Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekly Report - 3/24/2017

Below are a collection of interesting links and stories I've found on social media this week.

Fighting the Tide

Yemen: Trump Strikes Al-Qaeda More in One Month Than Obama Did in Any Year - During the Obama presidency, military officials watched as Al Qaeda began to strengthen their hold in Yemen, creating an Islamic state. There was also a growth in extremist factions "determined to attack America and other Western nations." Because these groups were Sunni, they were largely ignored by America's Saudi allies in their efforts to defeat the Shiite Houthis of Yemen. In March alone, more than thirty strikes have been carried out against the group. This was contrasted to the Obama presidency, where, according to officials, "stuff moved like molasses through the National Security Council," and many times things simply didn't get done.

Let’s Blame Christianity For Everything, And Islam For Nothing - An article at The Federalist which points out the hypocrisy among journalists in denouncing criticism of Islam, but permitting it elsewhere. For example, whenever a Muslim terrorist attack occurs, people are quick to bring up something bad that Christians did hundreds of years ago, like the Crusades or the Inquisition; however, as the author states, "it would be hard to imagine a liberal reminding readers about 9/11 after a Christian extremist bombed an abortion clinic." Even haters of Christianity, like Bill Maher or Sam Harris, receive criticism when they point out that the only religion reigning with violence in this day and age is Islam.

Andrew Sullivan: Liberals Like Maddow Need to Stop Sounding ‘So F*cking Condescending’ - On Bill Maher's HBO show, Maher (a self-professed fan of Rachel Maddow, mind you) criticized her for the infamous tax returns stunt, which, he says, only served to help Trump. Andrew Sullivan, Maher's guest, criticized Maddow's snarky attitude during the episode (in fact, any episode, really), saying: "Liberals have to be careful not to sound so f---ing condescending and smug... and start actually engaging the other side and persuading people." Wow. People on the right have been telling people on the left to start doing that for... oh I dunno... the past few decades? (Fun fact: Maddow's little stunt was so bad that even the extremely left-wing Salon thought she done goofed.)

A Watergate-style Threat to the Democratic Process - A good article that explains the whole debate around Trump's claims he was wiretapped by the Obama government. It discusses, for example, how a January 20, 2017 article in the New York Times was headlined "Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides," and spoke of how "wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House." Gee, where did Trump ever get the idea he was being wiretapped...?

Here's the truth about Meals on Wheels in Trump's budget - When Trump's budget came out, a lot of hoopla was made over the claim that he was defunding Meals on Wheels. Only one little problem: Meals on Wheels won't be directly affected, because they don't receive any federal funding, let alone are they a federal program. Rather, a program that works with Meals on Wheels will be eliminated: the "community development block grants," which is "a $3 billion program" that serves "to give states and cities more flexibility in how they combat poverty." However, Meals on Wheels doesn't receive all that money, and the amount it receives to begin with varies. As usual, people forget there's a reason the "fake news" meme caught on so quickly.

Fake News: Left-Wing Politico Disses Trump, Calls Merkel Leader of the Free World - An article that calls out the silliness of left-wing media outlet Politico for calling Angela Merkel the true "leader of the free world." According to Politico, Merkel's letting in a million refugees, many of whom raped or sexually assaulted her women and began destroying her culture, has "established her moral credentials." I'm thinking Politico's writers have been living under a rock for the past year.

4CHAN Message Board Is Using Border Webcams To Help Report Illegals - 4Chan: doing the jobs that Americans won't. (Say, I wonder if CNN's Brooke Baldwin knows who they are yet?)

SHOCK POLL: Almost HALF of Canadians are against illegal immigration AND Justin Trudeau - As it turns out, Canada isn't nearly as fully progressive as their media (and ours) would like us to think - at least as far as immigration is concerned. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, 41% of Canadians think high numbers of illegal immigrants would make Canada less safe, with 48% supporting an increase of "the deportation of people living in Canada illegally." Only 36% of Canadians said that the country should just readily accept them.

Foreign Affairs

Dem Rep Moulton Warns of Possible Nuclear War With Russia - Seth Moulton, a Democratic Congressman from Maryland, claimed on CNN that Russia violated the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty. Criticizing Trump's policy with Russia, Moulton said there was a possibility that Russia could now use their nuclear weapons against America as a preventative measure. Making reference to the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction from the Cold War, Moulton went on to say: "But what Russia now says is that they will quote, 'escalate to deescalate.' They are willing to use nuclear weapons to deescalate a conventional attack." Well, jeepers, here's a crazy idea, Mr. Moulton: don't give them something to deescalate! It's astounding how the hawks in the Democratic Party have become as bad as the hawks in the GOP when it comes to Russia; they think it's still the 1970's, and Russia has some global agenda akin to Communism.

Immigration Woes

New details emerge in alleged school rape of teen by illegal immigrants - Last Thursday, at Rockville High School in Maryland, a 14-year old girl was raped by two other students, one of whom is in the country illegally. I'm not going to share a description of what they did, but it was absolutely sick and revolting. Other details are equally sick and revolting, including the fact that the boys are 17 and 18, and yet both are enrolled as freshmen (reportedly because of their poor English skills). A director at the Center for Immigration Studies said: "Montgomery, like others that have absorbed a large number of the Central American youths, has experienced a noticeable uptick in violence that has been attributed to gangs like MS-13, and this has been especially acute in the high schools [...] this is one of the worst case scenarios that was bound to happen, and it’s not an isolated case." Indeed, just last year, two other illegal immigrants in Montgomery County were arrested for kidnapping and raping a 12-year old girl. (source) Teachers at the high school have complained about the rise in crime and the lack of discipline, especially from minority students. (source) A former ICE special agent lamented: "There are pockets of aliens who move to sanctuary cities because they know they will be treated differently there. [...] Most sanctuary cities limit the way in which local law enforcement can cooperate with ICE, or order them not to cooperate at all. So in a case like this, local law enforcement might not be able to assist ICE, adding insult to injury." (source) In fact, Montgomery County is on a "a list released this week by [ICE] of 'Jurisdictions that have enacted policies which limit cooperation with ICE.'" This is in complete contradiction to the statement from Roger Berliner, Montgomery County Council President, that they "have been, and will continue to fully cooperate with federal officials." (source) Despite all this, the Maryland House of Delegates, just four days after the rape, passed a resolution to join California in being a "sanctuary state"; also the superintendent of the school district has shown he's more worried about our opinion of illegal immigrants rather than their potential victims (source), and the letter sent out by the school district shows a greater concern over potential racism than potential rapes. (source) If that doesn't make you mad enough, the lawyer for the illegal immigrants has blamed the victim, saying this "appears to have been a consensual encounter." (source) Naturally, this has angered a lot of people, not only in Montgomery County but across the country. Most telling was the reaction of leftists on Twitter: some said the rape was just being used to hate on illegalssome said the girl probably wanted it; some pulled the tu quoque fallacy of "white people rape women too!" (I guess we should permit more potential rapists to enter our country, then); some basically said any media coverage of an illegal's crimes was anti-immigrant prejudice; others pulled the "you just hate all immigrants" argument (fun fact: the victim herself was the daughter of legal immigrants); some actually argued that killing is worse, hence why liberals care less about rape. In short, leftists are unable to respond to any crime involving a minority without crying out "RACIST!" or "BUT WHITE PEOPLE!" They're also unable to comprehend that what people are angry about is not that this crime was committed by an immigrant, but this was committed by an illegal immigrant who would have not even been there if our policies had been better in the first place.

