Category Archives: social justice warriors/SJW

Project Veritas exposes former New Hampshire US Attorney Jim Letten

When all else fails, circle the wagons and resort to bullying tactics

“Project Veritas confronts former US Attorney Jim Letten at Tulane University, where he is now employed as a dean at the law school.

Letten resigned in disgrace when his office was found attempting to manipulate open trials by disparaging the reputation of defendants on online public forums…

…When confronted, Letten only came out of his office after contacting various members of law enforcement. He then proceeded to swear at our reporters, created fictional crimes, made false statements in front of police, and even committed a minor assault. He acted with complete impunity, as the police officers patiently waited in silence until the conclusion of his tirade, only to then detain our reporters under another fictional pretense…”


New Hampshire puzzles me

Like Texas, it has a long-earned reputation of conservatism and stability. And like Texas, it has been invaded by corrupt Leftists (forgive the redundancy) from nearby Liberal states.

I learned that on a leaf peeping tour of Franconia Notch in the October before Obama won his first presidential term. We had just put on bumper stickers that said “Socialism is Bad Change,” before we stopped at the Indian Head Resort for supper before our trek back to Massachusetts. It was a beautiful warm evening. We could see the Indian Head shape on the mountain that gave the retro resort its name. On coming back to the parking lot to the cars, I noticed that my “Socialism is Bad Change” bumper sticker had been torn off!

That was the moment I realized that the Democrats had shifted from honest debate to thuggish revolution. It was also the moment I realized the old conservative New Hampshire was no more.

James O’Keefe’s confrontation with political hack Jim Letten is one more illustration of the sad decline. Note: now that Letten has left government in disgrace, he has found shelter in the Leftist stronghold of Tulane University.

Years ago when driving along the Colombian coast from Santa Marta to Cartagena, I asked our host where the soldiers for the Leftist army, the FARC, were being recruited. He pointed at a university we were driving past and said, “at the colleges, by the professors.”

Let’s add this up, you send your son or daughter to college and expect them to come back challenged by new views; to bring unexpected conclusions, on the road to becoming their own man or woman. But instead, they are recruited into the (then) most murderous army in the Western Hemisphere! AT COLLEGE!!!

Sound familiar? That is happening in America, too.

Pray for your kids. Pray for America.

 

 

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Feminist restaurant that imposes 18% ‘gender surcharge’ on men will close for good

Handsome Her is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Brunswick, an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, Australia, which describes itself as “Community based cafe focussing on female empowerment, social responsibility and environmental justice. All vegan all day.”

Handsome Her is also a feminist restaurant that gives priority seating to female customers. In 2017, the restaurant attracted headlines for righting the alleged “gender pay gap” by charging men extra with an 18% “gender surcharge”. At the time, the cafe’s management claimed the attention left them “jam-packed with customers showing their support”.

Calling the restaurant “feminist” is actually a misnomer. Handsome Her more properly should be identified as a lesbian restaurant, as shown by a recent post on the restaurant’s Facebook page promoting a lesbian speed-dating event.

Alas, all good things must come to an end.

Paul Joseph Watson reports for Summit News, April 23, 2019, that Handsome Her, which only opened a few years ago, is closing for good on April 28.

Out of 52 reviews on Trip Advisor, Handsome Her received only 18 “excellent”, one “average”, 3 “poor”, and 30 “terrible” ratings. John P. from Sydney, Australia, who visited the restaurant in August 2017, gave it a one-star “terrible” rating. He wrote:

I was in Melbourne on business recently and a friend of mine recommended this cafe. What a shame I listened to her. It took 5 minutes to get the attention of a waitress who seemed to be more interested in chatting to her friends, rather than serving a customer who’d just walked through the door. I was eventually seated and chose the gnocchi paired with the suggested pinot noir. The gnocchi arrived and I was bitterly disappointed. The gnocchi was very undercooked and had a floury texture, the mushrooms were burnt and the dish lacked any real flavour. The only enjoyable part of the meal was the wine. I left most of my meal on the plate and finished my wine.

When I asked for the bill, the waitress asked if there was a problem with my meal, since I’d left most of it on my plate. When I told her of my dissatisfaction with the meal, she morphed into an aggressive and irate woman who then started dispatching some rather vile language. Not wanting to cause a scene, I subsequently left the requisite cash on the table, which included a 15% tip, and promptly walked out. As I was walking past the register on the way out, I could hear the same woman telling the other waitress working with her that I was a “vile beast” and that I “wasn’t welcome here again”.

