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The U.S. Air Force Versus Businessman Elon Musk

Is the Air Force, a military branch known for its toughness, poised to cower in the face of Elon Musk?

For years now, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO’s out-of-order priorities have made a fool out of government leaders and taxpayers, who foot the bills for many of his lackluster products.

While Musk has been busy selling and promoting flamethrowers and digging tunnels underground, his reusable rockets have malfunctioned and ballooned in price, while his electric cars have faced more major production failures than I have fingers and have even seemingly malfunctioned to the point of accidents and fatality.

Recently, though, Musk’s antics have finally brought the prospect of legal and contractual violations, which, in a perfect world, would free taxpayers from funding many of his inefficiencies. The problem is that not every government body appears to be on the same page.

Some, like the Securities and Exchange Commission, are doing the right thing.

Most readers are well aware by now that Musk hasn’t gotten away scot-free with what appeared to be his deliberate effort to drive up stock prices by declaring through Twitter that he had the funding secured to take Tesla private. The SEC conducted a swift investigation and ultimately came to terms with a settlement agreement that cost the CEO and the company $20 million apiece, all while the Department of Justice is reportedly finishing up a criminal investigation of its own.

But Musk has done more than fire off a few possibly illegal tweets to show that he doesn’t have the right temperament to serve as a CEO or receive government handouts. Whether the Air Force decides to recognize it or not, he’s also demonstrated it through his actions.

Just weeks after telling The New York Times that he does not believe marijuana is helpful for productivity because “you just sit there like a stone on weed,” Musk smoked marijuana while appearing on the Joe Rogan Show.

Since Section 23.504 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations System reads that “no individual shall be awarded a contract of any dollar value unless that individual agrees not to engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance while performing the contract” — a point that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management emphasizes — SpaceX should be at risk of losing some of its government money.

And yet, although the Air Force awards Musk hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts every year, we have barely heard even a peep out of them.

When pressed by CNBC in early September, an Air Force spokesman said, “We will need time to determine the facts and the appropriate process to handle the situation.”

Well, over a month has gone by and we still haven’t been updated on their findings.

Perhaps that’s because the Air Force, a government entity known for its cronyism and non-competitive bidding processes, never had any intention of looking into it in the first place. Perhaps they’re letting their love for the vision of the charismatic Musk get in the way of what’s right for the country.

The Air Force wouldn’t be the first to do look the other way when dealing with Musk: That’s what it seems NASA did for years after SpaceX’s well-reported 2015 explosion until ultimately giving in earlier this year.

Although initially giving reporters the runaround, telling them that they would eventually release a public report of what went wrong, it appears they provided these responses in the hopes that people would forget with the news cycling shifting, allowing them to shield Musk from bad press without consequence.

To their likely dismay, reporters continued to follow up, causing them to – after two years – state that they are not required to release a report of SpaceX’s failure, even though they did so for comparable failures caused by the company’s competitors.

Is this the crony path that the Air Force is poised to follow?

The SEC and DOJ seem to understand how much damage putting Elon Musk on a pedestal would be to his investors and customers, both in the private and public sectors. But the Air Force is dealing with much more than money. National security is on the line.

Then again, what else should we expect from the military branch that provides non-competitive contracts, leading to equipment delays and costing tens of millions more annually?

Taxpayers should demand better.

Read more at: TaxPayer

Running and hiding from Republican opponents

As the midterm election nears, Southern Californians have begun to notice an entirely unsurprising trend: Incumbent Democrats are running scared, hiding from their Republican opponents and refusing to participate in meaningful debates.

Facing tough Republican challengers in their respective districts, Democrats Scott Peters of the 52nd Congressional District, Ted Lieu of the 33rd Congressional District and Juan Vargas of the 51st Congressional District have thus far avoided any significant engagement with their opponents, and by extension, their districts’ voters. It is obvious that these Democrats are counting on name recognition and a friendly, disinterested media to allow them to sail across the finish line in November.

In Imperial County, Mr. Vargas — buoyed by a 3:1 advantage in Democratic voter registration — has been conspicuously silent in calling for debates with his Republican challenger, “law and order” candidate Juan Hidalgo Jr. In L.A. County, Ted Lieu — who appears to spend the majority of his time these days babbling about President Trump on Twitter — has canceled a handful of debates against his Republican opponent, Dr. Kenneth Wright.

In San Diego County, Mr. Peters has thus far ignored Republican Omar Qudrat’s invitation to schedule three public, televised debates ahead of Election Day. Instead, Mr. Peters has graciously agreed to appear alongside Mr. Qudrat at a one-hour “candidate forum” at a San Diego retirement community, during which residents of the community will be allowed to ask (pre-screened) questions to the candidates. The rules: no reporters or members of the larger San Diego public are allowed to attend, and no one on either side is allowed to film or record the event. On these points, the event organizer — Rosemary Straley, a national coordinator at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Support Network — was adamant.

In previous election years, one could not physically pry Mr. Peters away from a television camera. Now it looks like he’ll do anything to avoid being in the same room as Mr. Qudrat if a camera is present. After all, if Mr. Peters were to agree to a real debate, he could be asked why veteran homelessness skyrocketed 24 percent in San Diego over the last year alone, under his watch; why he voted against preserving crucial tax cuts for individuals and small businesses last month; and why he has consistently voted against strengthening our state’s and country’s border security, to ensure public safety for our community.

