27 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-6-22

  1. Gee, I wonder….. 🙄

    Maybe to stop hack judges from going easy on the pervs?

    You know, judges like the latest Supreme Court nominee…

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    Monsters are real, and registered Democrats……

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  2. This is the pathetic state of most institutes of “higher learning” in this country.

    Broken, like everything the left touches.

    “Punished For Refusing Exam “Leniency” For Black Students? UCLA Prof. Gordon Klein’s Case is Going To Trial”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/04/punished-for-refusing-exam-leniency-for-black-students-ucla-prof-gordon-klein-case-is-going-trial/

    “Gordon Klein is a professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. What happened to Klein, which is now the subject of a lawsuit, is among the most insane circumstances we have seen in the dozens of post-George Floyd academic cancel culture cases we have followed.

    This was all part of the immediate post-George Floyd panic and purge in academia that consumed or almost consumed anyone who dissented from BLM and other radical orthodoxy (including yours truly). Students, administrators, and faculty were waiting to pounce on any thought infraction.

    Suspension, Reinstatement, and Lawsuit Against Dean Bernardo And UCLA Regents
    Our first post about Klein was on June 10, 2020, after Klein appeared on Tucker Carlson, UCLA Prof Living Under Police Protection for Refusing to Exempt Black Students From Exams:

    After widespread backlash against UCLA, including a Change.org Petition supporting Klein signed by over 75,000 people, Klein was reinstated, as we reported on September 16, 2020, UCLA Reinstates Prof Suspended for Refusing to Change Exam or Grades for Black Students.

    Klein was represented by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which posted this blog entry at the time of reinstatement:

    VICTORY: UCLA reinstates professor suspended for email on why he wouldn’t change exam, grading for black students

    The University of California, Los Angeles, reinstated a professor who was put on mandatory leave for the tone of an email to a student who asked him to alter his grading policies for black students during the protests surrounding the killing of George Floyd.

    The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education called on UCLA in June to reinstate lecturer Gordon Klein, citing the university’s academic freedom promises, as well as its obligations under the First Amendment. Klein faced public backlash for his email, including a petition for his firing signed by more than 20,000 people.

    “We’re happy to confirm that Gordon Klein is teaching once again, and hope that in the future UCLA will consider its constitutional obligations before throwing educators out of the classroom,” said Katlyn Patton, author of FIRE’s June 10 letter to UCLA. “UCLA investigated his ‘tone’ in an attempt to quell public backlash. But regardless of how many people demand his firing, UCLA cannot justify using that anger to erode Gordon’s rights.”

    Klein later filed a lawsuit against Dean Antonio Bernardo and the UCLA Board of Regents, which we covered on September 28, 2021, UCLA Prof. Gordon Klein Sues After Suspension and Smears For Refusing Preferential Exam Treatment For Black Students. In a post at the Bari Weiss Substack, Klein explained why he was suing:
    Why I Am Suing UCLA

    Recently, I was suspended from my job for refusing to treat my black students as lesser than their non-black peers.

    Let me back up: I teach at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and I’ve been doing this for 40 years. I’ve taught 15 different courses, in finance, accounting and law. CNBC has had me on; I’ve been quoted in The Wall Street Journal.

    My saga — which nearly led to my firing — began on the morning of June 2, 2020, when a non-black student in my class on tax principles and law emailed me to ask that I grade his black classmates with greater “leniency” than others in the class. “We are writing to express our tremendous concern about the impact that this final exam and project will have on the mental and physical health of our Black classmates,” the student wrote. (There was no project in this class, and it was unclear to me who the “we” in this case was. I suspected the student simply used a form letter he found online and neglected to change the subject.) “The unjust murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, the life-threatening actions of Amy Cooper and the violent conduct of the [University of California Police Department] have led to fear and anxiety which is further compounded by the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on the Black community. As we approach finals week, we recognize that these conditions place Black students at an unfair academic disadvantage due to traumatic circumstances out of their control.”

