Big govt, Media, Politics

Whistleblower: Facebook “Deboosts” Conservative Content

An undercover Project Veritas investigation caught a Facebook whistleblower revealing just how conservative censorship works. According to the bombshell report, one means of suppression is built right into the code of the website: and it’s called “deboosting.” How does it work? An ActionDeboostLiveDistribution tag embedded in the code automatically throttles down the content of pages it’s attached to, specifically targeting live streams. It can also reduce a “video’s visibility in news feeds, removing sharing features, and disable interactive notifications.” Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Recent Facebook insider leaks released by Project Veritas reveal that the social media giant’s demoting of conservative content isn’t just done by human moderators, it’s built right into the code of the website as a technical action called “deboosting.”

Project Veritas latest bombshell report reveals inside info from Facebook. One of the most shocking revelations from the report is that Mark Zuckerberg’s suppression of conservative content on the platform isn’t just the result of heavy-handed moderation by human employees, but is actually built right into the code of the site.

Project Veritas reports:

According to the insider, the documents revealed a routine suppression of the distribution of conservative Facebook pages.

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

War Memorial Cross Scrutinized by SCOTUS

The Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday from atheists targeting a 40-foot-high cross erected in 1925 to honor American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I. The Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, is offending enemies of Christian symbolism at a prominent intersection. It has been made possibly more offensive to them after President Trump signaled his support for saving it. The legal battle reached the Supreme Court after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the cross must be removed or altered to eradicate religious symbolism, an impossible task for a cross. At the heart of the legal debate is the “Lemon Test,” which seeks to determine whether a government action is based in religious intention or coercion. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

The fate of a 40-foot high cross erected in 1925 to honor men who died in World War I will be the focus of arguments before the Supreme Court Wednesday.

The concrete cross, known as the Peace Cross, was erected in Bladensburg, Maryland by the American Legion. It has been owned by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission since 1961.

Atheists demanded the federal courts rule the monument violated the constitutional prohibition on the establishment of religion, claiming they were offended by the display. The cross sits at a prominent intersection in the Washington area. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a two to one decision, ordered that the cross be removed or altered to remove any religious symbolism.

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

AOC: “I’m the Boss”

Socialist progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is under some grand delusion that she’s the boss. While attending a “Girls Who Code” event, AOC dismissed criticism of her unaffordable, unwanted, and ridiculous Green New Deal thusly: “You try. You do it….So, until you do it, I’m the boss. How about that?” What AOC may soon learn is that she’ll be the boss in her own imaginary world until such time as the Democratic machine decides to oust her from her seat. That should be fun to watch.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Friday in New York City at the “Girls Who Code” event, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) dismissed the widespread criticism of her so-called Green New Deal.

Ocasio-Cortez said, “Like I just introduced the Green New Deal two weeks ago, and it’s creating all of this conversation. Why? Because no one else has even tried. Because no one else has even tried.”

She added, “So people are like, ‘Oh it’s unrealistic. Oh it’s vague. Oh it doesn’t address this little minute thing.’ And I’m like, ‘You try. You do it. Cuz you’re not. Cuz you’re not. So, until you do it, I’m the boss.’ How about that?”

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Race, Trump and Local News

A family invited a traveling evangelist to stay in their home. (He was preaching at the family’s church.) As the parents slept, the evangelist allegedly raped their 14-year-old daughter. Five years later, the man has still not faced a jury of his peers. The 14-year-old is now 19. She is in weekly therapy and can get no closure. She must hang on to the memories. She must make sure she remembers because she hopes one day the man she says raped her will finally meet justice.

A woman struggles to remember. She is one in a line of women who dated the wrong man. He allegedly beat her badly as he beat others before her. She must remember the details, and she knows her memory is going foggy as time passes by. The man is facing 20 years in prison, but like the evangelist, he has ensured his case will not go before a jury.

Both of these men and many others have hired David Ralston, the speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, to be their lawyer. One admitted he paid Ralston $20,000 to just keep delaying his trial. Ralston, as speaker, can get any case of his continued, and no judge can stop him. He has done this repeatedly for years as victims’ memories fade and justice is delayed.

This is a story ripe for national media attention. It is a story of a politician abusing his power. There are multiple female victims waiting for justice. There is even one criminal defendant who admits he paid the speaker to stop his case from proceeding. It is happening in a swing state where Republicans are at risk of losing power.

Contrast that story with one that did go national. A newspaper publisher in Alabama who had once won several journalism awards has called for the return of the KKK. National news outlets blasted the publisher, deservedly so. But is it really that big of a story?

Consider the Jussie Smollett story. Having received a death threat in the mail, Smollett was beaten up by Trump supporters on a street in Chicago. The media covered this story for days. ABC News gave a sympathetic hearing to Smollett, letting him amplify what happened and letting him blame Trump supporters. Except we now know it didn’t happen that way. Smollett is now the leading suspect in his own hate crime. The media that rushed to make this a national story fled the story as soon as it stopped working against President Trump and his supporters.

