Another day yields another liberal news story that protects Big Tech from allegations of election interference to benefit the left.
Just days after Politico defended leftist Google from allegations of election interference, The Washington Post attempted to whitewash the results of a university study finding considerable left-leaning bias in Gmail’s spam-filtering algorithm.
In The Post’s piece, Post tech reporter Cristiano Lima, with the assistance of Post tech policy researcher Aaron Schaffer, wrote that congressional Republicans “omitted or downplayed biases against Democrats in Outlook and Yahoo Mail.”
But it’s a bit curious how GOP politicians could downplay the study’s findings, given that it showed much lesser bias in favor of right-wing candidates by Outlook and Yahoo than it showed in favor of left-wing candidates by Gmail.
The Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee and National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC) filed a joint complaint with the Federal Election Commission last month, after a March-released North Carolina State University (NC State) study detailed the bias.
Among other things, the study found Gmail marked 59.3 percent more emails from right-leaning candidates as spam compared to left-leaning candidates. The same study found that Microsoft Outlook’s email spam algorithm favored Republicans only by a margin of 20 percent and Yahoo’s algorithm by 14 percent.
It also defies logical consistency that Lima and Schaffer cited study author Muhammad Shahzad as an authoritative source while also allowing Google spokesperson Ross Richendrfer to take a swipe at the study as having “’major flaws,’ including ‘an exceedingly small sample size,” as well as “outdated two-year-old data.’”
The Post piece also quoted the same study author saying the study shows no one “deliberately” tried to influence elections.
But the core concerns expressed by GOP lawmakers and aides stem from the finding that Gmail’s spam filter skewed against GOP candidates at all, and more so than Outlook’s and Yahoo’s spam filters disadvantaged Democratic Party candidates. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) laid this out in a recent letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, demanding he answer, “Why, in Google’s view, is Gmail’s filtering algorithm bias so much more pronounced than Outlook and Yahoo’s bias?”
The NC State study plainly stated that Google’s, Outlook’s and Microsoft’s filtering biases could have an “unignorable impact” on election outcomes, and the study included no pretense of accusing Gmail of “deliberately” trying to influence elections.
It’s unclear whether The Post wants you to know that based on its reporting.
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The Washington Post continued its idiotic comparison of Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to the self-proclaimed white supremacist Buffalo, New York, mass shooter in an attempt to publicly shame her donors.
The liberal rag’s hit piece was headlined: “Stefanik echoed ‘great replacement’ theory. But firms kept donating.” The story was apparently so crucial to the newspaper that it took two authors, Post enterprise reporter Todd Frankel and Post senior software engineer Dylan Freedman, to blast 22 companies like investment bank UBS, Home Depot and General Motors for donating to a Republican the authors claimed echoed the racist “great replacement theory” views of alleged Buffalo shooter Payton Gendron. The authors wailed that the companies “made vocal pledges to use their resources to combat racism while at the same time bankrolling a politician with a message widely seen as racist.”
In a rank display of bias, the newspaper has been pounding fallacious tabloid nonsense against Stefanik for over a week.
Frankel and Freedman propagandized that Stefanik’s 2021 campaign ads condemning illegal immigration “are under renewed scrutiny after a deadly mass shooting in Buffalo, where an 18-year-old shooting suspect was allegedly inspired by the baseless theory — about people of color replacing White people — to kill 10 people at a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood.”
The authors correctly noted that Stefanik characterized her campaign ads as pertaining to illegal immigration, “not white supremacy.”
But the authors tried to cleverly skew her ad saying Democrats wanted a “PERMANENT ELECTION INSURRECTION” via illegal immigration as a generic statement against immigration writ-large. “[O]nline ads from Stefanik from last September accused Democrats of wanting a ‘PERMANENT ELECTION INSURRECTION’ and an immigration amnesty plan that ‘will overthrow our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington,’” Frankel and Freedman spun.
This was false.
Both authors conveniently omitted the reported statement in the same ad that made it clear Stefanik was talking specifically about illegal immigration. “‘Their plan to grant amnesty to 11 MILLION illegal immigrants will overthrow our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington.’”
But context didn’t matter. Both Frankel and Freedman used their phony logic to harass the 22 corporate donors listed in their piece: “None of the nearly two dozen companies contacted by The Post addressed questions about whether they saw a contradiction between their past statements and their political donations to Stefanik.”
