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Democrat wants higher taxes for people with toooo many children!

Scott Wallace, a liberal millionaire candidate running for Congress in Pennsylvania, has given millions of dollars to so-called population control groups.

Such groups have advocated for taxing parents “to the hilt” for having more than two children, calling it “irresponsible breeding,” and said abortion is “a highly effective weapon” to combat overpopulation.

Wallace, grandson of a former vice president who’s running as a Democrat in Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District against Republican incumbent Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, has been in charge of the the Wallace Global Fund “for the last two decades” that gave out nearly $7 million to population control groups since 1997.

Zero Population Growth (ZPG) was among the organizations that received the money from the fund. According to public records, it received $420,000 between 1997 and 2003.

“No responsible family should have more than two children.”

– Zero Population Growth, a group that received funding from Scott Wallace.

The group, shortly after being founded in 1968, released a brochure advocating abortion to stabilize population growth and claimed that “no responsible family should have more than two children.” To deal with larger families, it also called for families to be “taxed to the hilt” for “irresponsible breeding.”

It also blamed the overpopulation on the “white middle-class” that “use up more than their share of resources and do more than their share of polluting” and urged them to “voluntarily limit their families to two children.”

Paul Ehrlich, who co-founded the ZPG, once called abortion “a highly effective weapon in the armory of population control.” The goal of the organization, which changed its name to Population Connection in 2002, has remained the same since its inception, arguing that the world needs to contain population growth with particular emphasis on American families.

The organization’s political arm, Population Connection Action Fund, publicly endorsedWallace for Congress, saying his support for their cause is “exactly the kind of dedication we need in Congress.”

Wallace’s fund also gave $20,000 in 2010 to the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE), a group that sees the economic growth as undesirable and instead supports an economy with “stable or mildly fluctuating levels” and a society where birth rates equal death rates.

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STOP saying “Undocumented”

The term favored by liberal “news” outlet is “undocumented immigrant.”

But isn’t that like someone saying they’re just an “undocumented neurosurgeon”?

Of course it is, and there’s no such thing as either.

So the Justice Department is putting an end to the namby-pamby euphemistic language intended to legitimize people who sneak into America illegally.

The Justice Department has instructed US attorneys offices not to use the term “undocumented” immigrants and instead refer to someone illegally in the US as “an illegal alien,” according to a copy of an agency-wide email obtained by CNN.

According to the email, the Justice Department uses terms in the US Code to describe an individual who is illegally in the US, and thus refers to them as “an illegal alien.”

“The word ‘undocumented’ is not based in US code and should not be used to describe someone’s illegal presence in the country,” the email states.

An immigrant who is in the US legally or whose status is unknown is to be described by their country of citizenship, it adds.

CNN noted that “most outlets, including CNN, use the term ‘undocumented immigrant,’ and only use terms like ‘alien’ when directly quoting a government agency or official.” The liberal network also pointed out that the Associated Press, which puts out a stylebook followed by the majority of news agencies in America, “changed its terminology to not describe a person as illegal, only actions.”

The AP suggests reporters write around such things by saying someone is living in America “without legal permission.”

“Except in direct quotations, do not use the terms illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented,” writes the AP.

Oh, woe is the death of language.

And while we’re on it, to “decimate” isn’t really that bad. It simply means to “kill every 10th man,” not, as Merriam-Webster offers as a third definition,”to reduce drastically, especially in number.”

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Millie Bobby Brown named Sexiest Actress – ONE MAJOR ISSUE!

Editor’s Note: A previous title for this article read Millie Bobby Brown Named Sexiest Actress by PlayFM, Once Again Promoting Pedophilia, but it has since been corrected because it was W Magazine that named her such.

With the recent premiere of Stranger Things 2 taking the internet by storm, there have already been countless incidents involving the young stars of the show being sexualized by grown adults.

The first of many of these cases began on Oct. 30, when Ali Michael, a 27-year-old model, posted a rather unnerving message about Finn Wolfhard.

On her Instagram, Michael posted a picture of Wolfhard with the caption, “Not to be weird, but hit me up in four years.” Keep in mind, she is 27, and Wolfhard is just 14-years-old. These comments were undeniably pedophilia. Although Michael has since apologized for her inappropriate comments, there is no taking back her pedophilic statement and erasing the damage that has been done. Pedophilia is not a joke.

Since this incident, fans have caused a huge pushback for anyone and everyone who posts creepy comments about the young stars on social media. A Spanish online radio publication, PlayFM, recently called out W magazine for naming Millie Bobby Brown as one of sexiest actresses. She is 13-years-old. Although it is undeniable that Millie Bobby Brown is elegant, poised, professional and talented, sexy is not how a pre-teen needs to be labeled. These inappropriate labels continue to promote pedophilia among adult fans of Stranger Things. It’s just plain wrong.

Understanding the hype of Stranger Things 2, fans come in an incredibly large age range. Still, it does not justify pedophilia at all. Despite being actors, these kids are just kids, and they can feel just as creeped out and violated as any other child would if an adult made inappropriate advances toward them. Wolfhard sure …..