Six out of 10 People in France ‘Don’t Feel Safe Anywhere’ - According to an IFOP-FIDUCIAL poll, 59% of the French population do not feel safe within their own country, with 24% saying they "strongly agree" with that statement. Why is this? 93% believe "the threat of more terror attacks is high," while 71% feel "the security situation" has gotten worse "over the last five years." On top of this, 88% think the country should "deport foreigners sentenced to prison for serious offences," and 55% want to leave the EU's "open borders Schengen zone." This comes out just as there's a shooting at a French airport, and a father and son have their throats slit by a recently radicalized man who shouted "Allahu akbar!" in the process. Oh yes, and let's not forget about the elderly priest who was murdered, the tragedy at Nice, the grocery store standoff, the murder of Charlie Hebdo, and the terrorist attacks in Paris. Just a reminder, the state of emergency declared in France is still ongoing, and is currently scheduled to continue until July 15, 2017. Is it any wonder, then, that the British Foreign Office issued a warning for British citizens traveling into France? Oh, and in case you weren't aware, the coordinator for the attacks in Paris and Brussels is still on the loose.

Sadiq Khan: London mayor says terror attacks 'part and parcel' of living in a major city - The Muslim mayor of London has come out and said, in response to the terrorist attack against Westminster, that "he believes the threat of terror attacks are 'part and parcel of living in a big city.'" He said that being a big city meant "being vigilant, having a police force that is in touch with communities, it means the security services being ready, but it also means exchanging ideas and best practice." He's right, you know. After all, how many terrorist attacks do we see happening in Cleveland or San Francisco? Remember how Helsinki had a huge terrorist attack nearly every day? Actually, whenever there's a large number of terrorist attacks going on, it seems like there's one group always doing it. For a while, London had the IRAA, now they have... Muslims. Who are becoming the largest group in London. Maybe the problem isn't "big city life" at all.

Three children not enough, have five: Erdoğan to Turks in EU - Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, president of Turkey, said at a rally: "I am calling out to my citizens, by brothers and sisters in Europe. Have not just three but five children. [...] The place in which you are living and working is now your homeland and new motherland. Stake a claim to it. Open more businesses, enroll your children in better schools, make your family live in better neighborhoods, drive the best cars, live in the most beautiful houses. That’s because you are the future of Europe. It will be the best answer to the vulgarism, antagonism, and injustice made against you." Erdoğan has also threatened to send in 15,000 refugees a month if Europe doesn't play nicer.

Migrant Party Wins Seats for First Time in Europe at Dutch Elections - A Dutch political party designed to serve pro-Turkish needs has, for the first time, won seats in the parliament. Known as Denk, it won three seats in the last election, the first for such a party in Europe. Part of it's platform is to form a "Racism Register," which is a list of "Dutch citizens who do not show sufficient respect to immigrants." (source) Its leaders refused to criticize the arrest of Turkish journalist Ebru Umar, who criticized the Erdoğan and was arrested for it, with Denk replying, "What's wrong with it if you say that everyone should abide by the law?" (source) Similar parties, many of them Turkish and with strong loyalties to Erdoğan, exist in other parts of Europe.

Migrant Crisis: Barely a Quarter of Asylum Seekers Are Syrian - This has been stated before, but it's worth repeating again. Of all the asylum claimants heading into the EU, as well as Norway and Switzerland, only 28% are from Syria. The article suggests this might even be lower, given the common practice among so-called refugees to use fake Syrian passports.

Teacher quits after primary school students threaten to behead her - At a Sydney public school, "at least three staff members have taken stress leave, received counselling and been paid compensation" due to "bullying from Islamic students." One teacher "received death threats to her family from her year 5 and 6 students, with some saying they would behead her" - needless to say, she quit her job. In fairness, the article adds that the high school, which the boys are probably at now, runs "deradicalization" programs, and the Education Department even removed a principal who refused to run the program.

How pandering PC Labour councillors helped create the UK's jihadi breeding ground - Article on the Labour-controlled district of Sparkbrook, which has bred more Islamic extremists from the United Kingdom than even larger areas ("26 of the country's 269 known jihadis," according to the article). Though the area is hailed one of the "symbols of thriving multiculturalism" (70% Muslim), it has also been accused of "turning a blind eye to extremism," in part out of "fear of being accused of racism." Similar claims were made about Rotterham and other areas where Muslim or Middle Eastern immigrants were committing greater amounts of crime. (And let's not forget the neighbors of the San Bernardino terrorists noticed suspicious activity, but held their tongue out of worry they would be considered racists.)

1,500 acid attacks have been recorded in London since 2011 - Acid attacks against individuals are on the rise in the London area. In 2016 alone, there were "431 such acid attacks – a rise of 170 cases from the year prior." Throughout the United Kingdom, "the crime rate for such attacks has risen by 50% since 2005." Amazingly enough, about 71% of these acid attacks are on men, and are gang-related. What's more, they are looked at culturally as "more acceptable" and not a "big deal."

Study: Third of France’s Young Muslims Hold Fundamentalist Religious Views - A study of 7,000 students in France, between the ages of 14 and 16, has yielded some interesting results among the Muslim groups. 32% of Muslim students "adhere to religious fundamentalism," compared to 6% of Christians. 25% of Muslim students say they "consider certain violent and deviant behaviors legitimate (stealing a scooter, confronting the police, and taking violent action for ideological reasons)," and 33% of Muslim students say they "defended such actions." Of this umbrella group of those supporting and legitimizing violent behavior, 44% say "it's acceptable 'in some cases in today's society...to take up arms and fight for his religion,'" while 70% "do not condemn the perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher Islamist terror attacks." In addition to all this, 64% of Muslim students and those "with an African background" oppose the idea that "homosexuality is an acceptable lifestyle." And just think, some want to bring in more people who might potentially have this kind of thinking!

The New Hallmarks Of Domestic Islamic Terrorism - An article that discusses how "the number of domestic Islamic terrorist plots and attacks in the U.S. fell by nearly 50 percent between 2015 and 2016," but there was "a higher percentage" of terrorists who "actively plotted their own attacks rather than offering material support for other attackers." Likewise, ISIS and other terrorist groups are starting online propaganda to give inspiration for "would-be terrorists in the U.S. to carry out the attacks here rather than waiting to travel abroad and join the fight in countries such as Syria and Iraq." In other words, with the war on the ground losing, Islamic groups are telling supporters "to stay in their home countries and execute attacks there." On top of this, they are "using more unconventional weapons like knives, vehicles, and pressure-cooker bombs," and are "focusing less on symbolic targets like government buildings and more on public spaces like malls and nightclubs." The ADL, which ran the study with this information, reminds the reader that most Muslims "reject extreme interpretations of Islam," and "any attempt to blame all Muslims for the actions of a few should be rejected categorically." Well sure, we shouldn't blame all Muslims for something a few might do, but given precedence with polls on terrorist attacks and the like (see previous links), it's clear that we have conflicting worldviews within our population.

PC Insanity

VIDEO: Police Scrambled to Bradford as Quran in Skip Sparks Hysteria and Violent Threats - Word got out that Qurans had been put into the garbage at a local book store that was closing down. This triggered the Muslim populace, who gathered at the store and began "harassing and bullying" the 80-year old owner. Online comments about the store also turned violent, with one person saying that the store owners "need their heads kicking in." A local Muslim journalist said this was a "deliberate attempt to unrest [the] Muslim community." As it turns out, the new owners of the store are Muslims, and it was a third-party team that had been instructed to clear out the inventory - it was they, not the former nor new owners, that had placed the Qurans into the garbage. The board of directors for the new owners made it clear that they are "very conscious that the Holy Quran needs to be treated with the utmost respect." Yes, let's not upset the Muslims - they're such a peaceful people that seeing the Quran in a dumpster will cause them to make threats and form a lynch mob.

