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Lemme See If I Got This


Rachel Maddow on CNBC teased a story about having Trump’s tax returns, and apparently in 2005 he paid more by percentage than Obama…

The National Weather Service decided not to predict the winter snow totals because they thought people wouldn’t understand.

[Weather Prediction Center’s Greg] Carbin said a last-minute change downgrading snowfall totals might have given people the wrong message that the storm was no longer a threat. 

 

Ashley Judd says she got scared at a basketball game when a white haired man said “We like Trump,” and walked away.

And it’s also clear that his entire approach to me and aggressive sticking his phone 6 inches in front of my face to take my picture was a part of his plan to treat me with rudeness, aggression, and disrespect. Who knows, maybe he’s already done something undignified with the picture or maybe it was just a pretense so he could say something menacing to me.

I feel very sad that this happened, and frankly scared.

Real people think Russia preferred Donald Trump as president of the United States. As opposed to Hillary Clinton, who can be bought with a speaking fee for Bill.

 

Al Gore was on NPR this afternoon, upset that people believe what he calls disinformation and propaganda.

It’s really about the nature of the public discourse and how it now makes our country more vulnerable to the kind of disinformation and propaganda that is being substituted for the kind of dialogue that our founders hoped we would have.

And they say Breitbart News is fake? 

 

Die Wahrheit ist, was wir sagen, ist es.


The truth is what we say it is.

(Germans probably don’t phrase things this way, but that’s what Google translate did with the sentence.)

German Justice Minister Wants Fines of $53 Million For Hate Speech, Defamatory “Fake News” on Social Networking Sites 

the news

Not covered? Newspapers.

The proposal would require companies to provide a round-the-clock service for users to flag illegal content, which would have to be removed by the site within seven days. All copies of the content would also have to be deleted and social media companies would need to publish a quarterly report detailing how they have dealt with such material.

Sites would also have to nominate a person responsible for handling complaints, who could face fines of up to 5 million euros personally if the company fails to abide by mandatory standards.

Within your lifetime, there will be licenses for journalists, truth commissions and fines for sharing untruths online. Here. In the United States.

Unless we speak up.

CNN Did This a Lot With Clinton and Obama, I’m Sure


Expect the blinds to be drawn next time somebody gets chewed out in the Oval Office.

From the UK Daily Mail:

Video emerges of Trump’s ‘furious argument’ with top adviser Steven Bannon as Ivanka and Jared look on, hours before President made phone tapping claims

Just a reminder. Video does not emerge. It is gathered from camera aimed directly at a particular place, with long-range lenses and equipment to record everything for a long period of time. That’s not reporting, that’s surveillance.

There’s a bunch of other stuff in the news including accusations of wiretapping this weekend…but I’m more likely to criticize the media which peeps into the Executive Mansion.  

Oh, Now TheTimes Cares About Anti-Semitism


h/t Ace.

The Algemeiner: (Ira Stoll)

President Trump has been in office for barely a month, but he already deserves credit for at least one major accomplishment: He’s gotten the New York Times to discover a new interest in intensively covering antisemitism.

What am I talking about?

There have been several cases of vandalism which were not covered by The Times, or made to sound unimportant. Now,under Trump, these sorts of things are major news.

This is The Narrative.

The Narrative is the undercurrent of the news business. As soon as a sort of trend develops which seems to fit the reporter or editor’s mindset, then The Narrative kicks in. Any uptick in anything which can be hung around Trump’s neck, will be.

To summarize: Ten Jewish cemetery desecrations, of which two — one of which was outside the US — were covered by the New York Times. Both times the Timesbothered to cover the attacks, the newspaper did so in a way that minimized the potentially antisemitic aspect of the attack.

In November of 2016, Donald Trump was elected president.

In February 2017, there were two attacks on Jewish cemeteries. About 200 tombstones were affected at a graveyard near St. Louis, Mo., and about 100 at one in Philadelphia, Pa.

The Times responded in a markedly different way than it did to the earlier, pre-Trump attacks, which it had either ignored or minimized.

-snip-

The article prominently noted that critics said the attacks “were an outgrowth of the vitriol of last year’s presidential campaign and Mr. Trump’s tone during it.” The Times reinforced this point with not just one, but two op-eds commenting on the attack…

In the old days, this would be missed, but now people are watching the news media. And we are finding them corrupt.

I’d write more, but the lights are flickering because of a line of thunderstorms moving through in the wake of the surprise election of Donald Trump, on a wave of racist, antisemitic and populist hate speech.  –snort – 

 

 

Race Traitor? No. Liar.


Daily Caller:

Former NAACP branch president Rachel Dolezal, who lied about being black but still identifies as black, is now jobless, living on food stamps and expects to lose her home next month.Rachel Dolezal YouTube screenshot MSNBC

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“There’s no protected class for me,” the former NAACP branch president told The Guardian. “I’m this generic, ambiguous scapegoat for white people to call me a race traitor and take out their hostility on. And I’m a target for anger and pain about white people from the black community. It’s like I am the worst of all these worlds.”

There may be some folks who call her a race traitor, but most white folks I know laugh at her silly notion. She is no more a traitor to white people than Bruce Jenner is a traitor to guys. 

It’s not surprising she is having a hard time getting a job. She lied about her skin color to get a job. Would you hire her for a responsible job?

 

 

Free Speech and Hate Speech


David Solway writes for PJ Media about a conference in Canada:

There is obviously a grey area between free speech and hate speech — human life cannot be reduced to a scientific formula enabling precise distinctions — but there should be no doubt that critical speech, analytical speech, satirical speech, spontaneous speech and offensive speech should not be legislated. Free speech is not a speech act. The term “hate speech” in its current acceptation, however, is merely a pretext for the eventual passage of blasphemy laws, envisaging the death of a free and democratic society.

Canada and the U.S. have different ways to deal with speech which might become an illegal act. The First Amendment still covers Americans whose speech is insulting, critical, even racist.

The trend worldwide is actually to punish so-called hate speech. Germany, the UK and other so-called free countries are now battlegrounds in this war.

It is a war. Or at least the first salvos.  

If blasphemy laws, hate speech rules and anti-free speech codes are a part of the U.S. legal system ten years from now, I wouldn’t be surprised. At that point, opposing illegal immigration, or maintaining some semblance of liberty will be in jeopardy. 

If you can silence someone, then you can silence anyone.  That never ends well.

How many teenagers and young adults get this? And how can they learn it, before it is too late.

The young people who justify violence, seek to enforce conformity of thought, and the media who treat the phrase “hate speech” as if it is already illegal…they’ve gone in the wrong direction. Somehow, through education and conversation, this must be turned around.

David Solway:

To return to the U of T symposium. The event was scheduled to conclude with a talk by controversial author and founder of The Rebel Media Ezra Levant, the highlight of the convention. Books like Ethical Oil, Shakedown and Trumping Trudeau, and the fact that Levant is frequently embroiled in legal battles with aggrieved Muslims (and ethically compromised judges), have made him a major draw on the conference circuit. Right on cue, as Levant stepped to the podium, a throng of protestors, plainly neither conferees nor students, swarmed past a detail of useless security guards and proceeded to wreak havoc. The fire alarm was pulled and the entire building (the Sandford Fleming Engineering Building) had to be evacuated. Classes were disrupted as well as the lectures in the auditorium seating hundreds of paying attendees — and that was the end of the affair. This, as noted, is a standard tactic of the dysfunctional and anarchy-loving student left.