Tax dodger and country music artist Willie Nelson not only supports open borders, he doesn’t much care who’s voting in the United States. On Saturday the singer performed a controversial song about voting rights at a “Moral March for Democracy” rally at the Texas Capitol.
Nelson has famously admitted that “I have been supporting Democrats all my life,” and campaigned for Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke in 2018. He helped to raise over $500,000 dollars for O’Rourke and personally donated $5,000. Nelson performed at major rallies for O’Rorke and angered many of his fans by doing so, but who cares about that when you have the opportunity to suck up to powerful politicians who can do favors for you?
The “Moral March” is organized by the Poor People’s Campaign who have been organizing rallies across the country in support of ending the filibuster, passing the For the People Act, raising the minimum wage and prohibiting any efforts to strengthen election integrity. Nelson performed his left-wing tune from 2018, “Vote ‘Em Out” during the most recent protest march from Georgetown to Austin. “If you don’t like who’s in there, vote ‘em out,” the song states.
Probably not the most tasteful song to sing when you’re complaining that voter ID laws are inhibiting voting.
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) July 31, 2021
“It is important that we ensure the right for EVERY American to vote and vote safely,” Nelson stated when he announced that he would perform the song in support of the cowardly Democratic state legislators who fled Texas in an attempt to block a bill on voting regulations from passing.
Laws making it more difficult for people to vote is un-American and are intended to punish poor people, people of color, the elderly, and disabled – why? If you can’t win playing by the rules, then it’s you and your platform — not everyone else’s ability to vote.
Nelson has never been one for following the rules though. He barely escaped going to prison after the IRS came for the $16 million that he owed them. Even then, he wouldn’t have been so lucky if his loyal fan base hadn’t bailed him out.
The musician has openly touted leftist beliefs over the years and was a supporter of Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He opposed Trump’s border policies and says that “We have a statue that says: ‘Y’all come in,’.” “I don’t believe in closing the border. Open them suckers up!” When asked how his charity Farm Aid supports immigrant farmworkers in the US, he said. “We need those folks,” Nelson says. “I used to pick cotton and pull corn and bale hay and I’m lucky to play guitar now, but we have to have the people who want to work, and take care of them.”
The Democrats hate millionaires unless they agree with them and donate those millions to their left-wing indoctrination efforts.
As the number of COVID cases rises in Florida, opportunistic liberal talk shows are taking more pot shots at Gov. Ron DeSantis, a potential 2024 presidential candidate. It’s never too early to bury him.
Morning Joe regular Dave Aronberg, the Democrat Palm Beach County State Attorney, twice claimed today that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s stance on Covid constitutes—of all things—”socialism.”
Mika Brzezinski melodramatically teed him up by suggesting you’d oppose DeSantis, too, if “you’re actually getting correct information on the science, and not a bunch of stupid, crazy, Trump-driven conspiracy theories that could kill you.”
Aronberg argued that DeSantis’s executive orders, and recent laws, that pre-empt the authority of local jurisdictions to adopt Covid rules, “sounds like the socialism that DeSantis and others continue to condemn.” Aronberg gave as an example a recently-adopted law that prevents private companies from asking customers about their vaccination status, and repeated his chuckle-worthy “socialism” charge moments later.
If the Florida law is “socialism,” too bad Mika didn’t ask Aronberg about the 10 states—all of which went for Biden in 2020—that have adopted truly insane laws prohibiting employers from asking job applicants about their CRIMINAL CONVICTION HISTORY! Because what right does an employer have to find out whether he might be hiring a convicted felon!?
And then, of course, there are the “voting rights” bills that the Democrats are pushing that would largely federalize elections, stripping states of much of their authority. That socialism too, state attorney Dave?
Morning Joe regular Dave Aronberg claiming that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s stance on Covid constitutes “socialism” was sponsored in part by Lexus, Liberty Mutual, and USPS.
Here’s the transcript.
6:17 am EDT
DAVE ARONBERG: You have to understand that Governor DeSantis’s primary motivation is to become the Republican nominee for president in 2024. And that’s why he engages in this performance art instead of good public policy.
