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Should parents be allowed choose classes for their Children?

California is about to implement compulsory new abortion- and promoting sex education classes that encourages children as young as six to question their sexual orientation and gender identity, while teaching them how to use a range of vegetables as sex toys, and promoting anal sex as “normal”.

California enacted the California Healthy Youth Act in 2015, but only now are its controversial provisions starting to take effect in classrooms.

Under the auspices of health, the law says it will equip students to develop “healthy attitudes” on “gender [and] sexual orientation,” among other things. It also says it will inform students about the “effectiveness and safety of all FDA-approved contraceptive methods,” and facilitate “objective discussion” about “parenting, adoption, and abortion.”

RedState contributor Kira Davis, a resident of Orange County, California, warns that among the teaching materials approved for use under this law are a study guide for the transgender children’s book I Am Jazz, as well as a “sexual health toolkit.”

Lifesite News reports: This “toolkit,” funded in part by the George Soros-connectedTides Center, offers kids tips on using sex toys and anal lubricant. It defines “anal intercourse,” “phone sex,” and more as “common sexual behaviors.” It teaches that “abstinence” and “virginity” can mean engaging in a variety of sexual activities, but stopping short of intercourse.

What if you don’t have time or money to buy sex toys?” the guide asks on page C-51. “Cucumbers, carrots, and bananas (with the peel) make great dildos. Just remember to use a condom!”

It teaches that one of the “cons” of abstaining from all sexual activity is that it “requires motivation, self-control and communication from both partners.”

The “toolkit” lists as resources Planned Parenthood and the radically pro-homosexual and pro-abortion group Advocates for Youth.

The law also mandates that lessons and materials “affirmatively recognize” varying sexual orientations, and that they “be inclusive of same-sex relationships.” Instruction must take a positive view of gender confusion, and explore “the harm of negative gender stereotypes.”

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Read the rest at: Obscene Sex Ed Classes

Exposing Trump Lies?

Jacob Hein is an eighth grade honors student at Blackhawk Middle School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The other day he had an assignment in Spanish class — take a current event in the news and translate the story into Spanish.

So Jacob translated a FoxNews.com story about U.S. Navy pilots who spotted unidentified flying objects.

The following day his teacher publicly berated Jacob in front of the entire class for using Fox News as a source.

“She said, ‘Fox News is fake news. It’s full of lies and you are no longer to use Fox News for these articles. Do you understand?” Todd Hein said on the Todd Starnes Radio Show.

Hein said his son was shocked.

“She told Jacob that Fox News is ‘fake news’ and should never be used as a source,” he said on my nationally syndicated radio show.

She then instructed the eighth grader to report a full page report on “President Trump’s lies – his many lies,” Hein said.

Hein said he called the school to report the incident and the teacher later apologized – but her behavior in the classroom has not improved. He said she has a history of spewing anti-Trump rhetoric in the classroom.

Throughout the year the teacher told kids about the “idiot in office,” the “little orange man.”

“She berates Trump every moment she gets,” Hein said.

When the school district gave him the run-around, Hein reached out to WOWO, one of the most respected news radio stations in the nation. WOWO also broadcasts my daily commentaries and my talk show.

A school district spokesperson provided a statement to Fox News:

“Fort Wayne Community Schools does not condone the kind of behavior detailed by this parent. When we were notified, we immediately investigated and took appropriate action. Because this is a personnel matter, I cannot provide details of the outcome of the investigation.”

Read the rest at: Trump Lies

Pelosi says as a Catholic she adheres to church doctrine! What Church?

Conservative Georgetown University students called out Nancy Pelosi to her face Tuesday for her derisive comments about ordinary people getting “crumbs” from Republican tax cuts.

Georgetown’s Institute of Politics and Public Service hosted the House Minority Leader Tuesday for a town hall titled “Better Deal for America.” The title referenced the “better deal” slogan that has headlined the Democrats’ 2018 midterm campaign, which in turn alludes both to President Roosevelt’s New Deal and President Trump’s affinity for deal-making.

Pelosi posted a video of the event on her YouTube channel, which included an hour of questions from the audience.

A freshman student from Virginia identifying himself only as Sam made the biggest splash when he challenged Pelosi over her comments on the Republican tax legislation.

“You’ve spoken about the effects of the Republican tax plan, specifically referring to its effects on average Americans as ‘crumbs,’” Sam noted. “As the son of small business owners, I know that it’s helped my parents hire more employees, it’s helped us pay off our mortgage, helped put me through college.”

He also reminded her that “on a macroeconomic level, the economy is growing [and] wages are rising for the first time in years,” asking, “Would you still refer to the effects of this tax plan on average Americans as crumbs?”

