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Oct 30 2020

Facebook Cracks Down on Babylon Bee

In a sane world, this story about the Babylon Bee would have appeared in the Babylon Bee. Since it is actually on the level, Fox News covered it:

[T]he Bee ran a story with the headline, “Senator Hirono Demands ACB Be Weighed Against A Duck To See If She Is A Witch,” alluding to the intense grilling Barrett faced from Hawaii’s junior senator, who asked the judge if she had ever “sexually assaulted” anyone and scolded the nominee for using the term “sexual preference” to describe the LGBTQ community, which Barrett apologized for.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary was amended immediately afterward to confirm that ACB had committed a thought crime by uttering the previously PC term “sexual preference.”

According to the satirical piece, Hirono “then pulled a live duck out of a massive burlap sack next to her and announced: ‘In addition to being a Senator, I am also quite wise in the ways of science. Everyone knows witches burn because they are made of wood. I think I read that somewhere. Wood floats, and so do ducks– so logically, if Amy Coney Barrett weighs as much as this duck I found in the reflection pool outside, she is a witch and must be burned.'”

The satire stung, even if goofy. On behalf of the liberal establishment, Facebook cracked down on the Babylon Bee. The pretext was lame even by thought police standards.

Facebook pulled down the article and demonetized BB’s page. Gasps CEO Seth Dillon,

“They say this article ‘incites violence.’ It’s literally a regurgitated joke from a Monty Python movie!”

Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter maniacs call for actual violence:

Dillon then slammed the tech giant for allowing an inciteful quote from a Black Lives Matter leader, who called to “burn down this system”…

Big Tech censorship is a one-way street.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Oct 29 2020

Hate Speech Tyranny in Scotland and Scottsdale

Free speech is not faring well under encroaching leftism in moonbattery-addled Scotland. Mealtime conversations are now prosecutable under a ferociously repressive hate crime bill:

“Conversations over the dinner table that incite hatred must be prosecuted under Scotland’s hate crime law,” reports the Times.

You think your home is your castle, where you can express whatever opinion you please? Not in Scotland.

Such conversations were previously protected under the Public Order Act 1986, which includes a “dwelling defense” that shields conversations that take place in private homes from being prosecuted, however that would be removed under the new law.

You don’t have to hurt anybody to commit a hate crime. You don’t even have to hate anybody. Just say something that privileged people don’t want to hear, and you are liable to stand accused of stirring up hate:

The new bill would add an additional crime of “stirring up hate” against a protected group by “behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, or communicating threatening or abusive material to another person,” as well as the crime of possessing “inflammatory material.”

No doubt bookmarking this site on your computer would count as possessing inflammatory material.

Critics have argued that the vague term “stirring up hate” could be broadly interpreted and could lead to people like JK Rowling facing criminal charges and up to seven years in prison for expressing views about transgender issues.

That’s not a bug; it’s a feature. Rowling, though a leftie, has committed the unforgivable sin of refusing to pretend that men who say they are women really are women. Such notions are likely to spread if not criminally prosecuted.

Writers, comedians, journalists, theater directors, even bratty teenagers’ parents — all can be turned in to the authorities if they say something deemed offensive.

At least this could never happen in the Land of the Free, right? Wrong — it already has.

In the upscale Phoenix suburb Scottsdale, a fellow of Asian ancestry was not only fired but arrested by the police for saying a racist word. From NBC News:

The encounter happened Friday as Dre Abram and his roommate, both of whom are Black, were filming a podcast for Abram’s YouTube channel in the neighborhood of Old Town Scottsdale…

Local real estate agent Paul Ng, regarding their behavior as suspicious, asked them what they were up to. They responded that it was none of his business.

Rudeness often begets rudeness. Video recorded the situation as it deteriorated.

In the video, Ng says that they’ve had problems in the neighborhood recently. “I don’t care,” Abram says. “You don’t know me. Why are you taking pictures of me? And I don’t know you. Do you know a lot of white men are doing racist things in this world, sir?”

