The Silence of the Bloggers

by Zilla | February 23rd, 2018

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The Silence of the Bloggers

The Boss is at CPAC, along with Stacy McCain, so be sure to scroll around the home­page here for excit­ing posts and videos, and of course you will also find some great posts from the other fab­u­lous writ­ers here too!

It is good to be back here at Da Tech Guy Blog and it is even bet­ter that Peter got his blog back online after GoDaddy shut him down (BTW, Peter could use some help mov­ing this site to a bet­ter server so please hit his tip jar if you can).

There has been a whole lot of shut­ting down of right lean­ing peo­ple online lately, from the Twit­ter shadow bans and purges to the even longer run­ning shenani­gans from Face­book, to the creepy Google antics , and now Medium’s join­ing the ban the right band­wagon (banned wagon?), and again this year CPAC shut out Pamela Geller at the last minute because her panel on Free Speech was to include Jim Hoft of The Gate­way Pun­dit. To add insult to injury, CPAC then stole Pamela’s work, claimed it for their own, and ran their ver­sion of a “Free Speech” panel, after ban­ning some of the biggest advo­cates for the free­dom of speech that we have.

[cap­tion id=”” align=“aligncenter” width=“400”] Image from The Geller Report[/caption]

Robert Spencer has a lot to say about this dis­gust­ing turn of events (and the years of hos­til­ity from CPAC to peo­ple who tell the truth about islamic suprema­cism and the jihad threat):

The Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Action Con­fer­ence (CPAC) has never been much inter­ested in host­ing hon­est dis­cus­sion of the jihad ter­ror threat. I was on a panel there in 2003, and in 2007 debated both Dinesh d’Souza and “mod­er­a­tor” Suhail Khan on Islam and the jihad threat (par­tial video here). I was on var­i­ous AFDI pan­els while we were still able to have them there, but I haven’t been back since Suhail Khan flew into a hys­ter­i­cal rage at CPAC 2012 when I chal­lenged him to debate, except for an appear­ance on Breitbart’s “Unin­vited” panel in 2013.

Not only has CPAC con­sis­tently dis­sem­bled about the nature and mag­ni­tude of the jihad threat, but it has also shown a dis­turb­ing ten­dency to dance to the tune of the Left. Saul Alinsky’s 13th Rule for Rad­i­cals is “‘Pick the tar­get, freeze it, per­son­al­ize it, and polar­ize it. Cut off the sup­port net­work and iso­late the tar­get from sym­pa­thy. Go after peo­ple and not insti­tu­tions; peo­ple hurt faster than insti­tu­tions.” The Left con­sis­tently does this; in the case of counter-​jihadis (includ­ing me), it presents our state­ments, how­ever cor­rect and demon­stra­ble, as egre­gious and indi­vid­ual to us — that’s freez­ing and per­son­al­iz­ing the tar­get. Then Left­ists move to “cut off the sup­port net­work and iso­late the tar­get from sym­pa­thy,” demand­ing that oth­ers on the Right dis­avow and con­demn, or at very least shun, the tar­get. And estab­lish­ment con­ser­v­a­tives have always will­ingly played along, allow­ing their asso­ci­a­tions and allies to be dic­tated by their enemies.

I’ve been the recip­i­ent of both the Alin­sky treat­ment and the shun­ning from caitiffs on the Right, includ­ing CPAC, for years, but I’ve never seen a more nau­se­at­ing exam­ple of CPAC’s craven­ness, cow­ard­li­ness and dis­hon­esty than what has played out with my col­league Pamela Geller over the last ten days. Since last Sep­tem­ber, Geller has been try­ing to get a room at CPAC for an AFDI event, even offer­ing to pay spon­sor­ship fees, which are pricey, since spon­sor­ing orga­ni­za­tions are given a room in which they can hold an event. CPAC stonewalled and ran out the clock. Finally on Feb­ru­ary 14, she sub­mit­ted a pro­posal for a panel dis­cus­sion enti­tled “Sup­pres­sion of Con­ser­v­a­tive Views on Social Media: A First Amend­ment Issue.” She added a list of pro­posed speak­ers, includ­ing James Damore, Google whistle­blower; Harmeet K. Dhillon, renowned free speech attor­ney; Dan Gainor, Vice Pres­i­dent for Busi­ness and Cul­ture, Media Research Cen­ter; Jim Hoft, Editor-​in-​Chief, Gate­way Pun­dit; James O’Keefe, Project Ver­i­tas; and Mar­lene Jaeckel, Tech Entre­pre­neur. I know this because I con­sulted with Pamela Geller at the time about the focus of this panel and who the speak­ers should be, before she sub­mit­ted this pro­posal to CPAC.