. . .
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: This is a stretch, Dave Aronberg, but if you’re a parent in Florida, and you actually don’t depend on Facebook for your news, so you’re actually getting correct information on the science, and not a bunch of stupid, crazy, Trump-driven conspiracy theories that could kill you.
If you’re a parent who doesn’t do that, and you want your child to go to school and be safe and have all the other children wearing masks until this surge in Florida, making it number one in the country for coronavirus cases and, of course, only unvaccinated people dropping dead after being on a ventilator alone in a hospital. If you’re one of those parents who doesn’t want that to happen to their children, or for them bring it home to them, do you have any recourse that you want your child to go to school and not get a deadly virus at this point?
ARONBERG: Not legally, Mika. There’s sovereign immunity, and the governor gets law passed last session that removes local governments when it comes to these guidelines, the state can pre-empt them and as he has. He’s done it through executive order and he’s allowed to in Florida.
It is ironic that the same politicians who always claim for local control, and people who said that the local elected officials are closest to the people, and they should be respected and empowered. Well, now you see them being pre-empted.
It sure sounds a lot like the socialism that Desantis and others continue to condemn. It’s like that new law that they passed that prevents private companies from asking about their customers’s vaccinations. That’s a thing resembles the socialism that they love to criticize! So much for free enterprise.
. . .
MIKA: Yup, Dave Aronberg, state attorney for Palm Beach County, thank you very much.
Just last week, former Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer was assaulted and robbed in crime-ridden Oakland, CA. The attack on a well-known liberal star garnered no coverage on MSNBC. Yet an awkward joke by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has been trumpeted as a “new low” on the liberal cable network.
Over a few hours on Monday morning and afternoon, MSNBC devoted 7 minutes and 54 seconds to McCarthy’s joke that, should he win back the House and become Speaker, “it will be hard not to hit” Pelosi with the gavel. Host Hallie Jackson chided:
We’re also giving an update on what’s going on between Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy, with their relationship it seems hitting new lows. The latest thing, the House Republican leader under fire for saying this at a Republican Party fund-raiser in Tennessee this weekend
On Morning Joe, an appalled Mika Brzezinski lamented, “House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy is facing strong backlash after he said this about speaker Nancy Pelosi at a fund-raiser over the weekend.”
In the 2 PM hour, Geoff Bennett touted, “Also coming up, Democrats demand an apology from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for saying, quote, ‘it will be hard to not hit Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a gavel” if he becomes Speaker.’” Later, Bennett took the whole thing very seriously: “Democrats are demanding an apology today from house minority leader Kevin McCarthy who over the weekend made a remark about hitting Nancy Pelosi with the Speaker’s gavel if the GOP takes control next year.”
In contrast, when Boxer was assaulted last week, the network NEVER mentioned it, as Fox’s Joseph Wulfsohn noted in a tweet. This was actual violence, not a joke. Yet, as the MRC’s Nick Fondacaro explained on Wednesday, the networks skipped it too. Only CNN’s Erin Burnett bothered to cover it.
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Partial transcripts are below. Click “expand” to read more.
GEOFF BENNETT: Also coming up, Democrats demand an apology from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for saying, quote, “it will be hard to not hit Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a gavel” if he becomes Speaker.
2:43 PM ET
BENNETT: Democrats are demanding an apology today from house minority leader Kevin McCarthy who over the weekend made a remark about hitting Nancy Pelosi with the Speaker’s gavel if the GOP takes control next year. Now, McCarthy says it was a joke.
10:41 AM ET
HALLIE JACKSON: We’re also giving an update on what’s going on between Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy, with their relationship it seems hitting new lows. The latest thing, the House Republican leader under fire for saying this at a Republican Party fund-raiser in Tennessee this weekend. Watch.
KEVIN MCCARTHY: I want you to watch Nancy Pelosi hand me that gavel. It’ll be hard not to hit her with it.
The liberal hosts of The View vehemently defended Vice President Kamala Harris after her approval ratings plummeted in recent polls. Even though President Biden’s ratings have similarly dropped, co-hosts Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin gave Harris the easy way out, chalking up her unpopularity to the fact that she’s a black woman.