Google to Target Criticism of Islam in New Censorship Purge - Google will begin to direct "teams of employees" to flag any content deemed "upsetting" or "offensive," which will then be "buried" to "improve the quality of its search results." As the original article states, Google already does this to websites that might have pornographic content, but now "upsetting-offensive" is part of the guidelines. This will include websites that question the Holocaust, "white supremacist websites," etc. The article at Search Engine Land, cited in the original link, mentions that one of the main guidelines is: "content that promotes hate or violence against a group of people based on criteria including (but not limited to) race or ethnicity, religion, gender, nationality or citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status." One of the examples provided was a website that discusses Islam, and how it teaches intolerance towards non-Muslims and homosexuals. So, while the InfoWars article is a bit misleading in that it makes it seem like "criticism of Islam" is the sole target of Google's wrath, it is certainly part of it.

Trust Not the Southern Poverty Law Center - Short article on how the SPLC basically attacks and labels anyone going against the politically correct norm a "white nationalist." For example, it labeled Charles Murray, co-author of The Bell Curve, a white nationalist, right-wing nut... even though he married an Asian woman and supports same-sex marriage. What's more, the media tends to uncritically repeat or believe anything that the SPLC says or does about anyone. Another article worth reading on the SPLC is one over at RealClearPolitics. The article discusses how "the FBI to drop the SPLC as a resource for hate crime cases" in 2012 after their mislabeling of the Family Research Council as a "hate group" inspired a gunman to enter the their headquarters' lobby with the intent to murder "as many Christians as he could." On top of this are the many charges against the SPLC of "alarmist fundraising scams, shoddy collection of information, and longstanding practice of character assassination."

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Season Includes a Same-Sex ‘Oklahoma!' - The 2018 Oregon Shakespeare Festival will include a production of the musical "Oklahoma!" with "same-sex couples in leading roles." Bill Rauch, the festival's artistic director, admitted that "he had been obsessed with introducing cross-gendered casting into 'Oklahoma!' for decades." ('Cuz hey, who hasn't?) The festival has also been pushing to make sure "the bulk of theater actors came from minorities, the result of a push toward greater diversity onstage." And you thought making all the Founding Fathers minorities in Hamilton was bad enough.

Muslim Woman Called "Nazi Scum" for Not Supporting Sharia Law - A Muslim woman from Pakistan was out protesting the M-103 law, which is supposed to combat Islamaphobia but is said by critics to single out one faith and give it special privileges. The law, as it stands, is currently very unpopular among Canadians (only three-in-ten would vote for it). So here was a Muslim woman out opposing it, since she saw within it Sharia Law, and yet leftists protesters called her "Nazi scum" and a "white supremacist." Yes, according to leftists, a Muslim Pakistani woman is a Nazi and white supremacist. Proof (as if you needed any) of how empty and vacuous the "Nazi" and "racist" charges really are. As tired as the "everything I don't like is Hitler" meme may be getting, it's absolutely, positively true.

SJW Madness

School orders boy to "tolerate" undressing with girl and make it "natural" - A teenage boy in the Boyertown area school district was changing in the locker room one day when he realized... whoa, hey, there's a girl in here changing too! In nothing but her bra and shorts! He and some other boys told the assistant principal, who said "students who mentally identify themselves with the opposite sex could choose the locker room and bathroom to use, and physical sex did not matter." The boy was also told "to 'tolerate' it and to make it as 'natural' as he possibly can." When the boy's parents complained to school leadership, the assistant principal said their boy "could use the nurse’s office to change – if he had a problem changing in front of girls." The superintendent said if the boy "was uncomfortable changing with those of the opposite sex, or with using the nurse’s office, then he could just withdraw from school and be home schooled." The article adds that parents were not told "of the school district’s decision to let students of one sex use the locker rooms and bathrooms of students of the opposite sex." You know, homeschooling may not be a bad idea...

The University of Arizona is training students and faculty to say ‘Ouch!’ when they are offended - No, you didn't read that title wrong. (Though my gosh, Blaze, could it be any longer?) The University of Arizona has "written guidelines for faculty" to tell their students to say "Ouch" when they're triggered in the classroom, and the offending party has to respond with "Oops." It also says that faculty must be "vigilant" in regards to "microaggressions." The ironic thing is that, while the goal of this was to promote "diversity and inclusiveness," it also says it's trying to "maximize free speech in the classroom." (Hard to do that when certain elements of "free speech" might give you an "ouch.") It's also suggested that when addressing "students of color," faculty members should "recognize their academic success, their presence on campus, and their contributions to the UA community." Given most sane black people I've known hated it when people rubbed their blackness in their face (even in a positive light), I can see that one backfiring real quick.

Bates faculty create guidelines for 'inclusive' classrooms - Bates College released guidelines for "creating an inclusive classroom environment." How does one go about this? Well, for starters, stop calling that woman you're married to your "wife" - call her a "partner" instead, so you're more gender neutral. You can also show "Gender and Sexual Minority" (GSM) students your support for their lifestyle by including "GSM literature in your office." (As an Italian-American, I know I was always triggered when I walked into a professor's office and didn't see a single copy of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.) You can also make certain to use preferred pronouns, but not put transgender students on the spot, by "passing out a survey to all students requesting pronouns along with other personal information."

Sweden is the best country in the world for women — here's why - Sweden has been named "the best country in the world for women" by "BAV Consulting and UPenn's Wharton School of Business." Why? A few reasons: with income tax they "target individuals regardless of gender"; Sweden has the "most generous parental leave policy in the world"; and Sweden charges heavy fines on companies with noticeable "pay differences between men and women." The article does make mention at the end that "in 2015, an influx of Syrian and Afghani migrants entered the country," and that these immigrants "grew up learning different values about gender roles." They're working on it, the article says, but "there is still a ways to go." That's quite an understatement given a few stark realities, such as how at public events "women have been groped" by non-Swedes, "public swimming pools" have become "venues for gangs of young immigrant men to harass women," and "the number of Swedish women who say they have been the victims of sexual assault of some kind 'in the past year' has been rising," along with "the number of women who say they have changed their habits in some way (avoiding certain areas after dark and so forth)." (source) Incidents of rape by immigrants are becoming more and more commonplace, and include the infamous moment recently where a Swedish woman was raped live on Facebook by two Afghan men. (source) Given all this, one might wonder why I've chosen to put this in the SJW Madness section rather than Immigration Woes. The reason is because the article cited here is an example of SJW/Feminist compartmentalization: a nation is a feminist paradise if all the right policies are in place, even if, at the bottom level, the society is falling apart, and women are experiencing crimes on a daily basis. One is reminded of the feminist German mayor who, after the story of rapes by migrants broke out, instructed women to keep men "at arm's length."

Female traffic light signals a step-forward for equality - Yes, you read that headline right. No, that's not something from The Onion or Babylon Bee - this is from a legitimate news source. Melbourne, Australia now has crossing lights which have female, instead of the more traditional male, symbols. One of the leaders in the feminist movement for this stated: "There was unconscious bias built into our brains because we are accustomed to seeing a male figure. [...] If we see more female figures on traffic lights that might also have a positive impact on changing the way we view the world." I don't know what's more shocking: that feminists actually thought this was worth pushing, or that the city of Melbourne actually went and did it. Feminists and SJWs often wonder why people get so hostile towards them; little stunts like this are the reason. They want to literally invade every fabric of our lives, to the point that even crossing lights are under gender-equality scrutiny. I'm reminded of a Sargon of Akkad quote that "modern-day feminism has become synonymous with first world problems" - this is but one example of that.

SXSW SJWs Want to Ban "Racist" St. Patrick's Day - An InfoWars reporter posing as a feminist goes on the streets of Austin's hipster neighborhood, asking them to ban Saint Patrick's Day, a "white nationalist holiday" that "discriminates the ethnic minorities of America." The responses are pretty revealing. "I'm down on bringing down the white people," says one guy. "Are you going to be out here Columbus Day?" another guy asks. The most hilarious part is when a black woman asks "Didn't Saint Patrick commit mass genocide against blacks? Is that true?" to which the InfoWars reporter replies, "Yes. People compared him to Hitler." Another woman laments how she was told that Saint Patrick was "some guy who was against Muslims or something like that." (Fun fact: Islam wasn't even around during Saint Patrick's lifetime.)

