51 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-19-19

  1. Nope. No bias here.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/42375/all-three-networks-ignore-march-life-cover-pro-paul-bois

    “All Three Networks Ignore ‘March For Life,’ Cover Pro-Abortion ‘Women’s March’ Instead

    “An anti-Trump march happening tomorrow is more interesting to the networks”

    “On its 46th anniversary, all three major networks (ABC, NBC, and CBS) ignored the March for Life in Washington, D.C., the largest pro-life event in the nation, opting instead to cover the feminist Women’s March rally.

    According to LifeNews, despite an estimated 100,000 people being in attendance at the pro-life march along with President Trump’s address to the crowd via video, the left-wing machines could not so much as “give a passing mention to the March for Life” during the Friday morning shows.

    “It seems an anti-Trump march happening tomorrow is more interesting to the networks,” reports the outlet. “CBS gave a whole segment to the feminist, anti-Semitic ‘Women’s March’ scheduled for Saturday but didn’t even give a passing mention to the March for Life. ABC and NBC had plenty of time to give to fluff stories Friday morning, from Meghan Markle’s fashion, to ‘nomophobia’ which is an addiction to one’s phone.””

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  2. But the parroting class ran with it, like good little birdies.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/18/buzzfeed-cohen-media-russia-bombshells/

    “BUZZFEED’S TRUMP STORY LATEST IN LONG LIST OF RUSSIA BOMBSHELLS THAT WEREN’T”

    “BuzzFeed News’ latest disputed report about former Trump attorney Michael Cohen is just the latest in a long line of Russia “bombshells” that turned out to be anything but.

    The Special Counsel’s office disputed a Thursday night report by BuzzFeed claiming that President Donald Trump directed his lawyer to lie about a potential business deal in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.

    The BuzzFeed report was used to float impeachment proceedings and obstruction of justice charges against the president, but Mueller’s team disputed the core premise of the reporting.

    “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation.”

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    It then lists another dozen that also turned out to be false.

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  3. Polly wanna cracker?……

    Pathetic little excuses for journalist running with their Democrat talking points. For a fake story….. So predictable.

    https://caching.grabien.com/c/streams/0541/pr__vpDrdqu-RLVRUgpYog/1547950940/541789.mp4?key=pr__vpDrdqu-RLVRUgpYog

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    https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/18/cnn-msnbc-impeach-trump-buzzfeed-mueller/

    “CNN and MSNBC collectively used the word “impeach” nearly 200 times on Friday before the Special Counsel’s office disputed a bombshell report by BuzzFeed News.

    According to a Daily Caller review of TV clipping service Grabien, personalities on CNN and MSNBC used the words “Impeach,” “Impeachment,” or “Impeachable,” 179 times.

    The review included only original Friday programming and ran up until each network learned that BuzzFeed’s report was in dispute — shortly before 8 pm.

    CNN mentioned impeachment 82 times while MSNBC mentioned it a whopping 97 times.”

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  4. I must say that watching all the young people at the March for Life is heartening. It has been a very long march for the pro-life movement. Ultimately, hearts and minds have to be changed and there has been that for many.

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  5. Question for DJ (or anyone else who might know) – What is it about charter schools that the teachers unions don’t like? I assumed it was because they are competition, but was told that the charter schools tend to get more public money per student than the public schools. Is that true? Where do they get their funding from?

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  6. I’m a little late in commenting on the Gillette commercial, but here I go.

    On Facebook, I shared two brief articles from different perspectives on the commercial, both of which had some good points. (I guess I should share them here, too, so those interested can see what I’m talking about.)

    As usual with these social media issues, some on each side are exaggerating about or twisting what they think those on the other side are saying. Some who dislike the commercial think the commercial and those who like it are telling men they need to be feminized, and some who like it think the ones (men in particular) who don’t are in favor of the bad behaviors the commercial spotlights.

