June, 2017

Germans pass law imposing fines on Facebook, Twitter etc. if they don’t delete ‘hate speech’

I think we forget sometimes as Americans that the First Amendment doesn’t cover the whole world. The American left may be attacking free speech in this country, but they don’t have much hope of succeeding at the moment, at least, given that we still have a slight conservative majority on the Supreme Court that’s willing to defend the Constitution (most of the time).

The rest of the world is an entirely different story, and that could present a problem for social media companies who understandably wish to operate on a global basis. And the problem is no longer just theoretical. Germany has just made it very real:

German lawmakers have passed a controversial law under which Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies could face fines of up to €50 million ($57 million) for failing to remove hate speech. The Network Enforcement Act, commonly referred to as the “Facebook law,” was passed by the Bundestag, Germany’s parliamentary body, on Friday. It will go into effect in October.

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, June 30, 2017 - Full Story

Army Personnel Object to “Transgender Training”

Fort Benning, GA - Liberty Counsel has issued a letter to Fort Benning Army Base commanding officers requesting them to comply with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) Instruction which provides Army personnel religious accommodation and exemption from so-called “transgender” directives which violate their sincerely held religious beliefs and conscience.

The letter states that RFRA and DOD Instruction requires the Army to provide religious accommodation and exemption from compliance with “transgender directives” which violate rights of conscience or religious beliefs, when such exemption has no effect on the accomplishment of the Army’s actual mission.

By Liberty Counsel - Friday, June 30, 2017 - Full Story

Roku is the Answer to Media Bias

Since AIM founder Reed Irvine hired me out of college in 1978, amazing changes have taken place in the media landscape. Reed’s penetrating analysis of liberal media bias encouraged the search for alternatives. People became skeptical of what was piped into their homes. The days when world government advocate and anti-defense liberal Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in America faded fast.

Still, the bias persists. One can understand President Donald Trump’s disgust with such Comcast properties as MSNBC, while hoping that the President would take some time proposing alternatives. The good news he should proclaim is that conservative alternative networks are becoming more widely available through the emergence of Internet streaming devices such as Roku and a phenomenon called cord-cutting.

National Cut the Cord Day on July 7 is an example of what’s happening to the media landscape.

By Cliff Kincaid - Friday, June 30, 2017 - Full Story

United Nations Hosts Two-Day Anti-Israel Palestinian Forum at its Headquarters

The United Nations once again has displayed its anti-Israel bias by hosting what is called the “United Nations Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation.”  The United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People has organized the two-day meeting. Representatives affiliated or working with two terrorist organizations - Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) - are taking part.

Palestinian representative Saeb Erekat told the Israel haters that “Hamas and the PFLP are not terrorist organizations.”  Erekat also said that the way to defeat ISIS is by ending the Israeli “occupation.” He added, “The Israeli government, headed by Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, is trying to replace the two-state solution with one state, two systems, apartheid.”

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon responded to such nonsense, saying, “They have no shame. These are lies and incitement from those who are paying terrorists to kill innocent Israelis.”

By Joseph A. Klein - Friday, June 30, 2017 - Full Story

Did Illegals Voting Give Hillary the Edge?

The AntiFa Resist 45 Movement loves to point out that Hillary won the popular vote.

However, if you get down into the weeds a bit the picture that materializes isn’t quite what we have been led to believe by the Democrat Party, their bully-boy street thugs, or their media megaphone.

As reported in Investor’s Business Daily if you take California out of the equation it is a completely different picture.

If you look at every other measure, Trump was the clear and decisive winner in this election.

By Dr. Robert R. Owens - Friday, June 30, 2017 - Full Story

Radical Feminists Troll Rep. McClintock, Then Claim Victimhood

Recently radical activists forced California GOP Rep. Tom McClintock to need police escorts out of district town hall meetings when things turned violent.

Yet in another hit piece on McClintock Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee clearly sided with the same feminist activists who trolled his district town hall meetings, and then claimed the Congressman’s office threatened them when they called in.

The Bee writer, Anita Chabria, who claims to be a “race, immigration and social justice reporter” interviewed three women for the article who claim to be victims. “They started saying that we were impeding…the functioning of a federal office and that we were in violation of a federal law,” said Alisa Jaffe Holleron. “I felt like it was threatening. I felt like they were telling me I was breaking a law and if you break a law you can get in trouble.”

