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Apr 20 2021

Babylon Bee CEO Threatened With Instagram Ban Hammer

It doesn’t take much for Big Tech to take out the ban hammer — especially when it comes to sources of information and opinion that pose an ideological threat to the liberal establishment. The Babylon Bee hits progressives where they are most vulnerable by laughing at their absurdity. That puts CEO Seth Dillon in the crosshairs:

Pointing out that it is nuts to walk around outside wearing a Covid mask now warrants cancelation.

Depending on your perceived threat level, you might also get hit with the ban hammer for noticing that Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Cullors has been spending her ill-gotten fortunes on pricey real estate (see here, here, and here). Via Jonathan Turley:

The professed Marxist received considerable criticism for the purchase, including from Jason Whitlock, an African-America sports critic who has also been a critic of BLM. When Whitlock called out Khan-Cullors, Twitter promptly censored the tweet — leaving a notice that it was “no longer available.”

Good thing Dillon is on Gab and Parler. His Twitter account might be shut down at any time.

On tips from Mr. Freemarket and ABC of the ANC.

Apr 17 2021

John Stossel: Let Steven Crowder Speak

Steven Crowder has hit his stride, amassing a huge audience with his humor-infused brand of countermoonbattery, which includes legitimate journalism of the type the MSM often avoids. Fellow truthteller John Stossel was a major influence.

We know Crowder is hitting home because the leftist Big Tech thought police have been trying to silence him. He has earned a distinction far more honorable than the Pulitzer Prize by getting demonetized by YouTube.

Stossel defends Crowder against the information gatekeepers:

On a tip from Lyle.

Apr 15 2021

“Consensus” Becomes a Scary Word

Under leftist rule, harmless things are given scary names. For example, weather is called “the climate emergency.” Correspondingly, innocuous terms are used to describe dangerous concepts. An example is the word “consensus.”

Jay Bhattacharya is a professor at Stanford Medical School. Last month, he attended a public policy roundtable hosted by Ron DeSantis. What happened next illustrates what “consensus” has come to mean.

Bhattacharya writes in the Wall Street Journal:

The point was to discuss the state’s Covid policies in the months ahead. That 600,000 Americans have died with Covid-19 is evidence that the lockdowns over the past year, including significant restrictions on the lives of children, haven’t worked. Florida reopened in May and declined to shut down again. Yet age-adjusted mortality is lower in Florida than in locked-down California, and Florida’s public schools are almost all open, while California’s aren’t.

My fellow panelists—Sunetra Gupta of Oxford, Martin Kulldorff of Harvard and Scott Atlas of Stanford—and I discussed a variety of topics. One was the wisdom of requiring children to wear masks. The press asked questions, and a video of the event was posted on YouTube by local media, including Tampa’s WTSP.

But last week YouTube removed a recording of this routine policy discussion from its website. The company claimed my fellow panel members and I were trafficking in misinformation. The company said it removed the video “because it included content that contradicts the consensus of local and global health authorities regarding the efficacy of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Everyone at the panel agreed that making little kids wear masks is a bad idea. Yet there is a “consensus”; all scientists agree that children must wear masks until Dr Fauci says otherwise.

It doesn’t matter how many experts disagree with the “consensus.” An opinion is a consensus if it is the one you must hold if you don’t want to get censored by Big Tech on behalf of the liberal establishment.

The antonym of “consensus” is “misinformation” — i.e., information the liberal establishment wants suppressed. These words will be used constantly to bully, suppress, dupe, and manipulate as the media throws its weight behind the global warming hoax on behalf of the Party of Government.

On a tip from Varla.

Mar 25 2021

Pat Condell: A Crisis of Free Speech

The good news is that Pat Condell is back. The bad news is that leftists are using the bogus concept of “hate speech” to destroy the fundamental right of free speech:

He’s right; “common purpose” is worth looking up. Wikipedia defines it as a “legal doctrine that imputes criminal liability to the participants in a criminal enterprise for all that results from that enterprise.” As they consolidate their power, progressives will use this concept of guilt by association to populate prison camps.

The Capitol Riot provided indications of how broadly guilt by association can be applied. Prominent Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley of inciting a riot because like the rioters, they had qualms about the 2020 election. Mark Ibrahim was fired from the Drug Enforcement Agency because he attended the same Trump rally as the rioters, despite not having set foot on the Capitol steps.