Read the rest at:  Sexiest 13 year old

Are Universities leftist incubators ?

A DePaul University professor contends that “leftist professors” are the “gravest internal threat” to higher education in America.

Jason D. Hill, a philosophy professor at DePaul, claims in a recent op-ed for The Hill that higher education has become a battleground where liberal professors are “teaching our young people to hate this country.”

“Our universities risk losing their status as learning sites and becoming national security threats,” he warns, arguing that the solution is to “defund [universities], disband and rebuild them with conservative principles—that is, values advocating individualism, capitalism, Americanism, free speech, self-reliance, and the morality of wealth creation.”

According to the professor, equating the term “Western civilization” with racism and oppression, and the consequent refusal of students “to study the works of John Stuart Mill or John Locke (or any other white thinker) because they consider them white supremacists,” is the lowest form “of educational hell.”

“One cannot argue with such people. The only alternative is to shut them down,” Hill states, referring to professors who advocate for Cultural Marxism and Socialism.

“We are witnessing a generation that will not tolerate other perspectives, students who will not hear opposing ideologies,” Hill warns.

“Educational systems that have become such propaganda machines should not be funded by taxpaying Americans,” Hill concludes, urging donors to “Withdraw your support and leave them to fund themselves. Let them pit their wares on the free market, where they will be left homeless.”

In an interview with Campus Reform, Hill explained that he wrote his latest book, We Have Overcome: An Immigrant’s Letter to the American People, to further explore how “these Bolshevik welfare scholars who live off the largesse of a capitalist society exploit their students.”

“The main point is that they actually punish alternative viewpoints by demonizing them,” Hill said. “In the name of identity politics, multiculturalism, and gender sensitivity, very often an anti-male posture is adopted in the classroom with male viewpoints being seen as oppressive—and especially if such men hold conservative viewpoints.”

Read the rest at: Leftist College

Apparently Medieval history needs color?

thoughtful male knight in historical clothing sitting at a wooden table

A group of college scholars wants more “color” added to Medieval History. Apparently they want to blame the “Dark Ages” on blacks. What is wrong with these people?

Do they want to blame the ills of the day on them too? Some of the most common diseases were dysentery, cholera, typhoid fever, chicken pox, measles and black plague to name a few. REALLY?

How about we stick to facts and history and stay away from the (ab) norms of today!

prominent association of medieval studies scholars has pledged to boycott the discipline’s largest annual conference over a lack of social justice programming.

On July 11, the BABEL Working Group published an open letter to the organizers of the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS), which is planning to host its annual conference of about 3,000 academics at Kalamazoo College in May 2019, outlining two “concerns” about the conference.

“The first is that there seems to be a bias against, or lack of interest in, sessions that are self-critical of medieval studies, or focused on the politics of the field in the present, especially relative to issues of decoloniality, globalization, and anti-racism,” the letter explains, adding that the second concern relates to an alleged “lack of transparency around the process by which ICMS programming decisions are made.”

The letter, which has been signed by more than 600 people as of press time, argues that by rejecting workshops such as “How to Be a White Ally in Medieval Studies 101,” “Toxic Medievalisms,” and “Intersectionality and the Medieval Romance,” the ICMS organizers are hurting scholars of color and excluding their perspectives.

“The rejection of multiple sessions co-sponsored by Medievalists of Color (MOC) in particular minimizes the intellectual guidance that scholars of color would provide at the conference, when these scholars are already severely underrepresented in the field,” the letter protests.

Read the rest at: Colorful Medieval era

Has Higher education been a MAJOR failure?

he purpose of education, in the words of perhaps the 20th century’s most preeminent pedagogue, Mortimer J. Adler, “is to liberate the mind.” Similarly, according to the grandfather of the modern Conservative Movement, Russell Kirk, the true purpose of any discipline in the liberal arts — and higher education, more broadly — is, or rather, shouldbe, “the acquisition of some measure of wisdom and intellectual virtue . . .” By these elevated and exacting standards, so-called “higher education” has been an abysmal failure in the U.S. for nearly a century.

Today, not only is the undergraduate mind not being liberated at college, it is being fettered by, and freighted down a priori with, anti-intellectual ideology and dogma. But while the university builds bigger buildings and libraries, expands its non-teaching faculty, and further inflates its professorial cadres, ultimately it cannot hide the educational rot that is eating away at its core. Students graduate with expensive degrees that are worth essentially nothing in the labor market (e.g., women’s studies, gender studies, sociology, leisure studies, and the like); students have eleven Leftist professors for every one conservative professor; students are infantilized by their professors and administrators who provide the havens for puerility that are “safe spaces,” which are places on campus where one can go to hide and quiver in fear if one hears someone voice a non-Leftist idea; students are given “trigger warnings” during lectures; students are allowed to take over conservative lecture events because they feel “offended”; and unfortunately — it brings me no joy to report — the enumeration of campus problems above hardly does justice to the moral and intellectual sickness pervading college campuses.