“Yes there are some benefits that some are feeling in a particular way with the tax bill,” Pelosi responded after thanking the student for his question.

She then attempted to clarify that “my statement was really a fuller statement, that says, ‘While they provide a banquet for the top one percent, they are giving some crumbs to other people.’”

She spent the rest of her answer trying to justify her understanding of the bill with various claims, but did not further address Sam’s specific question.

At another point in the proceedings, junior Hunter Estes asked Pelosi about free speech on college campuses.

Read the rest at: Crumbs

Resource guide for your Privilege guilt, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, classism and more

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DePauw University has published a Resource Guide designed to teach students how to handle “white fragility” and how to move past “privilege guilt.”

The guide, touted by the university’s Compton Center for Peace and Justice, encourages students to take an hour of their time to study a list of provided materials that can “help you navigate issues surrounding racism, homophobia, xenophobia, classism, and other systems of oppression.”

The first two items on the list are lectures by Kimberle Crenshaw, a scholar known for her substantial contribution to intersectionality theory, and Bryan Stevenson, who lectured on slavery and the prison system.

The guide goes on to list six more articles examining other social justice topics, such as LGBTQ rights and “anti-racism.”

One article, titled “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism,” was published by the Good Men Project and explores issues including “racial stress” among whites.

According to the author, some of the challenges that “trigger racial stress for white people” include “suggesting that group membership is significant (challenge to individualism),” “people of color talking directly about their own racial perspectives (challenge to white taboos on talking openly about race),” and “being presented with a person of color in a position of leadership (challenge to white authority).”

The essay goes on to argue that this “white fragility” is a demonstration of how white individuals “have extremely low thresholds for enduring any discomfort associated with challenges to our racial worldviews.”

Another recommended reading is titled “True Solidarity: Moving Past Privilege Guilt,” and is published by Everyday Feminism. The work is presented as a personal reflection of an author who realized that “if privilege guilt prevents me from acting against oppression, then it is simply another tool of oppression.”

The article also lists five approaches that can help readers start their own journey of moving beyond “privilege guilt,” suggesting that they “stay in touch with why you feel guilty” and participate in “community acting for justice.”

Read the rest at:  White Guilt

Unions fight for minimum wage for all – NOT!

WASHINGTON — If you look closely at the bottom of virtually every yard sign, postcard or door-hanger distributed by any Democratic campaign, you’ll find a symbolic commitment to organized labor — a small seal certifying that it was printed by union workers.

The campaign staffer handing out those yard signs, however, is almost certainly not part of a union.

They are likely working around the clock, at below-minimum-wage, in an industry with unpredictable benefits, hiring and firing practices, and procedures for sexual harassment or other discrimination. They may even have to feed volunteers out of their own pockets.

But a new union is trying to change that by organizing campaign workers, forcing a conversation about why Democratic politicians often don’t treat their own workers the way their stump speeches demand workers in other industries be treated.

“The Democratic Party is a champion of labor rights, except where its own laborers are concerned,” reads the sign-on letter for the Campaign Workers Guild. “We sacrifice our health, financial security, and leisure time to support candidates and movements that we hope will make our society more prosperous, equitable, and inclusive. It’s time for our employers to live up to the values they publicly espouse.”

The CWG, which launched in February independently of any larger union, has so far organized 12 campaigns and progressive entities, with the ultimate goal of having a Democratic Party-wide collective bargaining agreement, as well as one for Republicans.

While the CWG declined to say how many campaigns they’ve tried to unionize or discuss ongoing efforts, they acknowledged encountering resistance from progressive candidates and organizations.

It’s part of a larger effort to make political work more sustainable, which advocates say is not only good for workers, but good for parties by helping to retain talent, and good for democracy itself by making the political class more representative of the country as a whole.

“Under the current system, it’s easier for some people to be involved in work for low or no pay, and it’s harder for other people, and those differences fall along race, class and gender lines,” said Mary Bruce, the Executive Director of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, which advocates for the inclusion of more women in policy and politics.

Read the rest at: Unions Dont Care

Even a Buddhist Monk can have a bad day!

Have you ever wondered how Buddhist monks keep themselves in such a zen state? I have, and it seems like such a ballache being nice to people all day every day. Well it seems that some monks deal with their way of life better than others, after one went on a rampage which left him in jail.

Julian Glew, who lives in a wood in Pocklington in the East Riding of Yorkshire, stabbed the wheels of 162 parked cars in a fit of rage. But why did the Buddhist monk lose his shit so badly? (I’m aware that sounds like the start of a risqué joke). Apparently the slashing rampage was started after Glew accidentally squashed an ant…

Awkward.