Applying common purpose to the coming hate speech laws might entail arresting everyone who works for a publication if any of them say something leftists find hateful. The publication’s subscribers may also face prosecution. No extreme of tyranny is improbable if progressives don’t start encountering resistance.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Mar 12 2021

Twitter: No Objecting to Projecting Perversion Onto Children

Mind you don’t voice disapproval of the statement attributed to transsexual activist Alok Vaid-Menon, in the context of guys like himself invading female private facilities, that “Little girls are also kinky. Your kids aren’t as straight and narrow as you think.” This could get you banned from Twitter like Lauren Witzke:

Witzke, the Republican 2020 candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Delaware, has been blacklisted by Twitter after she denounced comments attributed to a transgender activist that called little girls “kinky.”

The ban, which appears to be permanent, was prompted by Witzke calling the statement “demonic.”

Twitter has confirmed that the ban is permanent. Calling a demonic statement “demonic” is considered “hateful conduct” by the demons running Big Tech.

Twitter claims to have a “zero tolerance” policy against … “any material that features or promotes child sexual exploitation.” Yet it banned Witzke, a former candidate for the U.S. Senate, for condemning exactly that.

Soon we will reach the point where the ruling class can dispense with pretense on this topic. Then anyone who doesn’t approve of pedophilia will be canceled as a pedophobe.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Mar 10 2021

Disney Banishes Iconic Movies From Kids Section

First come denunciations (as with classic movies by Turner Classic Movies), censorship (as with Bugs Bunny cartoons), and warning labels (as with The Muppet Show). Then classic movies and TV shows will be ghettoized, like pornography. For example, Disney has been taking iconic children’s movies out of the children’s section because moonbats now regard them as offensive:

DISNEY+ has stripped its children’s movie selection of classic movies like Dumbo, The Aristocats, and Peter Pan because of their “racist” stereotypes.

Settings on the streaming site’s app will deter children from watching the once-loved, now controversial, titles.

Since not everyone has a PhD in Social Justice, Disney helpfully explains in a Stories Matter section why the iconic movies are now to be regarded as thoughtcrime.

For Dumbo they explained that “the crows and musical number pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations.”

Education in Critical Theory allows you to find something problematic in every conceivable aspect of American culture. That no kid watching the movie will superimpose nonsense about enslaved Africans on a bunch of birds is irrelevant.

Another ideological sin:

[F]or Peter Pan they stated that “the film portrays Native people in a stereotypical manner that reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions.”

Any portrayal of Indians deemed “stereotypical” by leftists is to be erased. That’s why Indians are disappearing as an aspect of American society, no longer to be seen on butter packaging, baseball hats, et cetera.

However, despite this, adults will still be able to access the taboo movies – but they will be shown with disclaimers warning viewers of what is to come.

Viewers wanting to watch the animated flicks will be told: “This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.

“These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now.”

If you are going to watch classic movies, you should at least watch them feeling guilty, or better still, feeling smugly superior to the society that produced them.

You can guess the last stage of this process. Classic shows that have helped comprise American culture will disappear altogether, leaving us nothing but unwatchable woke garbage that imposes a fake culture rather than reflecting the real one that social engineers are in the process of abolishing.

On a tip from Stormfax.

Mar 05 2021

eBay Cancels Dr Seuss

Instead of backing off, the liberal establishment is doubling down on its absurd but alarming cancelation of Dr Seuss books as politically incorrect. Old copies of the six titles that were banned by his own publisher have been fetching a pretty penny, but you can’t sell them on eBay because the harmless books have been banned there too.

Here is what you get from eBay if you try to deal in Dr Seuss contraband:

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Online marketplace eBay Inc. said it is working to prevent the resale of six Dr. Seuss books that were pulled earlier this week by the company in charge of the late author’s works because they contain offensive imagery.

It is not enough to stop publishing the beloved books. Sales of old copies must be prohibited.

The next step is Democrat authorities going door to door searching for hidden copies to burn.

Amazon also censors books, and not only children’s books.

A spokesman for Encounter Books, which published “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,” by conservative scholar Ryan T. Anderson, said on Thursday that the publishing house still hasn’t received an explanation for why the book was removed from sale.