Whoopi Goldberg opened the discussion explaining how Harris has “the lowest approval of any vice president since the ‘70s,” before asking Behar why that could be.
Behar immediately pulled the race and sex cards:
“Well, let’s see. What is different about her that we haven’t seen before? What could it be? Oh, that’s right. She’s a woman and she’s black. I almost forgot.,” she snarked.
The liberal host then griped that the Democrat administration was facing undue criticism from the right, despite inflation, rising gas prices, an immigration crisis, ethical scandals and releasing COVID-positive illegal immigrants into the general population:
I mean, it seems like there’s this bombardment of criticism on her and Biden coming from the right as if they have been in office for four years. They’ve only been there for what? Six months? [counting on fingers] Eight months. Eight months. What are they supposed to do? Change the whole world? Cure — get a cure for cancer? Solve the problem of climate change, deal with immigration? They have been doing immigration. How many presidential years. Other presidents have tried to fix immigration in this country. It’s a very, very hard and trackable problem. That’s what they handed her. So you know what? Back off.
Similarly, as she’s done before, Sunny Hostin blamed racism and sexism.
“Well, it’s not surprising because it is all about race and gender, right? As Joy mentioned. What’s different about this one? What is different about this particular vice president?” she snarked.
Hostin claimed there was “faux outrage” over Harris’s leadership on immigration, because she visited the border…when she was Attorney General of California:
Listen. She’s become I think the GOP foil on the campaign trail. There’s a lot of faux outrage out there on the Republican side about what’s going on at the border. They’re claiming there’s a crisis at the border, that she never visited the border. She was the Attorney General of California. There are pictures all over the place of Kamala Harris, of the vice president at the border. So that’s sort of much ado about nothing
Conservative co-host Meghan McCain pointed out Harris dropped out of the presidential race early, and hasn’t handled the border crisis well, despite getting passes from the media:
She wasn’t resonating with voters way before President Biden was elected. I mean, I think it’s interesting the tone from the media on her leadership on immigration because when there were kids in cages on the border under President Trump, it was horrific and now we aren’t even allowed to send journalists in to film it and she’s in charge, and it’s okay.
McCain noted Republicans would love to see Harris run against Ron DeSantis in 2024:
If people don’t want to listen to me and think it’s all about race and gender, that’s fine. Honestly, it’s everyone’s, you know, risk to take, but Ron DeSantis would put her in the ground. I mean, it would be a election for Republicans. Republicans would love nothing more than to run against Vice President Harris.
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Read the transcript below:
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: Welcome back. Not surprisingly several polls seem to have found that vice president Kamala Harris has the lowest approval of any vice president since the ’70s. You know how much stuff I believe in polls, but what do you think this is coming from, Joy?
JOY BEHAR: Well, let’s see. What is different about her that we haven’t seen before? What could it be? Oh, that’s right. She’s a woman and she’s black. I almost forgot. You know, let’s tell the truth here. I mean, it seems like there’s this bombardment of criticism on her and Biden coming from the right as if they have been in office for four years. They’ve only been there for what? Six months? [counting on fingers] Eight months. Eight months. What are they supposed to do? Change the whole world? Cure — get a cure for cancer? Solve the problem of climate
change, deal with immigration? They have been doing immigration. How many presidential years. Other presidents have tried to fix immigration in this country. It’s a very, very hard and trackable problem. That’s what they handed her. So you know what? Back off.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: Sunny, what do you make of these polls? Are they surprising?
SUNNY HOSTIN: Well, it’s not surprising because it is all about race and gender, right? As joy mentioned. What’s different about this one? What is different about this particular vice president? Listen. She’s become I think the GOP foil on the campaign trail. There’s a lot of faux outrage out there on the Republican side about what’s going on at the border. They’re claiming there’s a crisis at the border, that she never visited the border. She was the attorney general of California. There are pictures all over the place of Kamala Harris, of the vice president at the border. So that’s sort of much a do about nothing, but her involvement in these you hot button issues has made her an easy target for Republicans and they’re trying to aggressively paint the country as being in a state of crisis, and they’re just — they’re just using her and piling on and that’s what the poll numbers are about.
