Our Radicalized Media: A Clear And Present Danger

Most associate the term “radicalized” with ISIS.  But radical movements aren’t limited to a religion.  A jihad is a crusade for a principle or belief involving struggle” and “resistance.”

The Washington establishment, the Deep State, and special interests have launched their own jihad, built on a battle cry to “resist.”  Today, calls to “resist!” echo through Congress as half of the House and Senate stage a mutiny against a duly elected president.

“Resist!” is the call to arms from Democrat leaders (Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama) and radical activist groups (Black Lives Matter, Antifa).

More than 50 organizations have formed to “resist!” the Trump administration.

Just as ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calls on his followers to resist infidels, so this Washington cabal calls on its warriors to resist our government, to obstruct the president.

These machinations are not conducted in the shadows, not a secret plot carried out in the dead of night.  It’s all in our faces.  Rush Limbaugh warns of a silent coup, Sean Hannity a “soft coup,” Ambassador Bolton the “first coup d’état in [U.S.] history.”

Wow – a domestic plot to take down our government, and the best we can do is chronicle the uprising?  How did we get to the place where we witness a coup and tacitly accept it?

In a word, the media, the left’s super-soldiers, brought us to this point.

This powerful propaganda tool is utilized to take the state message into every living room, bedroom, workplace, and gym, anywhere there’s a TV or internet, omnipresent, Big Brother.

Like Hitler’s “Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda,” the media control information, reporting only news that attacks our president and those working to exonerate him.  They bury news of lawlessness that implicates Democrats – Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, any member of the leftist cabal.

But why are the media protecting the bad actors?  Is it their liberal bent, their far-left ideology?  Well, yes and no.  Yes, the media are radicalized, wholly devoted to the progressive dogma of the left, but it’s more than that.  These faux journalists couldn’t spew their poison, advocate the overthrow of a president, without their boss’s permission, without government approval.

Oh, I know: Time Warner, Comcast, and other private corporations, not government, own the media.  Except corporate America and government are one and the same, partners in a corrupt merger.

The roots of this merger are in the iron triangle, a mutually beneficial three-way relationship among Congress, government bureaucrats (the Deep State), and special interests (corporate).

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‘Absolute lies’: Patrick Brown refutes sex misconduct allegations

In his first interview since resigning as Ontario’s PC Party leader, Patrick Brown insists sexual misconduct accusations against him are “absolute lies” and that he is contemplating legal action to defend his shattered reputation.

“It was like getting hit by a truck and you’re in a state of shock,” Brown said in an exclusive and emotional interview with Postmedia Friday about allegations that derailed his race for the Premier’s office.

“It wasn’t until last week that I got a bit of my strength back and wanted to investigate these allegations,” he said.

“When we looked at the allegations in detail, we were able to show that they’re absolute lies and we can prove it.”

Brown said allegations made in a CTV News story, that he plied a high school student with drink and asked her to perform oral sex on him “didn’t happen.”

And he vehemently denied claims by a second accuser, a former constituency staff worker, that he fed her drinks during a Barrie hospital fundraiser, kissed her and tried to have sex with her without her consent.

The CTV story contained damning allegations from both women against Brown and amounted to political nitro glycerin that vapourized his leadership, career and reputation.

“It’s an execution before the trial. It’s frontier justice,” Brown said. “That’s why I’m strongly considering a legal recourse.”

Within hours of the CTV story being aired, Brown had resigned and was being vilified by Ontario’s Premier, NDP leader and his own caucus and party members.

“I went back to Barrie. I didn’t want to see anyone. My family and friends were all in tears. I could barely speak,” Brown said. “Why would anyone do this to me? And I literally didn’t have the strength to fight.”

He had been scheduled to have a cyst removed from his back, and wore a hat and glasses into the Barrie hospital to hide his identity.

The obviously emotional Brown said he was moved when a man came up, patted him on the back and said he believed him.

“And I got back into the car after the surgery and I started crying and I said, you know everyone here in Barrie believes in you, I’ve got to push back.”

 

more at

http://torontosun.com/news/provincial/absolute-lies-patrick-brown-refutes-sex-misconduct-allegations

 

DEATH OF AN NFL DREAMER

By one estimate, only 6 percent of American high-school seniors will play college football and Edwin Jackson of Westlake High School in Atlanta was a walk-on at Georgia Southern University. Jackson played well but the odds of making it to the National Football League were not in his favor.

Of some 20,000 college freshmen only 1.5 percent will make an NFL roster and no NFL team showed much interest in Edwin Jackson. Instead of giving up, he went the free-agent route and after release by the Arizona Cardinals he found a home with the Indianapolis Colts. In the eight games he started for the team, Jackson recorded 66 tackles. In the NFL, performance counts and at 26, the hard-working linebacker had the best of his career before him.

By all indications, Jackson was popular with teammates and careful to avoid trouble off the field. Indeed, while out late last weekend, Jackson showed the good sense to take Uber rather than drive. He doubtless planned to watch the Super Bowl but Edwin Jackson would not tune in or ever play another game in the National Football League.

Early on Sunday, a Ford F-150 pickup slammed into Jackson and driver Jeffrey Monroe, 54, who had pulled to the side of Interstate 70 in Indiana. Both men perished in the impact and the driver fled. Police chased down Alex Cabrera Gonsales but that name turned out to be fake.

The man who killed Edwin Jackson was actually Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37. He had no driver’s license and his blood-alcohol level was 0.239, three times the legal limit. The politically correct would say he had a problem with “substance abuse” but in reality he’s a drunk who was not supposed to be in the United States in the first place.