It’s not just the House races, either. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom finally agreed to debate his Republican challenger, John Cox, this week. Of course, the much-hyped, “wide-ranging” debate was broadcast on AM radio on a Monday morning, with no TV cameras anywhere, and was over before most voters even knew to tune in.

In August, New York’s Democratic Socialist House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was sharply (and rightly) criticized by both Democrats and the press for hosting an event that barred the media from attendance. There has been no such condemnation of California House candidates from either the state’s Democrats or its media outlets.

In our current political environment, it is more important than ever that candidates for elected office be able to articulate their vision for the future of our government and country in open and unfettered forums, and then let the voters decide which candidate has the better ideas. If Democrats in Southern California thought their ideas for the country were better than the Republicans’, they would be clamoring to schedule debates every other day. That is obviously — and sadly, for Southern California voters — not the case.

Read the rest at: CowardCrats

Remember When they accused Trump of inciting violence? Thanks Maxine!

On Saturday, WCAX reported that Vermont State Police are investigating a death threat mailed to Deserae Morin, a Republican female running for the Vermont State House.

Morin posted a photo of the threat she received, which read: “C*nt, we are hunting you. My comrades will kill you and the Constitution. First, we will rape you for days. You will scream and know that agonizing horror. No equal rights for republicans. Socialism is here. Open season for Republican death in Vermont. Fear our revolution. AA. It’s time”

“My entire platform consists of protecting individual liberty, ensuring small government, reducing taxes, increasing personal choices and a deep commitment to the Constitution… Apparently these are things that make the Socialists want to kill me… How telling,” she wrote on Facebook.

“I’m very outspoken. I’m very well spoken. I’m a real threat to socialism, and now socialism is a real threat to me,” Morin told WCAX.

“I’m trying not to take it too seriously, because it’s most likely, it’s just an empty threat,” she added.

Morin is staying vigilant for her family. State Police have opened an investigation and Morin says there is also an internal Post Office task force looking into the letter. She says she also fears for her young female supporters.

“I’m not comfortable asking them to come out anymore because I don’t want to be responsible for somebody else getting hurt. I feel like I have to protect them now,” Morin said.

Morin believes being a republican woman may be a factor in the threats. 

“It’s like how dare you? I’m a traitor to their ideology. Like they just assume, because I’m young and I’m female that automatically I should be leftist and I’m not and that makes people really mad at me,” she added.

Of course, the very same left that told us during the Kavanaugh hearings that all women MUST be believed accused Morin of faking the letter for attention.  Here’s just a couple of images posted by the Gateway Pundit.

Read the rest at: Republican Death

Love Trumps Hate? REALLY!

Hillary Clinton is finally being honest — the Democrats aren’t interested in peace and civility.

Their politics of violence and obstruction has always been a deliberate strategy to intimidate their opponents — even if it tears America apart in the process.

While liberals generally attempt to conceal their true intentions, every so often they slip up and reveal the true face of the Democrat Party. That is exactly what Hillary Clinton did this week when discussing President Trump and his supporters.

“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN.

“That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again,” she continued. “But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”

The former Democrat nominee for president is also right about the latter — Republicans do believe in strength, especially the strength of American unity and spirit. And that is precisely the source of Clinton’s annoyance.

The Democrat Party mantra to “never let a serious crisis go to waste” betrays the fact that civility is a real obstacle to their aspirations.

For decades, Democrats have relied on a strategy of dividing our society with vitriol and tribalism. By painting some groups as victims and others as “deplorables,” they have turned Americans against one another and used the ensuing chaos for their own political gain.

But there are consequences to these actions.

Families who support President Trump and his Republican allies are now targets of death threats, violence, and other forms of intimidation.

“I’ve never been like this in my whole life. We used to never even lock our doors, and now that has all changed,” Senator Rand Paul’s wife, Kelley Paul, said in a recent interview. “We’ve updated all of our security systems at home. I sleep with a loaded gun by my bed.”

Read the rest at: Nasty Democrats

Trump 20 months and almost 300 wins – NOT TIRED!

The Trump administration’s often overlooked list of achievements has surpassed those of former President Ronald Reagan at this time and more than doubled since the last tally of accomplishments after his first year in office, giving President Trump a solid platform to run for re-election on.

As Trump nears the two-year mark of his historic election and conducts political rallies around the country, during which he talks up his wins in hopes it will energize Republican voters, the administration has counted up 289 accomplishments in 18 categories, capped by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

They include 173 major wins, such as adding more than 4 million jobs, and another 116 smaller victories, some with outsize importance, such as the 83 percent one-year increase in arrests of MS-13 gang members.

“Trump’s successes in reducing the cost of taxes and regulations, rebuilding our military, avoiding wars of choice and changing the courts rival those of all previous Republican presidents,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

“Trump has an advantage over Ronald Reagan: He has a Reagan Republican House and Senate while Reagan had a [Democratic Speaker] Tip O’Neill House and a pre-Reagan Republican Senate. Reagan and [former GOP Speaker] Newt Gingrich were the ice breakers that allowed Trump’s victories to grow in number and significance,” he added.

Unlike the Year One list which included many proposals and orders still to be acted on, the new collection includes dozens of actions already in place, signed legislation, and enforced executive orders.

For example, while the Year One list bragged about the administration’s efforts to rewrite the much-maligned NAFTA trade deal with Canada and Mexico, the Year Two list said: “Negotiated an historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA.”

