21 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-28-17

  1. Like I said before, never take the word of groups like the ADL and SPLC, as their opinion is always colored by how much money they can make off the narratives they push.


    “Other critics say the SPLC picks its causes with its bottom line in mind. In the 1980s, the group’s entire legal staff quit to protest Dees’ obsession with the remnants of the KKK—which still captured the imagination of the group’s liberal donor base—at the expense of lower-profile but more relevant targets….

    Ken Silverstein, a liberal journalist and another critic of the group who authored a scathing investigation of its marketing and financial practices for Harper’s in 2000, attributes the growing scope of the SPLC’s censures to a financial imperative to wade into hot-button issues that will rile donors. “The organization has always tried to find ways to milk money out of the public by finding whatever threat they can most credibly promote,” he says.

    SPLC is even more in the news in the wake of Charlottesville, because its “hate” lists are being used to help censor the internet and to try to deprive groups and persons on those lists of funding, Charlottesville is being exploited to attack freedom of speech and internet freedom:

    “This was a really bad week for freedom of speech and internet freedom.

    As documented in my post Gathering Storms And Threats to Liberty, corporations that operate the gateways to the internet, such as domain registrars and services such as Cloudfare, have come under pressure and have capitulated to drive the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer from the internet. That pressure is now moving to other organizations based on biased and politicized “hate” lists from groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League.”

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  2. And it looks like some folks are starting to fight back over SPLC’s bogus “hate lists”.


    “On Tuesday, D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM) filed a lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the charity navigation organization GuideStar, and Amazon for defamation, religious discrimination, and trafficking in falsehood. The SPLC listed DJKM as a “hate group,” while GuideStar also categorized it in those terms, and Amazon kept the ministry off of its charity donation program, Amazon Smile.

    “We embarked today on a journey to right a terrible wrong,” Dr. Frank Wright, president and CEO at DJKM, said in a statement Tuesday. “Those who knowingly label Christian ministries as ‘hate’ groups, solely for subscribing to the historic Christian faith, are either woefully uninformed or willfully deceitful. In the case of the Southern Poverty Law Center, our lawsuit alleges the latter.”

    The SPLC has labeled DJKM an “anti-LGBT hate group” for its opposition to same-sex marriage and transgenderism. “These false and illegal characterizations have a chilling effect on the free exercise of religion and on religious free speech for all people of faith,” Wright declared.

    “After having given the SPLC an opportunity to retract, we have undertaken this legal action, seeking a trial by a jury of our peers, to preserve our own rights under the law and to defend the religious free speech rights of all Americans,” the DJKM president concluded.

    The lawsuit laid out charges against the SPLC, GuideStar, and Amazon. “SPLC acted knowingly, intentionally, and with actual malice in publishing the Hate Map that included the Ministry and in publishing the SPLC Transmissions to GuideStar that included the ministry,” the suit alleged. “SPLC’s conduct in making these publications was beyond the reckless disregard for the truth standard required by Alabama law for punitive damages.””


  3. I checked Twitter frequently yesterday on both Berkeley and Houston, watching the videos and sometimes remembering to pray. I was shocked this morning to read in the paper that it was started by the “handful” of right-wing zealots pushing and shoving.

    I realize pictures can be manipulated. But, I was watching live camera from above as what looked like a huge group of ISIS people came after a small group clad in shorts and t-shirts and beat them.

    Both sides are foolish and out of line. Twitter kept asking the relevant question: “where were the police?”

    Our paper (which is a NYT subsidiary) made it sound like the police were in control and in the middle of it, but the pictures and what you could parse out didn’t sound like that.

    This is what happens when you can’t trust the news media anymore. I don’t know what to think–other than what I saw on film: a mob dressed in black, brandishing sticks and shield beating up people in colorful short and t-shirts.

    May God be at work in the lives of all involved. May the Holy Spirit convict; may their souls not be so seared they cannot recognize truth, and may the recognize they can be forgiven–but repentance is important.

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  4. If what Manafort did was illegal, then this is too. And unlike Manafort, Podesta and his group keep changing their story.


    “The Podesta Group belatedly filed several new disclosures with the Justice Department on Aug. 17 related to work the firm completed between 2012 and 2014 on behalf of a pro-Russia Ukrainian think tank.

    Back in April, the powerful Washington lobbying firm run by Clinton ally Tony Podesta filed a document admitting its work for the pro-Russia European Centre for a Modern Ukraine may have principally benefited a foreign government. New disclosures revealed dozens of previously unreported interactions the firm made with influential government offices, including Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the office of former Vice President Joe Biden, while lobbying on behalf of the center. Embattled ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort failed to disclose his extensive lobbying efforts on behalf of the center at the time as well.”

    Yay, finally some bi-partisanship between R’s and D’s, but it only benefited Russia.


  5. Michelle,

    While the editors with an agenda to push can continue to write such drivel, I think reporters are starting to catch on to who the problem is here.