Admittedly, students do learn something at college. It would be nearly impossible not to learn somethinggiven the vast amounts of information available to students today. We live in an age with more information than any prior age. Indeed, today there is more available “knowledge”– in the most limited sense of the word — like never before. But on the other hand, wisdom, I submit, is a scarcity today as it has not been since troglodytic times. What’s more, the university not only lacks wisdom — it wars against it. This warring quickly reminds us, as William F. Buckley Jr. once noted, “where there is a repository of learning, there is not necessarily a repository of wisdom.”

Read the rest at: Education Failed

No Church discounts for you!

A seemingly harmless discount to parishioners who wanted a good meal after church backfired on a Ohio restaurant after a secular organization cried foul.

The owners of the Starters Cafe in Cheviot, Ohio, offered a 10-percent discount to those who presented that morning’s church bulletin at Sunday brunch.

“What we did was make an offer on social media to give a 10-percent discount to anyone that gave a church bulletin to us on Sunday for brunch,” Justin Watson said to WKRC.

Watson said there are at least seven churches within a mile of the restaurant and felt this would be an easy way to get more people in the door.

“We’ve had an outstanding response from the local community. There’s been a lot of support,” Watson said.

Watson, who opened the restaurant the first week of June, said the response was positive – at first.

“Nobody has said a word to me in any way, shape or form. So, as far as you know, thinking that that was any type of discriminatory act or anything offensive to anybody seemed completely absurd to me,” Watson said.

Then Watson said he received a negative Yelp review from a woman regarding the promotion, and a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) threatening legal action. The FFRF is a member of the Secular Coalition of America and bills itself as a protector of “the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state.”

“I realized there may actually be legal repercussions for this. So, in the end, I ultimately (ended up) recanting the offer and also issuing an apology to the lady,” Watson said to WKRC.

Watson said the woman accepted his apology and removed the Yelp review. Currently, the restaurant’s Yelp has an average five-star rating.

Watson told WKRC he is not particularly a religious man, but thought it would be a good marketing move.

“My busiest day of the week is Sunday, so, in my line of work, I’m not an incredibly religious person. It was just an attempt to drum up some business for my new business,” Watson said.

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Air Force – Bibles not welcome!

The commander at F.E. Warren Air Force Base is defending her decision to remove a Bible from a POW-MIA table and replace it with a generic “book of faith.”

Col. Stacy Jo Huser, the 90th Missile Wing commander, tells the Todd Starnes Radio Show that the Bible was removed to insure “the religious and non-religious feel included and cared for.”

The Bible was removed following complaints from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

The head of the foundation, Mikey Weinstein, wrote in the HuffPost that he is dedicated to fighting “virulent religious oppression” carried out by “incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.”

The MRFF alleges that as many as 36 unnamed clients at the Air Force base in Wyoming have complained about the inclusion of the Bible on the table honoring prisoners of war and missing comrades.

“Taking care of our Airmen is a top priority for the 90th Missile Wing and its leaders,” Col. Huser told me in a statement. “To drive that point home, one of our focus areas on F.E. Warren Air Force Base is increasing the sense of belonging for all our Airmen; a large part of that effort is ensuring the religious and non-religious feel included and cared for.”

It did not seem to matter that the table traditionally includes a Holy Bible to represent “faith in a higher power and the pledge to our country, founded as one nation under God.”

Col. Huser tells me the Bible will be replaced with “a ‘book of faith’ containing spiritual writings and prayers from the five DoD Chaplain appointed faith groups and a sixth set of blank pages to represent those who find solace by other means.”

So she’s going to include a bunch of blank pages for those who find solace in — nothing

“No matter an Airman’s religious or non-religious beliefs, it is crucial for all to know we are an equally valued part of the same team vital to our mission’s success,” the commander said.

Read the rest at Freedom from Religion Freaks!

New Mueller’s Russian Road leads to Bernie Sanders’ Chief Strategist. Uh OH!

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that links Bernie Sanders’ former chief strategist (Ted Devine) to the Russia debacle. Think he’ll get the Manafort treatment? Or the Clinton treatment? The entire Clinton team got immunity. Manafort got solitary confinement!

Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a large cache of evidence against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Reading between the lines, an astute observer could see the former chief strategist for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) repeatedly mentioned.

Mueller’s evidence links Ted Devine, Sanders’ chief strategist, and Konstantin Kilimnik, a Putin-connected operative.

…Devine appears from exhibit 5 onward. Mueller listed a memo from 2006 involving Manafort, Devine, and former Ukrainian President Viktor Vanukovych, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s puppet in Ukraine.

Mueller’s evidence lists email after email between Devine and Manafort, connecting them both to Konstantin Kilimnik, a Putin-connected operative whom Manafort described as “my Russian brain.”

Devine’s name appears…

Read the full article at AmericanActionNews

Whos the REAL NAZI? DNC wants books banned! Who does that?

The last time there was a mass book banning and burning was in 1933, By Hitler himself!

Hitler and the Nazis thought were for banning and burning books that were thought to be  ‘un-German’. The book-burning in May 1933 was organized by Goebbels.