Glew was put behind bars for 11 weeks after magistrates heard he’d lost control after contravening his belief system, which involved inadvertently killing the insect in September last year. District Judge Fred Rutherford said: “He targeted vehicles randomly and slashed the tyres, that is not the actions of a person who lives for a peaceful co-existence.”

Easy judge, he’s already feeling like a pretty shitty Buddhist right now, no need to rub salt into the wound.

Originally Glew pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal damage, but then skipped his court hearing. He then proceeded to spent three months on then run, before being arrested by officers in West Yorkshire earlier this month.

In an attempt to defend him, his lawyer Joanne Markham said Glew had suffered some mental health issues in the past. She also explained that accommodation had been found for him at a hostel in Hull, following his first court appearance, but it “didn’t work for him because of how he was used to living”.

Miss Markham said: “He has indicated that he feels he should go to prison for what he has done. He has no previous incidents on his record and he lives without means, not claiming any benefits.”

Read the rest at: Buddhist Monk

Christian owned business may have an out to same sex marriage!

You may remember the case of a Christian couple from upstate New York who refused to host a gay marriage on their farm, which they often rented out as a wedding venue. When a lesbian couple sought to book the farm for their wedding back in September 2012, they were politely refused by owner Cynthia Gifford. At the time, that appeared to be the end of it. But nothing could have been further from the truth. The lesbian couple sued, and the owners were forced into a mammoth legal battle that lasted three and a half years.

For that decision to decline a same-sex couple their wishes, Liberty Ridge Farm was forced to pay dearly. At the beginning of 2016, Judge Karen Peters ordered Liberty Ridge’s owners, Cynthia and Robert Gifford, to shell out $13,000 in fines.

“The Giffords are free to adhere to and profess their religious beliefs that same-sex couples should not marry, but they must permit same-sex couples to marry on the premises if they choose to allow opposite-sex couples to do so,” the judge wrote in her decision.

Now, over two years later, the couple have come up with a way around the dilemma of having their religious beliefs clash with their chosen vocation to host weddings – they donate a percentage of their profits to organizations that seek to advocate for the strengthening of traditional marriage in America.

Displayed at the bottom of each page in the “Weddings” section of its website is a clearly marked disclaimer that reads:

“At Liberty Ridge Farm, our deeply held religious belief is that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and the Farm is operated with the purpose of strengthening and promoting marriage. In furtherance of this purpose and to honor and promote our moral and religious beliefs, we donate a portion of our business proceeds to organizations that promote strong marriages such as the Family Research Council.”

The owners make it abundantly clear that they will not reject anyone from hosting a wedding on their premises. Clearly, however, the potential customers will have to be comfortable with the fact that a portion of their money will be donated to organizations that actively campaign for the promotion of Biblical marriage between a man and a woman.

See the rest at: Wedding Venue

Were faith leaders invited under false pretenses?

Some of the evangelical leaders invited to a meeting near Chicago this week reportedly headed for the exits when it became clear that “Trump-bashing” was on the agenda.

Attendees of this week’s invitation-only meeting of evangelicals at Wheaton College were assured that it wouldn’t be about President Trump, but how to recover the evangelical distinctives and present a united front to a watching world. But Jenna Browder of CBN told Fox & Friends it quickly morphed into something else entirely.

“This was supposed to be a meeting … about evangelism and about faith,” Browder said, “but from what we understand it really turned quickly into a Trump-bashing.”

Browder’s colleague David Brody, also on Fox & Friends, described the gathering as “one-sided venting” and said some of the invitees were blindsided. “This was a two-day conference. The first [day] became basically this anti-Donald Trump free-for-all and got so many folks ticked off [that some] people walked out,” he stated. (See interview of Browder and Brody below, beginning at 0:50)

Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt pointed out that 78 percent of evangelicals still strongly support President Trump. That prompted Brody to suggest that the make-up of the meeting invitees made it difficult to present a unified evangelical voice.

“This was a meeting with a bunch of evangelicals who really have no say within the Trump administration,” he noted, “and the fact that you had no Trump advisory group members there, I think that speaks volumes.”

The CBN correspondent argued that evangelicals support Trump because he has followed through on his campaign promises to them, including moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – something previous administrations had promised but never did.

“That’s what evangelicals love about him: he actually does what he says,” Brody added.

So if you have the real information, WHY LIE?

