Sunday, January 31, 2021
Religious Books Seized and Burned in Communist China, Believers Given Jail Terms
Why You Rarely Hear About Sarah Michelle Gellar
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Fwd: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt...
From: Larry Trout
The New York Times ran an article headlined "Historians Question Trump's Comments on Confederate Monuments," quoting a historian calling Trump's query a "red herring." Another historian said "the answer to Mr. Trump's hypothetical question about whether getting rid of Lee and Jackson also meant junking Washington and Jefferson was a simple 'no.'"
NPR's Steve Inskeep purported to do a "fact" "check" on President Trump's statement, opining that Trump "used one of his standard rhetorical techniques, 'whataboutism.'" His "fact" "check" concluded: "To have the president of the United States compare Lee to Washington is simply, factually wrong."
"Trump equates Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson with George Washington in bizarre press conference," opined Business Insider's Sonam Sheth. "Lee and Jackson were the leaders of the US' secessionist movement that was organized to preserve the institution of slavery. Washington and Jefferson are two of the country's most notable founders, as well as the first and third presidents," wrote Sheth, wrongly suggesting that mobs would never come for the latters' statues.
The Washington Post's Kristine Phillips wrote a piece smugly headlined, "Historians: No, Mr. President, Washington and Jefferson are not the same as Confederate generals." Not a single one of the historians Phillips chose to interview in her critique of the president could even imagine a world where mobs might tear down statues of slaveholding Founding Fathers, much less where organized protesters would secure their removal. Jim Grossman, executive director of the American Historical Association, called the suggestion "absurd" and "unacceptable for the president of the United States."
Douglas Blackmon, a senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, said President Trump either does not understand history or was racist for worrying about the removal of Founding Father statues. "It's the difference between a monument to the founder of our nation, and a monument to a key figure in an effort to break apart the nation," Blackmon said. "The most kind explanation of that can only be ignorance, and I don't say that to insult the president."
Denver Brunsman, a history professor at George Washington University — which this week removed busts of George Washington, apparently to protect them from mobs decrying the first president as beneath contempt — was quoted saying that Washington and Jefferson should not be in any way equated with those who seceded from the union.
It was all made possible by the courage of 56 patriots who gathered in Philadelphia 244 years ago and signed the Declaration of Independence. (Applause.) They enshrined a divine truth that changed the world forever when they said: "…all men are created equal."
These immortal words set in motion the unstoppable march of freedom. Our Founders boldly declared that we are all endowed with the same divine rights — given [to] us by our Creator in Heaven. And that which God has given us, we will allow no one, ever, to take away — ever. (Applause.)
Seventeen seventy-six represented the culmination of thousands of years of western civilization and the triumph not only of spirit, but of wisdom, philosophy, and reason.
And yet, as we meet here tonight, there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for, struggled, they bled to secure.
Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.
AUDIENCE: Booo —
THE PRESIDENT: Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our Founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities. Many of these people have no idea why they are doing this, but some know exactly what they are doing. They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive. But no, the American people are strong and proud, and they will not allow our country, and all of its values, history, and culture, to be taken from them. (Applause.)
AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!
THE PRESIDENT: One of their political weapons is "Cancel Culture" — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America. (Applause.) This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty, must be stopped, and it will be stopped very quickly. We will expose this dangerous movement, protect our nation's children, end this radical assault, and preserve our beloved American way of life. (Applause.)
In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished. It's not going to happen to us. (Applause.)
Make no mistake: this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress.
To make this possible, they are determined to tear down every statue, symbol, and memory of our national heritage.
Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country, and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but that were villains. The radical view of American history is a web of lies — all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition.
How progressives have convinced us America is evil — and must be destroyed
The following essay is an excerpt from Ben Shapiro's new book, "How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps"
The philosophy of division is a philosophy that derides any notion of American unity as a lie, and bathes that which links us — Abraham Lincoln's "bonds of affection" and "mystic chords of memory" — in acid, disintegrating our ties and casting us all adrift.
I call this strain of thought "Disintegrationism."
In order to argue that America's philosophy is wrongheaded, her culture diseased, and her history evil, Disintegrationists must engage in an extraordinarily selective reading of reality. They must home in, in excruciating detail, on America's sins, which, in context, would be fine — but rob that history of all context or subsequent history. Exploitation is a feature of every human society, and repeated mistreatment by some groups of other groups is a similarly common feature. What is uncommon — indeed, unprecedented in human history — are prosperity, peace, and freedom.
