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Trump Hilariously Unloads on an NBC Reporter, Dumps on the Network, Tells CNN the Peacock’s Even Worse (Video)

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President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Washington. Trump returns from a visit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea as well as the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

 

 

On Wednesday, President Trump laid the ol’ fierce verbal chopping all over NBC reporter Peter Alexander.

In addition to essentially calling Peter a joke, the President claimed NBC News is worse than — could it be true? — CNN.

As noted by The Daily Wire, Peter “repeatedly shouted questions at the president that are often parroted by Democratic politicians as he tried to grandstand the President.”

And — as you may have heard — Donald isn’t much for being pushed around. Or annoyed.

Therefore, then began the grating not unlike that of cheese. Courtesy of Classic Trump:

“If you’d stop being an organ of the Democrats, you’d let me answer the question. I’ll answer it very easily; it’s a very simple question. … This guy is the most biased reporter, NBC. Peter is such a biased [reporter]. You should be able to ask a question, same question, in a better way. You are so obviously biased and that’s why the public has no confidence in the media.”

And dadgummit, say it ain’t so:

“NBC News has less credibility with guys like you than CNN. I think CNN has more credibility than NBC News.”

That’s certainly an incendiary claim — after all, CNN asks if we’re “finally ready for impeachment” (here), gives love to a switch-blade wielding Antifa member (here), and looks the other way on murder (here).

It’s also the home of all this:



And just two words: Jim Acosta.

After the sleight to Peter, Trump walked over to a CNN reporter:

“Did you hear what I said? I said you have more credibility than this guy, and that’s not saying much. You know why? Because I don’t think you have very much credibility. NBC has less credibility than CNN; that’s not saying much.”

It’s unlikely anyone will ever accuse the President of a lack of candidness.

Due to his domineering style and record of victory, his last name perfectly fits.

But, it seems to me, his mother missed a perfect opportunity with his first: Mr. Trump should’ve been named Frank.

-ALEX

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‘Unplanned’ Star Teams with Pro-Life Group to Help Mothers in Need, & Her Personal Connection Goes Well Beyond the Movie

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Actress Ashley Bratcher has a new mission: to help mothers facing unplanned pregnancies.

The star of the Left-derided film Unplanned has teamed with Heartbeat International in the creation of an educational scholarship.

The Unplanned Movie Scholarship fund is now accepting donations, and it vows to provide expectant moms in need a $5,000 annual supplement to their education.

The description reads as follows on the initiative’s official website:

While plans may shift when the unexpected happens, it doesn’t mean that dreams need to stop completely. Inspired by her role as Abby Johnson in the movie Unplanned, Ashley Bratcher is partnering with Heartbeat International, the largest pregnancy help network in the world, to offer moms facing unplanned pregnancies educational scholarships so that they can continue pursuing their dreams while raising their babies.

We will honor these brave women who chose life with a $5,000 annual scholarship to put toward their education. By encouraging positive choices, we can literally transform families and communities.

Thus serves as a reminder, I suppose, that even Hollywood is comprised of diversity of thought.

As covered by RedState’s Sarah Lee Wednesday, actress-turned-benevolent-bullhorn Alyssa Milano recently expressed gratitude for all she has — thanks to her two previous abortions:

“I would not have my children [Elizabeth, 4, and son Milo, 7] — my beautiful, perfect, loving, kind and inquisitive children who have a mother who was so very, very ready for them. I would not have my career. I would not have the ability or platform I use to fight against oppression with all my heart. I would never have met my amazing husband, David, whose steadfast and immeasurable love for me sustains me through these terrifying times.”

From the scholarship site, by contrast:

Help us support mothers as they go to school so they can provide more for their families and make responsible choices that will impact not only their lives, but the lives of their little ones.

On the homepage, Ashley recounts reaction to the pro-life film, which was hit with an ‘R’ rating by the MPAA (here), threatened with banning in Canada, and whose account was canceled by Twitter (here):

After the release of Unplanned, I received an overwhelming number of messages from women who had been touched by the film. Some described the sacrifices they made in choosing life, and some were currently facing unplanned pregnancies that they feared would interfere with completing or attending college. It was then that I realized the need to reverse the negative stigma surrounding unplanned pregnancies.

The response inspired her:

I wanted to be a part of empowering mothers to chase their dreams and to provide a means for those who chose life to continue their educations.