Transgender weightlifter wins women’s competition, sparking debate on fairness - In an Australian weightlifting competition, a man who identifies as a woman "dominated" the competition, exceeding the competition's lifted weight by 45 pounds. One disappointed competitor said, "She is seen as female and that’s the way it is." Funny how it seems, no matter what you "identify" as, science and biology always wins out.

Student assaults basketball player for wearing hair braids - Back in January, Carmen Figueroa, a black student from Hampshire College, went to a game and "ordered members of the Central Maine Community College basketball team to remove braids from their hair, citing cultural appropriation." Apparently, some of the white players had braided hairstyles more common among black girls, and Figueroa didn't like that. When the team members naturally refused (like any sane person would), Figueroa "along with another student," started to "fight with the visiting team, pulling their hair and bringing them to the ground." Figueroa even "stepped on and kicked one of the girls on the ground." Coaches pulled the precious snowflake away, who still "yelled racial slurs at the visiting team." Figueroa was later charged with "disorderly conduct, assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon" - all this, mind you, over a hairstyle. When they call themselves Social Justice Warriors, this is the sort of "war" they want to fight.

Trans Woman Allegedly Molests Teen, Offers Her McDonald’s To Stay Quiet - A "57-year-old man who transitioned to a woman" saw a girl walking home from school, and offered her a ride. The girl accepted, probably because she thought the guy was a bona fide woman, and women aren't known for kidnapping and molesting younger girls. As soon as the girl was in, the man began to molest her, despite pleas from the girl to stop. When things didn't go the perv's way, he then gave an "offer to go to McDonald's," which was "a bribe to keep her silent." Worst yet, the man visited the girl's home afterward and sexually assaulted her. The girl tried to push him off, but he was "too strong and it only stopped when they heard a noise." The girl later commented on her attacker and his ability to overpower her: "She’s quite powerful because she used to be a man, she’s still got all that." Well, this is just who we want getting closer to our young women, isn't it?

War on Children

Tech Companies Like Foursquare, EventBrite, MeetUp, and Reddit Defend Funding Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz - Seventy tech companies come out in support of Planned Parenthood. Surprise surprise - the SJW hive known as Tumblr is on the top of the list.

Let Women Abort Babies for Being the Wrong Sex, Says Top Medical Ethicist - Professor Wendy Savage, a member of the "ethics committee of the British Medical Association," came out saying women should be permitted to get an abortion "at any stage of pregnancy for whatever reason." She also responded to a growing problem that "an increasing number of women are seeking abortions simply because they do not want girls, leading to some hospitals refusing to tell parents the sex of their babies"; Professor Savage said: "If a woman does not want to have a foetus who is one sex or the other, forcing her [to go through with the pregnancy] is not going to be good for the eventual child, and it’s not going to be good for [the mother’s] mental health." Yes, because we all know those horror stories of women who suffered great mental scarring because they wanted a boy and ended up with a girl, right? I do find it funny that when China was performing their "one child policy" and advocating aborting girl babies, people were up in arms; but here, in the "enlightened" west, it's okay.

Cecile Richards Admits 97% of Americans Don’t Need Planned Parenthood - Planned Parenthood likes to go on and on about how there would be lots of doom 'n gloom if they ever got defunded, or simply ceased to exist. Recently, Cecile Richards, the head honcho at Planned Parenthood, went on Twitter and claimed: "Fact: In these 105 counties, Planned Parenthood is the only full service birth control clinic." Sounds like a pretty big number, right? Only one problem: there are actually "3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States" - 105 is only 3% of all counties. In other words, Ms. Richards just inadvertently admitted that 97% of America doesn't need Planned Parenthood. DERP! This, of course, leads us into the larger question of why we're giving "half a billion taxpayer dollars" to this organization.

Miscellaneous

Military Investigation Into Nude Photo Scandal Has Reportedly Expanded to Gay Porn Sites - The Department of Defense began investigating cases where nude photos of servicewomen - many of them taken or shared without the woman's consent - were being sent around the internet. ("Let women join the military, they said. What could possibly happen, they said.") As it turns out, it led into a larger case of homosexual pornography, with servicemen seen in compromising videos. ("Overturn don't-ask-don't-tell, they said. What could possibly happen, they said.") Obama's military legacy, ladies and gentlemen.

Dem Sen Murphy: ‘Clinton Shouldn’t Have Lost to Donald Trump, Period,’ Russians Aren’t ‘Sympathizers’ of the GOP - On an interview on CNN, Senator Chris Murphy was talking about the possibility of Russians interfering with the election results. When asked on whether or not the Democrats were just making excuses for why they lost the election, Murphy responded: "Hillary Clinton shouldn’t have lost to Donald Trump, period, stop. This isn’t about trying to explain the results of this election. This is about whether or not a foreign government gets away with trying to influence a presidential election." So in other words, it is about making excuses for why they lost the election, because, hey, Hillary Clinton should have won. You can't argue with it. Nope, you can't suggest she ran a bad campaign, backstabbed other Democrats, or how the Democrats continually show a disconnect between themselves and a large number of American voters...nope, it has to be the Russians. I'm sorry, this just reveals the cognitive dissonance within the Democratic leadership.

Donna Brazile Admits She Leaked CNN Town Hall Topics to Clinton Campaign - When Wikileaks released emails during the election, one of the things to come to light was that Donna Brazile, former CNN employee, gave Hillary Clinton the CNN town hall topics ahead of time. She denied it all at the time, and said regarding how the network treated her afterwards: "I wish CNN had given me some other things, like the ability to defend myself rather than ripping me a new one." She also blamed the Russians, saying they were "sowing division" among the Democrats, and trying to make it look like she was "in the tank for Secretary Clinton." Now it turns out... OOPS! She did send Hillary those questions! She herself admits: "...among the many things I did in my role as a Democratic operative and D.N.C. Vice Chair prior to assuming the interim D.N.C. Chair position was to share potential town hall topics with the Clinton campaign." So Hillary Clinton really was running a corrupt campaign, and it wasn't the Russians trying to "sow division" at all? Whodathunkit?

Twitter Highlights

  • Facebook and Snopes don't like people suggesting there were other forms of slavery besides southern plantations - sort of like how you're not allowed to think there were other forms of genocide besides the Holocaust. Click!
  • I don't think this statement went the way Amy Schumer hoped it would. Click!
  • I don't think this statement went the way Neil deGrasse Tyson hoped it would, either. Click!
  • Feminist Lily Moscowitz has a lot on her mind. None of it productive or helpful, mind you, but... Click!
  • The Social Justice Warrior's keyboard. Click!
  • The situation in Syria summed up in one picture. Click!
  • So basically a "male supremacist" is a... normal, functioning member of society? Click!
  • Someone (perhaps unwittingly) presents the best argument against democracy I've heard yet. Click!
  • "[The USA], being founded in a presumptuous confidence in man, was doomed to fall, or undergo sad changes & transformations," from A.T. Bledsoe. Click!
  • When you attempt to insult a guy giving a baby announcement, and it fails miserably. Click!
  • Burning cars! The new Swedish national past time! Click!
  • Rundown of European countries and how many of their populace want Muslim immigration to end. Poland is at 71%. Click!
  • European Union terror-related arrests in 2015. France ranks highest at 424. Multiculturalism, yay! Click!
  • CNN Journalism: "This information ties the hacking to Putin... um... except it doesn't." Click!
  • "Atheist prayers." Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached peak virtue signaling. Click!

And Super Mutant of the Week goes to... Bob Chipman!

