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As a rule anything that Don Surber writes interests me but this piece concerning Senator Robert Menendez and underage hookers…

Democratic Senator Robert Menendez is on trial for taking bribes from a Florida eye doctor, who committed $105 million in Medicare fraud.

Among the payoffs to Menendez were trips to the Dominican Republic, where he may have slept with underage hookers, federal prosecutors said.

I am not saying he is guilty, but he is a supporter of Hillary — just as perverts like Bil Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, and Tony Weiner are.

…brought back a few memories.

It reminded me of this piece at DaTechGuy blog in 2012:

Any person who thinks democrat women who still kneel and worship at the altar of Bill Clinton are going to care about Bob Menendez paying for sex from women in the Dominican Republic has not paid attention to the Democrat party and where they have gone in the last 15 years.

I have no doubt as long as Mendenez votes the way Ms. Ledbetter and the media wants she and they will have absolutely no problem with any thing he does with any woman.

And this one from January 2013

I suspect this was the strategy of Senator Robert Melendez as he appeared on ABC’s THIS WEEK two days after news of the FBI investigation of a sexual scandal involving underage Dominican Hookers broke.

Alas for the Senator ABC News’ Martha  Raddatz totally foiled that strategy by cleverly choosing to refuse to ask a single question on the subject 

oh and this one also from Jan 2013

The senator’s alleged underpayment of these young ladies apparently was an effort to limit the degree of their victimhood.

Furthermore his continued silence on the matter in the face of a FBI investigation is clearly an effort by the senator to keep the embarrassment of these young ladies victim status away from the national press

and this from March of the same year:

CNN in fact didn’t touch the story until they could spend twenty minutes attacking it. At the Washington Post the Sunday of CPAC a long story defending Menendez appeared. The very suggestion that these outlets would be part of a conspiracy to frame Menendez when they’ve done their best to ignore the guilty pleas in New Jersey concerning dirty money is so laughable it’s a wonder anyone would make them.

Or rather it would be laughable to anyone who knows how US media is.

Plus one from 2015 noting why Menendez was suddenly of interest to a Democrat partisan “Justice” department

Menendez was defending Israel and expressing suspicion of Iran long before this month.  The Kirk Menendez Amendment putting sanctions on Iran dates from 2011 Why were his speeches and critiques not enough to cause a break?

That’s actually easy. He wasn’t expendable then.

Before Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012 a high profile hispanic was vital. Before the 2014 with the prospect of control of the senate hanging by a single seat, every person with a “D” next to their name was vital.

And even a few weeks ago with the first test of the Democrats ability to shake down Mitch McConnell & John Boehner it was vital to make sure there was party unity.

But now that all the elections are over, now that the amnesty money is secure and now that the Democrat party knows that 41 united democrats can bend Republican leaders like a yoga instructor Robert Menendez becomes expendable.

And this final retrospective piece from 2015 noting Stacy McCain’s coverage

While some like Robert Stacy McCain covered the scandal in some depth, it being 2013 a year the democrats still hoped to keep the Senate Gavel in Harry Reid’s hands and Martha Raddatz being Martha Raddatz didn’t find the War on underage Women theme newsworthy enough to ask Senator Menendez about it:

and drawing this conclusion:

The Mainstream media first priority is, and will always be serving the needs of the Obama administration in particular and the Democrat party in general.  No story from the Planned parenthood protests to crime involving people with the wrong perp victim racial or religious mix is going to be considered national news if it contrary to any liberal meme.

Or put let’s put it another way.  If Robert Menendez had been a Republican when this story broke in 2012 the media and the left would have forced his resignation the fact that five years later a solid newsman like Don Surber is still writing about this story concerning Menendez as a sitting senator tells you that just because the left is running from Harvey Weinstein the protect Democrats at all costs meme is still going strong.

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The field of civil engineering is more exciting than most would anticipate. There are some very interesting developments and new technologies being introduced in the past few years. That said, civil engineering has always been about heritage and passion. The combination creates a unique mix that attracts a lot of civil engineering students to the field.