    I agree with those who say that the commercial seems to be portraying men in general as engaging in those bad behaviors. But I also agree with those who say that encouraging men to be defenders of the weak rather than engaging in bullying and such should be considered a good thing (as long as the assumption is not that all men behave badly). (What is “feminine” about that?)

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-mud-on-gillettes-face/?fbclid=IwAR0RlOr3j64UgjSCF-VyHPevXskC0DyOe1a2RJCJPwKwlcqoJ9j7jMA-Y_s

    https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/15/gillette-ad-toxic-masculinity-men-me-too?fbclid=IwAR03trGiR13AM4g7bV5EF-j9hWKLPLf6n1My0WTJv2tEon_XT7RBGk7ULcM

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  7. The complaint about charter schools is that in some part of the massive, sprawling LA city school district, it’s not a problem (the wealthier sections). But in the inner city, charter schools siphon off the good students and leave the schools with the less capable–including special ed kids and disciplinary problems. They take more money and staff to manage and produce lower test scores, thus the schools are “punished,” for not educating their students well.

    Trying to break the charter schools is a problem with this strike, in my opinion. The union is trying to remove the choice for parents stuck in a situation they cannot control. The kids attending charter schools are being punished for wanting to go to school in a better environment.

    Curious how choice is in the eye of the beholder, isn’t it?

    It might be worth noting that teachers believe the current superintendent–whose children attended an elite private school–was put into place by charter school proponents.

    Perhaps the bigger issue is the school district is too big? I don’t know anything else.

    My EMT has been driving the streets this week and says there are lots of picketers, including a lot of kids, and much support for the striking teachers.

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  8. Charter schools are government funded (but there also are hybrids with private funding included, I believe?) and, yes, they draw middle- and lower-income families (who would not be able to afford private schools) away from local public schools that may be less than stellar when it comes to quality education. And falling enrollment equals declining state funding for those public schools, leading to a downward spiral.

    Critics also say the charters wind up with the more capable students, leaving the local public schools the rest & often with lower overall test scores which has other ramifications. Some critics in the past have believed charters were a way to skirt school integration.

    Supporters say it offers parents of modest means a choice in the education they provide their children. Private schools, including Christian schools, can be very pricey. For regular families who live within school districts that are struggling, the charters often offer a more promising option.

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  9. Not sure what the solution to LAUSD’s plight is, but the district has been struggling for ages, certainly ever since I was covering it full time in the late 1980s. Most agree it’s “too big,” but repeated attempts to carve out regions and provide local input for parents and communities haven’t solved its many problems.

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  10. Kizzie,

    Here in PA they hate charter schools because they have to compete for funds. Charters usually do the job for less, are non-union, and tend to score comparably in testing. The unions hate lower cost competition. It’s money, plain and simple.

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  11. My mother, an LA school teacher for 40 years, told me once that if she was a teacher still, she’d be putting her kids in private school. She’s been gone 23 years, so this is not a new problem. 😦

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  12. I thought the Gilette commercial was badly done but don’t understand all the hate. Gilette is simply saying their shaver users are good men exhibiting positive masculity. It was badly done but the message is there.

    All the outrage makes me wonder who the snowflakes are and who the tough guys are. I like this sarcastic comic;
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/18/leave-men-alone-the-vicious-virtue-signalling-incursion-in-the-global-assault-on-masculinity?CMP=fb_gu

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  13. Finally congrats to Mrs. Pence for getting a real job. Its really time for countries esp the US to ditch the first and second lady nonsense. Its archaic and it defines women by their husband. I may not agree with the philosophy of her employer but I do think she is making a statement about the independence of politician’s wives. And for that women should thank her.

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  14. Charter schools drain funds and talent from public schools. And it often takes the best teachers out of the public system, at least those who can afford to work for less.
    Education is a public good and universal. Everyone benefits from a well educated populace. Charter schools benefit the few at the expense of societal well being

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  15. Charter schools are started for all kinds of different reasons. They do not only have the best students. My SIL taught in one for 10 years. His pay was much less than he gets in a regular school. Charter schools are not regulated like other schools, however. They have lee-way on many things other schools do not and that may or may not result in problems.