Read the rest at: One World News

Why we are NOT running over to MeWe…

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We’ve watched Conservatives lose their livelihoods and be forced to seek other vocations to support their families because the Liberal social media outlets have demonetized them and hidden their content from those who actually wanted to see it. After 2 years of censorship, shadow bans, and periodically, steep OVERNIGHT declines in our Facebook traffic, I started seriously evaluating alternatives to Facebook earlier this year.

There were plenty to choose from. I ran them all in tandem to see which were viable options for the type of audience we connect with. Considerations included:

  1. Ease of use.
  2. Active traffic and new content.
  3. Ease of finding like-minded folks to connect with.

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. In the end, we decided to go begin building a new following on OneWay.

You can find links to the other sites we tested out at the very bottom of the article if you want to take a look at them as well. Let me know what you decide to go with. And connect with us on any of the platforms you find us on!

UPDATE 4/16/18… More info on Gab, see below for details.

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OneWay launched in March of this year and is still changing daily. For such a young platform, there is already a good crowd of people there sharing a variety of content. The owner/founder is a Conservative Christian who was fed up with Facebook’s censorship. He’s vowed to keep an open platform with only a couple of exceptions which are clearly outlined in their About.

If you want to get in on the ground floor of something that has potential and are willing to work through any glitchy moments that come when something is in growth mode, this is the place to be. There are lots of new features in the works as well as improvements to come.

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We’ve been on MeWe since 2014 and it has grown into a nice community of folks. There are plenty of options to connect with like-minded folks, especially conservatives. And since Facebook’s major privacy concerns, Conservatives have been heading there in droves! This likely would have been our first choice for replacing Facebook… until this.

Hat-tip to one of our listeners, Ray, who forwarded information he uncovered about one of MeWe’s co-founders, Jonathan Wolfe. He’s Liberal. VERY Liberal. Check out his Twitter feed for yourself. After looking into his social media posts, I have serious concerns about building another following on a site run by Liberals.

The other co-founder, Mark Weinstein, who is largely the frontman for MeWe, doesn’t post anything personal. He’s a privacy advocate, which is great, since privacy is what’s driving so many away from Facebook. But privacy is only part of it.

In the MeWe blog, Weinstein does address censorship concerns. He’s done many media interviews and written articles. Read them. Read what he’s saying. And then read what he ISN’T saying. It’s just as important. Of vital importance is how “hate”, “hateful”, and “hate speech” is defined.

In this post on Weinstein’s personal MeWe profile, he quotes their Terms of Service specifically prohibiting hateful content (I would link you to the specific post, but it doesn’t seem to be an option. You can visit his profile and search for it. It was posted ~Nov 2017.):

“You may NOT: Post content that is hateful, threatening, harmful, incites violence; or contains graphic or gratuitous violence…”

Again, this sounds great, until you consider that that is exactly what Facebook and YouTube are doing to Conservatives right now. Our speech is considered “hateful”. Therefore, it must be censored, silenced, or squelched. MeWe may not be censoring Conservatives now. Facebook didn’t in the beginning either. But there could come a day when they do.

Weinstein’s privacy advocacy is admirable and his concerns with Facebook are real. But if he’s in business with someone so unabashedly Liberal as Jonathan Wolfe, I have to assume he isn’t much different. And that’s a serious concern for me building a following on MeWe.

As we’ve seen with Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Google, he who controls the company, controls the content. OUR content! We are content providers. Not just those of us who write for websites. EVERY… SINGLE… USER on those platforms provides content with every post they make. And it’s important to know who we’re aligning with.

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We setup and tested accounts on the following social media alternatives, which I have ruled out for now.

www.socialcross.org – Nicely done platform. Not enough posting activity. Not much political stuff going on. Which is a shame. This platform has a lot of potential if only the 80,000+ profiles on there would participate and post content!

GAB UPDATE 4/16/18: www.gab.com – Deleted our accounts there recently after seeing so much anti-Semitic content and learning it was run by Turkish Muslim.

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GAB UPDATE 4/16/18: To answer a few questions. I am NOT anti-Muslim or anti-Turkey. I AM anti-antisemitism! I’m not saying ALL Muslims are antisemitic. I love my Muslim friends dearly and I’ve NEVER heard them spew hate toward Jews. However, that said, there is a segment of the Muslim population who DO hate Jews. And on Gab, I did see a fair amount of objectionable content, specifically antisemitic. Am I saying that it’s coming from one of the site’s owners or managers? No I’m not. Because I don’t know that specifically. It could be a coincidence. Or not. You decide.