Amazon refused to explain itself, but the explanation is obvious: the book does not support the transsexual agenda, which is promoted by the liberal establishment.

As for the “offensive imagery” that has resulted in the banning of the Dr Seuss books, Breitbart reports that the “material in question is believed to pertain to illustrations of Asian people wearing pointy hats and eating with chopsticks.”

That’s the level of nonsense that progressives would sacrifice free speech over.

Dr Seuss may be the perfect trial balloon. He appealed to most everyone, and was completely inoffensive to any reasonable person. If they can ban Dr Seuss, they have proved that they can ban anyone.

No doubt publishers are getting the message that there is no point considering manuscripts by conservative authors, all of whom may disappear down the memory hole at any moment.

On tips from Wiggins and KirklesWorth.

Mar 03 2021

Prices of Canceled Dr Seuss Books Skyrocket

This is a great time to invest in physical manifestations of American culture, which will become increasingly scarce due to the progressive drive to erase our heritage and identity. Already the thought police have moved beyond all things Southern and have started erasing Americana as anodyne as the works of Dr Seuss. Consequently, Dr Seuss books that have been canceled for being ideologically problematic are fetching a pretty penny:

Suddenly on Tuesday, after the company that publishes Dr. Seuss books announced it would stop selling six of his titles — “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer” — those books could not be found on for their normal prices, and any editions for sale had astronomical prices.

For example, when searching for “If I Ran The Zoo,” the Amazon site listed “1 new,” “1 used,” and “1 collectible,” but when clicking on the links for “new” or “used,” a message popped up reading, “Currently there are no other sellers matching your location and/or item specification.” Yet a “collectible” link showed the book available for $1,500.

Imagine how much you might get for the last DVD of Gone With the Wind.

Eventually, we will reach the part where Democrat authorities go house to house confiscating forbidden cultural relics, as was done by the Red Guard during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Ray Bradbury predicted what we will do next in Fahrenheit 451: memorize the books, so that they will not be totally lost to tyranny.

On tips from Dragon’s Lair and Blackjack.

Mar 02 2021

2021 Summed Up in One Image

This photo sums up the times we are living in. Masked and socially distanced Merseyside, UK police warn the public not to be politically incorrect:

Andrew Doyle, author of Free Speech and Why It Matters, is understandably appalled:

Critics of the police have been quick to point out that offence is entirely subjective, and so it would be impossible to legislate against this reality of everyday life. Following these complaints, the police deleted the tweet and issued a statement to clarify that being offensive ‘is not in itself an offence’.

The police responded to pushback because we are still at a relatively early stage of encroaching tyranny. But that doesn’t mean the statement isn’t already true.

This was a professionally designed digital billboard which must have been approved in advance by numerous members of staff. There will have been meetings and discussions and a consensus would have been reached on the most appropriate wording. Even if the slogan has now been retracted, the fact that it materialised at all suggests something very sinister about the general mindset of those who are trained to enforce the law. After all, between 2014 and 2019, almost 120,000 ‘non-crime hate incidents’ were recorded by police forces in England and Wales. There have been a multitude of instances of police departments tweeting out warnings to the public that they could be arrested for speaking their minds. Irrespective of the legality, it is now standard police practice to monitor the speech of citizens. …

Every year in the UK, over 3,000 people are arrested for falling foul of the 2003 Communications Act by posting something online which causes offence. The legislation is explicit on this score; a prosecution will be secured if the material is deemed by a court to be ‘grossly offensive’. In Scotland, the SNP is persisting with its new Hate Crime Bill, which would mean that private conversations in the home would be subject to prosecution if they can be said to ‘stir up hatred’. Presently a 35-year-old man is facing the prospect of up to six months in prison for posting a derogatory tweet about Captain Sir Tom Moore. When the Merseyside police declared that ‘being offensive is an offence’, they had inadvertently let slip a terrible truth.

No society can remain free without free speech. We are losing it quickly on both sides of the Atlantic.

The principle of free speech has become difficult to defend because so many have accepted the false premise that defending the speech rights of unpleasant people amounts to an endorsement of their words. This is why there is little appetite among politicians to repeal existing ‘hate speech’ legislation included in the Public Order Act 1986 and the Communications Act 2003.