    The student then requested that the final be a “no harm” exam — meaning it should be counted only if it boosted one’s grade. “This is not a joint effort to get finals canceled for non-Black students, but rather an ask that you exercise compassion and leniency with Black students in our major.” (As I noted in my legal complaint, the student clarified, in a subsequent conversation with a university investigator, that he “intended that the requested adjustments apply to Black students and not the class generally.”)”

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  3. It’s CRT, but using an acronym with less baggage. But the content is the same trash.

    “New Variant of the “CRT-virus”: “Social-Emotional Learning””

    https://amac.us/new-variant-of-the-crt-virus-social-emotional-learning/

    “Amid the national backlash over Critical Race Theory, gender theory, and other radical political and social doctrines being peddled in K-12 classrooms, parents are sounding the alarm over a new “variant” of left-wing instructional dogma: “social-emotional learning,” or SEL. While the term sounds innocuous enough, mounting evidence suggests that SEL curriculum is often simply a rebranding of the same dangerous and divisive ideologies that have dominated education headlines in recent months.

    If you ask proponents of the concept, they’ll tell you that SEL is all about helping students grow into well-rounded adults who can manage their emotions and interpersonal relationships. Casel, one of the leading organizations that sells SEL programming to schools, defines it as “the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.”

    Much of the terminology that advocates of the doctrine use to promote SEL is drawn from the mental health field. The assertion is that when students are confident in themselves and their identities, they perform better in the classroom. As the Washington Post explained in a recent feature piece on SEL, “social-emotional learning seeks to treat children as human beings with feelings, life goals and even traumas, not just students learning to write essays and solve math problems.”

    But while those words sound admirable enough, they’re noticeably lacking any specifics about what SEL learning actually looks like in practice. Does traditional education not “treat children as human beings” or help them achieve “personal and collective goals”?

    A closer look at the details of SEL programming reveals some striking similarities with CRT and gender theory-inspired lesson plans that are popping up and causing controversy in school districts around the country. Casel boasts that its lessons will teach students “equity” through an approach known as “transformative SEL,” which explicitly promotes “issues of culture, identity, agency, belonging, and engagement” – all progressive buzzwords. Panorama, another company that provides SEL curriculum to nearly 1,500 school districts, encourages students to “adopt an anti-racist framing” and explicitly promotes SEL “as a vehicle for equity.”

    School boards, administrators, and activist-minded teachers have clearly picked up on the cue. In Maryland, one “social-emotional learning” survey asked elementary students to answer the question “how do you feel when you see two men kissing?” Another social-emotional learning program used in a Connecticut school district encouraged first graders to question the sex they were assigned at birth. In Wisconsin, a SEL curriculum from Casel explicitly named “social justice” as its main goal and provided “five tips for your first time [having sex]” to 13 and 14-year-old students. A Virginia district’s SEL training urged teachers to “make your ally status known by hanging a rainbow flag, sharing your own pronouns and/or supporting the school’s LGBTQ groups.”

    And despite what SEL advocates have promised, students’ academic performance is getting worse, not better, as more and more of their school day is consumed by learning the tenets of progressivism rather than core subjects like reading and math. One teacher and parent of a student at Harper’s Choice Middle School in Columbia, Maryland, for example, reported that her daughter’s math teacher used half of each class to discuss Black Lives Matter and “equity.” As a result, the class skipped an entire unit of algebra because they “didn’t have time.”

    Broad patterns in education data from recent years don’t back up claims of improved student performance, either. A comprehensive analysis from the RAND Institute found scant evidence that SEL programming provides any academic, social, or emotional benefits. Even as SEL becomes ubiquitous in thousands of school districts throughout the country, American students continue to lag behind their international peers in key metrics, while their scores on standardized math and reading tests continue to decline.

    Teachers who aren’t on board with this new woke agenda have often been pressured into silence and even threatened by coworkers and administrators pushing the curriculum. One veteran teacher from Northern Virginia who is a self-described Christian and a conservative spoke with AMAC Newsline and explained how SEL has been installed in schools. As this educator described, the creeping influence of SEL in recent years has moved from “optional” lesson plans sold as making teachers’ lives “easier” to mandatory instruction in gender theory and other left-wing constructs.