CPAC’s Dan Schnei­der and Matt Schlapp approved this panel, but would not let it be an AFDI event. Schnei­der and Schlapp insisted that the panel be spon­sored by the Amer­i­can Prin­ci­ples Project (APP), which nei­ther Geller nor I had ever heard of. Oth­er­wise, how­ever, they made no changes — until shortly there­after, when Hoft enraged the Left­ist estab­lish­ment by not­ing what has been like­wise observed by many peo­ple — that the pro-​gun con­trol stu­dents speak­ing out in the wake of the Florida school shoot­ing appeared coached. As con­dem­na­tions rained down on Hoft from the likes of Chelsea Clin­ton and Paul Krug­man, CPAC again rushed to do the Left’s bid­ding. APP top dog Terry Schilling, a board mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Con­ser­v­a­tive Union (ACU), which hosts CPAC, demanded that Hoft be dropped from the panel. Geller refused to play lap­dog for the Left, and so Schilling and CPAC can­celed the panel.

And then they stole it.

Today at CPAC there is a panel enti­tled “Sup­pres­sion of Con­ser­v­a­tive Views on Social Media: A First Amend­ment Issue” and fea­tur­ing Damore, Dhillon, Gainor, O’Keefe, and Jaeckel. Hmmm, where did they get the idea for such an event? CPAC claims that it was all their idea. CPAC offi­cials issued CPAC staffers talk­ing points on var­i­ous issues, so that they would march in lock­step in the media (very con­ser­v­a­tive, that). One of these talk­ing points stated: “CPAC spon­sor APP is host­ing a panel dis­cus­sion on con­ser­v­a­tive voices being silenced on the inter­net. APP invited Pamela Geller to par­tic­i­pate on the panel. She ini­tially accepted but she then made her par­tic­i­pa­tion con­tin­gent on APP includ­ing another per­son who was obvi­ously a poor choice. Pamela is actively pro­mot­ing a ver­sion of events that are inten­tion­ally inac­cu­rate designed to mis­lead and mis­char­ac­ter­ize the con­struc­tion of this pre­sen­ta­tion. She is no longer a par­tic­i­pant, her claims that the panel is can­celled are false and the panel will move for­ward as intended.”

This is, to put it politely, a pack of lies. APP did not orig­i­nate this panel. It did not invite Geller to par­tic­i­pate. She did not make her par­tic­i­pa­tion con­tin­gent on any­one else being included. She is not pro­mot­ing a false ver­sion of event; they are. In real­ity, Geller orig­i­nated the panel. APP was added on by CPAC. Hoft was on the panel from the begin­ning, with CPAC’s agree­ment. When CPAC insisted that Hoft be dropped because the Left was angry with him, Geller refused, where­upon CPAC can­celed the panel. I know all this because I have been involved with this imbroglio at every step of the way. (MORE)

CPAC may still be a big oppor­tu­nity for con­ser­v­a­tives to meet with like minded peo­ple and to hear speeches from impor­tant lead­ers on the right, and for blog­gers to snag great inter­views, but it is becom­ing increas­ingly tainted by its hos­til­ity to the coun­ter­ji­had move­ment, to Trump sup­port­ers, and its habit­ual fold­ing to the whims of left­ism and leftism’s enablers who claim to be on the right. Remem­ber, even our cur­rent (and fan­tas­tic) Pres­i­dent refused to play their game just two years ago.

It might not seem like a big deal to some peo­ple, the way Pamela Geller and oth­ers who fight for free speech and free­dom from islamic total­i­tar­i­an­ism tyranny get jerked around by CPAC, but as more orga­ni­za­tions are shut­ting down access for right minded peo­ple to get their mes­sages out to the pub­lic, we need to real­ize that an attack on one of us is an attack on us all. Who­ever the left unjus­ti­fi­ably howls about next is likely to be the next to be shut out by the estab­lish­ment right. It is get­ting harder to hear voices of those who need to be heard the most. The voices we need to hear the most are always the ones that will be silenced first, so that you will never hear the warn­ings they tried to give you until it is too late.

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MJ Steven­son, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla​.com. She lives in a wood­land shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her fam­ily and a large pack of guardian com­pan­ion ani­mals.

The Boss is at CPAC, along with Stacy McCain, so be sure to scroll around the homepage here for exciting posts and videos, and of course you will also find some great posts from the other fabulous writers here too!

It is good to be back here at Da Tech Guy Blog and it is even better that Peter got his blog back online after GoDaddy shut him down (BTW, Peter could use some help moving this site to a better server so please hit his tip jar if you can).

There has been a whole lot of shutting down of right leaning people online lately, from the Twitter shadow bans and purges to the even longer running shenanigans from Facebook, to the creepy Google antics , and now Medium’s joining the ban the right bandwagon (banned wagon?), and again this year CPAC shut out Pamela Geller at the last minute because her panel on Free Speech was to include Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit. To add insult to injury, CPAC then stole Pamela’s work, claimed it for their own, and ran their version of a “Free Speech” panel, after banning some of the biggest advocates for the freedom of speech that we have.

Image from The Geller Report

Robert Spencer has a lot to say about this disgusting turn of events (and the years of hostility from CPAC to people who tell the truth about islamic supremacism and the jihad threat):

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has never been much interested in hosting honest discussion of the jihad terror threat. I was on a panel there in 2003, and in 2007 debated both Dinesh d’Souza and “moderator” Suhail Khan on Islam and the jihad threat (partial video here). I was on various AFDI panels while we were still able to have them there, but I haven’t been back since Suhail Khan flew into a hysterical rage at CPAC 2012 when I challenged him to debate, except for an appearance on Breitbart’s “Uninvited” panel in 2013.