GETTR CEO Jason Miller fired back against Politico after the media outlet launched an attack against his new platform claiming that it is a hotbed for terrorist activity.
Politico reported that free speech alternative platform GETTR was “inundated with terrorist propaganda spread by supporters of Islamic State.” The liberal media outlet further reported that GETTR “features reams of jihadi-related material, including graphic videos of beheadings, viral memes that promote violence against the West and even memes of a militant executing [former President Donald] Trump in an orange jumpsuit similar to those used in Guantanamo Bay.” The story ended with a statement that Politico reportedly obtained from Miller. However, the GETTR executive said that Politico is “refusing to print [his statement] in its entirety.”
In his response on GETTR, Miller attacked ISIS and called out Politico for its reporting:
“ISIS is trying to attack the MAGA movement because President Trump wiped them off the face of the earth, destroying the Caliphate in less than 18 months, and the only ISIS members still alive are keyboard warriors hiding in caves and eating dirt cookies. Buried beneath a misleading and inflammatory headline, however, even Politico acknowledges GETTR has a robust and proactive moderation system that removes prohibited content, maximizing both cutting-edge A.I. technology and human moderation.”
Politico’s hit piece against GETTR was headlined, “Jihadists flood pro-Trump social network with propaganda.” Several other media outlets also dogpiled GETTR and appeared to gleefully cover the story. Business Insider published a piece headlined, “GETTR founder Jason Miller calls ISIS sympathizers on his pro-Trump social media platform ‘keyboard warriors.’” The Daily Dot alleged that GETTR “has been plagued with issues since it launched.” And The Daily Beast claimed, without evidence, that GETTR “has struggled to gain much traction.” Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner previously reported that GETTR passed “1.5 million users in just 11 days.”
Contrary to The Daily Beast’s claim, several prominent personalities have joined the platform. A few names who have joined GETTR include actress Gina Carano, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and liberal tech reporter Kara Swisher. Miller launched his platform on Independence Day after at least 10 Big Tech platforms, including social media giants Facebook and Twitter, suspended Trump in January.
Other prominent conservatives have also launched free speech alternative platforms in recent months. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell kickstarted a new platform called “Frank” after Twitter banned him in January. One America News Network launched the social media platform FreeTalk45 in July. And PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance made investments in the video-sharing platform Rumble.
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At the end of ABC’s This Week on Sunday, fill-in moderator Jonathan Karl gushed over “an historic election here in Washington, D.C.” of a convicted – and still incarcerated – murderer to local office in the city. The host hailed the development as “charting a new course for voting rights and racial justice” while introducing a report that radically lobbied for convicted felons still in prison to be allowed to vote.
“After 27 years behind bars, Joel Caston is seeking redemption through politics,” announced senior Washington correspondent Devin Dwyer. With the headline on screen cheering, “Incarcerated Felon Wins Groundbreaking Election,” the reporter gushed: “The 44-year-old felon convicted for murder as a teenager became D.C.’s newest elected public servant this summer, winning a groundbreaking campaign for neighborhood commissioner on the city’s southeast side.”
Dwyer noted that Caston’s “constituents are fellow inmates in D.C. jail,” before explaining: “All casting ballots in a local election that’s pushing the boundaries of voting rights and racial justice. D.C. last year joined just Maine and Vermont as the only places in America that prisoners can vote.”
He then lamented: “Less than one percent of the nation’s estimated 1.8 million incarcerated residents has the right to cast a ballot from behind bars, setting the U.S. apart from many other democracies.” A soundbite followed of left-wing Georgetown University professor Marc Howard proclaiming: “In other words, in most places you don’t lose your humanity, you don’t lose your civil rights, social rights, political rights when you’re incarcerated.”
Apparently the liberal academic didn’t understand that the very act of being in prison causes criminals to lose many of their “civil rights” as punishment.
