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3 recent victories in America’s Culture War: abortion, conversion therapy, Drag Queen Story Hour

Although the overall trend is that the Right have lost the culture war, we do have three recent victories.

Those three wins as reported by Dr. Michael Brown for The Christian Post, Sept. 20, 2019, are:

(1) The number and rate of abortions in America have dropped to their lowest levels since 1973:

The Associated Press reports that according to a Sept. 18, 2019 report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, the number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since 1973 when the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion nationwide:

  • The number of abortions have steadily decreased from the peak of 1.6 million in 1990, to a little more than 1 million in 2011, to 926,000 in 2014, to 862,000 abortions in 2017.
  • The rate of abortions in 2017 declined to 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 — the lowest rate since 1973, and less than half what it was in 1990.

Admittedly, some of the decline is due to increased use of contraception and lower fertility rates, with women having fewer children in general. Still, the decline in the number and rate of abortions is also due to a recognition of the wrongness of abortion.

2) New York City has decided to drop an oppressive ban on so-called conversion therapy:

Tyler O’Neil reports for PJ Media on Sept. 16, 2019, that NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced that because of a legal challenge from Orthodox Jewish psychologist Dr. David Schwartz, the city will act swiftly to repeal a 2017 law forbidding therapists from charging clients for “services intended to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.” Therapists who violated the law would be fined $1,000 per violation.

Johnson, who is homosexual, said: “Obviously I didn’t want to repeal this. I don’t want to be someone who is giving in to these right-wing groups. But the Supreme Court has become conservative; the Second Circuit, which oversees New York, has become more conservative. We think this is the most responsible, prudent course.”

3) Some cities are canceling “Drag Queen Story Hours” in local libraries:

Recall that last year, the American Library Association approved “Drag Queen Story Hour” in public libraries for children as young as 3. Below is one of the drag queens (source: Mass Resistance).

On Sept. 8, 2019, the South Bay Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, CA, was vandalized for opposing “Drag Queen Story Hour” in the local public library. That Sunday morning, church goers were greeted by satanic graffiti on the church door.  (Source: Mass Resistance)

Some cities, however, are canceling “Drag Queen Story Hours” because of parental protests.

One of them is Leander, Texas.

As reported by Mass Resistance, a pro-family activist organization, on August 15, 2019, Leander’s City Council voted 5-2 to stop renting out their public library meeting rooms to outside organizations, and voted 6-1 to require background checks for guest presenters for programs in the library involving children 17 and younger. By all accounts, these policy changes will completely stop the “Drag Queen Story Hour” events in Leander’s public library.

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~Eowyn

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Trump 2020 Campaign releases a devastating video of Dem frontrunner Joe Biden

In the latest National NBC/WSJ poll, taken on Sept. 13-16, of 506 Democrat primary voters, Joe Biden continues to lead:

Biden 31% (+5 from July)
Warren 25% (+6)
Sanders 14% (+1)
Buttigieg 7% (even)
Harris 5% (-8)
Yang 4% (+2)
Klobuchar 2% (+1)
Booker 2% (+1)

Trump 2020 campaign’s Trump War Room just released this devastating — and hilarious — video on Biden, the Demonrat frontrunner.

Townhall‘s Guy Benson writes:

If there’s any doubt about which 2020 Democrat Team Trump is working overtime to prevent from becoming their general election opponent, doubt no more.  The Trump campaign’s various social media feeds have been relentlessly negative about Biden for months — while criticizing others in the field, of course — and now the re-election crew has produced a truly brutal compilation of the former Vice President’s various gaffes and brain fog moments over the course of the still-young primary campaign.  Everyone is aware of Biden’s propensity to botch lines, ramble incoherently, and bungle facts; indeed, this flaw has barely fazed Democratic voters.  But watching so many of them in a single reel, interspersed with negative media analysis and fellow Democrats questioning his fundamental fitness as a candidate, is still an arresting experience

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Trump Trolls Biden

The one thing the Dems can’t deal with is a Republican who fights back

BREITBART: Trump War Room Features Brutal Video of Bumbling Joe Biden

by CHARLIE SPIERING – 17 Sep 2019

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale posted a campaign war room video on Tuesday featuring all of  Biden’s gaffe-ridden presidential campaign moments as well as media analysis questioning his abilities as a candidate.