Ng replies, “No, I’m a racist. … This is a no (N-word) zone.”

Ng, 74, was arrested on disorderly conduct charges following the incident.

Ng though these belligerent victims of racist oppression might be casing the area for a robbery. A similar situation led to Trayvon Martin bashing “white Hispanic” community watch volunteer George Zimmerman’s head against a sidewalk until Zimmerman used a KelTec PF9 to make him stop, thus giving birth to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Ng regrets having used the objectionable word. But there can be no redemption for blasphemy under cancel culture.

Ng’s employer, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Real Estate Agency in Scottsdale, released a statement about the incident saying that he has since been fired.

“Upon learning of this video we took immediate action in severing his license, terminating his involvement with us effective immediately and condemning his disgusting behavior,” the statement read. …

“In addition, we are notifying the Arizona Department of Real Estate of Ng’s behavior with the recommendation that his license be revoked.”

Then maybe we should burn his house down and sow the ground with salt so that nothing can ever grow there again.

This level of vicious hysteria generated over a word bodes very ill for our First Amendment liberties.

Once we prosecute “hate speech,” totalitarians have essentially won. We have crossed the Rubicon from a free country into one that is not free when Big Government can punish us not only for what we do, but for what we think.

Why Paul Ng will never work again.

On tips from Kate P and Dragon’s Lair.

Oct 28 2020

Google Tightens Garrote on Breitbart Traffic

This gives an idea of how arrogantly ham-fisted the Big Tech ruling clique is about tilting the election in favor of their pawns. If you want information that does not favor Joe Biden — on the shocking Hunter laptop revelations, for example — you can only get it from the conservative media. Google isn’t going to help you find it:

In July, Breitbart News published data showing that Breitbart’s Google search visibility is down 99 percent compared to the same period in 2016.

RealClearPolitics later published data corroborating this, and showing that the same silent expulsion from Google search results has happened to a variety of other conservative news websites as well.

With the election approaching, left-wing information gatekeepers have become even less subtle:

It appears that Breitbart News links are being hidden on Google searches even when users search for the exact string of words in an original Breitbart headline. When links to Breitbart stories do appear, it is often below obscure websites that plagiarize Breitbart’s content.

Breitbart is not an obscure website, but one of the top five news publishers in the USA, according to the hardly right-wing Alexa.com (owned by Amazon).

What fossil fuels are to the economy, traffic is to the Internet. Google controls it:

Search ranking is critical for web traffic from Google. The search analytics industry has found that the top three search results on Google drive over 70 percent of clicks.

If you think Big Tech censorship is bad now, wait until Democrats consolidate control of Washington. Even bombshell stories like Biden’s influence peddling to the communist Chinese are likely to vanish without a trace.

On a tip from FrancesJohn.

Oct 22 2020

Twitter Roadblocks Kimberly Klacik

Esteemed countermoonbat Kimberly Klacik must be getting some traction, despite the unlikelihood of a Republican winning a seat in Congress from the ruins of Baltimore. She scares the Democrat apparatchiks at Twitter enough that they put up a roadblock to limit retweets linking to an article in the Wall Street Journal that makes it clear voters would be wise to elect her:

As became undeniable after the Hunter Biden laptop bombshell broke, Twitter aggressively suppresses speech that undermines Democrats’ pursuit of more power. Twitter is as much a publishing arm of the Democrat Party as the New York Times. The legal protections it wrongly enjoys as a supposedly neutral platform are an alarming reminder of how much leverage Big Tech has in Washington.

For now, at least we can still see Kim Klacik’s compelling advertisements on YouTube. Watch fast before they get banned:

On a tip from Frances J. Hat tip: NOQ Report.