I certainly won’t be coming back. One of the worst experiences I’ve had in quite some time.

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~Eowyn

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Multnomah County to pay $100k to woman who claimed that “Blue Lives Matter” demeans “Black Lives Matter”

The “demeaning” flag…

Excerpts from The Guardian story:

An Oregon county has agreed to pay $100,000 to a black employee who alleged she was harassed after asking that a Blue Lives Matter flag not be displayed in her office.

In a lawsuit against Multnomah county filed in January, Karimah Guion-Pledgure said the flag demeaned the Black Lives Matter movement, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported. She said she was harassed after she and other black co-workers complained.

Guion-Pledgure had worked for the department of community justice since 2011 as a corrections technician. She originally sought $420,000. The settlement, reached on Thursday, was first reported by an alternative bi-weekly newspaper, the Portland Mercury.

Guion-Pledgure’s lawsuit said Blue Lives Matter “co-opts” Black Lives Matter and “repurposes it to shift focus to law enforcement – a chosen profession, not a racial identity – and thus denigrates, dilutes, and demeans the purpose of the Black Lives Matter movement”.

After the probation officer’s flag had been up for more than six months, Guion-Pledgure erected an “equity wall” that displayed photos of minorities killed by police, the suit stated. Managers told her to take down the photos, the lawsuit said, but she refused because the Blue Lives Matter flag remained.

The same day, Guion-Pledgure found two notes affixed to her equity wall reading “Thanks a lot” and “Bitch”, according to the suit.

Guion-Pledgure alleged that her supervisor did not require the flag to be taken down and said the conflict caused her extreme stress and health issues.

A week later, managers responded with a rule that all personal photos displayed needed to be smaller than 5in-by-7in, according to the suit.
Managers are developing a policy on personal displays of photos and other items, a Multnomah county spokeswoman said.

As part of the agreement, Guion-Pledgure had to resign by Friday. She can reapply for a county job.

“She’s disappointed that she has to leave there and that they couldn’t make it a safe and welcoming work environment,” said her attorney, Ashlee Albies. “They say they’re working on that, and we hope they really are.”

Read the whole story here.

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Man who dropped out of Seattle City Council race last year exposes city & allies’ coordinated efforts to mislead the public on their homelessness crisis

Last November I told you how Christopher Rufo, a candidate for Seattle City Council, dropped out of the race due to the intolerance and bullying of Seattle progressives.

Rufo, who describes himself socially progressive and fiscally conservative, dared to attend an event sponsored by a conservative group. That earned him the wrath of local progressives – along with many threats.

From my post last November:

“Christopher Rufo said that he wanted a new way of doing business, a new method — and now he’s already out. On Wednesday, he sent an email out to members of his campaign saying that he’s got to leave. It’s not because he wants to leave; it’s because of the “tolerant” atmosphere in Seattle.

“I had hoped that this would be a campaign of ideas, but I quickly discovered that the activists in this city have no interest in ideas. Since the campaign launch, they have harassed and threatened my family nonstop. I was prepared to take the heat, but unfortunately, they have focused their hatred on my wife and children. They’ve made vile racist attacks against my wife, attempted to get her fired from Microsoft, and threatened sexual violence. They have even posted hateful messages to my 8-year-old son’s school Facebook page. I know that as the race progresses, the activists will ratchet up their hate-machine and these attacks will intensify significantly.”

Last week, Christopher exposed a component of what is really happening with the ideologues in that city: the elites, city leaders and their allies have been coordinating a PR campaign to convince everyone that everything is fine with their homelessness crisis.

From Christopher’s article at City Journal:

In Seattle, people are losing patience with city leadership over the homelessness crisis, but the frustration is running in both directions: the city’s political, cultural, and academic elites are conducting their own revolt—against the people.

Since the release of Eric Johnson’s documentary Seattle Is Dying, which depicts an epidemic of street homelessness, addiction, crime, and disorder, city elites have launched a coordinated information campaign targeted at voters frustrated with the city’s response to homelessness. Earlier this month, leaked documents revealed that a group of prominent nonprofits—the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Campion Advocacy Fund, the Raikes Foundation, and the Ballmer Group—hired a PR firm, Pyramid Communications, to conduct polling, create messaging, and disseminate the resulting content through a network of silent partners in academia, the press, government, and the nonprofit sector. The campaign, #SeattleForAll, is a case study in what writer James Lindsay calls “idea laundering”—creating misinformation and legitimizing it as objective truth through repetition in sympathetic media.