Brad Parscale

@parscale

You just wonder…

READ ARTICLE HERE https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/09/17/watch-trump-war-room-features-brutal-video-of-bumbling-joe-biden/


President Trump is now the Troll in Chief

Keep on trolling, Mr. President.

TD

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Hypocrite: Pro-gun control Hollyweirdo Alyssa Milano owns 2 guns for self-defense

Aging actress Alyssa Milano in a cleavage-bearing low-cut blouse at SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate hearing October 2018

Has-been actress Alyssa Milano, 46, is a rabid gun-control activist.

As an example, on May 5, 2018, Milano led a protest against Vice President Mike Pence at the NRA’s 2018 convention in Dallas, Texas, despite the fact that both Pence and the NRA are renowned defenders of the right to own guns for self-defense.

Milano’s protest is the height of hypocrisy because she herself owns two guns for self-defense. In other words, she should lead a protest against herself.

Breitbart reports that during a debate with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday evening, Sept. 10, 2019, Milano and Fred Guttenberg — whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed in the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland, Florida — pressed Cruz on various gun control proposals.

Milano proposed universal background checks, restricting access to AR-15s, and background checks for bullet purchases, while insisting, “We all believe in the Second Amendment.”

Around 13 minutes into the discussion, Guttenberg said he was offended by Cruz’s argument that these gun controls would erode Americans’ rights to self-defense, saying: “That’s a load of BS. Nobody’s trying to remove your right to self-defense.”

Milano interjected: “By the way, I have two guns in my household for self-defense, just so you know.”

Hypocrite!

~Eowyn

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50 state attorneys general launch antitrust investigation of Google

Something is finally being done about Google, the tech behemoth that systematically discriminates against conservatives and Christians.

Tellingly, more than a year ago in May 2018, Google got rid of its unofficial “Don’t be evil” motto that had been part of the company’s corporate code of conduct since 2000.

On Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, attorneys general for 50 U.S. states and territories officially announced an antitrust investigation of Google‘s threat to competition, consumers and the continued growth of the web.

The Washington Post reports that the investigation is led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and seven other attorneys general, four Democrats and four Republicans in total. Every state except Alabama and California, the latter ironically the home of Silicon Valley, so far has signed onto the bipartisan effort, as have Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

During a news conference on Monday on the steps of the Supreme Court with officials from 11 states and the District of Columbia, Texas AG Ken Paxton, a Tea Party conservative, said the probe’s initial focus is Google’s online advertising, but promised the probe would go wherever the facts lead. State officials already have sent Google official legal demands for documents related to the investigation of online ads.

According to eMarketer, Google is expected to rake in more than $48 billion in U.S. digital ad revenue this year, far rivaling its peers, while capturing 75% of all spending on U.S. search ads. Describing Google as dominating “all aspects of advertising on the Internet and searching on the Internet,” Paxton said “They dominate the buyer side, the seller side, the auction side and the video side with YouTube.”

The other attorneys general raised additional complaints about Google, from the way the company processes and ranks search results to the extent to which it may not fully protect users’ personal information:

  • Sean Reyes, the Republican attorney general of Utah, said “There’s nothing wrong with being a dominant player when it’s done fairly,” and that while there is a “presumption” of innocence in such an investigation, still there is a “pervasiveness” to complaints about Google’s business practices.
  • Jeff Landry, the Republican attorney general of Louisiana, added: “We’re here because there’s an absolutely existential threat to our virtual marketplace.”
  • Ashley Moody, the Republican attorney general of Florida, said the states’ Google probe starts with the company’s vast data stores: “Google monitors our online behavior, and captures data on every one of us as we navigate the internet. This investigation will initially focus on capture of that information and whether Google embedded itself on every level of the online market [for] ad sales to monopolize this industry.”
  • Leslie Rutledge, a Republican attorney general from Arkansas, described Google as an “online search engine juggernaut” and raised her concern that searches for businesses, including doctors, are colored by the way the tech giant’s algorithms and advertising systems work — “I want the best advice, from the best doctors — not the doctor, not the clinic who can spend the most on advertising.”