The Book Burning rallies were also used to control the intellect of the Nazi followers so that they didn’t know any other knowledge except what they deemed necessary. This led them to be able to control what their followers thought about the world, and more importantly, how Hitler wanted them to think during World War 2 – Those burnt included books written by Jewish pacifist, classical liberal, anarchist, socialist, and communist authors, all books degrading German purity, books about sexuality or homosexuality, among others. 

So NAZIs banned and burned books to keep people from getting knowledge.

The second-in-command at the Democratic National Committee has implored Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to stop the retail giant’s “sale of literature and music published by entities identified as ‘hate groups’ by the Southern Poverty Law Center.” (WorldNetDaily)

While the letter from U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., later specifies concern about “neo-nazis and white nationalist writers,” his opening, sweeping statement about SPLC-designated “hate groups” should be cause for alarm, writes Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer.

“Clearly Ellison wants Amazon, which has (with Barnes & Noble) a virtual monopoly on book sales in the U.S., to stop selling books by people designated as ‘hate groups’ by the Southern Poverty Law Center,” Spencer writes.

He points out that, like the establishment media, Ellison assumes SPLC is a “reliable, unbiased arbiter of what is and isn’t a hate group.”

But SPLC has been challenged for applying the “hate group” label to groups with broad support such as the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defending Freedom, which have ended up on SPLC’s list because of their advocacy for traditional marriage, opposition to abortion and other conservative causes.

Despite the SPLC’s bias being well-known, the notoriously liberal organization enjoys widespread support from the mainstream media.

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California wants a lawbreaker to be a lawmaker!

California State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Léon (D-Los Angeles) is quite a piece of work.  He introduced a bill into the California State Senate that would make California a sanctuary state. He is the author of the bill:

SB54, authored by Senate pro Tem Kevin De Léon (D-Los Angeles) and Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), is scheduled to be heard in the State Senate’s Public Safety Committee this morning.

According to Senator De Léon’s website, SB54 (along with two other bills designed to provide state funds for legal defense for anyone ordered deported) is to be known as “Protecting California’s People and Prosperity Against Immigration Enforcement Overreach.”  De Leon has ordered these measures “to prevent the use of state and local resources, including personnel, for immigration enforcement; and the creation of a federal registry” fast-tracked, meaning the normal schedule of hearings that can take weeks will be compressed into less than a week.

De Léon is worried that Donald Trump might deport those illegals guilty of identity theft and fraud.You know, crimes that would put you and me in jal:

“Someone simply who received or purchased a [fraudulent] Social Security card down at McArthur Park, or elsewhere in my district would be eligible immediately for mass deportation,” De Léon said (at 11:45 in the link above).

“He’s trying to deputize police officers — and with the suspicion of someone being a criminal or having a broken taillight, that they themselves, as a local police officer, could call the ICE agents immediately and have that person deported without even legal due process.”

Host Larry Mantle asked him: “… First of all, I just — I want to make sure I understand correctly: You don’t think purchasing a phony Social Security card and number should be a deportable offense?”

De Léon replied: “I don’t think so … the vast majority of immigrants — hard working immigrants — have done that.  I can tell you I have family members specifically who came here as undocumented immigrants, and they did the same thing. That’s what you need to do to survive in this economy.”

Mantle objected: “But of course the problem is, — and I know people too — who’ve had their Social Security numbers and identities stolen as a result of that….”

This is outrageous. Thing is, De Léon is highly motivated to ram this bill through. Half of his family is comprised of illegal aliens and they have violated the law:

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ACLU tackles Obama! REALLY!

It might be from 2014 BUT Obama thought it was OK.. SO not for Trump?

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s policy of locking up asylum-seeking mothers and children to intimidate others from coming to the United States.

The case was brought on behalf of mothers and children who have fled extreme violence, death threats, rape, and persecution in Central America and come to the United States for safety. Each has been found by an immigration officer or judge to have a “credible fear” of persecution, meaning there is a “significant possibility” they will be granted asylum.

Yet, instead of releasing these families as they await their asylum hearings, which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has typically done, the agency now categorically detains and denies their release on bond or other conditions. The Obama administration adopted this policy — “an aggressive deterrence strategy” — following this summer’s increase in mothers and children coming to the United States.

“Locking up families and depriving them of their liberty in order to scare others from seeking refuge in the U.S. is inhumane and illegal,” said Judy Rabinovitz, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “The government should not be using these mothers and their children as pawns. They have already been through devastating experiences, and imprisoning them for weeks or months while they await their asylum hearings is unnecessary and traumatizing.”

The Obama administration’s blanket no-release policy is a violation of federal immigration law and regulations, as well as the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibit the blanket detention of asylum seekers for purposes of general deterrence, the complaint charges.

The lawsuit aims to invalidate that policy and ensure that the families’ cases receive individualized reviews. Asylum-seeking mothers and children are being detained at facilities across the country, in places such as Karnes, Texas, and Berks County, Penn. The nation’s largest family detention facility just opened in Dilley, Texas.

Read the rest at: ACLU vs Obama

No MEAT for you!