It is simply undeniable that capitalism, founded on protection of property rights — the ideology of the Founding Fathers — has been uniquely successful in spreading peace and prosperity both domestically and around the globe. Since the dawn of the Enlightenment, the enshrinement of individual rights, and the advent of protection for private property — the roots of capitalism — global GDP has increased exponentially, in shocking fashion. In the year 1 BCE, global GDP amounted to $183 billion; in 1000, global GDP was approximately $210 billion; in 1500, it was still just $431 billion; in 1700, $643 billion; as of 2013, $101 trillion. That is a 15 percent increase in the first millennium, and a 15,700 percent increase from 1700 to present.
It is similarly undeniable that the spread of peace has been a direct result of American hegemony. On a year-by-year basis, international war deaths have decreased precipitously since World War II, from a high of nearly 200 deaths per 100,000 people at the end of that conflict to a low of well below 0.5 deaths per 100,000 people at the turn of the twentieth century. Global life expectancy has doubled since 1900. Furthermore, America has become the most tolerant country on earth. According to the Washington Post, a new Swedish survey found that people from the United Kingdom, America, Canada and Australia, as well as certain Latin American countries, were "most likely to embrace a racially diverse neighbor." Other European countries aren't nearly as tolerant. And none of those countries has ever elected a black man — twice — with more than 65 million votes each time, to serve as the leader of those countries
This is an emotionally resonant pitch. Traditional Americanism suggests that while our system has never been perfect, it has grown increasingly so — and this means that it should be easier to succeed today, without the obstacles of bigotry that have plagued our history, than ever before. That worldview places an awful responsibility on individuals: If you fail to succeed, you can certainly blame personal disadvantages, but it becomes difficult to blame a miasmatic, existential, systemic, flag-draped boogeyman haunting your dreams. Additional freedom means additional responsibility.
If, however, all disparity can be chalked up to the system, then personal responsibility becomes a secondary concern. Failures are no longer individual, but systemic. In fact, every failure becomes an additional brick in the wall of evidence against America.
This outlook has become a rote part of radical Democratic politics: the notion that a coalition of the supposedly oppressed must rise up and rewrite the entire nature of the American bargain. Thus Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announces that "resistance is female, intersectional and powered by our belief in one another." Sen. Kamala Harris of California explains that identity politics shouldn't be eschewed — in fact, she argued, the phrase itself was designed to "minimize and marginalize issues that impact all of us." As former Texas Democratic representative Beto O'Rourke, the id of the Democratic Party, put it in 2019, "this is a country that has been defined by foundational systemic endemic racism since the very founding of this country."...
All of this is deeply divisive. But in the Disintegrationist view, the true anti-unity forces lie among advocates for traditional Americanism. Unity, say the Disintegrationists, can be born of opposition to the system. This is why Disintegrationists have categorized culturally unifying symbols like the American flag as inherently divisive. Kneeling for the national anthem represents more authentic unifying behavior than standing for it (Beto O'Rourke suggested, "I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights, anytime, anywhere, in any place"). Scientific investigation is deemed bigoted, and meritocracy itself derided as discriminatory. Belief in free markets — even opposition to nationalized health care — is evidence of America's roots in slavery. Adherence to American institutions like federalism and the Electoral College is castigated as inherently discriminatory. America's traditional reliance on reasoned conversation is itself deemed polarizing, as was seen when moderate opinion editor Bari Weiss resigned from The New York Times, accusing the paper of squashing any ideas that diverge from a left-wing orthodoxy....
ERASING HISTORY Dinesh D’Souza Podcast Ep11
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Fwd: Oligarchy in America-crossing the class Rubicon
From: Larry Trout
Date: Wed, Jan 27, 2021 at 9:05 PM
Subject: Oligarchy in America-crossing the class Rubicon
Monday, January 25, 2021
Why mainstream media's slander of wall street bets pisses me off regarding GME.
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Pixar’s Troubled “Soul” | The New Yorker
I really liked the movie.
Bernie Sanders sits alone with his mittens at inauguration, and a meme is born - MarketWatch
Fwd: Star Wars ENDORSED Hate! This Is Ridiculously Over The Line! Disney & Lucasfilm Called Out!