Dwyer tried to bolster Howard’s leftist advocacy: “…a leading advocate for felon voting rights, [he] says it’s also an issue of racial justice. One in 16 black American adults is disenfranchised because of a conviction, a rate 3.7 times higher than among non-blacks.” Howard pleaded: “Ultimately, this is about human beings with the right to express themselves. And I think that voting is a really fundamental right that they should have.”
“Caston is now the first incarcerated American elected to office with votes from incarcerated peers,” Dwyer cheered. The correspondent then turned to the prison inmate turned politician and wondered: “You oversee everything from liqueur license approvals, to sidewalk repair, to public safety. Can you credibly advocate for public safety from in here?” The convicted killer replied: “I can. I believe that my story, my campaign is giving a lens to individuals who may not have considered this as being a viable option to obtain public safety.”
Dwyer finally mentioned that “enfranchisement of felons remains highly controversial,” and pointed out how “Many Republicans opposed House Democrats’ sweeping election reform bill, HR-1, this spring, in part because it would have restored the vote to millions of ex-felons.”
However, those concerns were brushed aside as Dwyer wrapped up the fawning segment:
The family of the victim in Caston’s case has given its full endorsement, in a statement to ABC News saying, “We believe in forgiveness! And hope Joel will do good work in the community.” His constituents told us Commissioner Caston, who expects to be paroled by the end of the year, is already inspiring them to be better citizens.
Following clips of Caston’s fellow prisoners heaping praise upon him, Karl added his own: “Thank you to Devin Dwyer for that amazing story of redemption.”
While there’s certainly a case to be made for restoring voting rights to criminals who have served their time and shown signs of reform, granting current prison inmates the right to not only vote in elections, but run as candidates in those contests, is exclusively a priority of the far left. ABC News has no problem selling that radical agenda to its viewers.
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Here is a full transcript of the August 1 segment:
9:53 AM ET
JONATHAN KARL: Fifty-six years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. He called it a triumph for freedom, as huge as any victory that has ever been won on any battlefield.
Today, the promise of that law is under intense political debate. But as our Devin Dwyer reports, an historic election here in Washington, D.C. this summer is charting a new course for voting rights and racial justice.
[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Incarcerated Felon Wins Groundbreaking Election]
JOEL CASTON [DC INMATE, ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSIONER]: Can anybody in this circle relate to loss of freedom?
DEVIN DWYER [ABC NEWS SENIOR WASHINGTON REPORTER]: After 27 years behind bars, Joel Caston is seeking redemption through politics.
CASTON: I noticed that, wait a minute, not only can we vote, we can also run for office.
DWYER: The 44-year-old felon convicted for murder as a teenager became D.C.’s newest elected public servant this summer, winning a groundbreaking campaign for neighborhood commissioner on the city’s southeast side.
CASTON: It sounds great to have an official title. I must admit that. However, what it feels like is that now I have to deliver.
DWYER: His constituents are fellow inmates in D.C. jail.
How many of y’all voted?
All casting ballots in a local election that’s pushing the boundaries of voting rights and racial justice. D.C. last year joined just Maine and Vermont as the only places in America that prisoners can vote.
COLIE LAVAR LONG [DC INMATE]: When I actually put a check in that box and actually said that he won and this is the person I voted for, it like reaffirmed that, you know, I am worthy to be back in society.
DWYER: Less than one percent of the nation’s estimated 1.8 million incarcerated residents has the right to cast a ballot from behind bars, setting the U.S. apart from many other democracies.
MARC HOWARD [DIR, GEORGETOWN UNIV. PRISONS & JUSTICE INITIATIVE]: In other words, in most places you don’t lose your humanity, you don’t lose your civil rights, social rights, political rights when you’re incarcerated.
DWYER: Georgetown Professor Marc Howard, a leading advocate for felon voting rights, says it’s also an issue of racial justice. One in 16 black American adults is disenfranchised because of a conviction, a rate 3.7 times higher than among non-blacks.
HOWARD: Ultimately, this is about human beings with the right to express themselves. And I think that voting is a really fundamental right that they should have.
