The Yellowhammer state’s political summer is getting hotter as Luther Strange, an establishment-backed candidate for the U.S. Senate, is falsely smearing his opponent Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) as anti-Trump.
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Prominent Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz offered words of praise for former student Ted Cruz in a new interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer:
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas): “Off-the-charts brilliant. And you know, liberals make the terrible mistake, including some of my friends and colleagues, of thinking that all conservatives are dumb. And I think one of the reasons that conservatives have been beating liberals in the courts and in public debates is because we underestimate them. Never underestimate Ted Cruz. He is off-the-chart brilliant. I don’t agree with his politics.”
But the retiring Dershowitz couldn’t similarly evaluate another Harvard Law alumnus:
There was also the Harvard Law student who couldn’t get into a Dershowitz class despite multiple attempts: Barack Obama.
“Twice because the computer kept him out,” Dershowitz said. “It wasn’t my fault.”
On Thursday, CEO Brendan Eich of Mozilla was forced out of his job thanks to his $1,000 donation to the Proposition 8 pro-traditional marriage effort in California in 2008. At that point, he held the exact same position as Barack Obama on traditional marriage. Now, that position has soured in the nostrils of the militant left, which seeks to ruin the lives of those with whom it disagrees.
Mozilla’s cave-in to the militants over at OKCupid, a dating site that labeled Eich one of its “enemies” thanks to his position, represents just the latest assault on conservatives in the online space. It’s not illegal for Mozilla to dump Eich nor for OKCupid to call for that ouster – nor should it be – but it is certainly wrong, and in violation of basic principles of free speech that the internet is supposed to guarantee. It is purely Orwellian that Mozilla’s response to Eich’s resignation suggested that ensuring “equality and free speech” led to that resignation.
Unfortunately, such crackdowns on free speech principles have become all too common among members of the leftist online community. Here are the top five examples:
Google Adsense Shuts Down WorldNetDaily. On February 6, Google Adsense notified WorldNetDaily’s Joseph Farah that it would be cancelling WND’s account thanks to a “policy violation email this morning regarding negative/hate speech particularly with the repeated references to ‘black mobs,’ although I don’t know that this is specifically what it’s limited to.” Farah told Breitbart News that Google explained, “The reviewers cited a number articles [sic] with usage of this term specifically and in general asks that no ad code is placed on articles containing hate/anti or sensitive content as this is against Adsense policies and does not provide a good experience for users and advertisers.”
WND’s sin: covering the so-called “knockout game” phenomenon, in which black youths attacked and beat white and Jewish passersby. The phenomenon received national media attention. Apparently observing the race of those participating in the game was enough to put WND on Google Adsense’s banned list.
Kickstarter Shuts Down Campaign to Raise Money for Gosnell Film. This week, Kickstarter informed filmmakers Phelim McAleer and his wife Ann McElhinney that it would not allow them to use purely factual language in their attempt to raise $2.1 million for a movie about mass killer abortionist Kermit Gosnell. McAleer explained:
They asked us to remove the descriptions of a serial killer committing his crimes, but in the Belle Gunness [Kickstarter] project they allowed a picture of a dead body on the project page. In addition Kickstarter has hosted and promoted 16 projects about stabbing. Kickstarter has also hosted 5 projects about incest, one project with the “C” word in the project description, 44 projects about rape and 28 projects with the word F**k or F**king in the title. Some of these projects were based on true stories, some were works of fiction, but all were allowed onto Kickstarter.
Kickstarter gave in but maintained that they could remove the project at any time, even after the donation campaign began. McAleer and McElhinney decided instead to move to indiegogo.com for their project.
Facebook Cracks Down on Gun Photos, Anti-Obama Messages. Earlier last month, VentureBeat reported that Facebook could announce new policies designed to crack down on gun-related fanpages. Sources told VentureBeat, “Talks are progressing [between Facebook and Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action]. The discussions are ongoing; there have been positive developments.”
In October 2012, Facebook shut down the page of a group called Special Operations Speaks after they posted a meme reading, “Obama called the SEALs and THEY got bin Laden. When the SEALs called Obama, THEY GOT DENIED.” The meme received 30,000 shares… until Facebook blocked it. First, Facebook warned the group; then Facebook sent a message: “We removed content you posted. We removed the content you posted or were admin of because it violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.” Facebook later apologized.