And shockingly the NAFTA achievement is presented as a sidebar to the larger achievement that reads, “President Trump is negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States.” Under that umbrella are eight trade deals cut with Japan, South Korea, Europe and China.

“President Trump is a truly unique leader in American history. He’s a kid from Queens who became an international business leader and made billions by getting things when no one said he could,” said Trump’s 2016 campaign pollster John McLaughlin.

Read the rest at: 300 wins

MEDIA BIAS: When your “political news” is so biased, Yahoo posts it under “entertainment”

Yahoo, Esquire, media bias

When your “political news” posts are so biased and skewed that Yahoo posts them under “entertainment”, you might be Esquire.

Esquire posted coverage of the recent mob of protesters intrusion on Senator Ted Cruz’s dinner with his wife with the headline:

“Watch in Satisfaction as Ted Cruz Gets Chased Out of a Restaurant By Protesters”

Those of use who know “fake news” can spot a biased headline like that a mile away. The fact that Yahoo chose to repost the story in it’s entirety with the original headline under their “entertainment” section is mildly humorous for those of us paying close attention, but also troubling, as most casual readers use Yahoo for “real news” not blatantly biased content like this.

Respectable news outlets don’t publish biased political commentary masquerading as “NEWS” if they want to continue to be considered reliable. This one is a major FAIL for Yahoo. Not the first. Probably not the last. But if they hear from enough of us, it may, one day, make an impact.

Yahoo, Esquire, media bias

BREAKING: Draft Exec. Order Targets Online Platform Political Bias

This weekend, Bloomberg News received a draft of a proposed Executive Order authorizing federal antitrust agencies to look into possible violations by online platforms like Google and social media.

It’s widely known that online conservative media has been taking a hit on online platforms for over 2 years now. Many have already been put out of business as online platforms like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have shadowbanned and demonitized us, preventing us from reaching much of our audience and, in turn, earning ad revenues with the content we publish online. Those of us still hanging in there are having to make major changes to sustain and are largely relying on listener and reader support.

It’s not clear who leaked the draft EO, and the White House did not confirm, saying, “the document isn’t the result of an official White House policy making process.” So you can read into what you will. We’ll find out for sure in the not too distant future. Until then, here’s what’s been reported…

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The White House is considering a draft executive order for President Donald Trump that would instruct federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to open probes into the practices of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc., and other social media companies.

Bloomberg News obtained a draft of the order, which a White House official said was in its early stages and hasn’t been run past other government agencies. Separately, Lindsey Walters, deputy White House press secretary, said in an emailed statement that the document isn’t the result of an official White House policy making process.

The document instructs U.S. antitrust authorities to “thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws.” It instructs other government agencies to recommend within a month after it’s signed, actions that could potentially “protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias.”

Read the full article and the Executive Order draft on bias in online platforms at Bloomberg.

Socialists in our U.S. Govt offices: “We want to destroy capitalists.” Meet the Deep State!

Project Veritas, Video Still, Destroy Capitalists
Project Veritas, Video Still, Destroy Capitalists

ProjectVeritas just released the 3rd video in a new series of undercover reports. The content will leave you shaking your head in disbelief.

These people are sold out to their socialist cause. They put ideology above all else, including their employment. They’re double-agents working against us from the inside. They are the roots of the Deep State.

To make a bad situation worse, you can hear several of them say in their own words, they try not to get caught, but it doesn’t really matter if they do because they can’t be fired.

That’s right. They can’t be fired for failing to do their assigned work, for political activism on our dime, or for attempting to subvert our duly elected president. This MUST change!

Thanks to ProjectVeritas for doing this important work. Looking forward to the next installment!

Deep State Unmasked: Employee says “Resist Everything”!

Project Veritas, Video Still, Resist Everything
Project Veritas, Video Still, Resist Everything

Avowed socialists are embedded in our U.S. State Department, and they’re actively working to subvert the current administration. ProjectVeritas just released the first in a series of videos exposing a federal employee violating the Hatch Act:

Engaging in partisan political activity while on duty.

And bragging:

“I have nothing to lose. It’s impossible to fire federal employees.”

This man, Stuart Karaffa is a ranking member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America (Metro DC DSA) who’s mission is to:

“Resist everything… Every level. F**k sh*t up.”

You can watch the full video at ProjectVeritas. Kudos to James O’Keefe. Nice work on this expose’.

ICE detainees not welcome in Jail?

Ban Identity Politics the practice of dividing populations based on group features such as race.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Thursday signed an executive order to permanently stop the city jail from receiving people detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The order also directs the Atlanta City Department of Corrections chief to formally request that ICE officials transfer all current detainees from the Atlanta City Detention Center as soon as possible.

“As we work to achieve our vision of an Atlanta that is welcoming and inclusive, with equal opportunity for all, it is untenable for our City to be complicit in the inhumane immigration policies that have led to the separation of hundreds of families at the United States southern border,” Bottoms said in a statement.

The move comes months after Bottoms signed a separate order that blocked the city jail from accepting any new ICE detainees amid enforcement of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, which resulted in migrant families being separated at the border.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that there were 205 ICE detainees in the jail in June, and that number decreased to just five as of Wednesday.

A spokesperson for ICE confirmed to the newspaper that all of the agency’s detainees at the Atlanta City Detention Center would be transferred by the end of Thursday.