The censors have already moved beyond silencing unpleasant people to suppressing speech that only recently no one would have dreamed was offensive. Even Dr Seuss has been canceled as a thought criminal; consequently, his books are going into the bonfire.

On tips from Dragon’s Lair and Varla.

Feb 28 2021

Thought Police Crack Down on Matt Christiansen

At first, they went after fringe characters who are easy to demonize, like Alex Jones. But just as the campaign against Robert E. Lee quickly and predictably led to the cancelation of Abraham Lincoln, the thought police are already targeting even the calmest and most reasonable conservatives, including the esteemed countermoonbat Matt Christiansen.

Christiansen has been canceled by Streamlabs, which produces livestream software, apparently not because he said anything in particular that was “offensive,” but because he makes good arguments against leftism and is therefore regarded as a threat to the liberal establishment. Sarah Corriher, another threat to the liberal establishment who is no doubt in leftists’ crosshairs, explains the situation:

Christiansen was denied a refund for a service that he paid for but was also denied. This is theft, as surely as when Google’s AdSense and Taboola abruptly cut off advertising on without paying what they owed. It’s okay to steal from canceled thought criminals. They are no longer people, once they have been unpersoned.

On a tip from Blackjack.

Feb 24 2021

FCC Commissioner on Congressional Move Against Conservative TV

It cannot be overstressed how appalling it is that two Democrats in Congress have sent menacing letters to cable and internet televisions services in a ham-fisted attempt to browbeat them into dropping politically noncompliant news channels. Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr sounds off on Newsmax, one of the platforms Democrats want abolished:

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Legal Insurrection.

Feb 24 2021

Congress Leans on Cable Providers to Censor Conservatives

It isn’t hyperbole; we really are under threat of losing our most basic liberties, prominently including freedom of speech. It should make every American’s hair stand on end that two Democrat members of Congress sent letters Monday attempting to intimidate cable and internet television services into dropping Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News Network for offering an alternative viewpoint.

The Blaze reports:

The letters from U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney, both of California, were addressed to AT&T, Verizon, Roku, Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Charter, Dish, Cox, Altice, Alphabet, and Hulu. The letters leveled numerous accusations against the aforementioned news networks, including that their coverage helped the “radicalization of seditious individuals who committed acts of insurrection on January 6” at the U.S. Capitol.

Not even the Buffalo Guy himself could pose half the threat to our constitutional system of government as Democrats as they consolidate power.

“Some purported news outlets have long been misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy theory hotbeds that produce content that leads to real harm,” the letters said. “Misinformation on TV has led to our current polluted information environment that radicalizes individuals to commit seditious acts and rejects public health best practices, among other issues in our public discourse.”

Don’t complain about voter fraud. Don’t disagree with whatever Dr Fauci’s latest position might be. Otherwise, you too may be accused of peddling “conspiracy theories” and “misinformation.”

Eshoo and McNerney demanded in their letters that cable providers explain “what moral or ethical principles (including those related to journalistic integrity, violence, medical information, and public health) do you apply in deciding which channels to carry or when to take adverse actions against a channel?”

The First Amendment prohibits Democrats from banning channels that deviate from their narrative. So first they try leaning on private companies to do it for them. Nice cable company you’ve got there. Shame if bureaucrats were to regulate it into bankruptcy.

The letters also asked the cable providers to detail what steps they’ve taken to “monitor, respond to, and reduce the spread of disinformation” from news networks they carry, as well as any punitive measures they’ve taken against such channels — and if they plan to carry networks like Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN once contracts expire.

Democrats conflate the words “disinformation” and “misinformation.” Both now having little meaning other than to refer to information they want suppressed.

The letters were penned ahead of a hearing set Wednesday — “Fanning the Flames: Disinformation and Extremism in the Media” — to be hosted by a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on which Eshoo and McNerney sit, CNBC reported.

If cable providers don’t take the hint, legislation will be required. As for the First Amendment, don’t forget Biden’s handlers may follow through on the implicit threat to pack the Supreme Court.

As always, the Democrat Party and the liberal establishment media are on the same page:

The Democrats’ letters mirror CNN’s assertion last month that cable providers should “face questions for lending their platforms to dishonest companies that profit off of disinformation and conspiracy theories” — and again the three named were Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN.

