Nine stories on petty dictators, liberal policies, and witch hunts

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Petty dictators use the coronavirus to push political narratives

  1. California released seven sex offenders during the coronavirus scare

Townhall comments on the seven sex offenders released by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Seven sex offenders, considered “high risk” by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, were recently released despite minimum required sentences for sex offenders who violate their parole.

Todd SpitzerOrange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer is warning residents about high-risk sex offenders being released by appointed Court Commissioner Joseph Dane. In the name of “safety,” inmates are being released in order to promote social distancing. But it’s also important to maintain social distancing between criminals and potential victims.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes told the Orange County Board of Supervisors that the population in the county jail system has been reduced nearly 45 percent since Mar. 7, and there are currently no issues with overcrowding.

“These kinds of high-risk sex offenders are the most dangerous kind of criminal and the most likely to re-offend,” said District Attorney Spitzer. “They are doing everything they can to avoid detection by the parole officers assigned to monitor them so they can potentially commit additional sex offenses. These are not the kind of people who should be getting a break.”

The released offenders were convicted of sex crimes and violated their parole by removing or disabling their GPS monitors.

(Read more at Townhall)

That is, to paraphrase a conference call by Jim Clyburn …

Representative Clyburn has been reported to have said, “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.” Now it seems that we could safely say that there is no depth Democrats will not dip to while pushing their jackbooted heels into our necks.

  1. Felon released three times due to California coronavirus zero bail policy

The International Business Times reports that a felon was released three times in a day due to the California coronavirus zero bail policy.

Police in Glendora, CA arrested then released a suspect three times in just one day because of California’s zero-bail put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

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Dijon Landrum

According to police, a 24-year-old man named Dijon Landrum, was caught by police thrice for stealing a variety of items, including the two times he stole a car to escape, but was released after only a citation each time.

California currently has a zero-bail policy in place as the state continues to battle the spread of COVID-19 in its prisons, just as other prisons around the country battle outbreaks.

In a statement, Glendora Police Department said Landrum was first arrested when they responded to a call at 8:28 AM of Wednesday (April 29). He was attempting to escape the scene in a vehicle stolen out of East Los Angeles and was caught with stolen property and drugs.

Due to the zero-bail policy, Glendora PD issued him a citation and released him.

Landrum was arrested again after police responded to another call at 2:20 PM about a man carrying a box and walking through the front yards of several houses. He was caught carrying items he did not own.

(Read more at International Business Times)

So you reported and testified against the deviant who raped the little girl — what do you do now?

Other than protecting yourself from attack, there is little the individual citizen can do. Still, if you have ceded your protection to the state, you have nothing you can do and nobody you can blame other than yourself.

  1. Don’t book em, Dano: HCSO releases burglars on coronavirus fears

The Michael Berry Show on iHeart points out how the Harris County Sheriff’s Office has gone to releasing suspected burglars because they had no record.

Three men were arrested burglarizing vehicles in a West University neighborhood.

Police caught the three suspects, but they were all immediately freed because the Harris County Sheriff’s Office would not accept them because they had “no prior arrests”.

From the West University Police Department: (our emphasis added)

WestU“On Tuesday April 28, officers, after receiving a call from a vigilant citizen, apprehended three suspects that had been burglarizing vehicles in the area of the 4200 block of Tennyson. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted and two counts of Burglary of Motor Vehicles (BMV) were accepted on all three suspects. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Joint Processing Center was also contacted and West U officers were advised that the Sheriff’s Office would not accept the suspects due to the suspects having no prior arrests for BMV. As a result of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office refusal to accept the suspects, West U Officers had no choice but to release the suspects from the scene.”

(Read more at the Michael Berry Show)

Harris County citizens, are you protecting yourselves and your property?

If you are, then good. If not, then do not expect the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to protect you (especially as long as Democrat Adrian Garcia works harder to back up Judge Lina Hildago than to protect the citizens).

  1. Liberal Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg’s family violence fiasco of more than 3,350 abusers

Investigative reporter Wayne Dolcefino uncovers a fiasco of family abuse and murder (all blamed by District Attorney Ogg on the coronavirus panic).

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District Attorney Kim Ogg

More than 3,350 domestic abusers have avoided jail time since Kim Ogg became the chief law enforcement officer in Harris County, including hundreds of serial abusers with multiple convictions.