“I do not make this decision lightly, or without concern as to the impact on these individuals,” Bottoms’ statement read. “But until there is comprehensive immigration reform, this is the only way Atlanta can truly fulfill its legacy of compassion and tolerance. Civil offenses do not warrant criminal consequences – and no one should be jailed solely because they seek the American Dream.”

Let us know what you think in the comments.

Read the rest at: Mayor LOONIE!

MAJOR differences between Liberal and Conservative Women! REALLY!

A new study finds that conservative women in college are less likely to support the use of identity politics in presidential campaigns.

Providence College psychology professor Saaid Mendoza spearheaded the study, entitled “Not ‘With Her’: How Gendered Political Slogans Affect Conservative Women’s Perceptions of Female Leaders” and published in the recent issue of Sex Roles.

Mendoza says that his interest in political slogans developed while he tracked the 2016 presidential election. He tells Campus Reformthat he was surprised that then-candidate Hillary Clinton was not “polling nearly as well with women as she might expect.”

And perhaps conservative women could help explain why.

It is understandable that conservatives wouldn’t want to vote for the Democratic front-runner. But Clinton’s excessive use of identity politics during her campaign may have had an especially negative impact on her reception, Mendoza found.

To study this, Mendoza recruited 140 female college students. Each student was randomly assigned to watch one of three Clinton campaign advertisements: one with no slogan, one featuring “I’m with her,” a third with the catchphrase “Stronger Together.”

The results were striking, though not necessarily unexpected. Clinton’s approval rating was highest among female liberals who watched the “I’m with her” campaign ad. But for conservatives, watching the “I’m with her” ad reduced support by nearly 30 percent.

So while the identity politics ad helped Clinton among liberals, it hurt her approval rating among women who lean conservative. And while the campaign slogan was just one aspect of Clinton’s campaign, Mendoza argues that it still damaged Clinton’s chances at getting elected.

“Being exposed to the gendered campaign slogan for less than 10 seconds had a significant effect on how conservative women viewed Clinton and her presidential campaign,” Mendoza told Campus Reform.

“In that respect, the election results may appear to be less shocking, since Clinton’s strategy to win over the conservative female vote through gendered appeals may have been grounded in false ideological assumptions,” he added.

Read the rest at: Campus Reform

Math class covers Imperialism! WHY?

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A professor teaching a general education math course at Penn State University included pages of his personal opinion on politics and social justice issues in exams.

Campus Reform received copies of exams, including a midterm, from an anonymous student who was concerned by the political nature of the course material when they took Professor Marc Fabbri’s math class last spring. The course material contains large portions of political opinion that have little relevance to the course topic.

The course, “Finite Mathematics,” is designed for non-science majors and fulfills a general education requirement. The course is described by Penn State as an “introduction to logic, sets, [and] probability,” however, the take-home tests Campus Reform received appear to contain the professor’s personal opinion and few math problems.

Fabbri details several seemingly random environmental efforts in the Great Lakes as well as the 1965 Clean Water Act signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in section three of a course document titled “Would the Real Trump University Please Stand Up,” obtained by Campus Reform.

Over the course of two and a half pages, the professor gives a lengthy account of how he became aware of fracking before asking students to analyze statistics related to fracking violations.

Fabbri asks students to negate the statement “all those who enjoy religious freedom promote cultural toleration” after detailing, for nearly three pages, several academics’ condemnation of imperialism in a section entitled “Imperialism, Hubris and Cultural Intolerance: Threats to Democracy.”

The professor begins with a positive review of Democratic presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in section two of the midterm, entitled “Red Party Politics Shifts and Cracks,” before asking students to analyze voting statistics between male and female voters during the 2008 presidential election.

“The emergence of the Tea Party played a central role in the 2008 U.S. presidential election,” the document reads. “The victor was Barack Obama who, like Bill Clinton, served as U.S. president for 8 years – the two men guided always by the strength of character and force of intellect of First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.”

Read the rest at: Penn State

Saying Jesus Loves you is Disruptive?

A Wisconsin student sued her school on Tuesday after the administration labeled her a “disruptive student” for handing out Valentine’s Day cards reading “Jesus loves you.”

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) student Polly Olsen sued her school for what she termed an “unconstitutional” Public Assembly Policy, according to a lawsuit obtained by Campus Reform.

NWTC restricts what it deems as “disruptive” free expression and free speech, as protected by the First Amendment, to a tiny box on campus that makes up less than one percent of the campus. Olsen described the school’s “free speech zone” as “about the size of two buses next to each other,” highlighting the fact that no one “congregates there, they just walk through,” something she suggested prohibited her from having meaningful conversations with others.

Olsen said that her inspiration to hand out valentines came from her mother, who, before her passing, gave them out to provide hope to those who most needed it, when speaking with Campus Reform. The student said that the past few years have been hard, as her mom died and her brother broke his neck, while Olsen, herself, has been homeless.

“Since my mother’s passing, I have carried on the tradition in her memory,” the student said.

According to the lawsuit, a campus security officer confronted Olsen on February 14, 2018 while she was handing out the valentines, and told her that she was violating the school policy by “soliciting” and being a “disruptive student.”

Olsen was not selling anything, as the term “soliciting” implies. Instead, she was handing out heart-shaped valentines with phrases such as “Jesus loves you,” “you are special!” and “you have a purpose,” along with the relevant books and line numbers.