    In one such instance, students were given an extensive survey that asked middle schoolers questions like “How do you feel about your gender?” and “Where do you consider yourself on the gender spectrum?” Parents weren’t informed about the survey, and teachers weren’t told what the district intended to do with the information. “They are trying to mine the emotions of our children and use that information to manipulate them,” the teacher from Northern Virginia explained. “There is an agenda to grab our kids’ souls.”

    Some parents have realized the danger posed by SEL programming and pushed back against its implementation in their school districts. Much like Critical Race Theory and now gender theory, SEL is being exposed as another effort by progressive activists to infiltrate schools under the guise of “improving” education.

    Nonetheless, SEL remains big business for the activists and corporate interests that back it. According to a recent study from the Tyton partners, school districts doled out $765 million between November 2019 and April 2021 for SEL programming. Notably, much of this funding came from massive stimulus packages passed by Congress which Democrats promised were to get kids back in classrooms. Instead, it seems that school boards and administrators often used the money to double down on their political indoctrination efforts.”

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  4. And yet another one is exposed.

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    Bingo.

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    Nailed it.

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  5. Being a loser pays well, when you know how to grift the rubes.

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  6. The next institutional capture victims of the left.

    “Medicine’s Got a Tricky Operation Coming Up: Grafting ‘Systemic Racism’ Onto Hard Science”

    https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2022/04/05/woke_medicines_got_a_tricky_operation_coming_up_grafting_systemic_racism_onto_hard_science_824726.html

    “Just a few years ago, concepts such as “white supremacy,” “systemic racism,” and “structural intersectionality” were not the standard fare of prestigious medical journals. These are now the guiding ideas in a February special issue of “Health Affairs” that focuses on medicine and race.

    Featuring nearly two dozen articles with titles such as “Racism Runs Through It” and “Sick and Tired of Being Excluded,” as well as a poem called “Identity,” the Washington, D.C.-based, peer-reviewed journal analyzes racial health disparities not through biology, behavior, or culture, but through the lens of “whiteness,” along with concepts such as power, systems of oppression, state-sanctioned violence, and critical race praxis – a sampling of terms that come up in the February issue.

    Health Affairs, dubbed by a Washington Post columnist as “the bible of health policy,” represents something much more ambitious than woke virtue signaling. Its February issue reflects the effort of newly empowered “anti-racist” scholars to transform concepts that are still considered speculative and controversial – and some say unprovable – into scientific fact. This growing effort to document, measure, and quantify racism is being advanced by other high-profile publications, including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and Scientific American, which last year ran articles entitled “Modern Mathematics Confronts Its White, Patriarchal Past” and “Denial of Evolution Is a Form of White Supremacy.”

    But this scientific aspiration faces major challenges. Science demands verification, testability, and replicability, whereas race is a social construct that can be difficult to separate from factors like class or culture, and explaining the data often remains dependent on academic theories about systemic racism. The articles in Health Affairs indicate that elevating the concept of systemic racism from moral certitude to scientific fact will require developing new tools and methods – and even more theories – in the face of skepticism and resistance from dissenters who view this direction in research as unscientific and ideological.

    For example, five co-authors of the Health Affairs article “Improving the Measurement of Structural Racism to Achieve Antiracist Policy” observe that “there is a disconnect between the conceptualization and measurement of structural racism in the public health literature” – that is to say that acceptance of the idea outpaces the evidence for it.

    In a Health Affairs paper titled “The Intellectual Roots of Current Knowledge on Racism and Health,” researchers from Harvard University and the University of Maryland argue that turning the study of systemic racism into a scientific enterprise will require the scientific community to embrace terminology and research that “can be unsettling to some”:

    Until recently, the language and terminology of racism has been contested, often ignored, and viewed as not relevant to, or acceptable for, accounting for and intervening on racial and ethnic inequities in health.

    The Harvard and Maryland scholars identify “the critical need for paradigmatic shifts that incorporate racism as a driver of inequities,” noting that “scientific language has the power to encourage normative standards.” In another article, a team of five scholars calls for “outlining specific methodological approaches that will move the field forward.”