Bob Chipman versus Alice Teller - On an old normie account of mine, I followed a lot of people on YouTube, especially people involved with GamerGate. This led me to encounter Bob Chipman, better known under his pseudonym of "MovieBob." If you're not familiar with Mr. Chipman, he's in essence an Anita Sarkeesian disciple popular among the pseudo-intellectual circles of SJWism. He's most infamous for not only giving biased presentations of GamerGate, but also being completely erroneous with his facts and fallacious in his thinking, all whilst being incredibly condescending in his tone. He also wrote a book entitled Super Mario Bros. 3: Brick by Brick, where he analyzes the philosophical nature of the third Mario game, and compares the emotional impact of its reveal to 9/11. (It's funny because you think I'm making this up.) Needless to say, he's stepped on a lot of people's toes, and there are dozens of videos on YouTube refuting him; see, for example, this video herethis video here, as well as this video here by Sargon of Akkad himself. So, I was quite surprised when I signed onto Twitter and discovered that he had interacted with long-time Twitter friend Alice Teller. Basically, he had attacked Trump supporters, tweeting: "Trumpers didn't become rotten people because their areas are a wasteland - it's a wasteland because they're rotten people." In other words, if you support Trump, not only are you a "rotten person," but any and all problems in America are because of you. (I'm guessing it's conservatives' fault Detroit is such a pigsty?) Alice quote-tweeted him and answered back"A wasteland that feeds the world as opposed to places like Hollywood that poison the world. Leftism is a mental illness." Other Trump supporters saw the tweet, and joined in. Mr. Chipman blew a gasket because his sleep was being interrupted by tweet notifications from his phone - never mind why anyone would set their phone to ding when someone tweeted to them, especially if you're trying to sleep. (Besides, most phones have a "do not disturb" or "airplane" mode - problem solved!) Seeing Alice's tweet, he responded simply with"This hasn't been accurate for decades." (Dat's deep, yo.) Alice replied back"Hollywood doesn't poison the world anymore? Sure fooled me." And that was the end of their conversation. MovieBob also went after a critic named TradWifeCurious, giving her not only a complete non-response but also an ad hominem. In case you want to see the original tweet Mr. Chipman made that started all this, you won't be able to because he bawl-leeted it. (However, it was thankfully preserved by Annie Who, A.K.A. EarlyGirlSC - thanks Annie!) True to Bob Chipman form, the minute people started calling him out on his condescension and misrepresentation, he chickened out and initiated damage control, while at the same time playing the victim. Since SJWism can only exist within an echo chamber, he had to act by deleting his original tweet to "get some peace." As one Twitter user said"If you want peace maybe don't say things you must be aware are going to antagonize people and make them voice their objections. [...] If you want to be controversial don't whine when you get pushback." Sounds like common sense, especially for someone like Bob Chipman who making straw men and insulting depictions of the other side on social media - what exactly was he expecting by Trump supporters "rotten people"? Unfortunately, Bob Chipman is of the Andrew Dobson school of male SJWism, where one posts antagonizing things on the internet, then acts like they're victims when people get antagonized. (Actually, what am I saying? ALL of SJWism is like that!)

And Ghoul of the Week goes to... Tomi Lahren!

Tomi Lahren Blends In With The Fools On The View, Declares She Is Pro-Choice - Tomi Lahren, a conservative personality at The Blaze, went on The View and said she was pro-choice. Her reasoning: "I am a constitutional, y’know, someone that loves the Constitution. I’m someone that’s for limited government. So I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies. I can sit here and say that, as a Republican and I can say, you know what, I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well." As might be expected, every rational person on the right thought this was a terrible response; to say that limited government means you can't dictate abortion laws is like saying limited government means you can't dictate murder laws - because, oh yeah, that's right, abortion is murder! (YouTube commentator Julie Borowski actually gave a decent response to Tomi Lahren's remarks and why being pro-life is not inconsistent with small government.) Facing mounting criticism, Ms. Lahren went on Twitter and tried to defend herself, tweeting: "Listen, I am not glorifying abortion. I don't personally advocate for it. I just don't think it's the government's place to dictate." (source) This only received more mockery. Some pointed out that it seems awfully strange that she's suddenly pro-choice, given that three months ago she was criticizing Lena Dunham for being pro-choice, saying that feminists use language to avoid sounding like "straight-up baby killers." (source) Even more hilarious is that Gavin McInnes defended Lahren on Twitter, saying: "Tomi is a huge asset to our side. I don't like that she's pro-choice but I'm not going to be a baby about it. Grow up, conservatives." (source) Remember, this is the same Gavin McInnes who thinks the alt-right are all a bunch of Nazis and hates them for it; in other words, he hates people who (supposedly) support an ideology that killed millions of people, but doesn't think we should "be a baby" about someone who supports... an ideology that has killed hundreds of millions of people. Either way, Tomi Lahren is now leaving The Blaze in September, largely because her "angry style has placed her increasingly at odds with coworkers," which has "worsened after she called pro-life conservatives hypocrites." (source) Can we just be honest? The girl is blonde, she's attractive, and she can spout hate at liberals... those are the only reasons she's popular among conservative circles. I'm not saying being blonde or attractive (or both) bars you from political commentary, but she's also very young (24-years old at the time of this writing) and this incident has made it clear that she still has a lot of growing up and maturing to do. She should be a lesson in making someone a right-wing celebrity way too soon.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Epileptic Eichenwald Saga

Last year, journalist Kurt Eichenwald, shortly after a disastrous appearance on the Tucker Carlson program, received a response from a Twitter troll named Ari Goldstein, who sent him a flashing GIF that read: "You deserve a seizure for your posts." A response from Kurt's Twitter account followed, which read: "This is his wife, you caused a seizure. I have your information and have called the police to report an assault." (source) Most people just laughed this off as a silly stunt. After all, if your husband was having a seizure, why would you waste time calling the police and writing on Twitter? Wouldn't you rather call 911, or give your husband all the attention a person suffering epilepsy needs then and there? (And yes, according to her, that's exactly what she did as her husband sat there convulsing: get on the computer and tweet to somebody.) There was also some debate as to whether or not they even called the police, given there was no record that any such call was made. The whole scenario became a big LOLz, and developed into a meme.

[UPDATE: Now there's a question on whether or not Eichenwald could have even had a seizure. According to his neurologist, Eichenwald not only no longer has seizures due to the medication he's on, but he has partial onset temporal lobe epilepsy, rather than photosensitive epilepsy (which is what gives you seizures from flashing lights, and which is pretty rare - only about 3% of people with epilipsy).]

Cut to three months later, and news breaks that the FBI actually investigated this and arrested the troll. (source) The troll's real name was John Rayne Rivello, and he was arrested for "federal criminal complaint charging him with cyberstalking," as per the Justice Department's official statement.

How Rivello's name was obtained is a matter of debate and uncertainty. Some people are claiming that Rivello actually wrote Eichenwald an apology letter and donated to an epileptic charity, and it was from this that Eichenwald obtained the real name. Again, how true this is, I don't know. What is certain is that Eichenwald was originally seeking Goldstein's real name from Twitter, but withdrew his request when he obtained the real name through an unspecified method.

Now granted, the Justice Department apparently investigated Rivello's Twitter DMs, and found that he wrote: "I hope this sends him into a seizure [...] let’s see if he dies [...] I know he has epilepsy." If this is true, then it shows sincere malicious intent rather than simple trolling LOLz, and that's wrong. I'm not going to defend Eichenwald's character, but you shouldn't be intentionally trying to harm someone, or take advantage of a known medical condition (and Eichenwald has been open about his seizures before). Furthermore, if you do that with full knowledge of someone's condition and say something like "let's see if he dies," that can get pretty serious, legally speaking. That's basically bordering on intent to murder, which you can be charged for. I've had some arguments on Twitter over whether or not this is justifiable, given Eichenwald's past (see below). However, if we're going to be shrugging it off as "The guy was just trolling," we shouldn't at the same time turn around and say "If he was trying to get him killed, or hoped he would die, that's okay." It's either one or the other. It's like trying to argue "I was just cleaning my rifle" and at the same time saying "Let's see if I hit that guy with my rifle when it goes off." We shouldn't mock leftists for their irrational thinking, and then permit it on our end.