    Some of our districts refuse to sell old school buildings to private schools. They would rather have them sit empty and get no money for them, than allow any competition. If they could they would have a total monopoly on education and it would be a great detriment to many and our country as a whole.

    There has never been a teacher strike where the union did not declare it was all for the children. That is just a given, like a beauty contestant wanting to work for world peace and a politician promising to help the middle class.

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  16. The bigots are at it again.

    And they’re projecting their own flaws on others.

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  17. Game. On.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/congress/mcconnell-senate-will-vote-next-week-on-trump-plan

    “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he will take up legislation next week incorporating the deal President Trump outlined in a Saturday afternoon address that supporters hope will end a partial government shutdown now entering its second month.

    The Kentucky Republican’s move to bring the deal up for a vote will put political pressure on Democrats in both chambers, who through their leaders publicly rejected Trump’s proposal Saturday afternoon.

    It would take 60 votes to advance the measure in the Senate, which means Republicans will need the support of seven Democrats to pass the measure, assuming no GOP lawmakers vote against it.”

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    Take the Reid Precedent Option and nuke ’em. Then you only need 51.

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  18. Of the 4 serious job actions I’ve been involved in 3 were in fact for the kids. In those cases we acted for lower class sizes, more spec ed support, etc. A four week lock out at the local level was about wage parity with secondary teachers. Note we were locked out not striking. So when I hear teachers say its for the kids I give them the benefit of the doubt.

    4 labour disputes in 20 years. I belong to the most radical local of the most radical teacher federation. We don’t mess around. Not coincidently we are the highest paid, with the best benefits, and best pension. And not coincidently we are one of the top 10 school systems in the world. The US is in the 30s. You get what you pay for…and there’s no charter schools in Ontario.

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  19. The cont’d attempt by the right winvg media to paint the left as antisemitic is interesting. I wonder what the end goal is.

    BDS , which I don’t favour, is anti Israel not antisemitic. And yes there’s a difference. Its not in America’s interest to automatically support Israel (and Saudi Arabia) so why does the right insist on acting against American interest.

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  20. The House already passed legislation to open the govt. The Senate should pass it and then.talk deal. Currently they are holding 800,000 plus people hostage.

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  21. They passed a show vote they knew would go nowhere.

    And so what if the Senate passes it? (they won’t)

    Trump won’t sign it and they don’t have 2/3 the votes in either chamber to override it.

    They know this but refuse to negotiate. Those DACA folks and the 800,000 (500,000 you could fire tomorrow and no one would even notice) can lay blame on the people who tried to jet off on another vacation while they’re left high and dry. That would be Pelosi and Democrats.

    It’s also them who keeps flip-flopping. They already passed what Trump wanted, but failed to use the funds as they were supposed to be used. But now that Trump wants it, they act like children not getting their way. This is entirely of Democrats’ making. They own it.

    And again, they’re the ones refusing to negotiate, not Trump.

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  22. As if being anti-Israel isn’t anti-Semitic……

    I don’t hate the Jews, just the country they have a right to and was historically their homeland. As if it’s the land itself, and not the Jews you disagree with. Damn that land and it’s treatment of the Palestinians.

    Do you hear how silly that sounds?

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    And really, why wouldn’t the western world support the only democracy in the region?

    What, you think the Iranians are any better than the Saudis?

    That’s a laugh.

    They’re just two sides of the same rotten, false religion. The only thing either do for US interest is provide oil to the world, the Saudis are easier to negotiate with, so they win.

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  23. Both commercials don’t answer the essential question, why are males more prone to these problems. Perhaps there is an element of traditional masculinity that is toxic. After all we no longer need to prove our manhood hunting mammoths.

    And to take one stat, the murder rate; isn’t this the result of man on man crime. You know like black on black crime. Perhaps the male community needs to take responsibility for itself. Or are you saying we shouldnt paint masculinity (or African Americans) with a wide brush and stereotypes.