From: John Coffey
Date: Sun, Jan 24, 2021 at 4:25 PM
Subject: Re: Star Wars ENDORSED Hate! This Is Ridiculously Over The Line! Disney & Lucasfilm Called Out!
To: GRANT HODSON
I'm sorry that you have drunk the liberal socialist Kool-Aid. The old socialism failed both economically and to catch the imagination of the public. The new socialism only had one resource remaining to promote its agenda, which was to divide people by ethnicity and to convince them that they are victims. As long as you think that you are a victim then you lose at least some control of your life because you think that others are responsible for what happens to you. Consequently, you will look to politicians, mostly radicals, to save you from your grievances.
The tools of the radicals are violence or the threat of violence. On the surface, they want to burn it all down. They sponsor thugs to go from city to city and from state to state to incite the mobs and to commit acts of violence. This is why shop owners, men and women, are being beaten. This is why Molotov cocktails are being thrown. This is why buildings are being burned. This is why police cars are being overturned and burned.
The United States is one of the most diverse and racially harmonious places on the planet. Try going to Japan, Korea, or China, and see how racially tolerant they are.
The most prosperous and stable societies are the ones where people respect each other and the rule of law. The more we diverge from that then the more we degrade society and our common interests.
What we are seeing can bring down a society and lead to radical extremists rising up. I don't think that it will happen here, but the violence hurts the cause of the peaceful protestors who have legitimate grievances. And almost everyone wants to see justice done. We are with you in this!
We need to be for good things rather than against people, whether collectively or individually. I love all the Star Wars films (although clearly some more than others}, and I believe they promoted courage, honor, loyalty and other good things--at least to me.In politics, I contributed to Romney's campaign until the Republicans started sending me hate literature, demonizing all the democratic candidates. It only worsened in this last election on both sides. We can't successfully run a nation by hate. We need love and cooperation, not anarchy. Ultimately, Hitler and Stalin were not successful using hate and fear, and we won't be either. Now is the time to be supportive of what we see that is still good in this nation, including in the new administration. For those of us that believe in God, now is a good time to pray. I don't see anything short of a miracle to get us out of this predicament, especially with the untenable national debt.On 01/24/2021 9:25 AM John Coffey wrote:According to LucasFilm, all white people are racist.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=balCnNT5KyA
Star Wars ENDORSED Hate! This Is Ridiculously Over The Line! Disney & Lucasfilm Called Out!
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Law Professor Dershowitz Outlines Legal Possibilities for Senate on Upcoming Trump Impeachment Trial
Texas Sues Biden Administration Over Deportation Freeze Order
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Delingpole: Trump's 1776 Report Makes Me Ashamed to Be British
Where We Go From Here
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Far-Left Activist Calls for Citizens to ‘Monitor’ and ‘Report’ Trump Supporters
Joe Biden Isn’t Healing Anything (Attack on Free speech from the left.)
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Fwd: Strong Feelings
In the House, a Democrat representative spoke about the necessity for the second impeachment to ensure that Trump will never run for office again. The mistake that all of these pundits make is assuming that we Trump supporters are waiting for him to run again in 2024. No way do we want him to run again. Why not? We do not consider him a disgrace. We love him.
We didn't start out caring for him in the beginning but after four years of watching this man get pummeled day after day and never give up fighting for all Americans and America, we now consider him perhaps the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln.
Before he ran for president, he was a popular and respected businessman with many celebrities sucking around for his attention and vying to star in his television show, "The Apprentice". Since 2016, these celebs have turned into his most vicious and hate-filled critics who advocate inexplicable violence towards the president of the United States. Was this behavior because he was now the most powerful man in the world or was he simply because he was a pro life Republican?
As president, he has endured more hatred than even other Republican Presidents and shouldn't have to spend one more day with this burden so, no, we don't want him to run in another four years. What the left doesn't know but we do, is that he is now more dangerous to them than ever and we will support him forever.
There are at least 74 and 84 million, American voters who know that their votes were deemed useless and they are angry. What they all know is that Trump loved this country and all Americans and wasn't afraid to mention the word, G od.
What we all know is that the Democrat leadership is morally bankrupt; cares more for global interests, especially China, which has bought and paid for them; despises small businesses they can't control; and does not believe America is great at all.
If Donald Trump decides to build his own media, social forums, and lends his support to individuals that are as pro American and pro-life as he is, then he has a ready made army of deplorables ready and able to support him. He is still a billionaire and has many billionaires on his team and will be unfettered by the restraints of the political office of backstabbers he had before.