We were on Gab for over a year. The site is active with posts. And it’s definitely a free speech zone. There were plenty of things I found objectionable in addition to the antisemitic content. But with free speech, you take the good with the bad and you get to be a responsible adult setting up your own content feed. Their user content didn’t really line up with ours.

In making a decision about which platforms to build on, Gab never truly “felt right” for us. Something just never really clicked. When we learned that one of the principles there was Turkish Muslim, it really was just the last nail in the coffin for us with Gab. And while it may have been the final factor in the decision, it certainly wasn’t the only factor, nor the most important factor. But it does stand to reason, that an outspoken Conservative Christian won’t be comfortable on a site containing so much Jewish hate.

www.minds.com – Seemed like a decent platform. But I couldn’t figure out how to connect with like-minded people. After months of trying, I gave up. If it’s that hard to figure out, our fan base isn’t going to tough it out either.

www.teapartycommunity.com – We’ve been on this platform since 2011. For whatever reason, it just never seemed to catch on. Lately, traffic does seem to be picking up. So maybe there’s hope. This site is Conservative, Christian owned.

We have not tried these 2 yet.

www.infinitysn.com – This one just went live this week, after a LONG-anticipated launch. It’s still in BETA. Sadly, this one for me is just too late to the game. We may check it out if the others don’t work out. But not now. The good news is, I have it on good authority that it is owned by a Christian U.S. Veteran.

www.codias.com – This one was recommended by a friend.

https://proamericaonly.org – Recommended by a Conservative colleague who explains that it is a new site that is strictly pro-Trump.

LASTLY… Check out the new YouTube alternative at www.bitchute.com and support Conservative voices over there who’ve been squelched on YouTube.

Comey’s book another NOTHING BURGER!

“Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace said there are no bombshells in former FBI Director James Comey’s new book that details his private conversations with President Trump and his role in the Hillary Clinton email and Russia investigations.

Wallace said he hasn’t read the book, but based on just-released excerpts, it appears to primarily consist of Comey’s unflattering opinions of the president.

According to the excerpts, Comey says Trump is “untethered to truth” and “ego-driven,” describing his presidency as a “forest fire.”

Comey also compares the president to a mob boss, accuses him of being unconcerned with Russia’s election interference and recalls Trump requesting that the FBI investigate salacious allegations about his actions with Russian prostitutes.

“It seems to me that the real story in this book is that there’s no new hard evidence of any crime, of anything illegal, and it doesn’t really change the equation on President Trump,” Wallace said.

He said he is also struck by the “b*tchy” tone of Comey’s writing, suggesting that by involving himself in the “political food fight,” Comey may have done more damage to his own reputation than he has to Trump’s.

Wallace noted that Trump took to Twitter to slam Comey on Friday morning, calling the former FBI director a “leaker [and] liar” who botched the Clinton email investigation.

Read the rest at: Comey Guilty

Waters fighting White Supremacist? Where and When?

Hillary Clinton on Thursday slammed the Trump administration for promoting “racist and white supremacist” views while praising her “dear friend” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) for being one of the leading opposition voices.

During her keynote speech at the Ida B. Wells Legacy Luncheon in Chicago — which helps help raise money for a political action committee aimed supporting progressive African-American women in politics — Clinton said the U.S. is locked in a struggle with itself to determine what kind of country we want to be.

“We are living in challenging times. We’re living through a war on truth, facts and reason, watching as racist and white supremacist views are lifted up in the media and in the White House,” Clinton said. “But despite it all, there are signs of hope and resilience, and much of that is being led and shaped by black women like my dear friend Maxine Waters.”

Waters has long been one of President Trump’s most outspoken critics, frequently calling for his impeachment.

On “Mornings With Maria,” Dr. Gina Loudon said actions speak louder than words, and Trump’s policies have benefited African American communities.

She pointed out that African American home ownership is at an all-time high, while unemployment is at an all-time low.

She added that eventually Clinton will step off the political stage, and the only question is how she will exit.

“You can either embrace a legacy and exit gracefully. Or you can exit like a petulant child that seems unhinged to the American public and only further damages a party that’s already in complete disarray,” Loudon said. “Seems that she’s choosing the latter.”

See more of Clinton’s remarks at the luncheon below.

See the video at: Hillary Again

Did our founding fathers really believe in natural law?

If causing trouble was the goal of the Founding Fathers in 1776, attacking the notion that rulers derived their authority to govern from the Divine Right of Kings was certainly the way to go.

The ruling establishments of the most powerful nations on Earth pushed the idea that their kings were chosen directly by God and that their authority, therefore, could not be questioned, nor could the people hold their kings accountable for their actions.  Kings, as alleged representatives of God, therefore, were not subject to any earthly authority, certainly not to the people or even the aristocracy of their kingdoms.  They were, in a very real sense, above the laws of man and answerable only to God, Himself.