The investigation by Dolcefino Consulting appears to fly in the face of Ogg’s repeated campaign promises to protect the victims of domestic abuse. Just this month, Ogg sent out another campaign mailer on the subject – after women’s groups reported a 40% increase in domestic violence calls during the COVID-19 shutdown.

One of the horror stories uncovered involves Ashley Durrett, a Laporte mother, who was systematically beaten while she was pregnant, jeopardizing the life of her unborn daughter. Durrett documented the bruising all over her body in letters to Ogg’s office and wanted her attacker to get a 10-year prison term. Instead, Ogg’s office gave her assailant, Gene Ysidron, a four-year deferred adjudication term despite the fact that the conviction was his second conviction for family violence. Durrett says she got the news that Ysidron was not going to prison when the District Attorney’s Office called her on the phone.

“I was in the middle of Walmart crying and I asked them why didn’t they let me testify,” Durrett told Dolcefino Consulting in an interview. “For them to tell me he was getting away with a slap on the wrist I was terrified. She is not protecting anybody. Like at all.”

“Kim Ogg swept into office capitalizing on the mistreatment of a rape victim,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “Ashley Durrett’s story may now haunt Ogg in her campaign for reelection. Talk is cheap. The facts about Ogg’s record are undeniable,” says Dolcefino.

Domestic violence is the leading cause of homicides in Harris County.

Nearly 23, 000 criminal defendants have been granted deferred adjudication since Ogg took office in January of 2017. Of the 3,364 domestic abusers given deferred, 591 of them were convicted of aggravated assault of a family member and 124 were convicted of continuous family violence. Based on the Dolcefino Consulting review of thousands of criminal case files, 561 domestic abusers in Harris County avoided jail under Kim Ogg despite a previous conviction for domestic violence.

(Read more at Dolcefino)

I guess this pretty well kills the tagline “We’re in this together” from the coronavirus scare team

Mind you, coronavirus is a real disease that can kill; however, so can influenza, pneumonia, and a number of other diseases. But when it comes to anything that can be weaponized (as COVID-19 has when it comes as a tool for completing Democrat objectives like 1the release of sex offenders, 2the release of murderers, 3the release of abusers,4the harassment of a duly-elected Republican President, and 5anything else on their list), there is no “we” or “us” — there is only the Democrat way.

  1. All types of crime have risen with stay-at-home orders

Townhall points out how crime has risen with the various stay-at-home orders around the nation.

Most types of crime seem to be falling as jurisdictions across the country order residents to stay at home. But auto thefts and burglaries are reportedly on the rise in some areas of the country as criminals take advantage of isolated people and closed businesses all doing their part to stop the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.

crimeNew York City has experienced a drop in most types of crime since the city’s residents were ordered to stay at home. The New York Police Department’s seven major crimes fell 36 percent overall in the week of March 23-29 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to the city’s CompStat figures. The two exceptions were burglary and grand larceny auto. Burglaries in New York City were up around 22 percent in March compared to the same month the previous year.

Vehicle thefts are up 47 percent in St. Louis, Missouri, according to University of Missouri-St. Louis Criminologist Rick Rosenfeld, while most other types of crime have fallen.

Restaurants around the country are reportedly experiencing break-ins while contending with mandatory shutdowns.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports an uptick of burglaries in the city, following Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home executive order. In the seven day period ending March 24, there were 320 property crimes reported. During the same period the previous two years, there were an average of 285 cases. The Tribune reports the increase is due primarily to an increase in the number of auto thefts. Burglaries of businesses are also making up a larger share of reported crimes, as businesses deemed nonessential have been ordered to close. Robberies in Minneapolis are up as well.

In an interview with Breitbart Texas, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says burglaries in the city are up 20 percent since stay-at-home orders were issued in Harris County. Chief Acevedo is concerned about habitual criminals now being released by the county following an order from County Judge Lina Hidalgo.

Burglaries are also on the rise in West Palm Beach County, Florida, according to State Attorney Dave Aronberg. Elsewhere in Florida, Collier County sheriff deputies are reporting a surge in the number of car burglaries.

“We have seen an uptick in the number of burglaries because, unfortunately, some people are trying to take advantage of others during this time of crisis,” Aronberg told WPTV 5’s Merris Badcock.

(Read more at Townhall)

When will the press see a connection between the lockdown and various ill effects?