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  24. The funding was already passed? You mean during the last two years when Republicans controlled the entire govt yet couldn’t get it done. Apparently tax breaks for the wealthy and the 50th failure to repeal Obamacare were more important. The failure to fund and begin construction is entirely the Republicans. It was never a priority and only now is on the agenda to motivate the base in 2020. You are being played

    The Democrats want to negotiate but only after the hostages are released. Standard US policy no negotiating in a hostage situation.

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  25. Educate yourself. It would be helpful to the discussion.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2017/01/26/when-wall-was-fence-and-democrats-embraced/QE7ieCBXjXVxO63pLMTe9O/story.html

    “As a senator, Barack Obama once offered measured praise for the border control legislation that would become the basis for one of Donald Trump’s first acts as president.”
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    “Obama was talking about the Secure Fence Act of 2006, legislation authorizing a barrier along the southern border passed into law with the support of 26 Democratic senators including party leaders like Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Chuck Schumer.”

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    https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/congress-prevented-border-fence-law-implementation/

    “It’s true that in 2006, the Republican-controlled House and a large bipartisan majority in the Senate passed, and President Bush signed, the Secure Fence Act, requiring 700 additional miles of double chain-link and barbed-wire fences with lights and camera poles.

    But in 2007, the Homeland Security Department complained of being, er, fenced in, arguing that different types of terrain required different barriers.

    So Cruz’s predecessor, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, authored an amendment that DHS would not be required “to install fencing . .. if the Secretary determines that the use or placement of such resources is not the most appropriate means to achieve and maintain operational control over the international border at such location.”

    The Democrat-controlled Congress passed it.

    In 2011, addressing supporters in El Paso, President Obama jeered that Republicans “wanted a fence. Well, the fence is now basically complete.” Audience members, as the official WhiteHouse.gov transcript shows, shouted “Tear it down!” and “They’re racist!”

    “Maybe they’ll need a moat,” the president added. “Maybe they want alligators in the moat. They’ll never be satisfied.”

    What the president did in that speech was, put simply, to lie — claiming to have built the “fence” that Republicans enacted into law, without noting that he and his fellow Democrats in Congress changed it to require much less effective fencing.”

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  26. And the House passed it last year while R’s were in control. But due to the 60 vote BS, Dems were able to kill it.

    Dems own this whole debacle. They have obstruction to offer, but nothing of real value, as usual.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-approves-spending-bill-with-5b-for-border-wall

    “The House of Representatives Thursday approved a bill that would fund most of the federal government through early February — and provides $5.7 billion for President Trump’s long-promised border wall, increasing the chances of a partial government shutdown later this week.

    Eight Republicans joined all 177 voting Democrats to oppose the measure, which passed 217-185. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is certain to fall short of the 60 votes needed for passage since the chamber’s 49 Democrats are against funding the wall. That, in turn, makes it more likely that parts of the federal government, including nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, will cease operations at midnight Friday.

    The vote came hours after Trump told House GOP leaders that he would not enact a Senate-passed package that does not provide money for the barrier.”

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  27. Judaism is more than the Israeli state. Its a widely dispersed and varied religious, ethnic and cultural community. That community has no greater right (and maybe less so) to the land then the Palestinians. To be antisemitic would be bigoted against the entire community not just the Israeli state.

    Its a myth that Israel is the only democracy in the area. For almost a century, Turkey had a functioning democracy which is limited under Erdogan. Lebanon’s democracy however imperfect is still a democracy. Jordan is evolving toward a constitutional democracy. And the Kurds have developed democratic institutions without a state. Iran had a democracy until it was overthrown by Brits and the US who imposed the Shah. Once the mullahs die off its not a stretch to suggest democracy and modernity will emerge here. Meanwhile the Saudi version of modernity allows women to drive and men to divorce via text.

    Beyond all that, when the US reflexively endorses Israel, its allowing Israeli interest not their own to be the interest that motivates them. And under Netanyahu, this will be harmful to the US.