In Virginia, the governor was alleged to have worn blackface or a KKK costume, and the media pounced. The attorney general called for the governor’s ouster. Then the lieutenant governor saw multiple women accuse him of sexual assault. Then the attorney general admitted he, too, had worn blackface. Once everyone realized the next in line for the governor’s chair was a Republican, the story faded away.

Local and state political stories deserve national coverage at times. Americans are more and more dependent on national outlets to cover local stories. But national outlets tend to be more focused on narratives than facts. National reporters have a greater propensity to run in a herd while living in a bubble.

The speaker of the Georgia House is a Republican, but he retains his power with the help of Democrats in the state House. In fact, it is Republicans calling for Ralston to resign. The Democrats are perfectly happy keeping him because the alternative would be more conservative. But the Democrats will undoubtedly use the issue in 2020 to pick off Republican seats in the state Legislature. Then it will become a national story.

In fact, it seems the best way to turn a local story into a national story is to find a way to make the president or his supporters look bad. The fallback is to make the story about racial animosity. That may help a political narrative national reporters love, but it does a real disservice to news consumers and victims of real exploitation and abuse.

To find out more about Erick Erickson and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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Big govt, States

Vermont Queues up ZERO Restrictions on Abortion Bill

Vermont lawmakers are readying a new low, even for proponents of abortion. Their bill, H.57, protects as an alleged “fundamental right the freedom of reproductive choice and to prohibit public entities from interfering with or restricting the right of an individual to terminate the individual’s pregnancy.” The GOP has attempted to offer modifiers to the legislation, such as restricting abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy or parental consent for minors, but all have been rejected by Vermont Democrats.

Here’s more from Daily Wire…

 

The bill, H.57, states, “This bill proposes to recognize as a fundamental right the freedom of reproductive choice and to prohibit public entities from interfering with or restricting the right of an individual to terminate the individual’s pregnancy. … Every individual has the fundamental right to choose or refuse contraception or sterilization. Every individual who becomes pregnant has the fundamental right to choose to carry a pregnancy to term, give birth to a child, or to have an abortion. A fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus shall not have independent rights under Vermont law.”

Although GOP legislators have offered amendments to the bill that would modify it, Democrats and so-called progressive legislators have rejected them; by Wednesday afternoon, 10 amendments had been voted out of committees unfavorably, as VTDigger reports.

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Big govt, Courts, Issues

Man Refusing to Pay Abortion-Funding Taxes Wins in Court

Christian Michael Bowman of Columbia City, Oregon, is taking taxpayer funding of abortion to court with a specific challenge to the Internal Revenue Service. Citing the federal government’s funding of abortion, 53-year-old Bowman has refused to file a tax return or pay taxes since 1999 despite the IRS sending him warnings and garnishing money from his bank account. Federal prosecutors argue that his cashing of paychecks constitutes “remov[ing] his income from the reach of tax authorities” and have indicted him for felony tax evasion in the amount of $356,857 in addition to four misdemeanor counts for willfully failing to file returns. Last week, however, U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman sided with Bowman against the felony charge that he is trying to conceal his income or deceive the federal government.

Here’s more from Life Site News…

COLUMBIA CITY, Oregon, April 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Like 60% of Americans, Michael Bowman opposes taxpayer funding of abortion. Unlike most Americans, he is currently squaring off against the Internal Revenue Service to avoid doing so.

Bowman is a 53-year-old Christian and contract engineer in Columbia City, Oregon. He has refused to file a tax return or pay taxes since 1999, The Oregonian reports, citing the federal government’s funding of the abortion industry.

“I’m not a tax protester. I love my country,” he told the paper. “I have a duty to my country. I have a duty to my conscience.”

The IRS has sent him numerous warnings over unpaid taxes from 2002 to 2014, and in 2012 the Oregon Department of Revenue began garnishing money from Bowman’s bank account. In response, he started cashing out his paychecks and leaving only a minimum balance in his account.

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Big govt, Media, Politics

Intel Chair: “Legally, the President is on Pretty Solid Ground”

On CNN this week, former House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers argued that President Trump is on “solid ground” regarding the legalities of the border wall national emergency declaration. “If I listened to Mitch McConnell correctly, he said if it is legal I will support it,…Legally, I think the president is on pretty solid ground. There’s been 70 of these national emergencies. Something like 37 are still in effect by a whole variety of presidents.” Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Monday on CNN’s “New Day,” former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), who also served as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee while in the U.S. House, argued President Donald Trump was on “solid ground” legally.

According to Rogers, also a CNN contributor, if a court stepped in, it would overturn other prior presidential emergency orders.