    Those pushing the effort expect that it will take years to build up a knowledge base and critical mass of scholarly research. If successful, it would empower the anti-racist movement with what advocates expect to be recognized as unimpeachable scientific authority that could be used to support a myriad of diversity and equity policies and interventions that are now being advocated as moral and polemical arguments by legal scholars, educators, historians, and journalists.

    According to researchers now studying the relationship of medicine and race, racial inequalities in lifespans, health, income, and other metrics largely result from a single cause: cultural norms and unconscious beliefs that have the appearance of colorblindness but systematically privilege whites and males at the expense of groups that lack power and are oppressed.”

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    The left corrupts everything it touches.

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  7. 🤡🤡🤡🤡 alert.

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  8. Slow Joe built this, and t’s about to get much worse come May when they end Title 42.

    “Texas Mayor Overwhelmed as Biden Abandons the Border: ‘Migrants Have More Rights Than American Citizens’

    “We’re being forced on with a public safety problem here, a public health problem and then a humanitarian crisis. And this administration does nothing about it.””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/04/texas-mayor-overwhelmed-as-biden-abandons-the-border-migrants-have-more-rights-than-american-citizens/

    “Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin went off on Biden’s administration for abandoning the border towns as they become overwhelmed with the border crisis.

    McLaughlin told Laura Ingraham: “We’re being forced on with a public safety problem here, a public health problem and then a humanitarian crisis. And this administration does nothing about it. I mean, I had to take money, the county judge and I had to take money from our citizens and hire busses to haul these people from Uvalde because there’s no public transportation here.”

    Uvalde is about 76 miles east of Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.

    McLaughlin also lamented how Biden treats the migrants better than Americans:

    “[The Biden] administration is … out left field. You and I have to obey the rule of law, if we break the law, they’re going to come arrest us, we’re going to be punished. But yet we’re going to reward all these migrants that are coming across the border; and these should have been here and broke the law, now we’re going to drop the cases and let them run free? Are we going to do the same for American citizens on these same types of charges? Let them go free,” he said.”

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  9. Like I said, much worse…..

    “Biden tells ICE prosecutors to dismiss older cases as Title 42 ends”

    https://hotair.com/karen-townsend/2022/04/05/biden-tells-ice-prosecutors-to-dismiss-older-cases-as-title-42-ends-n460073

    “There is a backlog of about 1.5 million cases pending in immigration courts. The Biden administration sent out a memo Monday instructing ICE prosecutors to dismiss older cases of illegal immigrants who are not considered public safety threats. What could possibly go wrong?

    Last fall DHS Secretary Mayorkas distributed some new rules to ICE agents. The focus of the new rules is to deprioritize deportation of illegal immigrants who are not a threat to public safety. They carried out the crime of illegally entering the United States but since then have not posed a threat to the general population. The backlog of cases has grown unsustainable during Biden’s time in the White House, thanks to Biden’s border crisis, so in order to ease the backlog, ICE prosecutors have received permission to just dismiss older cases.

    Congress hasn’t reformed any immigration laws. It’s their job to do so but in the meantime, Team Biden is running roughshod over the immigration laws on the books. The memo was distributed as the end of the use of Title 42 at the southern border approaches. The date set for Title 42 to end is May 23. More than 2.2 million illegal migrants have been apprehended at the southern border since Joe Biden took office and that number could triple with the end of Title 42. Title 42 has been an effective tool used during the pandemic, at CDC’s recommendation as a way to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic, but now that the pandemic is waning the Biden administration is ending the program that progressives have demanded he end since he took office.

    BuzzFeed News got a copy of the ICE memo. It allows ICE attorneys to exercise “prosecutorial discretion authority” under the guise that such discretion will help “build public confidence in our immigration system.” That’s a take. What about the public confidence of Americans who expect the president to secure our borders and protect the sovereignty of the United States?

    The guidance was written by chief ICE attorney Kerry Doyle, a Biden appointee, was sent to prosecutors on Monday and represents another attempt by the agency to emphasize the discretion prosecutors have in court and lower the backlog of cases in immigration court.