The Guatemalan national entered the United States illegally in July of 2004. The following year, he was convicted of drunk driving in Redwood City, California, but by all indications not handed over to ICE for deportation. ICE arrested Orrego-Savala in October, 2006, and in January of 2007 deported him to Guatemala. He again entered the United States illegally and made his way to San Francisco, where he was arrested and deported in March of 2009.

The Guatemalan national again violated U.S. immigration law and made his way to Indiana. In the aftermath of the deadly crash, the illegal lobby was going easy on him. Ana Kotchkoski of the Venezuelan Association of Indiana, which lobbies for DACA and “dreamers,” told the IndyStar “it’s so unfortunate what happened, this is very, very sad.” She spared the Guatemalan illegal any direct criticism.

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/269245/death-nfl-dreamer-lloyd-billingsley

 

Seven Reasons to Beware the Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) says its primary mission is to fight hatred, teach tolerance, and seek justice. These are noble goals for most Americans, but this is not a noble organization. It is the exact opposite. Given the SPLC’s power and influence over the media and members of Congress, this once highly-regarded civil rights organization deserves fresh scrutiny. Here are seven reasons why the SPLC fails to serve the public interest:

The SPLC ignores basic standards of scientific research in selecting and classifying hate groups and extremists.

The SPLC’s definition of “hate” is vague. It defines a hate group as one with “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” SPLC President Richard Cohen testified in December 2017 that its assessment of hate is based on opinion, not objective criteria. (See minutes 43-48 of his testimony.)

George Yancy, a University of North Texas sociologist, documented the SPLC’s subjective nature in a 2014 study, “Watching the Watchers.” Yancy said the group’s methodology seemed more geared to mobilizing liberals than cataloguing hate groups.

The SPLC uses guilt by association to engage in ad hominem attacks against individuals.

Hannah Scherlacher, a Campus Reform worker, found her name listed in the SPLC’s “Anti-LGBT Roundup of Events and Activities” after the conservative Family Research Council interviewed her. Surprisingly, Scherlacher’s interview had nothing to do with LGBT issues. In 2009, soon after I criticized the SPLC for having mission creep, it labeled me “an apologist for white supremacy.”

I committed the crime of endorsing a film produced by a man the SPLC considers a racist.

The SPLC ignores threats posed by leftist, anti-American groups such as ANTIFA, ISIS, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Despite the growing threat of jihadist violence, the SPLC has been reluctant to add Islamic groups with terrorist ties to its list of extremists. It also ignored how, in 2004, the FBI found plans for a “grand jihad” in America within the archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America. Yet, the SPLC has applied the hate label to Muslim critics of Islam, such as Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Both are listed in its Field Guide to Muslim Extremists.

The SPLC attacks and smears mainstream public service organizations, including churches, ministries, and various pro-family entities.

Targeted organizations include the American Family Association, Alliance Defending Freedom, Act for America, the Center for Immigration Studies, Center for Security Policy, D. James Kennedy Ministries, Family Research Council, Liberty Counsel, and the Traditional Values Coalition. These groups are lumped together by the SPLC with the Aryan Nations, KKK, and neo-Nazis. Preposterous.

Note: labelling an organization as a hate group hurts its fundraising and hinders access to credit card-processing vendors, search engine rankings, and ministry partners.

The SPLC bashes conservatives while pushing a liberal agenda that empowers and supports leftists, communists, and anarchists.

The SPLC regularly bashes President Trump, blaming him for the growth of white nationalism. Their analysis fails to acknowledge that the rise of white nationalism predates the election of Trump by more than two decades. Much of what the president says or does is framed as an attack on civil rights.

Curiously, after violence in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017, the SPLC republished a map detailing the location of more than 1,500 Confederate monuments and symbols. Consider the map a field guide for anarchists.

The SPLC’s labeling of groups and individuals has inspired acts of violence against its targets.

The SPLC is the common thread in two violent hate crimes against conservatives. After the SPLC listed the Family Research Council (FRC) on its hate map, Floyd Lee Corkins II entered FRC headquarters in August 2012 intending to commit mass murder. He was subdued by a security guard who was shot in the process. Likewise, James T. Hodgkinson, who in 2017 shot House Majority Whip Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.), was an SPLC social media fan.

The SPLC is an irresponsible public charity.

The SPLC has violated the public trust. Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations are expected to operate in a nonpartisan manner with the public interest at heart. The SPLC, however, is a radical activist group dedicated to suppressing political dissent.

As of 2016, the SPLC had $319 million in net assets with $69 million parked in offshore accounts. Despite its name, the SPLC does not fight poverty. Its salaries are bloated, and only a fraction of its annual contributions are used to support its programs. Writing for Philanthropy Roundtable, a nonprofit group informing the public on philanthropic activity and groups, executive director Karl Zinsmeister wrote:

The SPLC is a cash-collecting machine. In 2015 it vacuumed up $50 million in contributions and foundation grants, a tidy addition to its $334 million holdings of cash and securities and its headquarters worth $34 million. They’ve never spent more than 31 percent of the money they were bringing in on programs, and sometimes they spent as little as 18 percent. Most nonprofits spend about 75 percent on programs.

A strong case can be made to strip the SPLC of its nonprofit, tax-exempt status.

Congress and the media need to take a fresh look at the SPLC. It no longer serves the public interest.

Carol Swain is a former associate professor of politics at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and former professor of both political science and law at Vanderbilt University. She holds a master of studies in law from Yale University and a Ph.D from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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