By Katy Grimes - Friday, June 30, 2017 - Full Story

H.R. 60 would allow illegal aliens to serve in the military

First, I am saddened that the sponsor of this heinous bill is a republican.  Congressman Jeff Denham is the sponsor behind trying to bring ENLIST Act (H.R. 60) to the floor of Congress.  If the bill became law, it would permit certain illegal immigrants to serve in the military and grant them near-instant citizenship.  While I understand the desire to be fair to the children who came as illegals into the United States by no fault of their own, and I desire to give them some kind of path to remain in the United States (preferably a path that would find a way to keep the ones who truly wish to patriotically assimilate, and remove the ones who do not wish to make America constitutional again), amnesty through the military is not the way to do it.

As a military veteran, I understand that having people in the military who may or may not have full allegiance to the country, and only enlisted because it may be a path for them to become an instant citizen, does not improve our military, enhance military preparedness, or improve our readiness as a nation to defend itself against enemies.  In fact, it may potentially allow enemies of our great nation to infiltrate with more ease into our military.  H.R. 60 is yet another bill designed to use the military as a laboratory for normalizing leftist schemes, which in this case would normalize amnesty for illegal immigration and essentially codify Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty.

By Douglas V. Gibbs - Friday, June 30, 2017 - Full Story

AMERICAN JOURNALISM, R.I.P.

FINALLY:  A mere 90+ seconds video containing many, many, MANY hours worth of education about the recent history of the American Press:

By Morry Markovitz - Friday, June 30, 2017 - Full Story

John McEnroe is Right: Serena Williams Couldn’t Beat Eggs on Men’s Tour

It’s a sad time when simple truths cause serious trouble. But that time is now, and a good example is how former number-one tennis player John McEnroe is being excoriated for stating that Serena Williams, widely regarded as history’s best women’s player, would be “like number 700 in the world” on the men’s tour. The story is also further proof of how the media are infested with arrogant, ignorant fake-news fetishists.

I do place a premium on honesty, however, and thus should confess my title’s inaccuracy. McEnroe is wrong.

I don’t think Williams would crack the top 1000 men.

By Selwyn Duke - Friday, June 30, 2017 - Full Story

Nearly doomed by too little CO2

Aside from protests by Al Gore, Leonardo Di Caprio and friends, the public didn’t seem to raise its CO2 anguish much above the Russians-election frenzy when Trump exited the Paris Climate Accords.

Statistician Bjorn Lomborg had already pointed out that the Paris CO2 emission promises would cost $100 trillion dollars that no one has, and make only a 0.05 degree difference in Earth’s 2100 AD temperature. Others say perhaps a 0.2 degree C (0.3 degrees F) difference, and even that would hold only in the highly unlikely event that all parties actually kept their voluntary pledges.

What few realize, however, is that during the last Ice Age too little CO2 in the air almost eradicated mankind. That’s when much-colder water in oceans (that were 400 feet shallower than today) sucked most of the carbon dioxide from the air; half of North America, Europe and Asia were buried under mile-high glaciers that obliterated everything in their paths; and bitterly cold temperatures further retarded plant growth.

By Dennis Avery - Friday, June 30, 2017 - Full Story

Pallister right to challenge legality of Ottawa-imposed carbon tax

REGINA, SK: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is applauding Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister for serving notice to Ottawa that the province may take legal action to defend itself against a federally imposed carbon tax.

“It’s wrong for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to impose a carbon tax scheme that disregards huge investments in hydro power and damages the economy” said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “Manitobans don’t want a carbon tax and Premier Pallister is right to stand up for people in his province.”

Premier Pallister drew a clear line in the sand in a government release issued on June 29.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation - Friday, June 30, 2017 - Full Story

Questions We’re Often Asked: Roses

“Won’t you come into my garden? I would like my roses to see you,” propositioned Richard B. Sheridan to a delicate damsel. But roses go far further back than libidinous 18th-century playwrights.

As with royalty elsewhere, the Queen of Flowers traces her ancestry to many sources resulting in numerous descendants not all, alas, well documented. The exquisite selection means offerings for every level of gardener, from the keen rosarian to the most modest weekend householder.

By Wes Porter - Friday, June 30, 2017 - Full Story

Trump: Repeal ObamaCare now, replace it later

Seems to me we’re going full-circle on this. There was talk before Trump was even inaugurated that it might make more sense to do a quick ObamaCare repeal and then embark on a longer process of crafting new legislation, as needed, to fix what’s still wrong with American health care - which is a lot.

Republicans across the board seemed to prefer doing repeal and replace all at once, but it’s getting more dicey by the day to say with confidence they can pass any sort of bill. Remember, even if the Senate bill passes, they still have to go to conference committee to iron out their differences with the House version and then come back and get majorities to support the conference report. You think that’s a slam dunk?