  • WeWork is banning meat.
  • The company will no longer reimburse employees for meals that include red meat, poultry, or pork and will stop serving meat at company events.
  • The policy change was made in an effort to reduce WeWork’s carbon footprint.

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WeWork is going vegetarian.

In an email to about 6,000 employees on Friday, the $20 billion office rental company announced that it will no longer reimburse employees for meals that include red meat, poultry, or pork and will stop serving meat at company events.

Employees who need medical or religious allowances are being referred to the company’s policy team.

The news was first reported by Bloomberg and the policy change was confirmed to Business Insider by a WeWork spokeswoman.

WeWork’s co-founder and chief culture officer Miguel McKelvey wrote in the email that the meat ban is an effort to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. WeWork estimates the policy will save 445.1 million pounds of Carbon Dioxide emissions by 2023, 16.6 billion gallons of water, and 15,507,103 animals.

“New research indicates that avoiding meat is one of the biggest things an individual can do to reduce their personal environmental impact, even more than switching to a hybrid car,” McKelvey said in a statement.

WeWork provides coworking spaces for companies in locations around the world. The meat ban will affect offices in all of the company’s locations, the spokeswoman said.

See also:

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8 = Number of Times Obama sold out America

As sure as sunshine in Southern California, the media was just waiting for President Trump to meet with Russia’s Putin to begin shouting, “Traitor.”

Here’s the voice of the Amazon resistance, the Washington Post, taking up the clamor.

Greg Sargent / Washington Post: – Trump is now repaying Putin for helping him win the presidency

And here’s the New York Times.

Charles M. Blow / New York Times:- Trump, Treasonous Traitor

Journalism.

Oddly enough the media had no problem with Obama running on a reset with Russia. The reset blamed the bad relationship on Bush and the Iraq War. That wasn’t treason.

And here’s what happened when Obama met with Putin.

“I’m aware of not only the extraordinary work that you’ve done on behalf of the Russian people … as president, but in your current role as prime minister,” Obama said during a breakfast meeting at Putin’s country home on the outskirts of Moscow. “We think there’s an excellent opportunity to put U.S.-Russian relations on a much stronger footing.”

Where were the same media trolls shrieking now about praising dictators? Or a failure to defend America?

 Obama met with Medvedev at the Kremlin, while Putin received him at Novo-Ogaryovo, where a sumptuous breakfast with caviar was laid out. Trying to make conversation, Obama began by asking rhetorically, “How did we get into this mess [in U.S.-Russian relations]?” In response, Putin gave him an hourlong lecture as to how precisely it had happened. Obama listened without interrupting.

What did Putin get from Obama?

1. A free hand in Georgia

2. A free hand in Syria

3. The betrayal of Poland vis a vis the missile shield

4. The betrayal of Ukraine by refusing to provide its governor with useful weapons

5. A whole bunch of our uranium via Uranium One

6. A deal allowing Russia’s Iranian allies to go nuclear

7. Failure to do anything about the same Russian actions that the media is now blaming Trump for. Instead his administration actually issued a stand down order.

What has Trump given to Putin? Nothing. He’s come to the defense of Poland and Ukraine when Obama wouldn’t.

If this is the media’s metric for treason, then Obama is a traitor. He not only praised Putin, he promised to make a sweetheart deal with Russia after the election was over.

Read the rest at: 8SellOuts

What they DIDnt teach you about slavery is High School

CPAC 2017, Blacks for Trump 2020
CPAC 2017, Blacks for Trump 2020

A man I have known since grade school changed his name, years ago, to an Arabic one. He told me he rejected Christianity as “the white man’s religion that justified slavery.” He argued Africans taken out of that continent were owed reparations. “From whom?” I asked.

Arab slavers took more Africans out of Africa and transported them to the Middle East and to South America than European slavers took out of Africa and brought to North America. Arab slavers began taking slaves out of Africa beginning in the ninth century — centuries before the European slave trade — and continued well after.

In “Prisons & Slavery,” John Dewar Gleissner writes: “The Arabs’ treatment of black Africans can aptly be termed an African Holocaust. Arabs killed more Africans in transit, especially when crossing the Sahara Desert, than Europeans and Americans, and over more centuries, both before and after the years of the Atlantic slave trade. Arab Muslims began extracting millions of black African slaves centuries before Christian nations did. Arab slave traders removed slaves from Africa for about 13 centuries, compared to three centuries of the Atlantic slave trade. African slaves transported by Arabs across the Sahara Desert died more often than slaves making the Middle Passage to the New World by ship. Slaves invariably died within five years if they worked in the Ottoman Empire’s Sahara salt mines.”

My name-changing friend did not know that slavery occurred on every continent except Antarctica. Europeans enslaved other Europeans. Asians enslaved Asians. Africans enslaved other Africans. Arabs enslaved other Arabs. Native Americans even enslaved other Native Americans.

He accused me of “relying on white historians” who, he insisted, had a “vested interest to lie.”

What about Thomas Sowell, the brilliant economist/historian/philosopher, who happens to be black? Sowell writes: “Of all the tragic facts about the history of slavery, the most astonishing to an American today is that, although slavery was a worldwide institution for thousands of years, nowhere in the world was slavery a controversial issue prior to the 18th century.