Not only has CPAC consistently dissembled about the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat, but it has also shown a disturbing tendency to dance to the tune of the Left. Saul Alinsky’s 13th Rule for Radicals is “‘Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.” The Left consistently does this; in the case of counter-jihadis (including me), it presents our statements, however correct and demonstrable, as egregious and individual to us — that’s freezing and personalizing the target. Then Leftists move to “cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy,” demanding that others on the Right disavow and condemn, or at very least shun, the target. And establishment conservatives have always willingly played along, allowing their associations and allies to be dictated by their enemies.

I’ve been the recipient of both the Alinsky treatment and the shunning from caitiffs on the Right, including CPAC, for years, but I’ve never seen a more nauseating example of CPAC’s cravenness, cowardliness and dishonesty than what has played out with my colleague Pamela Geller over the last ten days. Since last September, Geller has been trying to get a room at CPAC for an AFDI event, even offering to pay sponsorship fees, which are pricey, since sponsoring organizations are given a room in which they can hold an event. CPAC stonewalled and ran out the clock. Finally on February 14, she submitted a proposal for a panel discussion entitled “Suppression of Conservative Views on Social Media: A First Amendment Issue.” She added a list of proposed speakers, including James Damore, Google whistleblower; Harmeet K. Dhillon, renowned free speech attorney; Dan Gainor, Vice President for Business and Culture, Media Research Center; Jim Hoft, Editor-in-Chief, Gateway Pundit; James O’Keefe, Project Veritas; and Marlene Jaeckel, Tech Entrepreneur. I know this because I consulted with Pamela Geller at the time about the focus of this panel and who the speakers should be, before she submitted this proposal to CPAC.

CPAC’s Dan Schneider and Matt Schlapp approved this panel, but would not let it be an AFDI event. Schneider and Schlapp insisted that the panel be sponsored by the American Principles Project (APP), which neither Geller nor I had ever heard of. Otherwise, however, they made no changes — until shortly thereafter, when Hoft enraged the Leftist establishment by noting what has been likewise observed by many people — that the pro-gun control students speaking out in the wake of the Florida school shooting appeared coached. As condemnations rained down on Hoft from the likes of Chelsea Clinton and Paul Krugman, CPAC again rushed to do the Left’s bidding. APP top dog Terry Schilling, a board member of the American Conservative Union (ACU), which hosts CPAC, demanded that Hoft be dropped from the panel. Geller refused to play lapdog for the Left, and so Schilling and CPAC canceled the panel.

And then they stole it.

Today at CPAC there is a panel entitled “Suppression of Conservative Views on Social Media: A First Amendment Issue” and featuring Damore, Dhillon, Gainor, O’Keefe, and Jaeckel. Hmmm, where did they get the idea for such an event? CPAC claims that it was all their idea. CPAC officials issued CPAC staffers talking points on various issues, so that they would march in lockstep in the media (very conservative, that). One of these talking points stated: “CPAC sponsor APP is hosting a panel discussion on conservative voices being silenced on the internet. APP invited Pamela Geller to participate on the panel. She initially accepted but she then made her participation contingent on APP including another person who was obviously a poor choice. Pamela is actively promoting a version of events that are intentionally inaccurate designed to mislead and mischaracterize the construction of this presentation. She is no longer a participant, her claims that the panel is cancelled are false and the panel will move forward as intended.”

This is, to put it politely, a pack of lies. APP did not originate this panel. It did not invite Geller to participate. She did not make her participation contingent on anyone else being included. She is not promoting a false version of event; they are. In reality, Geller originated the panel. APP was added on by CPAC. Hoft was on the panel from the beginning, with CPAC’s agreement. When CPAC insisted that Hoft be dropped because the Left was angry with him, Geller refused, whereupon CPAC canceled the panel. I know all this because I have been involved with this imbroglio at every step of the way.  (MORE)

CPAC may still be a big opportunity for conservatives to meet with like minded people and to hear speeches from important leaders on the right, and for bloggers to snag great interviews, but it is becoming increasingly tainted by its hostility to the counterjihad movement, to Trump supporters, and its habitual folding to the whims of leftism and leftism’s enablers who claim to be on the right. Remember, even our current (and fantastic) President refused to play their game just two years ago.

It might not seem like a big deal to some people, the way Pamela Geller and others who fight for free speech and freedom from islamic totalitarianism tyranny get jerked around by CPAC, but as more organizations are shutting down access for right minded people to get their messages out to the public, we need to realize that an attack on one of us is an attack on us all. Whoever the left unjustifiably howls about next is likely to be the next to be shut out by the establishment right. It is getting harder to hear voices of those who need to be heard the most. The voices we need to hear the most are always the ones that will be silenced first, so that you will never hear the warnings they tried to give you until it is too late.

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MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals. 

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