Before Lina Hildago was overruled in her wear-a-mask order, the President of the Harris County Deputies Organization said (but the emphasis is mine):

I have not met one person in law enforcement who is going to enforce that order.

We are stretched thin. Murders are up 63% and we are concerned about having a citation issued to citizens if they are not wearing a mask?

I have heard more recent, credible sources that have said murders are up 150% and suicides have skyrocketed.

  1. From charges of Russian Collusion to Ukrainian Collusion to Impeachment: Now the Democrats want to investigate Trump on Coronavirus

Breitbart points out how the Democrats want to waste more time and money with a fourth attempt at Trump in the House of Representatives.

impeach-trump-adam-schiff-3President Donald Trump ripped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday for creating a new select investigative committee to look into his handling of the coronavirus.

“This is not the time for politics. Endless, partisan investigations, here we go again,” Trump said at the White House press briefing.

Democrats announced Thursday that they would create a new select committee to investigate President Trump’s response efforts and his $2 trillion economic relief package.

“Where there’s money, there’s also frequently mischief,” Pelosi said while announcing the creation of the committee.

The president expressed disgust that Pelosi launched another “witch hunt” investigation during a crisis in the country.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Once was enough. Twice was an outrage. Three times is down-right stupid of the Democrats. Now Nancy preps for round four.

Could it be that the media’s continual, sickening focus on “coronavirus, coronavirus, coronavirus” due to an attempt to hide this idiocy on the part of San Fran Nan? Is the media trying to prevent the slow-motion suicide of the Democrat party by continually covering this pandemic?

  1. Democrats more likely than Republicans to report neighbors during pandemic

With a hat tip to Jimmy Barrett on KTRH and Bunkerville (who both beat me to this story), it seems that Just the News reports that Democrats are more likely to snitch on neighbors than Independents and Republicans.

Democrats are far more likely than Republicans to say they’d report neighbors for holding a social gathering in violation of coronavirus stay-at-home orders, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

“There is a huge partisan difference,” Rasmussen said. “By a 44% to 31% margin, a plurality of Democrats would turn in their neighbors. By a 60% to 25% margin, Republicans would not. Independents are evenly divided. Other data I’ve released shows that a plurality of Republicans now believe the worst of the pandemic is behind us. Democrats strongly disagree.”

05.01 JTN POLL would you report neighborsJust 36% of voters overall say they would report their neighbors to police for having a social gathering of 15 to 20 people, in violation of stay-at-home rules. Forty-three percent (43%) would not.

(Read more at Just the News)

This article goes a long way to explaining why there were 450 snitches turning in businesses in Houston

Considering that the overall population of the Houston area is 6.33 million, it’s not surprising that there might be 450 die-hard Democrats spread across Houston.

  1. Virginia admits to padding coronavirus testing numbers in a way that can easily fool the public

Biz Pac Review reports that Virginia’s coronavirus response team admitted to padding the numbers of those purportedly tested.

At a time when Americans are clamoring for accurate information about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some officials in certain states are doing their best to make the task more difficult.

Like Virginia.

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Virginia’s coronavirus response team

Last week, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s ‘coronavirus response team’ essentially admitted to padding the state’s testing numbers after announcing a sudden 15 percent spike.

“You need to know the exact number of tests not the number of people who had tests,” Dr. Daniel Carey, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, told reporters.

As such, the Virginia Department of Health announced that it will begin counting the number of positive tests, not the number of people who test positive. So, if the same person is tested more than once and all of those tests come back positive, they will be added to the overall ‘positive’ test count, which makes for a major inaccuracy.

“We realized for Virginia that that change in methodology made a clear sense because we want to make sure that other number that we’re reporting since so many folks are focusing on that as we move into the phases so as one of the important indicators,” Carey said, in what seems like babble.

This system of counting multiple positive tests on the same person is something only a bureaucrat or a functionary would love.

Most Americans don’t care how many tests are being done, they want to know how many people have been tested, and more importantly how many are positive, so they can feel more comfortable knowing how the disease is either progressing or receding before venturing out in public again or going back to work.

The number of positive tests, however, will artificially boost the ‘positives’ and that will be all most people will hear; they will see that ‘X number of positive tests’ and believe that it represents an equivalent number of people, which, of course, won’t be true.