Whether you are studying for an online civil engineering degree or taking an offline course, there are several must-read books to look into. They can either be a part of your course or just a classic, great-to-read book about engineering. We are going to take a look at some of them in this article.

Brunel: The Life and Times of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel is one of the greatest engineers of our time. He was also a key figure in engineering due to the changes and innovations he brought to the table. Without him, engineering would not be the same and Britain would not be the country we know today.

Behind his genius and his immense passion for engineering, Brunel was a controversial figure. He was a great marketer and an excellent showman, but his life was filled with controversies that often direct people away from his great achievements. The book by Prof. Angus Buchanan titled “Brunel: The Life and Times of Isambard Kingdom Brunel” offers a more docile yet detailed take on his work as an engineer.

This is the work from which you can learn about project management and the many unusual approaches of Brunel while getting to know the man as an engineer. He was Britain’s most innovative civil engineer and there is so much to learn from his life, his work, and his legacy.

Material Science and Engineering: A First Course

To be a complete civil engineer, you have to know the materials you work with. At top universities such as Norwich University, engineering students are taught how to work with different materials effectively. The best online masters in civil engineering programs take the subject seriously.

When it comes to material science, “Material Science and Engineering: A First Course” by V. Raghavan is a crucial book to read. It may not be as in-depth as other, more advanced books on the matter, but this book is the perfect first step into the world of material science for engineers.

Infrastructure: A Guide to the Industrial Landscape

If industrial engineering is your passion, then this last book on our list is perfect for you. “Infrastructure: A Guide to the Industrial Landscape” by Brian Hayes takes readers into the world of infrastructure and offers a unique take on the industry. The book is filled with examples and great photos, making it a very fun read.

What’s interesting about the book is the way it also talks about the recent natural disasters, mainly Hurricane Katrina and the Fukushima disaster. Reading the book feels more like an adventure thanks to the way every bit of information about the world around us is presented. The illustrations simply make the experience and the adventure, more enjoyable.

Each of these books would be a fabulous addition to your bookshelf.

You’ll forgive me if I delay my Red Summit interview post for these five points concerning the Las Vegas Shooting.

  1. I’d really like to say that I’m surprised about the CBS Exec or the folks on twitter etc but I’m not. After Boston I’m very much convinced that there are plenty of our friends on the left who would be delighted to kill us if they could get away with it.

  2. It never ceases to amaze me that as soon as something like this happens the first instinct of the left is to try and disarm the next batch of potential victims. This is the “never let a crisis go to waste” mentality but I also think it has something to do with #1 above.

  3. I was listening to Rush when ESPN announced, post Vegas shooting that they were suddenly going to show the National Anthem before the Monday night game between the Chiefs and the Redskins. I’m sure the NFL and ESPN both figured that given the massacre and the heroic efforts of both law enforcement and ex military at the scene it was unthinkable that any player would be protesting the flag that night. They were wrong big time which bodes very poorly for this coming weekend for the public perception of NFL players and teams.

  4. We still have no clear idea what this guy’s motive was, all we seem to know is he was a rich gambler. My gut tell me that ISIS claim is full of it (which is a good sign in the sense that when you’re reduced making such claims it illustrates your importance). Given his wealth and lifestyle it hits me that the most frightening possibility is that he did this thing simply because he could, but when it comes right down to it, while finding such a motive might be cathartic to the public and eliminating any possibility of a conspiracy is important legally, none of it will make a difference for those killed or wounded.

  5. I watched the President’s speech on the attack as it happened. It was an apolitical message for an apolitical moment, put simply exactly what was called for. However CNN’s acknowledgement of this fact outraged the Washington Post for whom neither rain, nor snow nor the mass murder of Americans will shake it from it’s duty of making war on Donald Trump over all else. And the media wonders why people can’t stand them.

Here is a link to the full text of President Trump’s tax plan.