I hope that the Unplanned Movie Scholarship will not only empower mothers seeking to continue to their education but that it will also spread awareness for the thousands of Heartbeat affiliate pregnancy resource centers across the world. So many women do not realize the resources and support that is available to them and this is an opportunity to show them that they’re not alone.

[Heartbeat International] and I share a common goal: to reach and change hearts through love and compassion. We invite you to join us!

The actress has an especially personal connection to the issue, aside from her involvement with the movie: Not long ago, she received a startling revelation — she herself was almost aborted.

Her mother explained to her:

“I need to tell you something that I’ve never told you before. I was going to abort you. I was at the clinic sitting on the table when the nurse, who was very pregnant, came in to talk to me. I felt sick. I couldn’t do it. I got up and walked out … and I chose you.”

Ashley recalled the above to Fox & Friends, prior to the film’s release.

“I’m grateful that God, through His providence, planted me here to tell my story,” she told the show. “And that I have the privilege of sharing this film with the world.”

Now she’s sharing something more: The opportunity for women in crisis to make better lives for themselves. And for their children.

-ALEX

 

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Prepare for More Cranial Combustion: Jon Voight Declares Trump ‘the Greatest President of This Century’

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In May, Oscar-winning actor and dad to Angelina Jolie surely made some noggins combust when he proclaimed Donald J. Trump “the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln” (see here).

Well, brace for more blowout.

In a video posted to Twitter Monday, Mr. Voight took aim at “the radical Left” and their far-from-tolerant disposition before giving the President yet another title: the greatest president of this century.

“This is not peace,” he says in the clip. “This is not love. This is hate among the radical Left.”

Jon explains that “no amount of ‘book smart’ will show the given policy of what truth stands for. Truth is a powerful emotion.” Furthermore, he says, “Love is what we should be voting for.”

The actor expounds further on that whole “hate” idea:

“[T]his is war among the Left. They have hate. It’s like a venom. No words of God, no words of love, but a radical emotion of hate.”

He also praises the Commander-in-Chief for his stance in defense of Israel:

“I’ve said this many times, and I’m saying it again: From the deep truths of my heart and soul, President Trump is a man of truths, love, and justice for the American people. And also for the people of a sacred place — Israel.”

Trump certainly hasn’t shied away from defending the tiny and threatened Middle Eastern nation. He did so again on the White House lawn Wednesday, with a 2020 tie-in:

“In my opinion, the Democrats have gone very far away from Israel, I cannot understand how they can do that. They don’t want to fund Israel. They want to take away foreign aid to Israel. They want to do a lot of bad things to Israel. In my opinion, you vote for a Democrat, you’re being very disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel.”

“Not only does [the President] love our country, the United States of America,” Jon notes, “but he has a love for the people of all nations.”

In closing, the Ray Donovan star asks for prayer for the Leader of the Free World as he wishes for clarity and a change of heart within those who detest him:

“Let us pray for peace. Let us pray for this country, that President Trump will take on four more years of his strength, devotion, knowledge of truths. And all that doubt and who have extreme hate and anger toward President Trump, may they be shown differently, that President Trump is the greatest president of this century. Let us take a stand for liberty and justice for all. God bless.”

Given the climate of Tinseltown, personally, I find Jon Voight’s perpetually outspoken endorsement of The Donald remarkable. If you think you and I are aware of Hollywood’s left-wing lean, how much more so must be a man who’s appeared in 98 productions starting in 1963?

But he isn’t wavering with his support.

Also unfaltering is his hope — for the United States and for the world.

-ALEX

 

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Trump Gets It On Israel And The Democrat Party

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Trump Gets It On Israel and the Democrat Party

As reported by my colleague and good friend Sister Toldjah here, President Trump is calling out Democrat fakery whenever he finds it. In his latest, he called out Rashida Tlaib’s crocodile tears over not being allowed to go see her grandmother, a request the Israelis had already granted. What followed was epic Donald Trump as he used this opportunity to make inroads in yet another Democrat stronghold, Jewish Americans who vote Blue 71% compared to 25% Red since 1968.

NBC News Twitter feed at 3:05 EST Tuesday had some interesting commentary by President Trump regarding that Jewish American support for Democrats. Pointing out the hostility displayed towards Israel by by Democrat House Members, Omar and Tlaib, the President called out the Democrat Party for defending them and their open and notorious hostility towards Jews and the State of Israel.