Six years ago, federal watchdogs wrapped up an antitrust investigation into Google’s search and advertising practices and opted against bringing major penalties against the company, including breaking it up. Regulators around the world, however, have been more skeptical of Google: The European Union has issued the company $9 billion in competition-related fines over the past three years.

The attorneys general’s investigation marks the latest regulatory headache for Google and the rest of Silicon Valley, which have faced growing criticism — and widening state and federal scrutiny — into whether they’ve grown too big and powerful, undermining rivals and resulting in costlier or worse service for web users. Other probes include:

  • The Department of Justice and FTC also are scrutinizing Big Tech. DOJ has taken early interest in Google, and recently issued its first legal demand for records.
  • Another group of 11 state attorneys general — led by New York’s Letitia James — has begun their own probe against Facebook, on whether it violates competition laws and mishandles consumers’ personal information.

Some state leaders said they are working closely with their federal counterparts as these investigations unfold. But Karl Racine, the Democratic attorney general for D.C. and a participant in both the Facebook and Google probes, said he and the other state attorneys general wouldn’t hesitate to forge ahead if Washington once again opts against taking action against the tech giants: “The state attorneys general, they are an independent bunch, and they can be quite tenacious. So I’m very confident that this bipartisan group is going to be led by the facts, and not be swayed by any conclusion, that may fall short, if you will, if it’s inconsistent with our facts, on the [federal] side.”

~Eowyn

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Why President Trump fired John Bolton

Yesterday, Sept. 10, 2019, in a pair of tweet, President Trump announced that he had terminated neoConservative (i.e., warmonger for Israel) National Security Advisor John Bolton, citing strong disagreement on “many of his suggestions” regarding foreign policy. Trump wrote:

“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.”

It was in April 2018 that Trump appointed Bolton as his third national security advisor, to succeed Army Gen. H.R. McMaster.

Shortly after President Trump’s announcement, Bolton tweeted that he had offered his resignation Monday evening:

Bloomberg News reports, citing an unnamed White House official, that Deputy National Security Advisor Charles Kupperman will take over as Bolton’s acting replacement, Bloomberg News reports, citing an unnamed White House official.

Joshua Caplan of Breitbart confirms that Bolton’s departure stems from his “hawkish” (i.e., pro-war) foreign policy differences with President Trump over (1) ending the war in Afghanistan, now the longest U.S. war ever; (2) ending the U.S. war in Syria; and (3) rapprochement with North Korea.

Caplan writes:

News of Bolton’s departure follows reports that he and Vice President Mike Pence opposed plans for the president to hold peace talks at Camp David with the Taliban regarding the U.S. withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. The president has denied there were disagreements between himself and others in the White House.

Bolton’s championed hawkish foreign policy views dating back to the Reagan administration and became a household name over his vociferous support for the Iraq War as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under George W. Bush.

Since joining the administration in the spring of last year, Bolton has espoused skepticism about the president’s whirlwind rapprochement with North Korea and has advocated against President Trump’s decision last year to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. He masterminded a quiet campaign inside the administration and with allies abroad to persuade President Trump to keep U.S. forces in Syria to counter the remnants of the Islamic State and Iranian influence in the region.

Trump’s sacking of Bolton has the approval of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who tweeted, “I commend @realDonaldTrump for this necessary action. The President has great instincts on foreign policy and ending our endless wars. He should be served by those who share those views.”

I agree with Sen. Paul.

Donald Trump is no fool. Notice a consistent pattern emerging in both his handling of foreign and domestic affairs: When something happens, Trump’s first reaction seems to accord with the neoCons in foreign affairs, and with the Left in domestic affairs. But then, he wouldn’t actually do what those factions want and, in time, would moderate and effectively void his initial statements.

~Eowyn

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Todd files for divorce from Sarah Palin

After 31 years of marriaage, Todd Palin, 55, a commercial fisherman, has filed for divorce against former Alaskan governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin, 55, according to documents filed in Anchorage Superior Court last Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.

The court documents only identify the parties by initials but list the Palins’ wedding day as well as the birthday of their minor child, Trig Palin. The filing says the parties intend to seek joint custody of 11-year-old Trig, who has Down syndrome.

Todd said he and Sarah were suffering from an “incompatibility of temperament between the parties such that they find it impossible to live together as husband and wife,” reports the Anchorage Daily News.