The Good

No business of any size, from a Fortune 500 to a mom and pop shop to a freelancer living job to job, will pay more than 15% of their business income in taxes.  This lower rate makes corporate inversions unnecessary by making America’s tax rate one of the best in the world.

That is a huge improvement over the current corporate tax brackets which tops out at 35%.  That should spur much needed job growth.

No family will have to pay the death tax. You earned and saved that money for your family, not the government. You paid taxes on it when you earned it.

With the death tax so outrageously high, so many businesses are liquidated to pay off the taxes rather that pass on the business to the next generation.  With this proposal businesses will more likely be passed down generation to generation.

Reducing or eliminating corporate loopholes that cater to special interests, as well as deductions made unnecessary or redundant by the new lower tax rate on corporations and business income.

Lobbyists from large corporations spend tremendous amounts of money to buy members of congress so they can write tax breaks into the tax codes.  These tax breaks favor the large corporations which then makes it more difficult for small companies to compete.  This reduces that problem.

A one-time deemed repatriation of corporate cash held overseas at a significantly discounted 10% tax rate.

How many billions of dollars are horded overseas by US corporations?  Reducing this rate will allow this money to flow back here.  This rate should be kept at ten percent instead of raising it back up.

The Bad

If you are single and earn less than $25,000, or married and jointly earn less than $50,000, you will not owe any income tax. That removes nearly 75 million households – Over 50% –from the income tax rolls.

Already 47 percent pay no federal income taxes while so many of them collect federal benefits such as welfare and food stamps.  This will only exacerbate that situation.  Everyone should pay some income taxes so they feel the pain of having to pay for entitlement.  With much needed economic growth there will be a greatly reduced need for entitlements.

The Trump tax cuts are fully paid for by…Reducing or eliminating deductions and loopholes available to the very rich, starting by steepening the curve of the Personal Exemption Phase-out and the Pease Limitation on itemized deductions.

Tax cuts never have to be paid for. They eventually pay for themselves by increased revenue resulting from greatly increased economic growth. Increasing the burden on the rich will only wipe out any positive benefits of a reduced business tax rate.  Three cheers for soaking the rich!!! What do they contribute to society?  Maybe they create most of the jobs, create new businesses, and invest in businesses.

With this huge reduction in rates, many of the current exemptions and deductions will become unnecessary or redundant. Those within the 10% bracket will keep all or most of their current deductions. Those within the 20% bracket will keep more than half of their current deductions. Those within the 25% bracket will keep fewer deductions.  Charitable giving and mortgage interest deductions will remain unchanged for all taxpayers.

Once again, shifting more of the tax burden on the rich will only nullify any positive benefits.

Since we are making America’s corporate tax rate globally competitive, it is only fair that corporations help make that move fiscally responsible.

The whole purpose of this tax plan is to increase economic growth which will result in more jobs.  Increasing the burden on corporations, who create lots of jobs, to pay for tax breaks on middle and lower income individuals is yugely counterproductive.

The Ugly

The spineless Republicans in the Senate will most likely not pass this or any other tax reform.

We need a flat tax and reduced spending.

An across the board 10 percent tax rate on every individual and business will unleash tremendous economic growth.   All federal spending will need to be slashed to a level that will result in surpluses large enough to eliminate the debt in a generation.  That is the only way to restore the United States to economic greatness.  Sadly the individuals we keep electing to congress do not have the courage to carry out such a bold plan.  We the people must elect better people.

By:Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – OJ Simpson is out of jail.  I guess now he will be able to catch “the real killers” of his wife Nicole.

OJ left a Nevada prison, Lovelock Correctional Center,  after nine years of incarceration for conspiracy.

Now he is a parolee.

According to CNN:

The former NFL star left prison shortly after midnight local time, and was picked up by an unidentified friend, according to Brooke Keast, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Corrections.

“I told him, ‘Don’t come back,’ and he responded, ‘I don’t intend to,’ ” she said. “He was upbeat, personable and seemed happy to get on with his life.”

