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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!

Photo credit Kheel Center

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.

Read the rest at: Conservative War!

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.

Read the resr at: Lip Service

 

 

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.

Read the rest at Trump Trap

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.

Read the rest at: Fox Insider

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!

Bernie Sanders
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.

Read the rest at: Illegal Contributions

 

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.

Read the rest at: CNN

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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Un-American Tech Giant Google Thinks Our Military Is Evil

It’s easy to forget where you are from.

Whenever the Reagan administration appointed an ambassador to a country, Secretary of State George Schultz would spin a globe and say, “point to your country.” Inevitably, the ambassadors would point to the country they were going to be posted to. Schultz needed to remind them: “Your country is the United States.”

Today, some high-tech workers seem to have forgotten where they are from.

Until recently, Google was involved in the Pentagon’s “Project Maven,” which would use artificial intelligence to help control drones and make the country safer. That mission didn’t sit well with some Googlers. More than 3,000 of them signed letters urging Google management to pull out of the program.

Apparently enough Google employees felt Google had betrayed one of its core mantras, “Don’t be evil.” Not only is the company following their lead and cancelling the contract, it’s also drafting a policy that could keep it out of the military space entirely. “I don’t know what would happen if the media starts picking up a theme that Google is secretly building AI weapons or AI technologies to enable weapons for the Defense industry,” Google chief scientist Fei-Fei Li wrote in an internal memo obtained by the press.

Well, I do know what would happen. Americans would know Google is a good American company that wants to help our military protect our homeland. Instead, as columnist Andy Kessler put it in the Wall Street Journal, “Google engineers’ refusal to develop precision technology means more civilians will die or the military will be reluctant to use force.” That’s not good for anybody.

Google, meanwhile, is also going out of its way to cooperate with an American enemy, the Chinese government. The tech giant is helping build Beijing’s “Great Firewall” that prevents people in the communist country from accessing information, blacklisting “websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest.” So much for Google’s “Don’t be evil” mantra. Yes, it’s easy to forget where you are from. And this mindset isn’t confined to one high-tech company.

“Outside Google, petitions from organizations like the Tech Workers Coalition and International Committee for Robot Arms Control have also attracted signatures from the broader tech and AI community,” writes Khari Johnson at Venture Beat. That brings us around to the cloud. The American military is finally ready to enter the 21st Century and begin storing its data in the cloud, rather than on mainframe computers. But there’s a problem: it wants to award a massive contract to just one company, and give it control of all the military’s information for years to come.

There are many reasons it would be a mistake to put a single company in control of all the military’s information. It would:

  • Reduce competition in the cloud space, perhaps making it impossible for other providers to ever catch up.
  • Cause a security risk, by making the information vulnerable to hacking.
  • Remove incentives for the single provider to innovate as the years go by.

But perhaps the biggest concern should be that we can never be sure that, once Amazon (or anyone) wins this contract, the company’s employees will remember what their country is. Just as Googlers seem to think they’re better than members of the U.S. military, what happens if Amazon employees decide next year (or next decade) that they don’t want to help the Pentagon protect its secrets? They could easily wreck the cloud project from the inside, or leak information to the press, or worse, collaborate with our enemies.

All that is painful to say. And yet we’re seeing something similar playing out in real time.

The solution is simple: break up the cloud computing contract. Award pieces of it to many competitors; there are, after all, plenty of clouds to choose from. Over the course of years, if one provider proves better, it can win more of the business. But don’t pick a single winner up front and lock its dominance in for a decade. Having many cloud providers will provide the competition our military needs, so it can always find reliable Americans to protect its data.

It’s easy to forget where you’re from. And just as easy to forget what made your success possible. None of these companies would be where they are today having been launched in any other country. The United States of America is the only place innovators like Google and Amazon can startup and grow to be what they are today. Those freedoms are backed up because of the strength of our military.

These tech giants would do well to remember their roots. Us every day Americans are a patriotic breed and the free market still works. We know who you are and we’re watching the choices you make. Not supporting our military is un-American and unacceptable.

Joe Messina is host of the nationally syndicated The Real Side/with Joe Messina, he is a former tech industry executive and analyst for Johnson Controls, Entex Technologies and American Express.

Auntie Maxine is causing REAL Damage!

Black Lives Matter protesters on Saturday crashed the wedding venue of one of the two police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark in Sacramento earlier this year.

A small group of protesters tracked down the officer’s wedding at a vineyard about an hour outside of Sacramento and showed up just hours before he was set to say, “I do,” a local CBS affiliate reported.

Video posted on Facebook by Sacramento Black Lives Matter showed the protesters accosting the officer, who police have not identified due to safety concerns, while he was gathered in a room with his groomsmen.