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We oppose FILL IN THE BLANK for SCOTUS!

Some Democrats said they don’t have to wait for President Trump to pick a Supreme Court nominee — they’re voting “No” regardless of who he names.

Sen. Bob Casey became the latest one, saying Monday that the entire process the president has followed was “corrupt” because he was working from a list he wrote with the help of the conservative Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society.

Mr. Casey, Pennsylvania Democrat, said both of those groups have ties to corporations and he rejected anything that had their input.

“Any judge on this list is fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp,” he said.

Other Democrats, still salty over the GOP’s treatment of one of President Obama’s nominees in 2016, said they won’t accept any nominee until after the November election.

Sen. Mazie Hirono, Hawaii Democrat, told CNN last month she would’t vote for a Trump pick this year. Sen. Tom Carper, Delaware Democrat, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal to hold a vote on Obama pick Judge Merrick Garland in 2016 should haunt the Republicans.

“If we are still operating under the McConnell Standard, and because we are even closer to an election now than we were in the Garland case, the Senate should wait until after the outcome of the November election before considering any nominee,” he said.

Mr. McConnell mocked Democrats’ objections, saying they’re rehashing the same arguments they made about past nominees — some of whom turned out to be rather liberal when they got on the high court.

He said Democrats’ rhetoric was also getting out of hand, pointing in particular to Sen. Kamala Harris, a California Democrat who predicted a Trump court nominee would mean “a destruction of the Constitution of the United States.”

“It’s hard to keep a straight face when you hear stuff like that,” Mr. McConnell said Monday on the chamber floor. “The far-left rhetoric comes out every single time. But the apocalypse never comes.”

Democrats are hopeful they can retake the Senate in November and force Mr. Trump to name a pick more to their liking.

Read the rest at: Dems Say No!

Feminist professor says Fossil fuel leads to Petro-masculinity!

A feminist professor at Virginia Tech University is warning that fossil fuels are contributing to a warped sense of “masculine identity” and “authoritarianism” among men.

Cara Daggett, who teaches classes on politics and global security at Virginia Tech, penned her criticism of petro-masculinity in an essay “Petro-masculinity: Fossil Fuels and Authoritarian Desire” for the most recent issue of Millennium: Journal of International Studies.

Writing in response to the 2016 election, Daggett coins the term “petro-masculinity” to describe what she sees as a convergence of “climate change, a threatened fossil fuel system, and an increasingly fragile Western hypermasculinity.”

“Petro-masculinity, like fossil fuel systems, arguably has global dimensions,” Daggett asserts. “However, like other masculinities, petro-masculinity should be understood as manifesting in multiple, and locally specific, ways.”

“Petro-masculinity approaches masculinity as a socially constructed identity that emerges ‘within a gender order that defines masculinity in opposition to femininity, and in so doing, sustains a power relation between men and women as groups,’” she adds, quoting other academic literature on the topic.

Unlike the “hegemonic masculinity” of the past—which is a general term to describe masculinity under patriarchy—Daggett claims that petro-masculinity is a recent phenomenon, specifically triggered by global warming.

Petro-masculinity, she claims, ultimately aims “to defend the endangered status quo, entrenching the petrocultures that have historically propped up Anglo-European fossil-burning men.”

“In this context, burning fossil fuels can come to function as a knowingly violent experience, a reassertion of white masculine power on an unruly planet that is perceived to be increasingly in need of violent, authoritarian order,” Daggett argues.

According to the professor, men’s desire to burn fossil fuels can also explain the concept of misogyny.

“Fossil-fuelled life has always been violent,” she says, later adding that “fossil violence” should “also be appreciated as a misogynist tactic, if we follow Kate Manne to think of misogyny not as an individual belief—the hatred of women—but instead as a set of practices.”

Prior to her essay on petro-masculinity, Daggett’s most notable publication was a 2015 article titled, “Drone Disorientations: How ‘Unmanned’ Weapons Queer the Experience of Killing in War.”

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De Blasio used a $3M counterterrorism plane to zip home from vacation

The NYPD used a $3 million counterterrorism plane to shuttle Mayor Bill de Blasio back and forth from his Canada vacation to the Big Apple for an event Thursday, The Post has learned.

Hizzoner, who is in Quebec on a weeklong respite, briefly flew back to the Bronx for a memorial for slain Detective Miosotis Familia.

“NYPD is transporting him in their plane,” de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips told The Post.

“Their plane” is a Cessna 208 Caravan that cost roughly $3 million and was picked up by the department in 2017, sources said.

The high-tech aircraft is outfitted with special sensors that can detect at a distance radioactive material used to make “dirty bombs.”

Police sources questioned the use of a special plane for mayoral transportation.

“It is very unusual to go on an international flight to go pick up the mayor,” one source said.

“I think it’s excessive, because that wasn’t what that plane was designed to do. It’s designed for counterterrorism measures. To go to Canada to get the mayor? It’s excessive.”