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  28. The targeting of Catholics continues. As always, there’s more to the story the media isn’t telling you.

    https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2019/01/20/more-media-lies-looks-like-theres-a-whole-lot-more-to-story-about-catholic-students-harassing-native-american-protester/

    “If the social media mob comes for you, it’s something you will never EVER forget. Whether a story is true or not (and it’s starting to look like this latest outrage they’re screeching about may NOT be true), they will do anything and everything they can to ruin the person, their family, and anyone and everyone who knows them.

    Even if they’re a high school kid.

    The story of the Covington Catholic students allegedly harassing a Native American protester was the HUGE story on Saturday, magically replacing Buzzfeed’s disastrous and incredibly embarrassing debacle about Trump/Cohen and the Trump Tower in Moscow. Color us shocked at how quickly the media can make this stuff disappear … *adjusts tinfoil hat*

    Full videos have been shared on social media, plus texts from the students and an entire statement claiming that what is being pushed by the media and the social media mob is a bunch of BS.

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  29. More……

    https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2019/01/20/wow-member-of-pawnee-and-seminole-tribes-tells-different-story-about-covington-catholic-high-school-kids-and-protester/

    “As Twitchy reported, there is far more to what happened during an alleged altercation between a bunch of high school kids and a group of Native American protesters. The media originally went with the ‘white kid picked on the Native American Vietnam vet’ angle because some kids were wearing MAGA hats. Well, that and we all know what gets the clicks and the taps.

    Sounds like even members of the protest group are telling more of the story …”

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  30. They don’t care about their credibility (or serious lack there of) only in helping Democrats Catholic bash.

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  31. All your links demonstrate is that the Democrats want to allow DHS and the border patrol to be free to enact the most effective barrier. Good strategy, let the people on the ground decide and don’t be focused on only one solution.

    Of course, the Wall has become more than a strategy, its now a symbol. As the Catholic school boys from Kentucky demonstrate, the wall is about racism and protection from the Other. When you chant Build the Wall to natives, its not illegal immigration the Wall is about but about keeping the Other out of their vision of America.

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  32. It appears its time for revisionism and blame the victim.

    The Native Americans did walk in the crowd but only to provide a barrier between the school boys and a small group of black protestors they were taunting.

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  33. “As the Catholic school boys from Kentucky demonstrate, the wall is about racism and protection from the Other.”

    This belongs in your Top Five most ridiculous statements.

    “When you chant Build the Wall to natives…” Any evidence of this?

    “The Native Americans did walk in the crowd but only to provide a barrier between the school boys and a small group of black protestors they were taunting.” Any evidence of this?

    Anything?

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  34. Tychicus – This was mentioned in the AP article AJ linked above: “In a phone interview, Frejo told The Associated Press he felt they were mocking the dance and also heckling a couple of black men nearby. He approached the group with Phillips to defuse the situation, joining him in singing the anthem from the American Indian Movement and beating out the tempo on hand drums.”

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  35. But none of the articles above have said that they were chanting “Build the wall!” I had read that that was supposedly what they were chanting, but watching the video, I did not hear that.

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  36. They weren’t.

    Yeah, this is all over the media now.

    Not saying the kids weren’t behaving rudely at some point, but it’s been way overblown. Still, a good reminder for Christians (though they may not be Christians, I don’t know) to mind their manners both in public and in private.

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  37. https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/425970-america-the-new-socialist-frontier

    America: The new Socialist frontier
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    It seems that socialism is like an infectious disease that everyone has to get ill of to develop immunity. As Alexander Solzhenitsyn pointed out, “For us in Russia, communism is a dead dog, while for many people in the West, it is still a living lion.”

    This dead dog, expelled from Russia, acquired a new life in the United States and regained vitality to become a living lion within the Democratic Party.

    The 2018 Democratic victory in the midterms brought new Marxist arrivals to the House of Representatives who are interpreting the elections as an endorsement of socialist policies. They dropped all the pretenses — no liberals, no progressives — they are proud Marxist-Leninists driven by the ideology and committed to converting this country into the United Socialist States of America.