DWYER: Caston is now the first incarcerated American elected to office with votes from incarcerated peers.
How can you represent a group of people, a community, when you’re cut off from a big segment of that community?
CASTON: A lot of meetings, a lot of engagement has taken place over Zoom. So now, as the NC commissioner, one of the things I do have access to is a computer.
DWYER: You oversee everything from liqueur license approvals, to sidewalk repair, to public safety. Can you credibly advocate for public safety from in here?
CASTON: I can. I believe that my story, my campaign is giving a lens to individuals who may not have considered this as being a viable option to obtain public safety.
DWYER: But enfranchisement of felons remains highly controversial.
REP. GREG MURPHY [R-NC]: It’s called punishment. Punishment for their crime.
DWYER: Many Republicans opposed House Democrats’ sweeping election reform bill, HR-1, this spring, in part because it would have restored the vote to millions of ex-felons. While 21 states automatically return voting rights after release, 16 withhold the vote through periods of probation or parole, and 11 more suspend the vote indefinitely for some crimes.
CASTON: Oftentimes we would just cast off individuals who are inside incarcerated spaces and think that he or she does not have a value. I believe that my story demonstrates that, yes, we do have value.
DWYER: The family of the victim in Caston’s case has given its full endorsement, in a statement to ABC News saying, “We believe in forgiveness! And hope Joel will do good work in the community.” His constituents told us Commissioner Caston, who expects to be paroled by the end of the year, is already inspiring them to be better citizens.
AHMAAD NELMS [DC INMATE]: The thing I would like for Joel to do is continue to make the impossible possible.
DIEGO LOPEZ [DC INMATE]: Because it helps young men to become better people.
RICHARD BYRD [DC INMATE]: And break the back of this pipeline that’s feeding our young black kids to the system.
LONG: You know, he’s inspired that we’re more than inmates. You know, we are fathers, we are sons, we are brothers and also we are politicians. Thank you, Joel. [Applause]
KARL: Thank you to Devin Dwyer for that amazing story of redemption.
Disney continues to corrupt everything it touches. Since it now owns the rights to Jim Henson’s The Muppets that means The Muppets gets ruined, and by extension our children’s opportunity for quality entertainment. Recently the Disney Muppets spin off TV show, Muppet Babies made beloved character Gonzo into a trans woman, because anyone can be any gender these days.
Pop culture outlet Vulture reported on Gonzo’s new transgender iteration recently, praising the fact that the show for “3 to 8″ year-olds is making such a pro-LGBTQ statement. Though this is disturbing propaganda that insists that parents trying to raise boys and girls normally aren’t doing it right.
Not to mention it’s super confusing for impressionable children.
This gender-subversive TV episode features the boy alien/thing (we’re pretty sure Gonzo has been a guy throughout Muppets’ history) donning a dress and becoming “Princess Gonzarella.” Apparently that’s the height of freedom and expression for Gonzo, who usually has to suffer through wearing boys’ overalls, t-shirts and sneakers out on the playground.
The trans segment begins with the toddler version of Miss Piggy and another female muppet (we’re not familiar with the penguin muppet) telling Gonzo about an upcoming ball, and how female muppets are supposed to go as princesses with ornate gowns, while boy muppets are supposed to attend as knights. Upon hearing this, Gonzo deflates and becomes sour about the whole deal. Yeah, see kids, that’s what white supremacist gender norms do to little boys and girls. They oppress them.
Clearly Gonzo fancies the damn dress, and boy does he end up wearing it. Turns out he goes to the ball in one and impresses everyone. After the ball, Miss Piggy and the Penguin run into Gonzo and tell him all about a beautiful princess they met the night before named, “Gonzarella.” Turns out “Gonzarella” left the ball at the stroke of midnight without revealing his identity to anyone. HOWEVER, he left behind his shoe which Miss Piggy and her avian friend acquired.
In my eyes, the Muppets represent the ability to be accepting and loving of others, even if they may be a little different. To embrace those who others may shun.