Sources said the aircraft is kept at MacArthur Airport on Long Island. Data from flight-tracker website FlightAware shows a Cessna Caravan with a tail number previously identified by Wired.com as belonging to an NYPD “spy” craft flying from MacArthur at 6:36 a.m. Thursday and landing at Montreal-Trudeau Airport by 8:18 a.m.

The plane departed Montreal less than an hour later and landed at Westchester County Airport near White Plains at 10:58 a.m.

By noon, the mayor was speaking at a street co-naming for Familia. The plane later departed Westchester for Montreal at 1:48 p.m., arriving at 3:34 p.m., records show.

The trip to Canada was a departure from the plane’s normal pattern of two- to three-hour flights starting and ending at MacArthur, data shows.

Phillips said that Thursday was the first time the mayor had been on the plane.

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You dont need SCOTUS to end Roe vs Wade!

With Justice Kennedy’s retirement, the question on everyone’s mind is whether or not a conservative-controlled Supreme Court will have the legal precedent to overturn the infamous Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal across all 50 states based on a preposterous reading of the Constitution’s so-called “right to privacy.”

For Roe to be overturned, or, at the very least, chipped away at until being rendered void (the likely outcome), it needs to overcome a major hurdle: stare decisis, which directs the court to look at legal precedent when making decisions. As stated by Justice Gorsuch during his confirmation hearings in reference to Roe, before a judge can rule on any case, they must take a serious look at precedent and go from there. Unfortunately, thanks to Planned Parenthood v. Casey, it is fair to say that the infamous Roe has solid precedent, no matter how flimsy the reasoning.

Though stare decisis should not be the only barometer by which a justice decides a case, it does serve an important purpose; otherwise, the Supreme Court would be a constant game of tug-of-war in which laws are enacted and then thrown out before they can take hold.

With all that said, however, the Supreme Court can overturn precedent if they conclude a past decision was either ill-informed or egregious to the point of requiring special scrutiny, as in the case of Dred Scott, which determined that black people were not persons and had no rights. This is one of the few narrow ways by which Roe v. Wade will finally go into its rightful place in the ash-heap of history. It’s a bleak scenario, for sure, but there is a silver lining, which was ironically provided by Justice Blackmun in the majority opinion for Roe when he pondered what could happen if fetuses were ever deemed “persons” according to the Fourteenth Amendment.

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Religious affiliation new SCOTUS test?

If President Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the federal judge can expect her second bruising round of confirmation hearings in less than a year and more of what supporters call “unfair criticisms” about her faith.

Barrett, 46, is one of six judges Trump has already interviewed to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the bench. She is a federal appeals court judge who was appointed by Trump in 2017. Her Senate confirmation was anything but easy as she was grilled by Democrats about her religious background.

She once told a 2006 Notre Dame Law School graduating class that their “legal career is but a means to an end, and … that end is building the kingdom of God. … If you can keep in mind that your fundamental purpose in life is not to be a lawyer, but to know, love and serve God, you truly will be a different kind of lawyer.”

“The dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said during the September 2017 hearing.

When Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. asked if she was an “orthodox Catholic” — a term used in a paper she co-authored two decades before — Barrett clarified she is a “faithful Catholic” but would “stress my personal church affiliation or my religious belief would not bear on the discharge of my duties as a judge.”

After Barrett’s hearing, Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber said he was “deeply concerned by the harsh and often unfair criticisms that are now routinely levelled from both sides of the political spectrum against distinguished judicial nominees who would serve this country honorably and well,” including Barrett. He urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to “refrain from interrogating nominees about the religious or spiritual foundations of their jurisprudential views.”

Barrett’s connections to a charismatic organization, the People of Praise, has also come under fire, especially as she’s made it onto the short list of the president’s Supreme Court picks. Barrett’s critics have called the group a “cult” and believe it could cloud her judgment on the nation’s highest court.

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CHURCH uses worship to make political statement!

There is outrage from the lakes of Minnesota to the hills of Tennessee after a Methodist church in Vermont rewrote the lyrics to Lee Greenwood’s beloved song, “God Bless the USA,” and turned it into a “bash America” anthem.

“I look around this America but not everybody’s free. And I won’t forget all those who died beneath our fear and greed,” a singer crooned during Sunday “worship” at the First United Methodist Church in Burlington. “God forgive the USA.”

The singer went on to ask forgiveness for ripping families apart at the border and taking land from the Native Americans and the way we treat LGBT citizens.

“For the native tribes we conquered – Sioux, Lakota, Cherokee – for the slaves we beat and tortured for the interned Japanese,” the singer warbled. “For the women and the children for the lesbian, gay.”

The confession of America’s alleged sins went on and on and on and on.

“Mr. Greenwood’s song is emblematic of pride in and prayer for blessing of our country,” Pastor Mark Demers told me. “Changing the words to make it also a prayer for forgiveness and healing served to expand the meaning, thus reflecting with the anthem the theme of our worship service.”

He did not seem at all bothered that the church had desecrated a beloved patriotic anthem.