Oct 21 2020

Why Twitter Censored the NY Post Article on Biden

Speaking on behalf of Twitter, AwakenWithJP explains why Big Tech used its vast power to suppress the bombshell story of Joe Biden’s influence peddling as revealed through emails on his bagman Hunter’s laptop:

It certainly is a relief to learn that the moonbats running Big Tech are not power-hungry oligarchs who will cross dangerous lines to interfere with elections, censor free speech, and step on the rights of citizens for their own gain — or worse yet, to impose their leftist ideology.

On tips from ScrewyPuppy and Lyle.

Oct 19 2020

San Francisco Free Speech Rally Violently Shut Down

The San Francisco Bay Area was the nexus of the free speech movement. But that was back in the 1960s, when free speech was seen as helping leftists in their quest to take over America. They have largely succeeded; the left-wing insurgents are now the establishment, and we are one election away from them consolidating what might amount to total power.

Revolutionaries serve no purpose when the revolution is over. That’s why they often end up in front of firing squads. Free speech serves no purpose either. That’s why free speech rallies in the Bay Area now end up like this:

A free speech rally was shut down in San Francisco on Saturday after counter-protesters became violent. The situation became so dangerous for conservatives that police needed to escort them to their cars for their own safety from an angry mob.

No wonder the liberal mob hates the police so much. Always spoiling the fun.

A “Free Speech Rally Against Twitter and Big Tech” was planned for Saturday at the Federal Building at U.N. Plaza, which is near Twitter’s headquarters.

The point was to protest Twitter’s politically motivated suppression of information related to the bombshell story of international corruption involving Joe Biden and his bagman Hunter.

Unlike many of the Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots that have destroyed countless businesses across the country, Team Save America had a permit for the rally. But this permission came from the City of San Francisco, not the radical mob that controls the streets on the Left Coast.

Before the 1 p.m. free speech rally kicked off, hundreds of counter-protesters assembled in the area, including a group of black-clad individuals wielding shields. Demonstrators were holding signs that read, “Smash Fascism” and “Nazi Trump F*** Off.”

These “demonstrators” were Antifa stormtroopers. The latter slogan references a song by a local band, “Nazi Punks F*** Off” by the Dead Kennedys.

The main organizer, Philip Anderson, was attacked and punched while he was walking to the stage to deliver his speech. The counter-protesters threw bottles at Anderson while he was on stage. Anderson announced the rally was canceled.

“Too bad it got canceled, that’s what happens when you lose free speech, this is what our country has turned into,” Anderson told the crowd.

It is only a preview of what our country will turn into if Democrats are rewarded for this behavior by winning the election.

Anderson shared a photo that shows his bloody mouth with his front tooth knocked out and another hanging loosely with the caption: “Antifa attacked me for no reason.”

On the contrary, the reason was that Anderson represents resistance. Leftists do not tolerate opposition. Those who reject their demented ideology are “fascists” who must be destroyed — ironically through classic fascist tactics.

Anderson also posted a video from a hospital bed. “I have a question for you, Joe Biden. You said that Antifa is just an idea. This is what they did to me,” Anderson said with a front tooth missing. “I’m at the hospital right now … because of Antifa. Do you still think, after seeing this, that they’re just an idea?”

Too bad there is zero chance of Biden coming within earshot of a reporter who would ask that same question — not that he wouldn’t just sneer at the question anyway.

Six people were injured by the mostly peaceful brownshirts. As usual, no arrests were made, and the mainstream media will have little if anything to say about the incident.

Philip Anderson is black. Imagine the fireworks if Trump supporters knocked the teeth out of a black guy for trying to say something they didn’t want people to hear. There would be no other story in the news from now until election day. But dog bites man stories don’t attract much interest, especially since they don’t support the Narrative.

On a tip from Rapinhoe.

Oct 17 2020

French Teacher Beheaded

As other stories come and go, Europeans continue to be murdered by Muslim colonists. Yesterday teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded by one Aboulakh A in a northwest suburb of Paris.