“I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat – I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge, or great disloyalty.”

You can see the whole thing here

President Trump is correct. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib both have a long history of hostile comments regarding the state of Israel. They are both vocal supporters of the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement against the Israeli state. They also manage to ignore Hamas criminal activity against women and children while bad mouthing Israeli Rules Of Engagement,” rules that are much stricter than those currently in use by American Forces.

The President makes a very strong case that the Democrat Party has gone off the rails and has slipped so far to the left that it actively supports people who are hostile towards America and it’s allies. Trump is making a steady case that the Democrat priorities are anything but hard working Americans. Instead they are more concerned about illegal aliens who take jobs from American workers and take seats in college classrooms from American students.

This tweet is President Trump’s “What have you got to lose?” moment with American Jews. He’s asking quite pointedly, “Why do you support a party that traditionally has been hostile to your people?” “Why do you support a party that deliberately refuses to sanction one of its members for anti-Semitic comments?” Some of those Jewish Americans who have steadily voted Blue, are going to ask themselves that same question. They will be flipping the lever for President Trump in 2020.

President Trump is doing something that Republicans should have done long ago…fight for minority votes instead of writing them off. He fought for the Black vote in 2016. He got some of it. A few took him up on his “What have you got to lose?” and gave him a shot. Based on how well the economy is doing and his rising poll numbers among both Blacks and Hispanics, both of those groups who voted for him in 2016, will be back in 2020…and they’ll be bringing along some friends.

President Trump has now moved on to a new target. He is going after the Jewish American vote, like that of the Black and Hispanic communities, one long deemed by the Democrats as theirs. Buckle up. 2020 is gonna be an E-Ticket ride.

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

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California’s New Use Of Force Laws Are The Result Of Politically Fostered Mistrust Of Police

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California’s New Use Of Force Laws Are The Result Of Politically Fostered Mistrust Of Police

The State of California just enacted new Use Of Force legislation for its law enforcement officers. On Monday, according to the San Fransisco Chronicle

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB392, which directs police to “use deadly force only when necessary in defense of human life” and, when possible, to use techniques to de-escalate a confrontation before shooting.

The bill does not explicitly define “necessary,” though courts could consider the actions of both the officer and the suspect when determining whether a shooting was justified. The law will take effect Jan. 1.

According to the Los Angeles Times, this was the result of a widening gap between police departments and the minority communities they serve, a gap exacerbated by police shootings seen by some as racially motivated. From the Times

SACRAMENTO —  After an emotional fight that laid bare the chasm between California’s communities of color and police, Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday signed Assembly Bill 392, creating what some have described as one of the toughest standards in the nation for when law enforcement officers can kill.

Intense private negotiations and public outcry influenced the final language of the legislation, which will take effect on Jan. 1. Recent fatal police shootings of unarmed black men, in particular, prompted activists to seek changes in rules that in some cases were more than a century old. Though the final bill doesn’t go as far as some wanted, supporters say it’s a first step in changing the culture of policing in California.

The Times goes on to say that this should not have any deleterious effect on day-to-day policing in large metropolitan areas.

The new language will require that law enforcement use deadly force only when “necessary,” instead of the current wording of when it is “reasonable.” In large urban law enforcement departments that already train for de-escalation and crisis intervention, day-to-day policing will probably not noticeably change.

I’m not so sure, mainly because this procedural change isn’t the only thing going on in the arena of community-police relations. In many locales, there has been a loss of trust between the communities and the police that serve them. In certain departments, this could be a self inflicted wound. In my brief, 10 year experience in law enforcement, the Sheriff’s Office I worked for was well regarded in the Black neighborhoods while the City PD, wasn’t so well thought of. A typical comment from residents was, “County don’t play.” And we didn’t. We went by the rules and enforced the law, no favorites…and the community knew it. They didn’t always like us, but they did trust us.

In other locales, race baiters have used demonstrably false statements to inflame unfortunate incidents, into a full blown race riots. Such was the case in Ferguson, MO, where Michael Brown, a black man who had just finished robbing a convenience store attacked a white police officer responding to the robbery call. The officer fearing for his safety, shot and killed Brown as he continued to attack him. The officer was cleared by a grand jury after several witnesses and laboratory results confirmed his version of the events; that Brown had attacked him and tried to get his firearm.