She said the security officer told her that she could only hand out the valentines in the “free speech area” on campus, which requires prior reservation and approval. NWTC’s “public assembly area,” also called the “free speech zone” must be “reserved between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Read the rest at: Jesus Loves You!

Still not running to MeWe, but dipping our toe in the MeWe pool…

smart phone, social media
smart phone, social media

Earlier this year we began evaluating social media alternatives to Facebook and Twitter. Facebook had been squelching our reach for nearly a year with no relief in site. And more recently, Twitter wiped out 80% (40,000) of our followers with no notice, no explanation. Conservatives are still getting hammered! Thankfully, the free market is at work with various entrepreneurs vying to attract conservative voices.

In the end, it came down to 2 sites for us… MeWe.com and OneWay.com. Both have an easy to use, robust platform with plenty of activity where you can easily find like-minded people to connect with.

After my previous post “Why we’re not running to MeWe…”, MeWe’s CEO, Mark Weinstein reached out to us to address some of our concerns about the platform. It’s always good to get information straight from the source, so Joe invited him on The Real Side Radio Show to talk about MeWe.

As previously mentioned, we’ve been on MeWe since 2014 and it is a well-done platform with lots of the features that we’ve come to expect on social media.

My 2 biggest concerns were as follows:

  1. Jonathan Wolfe, listed as co-founder of MeWe in his bio, is uber-Liberal.
  2. MeWe’s Terms of Service specifically prohibiting “hateful” content.

In the interview, Mark addressed both of these concerns which I’ll summarize as follows:

Jonathan Wolfe has not been a part of MeWe for at least 4 years and is no longer involved in the company. Mark went on to explain that MeWe does not have a political test for people seeking employment and that politics are strictly prohibited in their course of business. MeWe only considers the best person for the job. Wolfe had a specific skillset that was needed and politics were not a factor in that. (You can hear him in his own words ~32 min mark)

The prohibition of “hateful” content still exists in MeWe’s Terms of Service and is intended to target egregious comments. (You can hear him in his own words ~35 min mark)

Jonathan Wolfe has since removed his internet claim as MeWe’s Co-Founder from his website.

It was good to hear that politics are not in play in MeWe’s boardroom decision-making processes and, for now, we’ll have to trust that it will remain that way.

I also spoke extensively with Mark regarding the “hate speech” concern that we, and many other conservative online outlets have and why we have them. Mark was gracious to hear me out and have an open dialogue about it. I’m hopeful that the discussion around this part of their policy will continue into their board room and ultimately be clarified and reflected in their Terms of Service so that conservative media, like ours, can feel confident that time invested building a following on their platform isn’t obliterated in the future by someone who classifies their viewpoint as “hateful” simply because they don’t want others to hear it.

After several discussions with Mark over the past few months, we’ve begun dipping our toes in the MeWe pool. If we decide to do a cannon ball jump in the future, we’ll let you know!

For now, we are working to build on both OneWay and MeWe. Be sure to follow us on whichever you decide is right for you, and let us know what you think about each one.

A BIG THANK YOU to Mark Weinstein for reaching out to us and for coming on the show to talk with Joe about MeWe and the company’s philosophy. And for spending an inordinate amount of time answering questions and baring his MeWe soul to me over the phone on a holiday that would have certainly been better enjoying some family time.

You can listen to the episode here and decide for yourself.

Labor Day? or American Dream Day!

Most of you know today as Labor Day. What exactly is Labor Day? Sounds like a day to celebrate work, but it isn’t. Maybe it’s a day where we celebrate the ability for women to give birth? Nope, not that either.

Labor Day isn’t just a day off with pay. And it’s not BBQ at the beach or a celebration of the end of summer.

Actually, it’s a day for us to celebrate workers. But who really loves to work? Wouldn’t most people love to have enough money not to have to work? So, why do we celebrate the American worker?

Originally, Labor Day was an olive branch extended by President Grover Cleveland after he sent American troops in to stop the railroad workers strike and 12 workers were killed in the process. He gave them a day off (with pay?) to let things settle down. Cleveland’s olive branch withered and the celebration died away.

I appreciate the sacrifices that the American worker has made over the years to feed their families, buy homes and cars, provide their children’s education, and make a good life. But isn’t that what the American Dream is all about?

In the early days of America we had many shameful moments. Workers were taken advantage of. Working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, being replaced permanently if they were out sick a day or two, and even plant workers being beaten for not working hard enough. Barbaric!

But that was then. America has come a long way. I’ll even give the unions credit for helping to make working conditions fair and give workers some protections. But somewhere along the way, like with any big corporation that disconnects from its people, they went bad. Yes, bad.

Workers’ salaries shouldn’t be based on what the company makes, it should be based on a fair days wage for a good days work. In most cases, the worker doesn’t lose his investments, 20 years of sweat, his home and cars if the company goes out of business. Business entrepreneurs very often do! Workers can usually get a job in the same industry. There is no real risk being an employee.

The owner of the company usually puts up his house, his name, his reputation, and all his assets to borrow money to start the company up and running. It’s the entrepreneur that comes up with the idea, figures out how to produce it, figures out how to bring it to market, and figures out how to make a profit on it so he can hire the laborer. Then the laborer can show up, do his job, feed his family, afford a house, and so on. Once in a while, one of those workers rises up, figures out how to do it better, starts their own company, and becomes an entrepreneur. That’s the real American dream… freedom to make money to live comfortably after hard work and ingenuity! Sadly, that’s also what the unions seem to hate the most, entrepreneurs.