Murderous intent or not, what's shocking people more is that, with everything that has gone on within this country in the past few years, the FBI and Justice Department chose to hone in on an internet troll. Consider, for example, that Hillary Clinton is still walking around freely. This is especially disconcerting given the charge lodged against Mr. Rivello was not attempted murder, but "cyberstalking." Even more worrisome is what sort of precedent this might set; Eichenwald's lawyer said, regarding the troll: "What Mr. Rivello did with his Twitter message was no different from someone sending a bomb in the mail or sending an envelope filled with anthrax spores." In other words, trolling someone online may be considered on the same level as sending someone a bomb. I know there are some jerks on the internet, and they will be judged for it, either in this life or the next, however to compare trolling with sending a bomb is just going to a legal extreme.

Eichenwald has already tweeted that forty others attempted to send him epilepsy-inducing strobe gifs, and that he's passed their info on to the FBI as well. (source) This isn't the first time Eichenwald has used the law and his position to get what he wants; Eichenwald used his position at Newsweek and a lawsuit to bully his mother into giving him more of an inheritance (source). He threatened a woman with doxing and harassment for criticizing him (source). Oh yeah, and on top of all this, he paid $3,100 for child pornography in the name of "research" (source), then later claimed he "forgot" about it (source).

Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekly Report - 3/17/2017

Below are a collection of interesting links and stories I've found on social media this week.

Fighting the Tide

’Disaster’ poll shows Democrats less popular than Trump, GOP or media - The mainstream media harped on a report that said Trump's favorability rating was at 45%. What they failed to include in their coverage was that, according to the same numbers, the mainstream media had a 37% rating, the Democratic Party a 36% rating, and Hillary Clinton a 35%. (Congress had a 26%, continuing the legislative branch's trend in losing the faith of the people.)

LastWeekTonight S4 Ep5 Debunked - A good article that showcases all the errors and falsehoods in just one episode of John "It's the current year" Oliver's overrated HBO show. It also highlights just how brainwashed his audience is, as displayed during one instance where they were laughing at a non-humorous moment before he had even made the joke. Even more astounding is how Oliver takes Putin's words that we should "surround the women we love with care and attention, so that they can smile more often," and then misconstrues them into, "If there are two things women love it’s being told to smile more and being surrounded." Why anyone watches this show, or even thinks it's funny, is beyond me.

2016 Election Study Published - An article reporting on a study of the 2016 election. One of the more interesting aspects of the study was that Hillary focused far too much on "personal" substance, over and against "policy" substance. In other words, "muh vagina" and "Love Trumps Hate LOL" weren't enough to win more people over. In fact, Hillary's campaign was "devoid of policy discussions in a way not seen in the previous four presidential contests" (approximately two-thirds of her campaign substance). Also important is that Hillary did not carry her message strongly enough in the states where the vote came to matter (eg., the Midwest states), choosing not even to run ads there until a week before polls opened, whereas Trump had been running ads and openly promoting his message several weeks in advance. The funny thing is that this was the same criticism lodged against her when she failed to take the Democratic nomination from Obama in 2008 (ie., she didn't have a coherent campaign message, too much of it was about her or her opponent, etc.); one wonders whether her inability to learn is personal style, poor staff, or just plain hubris.

Foreign Affairs

U.S.-Armed 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels Join Al-Qaeda's 'Bin Laden Front' in New Coalition - Just a little reminder on how failed Obama's policy in Syria really, truly was.

5 biggest Turkey-EU scandals before Dutch diplomatic row - In case you needed an explanation of how the Turkey-Netherlands debacle happened.

Bill Clinton warns that nationalism is ‘taking us to the edge of our destruction’ - According to the former president: "People who claim to want the nation-state are actually trying to have a pan-national movement to institutionalize separatism and division within borders all over the world. It’s like we’re all having an identity crisis at once..." People accepting who they are nationally is an identity crisis? Meanwhile, men wanting to be women isn't one. I think I can see why the Democrats are appearing more and more disassociated from the population at large.

Immigration Woes

Second Explosion Rocks Sweden in 24 Hours, Suspected Bomb - A homemade bomb goes off in Sweden; the second in just a day. One witness said they "thought it was another country that has come to attack." This is just part of a growing trend - to quote the article: "The number of grenade attacks and car fires in the relatively small nation has shot up in recent years – allegedly because of warring migrant gangs – and the number of fatal shootings has doubled in nine years." Wait... you mean to tell me if you bring various groups of people who hate each other into one country, they don't just all magically get along? Astounding!

Germany pushes for greater video surveillance with newly-adopted regulation - German parliament passes an amendment "making it easier to ramp up video surveillance in public places." The reason for this? As the article states, it was due to "a spike in terrorist attacks last year." Next time someone wants to ask what the real cost of open borders is, point to Germany.

Tear Gas Attack on Hamburg Metro Affects 50 - As the article points out, this is the third of three public attacks in just twenty-four hours. Something bad is going on in Germany right now, even if the larger news sites choose to ignore it.

2 detained in investigation into Essen shopping mall attack threat - Just a little enforcement of the previous entry's statement. Oh, and surprise surprise, ISIS is behind this one.

Angela Merkel let in migrants ‘only to avoid televised border clashes’ - Article shared on VDARE discussing a recently published book which "claims the German leader was warned by aides that 40,000 migrants were moving from the Balkans through Austria towards Bavaria and could enter her country within a single weekend."  According to the book, German police were poised to prevent the migrants, but were turned away at the last minute. Why? "For historical reasons," Merkel feared using police forces to block the migrants, with the possibility of the media showing "armed German police confronting civilians."

It's pedophilia put into practice - Norway has been reportedly permitting many child marriages from Muslim immigrants coming into the nation. The gist is, the girls were married when they were under 16-years of age, but now that they're 16 and over, they're allowed in. From the article: "From late 2014 until today, the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) have had 50 family reunification cases in which the girls were under 16 when the marriage took place. In 11 of the cases, Norwegian authorities (UDI) have recognized the marriage as valid. Many of the cases are still pending..." What's upsetting people is that this basically turns a blind eye to the fact these child marriages are happening, but hey, as they said in The Man Who Would Be King: "Different cultures, different customs." Cultural enrichment, right?

PC Insanity

Test meant to screen teachers instead weeded out minorities - A New York literacy test for potential teachers is getting scrapped. Why? Because "an outsized percentage of black and Hispanic candidates were failing." Of those who passed the test on the first go, 64% were white, 46% were Hispanic, and 41% were black. Instead of doing the sensible thing and thinking "Maybe we should better educate Hispanics and blacks," or encouraging such within Hispanic and black communities, New York is just scrapping the test altogether. In essence, we're lowering standards for teachers, all in the name of muh diversity.

Air Force Troops Warned Not to Use Words Such as ‘Boy’ and ‘Girl’–Might Be Deemed Offensive - An email sent to airmen at a base in San Antonio gave a list of words and phrases which "may be construed as offensive." This list included such words as "boy" and "girl," as well as phrases like "you people" and "blondes have more fun." Yes, that's right - our military men and women are expected to face harsh conditions and possibly death itself... but oh no! Don't trigger them with words! God forbid someone say "you people" to them! The entire formation might fall apart!

Facebook, Other Social Media to Be Banned in Pakistan Over Blasphemy - Facebook, Twitter, and other social media groups bend over backwards to make sure Muslims don't get triggered. So guess what's going on right now? A Muslim country is thinking of banning their services over blasphemous material. Ah, you just can't make everyone happy, can you?

WATCH: Students Support Religious Freedom for Muslims, Not Christians - Students at a university were interviewed regarding religious freedom. For example, what if a Muslim singer was asked to perform at a church? Most students agreed that you had every right to turn that down, since it went against your beliefs. Then when asked about Christian photographers solicited for a same-sex wedding... yeah, nobody was consistent.