“If I listened to Mitch McConnell correctly, he said if it is legal I will support it,” Rogers said. “So that was his couching, I think, of a position he didn’t want to find himself in. Here’s the problem: Legally, I think the president is on pretty solid ground. There’s been 70 of these national emergencies. Something like 37 are still in effect by a whole variety of presidents. And the law is not very clear on what a national emergency is. It will be really hard for the court to step in and then overstep all of those 70 other decisions and Congress specifically giving this authority. That said, I think politically is the price the president pays on this.”

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Big govt, Economy & Investments, Politics

The Green New Deal Is Wrong for America

First they came for your wallet. Now Democrats want your car and your hamburgers — making summer cookouts a thing of the past.
But those aren’t the only liberties the left wants to abolish in the name of fighting climate change. Radical liberals led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., also want to minimize air travel. It’s all outlined in their Green New Deal, a proposal to fend off a supposed climate apocalypse.

Never mind that China, the world’s largest polluter, emits more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the U.S. and the EU combined or that the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and China are dumping more plastic waste and debris into the ocean than the rest of the planet is. Far-left lawmakers pushing the utopian Green New Deal don’t want to talk about that or the fact that China opens a new coal plant every week on average, illustrating that the Green New Deal isn’t really about protecting Mother Earth from the effects of climate change; it’s about giving Democrats and big-government socialists control over the entire U.S. economy — and our lives.

It’s a massive power grab under the guise of curtailing the alleged “cataclysmic” effects of climate change — a pseudoscience that is far from settled.

Many esteemed climatologists and meteorologists, including MIT professor emeritus Richard Lindzen, have opposed the hysteria surrounding climate change. They say the earth is entering a cooling phase and warn that enviro-alarmists shouldn’t overestimate carbon dioxide’s effects on the atmosphere. In a 2015 interview on my Boston Herald Radio show, Lindzen told me, “Not only has there been a hiatus in temperature increase, but we have fewer hurricanes than we traditionally have.”

When I asked about reports that sea levels were rising, he explained that they’ve “been rising since the end of the last ice age, at a fairly slow rate. That’s normal. And it was going on long before industrialization.” And when it comes to alarmist proclamations that we must reduce our carbon footprint or risk seeing the world come to an end, Lindzen said, “Climate scientists, until this latest hysteria, used to refer to warm periods, which was most of the earth’s history, as being climate optima. It has nothing to do with decarbonizing. We need carbon dioxide; it is essential to life on earth. And we don’t have any known replacement at the moment.”

Given that there are conflicting data on climate change, it’s unfathomable that any rational human, much less a lawmaker, would want to destroy the U.S. economy and the millions of jobs that go with it by supporting the infantile Green New Deal.

It’s also worth noting that even if there is catastrophic man-made climate change happening and America reduced its carbon footprint to zero — an impossible task in a modern industrialized economy — radical lawmakers still wouldn’t eliminate climate change, with China and the rest of the world polluting the atmosphere and oceans ad nauseam.
That’s all the more reason Americans should refuse to hand their cars, barbecues and airplane tickets — our entire way of life — over to a 29-year-old congresswoman with “big ideas.”
Just because an idea is “big” doesn’t make it good.

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Ilhan Omar’s Anti-Semitism Apology Backfires

Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) apologized for promoting anti-Semitic beliefs and conspiracies over the weekend but could not resist playing the victim card and doubling down on her accusations. “My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize. At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry.” Read more…

Here’s more form The Daily Wire…

Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tried to apologize for promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories over the weekend in a statement released on Monday and ended up promoting her anti-Semitic views even more.

Omar painted herself as a victim of attacks over her “identity,” and continued to espouse false anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about AIPAC giving money to members of Congress as she also tried to score political points.

“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” Omar wrote. “My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.”

“At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry,” Omar continued. “It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it.”

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Warren Announces Run for President against “Rigged” System

Just four weeks after launching her presidential “exploratory committee,” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made her bid official. She used the occasion to slam the “system” as “rigged by the wealthy and the well connected.” She went on to blast “the man in the White House” as “the latest and most extreme symptom of what’s gone wrong in America.” Aside from Trump as the symbol of what’s wrong in American politics, she made sure to call out the economic struggle of “families of color,” slam “the 1%,” and discuss the “Middle Class Squeeze.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

On Saturday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) officially announced that she is running for president in 2020. Warren’s declaration comes more than four weeks after the formation of her presidential “exploratory committee.”

During her speech in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Warren stated that the “system” has been “rigged by the wealthy and the well-connected,” and that “the man in the White House is not the cause of what is broken,” but “the latest and most extreme symptom of what’s gone wrong in America.”

Here are seven key quotes from Warren’s speech, which focused heavily on wealth inequality:

Trump

So, once he’s gone, we can’t pretend that none of this ever happened. It won’t be enough to just undo the terrible acts of this administration. We can’t afford just to tinker around the edges — a tax credit here, a regulation there — our fight is for big, structural change.

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