Worse, Virginia isn’t the only state engaged in this chicanery. WWBT reports that “other states” including North Carolina is also counting the number of positive tests, not the number of people testing positive.

What’s more, this development comes as Democrats, especially, have been calling for ‘more testing’ in order to argue against states that are opening their economies, albeit more slowly than many Americans would like.

Without ‘more testing,’ they say, it’s ‘too dangerous’ to reopen. Well, padding testing numbers would seem to add to the justification of reopening economies.

But isn’t Virginia a bluish-purple state? Yes, it is. So why would the state’s Democrat governor be in favor of padding testing numbers? Perhaps because he is beginning to understand how economically devastating it has been to keep his state on coronavirus lockdown.

(Read more at Biz Pac Review)

  1. Salon A La Mode Owner, Shelley Luther arrested: ‘Feeding my kids isn’t selfish. I’m not closing the salon.’

Dallas CBS affiliate CBSDFW reports that the salon owner who opened in order to feed her family and keep her employees fed has remained defiant of the overreaching Dallas government.

Salon À la Mode owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail for criminal and civil contempt and a $7,000 fine today for defying Governor Greg Abbott’s stay-at-home rules.

Dallas Judge Eric Moye found Luther continued to operate her hair salon in violation of the governor’s order and in violation of a restraining order from the court.

She and her business are also each being fined $500 for every day… seven in all so far… that it was open in violation of the governor’s order. Judge Moye said the salon would continue to rack up a $500 fine for every day it remains open between now and Friday – when Abbott has said all salons can open.

Last week, Luther received a cease-and-desist letter from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins ordering her to close the salon — and she publicly ripped it up. In defying the order, Luther has gained many supporters, among them the Open Texas movement.

Several of her supporters waited outside the courtroom and were visibly displeased by her arrest.

“If you would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that your own actions were selfish, putting your own interest ahead of those in the community in which you live,” Judge Moye said, offering her a chance to avoid jail time. He said he would consider only giving her a fine, if she apologized, acknowledged she was wrong, and agreed to keep her business closed until Friday, when the governor has announced all salons may open.

“I have much respect for this court and laws. I have never been in this position before and it’s not someplace that I want to be,” Luther responded. “But I have to disagree with you sir, when you say that I’m selfish because feeding my kids — is not selfish. I have hair stylists that are going hungry because they’d rather feed their kids. So sir, if you think the law is more important than kids getting fed, then please go ahead with you decision but I am not going to shut the salon.”

(Read more at CBSDFW)

Remember, this decision came from the same county court where 1,000 felons were released

Recently, Dallas Sheriff Marian Brown released 1,000 felons based on her fears of a coronavirus outbreak. With that in mind, consider now that a social justice judge has assessed a $7,000 fine and thrown this woman in jail for little more than her desire to work.

Liberal hyperbole


Bob Woodward hyperventilates

Liberal hyperbole on the wall

Woodward: We’re in a ‘Governing Crisis’ — ‘This Is Not Just Another Government Shutdown’

Bob Woodward again feels a need to broadcast his anti-Trump views through CNN, as reported by Breitbart in a 26 December 2018 article.

During Wednesday’s “New Day” on CNN, journalist Bob Woodward commented on the ongoing partial government shutdown along with Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis’ departure, calling what is going on right now in the White House a “governing crisis.”

“It’s a governing crisis,” Woodward stated. “[W]e better face the reality. This is a dangerous time. This is not just another government shutdown or another example of this impasse. It is something people better think about.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Are we really in a governing crisis? Sometimes I wonder whether we are in a reporting crisis. That is, with the drop in the market over the 22 and 24th followed by the surges on the 26th and 27th, I wonder about the power of the media to both shape and withhold information. I think of the second year of over 90% negative coverage of Trump while they continue to suck up to the head of Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the NSA scandal, the IRS scandal, and too many other scandals to list here.

What would happen if we did not have a partisan press?

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Liberal hyperbole as they try to take advantage of things they oppose

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Jesus was a ‘refugee’ in Christmas tweet

Despite the fact that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez unconditionally supports “a woman’s freedom of choice,” belongs to the party that booed God at its last convention, and makes sport of subverting Christians’ religious rights, she now wants to glom onto the sympathy for the Christ Child as she has been reported by Houston Fox affiliate in a 26 December 2018 article to have claimed the manger-ridden Jesus to be a refugee.