It is unclear where Mr. Simpson will live: he’s not welcome in Florida where he was living at the time of his arrest and where two of his children live:

“Floridians are well aware of Mr. Simpson’s background, his wanton disregard for the lives of others, and of his scofflaw attitude with respect to the heinous acts for which he has been found civilly liable,” Pam Bondi wrote in the letter (via Associated Press). “Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal.”

While Simpson was acquitted for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in 1994, he was found guilty in a civil court in 1996 and ordered to pay over $30 million in damages to the Goldman family; that sum, with interest, is now reportedly around $65 million:

ESPN reported that his $33.5 million judgment has climbed to $65 million after factoring in interest and court costs. According to ABC News, Goldman’s father, Fred, and sister, Kim, plan on pursuing the judgment they were awarded and continuing to raise awareness for domestic violence, victim advocacy, and judicial reform.

How Simpson plans on meeting that obligation is not clear.

Simpson will be on parole for five years.

Maybe now he can catch the real killers.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport

by baldilocks

Some amateur shrinking

“How dare you…!”
— Often said when a person “dares” to say or do something that another doesn’t like.

“I don’t appreciate…!”
— Said as if the receiver is supposed to have appreciation for whatever the speaker/actor is saying or doing.

“You are arrogant!”
— Often true, but just as often, an indication of the intellectual insecurity of the accuser who feels threatened by the confidence of the accused.

“Don’t judge me!”
— Said when a person does not want to examine his/her actions and wants shame you into not doing so also; often an intentional misinterpretation/intentional of Jesus’ admonition regarding judgment.

“I am offended by that!”
— Too often, said when no offense was intended; too often, stemming from looking at everything through the prism of self, by inferring things not implied. Though giving offense is sometimes inadvertent, taking offense is always a choice.

More?

MORE:

“I voted for [insert candidate here] because he/she is the same race/same gender as I am, and it makes me feel good to see someone who looks like I do/has the same equipment that I have.”
— Self-…ahem…explanatory.

Even more?

EVEN MORE:

After an honest question is asked…

“If you’re going to play naïve about this administration and the ongoing inquiry, I don’t feel I owe you any kind of rational response. It’s just bait into a semantics-ridden debate.”

— Said when the person wants to hide the fact that he can’t answer the question and is ashamed of that inability. It’s easier to attempt to deflect that shame onto the questioner. The phrase “play naïve,” and the words “feel” and “owe” are the giveaways.

Originally posted on December 28, 2013. Some additions to the original post.

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A friend of mine has a night -blooming cereus that she named Eudora, in honor of course of the famous Southern author Eudora Welty who had one in her own garden and was known for celebrating its buds with all night parties. When my friend’s cereus produced buds last week, rather than throw an all night party she sent a group text with a photo. Her message was filled with as much glee as Miss Eudora must have felt at her own blooms.  The flower finally burst into bloom last night and my friend stayed up all night long taking photos of it.  My text stream was filled with the evolution of a cereus this morning. By dawn the bloom was gone, closed up.

Miss Eudora has been much on my mind in past weeks as I picked up a volume of her collected stories recently. I have not read any of them in quite some time – since college, perhaps.  One exception would be “A Worn Path” which I use when I teach a creative writing class; other than that, the treasures of “The Wide Net” and “Clytie” have been long forgotten.  I spent several weeks this summer sitting outside under the shade of my magnolia rediscovering Miss Welty’s lovely southern prose and relishing the rich atmosphere she creates with her words.

There’s nothing more rewarding to me than picking up a book and rediscovering an old, favorite author.  While I read widely, both fiction and non-fiction, my preferences tend to Southern writers. Give me a Rick Bragg memoir, Flannery O’Connor, or even Faulkner and I am consumed with the words.