Being a forever Trumper does not mean we have drunk the Kool-Aid. It means that he will always be in our hearts, someone who fought for the Constitution and for our rights to succeed regardless of race, creed or color. May God bless and keep him safe.
What 'Forever Trump' Really Means - Alicia Colon (jewishworldreview.com)
The 1776 Report
Trump Releases Farewell Video In Last Day As President
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Friday, January 15, 2021
Is Trump Guilty of Inciting an Insurrection? | "mens rea" & Impeachment
Thursday, January 14, 2021
IMPEACH THIS! Dinesh D’Souza Podcast Ep.4
Don Lemon: Everyone Who Voted For Trump Sided With ‘The Klan,’ ‘Nazis,’ Rioters
Goodbye, America | The American Spectator
Fwd: The two trump tweets that caused Trump's ban
Twitter's explanation for permanently suspending Trump from its platform is laughable. In a blog post, the company argued that two tweets from the president occasioned the move:
From January 8, 2021:
"The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!"
A short while later:
"To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th."
We also know that Twitter's attack on Trump is not about preventing violence because the firm's partisan bias showed up way before the storming of the Capitol. It was evident last summer, when the social media giant prevented the dissemination of credible reporting from the New York Post about Hunter Biden's shady business deals in Ukraine and China.
Imagine: A supposedly neutral platform forbids circulation of revelations that a presidential candidate likely knew about and perhaps was involved in his son's attempts to trade on his father's former position in the White House.
Despite denials from the same journalists who submerged the country in Russia-gate hysteria for over two years, the Hunter Biden story was real. It was backed up by communications from Hunter Biden himself and by first-hand accounts from people involved. Notably, it was never denied by either Joe or Hunter Biden.
Twitter's bias against conservatives is evident, as well, from the smooth glide of company officials onto President-elect Joe Biden's transition team and now his administration. Twitter's public policy director, Carlos Monje, who hosted a fundraiser for Biden, joined in September. More recently, former Twitter employee Emily Horne signed up to lead communications for Biden's National Security Council. She joins dozens of other Silicon Valley refugees, all eager to help craft Biden's left-leaning agenda.
Let's not forget the ultimate fingerprints of bias: campaign donations. According to Open Secrets, Twitter employees donated nearly $1 million to Biden's campaign and to other Democrats; not one dollar flowed to Trump or any other Republican.
Twitter trashes conservatives as @Jack gloats — this won't end well for Twitter | TheHill
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
A Closer Look at What Happened Last Week
From: Larry Trout <>
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Subject: Ron Paul
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Response to: Facebook Locks Out Ron Paul Following Column Criticizing Big Tech Censorship
- When organizations are so powerful that they can diminish the free speech of the people they disagree with, but most importantly the President of the United States, then those organizations are too powerful. They have too much of a monopoly. Current laws protect these organizations. We could change the laws.1
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- This issue has nothing to do with the freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is solely in reference to the US government. The government cannot restrict one's speech. A company has the right to allow or disallow anyone access to their platform at their discretion. It is their platform. They are not required to allow anyone on to say anything they want.The 1st Amendment of the U.S. ConstitutionThe 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
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- This is the kind of crap that the left gives as a knee jerk reaction without thinking about it too deeply. Social media has become the town square. Without it, you are really limited on getting your message out. This is about monopolies and companies becoming too powerful, which is a common complaint by the left. Current law says that these companies are platforms and not publishers, protecting them from what people post on their sites. But they are acting as publishers engaging in censorship. When they act in unison to ban conservative voices then this creates a situation that is beyond unfair. And it takes extreme arrogance to ban the President of the United States. Meanwhile, they don't ban dictators from around the world.Before the election, the social media companies were blocking posts about the Hunter Biden laptop story. Around 45% of Biden voters said that they didn't know about it. One in six said that they would have changed their minds had they known about it.Twitter said that if you don't like their policies then start your own social media service. Well, people did and it was called Parler, but the major tech companies just removed it from their app stores and canceled their web hosting.This has created a situation that is simply intolerable. It is so biased against conservative voices that it has become an oligopoly. The Cancel Culture has been trying to shut people up, even online.We regulate all forms of media. The Internet was created by the U.S. government, originally for the military, and was opened up to commercial use around 1993. The Internet exists because of the government and it is a public platform.