That didn’t stop the race hustlers such as Al Sharpton from inciting riots that featured violence and property damage to the point that the National Guard had to be called out. Ferguson Police Department is now under a Federal consent decree due to an investigation by the Obama/Holder DOJ.

The final straw in California, was the shooting death of Stephon Clark by Sacramento Police in 2018. At the time of the shooting, Clark was unarmed, but was holding a cellphone which the Police thought was a gun. The officers were not charged.

California cities aren’t the only areas that are in the throes of an anti-police societal shift. Others we’ve seen in the news, Detroit, New York City and President Trump’s favorite example of Democrat governance, Baltimore, Maryland. It’s this societal shift, not police procedure restrictions that is the biggest danger in California’s new law.

Police Officers are professionals. Given certain legal constraints, the vast majority of these dedicated public servants work within those constraints and are able to effectively police their communities. This new law, in and of itself, is unlikely to change that. It’s the societal environment that resulted in its passage that is the problem.

Police in many locales aren’t generally trusted…and it’s not always their fault. I had the opportunity to speak with David Webb on his Tuesday morning show on Sirius XM. The subject was the Eric Garner incident in New York City, where Mr. Garner died as a result of the struggle that ensued when Police Officers attempted to arrest him on outstanding warrants.

Mr. Webb opined that Mr. Garner would certainly be alive today, if he hadn’t resisted lawful arrest—and he’s right. However, that’s not the entire story of mistrust. That particular story starts with civil authorities at all levels passing legislation that is meant to feel good but makes no sense to the populace it is inflicted on.

In Garner’s case, it was feel good cigarette taxes that are so onerous, they have fostered a burgeoning industry in bootleg smokes sold as singles. Like most folks, I believe in obeying the law (well except for highway speed limits) even if I think a particular ordinance is stupid. Moreover, “broken windows” policing, a proven method, says that even minor, infractions of “stupid” laws need to be addressed. Which, as a result of a neighborhood complaint regarding Garner’s activities, the Police were doing.

As I indicated to Webb, there’s an old military leadership adage—Never give an order, that you know damned well will not be obeyed. If the Soldier disobeys, he’s in trouble. You have to punish him. You are in trouble as a leader for punishing the Soldier for what he, his buddies and you all know…is BS. Many of the city ordinances in New York City are just that…an insult to the citizenry they are inflicted on…I mean really…a limit on the size of fountain drinks?

Our society is based on voluntary compliance with the law. Generally speaking, most of us support obedience all of our laws even when we might disagree with a few of them. But there comes a point when societal segments have had enough silliness and their respect for the law in general wanes. This is exacerbated when politicians like Bill DeBlasio New York) and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (Baltimore) throw their own law enforcement agencies under the bus. What’s worse, we even have Democrat Presidential candidates calling Michael Brown’s death a “murder.” This after, the officer in question was fully exonerated.

How are citizens expected to respect Law Enforcement when their nominal superiors don’t? Why should police officers go out of their way via “self initiated activity,” when the payoff for being proactive is being excoriated by your ultimate boss, the Mayor. So they don’t. They answer their calls, try not to get fired and nothing more. Their communities, defend into chaos…just like Baltimore.

In short, requiring police to have a good, articulable reason for using deadly force is the least of their problems. Public distrust, most of it fostered by corrupt politicians using them as scapegoats and the subject of feel good legislation, is definitely at the tippy top.

David Webb can be found on Sirius XM Channel 125 9-12AM M-F

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

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Over the Weekend, Law Enforcement Stopped Three Different Potential Mass Shootings. Take a Look at What’s Brewing in America

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Over the weekend, American law enforcement halted what might’ve become three separate mass shootings.

Thanks to a vigilant public, arrests took place in Florida, Ohio, and Connecticut.

In one instance, the FBI’s National Threat Operations Center received a tip that Connecticut resident Brandon Wagshol wanted to purchase large-capacity magazines from out of state.

An investigation revealed the 22-year-old was also buying rifle parts on the web in order to build his own method of mayhem.

Special Services met him outside his home on August 14th.

In addition to Brandon, officials took into custody a .40 caliber handgun and a .22 caliber rife which were registered in his dad’s name.