U.S. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., wished her Twitter followers a Merry Christmas Tuesday by referring to the newborn Jesus as a “refugee.”

“Joy to the World!” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Merry Christmas everyone – here’s to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people. (Including refugee babies in mangers + their parents.)”

Mary and Joseph are not depicted as refugees in the Nativity story. According to the Gospel of Luke, Joseph brings the pregnant Mary to Bethlehem so that he may enroll in a census ordered by the Roman emperor Augustus. The couple are forced to take shelter in the stable where Jesus is born due to a lack of room at the inn.

However, in the Gospel of Matthew, Mary and Joseph flee into Egypt with the infant Jesus after King Herod of Judea orders the murder of every boy aged two and under in Bethlehem after the Magi ask him where to find the newborn “King of the Jews.” The Holy Family escape the slaughter and are told by an angel to return to Israel once Herod is dead.

(Read more at Fox)

I can pray for this leader and show love to her; however, I cannot be quiet, because she has been (1) just making political points using the name of Jesus and (2) acting as a vocal opponent to Christian causes like the fight for life and the struggle for religious rights within our society. To remain quiet would mean denying my Christian brothers and sisters.

Liberal hyperbole on a lie

Newsweek falsely reports on Trump visit to troops

Reporters at Newsweek falsely reported in a 26 December 2018 article that President Trump had not visited the troops at the front lines.

Donald Trump is the first U.S. president to not visit troops over the Christmas holiday since 2002. On Tuesday morning, Trump continued the presidential tradition of telephoning military personnel, using the occasion to address the partial government shutdown over funding for his long- promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But did not visit with any troops in person.

His actions stood in contrast with last year’s, when Trump spoke with wounded veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on December 21, bestowing the Purple Heart on one injured soldier and praising military personnel as “some of the bravest people anywhere in the world.”

But this year he sidestepped that tradition. Between 2009 and 2016, President Barack Obama visited with troops stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, every year over Christmas, NBC reported, while President George W. Bush visited Walter Reed every Christmas between 2003 and 2008, passing on the opportunity in 2002 and 2001.

In yesterday’s call with U.S. troops stationed abroad, Trump used the time to reassert his position that the government shutdown would not end until he received $5 billion for his long-promised border wall.

(Read more at Newsweek)

Sometimes, I wish they would try to check their information instead of just publishing things that help Democrats and hurt conservative Republicans.

President Trump visits the troops

Donald and Melania Trump make surprise visit to US troops in Iraq

In a New York Post article published on the same day, Mark Moore and Nikki Schwab correctly reported that the President and First Lady visited troops in Iraq.

President Trump, who has been criticized for not visiting US troops during the holidays, slipped off to an air base in Iraq on Wednesday.

Trump, wearing a dark suit and red tie, and first lady Melania Trump met with military personnel on Wednesday at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq just west of Baghdad – his first visit with military members in a war zone since he entered the White House almost two years ago.

He told the gathered servicemen and women, many of whom were wearing fatigues, that he has “no plans at all” to pull them out of the country, where they’ve been helping Iraq forces battle Islamic State terrorists.

The commander-in-chief also defended his controversial decision to withdraw the 2,000 US troops in Syria that are leading a global coalition against the terror group.

(Read more at the New York Post)

Thanks to those outlets who do correctly report the news.

Facebook finds itself fighting problems on three fronts


Facebook investors call on Mark Zuckerberg to resign as chairman following damaging report

A 16 November 2018 article at The Telegraph reports that investors at Facebook do not seem enthused with Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership.

Facebook investors have called on the company’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to step down as chairman, following reports that the company hired a public relations firm to smear its critics by drawing links to George Soros.

The attack on Mr Zuckerberg is set to complicate the daunting challenge facing Sir Nick Clegg, Facebook’s new global head of policy and communications, who joined last month and has been asked to conduct a review of Facebook’s use of lobbying firms.

Jonas Kron, a senior vice president at Trillium Asset Management, a US investor which owns an £8.5m stake in Facebook, last night called on Mr Zuckerberg to step down as board chairman in the wake of the report.

“Facebook is behaving like it’s a special snowflake,” he said. “It’s not. It is a company and companies need to have a separation of chair and CEO.”