    ‘Prosecutorial discretion is an indispensable feature of any functioning legal system,’ reads the new guidance, written by Biden appointed chief ICE attorney Kerry Doyle.

    ‘The exercise of prosecutorial discretion, where appropriate, can preserve limited government resources, achieve just and fair outcomes in individual cases, and advance DHS’s mission of administering and enforcing the immigration laws of the United States in a smart and sensible way that promotes public confidence,’ Doyle wrote.

    ‘Consistent with the enforcement guidance issued by Secretary Mayorkas, ICE focuses its civil immigration enforcement priorities on the apprehension and removal of non-citizens who pose a threat to our national security, public safety, and border security, consistent with all legal requirements and applicable court orders,’ the ICE spokesperson said.

    The exercising discretion portion of the memo means that Mayorkas’ definition of non-priority ICE cases can just be taken off the dockets. This is how Mayorkas sees handling the backlog of cases – just dismiss them. This falls in line with the general attitude of the Biden administration. None of them show any concern for the humanitarian crisis on the southern border. The open border is deliberate, as are the DHS policies that now allow thousands of illegal migrants to remain in the United States, many without monitors. They are told to show up at an ICE office when they get to their destination to continue processing their asylum claims.

    Biden promised blanket amnesty for illegal immigrants when he ran for office. This action sure looks like a step in that direction. The Biden administration has restricted how ICE lawyers and Border Patrol agents can perform their jobs. The focus now is mainly on turning back single adults that cross the southern border, allowing all unaccompanied minors and most families to remain. In order to ease the overwhelming crowding at the border, the migrants are being bussed or flown around the country. The Biden administration isn’t serious about handling the consequences of lax enforcement of our borders.”

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    “I am watching a news report of a bus full of illegal migrants arriving in Brownsville, Texas as I write this. They all look to be adult women. This scene is played out daily along the Texas border. Some reports estimate as many as 170,000 migrants waiting along the border to enter the United States. Most are waiting for the green light when Title 42 ends. The Biden administration doesn’t show much concern about the coming explosion in migrants who will be attempting to enter the United States. Dismissing cases and allowing those here illegally to remain in this country is how Team Biden plans to ease the backlog. All this will do is further encourage the waves of migrants to try to make it to the southern border. The Biden border crisis is deliberate and will only get worse.”

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  10. Yes, I know someone who teaches in a pre-school (Christian one) who has had a little boy dressed as a girl. She actually thought he was just in his grown sister’s hand me downs. Nope, the mom made a big deal that he wanted to be a girl. Pre-school teachers did not see that at all. Most others in these situations see the adults in the lives of these poor children push them towards this. Very sad for the children and the others who are also affected. The mother, of course, showers praise on her child for his ‘bravery’ or whatever.

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  11. The talking points have gone out, and the parrot “journalists” are doing their best to spread the propaganda.

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    Or C, both A and B.

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  12. It’s like Obamaphones for illegals.

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    Don’t forget, “Christian” groups are aiding in the invasion.

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  13. Good question….

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  14. Polly wants a cracker…..

    “Media In Sync Trots out ‘QAnon,’ ‘Red Scare’ Cards to Attack Parents Rights Movement

    Questioning SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s sentencing record towards child sex predators and championing Florida’s new parental rights law is supposed evidence of the GOP ginning up a modern-day version of the “red scare,” wrote Washington Post “reporter” Philip Bump.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/04/media-in-sync-trots-out-qanon-red-scare-cards-to-attack-parents-rights-movement/

    “With the recent announcements from Republican Senators Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski that they would vote to confirm President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, you’d think the mainstream media and Democrats would be content. They should be saying that efforts by other Republican Senators to stall her nomination failed and then move on.

    But journalists and their allies on the left are never content with simply acknowledging they “won” their fight. Instead, they work at a frenzied pace to coordinate their message and talking points a la the old “JournoList” days because they want people to believe their political opposition on the right are just awful people who stooped to gutter lows during the battle.