Washington, Jefferson, Adams and the other trouble makers in America had a different view, however.  They believed that rulers gained their legitimacy from the consent of the governed and from Natural Law, a system of laws of morality, derived from the natural order of things to which all humans are ethically bound

“No public document gives more prominence to the idea of natural law, nor relies more crucially upon natural law as a premise, than the Declaration of Independence,” wrote Dr. James R. Stoner, Jr., professor and head of the political science department at Louisiana State University.  He cites, as an example, the most famous passage from the Declaration:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem more likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

Read the rest at: Jokesters

ANTI Sex Trafficking Bill was HARD to pass! UNREAL

Washington seems to be in the grip of hyperpartisan gridlock these days. Important bills are passed on party-line votes (when they are passed at all) and the investigative committees of Congress appear to be sideshows, unable to agree on basic facts.

Many Americans despair that Republicans and Democrats seem incapable of coming together to do anything important.

Take heart – the two parties just did do something big together. On Wednesday, President Trump will sign into law the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, a bill designed to crack down on websites that knowingly facilitate the online sex trafficking of vulnerable persons, including underage boys and girls. And the FBI, informed by evidence collected during a nearly two-year bipartisan investigation by the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, just seized the website Backpage.com – which the Center for Missing and Exploited Children says is responsible for 73 percent of the 10,000 child sex trafficking reports in receives each year – and arrested seven of its top executives.

You might think cracking down on child sex traffickers would be a legislative layup. You’d be wrong. The bill – authored by Republican Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio), John McCain (Ariz.), and John Cornyn (Tex.) and Democrats Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) – was hard to pass. (Full disclosure: My wife works for Portman).

The act faced a wall of opposition from Silicon Valley because it amended Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which gave blanket immunity to online entities that publish third-party content from civil and criminal prosecution. Big Tech wanted to preserve that blanket immunity, even if it gave legal cover to websites that were using it to sell children for sex. When child sex trafficking survivors tried to sue Backpage, and state attorneys general tried to prosecute the owners, federal courts ruled against them, specifically citing Section 230. This did not move Big Tech. Chief among the culprits was Google, which apparently forgot its old corporate motto of”Don’t Be Evil” and lobbied fiercely against the bill.

Read the rest at: Sex Trafficing

 

Roseanne + Diamond and Silk + Unbeatable!

In a post on their Facebook page, Diamond and Silk, an internet commentating duo that became popular during the 2016 election for their vocal support of President Trump, stated that after much deliberation, Facebook has deemed their content and videos “unsafe to the community.” The post on the duo’s page reads;

“Diamond And Silk have been corresponding since September 7, 2017, with Facebook (owned by Mark Zuckerberg), about their bias censorship and discrimination against D&S brand page.”

“Finally after several emails, chats, phone calls, appeals, beating around the bush, lies, and giving us the run around, Facebook gave us another bogus reason why Millions of people who have liked and/or followed our page no longer receives notification and why our page, post and video reach was reduced by a very large percentage.”

“Here is the reply from Facebook. Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 3:40 PM: ‘The Policy team has came to the conclusion that your content and your brand has been determined unsafe to the community.’”

“Yep, this was FB conclusion after 6 Months, 29 days, 5 hrs, 40 minutes and 43 seconds. Oh and guess what else Facebook said: “This decision is final and it is not appeal-able in any way.” (Note: This is the exact wording that FB emailed to us.)”

Anyone who knows anything about Diamond and Silk or who has visited their Facebook page knows that this could not be further from the truth.  One of those people is legendary standup comedian and television star Roseanne Barr.

Read the rest at: Roseanne

Was the Holocaust REAL?

For seven decades, “never forget” has been a rallying cry of the Holocaust remembrance movement.

But a survey released Thursday, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, found that many adults lack basic knowledge of what happened — and this lack of knowledge is more pronounced among millennials, whom the survey defined as people ages 18 to 34.

Thirty-one percent of Americans, and 41 percent of millennials, believe that two million or fewer Jews were killed in the Holocaust; the actual number is around six million. Forty-one percent of Americans, and 66 percent of millennials, cannot say what Auschwitz was. Only 39 percent of Americans know that Hitler was democratically elected.

“As we get farther away from the actual events, 70-plus years now, it becomes less forefront of what people are talking about or thinking about or discussing or learning,” said Matthew Bronfman, a board member of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which commissioned the study. “If we wait another generation before you start trying to take remedial action, I think we’re really going to be behind the eight ball.”