Both Mr Zuckerberg and Sir Nick have been under pressure following reports Facebook hired Definers, a Republican public relations firm, to help repair its battered reputation following intense criticism of the social media platform’s handling of a scandal over Russian interference in the 2016 US elections and the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

(Read more at The Telegraph)

Considering the many pro-life groups Facebook has removed without warning, this is not “fitting” or “karma.” Considering the number of conservative campaigns (from Brazil’s Movimento Brazil Livre pages to the Trump pre-midterm ad), they don’t deserve to be heralded as supporters of free speech. They only support one side.

Nonetheless, for Facebook to hire a firm to defend George Soros seems just odd. Maybe this is an indicator that Zuckerberg will not be able to take the firm further left until he takes it off the stock market. With shareholders, he will have to stop his march to the left.

Who knows? With market forces in play, he might have to allow free speech for all. (chuckle)

Do we want to regulate Facebook?

Senators Threaten to Regulate Facebook

Bloomberg reports in a 16 November 2018 article how Senators Coons and Corker have determined to get Facebook to fly straight.

Senators Chris Coons and Bob Corker warned Friday that Congress would impose new regulations to rein in Facebook Inc. unless the social-media company addresses concerns about privacy and the spread of misinformation on its platform.

Speaking in a joint interview on the sidelines of a development forum in Wilmington, Delaware, the two senators said that Facebook probably wouldn’t like what Congress does, so it should come up with a solution first.

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“If they don’t, if they continue to act as if we couldn’t possibly deign to regulate them, they’ll get regulated and they’ll be unpleasantly surprised with how swiftly it may happen,” said Coons, a Delaware Democrat and member Senate Judiciary Committee. “I think they’ve got a lot of explaining to do.”

(Read more at Bloomberg)

If Soros wants to regulate social media, we need to watch for Big Brother in Big Social Media

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When Democrats like Cicilline and liberal globalists like Soros support regulating social media giants, conservatives have to look out for censorship to increase to Big Brother levels. Instead of pushing regulation, maybe conservatives should look toward to a guarantee of the Bill of Rights. Further, we should look toward breaking up the monopolies of social media.

I wish the senators would focus less on the spread of misinformation. Rather, I would have them focus on the full acceptance of free speech (for all parties — not just the liberals).

Since I can judge which news pieces seem viable, maybe they should focus on ensuring all get heard. That is, since I have a habit of verifying news through good sources (e.g., the Wall Street Journal, National Review, or Breitbart), they can make certain that even the gossip publishers can publish. Therefore, in a pinch, we might even accept a story from the New York Times (if corroborating sources exist).

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Leave Facebook?

Some Facebook users are dialing back use over latest scandal

Yahoo Finance suggests in a 16 November 2018 article that people have reached their limit with Facebook.

Expect some Facebook (FB) users to dial back their use of the popular social network and even delete their accounts following the publication of a damning exposé this week.

On Wednesday, The New York Times published an extensive feature that revealed how Facebook management was reluctant to tackle Russia-linked activity on the social network following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, how unprepared Facebook was for the ensuing public fallout, as well the social network’s efforts to wield influence on Capitol Hill. Chief among Facebook’s alleged infractions: employing Definers Public Affairs, a Republican opposition research firm, to accuse left-wing financier George Soros of quietly backing anti-Facebook groups.

“It’s too early to tell the full impact The New York Times story is having — we would have to see in a month — but it will impact [Facebook’s] Daily Active Users and even just the people who are concerned about occasionally logging on and giving clicks and views to a company they might disagree with,” says Altimeter Group analyst Omar Akhtar, who adds the report severely tarnished Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s once-sterling reputation.

(Read more at Yahoo Finance)

As for myself, I have had it with Facebook and don’t use it as a primary means of sharing news. However, I can understand their anger and would suggest use of another platform (such as gab.ai (twitter alternative), vidme (youtube alternative), WordPress (blogger alternative), or Digg (Facebook alternative)).

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A Moderate Imam Speaks About Radical Islam


Thanks to MCN for this linked photo.