Where I come from, none of that would necessarily be particularly suspicious.

But, according to the Norwalk Police Department, officers also found the following: body armor, a rifle with a laser scope, a titanium plate, firearm flashlight, camo gear, a ballistic helmet, tactical gloves, computers and a camouflage bag, and several .22 caliber, .40 caliber, and .300 Blackout ammunition rounds.

Additionally, they confiscated illegal large-capacity mags, for which he received four counts of possession.

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In Daytona Beach, cops arrested Tristan Scott Wix.

He was hit with a charge of making written threats to kill.

In text messages, the 25-year-old threatened to slaughter more innocents than ever before in world history. From the Volusia Sheriff’s Department:

Tristan Scott Wix, 25 (DOB 7/20/1994), of Botefuhr Avenue in Daytona Beach, was arrested Friday after sending several text messages that included:

“A school is a weak target.. id be more likely to open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles away.. I’d wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever.”

“I wanna open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles away before I die and I need a spotter (laughing cry face emoji)”

“What you wanna do after the fact, is your own business, if you want to plan to escape we can work on that. But I don’t intend on walking away alive, unless I see it fit.”

“But a good 100 kills would be nice. I already have a location (laughing cry face emoji) is that bad?”

“Ah well even if you told someone, me saying I wanna do it and think about it is not the same as actually doing it lol. Was kinda hoping someone would come into my life worth not doing it for, for the sake of all those people (laughing cry face emoji). I’m not crazy I just wanna die and I wanna have fun doing it, but I’m the most patient person in the world.”

Geez.

Also on Friday, in New Middletown, Ohio, police arrested 20-year-old James P. Reardon on charges of aggravated menacing and telecommunications harassment.

As per USA today, the FBI was advised of James’s Instagram video featuring a man firing a semi-auto as screams and sirens filled the background. ABC News reports that he tagged the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown.

James added the caption, “Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as local white nationalist Seamus O’Rearedon.”

Officers searched James’s home, where they found anti-Semitic information as well as guns ‘n’ ammo.

Nwe Middletown Police Chief Vince D’Egidio summed up a whole lot with a very simple statement:

“That kicked off an intense investigation, a very rapidly evolving investigation, because of the way the world is.”

Quite the summary indeed.

Thanks to the American public and its institutions of law enforcement for saving those whose lives might have otherwise been destroyed.

-ALEX

 

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Facebook Announces Positive Steps Toward Alleviating Concerns of Anti-Conservative Bias

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For a while now, some have accused Facebook of a bias against conservatism. In response, the social media titan’s taking steps toward a more beautiful world.

A Tuesday Wallstreet Journal article by Republican Arizona Congressman Jon Kyl indicates the ‘Book asked him to survey those on the Right in search of grievances last year.

The senator explains:

Facebook placed no restrictions on how I could conduct the work. My team at the law firm Covington & Burling LLP began conducting interviews in May 2018. We cast a wide net to include as many aspects of conservatism as possible – from organizations focused on Christian values or protecting free expression to those focused on tax policy and small government.

Jon categorized the concerns via “six buckets:

  • Content distribution and algorithms, which included the concern that Facebook’s algorithms were prejudiced against conservatives
  • Content policies, which conservatives felt targeted them because they included standards banning “hate speech,” which could be a highly subjective perspective
  • Content enforcement, which conservatives suspected might be influenced by the biases of Facebook employees
  • Ad policies, by which Facebook required advertisers to register as “political” organizations if they wanted to post ads, which might jeopardize conservative organizations’ status as nonprofits
  • Ad enforcement, which might inhibit conservative ads because of the approval process
  • Workforce viewpoint diversity, which pointed to the perceived lack of viewpoint diversity among Facebook’s workforce and senior management

In the WSJ piece, Jon brings good news — Facebook’s already adopted methods toward bolstering the brand with far-reaching fairness.