SJW Madness

Gay Pride flag removed from high school at transgender student’s request - An article that reveals the inner tension between the LGB and T in the wider LGBT movement. As the author writes: "Transgender is an anti-gay, anti-lesbian, homophobic and sexist movement. Their aims are to roll back the visibility and pride of homosexuals and undo the scant gains made for women in the female equality movement."

SLATE: “The Disturbing Truth That Makes ‘Get Out’ Depressingly Plausible” - A roundup of articles that says the thriller film Get Out is entirely plausible. An article from Fusion magazine states that the film "is a horrifying warning about what happens when you trust white people."

Undercover conservatives find the #DayWithoutaWoman gathering was more about anti-capitalism - Steven Crowder and a cohost pose as transgender women at a Day Without a Woman gathering, and discover that, like most left-leaning protests, it's more about socialism and communism than it is about the rights and equality of anyone.

Women Kicked Out of Women's Shelter to Make Room for a Transgender Man - In the progressive paradise that is Canada, two women were kicked out of a shelter to make room for a man who identifies as a woman. Even the women sympathetic to transgender were hesitant about this; one said: "He wants to become a woman, I mean that is his choice but when a man comes into a women’s shelter who still has a penis and genitals, he has more rights than we do." If you want to know why this should be a bigger deal than it is, keep in mind that some of the women "have had bad experiences with men," and in their efforts to flee from men they "now we have a man living there."

Women’s Day Protest Groups Conflict over Race in Santa Cruz - Remember when Black Lives Matter hijacked a gay pride parade? (Of course you do.) Something similar happened at Women's Day protest, when a black rights group began to argue about who was really more oppressed.

Actress Ashley Judd ‘very sad’ and ‘scared’ after confrontation with Trump fan - An old man took a picture of Ashley Judd and said, "We like Trump." And that's it. No really, that's it. And this encounter made her feel "very sad" and "scared." I certainly know I'd be terrified of old men armed with cell phone cameras and dissenting opinions.

Activist Shaun King resorts to bullying after students ask tough questions during campus talk - The article is from October 4, 2016, but it records an incident where Shaun King of Black Lives Matter fame spoke at Columbia University. When pressed with tough questions from two students, he shut the first one down, refused to answer the second one's questions, then mocked them both.

Miscellaneous

Film Claims Michael Brown Did Not Rob Ferguson Market but Traded Marijuana for Goods - Controversy broke out when there was a claim that a video showed Michael Brown NOT robbing the Ferguson Market store shortly before getting shot. As it turned out, the video showed him... trading goods for drugs. Man, that really changed the narrative around the shooting, didn't it? (By the way, CNN doesn't think dealing drugs makes you a drug dealer.)

ACLU Attorney: Dismemberment Abortion Not ‘Inhumane’ - Rachelle Yeung, attorney for the ACLU of Maryland, was speaking against a state bill which would ban dismemberment abortions done during the second trimester (which occurs between 13 to 28 weeks into the pregnancy). These kinds of abortions involve literally tearing apart the baby's body inside the uterus and pulling the dismembered parts out of the mother. Keep in mind that it's during the second trimester that a mother can feel the baby move, and the gender can be discovered via ultrasound (source). Also keep in mind that with modern medicine, a baby born between 23 and 25 weeks is able to survive outside the womb, albeit with a greater chance of lifelong disabilities (source). So, given it's quite far along in the pregnancy, what did Rachelle Yeung say when asked about the process of dismembering a child so advanced in its growth? When specifically asked by House Delegate Sid Saab if she thought the procedure was inhumane, Rachelle Yeung replied, and I quote: "No." Saab gave her another chance, repeating the question, but Ms. Yeung readily repeated the negative. In other words, the ACLU believes that tearing apart a child that is far enough along to be able to survive outside the womb is perfectly humane. Oh yes, and the ACLU thinks banning dismemberment abortions would be "unconstitutional" - because the Founding Fathers wrote the constitution with the idea that mothers should be allowed to tear apart their own children, right?

Cecile Richards: It’s “Obscene and Insulting” to Suggest We Stop Killing Babies in Abortions - An article that details how Planned Parenthood was given plenty of offers from the White House to avoid getting defunded, including more federal earmarks. All they had to do was remove abortion from their services. Guess what they refused to do? Oh, and a good list of the expose videos is listed here as well. (You know, those "heavily edited" videos that leftists have yet to prove were heavily edited.)

Planned Parenthood Runs Campaign With Cancer Survivors to Save Funding, But Abortion is Linked to Breast Cancer - Planned Parenthood likes to try to be buddy-buddy with the breast cancer movement. An irony, given many studies show a connection between abortions and an increased risk for breast cancer. And yes, many many studies have discovered this; I'm not talking about one of those random "here's an isolated report that will get touted as divine truth on the 5PM news" studies. In fact, "73 published abortion-breast cancer studies" have discovered a connection between abortions and breast cancer, on top of "fifty-six of 71 epidemiologic studies." This isn't even covering the fact that Planned Parenthood has seen a significant decrease in breast exams and cancer screenings, while abortion numbers (surprise, surprise) remain steady. (Oh, and they don't provide mammograms, something Cecile Richards herself openly lied about.) In other words, Planned Parenthood partnering with breast cancer survivors makes as much sense as big tobacco partnering up with lung cancer survivors.

Access to Care: A Mission for Community Health Centers - A little article on the women's health care centers around America, which actually outnumber Planned Parenthood centers 20-to-1. The argument touted by pro-choice beasts that defunding Planned Parenthood would remove all service to women is just a lot of hot air.

Twitter Highlights

  • Someone summarizes the state of the left in one image, and it's revolting. Click!
  • Oops, did Obama end up not being so transparent? Click!
  • Turns out my man Bill Marchant is the most powerful man in the world. Click!
  • "We weren't part of the alt-right. We said we were, but we used to not be, too." Click!
  • What has feminism done in the past 10 years? One feminist was quick to respond... Click!
  • TFW a YouTube reviewer owns you on the subject of interfaith conflict. Click!
  • What makes a Muslim a "Muslim" and not an "Indian athlete"? To the BBC, it's whether or not you're a victim, of course. Click!
  • Shad Moss (aka "Bow Wow"), in response to Donald Trump getting angry at his uncle Snoop Dogg (understandably so, given the latter shot an effigy of the former in a music video), openly threatened to "pimp" Melania Trump and "make her work for us." He's since deleted the tweet, but as they say, the internet is forever. Click!

And Super Mutant of the Week goes to... Joy Ann Reid!

MSNBC’s Reid: ‘Bread and Circuses’ For Trump’s Base ‘Includes the Persecution of’ Muslims and Immigrants - Joy Ann Reid said: "[T]he bread and circuses for his base includes the persecution of people they fear, the persecution of Muslims is part of the bread and circuses, the persecution of the immigrants, throwing out DREAMers from the country, people that it’s easy for his base to hate and to fear. That is part of the show he gives them instead of giving them substantive things like, I don’t know, health care." By doing this, she shows she has zero clue what "bread and circuses" means. The term "bread and circuses" comes from the Roman Empire, and was the idea that, so long as you gave the people something to eat (bread) and something to be entertained by (circuses), they didn't care what else your government did to them. Supposedly persecuting people is not "bread and circuses" - rather, it's the sort of thing "bread and circuses" is supposed to distract you from. This, on top of Joy Ann Reid's statement that Russia is still communist, leads one to wonder why anyone at MSNBC thinks she's still worth taking seriously.

And Ghoul of the Week goes to... Rachel Maddow!