The authors proceeded to cough up blatant falsehoods in an attempt to smear Stefanik:
The idea that there is a concentrated effort to use non-White immigrants and others to intentionally outnumber whites in America has gained traction in conservative politics. The ‘great replacement theory’ baselessly argues that a shadowy group of leaders is working to displace White Americans.
Newsflash: Being against illegal immigration because it’s illegal has nothing to do with the “great replacement theory” or the reported white supremacist views of an alleged mass murderer.
Conservatives are under attack. Contact The Washington Post at (202) 334-6000 and demand it stop attempting to make a false connection between Rep. Stefanik and an alleged mass murderer.
Largely averse to facts, logic, and nuance, ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS Mornings continued Thursday with their insufferable campaigns for gun control in light of the Uvalde, Texas school shooting (which wouldn’t have stopped the gunman) and shaming of anyone who opposes their policy changes, suggesting they’re uninterested in protecting kids.
CBS Saturday Morning co-host Michelle Miller got right to it as part of the show’s “Eye Opener,” saying “[t]he horrifying attack is reigniting the gun reform debate between those who see a problem with guns and those who don’t.”
Reacting to a clip of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel pleading for gun control alongside mental health resources, co-host and Democratic Party donor Gayle King said “it doesn’t make sense to anyone.”
Co-host Tony Dokoupil wrapped part of his coverage from Uvalde with an emotional conclusion that “[t]his community is going to be living with this forever and it’s hard to imagine that there is nothing that anyone can do to stop this from happening.”
This launched King into a commentary about how it’s “aggravating and so painful” since “there is something that can be done” to ensure mass shootings like this one don’t happen again in permanently banning anyone outside the active military from owning anything like one of those “assault rifles.”
However, she argued, “people” (as in Republicans) “just don’t want to do what needs to be done” to protect children (click “expand”):
But Tony, that’s why this is so aggravating and so painful, because there is something that can be done. People just don’t want to do what needs to be done. There is — I don’t even know how we can continue to watch this happen time after time after time, and say that it’s okay for these assault rifles to be on the streets, and now blame it on mental health. I don’t care who you are. Nobody needs an assault rifle in this country, unless you are a trained professional. It just doesn’t make any sense.
So when we say there’s nothing we can do, that’s just not true and the pain that that man felt, I saw him say, you know, she was such a good girl. You know, she brushed her teeth every day. I mean, that was such a relatable, and such a thing that as parents, we all know, when we all rejoice. This pain is too much. This pain is too much. And we keep hearing this, too. Maybe this will be the time, maybe this will be the time. I have to keep holding on to that.
Moments later, King added that “[m]any Americans, as you see are frustrated with a capital F at the lack of government action following these attacks”
King also trumpeted O’Rourke as someone who “brought his frustration to Uvalde” to tell incumbent Governor Greg Abbott (R) that he’s “doing nothing” to save children.
GMA had more from liberal congressional correspondent Rachel Scott, who appeared hours earlier on Wednesday’s World News Tonight with footage of her ambushing senators opposed to her factually-challenged gun control agenda under the guise of “the majority of Americans want[ing] some kind of action.”
Scott even joined in President Biden’s argument that Republicans lack a spine: “The President is calling on lawmakers to have a backbone, but many Republicans are not budging.”
She also cited Texas gun laws as having been “recently loosen[ed]” in some sick way to blame state gun laws for the shooting (without evidence). Things only got dumber when she argued for “background checks” because polls show Americans support them.
Left out of this charade was the fact that the crazed gunman passed a background check when he brought each of his firearms (click “expand”)
SCOTT: Texas recently loosening restrictions on purchasing and carrying guns. Democrats in Washington calling for federal reform.
SENATOR CORY BOOKER (D-NJ): We’ve had school shootings this year, dozens of them. What does it take?
SCOTT: But getting Republicans on board will be an uphill challenge. [TO GRAHAM] Can you assure the American people that this time something will get done?
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): I can’t assure the American people there’s any law we can pass to stop this shooting.
SCOTT: Polls show that the American people want change. 86 percent support red flag law allowing authorities to temporarily take guns away from people determined to be dangerous. 89 percent support background checks. We asked Republicans what they would back. [TO SENATOR JOSH HAWLEY] Do you support expanded background checks? Do you? [TO SENATOR JAMES LANKFORD] The majority of Americans support background checks. Do you support it? Senate Democrats can change the rules to pass gun reform legislation without Republicans, but some say that’s a nonstarter. [TO SENATOR KRYSTEN SINEMA] Senator Sinema, do you support changing the Senate rules in order —
SINEMA STAFFER: Sorry, guys.
