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Bring Back The Poll Tax—With A Twist

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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who is a slightly more feminine version of Rachel Maddow, agrees with numerous articles at liberal outlets (The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, etc.) that blame the current gridlock in Washington on American’s Constitution. It’s the Constitution’s fault, they say, because no single branch of government has greater power than another, and therefore the Democrat-run Senate can’t simply do whatever it wants. The Constitution set up a system of checks and balances to prevent dictatorial governing, and Chris Hayes, who actually gets paid to say this stuff, says this is a bad thing.
To his credit, though, Hayes does have some guts in criticizing one of America’s founding documents. Actually, scratch that; it takes no courage whatsoever for a liberal to criticize the Constitution in front of a wholly liberal audience who agree with him. Were Hayes a popular conservative, it might be a different story.
Yes, the Constitution is probably the best governing document ever written. (I say “probably” because I haven’t read the others.) But yes, there are things in it that I take issue with. Here is just one problem with the Constitution:
The Twenty-Sixth Amendment is bull. It essentially states that all American citizens aged 18 and over can vote in elections. Eighteen-year-olds are idiots. Most are, anyway. Some are geniuses, however, and could be trusted to make a knowledgeable vote, and that’s where my solution comes into play.
Every person age 18 and over—every person—must take a test to ensure they know enough about the government and about American and British history to vote. All voting will be done electronically on those touch-screens they currently use at most voting stations, prior to casting your vote. You will be asked a series of questions, let’s say ten of them, each of them multiple choice, and if you get, say, more than one wrong, your voting session expires and you’re voting card (did I mention we all would have voting cards?) would cease working until the next election date. (This is just brainstorming, people; don’t get hung up on the details right now.) This would mean lots of people—and I mean lots—would not get a say in that election.
Tough. If you’re ignorant, you should not be affecting the course of an entire country and thus affecting the lives of others. The questions in the tests would change from election to election, and nobody would know before voting what questions would be asked. In fact, the ten that appear on your screen would be ten random ones that are pulled from a database of thousands of other basic questions so that if you successfully answer them, you can’t slip the next person in line a piece of paper with the answers you successfully gave.
Does this amount to a poll tax? The Twenty-Fourth Amendment, ratified in 1964, put an end to the practice of paying fees in order to vote. This isn’t a monetary fee by any means, but in a metaphorical sense, I guess this test idea sort of is like a poll tax: it’s a tax on the brain. So if you want to call it a poll tax, fine, it’s a poll tax. I don’t care. Repeal both the Twenty-Sixth and the Twenty-Fourth Amendments.
Because—let’s not be afraid to say it—only certain people should be voting.

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Sen. Cruz Goes Beast Mode When Reporter Goes After His Kids

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Sen. Cruz’s comments came after day two of the Trump defense in the Senate impeachment trial, where Hunter and Joe Biden were obliterated all day long.

This is the first time in the entire proceeding we have heard, just at the beginning, of the serious evidence of corruption involving Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, a million dollars a year, while Hunter (Joe) Biden threatened Ukraine to withhold a billion dollars in aid unless and until they fired the prosecutor investigating his son.

We just saw a video which I would encourage every news outlet here to actually show, the video of Joe Biden bragging about how he told the president of Ukraine he was gonna cut off a billion dollars; he was gonna block a billion dollars in foreign aid to Ukraine unless they fired the prosecutor, and in Joe Biden’s own words, “son-of-a-b****, they fired the guy!”

I get that the press loves to obsess over the latest “bombshell.” Listen, I don’t know what John Bolton’s book says or doesn’t say; I’ve seen The New York Times coverage, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t impact the legal issue before this Senate. The legal issue before this Senate is whether a president has the authority to investigate corruption.

So the House managers built their entire case on the proposition that investigating Burisma corruption, investigating the Bidens for corruption, was baseless and a sham. That proposition was absurd; we’ve just seen — they said there wasn’t a shred of evidence concerning corruption. We’ve just seen two hours of evidence, and at a minimum, it was not only reasonable and justified, but the president, I think, had an obligation to investigate corruption that potentially extended to the very highest levels of government.