I’m glad to see that philosophy is still going strong. pic.twitter.com/9mnKBdCsIT
— Muppet History (@HistoryMuppet) July 24, 2021
Gonzo puts on the shoe, saying, “The princess who came to your ball tonight was me.” He then transforms into the princess to the amazement of the other muppets and explains that he was afraid to come out because of potential judgement from his friends.
This is Disney propaganda so none of the Muppets found it weird. In fact they all loved it. Miss Piggy stated, “Gonzo, we’re sorry. It wasn’t very nice of us to tell you what to wear to the ball.” The penguin muppet added, “You’re our friend and we love you any way you are.”
The people at Vulture found this to be heartwarming as all get out, writing, “It’s a clever twist on the old Cinderella plot, with a nice message about inclusive gender expression in a show that’s already about imagination and play.”
Yeah imagination and the land of make-believe. That’s the only place where all this gender breaking stuff exists. Thanks for making it harder for kids to navigate life, Disney.
American shot putter Raven Saunders defied the International Olympic Committee Sunday by protesting on a victory podium in Tokyo. She claimed the Silver Medal, then broke the IOC’s Rule 50 banning victory stand protests. Saunders crossed her arms in an X symbol to protest oppression.
Radical left media like Deadspin implored the IOC to leave Saunders alone instead of punishing her. As of this morning, the organization that runs the Olympics had not taken any kind of action against her. It was looking into the highest level of protest yet seen in the Tokyo Games. Whether the protest will stand unchallenged, and whether the IOC is just a cowardly organization that doesn’t enforce its own rules, remains to be seen.
A 25-year-old, black lesbian who wore a Hulk mask during Friday’s qualifying round, Saunders said of her protest, “It’s the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.”
Actually, a victory podium at the Olympic Games is where Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists receive their honors and pay homage to the winning athlete’s national anthem. There were no sightings of enslaved people at Sunday’s track and field award ceremonies. Olympic victory stands are not the place to air grievances or to turn sporting events into social justice protest downers.
Deadspin loved what Saunders did, stating:
“The IOC needs to have some common sense on this one and let Saunders be. What she did wasn’t disruptive and her message needed to be delivered to the world.
“Shoutout to Saunders for speaking up and being a representative for the oppressed.”
Saunders appeared on NBC’s Today Show Monday and said:
“I’m a black female, I’m queer and I talk about mental health awareness — I deal with depression, anxiety and PTSD, a lot — so for me personally, I represent being at that intersection. I decided to use my platform to speak up for all those people, for anyone who represents any part of or any one of those groups, especially, this medals is for [them].”
Saunders also tweeted a message to detractors: “Let them try and take this medal. I’m running across the border even though I can’t swim.”
So the Olympics have come down an opportunity to speak up for the oppressed. Like the politically powerful LGBT juggernaut doesn’t have much of a voice? Come on, get real! And whose platform is it anyway? It belongs to the Olympics, not agenda-driven social justice warriors.
Not surprising, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee defended Saunders’ controversial behavior, calling it “respectful of her competitors” and saying it did not violate our rules related to demonstration.” This committee had freely allowed protest at U.S. Olympic trials competitions.
The IOC’s Kristy Coventry, who heads up the Athlete’s Commission, previously stated that “our recommendation is to preserve the podium, field of play and official ceremonies from any kind of protest or demonstrations or acts perceived as such.”
Hopefully the IOC will take clear actions to preserve the podium. Seventy percent of athletes previously polled by the IOC objected to.
Tech reporter Kashmir Hill made the front of the New York Times Sunday Business section with a long, out-of-nowhere story purportedly about the dangers of global surveillance technology, lamenting that for an arsonist accused of setting a fire in a school and other spots during the riots in Minneapolis, “2,000 Miles Was Not Far Enough” to escape surveillance. The text box summarized mildly: “In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, someone set a fire at a Goodwill in St. Paul. That led to an arrest in Mexico and exposed a growing system of global surveillance.”
While leftists have no qualms about going through Capitol Hill security footage and turning in familiar faces to the FBI, when arsonists in the service of a left-wing cause are targeted with video surveillance by the ATF, it suddenly becomes disturbing to the New York Times.