According to the court document obtained exclusively by Radar Online, Todd is demanding their debts and assets be “divided equally”.

Todd’s lawyer, Kimberlee Colbo, asked the court that the divorce remain confidential as it moves forward, the filing states. Sarah Palin has not yet responded to the filing.

You can see the 3-page divorce document here.

~Eowyn

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DOJ wants Apple & Google to surrender names of 10k+ users of a gun-scope app

Do you own a rifle? Do you have a scope to go with it, like the ATN X-Sight 4K Rifle Scope?

If you do, the U.S. government may soon know who you are, your phone number and other personal information.

Obsidian 4, made by American Technologies Network Corp, is an application that connects via Wifi your smart phone or tablet to the ATN X-Sight 4K or ThOR 4 rifle scope. This connection enables you to watch a live video stream of your hunt on your smart phone or tablet, as well as review the images and videos stored on your scope’s microSD card.

The Obsidian 4 app can be downloaded from Apple or Google.

Thomas Brewster reports for Forbes that on Sept. 5, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an application for a court order asking Google and Apple to hand over the personal information — names, phone numbers and other identifying data — of at least 100,000 users of the Obsidian 4 app, i.e., rifle-owners.

If the court signs off on the order, Apple and Google will be told to hand over the names, phone numbers and IP addresses (which could be used to determine the location of the user) of anyone who downloaded the scope app from August 1, 2017 to the current date. The government also wants to know when users were operating the app.

According to the Google Play page for Obsidian 4, it has more than 10,000 downloads. Apple doesn’t provide download numbers, which means the actual number of Obsidian 4 users far exceeds 10,000. 

Forbes calls this “an unprecedented move” because never before has the U.S. government demanded personal data of users of a single app from Apple and Google, or asked the Silicon Valley giants for information on so many thousands of people in one go.

According to the DOJ court order, which is supposed to be sealed and hidden from public view but Forbes obtained a copy, the ostensible reason for this unprecedented request is because the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) department wants the information as part of a broad investigation into possible breaches of weapons export regulations, including illegal exports of ATN’s scope. Finding out where the Obsidian 4 app is in use will likely indicate where the hardware has been shipped. In the words of the court order: “the information requested herein will assist the government in identifying networks engaged in the unlawful export of this rifle scope through identifying end users located in countries to which export of this item is restricted.”

But privacy activists warn that if the court approves the demand, and Apple and Google decide to hand over the information, it could include data on not just users abroad who might be engaged in illegal shipments of the gun scope, but also on thousands of people who have nothing to do with the crimes being investigated:

  • Edin Omanovic of Privacy International’s State Surveillance program said it would set a dangerous precedent and scoop up “huge amounts of innocent people’s personal data. Such orders need to be based on suspicion and be particularized—this is neither.”
  • Tor Ekeland, a privacy lawyer, said the order amounted to a “fishing expedition” and that there’s a long history of that kind of behavior from the U.S. government. Ekeland warned that the government could apply this demand to other types of app, such as dating or health apps.: “The danger is the government will go on this fishing expedition, and they’ll see information unrelated to what they weren’t looking for and go after someone for something else. There’s a more profound issue here with the government able to vacuum up a vast amount of data on people they have no reason to suspect have committed any crime. They don’t have any probable cause to investigate, but they’re getting access to data on them.”
  • Jake Williams, a former NSA analyst and now a cybersecurity consultant at Rendition Infosec, said: “The idea that this data will only be used for pursuing ITAR violations is almost laughable. Google and Apple should definitely fight these requests as they represent a very slippery slope. This type of bulk data grab is seriously concerning for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the download of an application does not automatically imply the ‘intended use’ of the application. The idea that Google could be compelled to turn over, in secret, all of my identifiers and session data in its possession because I downloaded an application for research is such a broad overreach it’s ridiculous.”

Though the DOJ order is unprecedented in America, non-U.S. governments have tried a similar tactic before on a grander scale. As Forbes reported, an unnamed government had asked Apple for data on 58 million users of a single app as they tried to trace a terrorist cell. Apple declined to provide the data.

~Eowyn

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Trump uses $3.6B from Defense budget to build 175 miles of border wall

Back in February, stymied by the refusal of the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives –the branch of the U.S. government which controls the “purse strings” — to appropriate his requested $5+ billion funds for a border wall, President Trump declared a national emergency at our southern border so as to build the wall with defense funds.