    This week, such has been the case with an emerging narrative from The Usual Suspects. They seek to paint Republicans concerned about Judge Jackson’s light sentencing track record with child sexual predators and also championed the new “Parental Rights in Education” law in Florida as propagandists in a modern-day version of the “red scare,” where there is a child predator/groomer around every corner and a Democrat willing to coddle them.

    Here’s a screenshot from Memeorandum of some recent pieces which alleged QAnon coordination among other bat-crap crazy conspiracies:”

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    “NBC News editor Benjy Sarlin also alleged a “homophobia” component behind the support of Florida’s new law. It prohibits age-inappropriate instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity topics in grades K-3. It enshrines parental rights when it comes to discussions of such sensitive subject matters with children.

    Naturally, that horrifies the liberal media and Democrats, who have been quite vocal over the past year about making sure people know they don’t believe parents should be telling schools what they should teach:”

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  15. It’s the accuracy they hate.

    “Liberals Freak out Over Being Called ‘Groomers'”

    https://redstate.com/bonchie/2022/04/06/liberals-freak-out-over-being-called-groomers-n546263

    “After months of asserting that Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law is actually a “Don’t Say Gay” law, liberals have decided they are really offended at the pushback they’ve received.

    You see, instead of standing idly by as Republicans have been prone to do, many have responded by asking exactly why the left is so obsessed with teaching sexuality and ridiculous gender ideology to small children? As I said in a past piece, I don’t want to call those lying about the Parental Rights in Education law “groomers,” but what else am I supposed to think at this point?

    Do you know what I’ve never thought about doing? Injecting sexuality into children’s programming in order to reinforce my adult views on the topic. I’ve never thought about that because I’m not a groomer, and I don’t use that word lightly, but really, what else would you call this? “Adding queerness” into shows that small kids watch is the kind of activism that should shock and appall everyone. Children are not pawns to be used in the pushing of adult sexual ideology. Yet, Disney employees like Latoya Raveneau are consumed by the practice.

    Remember, it is the left that has spent the last several months telling blatant lies about the bill, which never even mentions the word “gay” in it. It is the left who has accused Ron DeSantis of killing small children because a teacher can’t teach them about being pansexual. It is the left that has used cultural power to promote the sexualization of kids.

    But saying those who propagate that kind of behavior are supporting “grooming” is a bridge too far? Apparently so, and the memo went out over the past week.”

    “To say that I find such pearl-clutching rich is an understatement. Liberals have been calling Republicans literal Nazis for the last five years. They’ve claimed that Republicans are destroying democracy simply by winning elections. If anyone has raised the temperature regarding political rhetoric, it is the left.

    Yet, now that the right has stumbled upon a very apt counter to the “Don’t Say Gay” smear, we are supposed to disengage because it’s “indecent and dangerous” to call the sexualization and indoctrination of children into harmful ideologies grooming? That’s just way too convenient, and it’s not a call most Republicans are going to heed.

    Megan Basham put out a post Tuesday that perfectly encompasses my thoughts on the matter.”

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  16. “House Dem: Big Oil is profiteering by, er … doing what we demanded”

    https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2022/04/06/house-dem-big-oil-is-profiteering-by-er-doing-what-we-demanded-n460414

    “If Merriam-Webster could embed tweets in its definitions, you’d find this attached to the entry for “hypocrite.” In fact, CNBC thought this exchange between Joe Kernan and House Democrat Jan Schakowsky was so laughably hypocritical that they made sure to highlight it on Twitter. Schakowsky plans to hold a hearing on Big Oil’s supposed price gouging, but Kernan reminds Schakowsky that she and her colleagues spent last year haranguing oil executives to cut back production — including a vote to end fracking in the US.

    Oddly, Schakowsky doesn’t want to discuss that:”

    “In another measure of how dumb the “gouging” argument is, oil production is actually up this year, due in no small part to the fracking that Schakowsky tried to stop. Reuters reported three months ago that oil producers got spurred into higher production thanks to the higher spot and futures prices, which makes hash of Schakowsky’s economic paranoia:

    As oil prices have surged past $80 a barrel, U.S oil and gas producers are paving the way for faster production by expanding new well completions in the Permian Basin of west Texas and New Mexico, the country’s top shale oil field, according to research data.