Via Daily Mail:

He had ‘invited Muslim students out of the classroom’ before showing a caricature of the Prophet published by Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine targeted by terrorists five years ago, in a lesson about free speech.

They got a lesson on free speech, all right. It is as threatened in Islamized France as on social media.

Ironically, Muslims called Paty a “thug” for showing the cartoon.

Aboulakh A, a Chechen and not a French citizen, shouted “Allahu Akbar” while murdering Paty, no doubt leaving the media puzzled as to his motives.

Paty wasn’t the only casualty. French civilization is one step closer to the grave. It has traded its heritage and principles for multicultural moonbattery, and is in the process of dying from this self-betrayal.

Emmanuel Macron gets it — to a limited extent:

“It was no coincidence that the terrorist killed a teacher because he wanted to kill the Republic and its values. The Enlightenment, (is) the possibility to make our children, wherever they come from, whatever they believe in, whether they believe or not, whatever their religion, to turn them into free citizens.”

The problem is, Islamists don’t want to be free citizens — and they don’t want the French to be free citizens either. Which side wins is a matter of demographics and resolve. Tragically, the smart money is on Islam.

Thousands of battle-hardened Chechen refugees, including many devout Muslims, entered France in the early 2000s following two bloody wars against Russia. Around 30,000 Chechens in total escaped to France, many of them resettling in the suburbs of major cities such as Paris.

Other Chechen refugees ended up in the USA, as we know from the Boston Marathon bombing. The benefit of importing places like Chechnya and Somalia into the West has never been explained.

On tips from Dragon’s Lair and ou812.

Oct 16 2020

Thought Purge at YouTube

It isn’t just Twitter and Facebook that have dropped any pretense of being neutral platforms. Google and its subsidiary YouTube are also devoted to purging the Internet of dissident thought. Jordan Bourne lists channels that were terminated yesterday morning:

• Destroying the Illusion

• Redpill78

• Joe M

• IPOT

• X22 Report

• Edge of Wonder

• SGT Report

• Spaceshot76

• Woke Societies

• Amazing Polly

• Truth and Art TV

• Patriots Soapbox

• Dustin Nemos

Big Tech has launched a blitzkrieg attack on freedom of speech.

Try to access Destroying the Illusion and you get this boilerplate:

This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy prohibiting content designed to harass, bully or threaten.

That is, the account has been abolished for unspecified thought crimes. Google doesn’t like their attitude, so they have been canceled.

The Founding Fathers assumed that the primary threat to our fundamental rights would be Big Government. That has changed for the moment — or maybe it would be more accurate to say the nature of government has changed.

No one voted for the intolerant left-wing ideologues who control Big Tech. But they control communications. Through this control, they will continue to consolidate control of the government. Washington may soon have the same relationship to Silicon Valley that YouTube has to Google.

Biden had to choose a Woman of Color to be de facto president, for reasons of Cultural Marxism. But it didn’t have to be someone as charmless and frightening as Kamala Harris. She was chosen because she represents Big Tech.

On a tip from Steve B.

Oct 15 2020

Amazon Cancels Shelby Steele, Suppresses Michael Brown Truth

As the recent Biden bombshell makes obvious, Big Tech has gone full Soviet Union to choke off information that undermines Democrat power or the liberal narrative. The other day, Jason Riley asked, “Will Amazon suppress the true Michael Brown story?”

[A new] film, titled “What Killed Michael Brown?,” is written and narrated by the noted race scholar Shelby Steele and directed by his son, Eli Steele.

As the film documents, the politically correct narrative regarding Michael Brown turns reality on its head.

“It was almost absolute,” Mr. Steele said. “The language—he was ‘executed,’ he was ‘assassinated,’ ‘hands up, don’t shoot’—it was a stunning example of poetic truth, of the lies that a society can entertain in pursuit of power.” Despite ample forensic evidence, the grand-jury reports and the multiple Justice Department investigations clearing the police officer of any wrongdoing, “there are blacks today, right now in Ferguson, as I point out in the film, who still truly believe that Michael Brown was killed out of racial animus,” he said. “In a microcosm, that’s where race relations are today. The truth has no chance. It’s smothered by the politics of victimization.”