“Confession is a central part of Christian worship, as is prayer for healing. The lectionary text and sermon for the day told of two healings requested of Jesus – one a person of power in the community and the other a person impoverished by her illness,” the pastor told me. “The text lends itself to the idea that all, of every station in life, individuals and communities alike – including churches – stand in need of forgiveness and healing.”

I reached out to Mr. Greenwood’s publicist who told me the church did not seek permission to alter the copyrighted song. Nor did the church let Mr. Greenwood know in advance they would be taking great liberties with the lyrics.

“It’s illegal to do that,” Greenwood told One America News.

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Judge rules AGAINST D.O.J.

A federal judge rejected prosecutors’ requests to overturn her dismissal of the government’s case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons, and associate Ryan Payne. (The Daily Caller)

U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro dismissed conspiracy charges against the four men on Jan. 8 after finding that prosecutors had acted “with prejudice” throughout the trial, The Oregonian reported. Federal prosecutors violated federal law and failed to share evidence favorable to the defendants case with the court.

“The Court’s finding of outrageous government conduct was not in error,” Navarro wrote in her 11-page ruling, obtained by The Oregonian. “On the contrary, a universal sense of justice was violated by the Government’s failure to provide evidence that is potentially exculpatory.”

The prosecutors’ request did not make any new arguments or bring forth any evidence that Navarro had not already considered in her decision to dismiss the case.

“The Court gave somber consideration to the ramifications of its Order and found that it was in the interest of justice to dismiss the case with prejudice,” Navarro wrote. “A motion for reconsideration should not be ‘used to ask the Court to rethink what it has already thought.’”

Prosecutors requested the court grant them another chance to try the Bundys and Payne, calling their missteps and violations “inadvertent.”

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Iranian harassment at American warships have stopped!

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenehei, Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenehei, Leader of Iran

The usual harassment of U.S. warships by small Iranian gunboats in the Persian Gulf has stopped this year, according to the Navy, but the suspension of such activity could be in jeopardy as Iran threatens to block the Strait of Hormuz.

According to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet headquartered in Bahrain, these so-called “unsafe and unprofessional” interactions typically took place once a month during President Trump’s first year in office. But there have been no recorded instances of harassment this year.

In then-President Barack Obama’s last year in office, Iranian warships harassed the U.S. Navy about three times a month. These interactions fell by roughly 60 percent in Trump’s first year in office.

The last unsafe interaction occurred nearly a year ago on Aug. 14, 2017, when an Iranian drone flew too close to an F/A-18 Hornet attempting to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, according to the Navy.

Iranian harassment of U.S. warships in Gulf

2015: 22

2016: 36

2017: 14

This year: 0

Source: U.S. Navy

Iranian officials, though, now are threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz, where 30 percent of the world’s oil transits each day in and out of the Persian Gulf — something that could jeopardize the suspension of harassment. This came after a senior U.S. State Department official warned about more sanctions being slapped on the Islamic Republic in November if Iran doesn’t change its behavior.

“Our goal is to increase pressure on the Iranian regime by reducing to zero its revenue from crude oil sales. Now, we are working to minimize disruptions to the global market, but we are confident that there is sufficient global spare oil production capacity,” Brian Hook, director of policy planning at the State Department, said Monday.

Iran’s president responded to Hook a day later, calling such threats overblown.

“In my opinion, what a U.S. official put forward when saying that the United State of America intends to reduce to zero Iranian oil exports, are actually remarks that I think are exaggerated and on a practical level will never be able to be implemented,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said alongside his Swiss counterpart in Bern Tuesday.

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Trump recognizes 16 year old girls police gift!

A 16-year-old girl said Saturday that President Trump sent a letter to her praising her nonprofit “Blue Line Bears” for its mission to create teddy bears using fallen police officers’ uniforms.

Megan O’Grady, from Cape Coral, Florida, told Fox & Friends Saturday that she received the letter from the president Tuesday commending her on her efforts to support law enforcement through her nonprofit.

“It made me really happy, and it’s probably going to change my life,” O’Grady said of the letter.

Trump wrote in his letter to the 16-year-old that he was “touched by” her mission to comfort children of fallen police officers and that her work honoring the sacrifice of law enforcement ensures that the fallen officers “will never be forgotten.”

O’Grady, who is the daughter of a police sergeant, got inspired to start Blue Line Bearsafter five police officers lost their lives in a Dallas shooting in July 2016. According to the nonprofit’s website, the organization seeks to obtain information about fallen officers and request that their uniform shirts be used to create teddy bear keepsakes for the children of the fallen officers.

“Children of officers killed in the line of duty are oftentimes young, perhaps too young to remember the parent who died,” the website states.  “For those children, a bear from Blue Line Bears will provide a tangible reminder that their loved one will always be with them.”

The 16-year-old said she felt emboldened by Trump and said the president “speaks for all of us.”

“I have a voice now because of him. He speaks for all of us. He stands up for what we don’t want to say openly because we’re afraid to say [it],” she said.

The teen says she plans to frame the president’s letter and place it above her bed.

“So I could wake up and be like, ‘That’s me,’” she said.