The key messages of the campaign include a number of misleading claims, including: “Seattle is making progress to end homelessness,” “1 in 4 people experiencing homelessness in our community struggle with drug or alcohol abuse,” and “[62 percent of Seattle voters believe] we are not spending enough to address homelessness.” All three contentions fail to meet basic scrutiny: street homelessness has increased 131 percent over the past five years; King County’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma admits that “the majority of the homeless population is addicted to or uses opioids” (not one in four); and 62 percent of Seattle voters agree to the statement “we are not spending enough” only when it is directly prefaced in the polling questionnaire by the phrase “other cities of the same size are spending 2 to 3 times the amount that Seattle is and are seeing significant reductions in homelessness”—itself an unsubstantiated claim. (When the same question is presented neutrally, without the framing, support for “we are not spending enough” drops to 7 percent).

Nonetheless, the media have widely circulated or echoed Pyramid’s talking points. “New poll shows the majority in Seattle say we have a moral obligation to help homeless people, and we need to spend more,” declared Seattle Times data journalist Gene Balk. Catherine Hinrichsen, director of Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness, published “6 reasons why KOMO’s [Seattle’s ABC affiliate, which broadcast Seattle Is Dying] take on homelessness is the wrong one” in the local magazine Crosscut, arguing that the documentary “conflates homelessness with drug use, mental illness, and crime.” And Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan told reporters that “we have made a lot of progress” and dismissed the documentary as “an opinion piece.” Her office pushed the #SeattleForAll messaging on government social media channels.

This is “progress” in Seattle’s homelessness crisis…

Many of the authors and news outlets that published the #SeattleForAll messaging failed to disclose that their work is funded by the same group of foundations that hired Pyramid Communications, and that their content is distributed in direct coordination with Pyramid and the City of Seattle. For example, in her story, Hinrichsen neglects to mention that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the sole funder of her work at the Project on Family Homelessness; the publisher, Crosscut, does not reveal that the Gates and Raikes foundations are major funders of their operations and their homelessness coverage.”

Christopher sums it up this way:

“The inner workings of the #SeattleForAll campaign tell a clear story: a group of well-funded philanthropies hired a PR firm to produce misleading polling results, distributed them through the city’s main newspaper and other media outlets (many of which enjoy generous donations from those same philanthropies), and then concealed the fact that the messaging was part of a broader campaign coordinated with the city.”

Read his whole story here.

Man, I really wish Mr. Rufo could have stuck it through to become a city council candidate (yet I completely understand why he didn’t). This guy has what is truly lacking in that city: true bi-partisan leadership skills.

Follow Christopher Rufo on Twitter here.

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PC Madness: New York Yankees bans Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ for ‘potential racism’

Kate Smith is a famous singer before and during World War II, whose version of “God Bless America” is iconic. In 1982, Smith was honored by President Ronald Reagan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She died in 1986.

Stefan Bondy reports for the New York Daily News, April 18, 2019, that although the New York Yankees baseball team for 18 years after the 9/11 attacks had regularly used Kate Smith’s 1939 recording of “God Bless American” in the middle of the seventh inning, the Yankees ditched the recording this season and replaced it with different versions of the song.

Why?

In order “to take a stand against racism” — not because Smith’s “God Bless America” is racist, but because of Smith’s history of “potential” racism.

In the words of the New York Daily News, Smith recorded the song, “Pickaninny Heaven” directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among other treats. Smith shot a video for that song that takes place in an orphanage for black children, and much of the imagery is “startlingly racist”. She also recorded, “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which included the lyrics, “Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”

Smith also endorsed the “Mammy Doll” in 1939, which was based on a racist caricature of a black woman in the same vein as Aunt Jemima.

A Yankees spokesman said: “The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information. The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

H/t Big Lug

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Proposed law would provide free abortions to students in all California universities

The California Senate Health Committee April 3 approved SB 24, a bill to give students on all UC and USC campuses access to free medical abortions on demand. SB 24, titled the “College Student Right to Access Act,” now goes to the full state Senate for a vote. Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he would support the bill if it reaches his desk.

A nearly identical bill (SB 320) was introduced by State Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) in 2017. SB 320 was vetoed in September, 2018 by then governor Jerry Brown, who said it was not necessary. Leyva introduced SB 24 in December, 2018.