    The number of pressure pumping units at work in the Permian rose 5% in December, over the previous month, analysts at Tudor, Pickering, Holt and Co said. Pressure pumping is one of the last steps required to complete a well.

    The Permian will account for vast majority of this year’s projected boost in U.S. output of up to 900,000 barrels per day. Output fell last year to about 11.18 million bpd on storm-related cutbacks and as demand collapsed during the pandemic, according to government data.

    Rising shale flows come as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies have struggled in recent months to meet targets for higher production. Unrest in Kazakhstan and Libya have raised supply concerns, sending U.S. oil prices to more than $81 per barrel, from $53 a year ago.

    “Pressure pumping” is fracking, which has turned out to be a cost-effective and efficient way to unlock gas and oil from shale. It’s more expensive than traditional drilling, so it’s more profitable when oil prices get above a certain level, but that level isn’t necessarily as high a $80 a barrel either. This demonstrates that oil companies are incentivized to produce more when prices rise rather than less, which is Econ 101, as it provides better profitability. It also demonstrates that fracking is a big key to scalable American production, necessary to meet demand spikes as well as strategic longer-term issues such as national security and undercutting prices from production from rogue nations such as Russia, Iran, and Venezuela.”

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  17. Nope, no groomers here….. 🙄

    “Cole Sprouse says female Disney Channel stars were ‘heavily sexualized’ by the network”

    https://news.yahoo.com/cole-sprouse-female-disney-channel-stars-heavily-sexualized-network-suite-life-riverdale-185111894.html

    “If there’s one thing Cole Sprouse knows all too well, it’s the high price of fame.

    Alongside his twin brother, Dylan, the Sprouse brothers starred in a string of projects in the late-1990s and early-2000s — including the Adam Sandler film Big Daddy, Friends (as Ross’s son) and the Disney Channel smash hit, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

    As Sprouse explained to the New York Times, the pair worked so tirelessly that they were officially burned out by the time they turned 18.

    “I started acting when I was so young that I hadn’t actually attempted, as an adult, to think about if I really enjoyed performance,” reflected Sprouse, 29, who quit acting to study archaeology at New York University following his Disney Channel fame.

    It wasn’t until he decided to fulfill a promise he’d made to his manager to give one more round of TV auditions before quitting for good that he ended up booking a starring role on the CW’s Riverdale in 2017, which is currently filming its seventh season.

    “When I returned, I reminded myself that I do very much love the art of acting,” Sprouse said. “But I still have a very complicated relationship to celebrity culture,” adding that he saw the “trauma” of fame firsthand growing up as a child star.

    “My brother and I used to get quite a bit of, ‘Oh, you made it out! Oh, you’re unscathed!’ No,” the Moonshot actor said when asked about surviving early stardom. “The young women on the channel we were on [Disney Channel] were so heavily sexualized from such an earlier age than my brother and I that there’s absolutely no way that we could compare our experiences. And every single person going through that trauma has a unique experience.”

    “When we talk about child stars going nuts, what we’re not actually talking about is how fame is a trauma,” he continued. “So I’m violently defensive against people who mock some of the young women who were on the channel when I was younger because I don’t feel like it adequately comprehends the humanity of that experience and what it takes to recover.”

    He added, “To be quite honest, as I have now gone through a second big round of this fame game as an adult, I’ve noticed the same psychological effects that fame yields upon a group of young adults as I did when I was a child. I just think people have an easier time hiding it when they’re older.””

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  18. Well lefties, you made the rules, so enjoy!

    And remember, as you said, silence is violence, right?

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    You made the rules lefties, we’re just playing by them. 🙂

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  20. Yep. Another fraud on America from Democrats and the media propagandists.

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  21. Nothing to see……

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    Silence is violence Jen. Not to mention it’s usually an indication of guilt.

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  22. Do it. Every Republican Gov. should follow suit. Overrun them and let them reap what they sowed.

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