    This militant crowd is comprised of uninformed and misinformed people looking at themselves as unfortunate, underpaid, underappreciated victims of capitalism, overwhelmed with jealousy that there are people who are everything they are not.

    They are the face of new Democratic Party – “We have been naught, we shall be all.”

    The Democratic Party explicitly casts itself as an inheritor of Marxism. The Democrats’ demands are almost total inversion of the Constitutional arrangements and traditional American values. The economic redistribution, open borders, repeal of the Second Amendment, the abolition of the Electoral College, the election of a president by popular vote, voting rights and free health care to illegal aliens are just part of the comprehensive strategy of putting the harness of socialism around the necks of the American people. …
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  38. HRW – This article truly has more information on the matter. Towards the end of this article is an account of the event by the teen who was face to face with Mr. Phillips (the man with the drum).

    “Far from engaging in racially motivated harassment, the group of mostly white, MAGA-hat-wearing male teenagers remained relatively calm and restrained despite being subjected to incessant racist, homophobic, and bigoted verbal abuse by members of the bizarre religious sect Black Hebrew Israelites, who were lurking nearby. The BHI has existed since the late 19th century, and is best describes as a black nationalist cult movement; its members believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites, and often express condemnation of white people, Christians, and gays. DC-area Black Hebrews are known to spout particularly vile bigotry.

    Phillips put himself between the teens and the black nationalists, chanting and drumming as he marched straight into the middle of the group of young people. What followed was several minutes of confusion: The teens couldn’t quite decide whether Phillips was on their side or not, but tentatively joined in his chanting. It’s not at all clear this was intended as an act of mockery rather than solidarity.

    One student did not get out of Phillips way as he marched, and gave the man a hard stare and a smile that many have described as creepy. This moment received the most media coverage: The teen has been called the product of a “hate factory” and likened to a school shooter, segregation-era racist, and member of the Ku Klux Klan. I have no idea what he was thinking, but portraying this as an example of obvious, racially-motivated hate is a stretch. Maybe he simply had no idea why this man was drumming in his face, and couldn’t quite figure out the best response? It bears repeating that Phillips approached him, not the other way around.

    And that’s all there is to it. Phillips walked away after several minutes, the Black Hebrew Israelites continued to insult the crowd, and nothing else happened.

    You can judge for yourself. Here is video footage of the full incident, from the perspective of the black nationalists. Phillips enters the picture around the 1:12 mark, but if you skip to that part, you miss an hour of the Black Hebrew Israelites hurling obscenities at the students. They call them crackers, faggots, and pedophiles. At the 1:20 mark (which comes after the Phillips incident) they call one of the few black students the n-word and tell him that his friends are going to murder him and steal his organs. At the 1:25 mark, they complain that “you give faggots rights,” which prompted booing from the students. Throughout the video they threaten the kids with violence, and attempt to goad them into attacking first. The students resisted these taunts admirably: They laughed at the hecklers, and they perform a few of their school’s sports cheers.”

    https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/20/covington-catholic-nathan-phillips-video?fbclid=IwAR23pS_Gg1IlcVL_ohAKioHYQWecny09bN3jJKoOP3YaCRkBx0sTraG1Syk

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  39. “Full Video: Covington Catholic Kids Were Harassed By Black Israelite Group, Native American Group Approached Them”

    “Black Israelites are a cult. At around 45:00 you can see them start to engage the kids, attack a priest calling him a “child molesting @#$#$#,” calling the kids “@#$#@woods” and “crackers” among a raft of attacks.”

    https://www.weaselzippers.us/408810-full-video-covington-catholic-kids-were-harassed-by-black-israelite-group-native-american-group-approached-them/

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  40. Catholic bashing is all the rage among Democrats. Again.

    https://hotair.com/archives/2019/01/20/mazie-hirono-cant-stop-talking-catholics/

    “After Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii (with an assist from her California colleague Kamala Harris and John Kennedy) decided to declare the Knights of Columbus a terrorist group or something, there was some significant pushback from the rest of the upper chamber. They went so far as to pass a unanimous consent decree (introduced by Ben Sasse) reaffirming the unconstitutionality of religious tests for office and rebuking the Senators raising these issues. So that probably showed Hirono the error of her ways and convinced her to slow her roll, right?