It’s unclear who the brainchild behind Labor Day was. Many credit Labor Day to Peter J. McGuire, cofounder of the American Federation of Labor. Others have suggested that Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union, first proposed the holiday. Either way, it was union officials making a big deal out of union workers.

What about all the other American workers? Maybe we could rename it to “American Dream Day” and celebrate the fact that we have the freedom choose our profession and where we work. We can choose to start our own business, to own a house and a car, to get a good education, and to move freely about the country. Yes, we can simply work for someone and enjoy the American Dream.

Let’s celebrate the American worker and the American entrepreneur, not just union workers.

Anyone can make it in this country… anyone! No excuses. You make it or you fail because of your ability, your tenacity, and how bad you want it and are willing to work for it.

More people working, Not enough people to fill jobs. Maybe this proves you can make it in America, The Dream is STILL alive!

I don’t celebrate the union worker, I celebrate all Americans who work hard to obtain the American Dream and “make it big” and those who work hard to enjoy the freedoms they have here. Happy American Dream Day!

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The Left’s war on Conservative Speech!

The way things are trending the future will see execution as the penalty for conservative thought.  The evidence is clear the left is ramping up its war on conservative free speech. We’ve already the social media platforms’ censorship of Alex Jones, or NY Governor Cuomo’s attempts to get banks and insurance companies to stop working with the NRA, or even YouTube’s removal of Dennis Prager’s “Prager U” videos.

Visa and Mastercard have blocked service to the David Horowitz Freedom Center because the far left hate group, The Southern Policy Law Center (SPLC) pressured them into believing that the Horowitz Center is a hate group.

The Daily Wire tells us of the SPLC’s actions against Horowitz:

Under pressure from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Visa and Mastercard have blocked donations to the conservative think tank David Horowitz Freedom Center (DHFC) after it was labeled a hate group by the militantly left-leaning watchdog organization.

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In an email to supporters on Wednesday under the subject “Transaction Denied,” the DHFC announced that at the request of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the two credit card companies will no longer be allowing donations to DHFC.

“We’re under attack by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC),” the email begins. “For years, the SPLC has labeled the Freedom Center a hate group and tried to get organizations like Amazon, Facebook and Twitter to ban us and silence our message.”

“Yesterday, SPLC finally convinced MasterCard and Visa to cut us off. Now we can’t process donations from any major credit card companies.”

Horowitz published a message about the incident to Breitbart News:

It’s cynical, calculated and supported by the Democratic Party. The reason Mastercard and Visa gave us for cutting us off and thus sabotaging our online fund-raising operation is that the SPLC told them that we were a hate group.

It is wrong to focus on the Tech heads as the culprits because as businessmen they have a vested interest in keeping their platforms politically neutral. They have been threatened by Senator Mark Warner and other Democrats if they don’t censor conservatives. The fact that Mastercard and Visa are now part of this juggernaut indicates how dangerous this has become.

The SPLC hasn’t been well-intentioned in a long time. It started as a civil rights organization with good intentions, fighting racists such as the KKK. However, in recent years it has gone crazy.  The SPLC unjustly levels accusations of racism and hate. They branded as “bigoted” many groups and individuals whose only crime lies in their refusal to embrace the SPLC’s left-wing agenda,   including Tea Partiers, The Federation for American Immigration Reform (known as FAIR)  Christian organizations that don’t believe in same-sex marriage or abortions. And of course, they spent most of the recent presidential election cycle attacking the future president Trump as racist. Heck, they even declared the term “Drain The Swamp” as racist which is ridiculous charge unless of course comic character “Swamp Thing” really exists–but he’s green.

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Senator lies about stance on life!

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Thanks to Susan B Anthony List for contacting us about this article and clarifying that in fact they are OPPOSING Sen. Joe Manchin’s campaign due to his wishy-washy pro-life talk with no action. See corrections below in black bold italic that accurately reflect their position with regard to his campaign.

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West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin has become wishy-washy in his support for pro-life.

Manchin had been known for his attention to pro-life issues and promising to defund Planned Parenthood.

But recently, his stance on the issue has taken a different turn, and he has been supporting the organization that performs hundreds of thousands of abortions.

Manchin issued a statement on Aug. 3, 2015, responding to “the callous behavior of Planned Parenthood staff in recently released videos, which casually discuss the sale, possibly for profit, of fetal tissue after an abortion.”

“Until these allegations have been answered and resolved, I do not believe that taxpayer money should be used to fund this organization; instead those funds should be sent to other health care providers, including community health centers, which provide important women’s healthcare services,” the statement said.

“While my vote is one that will prevent taxpayers dollars from going to Planned Parenthood, I will remain committed to ensuring that all women in West Virginia and America receive the health care services they need.”

Manchin’s campaign was even financially supported by the Susan B. Anthony List, whose mission “is to end abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives.”

The Susan B Anthony List organization committed $1.6 million to OPPOSE Manchin, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a Republican, said, “Liberal Senator Joe Manchin has failed West Virginians by continuing to fund abortion provider Planned Parenthood, voicing opposition to pro-life judges, and standing with Hillary Clinton and her pro-abortion agenda,” according to the Free Beacon.

Morrisey is running against Manchin for his Senate seat.

Many Manchin supporters are upset by his inaction to defund Planned Parenthood like he had promised.