It was from this lie that the violent Black Lives Matter movement was born.

Steele offers constructive hope as an alternative to pernicious moonbattery.

One of the film’s strong suits is showcasing the words and deeds of everyday community leaders in places like Ferguson, St. Louis and Chicago. These people are far more focused on black self-development than on badgering whites or blaming society for problems in poor black communities.

The emphasis is on personal responsibility, which is anathema to liberals.

Jason Riley, Shelby Steele, and Eli Steele are all black. But they are the wrong kind of black. To paraphrase Joe Biden, if you don’t let leftists exploit you, you ain’t the right kind of black.

Riley raised the tragic possibility that Amazon, which was scheduled to stream the movie, would deep-six it instead.

Sure enough:

In an email, Amazon informed the Steeles that their film is “not eligible for publishing” because it “doesn’t meet Prime Video’s content quality expectations.” Amazon went on to say it “will not be accepting resubmission of this title and this decision may not be appealed.”

Those familiar with some of the crap Amazon Prime excretes as original content will be surprised to learn that it has quality standards.

On their website—whatkilledmichaelbrown.com—the Steeles offer other options for people looking to watch their documentary.

I’ll watch it for myself and see whether this has anything to do with “content quality.” Given Shelby Steele’s impressive background in documentary work (he won an Emmy for Seven Days in Bensonhurst), I will be surprised if the film isn’t excellent.

Considering how suffocatingly repressive Big Tech censorship of countermoonbattery is now, imagine what it will be like when Silicon Valley gets its girl Kamala Harris into the White House. Big Tech and Big Government will merge, re-creating the Information Age repression seen in communist China.

On a tip from Varla.

Oct 08 2020

California Takes Down Trump Sign

It probably takes the socialist bureaucrats running California several months to put up a stop sign. But when a giant TRUMP sign appeared along Interstate 405, resembling the iconic HOLLYWOOD sign, they flew into action, tearing it down within a few hours of it being erected in the Sepulveda Pass Monday night.

[A] Caltrans spokesperson said it needed to be removed, arguing that it “was a life and safety issue because there were concerns about distracted driving.”

They required a pretext, the land being private. You didn’t think California’s liberal rulers would allow such a sign to stand, did you?

If someone puts up a flashing neon Black Lives Matter sign accompanied by a giant rotating hammer and sickle, that won’t distract drivers. It will be granted protected monument status and maintained indefinitely at taxpayer expense.

The moonbat who reported the sign to the Stasi complained that it could start a fire because like everything else in that part of the country that isn’t surrounded by pavement, it is near dry brush. Not even California authorities would go along with that pretext. They left the sign, but laid it down so that no one can see it from the road.

On a tip from Adam.

Oct 05 2020

Which Students Favor Using Violence to Suppress Free Speech

Once, college students were overwhelmingly in favor of free speech. This view was encouraged by their professors. But now that the establishment is comprised of leftists, free speech no longer advances their interests, so it is frowned upon.

Free speech is now better known on college campuses as “hate speech.” According to a large survey by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Real Clear Education, and College Pulse, many students not only support suppressing it; in keeping with the spirit of the Age of Black Lives Matter, they support using violence to do so.

The Blaze reports:

The poll found that 18% of college students approve using violence in certain situations to stifle campus speech. That number rises to 21% at Ivy League schools, and drops to 15% at colleges in the Southeastern Conference.

A correlation emerged between wokeness and a willingness to use violence to suppress free speech.

“Liberal students expressed a higher acceptance of violence,” FIRE explained. “Students identifying as extremely liberal said violence to stop a speech or event from occurring on campus was ‘always’ or ‘sometimes’ acceptable at a rate double than students identifying as extremely conservative: 13% to 6%.”