SCOTT [TO SINEMA]: — to pass gun control?
SINEMA STAFFER: She’s in and out.
SCOTT [TO SINEMA]: 19 children are dead.
SINEMA STAFFER: Thanks so much.
SCOTT [TO SINEMA]: Can you give us a comment about it?
NBC’s Today largely stayed away from politics and focused on the families, the lives lost, and the investigation into went wrong (other than two nods to O’Rourke’s charade).
During the 3rd Hour, co-host Craig Melvin made a semi-overt political reference when he grew emotional in talking about having covered mass shootings during his career, saying that “it’s not political” to say no more since such tragedies don’t “happen in other parts of the world.”
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You can always count on the NBA and ESPN to turn any sporting event into a chance to push a woke agenda.
Before Wednesday night’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics, Miami PA Michael Baiamonte addressed the sellout crowd and asked for a moment of silence for the victims of the Uvalde, TX shooting. Immediately after the respectful gesture, Baiamonte pleaded with the crowd to contact their local state senators to demand more gun control laws.
A moment of silence. pic.twitter.com/8Ycn1uqN0i
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) May 26, 2022
“The Heat urges you to contact your state’s senators by calling 202-224-3121 to leave a message demanding their support for common sense gun laws,” Baiamonte pleaded. “You can also make change at the ballot box. Visit heat.com/vote to register and let your voice be heard this fall.”
Those “common sense laws” that Baiamonte and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr advocate for — which is basically increased gun control — actually do not work.
A large number of Americans incorrectly believe that taking away guns will prevent tragedies or gun violence in general from happening. But as some data from Chicago shows, strict gun control laws does not solve the bigger problem. If people, like the man that brutally killed 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, are determined to kill someone, they’ll find a way to do it even if guns are not at their disposal.
To add more fuel to this woke fire, everyone’s favorite political genius — that’s right, Stephen A. Smith — ridiculed every U.S. Senator for not doing enough to enact strict gun laws on ESPN’s pregame broadcast.
— Josh (@JoshGninersguy5) May 25, 2022
Wait, wasn’t Sage Steele suspended for voicing her political views in a podcast? And doesn’t ESPN have a strict no politics policy for their employees that prevents them from commenting on any social issue, especially during a broadcast?
That must not apply to Stephen A. After all, he did say something that fits perfectly with ESPN’s woke value system, so there’s no need to reprimand him.
The Orwellian Disinformation Governance Board may be paused, but it’s not yet disbanded. And President Joe Biden’s chosen consultants indicate that the board still plans to censor Americans.
If the Biden administration’s picks for advising the Disinformation Governance Board (DGB), or “Ministry of Truth” from George Orwell’s 1984, are any guide, the DGB 2.0 will be no less authoritarian than DGB 1.0, despite the departure of self-styled “Mary Poppins of disinformation” Nina Jankowicz.
Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff are advising the DGB on behalf of the Biden administration. MRC Free Speech America revealed that Chertoff has a history of supporting authoritarian measures and holds a position at the George Soros-funded Aspen Institute. Chertoff is an Aspen Cybersecurity Group ex-officio member. He pushed disinformation previously, claiming that the emails revealing the Hunter Biden laptop scandals were probably obtained by Russian “intelligence sources.” Furthermore, Chertoff signed a letter opposing then-candidate Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential bid and co-authored the Patriot Act, arguably a harsh crackdown on civil liberties.
The Heritage Foundation explained why Gorelick poses free speech concerns. Gorelick was exposed as being responsible for the pre-9/11 information block that was identified by the 9/11 Commission as a contributing factor in the terrorist attack.
“To put Gorelick, the director of the information wall of separation, in charge of disinformation lacks self-awareness at a minimum, and handicaps [the administration’s] own efforts to garner public trust in their disinformation efforts,” Heritage said.
Gorelick helped create a historic crisis through blocking and restricting information before, according to Heritage. If she stays on the DGB, the American people could face another crisis involving information being blocked or restricted.
The left has seemingly only increased its commitment to censorship since the Democratic National Committee (DNC) released its pro-censorship “Recommendations for Combating Online Misinformation.” Over twenty Democrat lawmakers again recently pressured tech platforms Telegram, Signal and Facebook-owned WhatsApp to step up censorship efforts, according to Reclaim The Net. The lawmakers insisted in a letter to WhatsApp and parent company Meta that company executives should target “disinformation” on the platform to protect the “Latino population.”