    “There was a “No to Marxism in America” rally in Berkeley Sunday. Hours later the rally was overrun by Antifa protesters who beat up several people. SF Chronicle reporter Lizzie Johnson captured Antifa harassing a journalist (in the red shirt):



  6. Jumping the shark.


    “Let’s just list this as the next in an ongoing series of reasons why you should be glad that you don’t live in California. (And for those of you who actually do, I don’t have too much pity. You’ve had plenty of warning signals and you should have moved by now.) In the race to lead the nation in identity politics and political correctness taken to the umpteenth degree, California should be surging into the lead. A bill has actually been passed in the State Senate and is now under consideration in the Assembly which would impose criminal penalties – including jail time – if you are found to be addressing a transgender person using pronouns which don’t match the gender they imagine themselves to be.

    A bill that passed the California state senate and is now moving through the Assembly could threaten jail time for anyone who refuses to use a transgender person’s preferred pronoun.

    The law is currently limited in its effects to nursing homes and intermediate-care facilities, but if passed, those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” could be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Heath and Safety code. The state senate passed the bill 26-12 at the end of May. Since then, the Assembly Judiciary committee recommended the bill unanimously and the General Assembly held its first hearing on the legislation Wednesday.

    For the moment, this would only apply in nursing homes. (These are locations which are not traditionally known for an overwhelming number of transgender residents.) But legal analysts are already speculating that the prohibition would spread well beyond those confines and do so quickly.”


  7. God put some of us here, AJ, whether we like it or not.

    This is a mission field. So many people are lost. We talk about leaving all the time. Maybe Stargazer’s move is the start of the domino (though WA is only a few steps behind CA.), I don’t know. I only know the best place to be is in the center of God’s will for my life.

    I mean, it’s not like I’m living in Gambia or Papua New Guinea and wondering about clean water, food, medical care or Internet access. 😉

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  8. I feel for you Michelle. I’ve lived in NJ and miles from NYC and though not quite as bad, I’ve had a taste of what living in occupied territory feels like. It’s not fun.


  9. 😲


    “After receiving President Trump’s first pardon, Joe Arpaio’s plans have gone from possible prison to book-writing, speeches and potentially another run for office in Arizona, with Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat one opportunity he is eyeing.”

    “”I’m sure getting a lot of people around the state asking me” to challenge Flake, said Arpaio, who served 24 years as sheriff before losing reelection in 2016. “All I’m saying is the door is open and we’ll see what happens. I’ve got support. I know what support I have.”

    Arpaio said he swore off another candidacy in January, when he left office, but that “with what I’ve seen happening in recent months, especially what’s happening with our president, I said, ‘Hey, why not?'”

    Arpaio, who is 85 years old, said people should not scoff at his potential candidacy.

    “Why do you say ‘wow’?” he admonished, adding: “They just say Sheriff Joe Arpaio comma 85 years old. Why do they always say that?”

    Arpaio said he believes “there is discrimination against senior citizens, big time” and that “I’m proud to be my age. I work 14 hours a day. If anyone thinks my age is going to hold me back, I’ve got news for them.”

    “The bottom line is there’s no way I’m going to go fishing. I have no hobbies,” he said, declining to say how likely he is to seek office.”


  10. Just like the heroes who stormed Normandy under the banner of Leftist ideology, the Antifa guardians of freedom run around with masks on looking for someone to beat up. Totally the same heroic things.

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  11. Kim,
    Something you said a few days back has bothered me. You will eventually vote for a Democrat for US Senator from Alabama. There is little good about Republicans now days. There is NOTHING good about Democrats.

    Write in Mickey Mouse, Leave them all blank. Vote for the Peace and Freedom party. But vote for a Democrat? Democrats cheat and win enough as it is. (Frank Lautenberg, Al Franken, Al Gore, almost) Don’t give them a seat for free.


  12. Died: Michael Cromartie, the Church’s Ambassador to Washington



    … Cromartie brought Christian thought leaders and secular journalists under the same roof at the Faith Angle Forum, held every year since 1999. Through his work as EPPC vice president, he evoked theologians and philosophers as he advocated for thoughtful engagement in public policy and civil discourse.

    In a political arena often dominated by competition, power grabs, and culture war debates, Cromartie stuck out by offering a friendlier, humbler approach. It’s this attitude that his colleagues remember most and cite as his greatest legacy.

    “It can’t be said of many people, but everyone Mike touched was influenced for the better,” said Michael Gerson, a Washington Post columnist and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush. “His passing leaves a huge gap in American public life and in the lives of his friends.

    “Mike was a man of great knowledge who made it accessible to others,” Gerson told CT. “He was a man of great faith, who make it real and attractive to others. And he was a man of exceptional decency, who demonstrated how to live with joy and integrity.”

    Journalists and Christian leaders alike shared their tributes.

    “Michael Cromartie was different from what most people think of when they think ‘evangelicals and politics.’ Thanks be to God,” said Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, who admired his humble character and effective engagement with journalists.

    “After his cancer diagnosis, every time I saw Mike he would say, ‘Pray like a Pentecostal.’ We did,” Moore shared with CT. “Mike now is in the presence of the Lord of Pentecost. We will miss him here, and must pray for more like him.”

    Michael Wear, a former White House faith adviser under Barack Obama, described Cromartie as “one of Christianity’s principal ambassadors in Washington, [representing] Jesus with joyful confidence.” …

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  13. I was pleasantly surprised by the angle of that WaPo headline when I saw it earlier.

    It seems Antifa is the new KKK, in black instead of white…

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