Chuck Johnson has reportedly been permanently kicked off Twitter. He has been suspended before. For those who don’t recall, Johnson is an independent conservative journalist. His site is GotNews.com. He is not with us on foreign policy, but he serves a useful role in pursuing stories the MSM and mainstream conservative media are unwilling to follow. For example, he played a substantial part in exposing and popularizing the UVA rape hoax.
This action by Twitter is ridiculous. Read the link for full details, but Johnson tweeted something about “tak(ing) out” a liberal activist. No one with any sense believes that this was some sort of physical threat. As if Johnson was soliciting funds so he could hire a hit man. If you believe that, you are either stupid or a coward. His account should be restored. Twitter is being heavy handed and stupid.
Kinsists and the general alt right were always sympathetic to the Duggars and for that matter, any reality television stars that pushed the correct ideas–if the Duggars were of a particular sort of eccentric television act with their many children.
With news that the eldest child dabbled in the taboo, yet the fam pressed on with a television show, one wonders if the whole thing was a put up job with the great reveal always in the works–the employment of the eldest son in disrepute with the Family Research Council (see the Evil General Boykin employment @FRC) only encourages a deeper skepticism and thoughts of the Grand Conspiracy.
From my tiny perch, I ask what sort of father, posing as a Christian Conservative, would risk the psyche of his first born son for a tele program–and that is America, in the year I found her–2015.
The Grand Conspiracy is always more true then we want to believe.
Even oligarchs fear Putin. Billionaire Oleg Deripaska (Jewish) is among those chewed out as “cockroaches” in the 2009 video.
Background info: In 2009, workers in a factory town blocked a road in protest of unpaid wages and declining living standards. Putin, like a tsar of old, saved the day by forcing unpaid wages to be paid immediately.
It’s difficult to know whether Putin is truly being helpful here (incomplete data), but it is refreshing to see an oligarch chewed out. Classic Putin.
Yesterday Rand Paul “filibustered” the Patriot Act renewal. It is set to sunset soon. From what I understand, it wasn’t technically a filibuster, because no vote was imminent, but it was his attempt to throw off the calender and force debate. This filibuster, like his first one, rallied his troops and forced his opponents to address an issue they probably didn’t want to address. People were asking why Ted Cruz wasn’t there helping with the filibuster, so much so that it eventually made #whereisted trend. Cruz eventually showed up. He supposedly favors debate on the issue.
As I understand it, the Freedom Act was intended to modify the Patriot Act to address some civil liberty concerns, but people who initially supported it now believe it is too watered down. As I understand it, Cruz supports the Freedom Act and the Patriot Act. Paul opposes the current iteration of the Freedom Act.
The Unpatriotic Act should be opposed in toto and allowed to sunset. It is a monstrous piece of legislation that was hastily passed in the wake of 9/11. That it was ready to be voted on so quickly indicates it had already been drawn up, and the Feds were just waiting for an opportunity to rush it through. If there are parts of the Unpatriotic Act that are necessary, then those should be passed separately, rather than the whole monstrosity renewed in whole or with modifications. Remember, if the Feds can use the Unpatriotic Act against terrorists, they can also use it against domestic dissenters. So the question is, “Who do you fear more, terrorists or the Feds?” For me, it’s not even a close call. Opposition to the Unpatriotic Act should be the default conservative position, especially for any conservatives who claim to be fighting the Establishment.
***Spoiler Alert*** Mad Men series finale spoilers below the fold.
Here is some rare good news. In the past we have covered the case of Kent Hovind. Briefly, Hovind is already in jail on tax and financial charges, including the ridiculous charge of “structuring.”* He was being tried a second time on some new charges. He may or may not be technically guilty of some crime, it’s too esoteric to dig into, but the charges against him are gratuitous as is the potential penalty. The Feds should have better things to do than go after harmless thought criminals like Kent Hovind.
In the initial second trial, Hovind was found guilty on some contempt of court charges but the jury hung (reportedly 11-1) on the other charges. This was the new trial on the unresolved charges. The link above covers the details pretty well. It is from Forbes and the author is clearly skeptical of Hovind and his claims, but I thought it covered the facts of the case well. The charges were dismissed “without prejudice,” so the Feds can refile them later if they want to.
In this case I’m rooting for Hovind not because I understand all the technical legal issues involved, but because of the overall picture. Whatever Kent Hovind may or may not be, he isn’t just a deadbeat who wanted to avoid taxes because he is greedy. He appears to sincerely believe that he didn’t owe any taxes because he believed he was running a ministry. People like Hovind do not belong in jail. He is not a menace to society and jailing him and a full bore prosecution is a massive waste of taxpayer resources.
*”Structuring” is when you deposit or move money in smaller than reportable amounts so as to avoid reporting. In other words, common sense. If I had that kind of money to move around, I would be tempted to move it in less than reportable amounts just to stick a thumb in the eye of the nosy busybody Feds who don’t need to know what I do with my money if I’m not committing a crime. Structuring is one of those “crimes” that isn’t really in and of itself a crime, but is something that can be used to facilitate or hide a crime. There shouldn’t be any crimes that aren’t really crimes unless they are actually pre-crime or post-crime (a way to conceptualize them) that facilitate real crimes such as embezzlement, and not wanting the Feds to know your business if you haven’t committed a crime is not a crime.
This is up today at the Chronicles website. It says Dr. Fleming will remain a regular contributor to the magazine.