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The NBC, CBS and ABC morning news shows completely ignored a devastating report showing the economy shrank more than expected in the first quarter.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported on May 26 that gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 1.5 percent over the past year, worse than the Dow Jones estimate of a 1.3 percent tightening. The result even beat the U.S. government’s own estimate of a 1.4 percent drop in GDP released last month. CNBC said the GDP pullback represented “the worst quarter since the pandemic-scarred Q2 of 2020 in which the U.S. fell into a recession spurred by a government-imposed economic shutdown to battle Covid-19.”
This was critical news for Americans who have already suffered from worsening inflation, an energy crisis and a crippling baby formula shortage. But ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS Mornings, and NBC’s Today and 3rd Hour of Today gave the GDP news zero coverage on their May 26 broadcasts.
Instead, the shows treated viewers to a barrage of fluffy content. GMA spent precious seconds on an interview with British actress Camilla Luddington to celebrate the 400th episode of the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. CBS had time for an interview with another star of Grey’s Anatomy fame, Jesse Williams. Over at NBC, Today gave a lengthy goodbye to talk show host and fellow liberal Ellen DeGeneres and 3rd Hour of Today taste-tested an eco-friendly vegan cake.
GMA gave the GDP news zilch coverage on its May 26 broadcast. GDP, in fact, was not mentioned once — not even in the network’s moving news chyron. Luddington instead described her “dream scenario” for the ending of Grey’s Anatomy. “Can we be on a beach? I just feel like there have been so many, like, huge disasters. Can we just all survive and like, with a cocktail. That’s what I want, a cocktail on the beach. That’s what I’ll pitch next,” Luddington cheerfully said. “You are a delight,” host Robin Roberts crowed back.
CBS Mornings also neglected reporting on serious economic news to gush over Jesse Williams, another actor on Grey’s Anatomy. CBS Mornings anchors celebrated Williams for his debut role in the Broadway play “Take Me Out,” where the actor plays a baseball player who comes out as gay to his teammates. The CBS Mornings segment was a whopping 456 seconds long.
NBC’s Today and 3rd Hour of Today were no better. NBC’s Today spent roughly 150 seconds bidding farewell to DeGeneres and her talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” NBC News correspondent Joe Fryer described the cultural importance of DeGeneres: “Many fans first met Ellen in the 90s on her sitcom where she uttered those two famous words, ‘I’m gay,’” DeGeneres said. The clip was from the 90s sitcom, “Ellen.”
NBC’s 3rd Hour of Today showed off the “Climate Hero Super Cake.” The cake was “made with an animal-free whey protein, meaning it’s vegan and bioidentical to dairy.”
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May 26 is the feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, an important day for Christians. May 25, however, has far more theological significance to lefties. It’s the anniversary of the death of George Floyd, their most sacred martyr to the BLM cause.
Barack Obama was keen to mention it on May 25 in his tweet about the recent Uvalde shooting, where he expressed that while we should take our time in mourning this great tragedy, that the following day was especially important in remembering Floyd. He says it was a call to activism to take organized action.
As we grieve the children of Uvalde today, we should take time to recognize that two years have passed since the murder of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer. His killing stays with us all to this day, especially those who loved him.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 25, 2022
It is especially poignant and repulsive that while the nation’s soul is still reeling from the tragedy in Uvalde, that the liberal establishment and their foot soldiers were quick to remind us of their faux religious observance. Joe Biden predictably used this occasion to pass new federal police laws. The left wants to glorify Floyd, a drug-addicted felon, as a martyr of the revolution, and no national tragedy will give them pause. Their glorification already resulted in rioting in the streets, burning of buildings and weakening of the police’s ability to protect citizens.
Two years on, the murals and commemorations of Floyd persist in major American cities, with Minneapolis naming an intersection after him on May 26. Their commemoration is borderline idolatry and they’ve dedicated many works of art to him. The woke establishment will never let us forget the grave sin that America committed against Floyd and all African-Americans. They have and will continue to use his death as a national day of remembrance, and a catalyst for leftist legislation that seeks to undermine the police and our nation.
It is troubling that the left has signaled to the nation that they wish to make the anniversary of George Floyd’s death something of an observance. It’s the newest weapon in their arsenal. When the news cycle gets dry and the time comes around next year, you should know what to expect from the media.