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Secretary of State Pompeo Accuses NPR of Journalistic Malpractice

The feud between Pompeo and National Public Radio goes back several weeks.

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President Trump has been unrepentant in his assertion that a great deal of the mainstream media is dabbling in what he calls “fake news”, but the latest accusations from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo go beyond even that inflammatory assertion.

Pompeo recently granted an interview to NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly under the assumption that the two would be discussing the geopolitical quagmire that Iran’s recent aggression has conjured.  Instead, the Secretary of State was ambushed by Kelly, who proceeded to inundate Pompeo with impeachment and Ukraine inquiries.

Now, Pompeo is lashing out.

“NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly lied to me, twice,” Pompeo said in a statement. “First, last month, in setting up our interview and, then again yesterday, in agreeing to have our post-interview conversation off the record.”

“It is shameful that this reporter chose to violate the basic rules of journalism and decency,” he said.

He continued, echoing some of the President’s earlier sentiments.

“This is another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and this Administration,” he said. “It is no wonder that the American people distrust many in the media when they so consistently demonstrate their agenda and their absence of integrity.”

Kelly lambasted Pompeo after the story erupted, claiming that the State Department head had berated her for her malfeasance, possibly using profanity while doing so.

 

 

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Denver Newspaper Writer Fired for Daring to Say there are ONLY Two Genders

A columnist for the ‘Denver Post’ was fired this month because he dared to assert that there are only two genders, male and female.

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A columnist for the Denver Post was fired this month because he dared to assert that there are only two genders, male and female, and that one can’t “transition” into another.

Columnist Jon Caldara, who is also the president of a libertarian Denver think tank, says he was fired by newspaper editors who insisted that he was “too insensitive” for boldly proclaiming the impossibility of transgenderism.

Caldara noted that his column in the Post has always been a straight out, frankly right-leaning, column, but the paper fired him anyway. He has been writing the column since 2016.

“My column is not a soft voiced, sticky sweet NPR-styled piece which employs the language now mandated by the victim-centric, identity politics driven media,” Caldara said in a Facebook post. “What seemed to be the last straw for my column was my insistence that there are only two sexes and my frustration that to be inclusive of the transgendered (even that word isn’t allowed) we must lose our right to free speech.”

The “offending” column came during an article where Caldara was criticizing the Associated Press for its policy that sex and gender are not binary.

“There are only two sexes, identified by an XX or XY chromosome. That is the very definition of binary. The AP ruling it isn’t so doesn’t change science. It’s a premeditative attempt to change culture and policy. It’s activism,” he wrote in his January 3 column.

Caldara said that the paper felt he compounded his breach of PCism when he attacked the Denver school system for pushing transgenderism in a second column two weeks later.

“Some parents weren’t thrilled a couple of years back when during school their little ones in Boulder Valley School District were treated to videos staring [sic] a transgender teddy bear teaching the kids how to misuse pronouns or when Colorado’s ‘Trans Community Choir’ sang to kids about a transgender raven,” Caldara wrote. “What are the protections for a parent who feels transgender singing groups and teddy bears with gender dysphoria might be ‘stigmatizing’ for their kid?”

Caldara said that he was fired by the Denver Post editorial page editor, Megan Schrader.

“Megan told me I was the page’s most-read columnist,” Caldara told Westworld. But there’s now a permanently and perpetually offended class, and in order to speak, you need to use their terminology. There’s a whole lot of you-can’t-say-that-ism going on right now.”

For her part, Schrader would not talk about why she fired Caldara other than admitting she did so. But she also lied about her paper’s policies saying that she hopes another conservative columnist applies for Caldara’s job because the Post “values conservative voices.”

Cripes what a liar.

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Reckless MSNBC Spews Iranian Propaganda Claiming 30 U.S. Service Members Were Killed… Twitter EXPLODES!