The bill originated out of lobbying by the Students United for Reproductive Justice organization (SURJ) at UC Berkeley. The group sought help from the Women’s Policy Institute, which is part of the Women’s Foundation of California. The Institute sought Leyva’s assistance, who then agreed to file the abortion bill.

In a statement on her web site, Leyva said, “SB 24 is an important step toward ensuring the right to abortion is available to all Californians and that our college students don’t face unnecessary barriers. Students should not have to travel off campus or miss class or work responsibilities in order to receive care that can easily be provided at a student health center.”

California taxpayers would be mandated to provide the funding needed to give “free” chemical abortions to students on campus by 2023.”

To fund the mandate, the measure would allocate $200,000 in grant money to each of California’s 33 public university student health centers, covering the costs of “medication abortion readiness” which includes the purchase of equipment, facility and security upgrades, and training staff members.

The bill also would require the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls to administer the College Student Health Center Sexual and Reproductive Health Preparation Fund, which the bill would establish.

The bill would continuously appropriate the moneys in that fund to the commission for grants to these student health care clinics for specified activities in preparation for providing abortion by medication techniques, thereby making an appropriation.

The bill would additionally require that at least $10,290,000 in private moneys is made available to the fund in a timely manner on or after January 1, 2020.

According to research from the pro-abortion Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, and the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, at the University of California, San Francisco, chemical abortions are already widespread among students. The groups estimate that California public college students undergo approximately 300-500 chemical abortions each month, and with serious risks.

The drug Mifepristone/RU-486, which ends the life of the unborn child, and Misoprostol which causes severe cramping, contractions, and bleeding to expel the baby from the womb, are used together in chemical abortions.

Approximately 3.4 million women have used Mifepristone in the US for the medical termination of pregnancy through the end of December 2017, an increase of approximately 163,000 since June 2017. The FDA has documented at least 4,000 cases of serious adverse events, including more than 1,000 women who required hospitalization; in addition, at least 22 women died after using the drug.

~ Grif

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You go first, de Blasio: “US needs a program for actual redistribution of wealth”

When you gonna start redistributing some of YOUR $1.5 MILLION net worth, Comrade? Because last time I looked, you and your commie wife gave only $350 to charity in 2017. Typical taxpayer, money-grabbing demorat…

As reported by NY Post: While exploring a run for president in Nevada, Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed a committee to study reparations for descendants of slaves and then went further — saying that the country needs “a program of actual redistribution” of wealth.

A progressive activist asked the mayor his position on reparations at an event in Las Vegas Friday following the endorsement of the compensation plan by other presidential contenders like Elizabeth Warren.

“There’s no question that the issue of reparations has to be taken seriously,” said de Blasio, whose Vegas area barnstorming continues today, stating a clear, public position on the topic for the first time.

“I do believe the way to do it is to form a very public commission and say, ‘What is the way to address this problem once and for all?’”

But, he added, there needs to be a “bigger discussion about income inequality and oppression of other groups including Latinos, Native Americans, Asian and women,” he said at the event organized by the immigrant advocacy group Make the Road.

“I think we’re going to need something bigger even in a way, broader even in a way, then some of the ideas that have been put out there,” he said to the approximately 35 attendees.

“I think a program of actual redistribution which includes much heavier taxes on the wealthy,” he said. “The ultimate resolution has to be profoundly economic,” de Blasio said.

The redistribution comment went further than the message de Blasio has been honing since his state of the city speech in January—that “there’s plenty of money in this city, it’s just in the wrong hands.” During his out-of-city jaunts to early primary states de Blasio has swapped the word “city” for “world” and “country.”

His answer didn’t satisfy the activist who asked the question. “He did what a lot of candidates do, they, ‘All lives matter’ it. They try to broaden reparations for everyone,” Leslie Turner, 37, told The Post after the event.

“It’s actually ok to say, ‘This is actually for black people. We shouldn’t shy away from talking about what reparations specifically for black people could look like,” Turner said.

Other Democratic presidential candidates including Beto O’Rourke and Cory Booker support studying the matter.

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Gillette continues their quest to be “woke” by promoting obesity and transgenders

Back in January Gillette showcased an ad entitled, “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be.

It highlighted what appeared to be toxic masculinity, bullying and the #MeToo movement. In some ways it was shaming men and boys for being boys.