Demographics that favor Democrats also favor using violence to shut down disfavored opinions.

“One quarter of atheist students and black students expressed some level of acceptance for violence, as did 27% of LGBT students,” the poll revealed.

What kind of speech would violence be used to suppress? Speech liberals don’t like. That’s the sort of speech that is regarded as controversial in the erstwhile free marketplace of ideas.

While 55% of liberal students self-censor, 72% of conservative students feel the need to self-censor.

Regarding who should be allowed to a college to speak, better a socialist than the President of the USA:

The FIRE poll found that an overwhelming 87% of students would welcome former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to speak, but only 69% would allow President Donald Trump to speak on campus.

Liberals denounce the people they want to silence as being “close-minded.” Meanwhile, 71% of strong Republicans supported Biden coming to speak at their school, but only a minority of strong Democrats would permit Trump to speak.

One of the great things about America that conservatives would like to conserve is the open exchange of ideas that used to characterize higher education. As with many other key American values, it may be too late for conservation. What we need is restoration.

Sep 28 2020

Teacher Bullies Student Over Trump Flag in Zoom Class

Working and learning remotely as a result of COVID-19 continues to facilitate the extension of tyranny into the home. Just having a Trump flag on his bedroom wall can get a student bullied by his teacher.

From Colusa, California:

[A 16-year-old’s mother] says her son’s high school chemistry teacher did not approve of the political statement and asked him in the middle of class to get rid of it.

“You can sit up, remove the flag, or reposition your camera within the next 15 seconds or I’m kicking you out of class,” the teacher said during their virtual class.

Instead of taking the flag down, the kid waved goodbye and exited Zoom.

School and employer codes of conduct now apply to private homes, since there is no such thing as a private home during a Zoom call. That’s why smoking in your own house or having a toy Zombie Hunter gun or a BB gun can get you in trouble. So can failing to wear a mask — even if you are alone.

However,

The Colusa County Code of Conduct includes a dress code that bans clothes with alcohol or drug symbols, sexual messages, profanity, or clothing that degrades any race, but nowhere in the 38-page document does it mention politics, elections, or campaigning.

This is why the rules defining what is and is not a cancelable offense against political correctness are kept so vague. The vaguer the rules, the easier they are to apply on an arbitrary basis.

On tips from Mr. Freemarket and Steve B.

Sep 17 2020

Newt Gingrich Mentions George Soros on FNC, Things Get Weird

A recently posted video on the fortunes George Soros has been spending to impose his destructive agenda on America requires an update. It wasn’t known at the time that Soros has apparently purchased Fox News.

Newt Gingrich, in what may be his last Fox News appearance, made a good point yesterday regarding the incessant Black Lives Matter riots that are resulting in $billions in insurance claims. Via Raw Story:

“Look, the number one problem in almost all these cities is George Soros-elected, left-wing, anti-police, pro-criminal district attorneys who refuse to keep people locked up,” Gingrich opined. “Progressive district attorney are anti-police, pro-criminal and overwhelmingly elected with George Soros’ money and they are a major cause of the violence we’re seeing because they keep putting the violent criminals back on the streets.”

Suddenly, everything got weird.

“I’m not sure we need to bring George Soros into this,” co-host Melissa Francis cautioned.

Former Obama apparatchik Marie Harf smugly chirped her agreement.

After several seconds of awkward silence, co-host Harris Faulkner decided to go to commercial.

Be forewarned that those who remember what America was like when we could speak our minds without fear may find this video disturbing:

On tips from Varla, KirklesWorth, and Dragon’s Lair.

Sep 07 2020

Censored on Google’s YouTube

At first, I didn’t understand why Google killed its ads on Moonbattery and stole the money it owed me for running them. An unspecified violation of their community guidelines did not seem like much of an explanation. But it is all clear to me now, thanks to this video by AwakenWithJP:

On a tip from Lyle.

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