligence believe that they have every right to call the shots for the rest of us. The fact that the IC whistleblower disclosure form was changed to accommodate the leaker/claimant is a red flag example of this political tactic. And Shrillary coming forth to claim support for impeachment based on this complaint is a typical example of her elitist view of what’s “best for America” (never mind due process and what the facts evince).

Democrats are legalistic by nature; for them, it is all about process and the rule of man, not the rule of law. Nowhere have we seen any Democrat-sponsored legal actions that have been focused on actually improving outcomes. We always see them practice lawfare to advance their political goals, and Ukraine is no exception. It is almost certain that the Ukraine leaker’s complaint was written with outside legal help, as several expert commentators have previously noted, given its structure, legalistic content, and heavy use of footnotes consistent with, for example, the Mueller report. Who are the potential culprits? Those associated with Lawfareblog(dot)com spring immediately to mind.

Everything is political to Democrats; the good of the country is secondary to the good of the Democrat Party and individual Democrats. When in doubt lie, as long as it advanced Democrat political prospects. Watching San Fran Nan bring up “patriotism” in discussing their impeachment gambit as relates to the Ukraine kerfuffle makes me want to puke. That woman doesn’t know the first thing about patriotism; if you watch her body language closely, the word even sticks in her craw when she speaks it.

Democrats “move on” when the issue is embarrassing to them. When they find an issue embarrassing to Republicans/conservatives, they dwell on it endlessly (even while clamoring for Republicans/conservatives to ”get over it” on other issues). Watch for the Democrats shift to other peripheral aspects of the Ukraine kerfuffle as the truth of the matter becomes more widely known. They’re moving on to subpoenaing Trump aides and records in hopes that they’ll find some process crimes with which to justify their impeachment gambit.

To finish this off, character and ethics are non-existent in the Democrat Party. As a corollary, their allies in the media are expected to cover for any gaffes or mistakes, or at least to limit the political damage to the Democrat Party from such errors. Remember that “parody” of the President’s phone call that he pronounced during the opening statement of his committee’s hearing questioning acting DNI Joseph McGuire last week? That was the complete antithesis of character and ethics. And that defines everything you see on CNN and MSNBC as relates to the Ukraine topic.

For Democrats, outcome is inconsequential to intentions. As long as Democrats “mean well,” it doesn’t matter what the harmful consequences of their policies are (e.g., long life light bulbs with mercury in them; plastic bags; bio fuels harmful effect on food prices for the poor in third world countries; abandoning Vietnam and causing genocide of millions, etc. Or, in the context of Ukraine, the damage that will result if they continue to press for making the President’s conversations with foreign leaders public. Who on Earth would want to discuss sensitive matters with a US president if there was a high probability that those conversations would be made public? Would JFK and Nikita Khrushchev have been able to resolve the Cuban Missile Crisis if their conversations have been made public in near real-time? Yet, the Democrats don’t care about those potential consequences.

Do the aforementioned tactics bring back bad memories of past Democrat actions on other issues besides the Ukraine topic? They should! Stark examples can easily be recalled if you think about it, as those tactics are repeated endlessly by Democrats. It’s what Democrats do, folks! They could care less about solving real problems or pursuing the truth; they are all about gaining and maintaining political control. Everything they do can be reduced to that prime imperative that motivates them. In the case of Ukraine, that involves orchestrating an impeachment of the President based on false pretenses and false allegations as a means toward that end. That is what is unfolding before our eyes, using the tactics discussed here. I encourage you to look for these tactics in the Democrats’ actions going forward; identifying their use explains much. Their playbook is transparent!

The end.

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