In the course of writing my soon-to-be-released biography of Cammie Henry I discovered the short stories of Ada Jack Carver, a bright light in the 1920s but who never produced anything of note after that.  Carver’s stories are rich in atmosphere and many have memorable characters such as old Baptiste in “Redbone” who initially seems to be celebrating the birth of a son by going into town to get drunk but there is more to the story…

What is it that makes Southern writers so distinctive?  Some critics contend that the Southern literary renaissance that began in the 1920s is still ongoing and I tend to agree with that.  When H. L. Mencken declared the south “The Land of the Bozart” and insisted that southern writers had produced nothing of substance, he fired up the pens and typewriters of every warm-blooded southerner who had a desire to prove him wrong.

The literature of the South is as unique and beautiful as its climate and its people.

I know that’s a matter of opinion — but it’s my opinion.

How long before this literature is targeted for criticism and banning as the Confederate monuments are?  Is that too much of a stretch?  Look at it this way: critics of the Confederate monuments say that the South lost the war, that the war was treasonous, that the Confederacy held slaves (as if the Union did not), and that the monuments were erected in the Jim Crow period; apparently their point with that last one is that these monuments are intended as some sort of subliminal white supremacy symbol.

This is all fallacious reasoning it seems to me.  These monuments were commissioned to honor the family that fought to protect their homes and their way of life.  And no, “way of life” is not code for slavery.  The way they lived was agrarian, it was slow and peaceful, it was with a work ethic and independent spirit.  Of course there were bad people who did bad things, but that has been the case throughout history.  Never has an entire culture been targeted because of that as is the case now.

One of our most beloved Southern writers was Harper Lee whose To Kill a Mockingbird is nothing if not a message on equality, tolerance, and dignity.  In Scout Finch we see the innocence of a child who has never been taught to see color in a person and who has never learned hatred or prejudice.  Those things are learned from adults and Atticus Finch’s lesson to his children was “put yourself in their skin and walk around in it.”  What are we teaching our kids now?

How many of us are living that way now?  How much of our hatred is learned and passed along to others?  How much of this monument mess and national anthem protest is just mob mentality?

And where does it end?  People ask that question often, but think about it.  For years overly sensitive lemmings have tried to ban books often citing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Animal Farm, and of course To Kill a Mockingbird among many, many others as offensive in one way or another.

How is that different than monuments?  These books are in public libraries just as monuments are in public places.  What’s the difference?

To me, both books and the monuments are works of art and should not be subject to censorship.  I disagreed when the Ten Commandments were removed from courthouses and schools but at least I understood the reasoning behind it (“separation of church and state”).  You could point me to a legal position that made that clear.

Perhaps I’m oversimplifying things because of course books don’t equate to monuments in literal sense but censorship is censorship wherever it lies.

If our society does not stop with this over sensitive offended culture we are perpetuating there is literally no end to it.  Everything is a target.  If you are traumatized by a monument how could you possibly read Delta Wedding?  When will the book burning start?

Miss Welty abhorred the Civil War: she had one parent from the North and one from the South and she saw what the war did to Mississippi where she grew up (long after the war, of course).  “Ravaged” was the word she used. But she also knew that there are two sides to everything; her parents taught her that.

As we consider the modern debate of monuments, we need to remember that there are two sides to everything and that the men we see carved in these granite and bronze monuments were men – they were not without flaw and they were not perfect but they were human, just like we are, and we can learn from them still and we can admire their dedication to home and family.  My fear is that we want to remove them now but in another decade or two we will regret this choice and it will be too late.

The night-blooming cereus blooms only one night of the year. Their blooms are fragile and temporary and draw people to it in admiration and awe, but then it is gone until next year. Welty called them “a naked, luminous, complicated flower,” and maybe that’s what our monuments are. Perhaps we all just need to spend more time looking at the beauty of a thing.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Happy First Day of Fall, y’all! The Autumnal Equinox happened at 4:02 pm EST today. We can now look forward to shorter days and longer nights, and Halloween candy that is already on sale on store shelves everywhere. Where I live, we also get to look forward to apple festivals, pumpkin picking, and vibrant colors all around as the leaves change before falling off for the winter.