Rachel Maddow Just Trolled Us All For Ratings - After having a big build up to the reveal of the infamous, long sought after Trump tax returns (so sought after that Clinton ally David Brock offered $5-million for anyone who could provide them), Rachel Maddow showed us all, live on her MSNBC show, that... uh... er... Trump did indeed pay taxes. In fact, he paid more taxes (in percentage) than Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney. (See here.) People are already calling Maddow the new Geraldo Rivera, referencing the infamous descent into Al Capone's vault. Some journalists tried to play damage control by saying "Look! Trump's not really a billionaire!" (This also backfired on them.) Others (like Joe Scarborough) have tried to play damage control by saying "But those are only his 2005 tax returns!" (Because that's totally what Maddow would have focused on if this had gone more in her favor, right?) Still others have tried to backpedal (and backpedal hard) by reminding us all that the real threat is not Trump's tax returns, but those dastardly Russians. (Also, for what it's worth, Stephen Colbert actually did a pretty funny satire of it.)

Monday, March 13, 2017

What people forget about Hitler

Author's Note: This post was uploaded on an older blog of mine on Sunday, December 13, 2015. People liked it, and it got more hits than any other post I wrote. Obviously with the election come and gone, it's no longer relevant, but I upload it here for archival purposes.

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Recently it's become a trend to compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. Leftists, for as much as they smugly accuse conservatives of using Godwin's Law, are only too quick to use it themselves, and are doing so now. This is accompanied by the overuse of the word "fascist" - a word which for most Americans means nothing else but something bad that they don't like. (Few Americans are able to intelligently explain why National Socialism and Fascism are not immediately interchangeable.)

It's all stupidity, of course; one would have to jump major hurdles to try to say that Donald Trump is exactly like Adolf Hitler, or vice versa; similarities between the two would be superficial at best. That being said, one thing you can't help notice whenever there's cries of "history is repeating itself" is that you're only told half a story when it comes to the Weimar Republic. You always hear warnings about another Hitler arising, but you never hear people talk about why a Hitler arose in the first place.

Permit me to explain:

According the narrative given by most people, Germany was this little democratic nation trying to get by, like any other nation. Then they went through a nasty economic time, during which there arose an evil man by the name of Adolf Hitler. Within a few years, he took over the country with all his evil Nazi henchmen. He proceeded to remove the rights of Germans, killed off millions of Jews who were otherwise minding their own business, and invaded his neighbors who were likewise just minding their own business. This is the extent that most people think about in regards to the rise of Hitler.

Those who have studied the period between the world wars know the story is slightly more complicated than this.

While most people are aware of the economic conditions in Germany at this time, due largely to the harsh Treaty of Versailles and the Great Depression, it goes well beyond that. In the 1920's, because of conditions in the treaty, German industry barely functioned, which further aggravated the situation regarding reparations. The French and Belgians, believing that Germany's inability to fulfill their obligations was more a swipe at them than a sincere difficulty, militarily invaded the industrial Ruhr valley and used German industry and German workers for their benefit. This action shocked Germans, and caused right-wing parties to grow in popularity.

Add to this the political turmoil that was going on in the period shortly after the war. The German Revolution left the nation temporarily in chaos: Soviet Republics popped up in various locations, most noticeably Bavaria in 1919, with communists attempting to establish rule. Because of the violence brought about by socialist groups, fascist (and later national socialist) groups began to fight back. Though eventually all parties turned to more political, rather than revolutionary, aims, the bad blood of that conflict with communist and socialist groups remained.

One thing often missed in the subject of Weimar Germany is an important reason Hitler was so enabled to come to supreme power through the German political system: the actions of his predecessors. Yes, Hitler became a true dictator of Germany, but he was preceded by the chancellorship of Heinrich Brüning, Franz von Papen, and Kurt von Schleicher; these three men ruled with some authoritarian manner which turned them into virtual dictators. Long before Hitler, these men were already overstepping their bounds: they attempted to undo the efficiency of opposition parties, and utilized secondary powers and actions to maintain their reign. When Hitler obtained the position of chancellor, there was already much power invested within the title.

There is also, of course, the elephant in the room: the antisemitism which became public policy in Germany during this time. Most seem to think that hatred of the Jews - or at the very least, antipathy by many Germans against the plight of Jews - came out of a vacuum. People speak as if the Nazis all woke up one day and said, "I'm bored. Let's hate the Jews, because we need an outlet." The truth was, at that time, many of the most controversial or disliked sectors of society likewise involved members of the German Jewish population. Pornographers and club owners were mostly Jews. Communist parties were largely run by Jews. Jewish professors and scholars pushed progressive policies, especially in regards to sexual deviancy (see below). While it would be intellectually, and morally, dishonest to say that every single Jew in Germany was involved in these movements, Jews were, by and large, openly active in them. To ignore this, as so often happens, is to miss a large reason that antisemitism was so largely accepted (or tolerated) by the German populace. It would be like speaking on anti-Muslim prejudice in 21st century America and ignoring September 11, Fort Hood, and San Bernardino. When one watches the Nazi propaganda film Jud Süß, and sees the depravity and immorality which the title character promotes, one will wonder why even pro-Jewish Germans were affected by this film, without at first realizing that for many Germans who remembered the days of the Weimar Republic, such men as that character did indeed exist.

Related to this is the moral deluge that Germany experienced during the 1920's. Following the war, there was a rise in brothels, prostitution, flagrant homosexual behavior, sex clubs, gay clubs, transvestite clubs, and other forms of deviancy; this was especially true around Berlin, which became infamous for its immorality. Many within the population began to push that homosexuality should be accepted as normal, and laws against homosexuality be overturned. The pinnacle of this was seen in the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft ("Institute of Sexology"), run by Magnus Hirschfeld (who, incidentally, was Jewish); the institute supported and put on open display transvestite clothing, sex toys, BDSM instruments, and other forms of sexual debauchery. (A good article on Hirschfield's insanity, and why the Nazis burned the books they did, can be found here.) German morality was on the edge of a precipice, ready to descend into levels that would make today's SJWs blush.

Now enter into this scene the Nazis and Herr Hitler. Here comes a political party which promises to address Germany's moral decline. Here's a party that will make Germany strong against those neighbors that have heretofore abused Germany's weakness. Here's a party that will address those social groups adding woe to the populace, especially the Jews and Communists. Here's a party that promises to address all the problems facing society that other parties are either ignoring or proving ineffective at resolving. What's more, this party is going to make use of a government system made broken not by them, but by those parties that have served before them.

Did Hitler use certain avenues of cunning and trickery to get to the top? Certainly...but it was the condition of interwar Germany that proved fertile ground for what he believed and what he wanted to accomplish. Progressives and leftists had created an environment which attacked German identity, faith, and well-being, and were perverting it into something else. The reason reactionary groups exist is precisely because there is something to react to. A quote I've seen attributed to Ludwig von Mises from 1940 put it best: "The 'progressives' who today masquerade as 'liberals' may rant against 'fascism'; yet it is their policy that paves the way for Hitlerism."

So let's say, for the sake of discussion, Trump is Hitler, and once he obtains power, he will proceed to abuse it. Very well. Why is such an incident happening in our country at this time? Is it because, under our current system, we have seen progressive ideology override our morals and common sense? Is it because our leaders have permitted outsiders and foreigners to threaten our national identity? Is it because we've permitted activist groups to attack our infrastructure and bring about greater dissent and disunity? Is it because our government has proven time and time again how ineffective it is at handling foreign threats? Is it because we have a clear foreign threat, and instead of handling it rationally, our government is handling it like an ineffective mother with a spoiled child? Is it because our current government has continued, time and time again, to dismantle what the Founding Fathers put in place through the president's executive actions and the Supreme Court's fulfillment of Jefferson's words about the Tyranny of the Judiciary?

Leftists like to argue that antagonizing terrorists will create more terrorism, and yet they seem to not understand that antagonizing a nation's values and strength will create more reactionaries. Perhaps that is why, when we told about why Hitler rose to power, leftists and progressives always conveniently forget that it was their spiritual ancestors who put in place the policies and environment that would guarantee the Nazis success.