N.Y. Imam Points out the Inconsistencies Lived out by Many Muslims

Imam Tareq Yousef Al-Masri said the following at the Oulel-Albab Mosque in Brooklyn, New York on 9 January 2015:

“The crisis in France casts its shadow upon us.  The two young brothers who stormed the offices of the (Charlie Hebdo) magazine, which published offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, and affronted the Muslims, just as it affronts others …  This is a satirical magazine, which is well known as such.  This magazine knows no limits when it comes to freedom of speech.  It is peculiar that two years ago, during the Boston (marathon), it was two brothers, of Chechen origin, and now, we have two brothers – of Algerian origin, I think.  What’s the story with brothers?  What’s the story with that all-destructive ideology?  Let us admit, without lying to ourselves, that we, the Muslims, are time bombs.  When I say ‘we, the Muslims,’ I do not mean every single Muslim, but Muslims of the religious sector are time bombs.  When a sinner repents, the first thing he does is make a bomb.  He blows up and kills people.  We must admit this.  We cannot become immune if we do not admit this.  If you have a cancer, it won’t help you if I tell you that you have the flu.  I must tell you that you clearly have cancer.  When someone has cancer, they run a series of tests, in order to identify the cause of this cancer.  They don’t just say that this cancer is an act of God.  Everything comes from Allah, but this should not prevent us from studying the underlying reasons for this cancer.

Let us admit something else.the majority of us Muslims hate the Christians – true or false?  Yes, that is the truth.  You see how many people oppose (congratulating Christians on their holidays), you have to admit that deep-rooted hatred dwells in the hearts of the Muslims.  Someone might say to me: ‘Do you think they love us?  They hate us too.’  What do you care what others do?  Just because there are thieves, would you become a thief too?  In that case, all people would be thieves.  Who instilled so much hatred in these generations?  It is the ideology present in the books – the ideology of Ibn Taymiyya, of Ibn Al-Qayyim, of Al-Nawawi.  These are the pillars of this ideology.  In modern times, we have Ibn Baz, Ibn Al-Uthaymeen, Al-Huweini, Muhammad Hassan …  These people are responsible for instilling hatred in human beings.

Christians sometimes cite the Quranic verses used by these thugs, those (Salafi) scholars who have corrupted the nation of Muhammad, and who have buried our good reputation in the ground, I’ve just mentioned their names – from the past and from the present.  When we tell people that it is forbidden to wish a Christian ‘Merry Christmas,’ does this not lay the foundation for terrorism?  This is how you condition yourself to feel hatred.  The truth of the Quran has been distorted by scholars who corrupt the youth.  Those killers (in France) are the victims of Ibn Taymiyyah, of Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, of Ibn Al-Qayyim, of Al-Nawawi, of Al-Huweini, of Ibn Bax, of Ibn Al-Uthaymeen, of Muhammad Hassan.  By Allah, these are wretched victims, who believe that they are worhipping Allah by killing people.

[These scholars consider] any Quranic verse of moral value to have been abrogated. They consider any verse that calls to treat people with kindness to have been abrogated. All that remains valid is: Kill! Slaughter! Is that the only thing that God tells us?!  They have made the Muslims hate everyone – the Christians, the Jews, the atheists, and all human beings. Why did God say: “We made peoples and tribes that you may know one another”? How can you get to know other people if you hate them?! How can you maintain a relationship with them? Oh you who believe that truth is on your side, show me what “merchandise” you are selling. It amounts to nothing but killing and accusing others of heresy and polytheism. It is all bad. What have you contributed to human civilization? Nothing! Then you try to claim that you are the best among people, and that you will go to Paradise while everybody else will go to the Hellfire.

I am ashamed of the rotten and despicable conduct of the Muslims. Today, the Muslims stand up in mosques and wash their hands of these two brothers – or of the two brothers from the Boston bombings – but is this enough? No. Oh servants of Allah, do not hate people! Love people. Get closer to them. Do you want to invite other people to join Islam, while you hate them and curse them day and night?!  In my fatwas, I said that we should wish the Christians happy holidays. I wrote that Allah said: “And speak to the people good.” Would you believe that some Wahhabi on Facebook said that this verse referred to the Jews and the Israelites?! In other words, they are supposed “to speak to people good,” while we are supposed to treat people like trash…  Anyone claiming that we are not allowed to wish the Christians happy holidays has prepared the killers in France, Boston, in Iraq, in Syria, in Egypt … These people constitute the fertile ground for terrorism, which they present as the religion of Allah, conveyed to the Prophet Muhammad, while Islam has nothing to do with them.”