The Orwellian Disinformation Governance Board, also called the Biden administration’s “Ministry of Truth,” is just the latest in a list of eight times that government has wielded tech to target Americans invasively.
Among other actions, the U.S. government logged lawmakers’ tweets about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) spied on citizens’ social media posts and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued court orders to tech companies for detailed private data, according to reports. But the new vaguely defined Disinformation Governance Board (DGB) is yet another escalation in the online free speech battle. It has become disturbingly common in recent years for the government to target Americans’ online data and free speech rights — something it shouldn’t be in the business of doing at all.
Here are eight examples of the government’s overreach in collecting data and/or attempting to control speech.
- The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recently announced DGB has been nicknamed the “Ministry of Truth” for the threat it poses to free speech. One of the concerns about the board is the severe lack of clarity surrounding its goals, authority, members, funding sources and more. The board has since paused but not yet disbanded.
- Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson obtained CDC emails through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and posted them online. The documents reportedly revealed that the CDC tracked many lawmakers’ tweets about the agency and vaccinations. The CDC broke them down by party affiliation, and labeled them with names, dates and links.
- The government is sometimes transparent about certain aspects of its data tracking. Thousands of U.S. government websites shared and continue to share real-time sensitive data with Google available for public viewing, according to the government website analytics.usa.gov. Agencies that share data with Google include the National Institutes of Health, USPS, FBI, Internal Revenue Service , CDC and Food and Drug Administration. The data comes from sites where Americans upload detailed, sensitive data, including the IRS website, according to Reclaim The Net.
- USPS admitted to spying on Americans’ social media posts in April 2021, according to the New York Post. The agency’s so-called “Internet Covert Operations Program” (iCOP) tracked supposedly “inflammatory” posts on Parler, Facebook and other platforms, USPS Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale confirmed to the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
- USPS also recently called for a digital ID database, which would include an expansion of the USPS Informed Delivery service, according to Reclaim The Net. USPS would also reportedly provide online name and address verification to government agencies, and add a “confidence level” that a person lives at a specific address. These actions could increase the government’s intrusion into American citizens’ daily lives.
- In November 2021, Apple was discovered to be partnering with multiple states to create digital IDs for cell phones. States paid Apple to implement the program, in which the company retained authority over details like launch dates of states’ digital ID programs and device types that would be compatible with the digital IDs. Per the program, states encourage “key stakeholders in federal and state government,” such as law enforcement, to adopt digital IDs. The digital IDs would replace physical government-issued IDs for people who opt in to the digital program.
- Apple and Google partnered in April 2020 to use Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies with contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of the contact tracing involved notifying individuals when someone they knew tested positive for COVID-19, seemingly allowing the Big Tech companies, and potentially governments, access to personal medical information. The contact tracing supposedly helped “governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design,” according to an Apple announcement.
- Recently released documentation alleges the FBI spied on undercover journalism outlet Project Veritas, including through secret orders to Apple, Google and Microsoft, according to a report from Reclaim The Net. Court-issued secret orders were reportedly directed at tech giants Apple, Google and Microsoft for professional and private Project Veritas accounts. FBI search warrants targeted private accounts of Project Veritas employees, according to the report.
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Christiane Amanpour’s CNN International show is simulcast for Americans on PBS, meaning that your tax dollars paid for a Wednesday edition of Amanpour and Company where Amanpour wondered why “the firearms industry” insists on flipping off children. The answer she got from her guests was racism.
Speaking to Ryan Busse, Amanpour asked him to explain why, “you have told the New York Times recently that — quote – ‘The AR- 15 to most people in the firearms industry, it’s a statement. It’s a middle finger.’ So talk to me about that middle finger. Why does the firearms industry want to flip a middle finger at America, at its children, at the world? Why?”
Busse, whose chyron read “former firearms executive” blamed racism, among other things, “It’s a really twisted — it’s a good question, but it — the answer provides a really twisted window into our culture. About the time that Tom describes, after the 1999 shooting in Columbine, the NRA figured out that cranking up incendiary, hateful, racist, frankly, middle fingers to the rest of the country could energize a certain segment of people to become so incendiary, that they’re just held right below the boiling point.”
For Busse, the bird flipping comes from people not liking former President Obama, “And those sorts of people will do irrational things. They will vote in irrational ways, which we have seen in elections recently. The firearms industry joined forces with the NRA very purposely then, and especially as President Obama started to lead in the polls in 2007, because the exact same things that drive this kind of incredibly divisive, incendiary politics that the NRA now has let across this country and handed off to President Trump, those exact same things drive firearm sales.”