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, June 30, 2017 - Full Story

Three states refuse to give voter roll data to President’s commission on election integrity

Yesterday, we learned that President Trump’s commission on election integrity fired off a letter to all 50 state governments.  In it was a request for voter roll data including “including their names, birthdays, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers and their voting history dating back to 2006.”  So far, three states - California, Virginia, and Kentucky - have signaled that they will not honor the request.

In California’s case, the reason given is: “participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President.”

Hmmmmm…  From THE HILL

By Robert Laurie - Friday, June 30, 2017 - Full Story

U.S. sanctions Chinese bank for helping North Korea finance nuke program

The murderers of Otto Warmbier are trying to develop the ability to murder much larger numbers of people, halfway around the world if possible. That takes money, and to date much of that money has come through China’s Bank of Dandong.

It’s probably not going to topple the Bowl Cut Jr. regime all by itself, but today the Trump Administration is taking the first step to cut off the funds that make it possible for North Korea to seek nuclear weapons:

The U.S. Treasury Department said in an online notice published on Thursday the Bank of Dandong had served as a gateway for North Korea to access the U.S. financial system. Authorities said 17 percent of Dandong’s customer transactions in the bank’s U.S. accounts had ties to North Korea.

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, June 30, 2017 - Full Story

Boo Hoo Baby Brian Karem Just Couldn’t Take It Anymore

There’s the ‘cable guy’, the ‘Morning guy’ and now ‘nudie guy’, reporter Brian Karem, who’s telling the world that he blew up at spokeswoman Sarah Sanders because he “can’t take it anymore”.

Karem, who can’t take being put in his place by a woman with her clothes on, is now MSM championed as a hero for coming to the rescue of Fake News Emperor With No Clothes On, CNN.

You can’t make this stuff up, only the BARE facts.

By Judi McLeod - Thursday, June 29, 2017 - Full Story

ABC pays settlement to meat company for its phony, completely dishonest ‘pink slime’ story

We told you about this back in March, when ABC thought it could escape culpability for its falsehoods by getting a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against it by Beef Products Inc.

That didn’t work.

ABC scared the bejeezus out of a lot of people, and caused Beef Products Inc. to have to lay off employees, all by using a lot of frightening words and innuendo that had nothing to do with the truth. The meat processed by the company is perfectly safe. The whole story was based on nothing, and sensationalized by one of those crusading reporters who wants you to think he’s the big hero standing up for truth and justice.

By Dan Calabrese - Thursday, June 29, 2017 - Full Story

US Sen. Kamala Harris, Dems, Abuse Offices for Witch-Hunt of Investigative Journalists

Undercover videos surfaced in 2015 showing Planned Parenthood officials openly discussing buying and selling the body parts and organs from aborted babies for research. Rather than opening an investigation into Planned Parenthood for trafficking in human body parts, California’s then-Attorney General Kamala Harris, a Democrat, filed charges against the undercover investigators, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress. Harris ordered Daleiden’s home to be raided, and using 11 agents, confiscated video research and evidence, in an attempt to prevent millions of people from seeing what actually goes on inside Planned Parenthood.

Harris’s successor, appointed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, also a Democrat, egregiously brought 15 felony charges against Daleiden and co-investigator Sandra Merritt for making public “confidential communications” and “invasion of privacy,” even though the videos were filmed in public places, the Independent Journal Review reported. However, last week, a California court ruled that 14 of the 15 counts against Daleiden and Merritt were legally insufficient, and dismissed all but one of the criminal charges against them.


In an editorial, even the Los Angeles Times noted: “Never in the history of California has anyone been charged with a crime for an undercover investigation. There was a recent similar case of animal abuse being outed by undercover videos. No charges were brought in that case.”

By Katy Grimes - Thursday, June 29, 2017 - Full Story

God Bless You, Montague

As always, I started walking when the sun first lightened the horizon. This daily routine provides time to pray and to recite poetry.

A favorite quotation from Lorraine Hansberry’s play, “A Raisin In The Sun,” came to mind.

“Child, when do you think is the time to love somebody the most? When he’s done good and made things easy for everybody? That ain’t the time at all. It’s when he’s at his lowest and can’t believe in himself because the world has whipped him so! When you start measuring somebody, measure him right … make sure you’ve taken into account … the hills and valleys he’s come through … to get to wherever he is.”

By Jimmy Reed - Thursday, June 29, 2017 - Full Story