Instagram Deletes Gun Posts. Facebook and Instagram announced in early March that it would delete all posts offering to buy or sell guns without a background check, as well as banning users 18 and under from viewing gun offers. Facebook also deleted a photo of a 6-month-old child with a bolt-action rifle across her lap.
Twitter Gulag for Conservatives. This one is a rumor, but a widespread one: many conservatives have complained of their accounts being suspended from Twitter. In fact, it’s been termed entering the “Twitter gulag.” Twitchy has detailed this practice and how to avoid being suspended here.
Again, all of this activity is legal. The question is one of appropriateness. For a group of leftists who prize themselves on the primacy of the open internet to target political opposition is hypocritical at best, and nasty at worst.
Shoebat) — Nihad Awad, the Executive Director for CAIR, has announced the launching of a Muslim Brotherhood political party in the U.S. called the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO). Investor’s Business Daily reports that the “membership reads like a Who’s Who of Brotherhood front groups” and says that USCMO seeks to “elect Islamists in Washington” who will seek to institutionalize Sharia law.
On its website, the USCMO even describes itself as “an umbrella group” for Muslims. Founding members of this USCMO are proven ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and include the Muslim American Society (MAS), the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and others. Of course, it’s easy to see how the Muslim Brotherhood would be the “umbrella group” for the USCMO.
It’s not uncommon for the Muslim Brotherhood to have a separate, political party that does its bidding. In Egypt, the Freedom and Justice Party was one such entity and it was the party of Mohammed Mursi, who is now in jail and identified as a leader of a terrorist organization, a designation the new government in Egypt has given to the group.
Bill O’Reilly came out strong supporting Tesla Monday night, arguing conservatives need to be rooting for them to succeed. Eric Bolling told O’Reilly tonight he doesn’t like the idea of the government loaning money to companies in the first place (even though Tesla paid it off), and the men clashed over whether more people getting Tesla’s electric cars would be good for the country and the world. He said, “You can be as cynical as you want, this is big.” Bolling told O’Reilly that right now, “only the likes of DiCaprio, Clooney, and O’Reilly” can afford Tesla cars and argued electric cars can impact the environment through the use of coal-fired plants.
O’Reilly argued not only that switching to Tesla cars would be the more environmentally conscious decision, but it would be a good way to stick it to OPEC and Vladimir Putin, telling Bolling “the greater good has to come into play.” Bolling brought up Solyndra to make the point that even if Tesla is a winner, the government shouldn’t pick and choose winners and losers by giving them money, bringing up companies like Apple and arguing that the government doesn’t need to get in the way of innovation.
O’Reilly shot back, “This is about cleaner air and hurting the villains, so this is elevated above Apple and all the other computer products.” Bolling questioned whether average Americans want the government to be messing around like this, but O’Reilly insisted that “what they want is relief from OPEC” and Putin. Bolling said if that’s the case, fracking is the better way to go.
Watch the video below, via Fox News:
(DAILY CALLER) — President Barack Obama used his set-piece speech in Europe on Wednesday to couple Vladimir Putin’s crudely nationalist takeover of Crimea with the increasingly popular opposition to his big-government, progressive agenda.
“Casual indifference [to President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Crimea]… would allow the old way of doing things to regain a foothold in this young century,” he declared.
Progressive “ideals have often been threatened by an older, more traditional view of power… Often this alternative vision roots itself in the notion that by virtue of race or faith or ethnicity, some are inherently superior to others and that individual identity must be defined by us versus them,” he claimed.
Throughout his speech, Obama contrasted progressives’ supposedly universalist ideals with conservatives’ ideal of smaller governments that are tailored to the preferences of their unique populations.
The progressive ideals include the “United Nations and a Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international law and the means to enforce those laws,” he said.
The universalist ideals should also trump local self-government, he said. “We know that there will always be intolerance, but instead of fearing the immigrant, we can welcome him,” he told his European audience, which is increasingly preoccupied with the difficult task of integrating tens of millions of unassimilated and unemployed immigrants — many of whom are Muslim.