“I just wonder if you started planning your wedding before you killed Stephon Clark or after?” a white female protester asked the officer, who is black, in the video. “How have you been sleeping since March 18?”

“You’re a murderer!” another protester yelled as they were quickly ushered out of the room by the officer’s wedding party.

Organizers of the protest said they didn’t think it was inappropriate to confront the officer in that setting.

“I think they need to be approached in spaces where they’re a little more vulnerable,” Sacramento BLM founder Tanya Faison told CBS. “We’re not violent, we’re not gonna give to them what they brought to our community, we’re not gonna hurt anyone but we are gonna make them uncomfortable, and they should because someone is dead.”

Sacramento police said the two police officers have needed additional security amid a torrent of death threats since the March shooting, which sparked nationwide protests.

Sacramento Police Officers Association President Timothy Davis issued a statement Monday night imploring the community to “give our officers the ability to safely raise their families alongside you,” CBS reported.

“Our police officers are members of this community,” the statement read, in part. “They raise their families here. The send their children to schools here. They live their lives as a part of this community. Transparency comes with responsibility. Officers deserve to be free from harassment by individuals seeking their own forms of justice. True accountability can only come from our impartial judicial system and from our elected government.”

Read the rest at:  BLM

Religious persecution still alive and Well!

A decorated Army chaplain at Fort Bragg in North Carolina could face a possible court martial and even military prison after he explained to a soldier he could not conduct a marriage retreat that included same-sex couples because of his religious beliefs, his attorneys allege.

An Army investigator under the command of Major General Kurt Sonntag recommended that Chaplain Scott Squires be found guilty of “dereliction of duty” for taking three business days to reschedule the “Strong Bonds” marriage retreat he was prohibited from facilitating.

Squires, who was officially accused of discrimination, is endorsed by the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board (NAMB).

According to NAMB policy, chaplains are prohibited from conducting “Strong Bonds” events for same-sex couples. The policy clearly states “endorsed chaplains will not conduct or attend a wedding ceremony for any same-sex couple, bless such a union or perform counseling in support of such a union…nor offer any kind of relationship training or retreat, on or off a military installation.”

When Squires realized he could not participate in the “Strong Bonds” event, he rescheduled the conference to accommodate a lesbian couple with a chaplain who could oversee the retreat. However, the same-sex couple chose not to attend.

Had Squires participated in the marriage retreat he would have risked losing his endorsement by the Southern Baptists. Likewise, the Army requires its chaplains to adhere to their endorsers’ rules and religious tenets.

“I simply did what I’m required to do under Army regulations and my endorser’s rules,” Chaplain Squires said.  “I am shocked that I would even be investigated, let alone threatened with punishment, for following the rules.”

The Army investigator determined that while Chaplain Squires is protected by the “shield of the 1st Amendment from being compelled to act in violation of his religious rules and beliefs” – there are limitations.

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Steyer says Dems lack common sense! REALLY?

Left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer took aim at members of the Democratic establishment Thursday, saying they “lack common sense” for their hesitation to back a campaign to impeach President Donald Trump.

Steyer, rumored to be a candidate for the 2020 presidential election, spoke to a crowd of progressive activists at the Netroots Nation Convention in New Orleans and accused Democrats of not making a “serious effort” to impeach Trump.

“Not a single person in the Senate Democratic Caucus has shown the common sense or the sense of right and wrong to support impeachment,” he said. “There hasn’t been a serious effort to introduce a motion for impeachment in the House since December, that’s eight months ago.”

In what sounded at times like a grassroots campaign speech, Steyer took aim at Trump, calling the president “wildly corrupt,” and lashed out at Democrats for not taking action.

“They’re not willing to face a devastating and obvious truth about this president, that he is wildly corrupt and that we are well past the threshold to kick him out of office,” he said. “I don’t see the Democratic establishment doing anything real to stop him.”

Steyer is the founder of the Need To Impeach campaign, which is aimed squarely at President Trump.

The billionaire said Thursday that while Democratic lawmakers tell him in private about their willingness to back his campaign, they won’t take any public stance.

“Their message to me and the 5.5 million Americans demanding Donald Trump’s impeachment is that it’s bad politics, it’s off message and it will galvanize the Republicans.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for example, has suggested impeachment could harm Democrats’ future electoral prospects.

Steyer reportedly has pledged $40 million to his campaign since it launched last October.

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Trumka under fire from his own!

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is getting an earful – on Twitter – from teachers union boss Randi Weingarten for reportedly keeping the door open to a possible Trump endorsement in 2020.

Newsmax reported Wednesday that Trumka would not rule out a union endorsement for the president.

“Every [candidate] will be looked at,” Trumka said. He added, “we will consider every candidate who’s running.”