Recall that 12 Republican senators joined every Demonrat senator in voting for a resolution to block Trump’s invocation of a national emergency, after the House had passed the resolution. President Trump promptly used his veto powers for the first time to overturn the Congressional resolution, calling it “reckless”.

Earlier, in a speech to the American people on January 8, 2019, Trump had sounded the alarm on threats to U.S. border security which should concern all Americans but not Democrats, which should tell you what their priorities are. Those threats include:

  • In fiscal 2017, as many as 3,755 known or suspected terrorists entered the U.S.
  • In fiscal 2018, which ended on Sept. 30, at the southern border:
    • Customs and Border Protection agents caught 17,000 adults who had criminal records.
    • Immigration and Customs Enforcement apprehended 6,000 members of gangs, including the violent MS-13.
    • A 73% increase in fentanyl, one of the deadliest drugs, totaling 2,400 pounds.
    • A 38% increase in methamphetamine.
    • A 38% increase in heroin.
    • 50 migrants a day required medical treatment.
    • 31% of female migrants said they were sexually assaulted on the journey to the U.S.

6 months later, Trump is fulfilling his promise of using defense funds to build the wall.

On Sept. 3, 2019, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper informed Congress he had authorized $3.6 billion to be reallocated from the Pentagon budget so as to build more walls along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The $3.6 billion will be used for 175 miles of a border wall. Currently, walls and fencing cover only about 654 miles of the 2,000-mile US-Mexico border. The first half of the $3,6 billion will be available immediately for transfer to the Department of Homeland Security.

Invoking a national emergency and calling the border walls to be built “military construction projects,” Defense Secretary Esper wrote in a letter addressed to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. James Inhofe:

Based on analysis and advice from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and input from the Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of the Interior and pursuant to the authority granted to me in Section 2808, I have determined that 11 military construction projects, along the international border with Mexico, with an estimated total cost of $3.6 billion, are necessary to support the use of the armed forces in connection with the national emergency. These projects will deter illegal entry, increase the vanishing time of those illegally crossing the border, and channel migrants to ports of entry.

Esper also said the construction of the walls will allow Defense Department personnel to be redeployed to areas where more assistance is needed.

With tiresome predictability, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) criticized Esper for authorizing the military funds to be used for what Schumer calls President Trump’s “misguided border wall”. Schumer tweeted that Trump “is willing to cannibalize already allocated military funding to boost his own ego”.

Newly released Pentagon documents indicate the $3.6 billion will be reallocated from these military projects if Congress does not approve replacement funds:

  • $1.8 billion originally slated for construction projects overseas.
  • $8 million for the missile field at Fort Greely, Alaska, to add two missile interceptors as a backup for when the existing 40 interceptors undergo repair and maintenance.
  • $26.1 million from the Navy’s ship maintenance facility in Portsmouth,Virginia.
  • $88.9 million from another pier and maintenance facility at the Navy’s base in Kitsap, Washington.
  • $38 million in military construction funding from Texas.
  • $400 million in DoD projects to repair facilities in Puerto Rico damaged by Hurricane Maria two years ago.

Sources: Washington Examiner; Fox News; Breaking Defense

~Eowyn

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Antifa gal throwing punches gets flattened by patriot in Portland, OR brawl

This is why the Left will not win a civil war.

On May 1, 2019, in northeast Portland, Oregon, a crowd of about 60 Antifa thugs and patriots got into a street brawl.

As recounted by Tori McNabb of RedRightVideos:

Once again there was a clash between Antifa and the Proud Boys. A young [Antifa] woman was making a real pain of herself, poking and hitting people, counting on the fact that she’s a woman to be enough to insulate her from retaliation.

That plan didn’t work so well. As she was attacking, a Proud Boy hauled off and flattened her. In fact, several Antifa warriors were getting the worst of the fight.

The Antifa that got flattened is the short woman with a top knot and shaved head, dressed in black, who threw punches at two male patriots.

Here’s the KGW news video of the brawl:

McNabb reports that:

Despite all of the violence, the Portland Police – who were once again, nowhere to be found – reported that the protests were peaceful, and no arrests were made.

H/t Big Lug

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