The MSM is the enemy of the people.

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NBC News Tehran bureau chief Ali Arouzi relayed an Iranian state media report indicating that Iranian rocket attacks had killed 30 American soldiers—a report that was not confirmed and proved false.

“The IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] was saying that Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of this country, was in the control center coordinating these attacks,” he told anchor Chris Matthews during a broadcast of Hardball on MSNBC. “This bit I’m not sure about but Iran state media says 30 U.S. soldiers have been killed in this attack. This is not confirmed, it’s just coming from Iranian media.”

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Chuck Todd at Odds with Press Colleagues Over ‘Misinformation’ Proclamation

Todd’s pals in the press were unimpressed with his incendiary statements.

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The deep political divide that Americans have found themselves in as of late has, in many ways, been both propelled and propagated by the mainstream media’s overt bias and constant sensationalism.

We are being pulled apart as a nation due to the rhetoric and vitriol that is amplified by the pundits and talking heads of the 24 hour cable news media.  The incessant shouting that has become a staple of the network “roundtable discussions” is not healthy, metered behavior; it is inflammatory and often purposefully offensive.

NBC’s Chuck Todd has taken this to the extreme this week, issuing a scathing, meta-diss at the GOP.

Todd spoke with Rolling Stone for an interview that was originally published last week but Axios reported an excerpt on Thursday that put the piece back in the news. The “Meet the Press” moderator was asked about a recent interview with Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., who was accused by Rolling Stone’s Peter Wade of using “Russian talking points to defend Trump.” Wade then asked why Republicans are willing to go on the NBC News political show and spread disinformation.

“The fact is, and by the way, this isn’t going to be easy to show, but I actually think when we outline this it will, the right has an incentive structure to utter the misinformation,” Todd said.

“Look, I’ll just be honest, when I had the third senator [to spread Russian disinformation], Sen. Ted Cruz, come on my show and do this — who I did not expect to do this — I started to think, he wants the confrontation. He wants to use this for some sort of appeasement of the right,” Todd continued. “I didn’t know what else to think. I was stunned because he’s a Russia hawk.”

The comments did not go over so well with Todd’s colleagues, however.

Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor mocked Todd over the comments he made to Rolling Stone.

“Wow, what an interview. The kindest thing I can say is it’s delusional. Chuck thinks Trump has turned media bias into ‘sport.’ He never connects that three years of the press falsely claiming the president is a traitor results in a legitimate amount of criticism,” Gainor told Fox News. “I do agree with Chuck on one point. He said, ‘I don’t assume I’m 100 percent right, ever.’ He’s certainly correct about that view. It’s the one Americans should embrace with vigor.”

Fox News contributor Dan Bongino said he noticed Axios’ headline that “NBC’s Chuck Todd claims Republicans have an ‘incentive’ to spread misinformation” and didn’t appreciate it.

“A laughable statement from liberal activist, & prominent Russian collusion HOAXER, @chucktodd,” Bongino tweeted, while Mark Levin called Todd “a propagandist” who has “done enormous damage to freedom of the press and the political system.”

Todd was also criticized for a misquoting of Maya Angelou, after the NBC host falsely attributed a famous phrase by the poet to Toni Morrison.

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Tom Brokaw Lies That NBC Apologized for Richard Jewell Accusations During Atlanta Olympic Bombing

Longtime TV news anchor Tom Brokaw jumped to Twitter and falsely claimed that NBC had apologized for its fake news coverage of Richard Jewel.

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Longtime TV news anchor Tom Brokaw jumped to Twitter and falsely claimed that NBC had apologized for its fake news coverage of Richard Jewell during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing.

The controversy over how badly the national news media treated Richard Jewell, whom they universally blamed for the bombing, has been re-ignited by Clint Eastwood’s new movie chronicling the incident. With the new focus on the incident, Tom Brokaw felt compelled to run to Twitter to absolve NBC and himself for the lies about Jewel. Unfortunately, Brokaw only ended up disgorging even more fake news about the 1996 bombing.