Gillette promoting morbid obesity

They are now doubling down on their obvious progressive agenda with their new Gillette Venus campaign which features fat women and transgender models. From their Twitter:

Venus is committed to representing beautiful women of all shapes, sizes, and skin types because ALL types of beautiful skin deserve to be shown. We love Anna because she lives out loud and loves her skin no matter how the “rules” say she should display it”

Gillette Venus is also promoting the transgender known as Jazz Jennings:

“I think when you’re coming into your own with your identity, shaving is a form of expression,” @JazzJennings__ , the face of Gillette Venus’ new campaign #MySkinMyWay, tells R29. “When I was transitioning, shaving my legs was that first step.”

Jazz Jennings for Gillette, promoting the scientifically impossible

They is NOTHING beautiful about being morbidly obese. Not. One. Thing.

And there is nothing beautiful about promoting the idea that one can physically change their gender because it is biologically impossible.

But you continue down the “woke” slide, Gillette. Just ask Dick’s Sporting Goods how that is working for them.

h/t Breitbart

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Hollyweird actress Michelle Williams was “paralyzed” after learning her co-star was paid more than her

Michelle’s costar was Mark Wahlberg, who has a much, much bigger box-office audience draw than she will ever have. I also read somewhere (can’t remember where) that the studio had to pay bigger bucks for Mark (again, a bigger audience draw) because he had scheduling conflicts. If they wanted him, they had to pay.

FYI: The complaining Hollyweird starlet is worth $16 MILLION.

Pro-tip Michelle: Get a better agent who can sell your worth.

From People Magazine: Michelle Williams is opening up the pay disparity she experienced while working with Mark Wahlberg on All the Money in the World.

The four-time Oscar nominee spoke on Capitol Hill Tuesday while advocating for House Democratic legislation that would close the gender pay gap.

Williams joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus to mark Equal Pay Day as she recounted discovering Wahlberg, 47, had made $1.5 million compared to her paycheck of less than $1,000 for reshoots on the Ridley Scott film.

“It’s the kind of story I would normally resist: the morality tale with a happy ending, or rather a happy beginning because that’s really why I’m here,” Williams said. “There won’t be satisfaction for me until I can exhaust my efforts ensuring that all women experience the elevation of their self-worth and its connection to the elevation of their market worth.”

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Identity politics wins in Chiraq: First black female and openly gay mayor elected

Chicago’s mayor-elect, Lori Lightfoot

Apparently body parts and sexual preference are the real qualifiers for seeking public office.

This week Chiraq elected demorat Lori Lightfoot as their next mayor. According to the AP, Lightfoot “campaigned on ridding Chicago’s government of corruption.”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

About Chiraq’s new mayor, from Wikipedia:

“Lori Elaine Lightfoot (born August 4, 1962) is an American politician who is currently the mayor-elect of Chicago. She has worked in private legal practice as a partner at Mayer Brown, and held various government positions in the city of Chicago, most notably as former President of the Chicago Police Board.

Lightfoot first entered the public sector as Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. She cites several reasons for entering public service, including a desire to represent the African-American community, a sense of injustice based on the murder of a family member by a Ku Klux Klan member in the 1920s, and her older brother’s struggles with the law.

While working as a federal prosecutor, Lightfoot assisted with Operation Silver Shovel, an FBI investigation into Chicago corruption. She helped to convict alderman Virgil Jones. Lightfoot was issued a warning for misconduct by judge Richard Posner in a case in which she was found by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to have misled a United States Circuit Judge regarding a suspect’s whereabouts, making it impossible for the judge to stay the suspect’s extradition to Norway. Lightfoot and the Justice Department at the time disputed this characterization of her actions.

In 2002, Lightfoot was appointed chief administrator of the Chicago Police Department Office of Professional Standards, a now-defunct governmental police oversight group, by Mayor Richard M. Daley. She held the position for two years. In the position, she was charged with investigating possible cases of police misconduct, including police shootings of civilians. However, a Chicago Tribune report found that the Office of Professional Standards’ investigations often lacked thoroughness. Lightfoot says her recommendations for disciplinary action were often rejected by the police department.”

Chicago voted overwhelmingly for Lightfoot as she received almost 74% of the votes, yet voter turnout was an almost historic low.

I don’t live I Chiraq so I don’t have skin in their game. But good luck to y’all who believe that a “progessive” – with a career spent almost entirely in the government sector (a brief stint in private law practice) – is going to be that “independent” leader who can magically end corruption in Chicago.

I won’t hold my breath.

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