After assuming that people who view AR-15s are irresponsible gun owners, Busse returned to his earlier claims of racism, “But when you have this intertwined hatred, fear and racism, politics and guns, then you have these symbolic things that drive both politics and gun sales. And that’s why the radicalization on the right, as I assert — I wrote a book about this called Gunfight, but it’s all about how this has happened to our country.”
One could say that calling AR-15 owners hateful and racist with no evidence was incendiary, but that didn’t stop Busse from projecting one last time, “Like, as Senator Murphy says, it happened purposefully, right? There’s a system to this. And it’s this wrapping of incendiary politics along with guns. And then you have AR-15s as symbols, as middle fingers.”
Is it there any doubt gun owners think the media hates them?
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CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: Ryan, you have told the New York Times recently that — quote — “The AR- 15 to most people in the firearms industry, it’s a statement. It’s a middle finger.”
So talk to me about that middle finger. Why does the firearms industry want to flip a middle finger at America, at its children, at the world? Why?
RYAN BUSSE: It’s a really twisted — it’s a good question, but it — the answer provides a really twisted window into our culture. About the time that Tom describes, after the 1999 shooting in Columbine, the NRA figured out that cranking up incendiary, hateful, racist, frankly, middle fingers to the rest of the country could energize a certain segment of people to become so incendiary, that they’re just held right below the boiling point.
And those sorts of people will do irrational things. They will vote in irrational ways, which we have seen in elections recently. The firearms industry joined forces with the NRA very purposely then, and especially as President Obama started to lead in the polls in 2007, because the exact same things that drive this kind of incredibly divisive, incendiary politics that the NRA now has let across this country and handed off to President Trump, those exact same things drive firearm sales.
So the reason that the AR-15 is this symbol that’s so contrary to what responsible gun owners believe, because responsible gun owners believe that guns are serious things that need to be treated with an exceptional amount of responsibility, and waiting around guns like middle fingers is not responsible.
But when you have this intertwined hatred, fear and racism, politics and guns, then you have these symbolic things that drive both politics and gun sales. And that’s why the radicalization on the right, as I assert — I wrote a book about this called Gunfight, but it’s all about how this has happened to our country.
You know, I’m really kind of tired — probably Tom is too — like getting the questions, like, gosh, how does this happen? Like, as Senator Murphy says, it happened purposefully, right? There’s a system to this. And it’s this wrapping of incendiary politics along with guns. And then you have AR-15s as symbols, as middle fingers.
And we thought the baby killing was coming to a close. Psych.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) announced an executive order to help women abort their babies illegally without consequences for the abortionist. With Roe likely being overturned this summer, lefty leaders are loosing their shi** trying to make sure babies can still be killed.
Fox 2 reported Thursday that “The directive orders any departments ‘not to cooperate’ with authorities of any state investigating someone for ‘obtaining, providing, or assisting someone else to provide reproductive healthcare that is legal where the health care is provided.”
If and when Roe is overturned, many states will or have set travel bans for abortions. If a woman resides in a state where abortion is illegal but then travels to a baby killing state to obtain an abortion, she and whoever performs/assists with the abortion could be charged legally. But in Michigan, the governor and her posse of anti-lifer’s are encouraging agencies and departments to keep it a secret and lie to authorities when they investigate about illegal abortions.
I guess I missed the memo where it became socially acceptable for people to lie to authorities regarding anything at all, never mind murder. So instead, let’s just make killing babies as easy as possible by bypassing the law.
It’s ironic that Whitmer works for the Michigan government and is encouraging her state to break the law.
If Roe is overturned, Michigan’s 1931 law banning abortion even in cases of rape or incest and criminalizing doctors and nurses may go back into effect. This would punish women—our neighbors, family, and friends—and criminalize doctors and nurses for doing their jobs.
Murderers should be punished. End of story. But apparently justice and law and order are foreign concepts for the brainwashed left who really just want to find any and every way to kill innocent babies.
Whitmer wants the Michigan Supreme Court to rule that the 1931 law (still enacted) that criminalizes abortion is unconstitutional. If the court obliges her, abortion will be legal in Michigan regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling this summer.
The last thing we need this week is more innocent children dead but Michigan doesn’t seem to care about that at all.