Brokaw posted two Tweets, one that is nearly unintelligible and ending in a lie, and a second blaming others.

In his first tweet on the topic, Brokaw wrote: “re richard jewell. 24 hours after the bombing i talked at length with a sr fbi official – who did not wave me off jewel as a suspect. i reported that and speculated why. but my last line was for now he’s just a person of interest. when the truth emerged i apologized.”

And in his second he wrote: “nbc made a substantial $ payment to the family without going through contentious negotiaton. richard and his mother went through a painful time which i deeply regret. i hope we all learned a lesson, includjng the FBI which was my principal source”

For a newsman, our pal Tom sure seems averse to proper spelling and capitalization, huh?

Anyway, as the Washington Examiner notes, Brokaw’s tweet are full of lies. Brokaw seems to want people to think that he just incidentally reported that the FBI was blaming Jewel for the bombing. But Brokaw was one of the nation’s loudest voices proclaiming Jewel’s guilt.

We know now, of course, that Richard Jewel was innocent of perpetrating the bombing. Worse, since he was a security guard at the time, he arguably saved people’s lives that day!

Yet, Brokaw spent weeks accusing Jewel of being a murderer and reporting that the FBI had proven his guilt.

Brokaw also ended his tweet saying, “when the truth emerged i apologized.” This is a flat out lie. Neither Brokaw nor NBC ever apologized for the lies they spread about Richard Jewel.

“Brokaw’s idle speculation and sloppy reporting ended up costing NBC more than $500,000 in a settlement to Jewell,” the Examiner reported. “The network announced the payout in an intentionally vague statement that claimed it had ‘resolved’ its differences with Jewell’s lawyers ‘after a vigorous and thoughtful exchange of views in which both sides defended the correctness of their positions.'”

The fact is, during his lifetime, none of these fake news outlets (nor the crooked FBI) ever apologized to him.

Richard Jewell eventually died of heart failure in 2007 after being cleared by the FBI for the Olympics bombing.

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‘New York Times’ Attacks Trump for Ruining Christmas

‘The New York Times’ came down with another bout of Trump derangement syndrome, Friday, with a piece insisting that Donald Trump destroyed Christmas.

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The New York Times came down with another bout of Trump derangement syndrome, Friday, with a piece insisting that Donald Trump destroyed Christmas because Washington D.C. has fewer parties.

Seriously.

Because liberals refuse to socialize with Republicans… it is Trump’s fault that parties in D.C. have come to a halt?

Yes, that is exactly what the Times ended up saying even though that isn’t what it thought it was saying.

The Times entitled its absurd piece, “Donald Trump Has Drained the Swamp (of Good Christmas Parties).”

Can’t you already just hear the world’s tiniest violin playing?

The subhead of the article read, “Elites and D.C. establishment types are nostalgic for the days when cabinet secretaries rubbed shoulders with the riffraff and — gasp — journalists. ”

Oh, boo hoo.

Just read this crap:

President Trump has, as promised and to his supporters’ glee, disrupted Washington’s way of life. And sure, as during Watergate, the news business is booming and random bureaucrats have been thrust onto the national stage. But it’s been hell on the social life.

The whiny piece went on bemoaning that all of Washington used to “come out” for Christmas parties, but fewer are bothering with such things because of evil orange man.

“It’s like a siege mentality,” said Kevin Chaffee, a senior editor at Washington Life, a society magazine that is read by President Trump. “They don’t want to go out and court confrontation. Trump has cast a pall.”

Of course, the base lie at the heart of the Times article is that it is not the Trump people who are afraid to go out because they work for Trump. The Trump people won’t go out because liberals attack them both physically and verbally and won’t let Trump officials go to a party just to be sociable.

The fault does not lie with Trump. The fault lies with the liberals who are so filled with hate that social events are turned into hatefests.

It’s the liberals who are at fault.

Not Trump.

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