Update from last week’s post: all of my cats have gotten over their illness, thank God and thank you to anyone who offered up a prayer on their behalf! Even old Zeke is back to his usual self, here he is snuggled up with my dog, Bellah, on my bed.

Zeke the Cat and Bellah the Dog – cuddle buddies

Bellah is the mother of my puppies, she had six last October and we kept four, two boys and two girls. My two girl puppies got spayed last week and have fully recovered and are back to playing happily with their brothers.

I know they say you can’t catch a cold or whatever from your cats, but I sure caught something from somewhere as I am now dealing with an upper respiratory thing of my own. I just hope my family doesn’t catch it.

And, of course, the world continues doing that spinny thing that it does, so here are some links:

President Donald Trump returned to New York and gave a stellar speech at the UN the other day. Fausta has a nice summary right here at Da Tech Guy Blog.

Our lovely First Lady, Melania Trump, dressed beautifully for her husband’s big UN speech, as you can see by visiting MOTUS for today’s FLOTUS Friday post.

Some lunatic woman made a huge nasty scene at a restaurant over the presence of a veteran’s service dog, and the restaurant has turned the embarrassing incident into an opportunity to do something good.

The answer is YES: Jim Hoft asks an important question.

Curb your human: Hepatitis A Outbreak in San Diego linked to people pooping on the streets.

Being a fat loser who is an “idiot” is no excuse to behead a person, no matter what some shifty defense lawyer says. Pamela Geller has the story about this ludicrous claim from her would be assassin’s attorney.

Mel Brooks outs himself as a fellow thought criminal.

GoreBull Warming Hoax – The science is settled! No so fast…

Related: Da Tech Guy on weather/climate models

Deja Vu? History does repeat, apparently, and that is ay okay in this case! 

The fact is, if you are too young to remember what it was like when Ronald Reagan was President, don’t worry.

You know exactly what it was like — even if you weren’t born yet.

Because we’re living it all over again.   READ THE WHOLE THING

I hope you all have a nice weekend and that you enjoy the beginning of this beautiful new season.

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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. 

Thanks to our colleges, high schools, Hollywood, and the news media; very few Americans truly understand the concept of freedom of speech in its entirety.   I see, on such a regular basis, so many misconceptions about one of our most important God-given Natural rights.  When it comes to freedom of speech, the behavior of a certain segment of the political spectrum has become most appalling.  Silencing those with differing political and religious beliefs has become a natural reaction to a great many on the political left.  If you don’t agree with that statement, please explain to me recent events such as: tens of thousands showing up in Boston to silence a small group standing up for free speech, riots at Berkeley because one individual was scheduled to speak, Antifa beating people who dare to share opinions they don’t agree with, safe spaces on college campuses,  and so much more.

Freedom of speech is not granted to us by the First Amendment.  Each one of us is granted that right, along with all of our rights, directly by God.   The First Amendment preserves that right by preventing the federal government from interfering with that right in any way.  State Constitutions contain a Bill of Rights which protects free speech, along with other Natural Rights, of those living in that state against violations by the state and local governments.  If the First Amendment granted us the right of freedom of speech then deleting or changing that amendment would take it away.   The federal government, mostly through the efforts of an out of control Supreme Court, has distorted the meaning of the First Amendment so much that it is now used as a weapon to silence individuals and groups.   That violates the God-given Natural Right of freedom of speech.

Freedom of speech is far more important than people’s feelings.  There is no right to live your life free from being offended.  Everyone has a right to be offended by whatever offends them however no one has a right to silence anyone for any reason.  Not listening or saying something back is the only valid responses.  Political correctness is fundamentally wrong because its adherents seek to silence anyone and anything that offends them.  Political correctness is nothing but censorship by mob rule.  This does not violate the First Amendment because that amendment only restricts the federal government.  PC censorship does violate the God-given Natural Right of freedom of speech.