Encouragement to Imam Tareq Yousef Al-Masri

You are correct in your assessment that hatred will not draw people into relationships.   Likewise, being seen as a source of violence does not endear us to anyone.  Love, however, opens the doors to relationships and relationships are the currency of life.

Love and the Christian Message

Within the Christian view, love is our primary law.

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-41 NIV)

Love is where God requires primacy.

Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:37-39 NIV)

Love requires effort and, for the Christian, goes against the natural tendencies of men.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.  Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:

If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:9-21 NIV)

God acts as the greatest example of love.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. (1 John 4:7-21 NIV)

A special relationship between God and believers in His Son starts with love.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1 NIV)

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other. (John 15:9-17 NIV)

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17 NIV)

The specifics of love.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NIV)

Obama’s Continuous Attack on Truth: Handing the Internet Over From Bad to Worse


On 14 March 2014, Obama announced his plans to move the control of the Internet from the United States’ Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to a yet-to-be-determined international group. Subsequently, various news organizations presented differing views on the change. A Washington Post article quotes the Newt Gingrich tweet “What is the global internet community that Obama wants to turn the internet over to? This risks foreign dictatorships defining the internet.” Additionally, the Post article pointed to ways the National Security Agency phone-spying scandal places pressure on the Obama administration to appease the 125 foreign dignitaries caught up in the spying. Conversely, a 17 March Washington Times article points out that the change has been scheduled since a 1998 Commerce Department agreement. Still, any words that bargain away the controlling agency of the Internet while not naming the recipient of the control or the date of the change seems to be just a good gesture.

The Alternatives to American Oversight

Since Obama never specified which recipients might receive the privilege of becoming overseers of the Internet during his blind scramble to obscure his scandals, is there really any reason for us to object to this move? Are there any valid reasons that we encourage him to not transferring this vital resource to some other entity? To prove that there are reasons for rejecting the move of Internet oversight from a setting where free speech standards are set (although sometimes seemingly ignored), consider these:

  1. United Nations – On 9 August 2012, Forbes documented the United Nation’s various reasons behind the several attempts to take over the Internet. If we were to hand the Internet over to these people, we could say goodbye to freedom of speech, religious freedom, and a good portion of online commerce.
  2. China – According to a 12 February 2014 article on the Council on Foreign Relations censorship of the Internet resources within China has increased dramatically over the past five years.
  3. Russia – Considering the way Russia took Crimea and then began pressuring Ukraine (as reported by an 1 April 2014 New York Times article), we can hardly expect Russia not to
  4. Turkey – As a supposedly “moderate” force in the Islamic world, a 9 January 2014 article revealed that the Turkish government has moved to impose strict controls on the Internet by monitoring the activities of online users and blocking certain keywords. Additionally, a 22 March 2014 article in the New York Times the digital ban imposed by the Turkish government. While it is likely that they would allow full text searches of the Quran, something tells me that research on any other religion would be disabled across the Internet if they were allowed to become overseers.
  5. Sudan – Although President Omar al-Bashir allows citizens from South Sudan to be taken as slaves by the north (and even exported to the Arabian Gulf), this 24 March 2014 article details how the Sudanese government seeks to block “negative” websites.
  6. Egypt – This 28 January 2011 article tells how Egyptian government managed to completely shut down the Internet within Egypt during the riots against Mubarak.
  7. Iran – A 9 May 2013 article details how Iran also shut down the Internet in response to calls for greater freedoms from its people.
  8. Sweden – In an effort to prove how tolerant they are, Sweden has opened their borders to Muslim immigrants and has suffered 1000 rapes during the first seven months of 2013. Despite this, debate over the problem is skewed by accusations common to the intolerant left.

Why Christians Might Oppose Moving Oversight

We must act to retain control of the Internet within the United States because our First Amendment provides protection to our religious rights and because we seek to remain true to the following verses from the Bible:

  1. We want to promote the gospel.

    Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28: 19-20)

  2. We want to make the world a more truthful place.

    Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. (1 Peter 2:1)

  3. We want to promote all kinds of truth.

    Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32)

  4. We want to promote the general welfare of the world.

    When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan. (Proverbs 29:2)

  5. We do not want to support something that is antithetical to both our beliefs and the general welfare of the world.

    Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. (Romans 6:13)

    Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

Action to Take

The most effective action that we might take is to sign the petition by the American Center for Law and Justice at http://aclj.org/free-speech-2/dont-let-dictators-control-internet-keep-web-free.