“In more than nine times out of ten, Planned Parenthood resolves pregnancy with abortion,” Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a news release. “They are clearly an abortion-centered, profit-driven business — yet taxpayers are forced to fork over nearly $554 million each year to their coffers.

“Where does Sen. Manchin stand on this injustice? Last month, he voted to force states to fund the abortion giant through Title X grants.”

The latest RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Manchin up by 7 points and Morrisey for the Senate Seat, but no poll results more recent than July 16 were available.

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Is Trump traping the media?

Donald Trump has long demonstrated a knack for getting his political opponents to make fools of themselves. Sen. Marco Rubio learned this the hard way on the 2016 campaign trail when he tried to out-Trump Mr. Trump. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former CIA chief John Brennan got caught in the trap last week.

Cuomo took issue with Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” telling an audience full of Democrats that “we’re not going to make America great again – it was never that great.” The audience booed. Cuomo was attempting to insult the president but wound up insulting the country and then spent several days walking back what he said. Cuomo’s late father, Mario, also served as governor of New York. He once remarked: “There are few things more amusing in the world of politics than watching moderate Republicans charging to the right in pursuit of greater glory.” His son is evidence that such behavior is bipartisan.

Brennan, who called Trump’s July press conference with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin “nothing short of treasonous” on Twitter, had his security clearance revoked by the president last week. But during an appearance on MSNBC a few days later, he rescinded his comment. “I didn’t mean that he committed treason. But it was a term that I used,” he said. “Sometimes my Irish comes out.” Trump’s statements after the meeting with Putin were roundly criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike, and Brennan was free to add his voice. But a former top intelligence officer who wants to decry the president’s reckless behavior on cable news and social media might want to be more mindful of his own behavior.

Likewise, the political press has decided that its job isn’t merely to inform the public but also to take down the current White House, even if such efforts cost journalism what little credibility it has left. Last Thursday, hundreds of newspapers nationwide simultaneously published editorials attacking Trump in the guise of promoting a free press. The president regularly accuses news outlets of biased coverage. He prefers tweets and rallies to news conferences because he doesn’t trust the Washington Post and CNN to give him or his agenda a fair shake. Trump’s base comprises tens of millions of voters convinced that the media is as eager as the Democratic Party to run their guy out of office, and last week’s stunt only feeds those fears. Journalists who don’t like what the president has said about the press might want to start behaving like objective reporters instead of liberal political activists.

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Officer begs camera man to help him!

A police officer begged a female security guard to put down her cell phone and help him subdue a robbery suspect in Houston.

Bystanders began filming the confrontation between the officer and 17-year-old Davon Shavelle Miller, who was pulled over and ran from the officer, a local news station reported.

“He’s trying to kill me!” the suspect yelled, while the officer yelled that Miller was trying to grab his service weapon.

One man can be seen helping the officer hold Miller on the ground, as others at the gas station pleaded with Miller to stop resisting.

At one point, a female security guard is seen recording on her cell phone instead of assisting the officer.

“Stop f***ing filming and help me!” the officer shouted to her.

Jillian Mele reported the security guard was fired after the video went viral, while Miller is charged with disarming a police officer.

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Omarosa lies exposed

It’s almost comical to see Omarosa Maringault taking the national spotlight — propelled by the mainstream media as someone with a story worth sharing as a platform — for criticism of President Trump.

It became apparent from the moment of her firing that Omarosa would not be going the Sebastian-Gorka route of advocating for the president’s agenda outside of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Omarosa faded back to irrelevance months following reports that John Kelly had her forcibly removed from the premises, but like a conniving phoenix from the ashes, she lifted herself back into the headlines by revealing illegally recorded conversations with White House personnel.

Uncoincidentally this revelation comes at the same time of the announcement of her new book, “Unhinged,” which attempts to justify Omarosa’s actions. So far, her tapes reveal anything but a chaotic White House. Conversely, it demonstrates an administration that treated a known source of disorder with too much respect.

Unlike the rest of President Trump’s inner-circle appointments, Omarosa didn’t have any roots in conservatism. She worked for Al Gore’s office in the 1990s before being transferred to the Commerce Department and was ultimately removed after earning bad remarks from multiple higher-ups.

One sentiment on which most Americans seem to agree is that Omarosa was always purely an opportunist, yet the media continues to give this woman any credibility.

Omarosa’s original gripe was that White House mistreated her. If she were able to prove this was the case, she might have a story worth telling as the media has been trying to depict President Trump and his administration has a dictatorship ever since he stepped into office.

Strangely enough, Omarosa’s tapes have revealed the opposite to be true. Not only was she allowed to take bridal photos in the White House but they demonstrated patience with her despite the inability to have a positive impact. The tapes that were supposed to show her getting unceremoniously fired turned out to reveal Kelly treated Omarosa with a great deal of respect despite fears that Omarosa would not be able to handle the termination professionally.

Today, Omarosa’s audio recording of a conversation she had with Lara Trump shows that her allegations of mistreatment are also untrue as she was offered a job of about $180,000 a year to continue to push the Make America Great Again movement which Spicer, Gorka, and Lewandowski are doing.

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Bernies illegal campaign contributions!

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Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign agreed to pay a $14,500 fine to the Federal Election Commission last month after the agency ruled the independent’s 2016 presidential campaign had accepted an illegal contribution from the Australian Labor Party.