A local headline from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune was less forgiving: “Rochester couple suspected in torching of St. Paul school, stores during civil unrest are caught in Mexico.” The school serves disadvantaged youth, a detail the Times skipped.
The ATF requested Mexico use the country’s facial recognition software (from China) to help track down riot arsonist Jose Felan and his helper, wife Mena Yousif. And the Times devoted 3,500 words to worrying about the alleged arsonist couple’s freedom from not being tracked.
The couple had driven an hour north from Rochester to Minneapolis to join a crowd down the street from the State Capitol. It was three days after George Floyd had been killed by a white police officer; the couple was part of a growing protest movement that would send people into the streets across America to express their anger, frustration and pain over Mr. Floyd’s death.
She noted mildly that “Mr. Felan, 34, had bounced between Texas and Minnesota for most of his life, and had run afoul of the law in both places.”
That’s putting it mildly.
Felan was seen “carrying a thin white bag, sheer enough that, according to a criminal complaint, three canisters of diesel fuel were visible inside after he walked into a Napa Auto Parts store on University Avenue in St. Paul.” He and his wife next entered a Goodwill, “where Mr. Felan allegedly took one of the diesel fuel canisters out of his bag, poured its contents onto a stack of cardboard boxes, and set them on fire.”
In other words, a strong case.
Federal authorities assert that Mr. Felan also helped set fires at a school across the street and at a gas station, which were among over 1,500 buildings damaged that week. The surveillance footage from that day set off a nearly yearlong, international manhunt for the couple, involving multiple federal agencies and Mexican police. The pursuit also involved a facial recognition system made by a Chinese company that has been blacklisted by the U.S. government.
The reporter sympathized with those sympathizing with the vandals and arsonists:
….To prosecutors, the pursuit of Mr. Felan, who was charged with arson, and Ms. Yousif, who was charged with helping him flee, was a routine response to a case of property destruction. To fellow protesters, it’s part of an extreme crackdown on those who most fervently demonstrated against America’s criminal justice system.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) used Mexico’s surveillance software. Hill let an activist journalist in Mexico City whine:
“They were anti-racist protesters and not being searched for ‘terrorism’ in the U.S. but for acts of vandalism,” Mr. Villoro said. He was disturbed to see the technology being used that way, and mentioned it in his article….Part of what bothered Mr. Villoro was that the company that made the surveillance system, Dahua, had been blacklisted by the U.S. government in 2019.
After all that, the ATF found the couple the old-fashioned way.
The cutting-edge system was in use, searching for signs of the couple in Mexico, but it does not appear to be what led authorities to them. A spokeswoman for the ATF said the agency paid the $20,000 to someone who had information on the couple….
She got melodramatic:
In this case, U.S. citizens were subject to a real-time tracking system that the U.S. government itself had deemed abusive in China.
Hill showed the same double standard in her May 2021 story on cancel culture, uncovering two Democratic victims while conveniently leaving out myriad examples of “cancellation” of conservatives.
Apple has removed an anti-vaccination dating app from its App Store for violating its COVID policies.
Unjected, a dating app focused on partnering individuals who are opposed to getting the COVID vaccine, was removed from the store.
Shelby Thomson, the founder of the app said the removal is deliberate censorship on Apple’s part.
“Apparently, we are considered ‘too much’ for sharing our medical autonomy and freedom of choice,” she said in a video.
“[W]hen one report gets you deleted off every platform instantly. We must be doing something right,” the app’s Instagram page posted with a screenshot of an article discussing the app.
According to Apple, the app was removed because it “inappropriately refers to the Covid-19 pandemic in its concept or theme” in violation of its COVID policies.
“The developer has made statements externally to its users as well as updates to the app that once again bring it out of compliance,” an Apple spokesperson said.
Apple said the app had originally been rejected from the store, and the app subsequently urged users to stop using words such as “jabbed” and “microchip” in order to get approved.
“This is a violation of our guidelines, which make it clear: ‘If you attempt to cheat the system…your apps will be removed from the store,” the spokesperson concluded.