Installments as listed by the report:

  • Oversight board. Facebook announced plans last month for an oversight board to hear appeals of some more-difficult content-removal decisions. If structured to reflect accurately the diverse ideological and religious views of Facebook’s user base, the board may help ensure content decisions are made thoughtfully and free from inappropriate bias.
  • Explanations of news-feed rankings. To foster user trust in the algorithms that influence content placement, Facebook has launched transparency tools that explain to users why they see certain content on their news feeds.
  • Page transparency. Facebook has enabled page managers to see when their content has been removed for violating community standards, or when distribution of a post has been reduced because a fact-checker gave it a “false” rating.
  • Staffing. Facebook has hired four additional people devoted exclusively to working with smaller organizations to resolve questions and complaints about content decisions.
  • Ad labeling requirements. To avoid incorrectly branding ads as “political,” Facebook renamed its ads library and now refers instead to ads “about social issues, elections or politics.”
  • Ad policies. Facebook has changed its ad policies that prohibit images of patients with medical tubes as “shocking and sensational content.” This will make it easier to promote certain pro-life ads.

Jon calls these “steps in the right direction.”

The issues are complicated, he notes, and — therefore — “restoring trust fully may remain an elusive goal. Conservatives no doubt will, and should, continue to press Facebook to address the concerns that arose in our survey.”

But at least it’s rightly-aimed movement.

Facebook provided on “update on Senator Kyl’s review,” courtesy of VP of Global Affairs and Communications Nick Clegg.

Here’s what he said, in part:

We know we need to take these concerns seriously and adjust course if our policies are in fact limiting expression in an unintended way … This is the first stage of an ongoing process and Senator Kyl and his team will report again in a few months’ time … regardless of one’s own political views, this is about whether we apply our own policies fairly to all sides, and whether those policies begin with an understanding of how core groups of users express their beliefs.

Sounds like the right track.

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CNN Analyst Accuses Random Twitter User of Being A Russian Intelligence Agent

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Asha Rangappa, a former FBI special agent, now on faculty at Yale’s Jackson Institute, and CNN analyst made a claim on Twitter that a a random twitter user was a Russian intelligence agent because “Despite being a total nobody, Steph has 286K followers. Her lame tweet is somehow very popular within seconds of her posting it.” Because in liberal land it is completely impossible for someone to disagree with you unless they’re a Russian agent. Rangappa goes on to say “Read more about Steph and her fellow trolls in Summary 1.3 of our condensed Mueller Report!” which is her website’s summary titled: Russian “Active Measures” Social Media Campaign and Criminal Charges against 13 Russian Nationals and 3 Russian Entities
(pp. 14-35,* 174*).

The accusation Rangappa came because Steph wrote “There is no such thing as a Mueller Report. Everyone saw him, he never even read the report much less wrote it.” This is a great take, and not something new, nor is it surprising that it would be popular. I have reached out to Steph but at the time of writing this article have not received a response, according to her Twitter profile she lives in California and the profile has been active since 2011, which is not typical of a “troll” account. The real question here is should we be OK with someone who works for a national media organization, and has the credentials as a former FBI special agent suggesting that people are intelligence agents working for the Russian government? Imagine the type of incitement this is, this is someone using their credentials from the FBI suggesting a random person on Twitter is potentially a national security threat, who is responsible for the potential threat that this may pose to an American citizen because some CNN analyst got butt-hurt?

Let’s not forget that CNN harassed a woman on her lawn because she shared a Facebook event supposedly created by Russian trolls, and CNN also threatened to dox (reveal the personal information) of someone for making a meme of Trump body slamming CNN. At what point does the media get held accountable not only for propagating a conspiracy that every Trump supporter is somehow a Russian agent, but their obvious suppression tactics against Trump supporters? They are sending the message that if you question their narratives, their reporting, or even ruffle their feathers a little they can threaten you.

If there are any people out there with legal experience in situations in this regard I strongly suggest someone lend their talents to this poor woman and advise her to hold CNN accountable and this woman accountable for this accusation. I can’t imagine what our nation will look like heading in to 2020 if the media allows their employees to suggest Trump supporters are national security threats. It is time we speak out on this behavior because it will only get worse.