The Sanders campaign, however, did not admit fault in its agreement with the FEC, which concluded the ALP’s transportation and stipend costs to young Australian volunteers to work at Sanders campaign events in early 2016 was a campaign contribution, according to New Hampshire local television station WMUR.

The original complaint with the FEC was filed by New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien in March 2016 after the Australian volunteers were captured on video tearing down Trump campaign signs in New Hampshire.

The ALP agreed to pay a fine of the same amount and not to contest the FEC’s ruling that its $24,422 in flight and stipend costs was a “prohibited in-kind foreign contribution.”

Under U.S. campaign finance law, only American citizens are allowed to make contributions to political campaigns.

In a statement to the network on Wednesday, the Sanders campaign said it did not “agree that it broke any rules” but opted to pay the fine “in order to avoid a long and expensive fight with the FEC over the technical status of these young people.”

“During the course of the campaign thousands and thousands of young people from every state and many other countries volunteered. Among them were seven Australian young people who were receiving a modest stipend and airfare from the Australian Labor Party so they could learn about American politics,” the campaign said in a statement. “The folks on the campaign managing volunteers did not believe the stipend disqualified them from being volunteers.”

The agreement came as the country deals with repeated reports and warnings about Russian interference in the 2016 election in order to prop up President Donald Trump, as well as Sanders and several other candidates other than Democrat Hilary Clinton, according to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation of Russian election meddling.

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion took place between his campaign and Russia to win the White House. Last month, Sanders appeared to push back on the special counsel’s findings that Russian interference helping his campaign against Clinton.

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Pro-Trump CNN SUSPENDED!

CNN suspended Republican pundit Paris Dennard amid years-old allegations of sexual harassment that got him fired from Arizona State University. (Fox News)

Dennard, according to the Washington Post, told a recent college graduate who worked for him that he wanted to have sexual intercourse with her while touching her “neck with his tongue” during an event.

A 2014 report by the university alleged that he “pretended to unzip his pants in her presence, tried to get her to sit on his lap, and made masturbatory gestures” when he worked at ASU’s McCain Institute for International Leadership.

A second woman accused Dennard of throwing things at her and allegedly caught him looking at her breasts.

“Don’t worry, I’ve already seen it,” he admitted saying after the woman tried to adjust her blouse.

The news of his past transgressions came to light after Dennard impressed the president this week following a heated debate with former intelligence analyst Phil Mudd.

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Mueller’s fatal mistake

There is now no excuse for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to ask to interview President Trump.

In fact, it is now clear the investigators have been given so much information about the president’s actions and had such remarkably open access, they should just close shop and write their final report.

They no longer have any grounds for going to court to get a subpoena to compel the president to testify.

Mueller’s fatal mistake was revealed Saturday in The New York Times story titled, “White House Counsel, Don McGahn, Has Cooperated Extensively in Mueller Inquiry.” Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman reported that there were at least 30 hours of interviews between the Mueller team and the White House Counsel.

Don McGahn asserted throughout the interviews that “he never saw Mr. Trump go beyond his legal authorities.”

McGahn’s cooperation is historically unique because President Trump waived both executive privilege and attorney-client privilege. President Trump was so confident of his innocence that he waived both of these protections to allow the Special Counsel to thoroughly question the White House attorney.

Accepting such a thorough and detailed briefing from the White House Counsel will ultimately hurt the efforts of Mueller’s team of left-wing Democratic lawyers.

McGahn is a very widely-respected lawyer, who thoroughly understands the difference between legal and illegal behavior – and he was in the room for virtually all of President Trump’s activities.

It couldn’t be more clear: The Trump White House was comfortable talking for 30 hours with a pack of high-powered, very tough-minded investigators, because the president has done nothing wrong.

Nevertheless, at every stage, Mueller has conducted an aggressive, one-sided, and increasingly irresponsible, investigation.

Mueller was brought in to seek the truth about whether there was collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russians to impact the 2016 election.

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Madonna slammed online for making Aretha Franklin tribute all about her

Madonna is accused of delivering a self-indulgent tribute to the late Aretha Franklin during Monday night’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Before she presented the Video of the Year award, the Material Girl– who turned 60 the same day Franklin died of pancreatic cancer on Aug. 16– took a moment to acknowledge the Queen of Soul’s recent passing.

But instead of addressing the 76-year-old’s historic career, many online critics grumbled that Madonna spent most of the speech talking about herself.

The “Like A Virgin” singer opened the segment by saying Franklin had “changed the course” of her life, and shared that when she was an aspiring singer and dancer she sang Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel A) Natural Woman” acapella during an unsuccessful audition.

But much of the tribute involved Madonna talking about the early origins of her life and career. The singer recalled in great detail her rough upbringing in Detroit, where she said she was often mistaken for a “prostitute” while walking up her third-story apartment building that she described as a “crack house.”

It didn’t take long before Madonna became a trending topic on Twitter, as the Internet called out the pop superstar for turning what was supposed to be a tribute to Franklin into a Madonna monologue.

“That was so so so so disrespectful,” wrote one user. “Aretha ain’t even put down her purse in heaven yet.”

Madonna did eventually get back on track to say that “Long live the queen.”

“So, you are probably all wondering why I am telling you this story. There is a connection,” she said.

“Because none of this would have happened, could have happened, without our lady of soul. She led me to where I am today,” she continued.

“And I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight, in this room tonight. And I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-e-s-p-e-c-t. Long live the queen.”

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