Naomi Wolf is not the only liberal with enough integrity to be alarmed at where this is heading. Gasps Glenn Greenwald,

Not even two months into their reign as the majority party that controls the White House and both houses of Congress, key Democrats have made clear that one of their top priorities is censorship of divergent voices. …

[T]he justifying script Democrats are using here is the one most commonly employed by autocrats around the world to silence their critics. Those they seek to silence are not merely expressing a different view, but are dangerous. They are not merely advocating alternative ideologies but are destabilizing society with lies, fake news, and speech that deliberately incites violence, subversion and domestic terrorism. …

This is the rationale invoked by virtually every repressive state to imprison journalists and ban media outlets. …

[C]orporate media outlets and Democrats (excuse the redundancy) who spent the last four years posturing as virulent defenders of press freedoms never meant it. Like so much of what they claimed to believe, it was fraudulent. The proof is that they are now mute, if not supportive, as Democrats use their status as majority party to launch an assault against press freedoms far more egregious than anything Trump got close to doing.

Unfortunately, few other liberals have objected to the federal government attempting to seize control over political discourse. They assume that the power will be wielded on behalf of their chosen ideology, so they don’t have a problem with it.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Feb 20 2021

BLM Moonbat Steals, Burns Library’s Books, Plays Race Card

It wouldn’t have taken a clairvoyant to predict that the Black Lives Matter mentality would lead to burning books — or to predict the reaction of a BLM activist who was fired from his job at a library for setting fire to its books. He played the race card, of course.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

Local activist and rapper Cameron “C-Grimey” Williams was fired from the Chattanooga Public Library on Wednesday after allegedly burning library books by conservative authors.

They didn’t fire him immediately, probably for fear that the whole library would get burned down, as might be expected to happen during what the liberal establishment media would call a “mostly peaceful protest.”

Williams, known for his role organizing protests last year against police brutality, was placed on paid administrative leave…

They worked up the nerve to fire him last week. This probably didn’t help his case:

In a video posted temporarily on Instagram, Williams appeared to burn copies of Coulter’s “How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)” and Trump’s “Crippled America” in an outdoor fire, spraying each with lighter fluid. “FDT,” a Trump protest song by YG and Nipsey Hussle, played in the background.

Williams is only ahead of his time. If the role of a museum curator is to discredit, desecrate, and destroy the culture formerly preserved by the museum, the role of a library employee will soon be to burn books.

Upon his firing, out came the race card. Snarled Williams:

“I really believe that this was political. It’s definitely a perpetuation of white supremacy. None of this would have never ever ever been a problem if someone who doesn’t believe in me speaking for equality for Black people wouldn’t have reported it.”

Let’s hope that person has not been publicly identified. This is no longer a safe country for people who perpetuate white supremacy by objecting to books being burned.

As for the firing being political, those in charge at the library are no doubt sympathetic to Williams’s leftist views. Western Journal reports that they hold “drag queen storytime” on a regular basis. But until utopia has been achieved, there are still some limits to antisocial behavior.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Feb 19 2021

Facebook to Amp Up Global Warming Thought Control

The election is over, but that does not mean Big Tech will scale down the thought control that it used so ham-fistedly to help Biden’s handlers into power. The next crisis to serve as a pretext to impose authoritarianism will be the global warming hoax. A statement released yesterday confirms that Facebook stands ready to do its part:

The statement reveals that the company has created a climate change “mythbusting section” and will be adding “informational labels” to some climate change-related posts made by users in the U.K., with plans to expand this policy to additional countries.

The USA is bound to be among them.

“We’re also starting to add informational labels to some posts on climate in the UK that direct people to the center, and we plan to expand to more countries soon,” the press release claims.

The idea is to discredit and suppress “misinformation” — i.e., facts and opinions that challenge the liberal establishment’s narrative.

Users of the enormous social media platform living in various countries are already directed to the Climate Science Information Center whenever they search for climate-related terms, and Facebook plans to direct even more users to the UN Environment Programme, according to plans expressed in the statement.

Because we can always trust UN globalists to tell us what it is in our best interests to believe.

Good thing YouTube hasn’t banned Tony Heller yet. Here he speaks truth to moonbattery regarding the conspicuous failure of green energy in Texas that has people freezing in the dark:

On tips from Lyle and KirklesWorth.

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