Trumka simply may have been stating union policy, not wanting to get ahead of an endorsement process that is nowhere close to starting, for an election more than two years out.

At the same time, he noted to Newsmax that Trump did better with AFL-CIO members than Mitt Romney did in 2012, while Hillary Clinton fared worse than then-President Barack Obama in 2012. And Trumka sought to explain why some union members backed the current president: “They were looking for someone who was going to change the economy. They felt there were assaults on their health care and assaults on their pensions.”

He went on to say most of Trump’s promises for working people have been “broken or unfulfilled,” while praising the president on trade.

Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, let rip when she saw the story posted with a headline saying Trumka “won’t rule out unions endorsing Trump.”

“THIS MUST BE A TYPO.. @RichardTrumka please clarify…. this can’t possibly be what you said,” Weingarten wrote.

She also tweeted, “In my convos w union members & workers all over USA, it’s clear they oppose the damage Trump is doing. Yes we want him to help steel workers but his tax giveaways to the rich, attacks on ACA, his divisiveness, his attacks on democracy & his caging of children are disqualifying.”

Asked Thursday about the story and the tweet, an AFL-CIO spokeswoman called the original headline “click-bait” and stressed the context of Trumka’s remarks, which can be seen here. At the same panel discussion, Trumka openly voiced concern that he didn’t want to see stories saying he’d endorse Trump.

Trumka and the AFL-CIO did endorse Clinton in the 2016 race. And in March of that year, Trumka delivered a blistering speech calling Trump a “bigot” who was “running on hate” and not really a friend of the working class.

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Sleeping on the Job not a fire-able offence ?

Gotta love government jobs: steady paycheck, cushy benefits, and it’s seemingly impossible to get fired, no matter how incompetent you are.

Such is the case with an employee of the California Department of Motor Vehicles, who apparently was napping at her desk for up to three hours every single day, for nearly four years.

The story of this sleepy state worker was revealed this week in a state audit of the DMV.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the California DMV has been the subject of complaints due to excessively long wait times. The average wait time at DMV offices in the San Francisco area was 43 minutes without an appointment and 19 minutes with one, but those times do not include the time the appointment itself takes, or the time waiting in line to get a ticket — a task which can take hours.

The napping employee, whose name was not disclosed, works as a data operator, which is responsible for updating address changes and new vehicle ownership forms, among other tasks.

The audit revealed that on average, other data operators at the DMV processed 560 documents every day, but this woman only managed to complete 200 a day — less than half. Her coworkers also told auditors that her work was often full of mistakes. (These same coworkers seem understandably annoyed at her slacking; four of them gave witness statements about her to the auditors.)

Mistakes at the DMV are no minor matter — these records include emergency contacts to use if a person is in an accident, and the drivers’ contact information so that they can be notified to renew their license and registration information as needed, and avoid expensive fines and possibly even criminal sanctions if they are caught driving without a valid license.

To sum up: she slept at her desk for three hours a day, every day, for almost four years. Her work output is less than half of what her colleagues complete daily. And the work she does manage to complete is full of mistakes

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Has profanity now become part of our general conversation?

Planned Parenthood has pulled a profanity-laced ad from YouTube after it was not well-received among people outside its target audience of young New Yorkers.

The ad, called “Protect our freedom to f**k,” features the uncensored f-word 19 times in its 45-second duration. Actors including a drag queen, several young people, a lady in a bra at a laundromat, and an old man playing chess repeat the f-word to the camera.

“Protect our right to safely f**k whoever the f**k we want. Donate to Planned Parenthood of New York City,” the video concludes.

After many social-media users complained, Planned Parenthood took down the ad from YouTube on Friday night, but it remains elsewhere on the internet.

The ad was intended to appeal to the “younger generation more empowered than ever and hopefully willing to help,” Gerard Caputo, CEO of BBH NY CCO, which was behind it, told AdWeek. “It all starts with the courage to do something different and we believe we have already succeeded.”

The mammoth abortion provider has sounded the alarm against Congress and the Trump administration, which have threatened to cut the $500 million in taxpayer funding the organization gets each year. Its New York branch has endorsed Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo for reelection this year.

“Now more than ever we need experienced leaders who understand the importance of protecting access to abortion in New York state,” a spokesman for Planned Parenthood of New York told the New York Post.

Planned Parenthood supporters have come up with other obscenity-ridden ideas to get their message across, including a button with a similar message to the controversial ad. The sales page states that proceeds from sales of the button go directly to Planned Parenthood.

“Reproductive health and rights are under attack like never before,” reads a message on the Planned Parenthood Action Fund website, adding that Congress and the Trump administration have an “extreme agenda” and are “seizing every opportunity to roll back reproductive rights and cut Planned Parenthood patients off from care.”

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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 …..

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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