Despite the gaps in the respondents’ knowledge, the study found an overwhelming consensus — 93 percent — that all students should learn about the Holocaust at school. And Holocaust denial remains very rare in the United States, with 96 percent of respondents saying they believe the genocide happened.

“The issue is not that people deny the Holocaust; the issue is just that it’s receding from memory,” said Greg Schneider, the executive vice president of the Claims Conference, which negotiates restitution for Holocaust victims and their heirs. “People may not know the details themselves, but they still think it’s important. That is very heartening.”

The survey, conducted by Schoen Consulting from Feb. 23-27, involved 1,350 American adults interviewed by phone or online, and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. Millennials were 31 percent of the sample, and the results for that group have a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points.

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Trump Prays of White House Lawn… Oh Nooooooo!

Hosting the national championship-winning University of Alabama football team at the White House on Tuesday, President Donald Trump took the opportunity to praise the squad’s achievements.

“It was truly a win for the ages,” Trump said of the Crimson Tide’s 26-23 overtime win over the University of Georgia. “I don’t know if you know, but I was there.”

“It will go down as one of the most exciting finishes in college football history — of any sport,” Trump added, according to The Washington Post.

In addition to praising Alabama, Trump took the time to do something even more special with members of the team — pray with them.

Photos and videos captured at the scene indicated that Alabama punter J.K. Scott asked Trump if he could pray for the president, and Trump obliged. The players then appeared to join in a prayer circle with the leader of the free world.

WBRC sports reporter Christina Chambers even posted a video of the “cool moment” when Trump and the players bowed their heads and prayed.

By all indications, many of Alabama’s players, regardless of their political affiliations, were very excited to meet Trump at the White House.

“It’s an incredible honor for us to be invited to the White House,” said Crimson Tide running back Damien Harris, who has criticized Trump in the past, according to BamaInsider.com. “It’s something that comes with being a national champion, so we’re really thankful for the opportunity. There’s a lot of young guys who haven’t been able to make that trip yet, so we’re glad we got guys who can go for the first time and experience it the way we did when we were young.

Despite the fact that some championship-winning sports teams have declined to visit the White House during the Trump administration, Alabama coach Nick Saban made it clear the Crimson Tide wouldn’t be one of them.

“Coach (Nick) Saban addressed it and just said, ‘Hey, we’re doing this regardless of your political thoughts. We’re going just to celebrate this team. It’s an honor. The White House is something that you can cherish forever,” said offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher.

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Eat hot chili get headaches!

A man bit off more than he could chew when he tackled the world’s hottest chili, the so-called “Carolina Reaper,” and was left with excruciating headaches.

In the first ever recorded such case, the next few days after eating the veggie the man experienced short splitting pains lasting seconds at a time.

The 34-year-old, who was not identified, had eaten just one of the chilies at a chili eating contest in upstate New York.

Immediately after the competition, he began dry heaving and developed intense neck and head pain starting at the back, which later spread across the whole head.

He then developed crushingly painful headaches and at one point he decided to go to the emergency room.

The patient told doctors he did not have any tingling sensation or weakness, slurred speech or transient loss of vision, and he had just a slightly high blood pressure of 134/69mm Hg.

Tests for various neurological conditions came back negative, until scans revealed several arteries in his brain had constricted.

This prompted doctors to diagnose him with thunderclap headache secondary to reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) — a temporary artery narrowing often accompanied by thunderclap headache.

“RCVS is characterized by multifocal cerebral arterial constriction that resolves within days to weeks and often presents with a thunderclap headache,” Dr. Kilothungan Gunasekaran, from New York’s Bassett Medical Center, explained.

He said RCVS can occur without an identifiable cause, as an idiosyncratic reaction to certain medications (ergotamine, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, alpha– sympathomimetic decongestants and triptans) or secondary to an illicit drug (cocaine, amphetamines and ecstasy).

“No cases of RCVS secondary to peppers or cayenne have been previously reported,” he said, “but ingestion of cayenne pepper has been associated with coronary vasospasm and acute myocardial infarction,” he added.

The man’s symptoms cleared up on their own and a CT scan five weeks later showed the affected arteries had returned to their normal width.

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China Xi – blinks!

China’s President Xi Jinping appeared to strike a conciliatory tone during a speech Tuesday where he promised to cut China’s auto import tariffs and ease restrictions on foreign ownership in its auto industry as tensions play out with Washington over tariffs.

Xi made no direct mention of the dispute with President Donald Trump but pledged to open China’s markets further and improve conditions for foreign companies. He warned against having a “Cold War” mentality, which he called outdated, according to Bloomberg.