    Don’t be silly. She went after Sasse as some sort of alt-right foot soldier and doubled down on her claims about Catholics. (Daily Caller)

    After Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse introduced a resolution reaffirming the unconstitutionality of religious tests for public office, Hirono once again went on the attack accusing the mild-mannered Nebraskan of taking an “alt-right” position.

    “If my colleague, the junior Senator from Nebraska, wants to embrace the alt-right’s position by offering this resolution, that is his business,” Hirono said on the Senate floor on Friday. “Rather than passing a resolution to address a problem that doesn’t exist, we should focus on something real, like ending this totally unnecessary, unjustified shutdown.”

    The Senate agreed to Sasse’s resolution by unanimous consent Wednesday.

    Two items of note about this outburst really jump out at me. First of all, if you think Ben Sasse is somehow representative of the “alt-right” I’ve got some lovely swampland to sell you. He’s one of the most outspoken critics of the President in the GOP and is about as far as you can get from whatever the current definition of alt-right happens to be.

    The other point is that Hirono apparently thinks the concept of religious tests for office being unconstitutional is somehow an alt-right position. I guess the Founders were alt-right characters also. I mean, it’s only printed out in completely unambiguous terms right in the Constitution.

    Article VI: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

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  41. Kizzie, i watched some of the video. I skipped ahead. A bit of a freak show and its obvious that some of the boys were mocking the Black Hebrews; a bit rude but not surprising. If I was 15, i might do the same.

    However its the interaction between the Dakota elder and the “MAGA” boy that has social media all excited. Here’s a news clip of that interaction.

    Some have said its the boys joining in but I don’t see it that way. the elder says he heard build the wall. I saw a few “tomahawk chops”. My perception is its mockery. Some may say this is boys being boys….but then we’re back to toxic masculinity.

    I do think if the elder is reporting this correctly, its indicative of what the wall represents to some trump supporters.

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  42. Doesn’t pass the smell test.

    Or the video.

    Just more of the intolerant left behaving badly.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/01/media-narrative-of-catholic-maga-high-schoolers-mob-native-american-elder-doesnt-hold-up/

    “The internet blew up over a (as it turns out) heavily-edited clip of white male Catholic March for Life high schoolers apparently taunting, mocking, and otherwise behaving badly toward a Native American elder. Even many on the right condemned the MAGA hat-wearing boys for their perceived vile behavior.

    The problem? We didn’t get the whole story, and many people, including those on the left, are now expressing their regret at jumping too readily to condemn these boys. As it turns out and in the true spirit of “unexpectedly,” there is much more to this story than we were first treated to in the initial reports.

    Media Frenzy

    As first released, the video did look damning, and the leftstream media was in hog heaven berating the young men involved. They did so largely as a vehicle for condemning President Trump, the right, pro-life people, and Catholics—many of the left’s boogeymen, in other words, so they had a lot at stake in this narrative and apparently didn’t bother to find out the whole story before running with it.

    The New York Times: “Viral Video Shows Boys in ‘Make America Great Again’ Hats Surround Native Elder”

    CNN: “Teens in Make America Great Again hats taunted a Native American elder at the Lincoln Memorial”

    The Washington Post: “‘It was getting ugly’: Native American drummer speaks on the MAGA-hat-wearing teens who surrounded him”

    Variety: “MAGA Hat-Wearing Teens Harassing Native American Elder Spark Condemnation From Hollywood”

    The list goes on. And on. But you get the picture, these are teens who support Trump by wearing MAGA hats, so they must be bad and ill-intentioned, they must be evil.

    This led to high profile celebrities encouraging retaliation against the teens:”

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    First the Fury, Then the Facts

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