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[LISTEN] Democrats Finally Admit Planned Parenthood Was Always About Abortions

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News broke yesterday that Planned Parenthood would no longer receive title X funding from the federal government based on adjustments made to the title by the Trump administration. The abortion giant waited for the 9th circuit court to intervene on their behalf and halt the implementation of the new funding rule and on Friday the 9th circuit court of appeals upheld the title X restriction. There is a lot of misinformation being spread by the left on this Title X adjustment so let’s get to the meat of what is really going on here:

Prior to the Trump administration’s rule change, it was required that abortion be an option in family planning counseling, meaning that religious institutions either had to discuss or advise abortion or they would not receive funding, the new title X rule removes that requirement and actually prohibits referrals for abortion, it does not prohibit non-directive counseling, meaning the subject can be discussed but these organizations who participate in pregnancy counseling can not refer their patient to terminate that pregnancy. Basically, if you want federal funding for family planning you actually have to be supportive of the idea of a family, I don’t know a better way to say that, you can’t kill babies and call it family planning anymore.

Liberals screamed from the rooftops about how women’s health and women’s rights were being violated by the Trump administration, and certainly we will hear doomsday-esque platitudes about the suffering of women who can’t get abortions. One of the things I love most about the Trump administration is their ability to make the Left eat their own words – let me explain. The tired talking point is that Planned Parenthood isn’t an abortion clinic, they’re a women’s health clinic, we’ve been told that saying Planned Parenthood only cares about abortions is a right-wing lie and conspiracy because Republicans really just hate women, we all remember hearing those talking points, right? If what we’ve heard for decades were true, then Planned Parenthood would have no issue with the new provisions of Title X.

All Planned Parenthood would need to receive Title X funding is to separate their Title X activities, known as family planning, and their non-Title X activities like abortion, meaning their women’s health clinics would need to be separate from the places in which they perform abortions, this is because Title X being defined as family planning makes abortion counter intuitive, and let’s remember that Planned Parenthood just a few years ago tried to tell everyone that abortion was such a small percentage of their overall activities it really doesn’t seem like it should be a difficult request for them to physically separate what they claim is a small percentage of their activities from the “large amount of women’s health programs” that supposedly make up the majority of their portfolio right? Apparently that is actually quite impossible, Planned Parenthood refuses to separate those activities and now they will no longer receive federal funding because of it, and remember, we were also told that no federal funding ever went to abortion activities, this was another talking point the liberals and planned parenthood told us, so this Title X rule change should have no effect because we’ve already been told that these activities were separate.

I want everyone to remember as you hear the liberal meltdown over this decision because you’re going to hear about how women’s health is threatened, women’s rights are threatened, they will say that it effects primarily women of color in the inner cities, this rule literally only effects abortion. The Democrats have married abortion and women’s health, when you hear a liberal say “women’s health” they mean abortion, the same goes for “women’s rights” they mean abortion. If you are a liberal, the only aspect of your health or your rights that matter is your ability to murder a baby, if you can’t murder your baby then you have no rights and no healthcare, how else do you interpret those statements? This Title X decision gets to the heart of the lie that the Democrats and Planned Parenthood have fed the American people for decades, it pulls the mask off and proves that Planned Parenthood is 100% committed to abortion and women’s health services were never their intent, nor their priority. There are plenty of clinics that offer women’s health services, and those clinics will receive Title X funding, and now the liberals can’t bully religious institutions out of that funding because they are no longer required to encourage infanticide to receive federal funding.

Why are Democrats upset over Planned Parenthood losing their funding? Of course, you can’t be a Democrat and not support killing babies, DNC chair Tom Perez back in 2017 said “all Democratic candidates must support abortion” so you can’t be a pro-life Democrat, but the real issue here is that The Democrat party lost one of it’s money laundering schemes, you see, Planned Parenthood between the 2012 and 2016 elections donated $33 Million to Democrats, and now their ability to help finance the Democrat party is being threatened because they aren’t receiving money in government grants. Always follow the money, the only consistency with Democrats is what gives them more money and more power. Don’t misunderstand me, this doesn’t mean that Democrats haven’t repeated the abortion lie enough to believe it themselves, there are plenty of idiots in the party that believe the false equivalency that women’s rights and infanticide are somehow synonyms, the Leftist indoctrination in America has actually resulted in many poor souls falsely equating those two things, but America is waking up, and they’re seeing that the Left is ideologically committed to killing babies, and that it was never about women’s health.

The easy summary of this is that Planned Parenthood was called on their bluff, they chose abortion over women’s health, so we can all breath a sigh of relief because the lie is finally over and we no longer have to wonder if our friends and neighbors on the Left are really that dumb to believe Planned Parenthood and the Democrats cared about women’s actual health, because Planned Parenthood has admitted, and the Democrat party in their freak out have proven, that women’s health and rights were just dog whistles for baby murder and we can start to have an actual honest conversation.