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President Xi and I will always be friends, no matter what happens with our dispute on trade. China will take down its Trade Barriers because it is the right thing to do. Taxes will become Reciprocal & a deal will be made on Intellectual Property. Great future for both countries!

“We will take the initiative to expand imports,” Xi said during his keynote speech at the opening of the Boao Forum for Asia, China Plus News reported. “China does not seek trade surplus; we have a genuine desire to increase imports and achieve greater balance of international payments under the current account,” he said.

Xi said Beijing will “significantly lower” tariffs on auto imports this year and ease restrictions on foreign ownership in the auto industry as soon as possible.

China charges total duties of 25 percent on most imported cars — a 10 percent customs tariff plus a 15 percent auto tax. Since December 2016, Beijing also has charged an additional 10 percent on “super-luxury” vehicles priced above $200,000.

The U.S. bought more than $500 billion in goods from China last year and now is planning or considering penalties on some $150 billion of those imports.

China has pledged to “counterattack with great strength” if Trump decides to follow through on his latest threat to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods — after an earlier announcement that targeted $50 billion.

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Aide to gun-control Democrat faces serious firearms charges

An off-duty deputy director for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing firearms charges after her arrest in Jamaica, Queens on Saturday night. According to a statement from the office of the progressive Democrat mayor’s office, “The employee has been suspended immediately without pay pending investigation. We take these allegations very seriously.” De Blasio is a firm advocate of gun control.

According to police, the 42-year-old Reagan Stevens was found in the back seat of a double-parked car that had a loaded 9-millimeter pistol in the glove compartment. The serial number on the gun had been filed off. A shell casing was also found in the car, a 2002 Infiniti. Because no one claimed the gun, all three persons in the car were arrested. The arrest occurred near the scene of an earlier shooting. There is video of shots fired from the vehicle in which Stevens was sitting.

Stevens had worked as director of Youth and Strategic Initiatives at De Blasio’s Office of Criminal Justice, at a salary of $90,000 per year, where she sought to prevent the trying of 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in criminal proceedings. She herself faced arraignment on Sunday in Queens Criminal Court. Her mother, Deborah Stevens Modica, has served as judge there for over 20 years. In addition, Stevens’ step-father, Salvatore Modica, is an acting Queen Supreme Court justice.

Besides Stevens, Montel Hughes, 24, and Caesar Forbes, 25, were also arrested. Both of them were reportedly sporting knives. They were parked in a spot not far from where an NYPD “ShotSpotter” had detected five gunshots. Hughes and Forbes face charges on firearms and illegal possession of knives. Forbes is the owner of the car.

Stevens stands charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Hughes and Forbes are also accused of firearms charges. The NYPD “ShotSpotter” had detected five shots fired. When police examined the pistol where sat Stevens, they found that the eight-shot magazine in it had but three rounds left. ShotSpotter is a system of microphones designed to detect and pinpoint the location of gunfire.

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Facebook stunting conservative growth AGAIN!

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

Establishment media received a massive boost in Facebook engagement this month, following the social network’s January 11 algorithm change, while conservative media declined, according to independent social media analysis.

Social media analytics service NewsWhip reports that the top ten most-engaged sites on Facebook are now all establishment, mainstream media outlets. Far-left establishment media outlet CNN now has the most engagement (likes, shares, comments) of all sites on Facebook.

NewsWhip notes that CNN’s “remarkable 30.1 percent increase” in engagement did not follow the usual pattern for a website, in which a small number of viral articles give them a short-term boost in the rankings. Instead, NewsWhip notes that average engagement across all CNN articles went up.

While the site did have some very popular stories (66 of 5,597 stories published in March saw over 100,000 Facebook interactions), there seems to have also been a general lift in interactions for stories further down the chain. CNN’s average engagement per article in March was 7,010, up from 4,982 in February.

NewsWhip notes that the rest of corporate media has also been soaring up Facebook’s rankings.

NBC and Fox News also consolidated their positions in second and third place, with increases of a few million interactions.

The New York Times also saw major growth, up 9.3 million to 27.3 million interactions.

Elsewhere, it was an interesting month for major news sites generally, with the BBC, the Washington Post, and the Guardian all posting particularly impressive gains.

The biggest drops in March were to non-legacy conservative media. NewsWhip notes that The Daily Wire saw a loss of 1.5 million engagements this month, while the Western Journal’s position in the rankings fell by almost half, from 12th to 22nd. Breitbart News is now 21st in the rankings, compared to 9th in December.

What changed? NewsWhip states the obvious:

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