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Culture Wars #114: Sexist Dairy Farmers and Racist Grammar

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As a service to Redstate readers, this writer scours the depths of the Internet to bring you the best and brightest our brethren in the social justice realm have to offer.  The following are seven stories that were under-the-radar and may not have received their due.

Good News For Redskins Fans

In 2016, the Washington Post conducted a survey of Native Americans to determine their thoughts regarding the name of Washington’s NFL team- the Redskins.  That poll revealed that 90% of Indians are not offended by the name despite the fact writers at the paper insist it is a racial slur in the Official Dictionary of Racial Slurs located in the Bureau of Thought Control.  So they replicated the poll in 2019 and found, once again, that 90% of Indians are not offended by the nickname of the team.  Now if Cleveland would only bring back Chief Yahoo…

Bad Karma?

Sean Buchanan was a 45-year-old father of five who was also an immigrant’s rights activist.  Buchanan was a vocal critic of Trump’s “racist” immigration policies.  He was killed in Colorado by Miguel Ramirez Valiente, an illegal alien from El Salvador, who had been ordered deported but sought sanctuary at a church in Colorado.  Valiente had become the emotional face of the immigration debate crying to the media that he had to stay in the United States to support his family.  Buchanan’s wife requested that in lieu of flowers, mourners donate to Casa de Paz, an immigrant’s group that provides services to illegal immigrants.

The Hunt, for Real?

Reza Aslan is a former CNN personality who is now a professor at a California college.  In the wake of the El Paso shooting (notice how he ignores Dayton), Aslan, taking an apparent break from advocating cannibalism, said:

After [El Paso] there is no longer any room for nuance. The President is a white nationalist terror leader. His supporters – ALL OF THEM – are by definition white nationalist terror supporters. The MAGA hat is a KKK hood. And this evil, racist scourge must be eradicated from society.

So, how does one “eradicate” a Trump supporter from society?  A public trial where every American is called forward and asked to denounce the President?  Of course, dealing with dissent has vexed totalitarians from the French Revolution right through Mao, and now Aslan.

This One Just Sounds Way Too Fishy

Either the alleged racists are really stupid, or this is a really good advertising campaign for a new restaurant.  A&I’s Chicken Shack is a black-owned and operated restaurant that recently opened in Siler City, North Carolina.  The owners allegedly received a letter that stated “You will not make it here.  Leave town or we will help you.”  There were also references to Trump and making America great again in the letter.  The writers of the letter signed it “White Nationalists.”  After posting the letter, the citizens have responded by filling the tables.  Apologies to A&I’s Chicken Shack if the letter is legitimate, but signing it “White nationalists?”  They should have just signed it “Dastardly Whiplash.”  Chatham County sheriff Mike Robertson is investigating who wrote the letter stating it will lead to felony charges.  He may not want to investigate too deeply considering the owners don’t have friends in high places like Jussie Smollett.

More Orwellian Social Justice in Britain

The Advertising Standards Authority in Great Britain recently banned an ad by Volkswagen.  The crime?  The males in the ad were depicted in adventurous situations while the women were depicted sleeping in a tent or caring for a baby in a carriage while the men were out doing adventurous stuff.    Likewise, one cream cheese spread ad was banned because the men in the ad did not appear to care for their children effectively.  The ads were banned because they “depict harmful gender stereotypes.”

Proper Grammar is Racist Also

Last week, I noted that a professor in New York is urging teachers to stop grading students since it perpetuates a capitalist meritocracy.  Now professors at American University are undergoing a training seminar called “How to Incorporate Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Your Classroom.”  The seminar will instruct educators to combat “white language supremacy” which manifests itself as proper grammar, correct spelling, and coherent sentence structure.  Who knew that grammar and spelling check programs were inherently “white supremacy?”

Finally… the Reason for Sexism Discovered

Actual researchers at an actual college published an actual article that purports to find the roots of sexual exploitation and one can look no further than the nearest dairy farm.  According to these people:

…the dairy industry is a host for sex-based discrimination… and a site where sexual assault and objectification based on biological makeup are highly prevalent but ignored as we choose to neglect non- humans with whom we share a planet.

And with that, folks, the #MooToo movement is born!

 

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