Freedom of speech applies to everyone.  This includes the vilest, most hate filled individuals and groups.  This view was shared by those that wrote and ratified the First Amendment.  Even though I completely detest the Ku Klux Klan, along with everything they stand for, I fully support their right to spew their hate filled garbage.

Freedom of speech protects hate speech.  Far too often hate speech is nothing more than speech that offends someone.  It is all too common today for members of the political left to label speech, ideas, and philosophies of those on the political right as hate speech and attempt to ban those ideas.  This behavior is rampant on American colleges and universities.  Even truly hateful speech is protected.  As stated before, even the garbage spewed by the Ku Klux Klan is protected by freedom of speech.

No one has a right to use their speech to silence anyone.  Mobs or individuals shouting down or drowning out other speakers is not an exercise in free speech. It is a violation of the free speech of the original group or individuals that are trying to speak. It is also a violation of the right of an audience to listen to what they want to hear. Everyone has a right to speak and be heard no matter how vile and disgusting they are. Everyone has a right to listen to whatever they want to listen to. With the mob approach, free speech is only reserved for the largest and angriest mobs. This approach will only lead to violence, which has happened all too often recently.  The events in Boston last month were a disgusting display of misguided individuals silencing others.  The media falsely labeled the original rally as hate speech by white supremacists and tens of thousands showed up to silence them, drown them out, or force the cancelation of the event.   Even if the rally was organized by white supremacists, no one had a right to silence them in any way.  Silently protesting them; while carrying signs, or peacefully and respectfully trying to engage in debate, would have been proper techniques to protest such an event.

Freedom of speech is a two way street.  Everyone has a right to criticize speech and behavior they do not agree with.  Criticism is in no way a violation of the original speaker’s right of free speech.  I am regularly critical of speech I do not like along with individuals and groups who engage in speech and behavior I don’t like.  Often I use harsh or angry language when I criticize what I don’t like.  Everyone is free to do the same.  I never call for anyone to be silenced no matter how vehemently I disagree with what they have to say.

Speech is never violence.  This claim has repeatedly been made by the group Antifa who use this claim as an excuse to use violence against those they disagree with.  Because of this behavior Antifa is nothing more than a mob of angry thugs.

Violence is never the answer to anything.  That includes speech that you do not agree with or that offends you.

Censorship is always wrong.  Facebook and Twitter regularly censor conservative and other right leaning posts, advertising, articles, and memes.  The First Amendment and state Bills of Rights do not prevent this behavior because they are private companies.  This censorship does violate the God-given Natural right of freedom of speech therefore it is wrong.  Individuals have every right to not use those social media outlets and implore others not to use them.   I regularly use those social media outlets to rail against their vile censorship.  I will share this article on both sites.

Forcing others to be patriotically correct or morally correct is just as wrong as forcing others to be politically correct.  We on the right also engage in our own censorship, although it is not as out of control as that of the political left.  There is nothing wrong with encouraging others to speak and behave as you wish.  It is absolutely wrong to force others to comply and to silence them if they do not.

If you agree with this article, can you please share it on Facebook and Twitter?

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Social Media is great for putting out both information and disinformation (aka Bravo Sierra) at the speed of light. I wonder what the mixture ratio is for this story.

A Texas woman was drawn into an intense racial debate on Hobby Lobby’s public Facebook page after she took offense to the company selling cotton stems.

In what appears to be a now deleted Facebook post, Daniell Rider, of Killeen, claims the store’s cotton stalks were “WRONG on SO many levels.”

“There is nothing decorative about raw cotton… A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves. A little sensitivity goes a long way,” Rider wrote on Facebook, according to CBS 7.

Rider’s comment, and photo of the cotton, inspired thousands of comments on other Hobby Lobby Facebook posts, many of which were from people defending the store.

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Hobby Lobby is still selling the cotton stems on its website, where they have been marked down from 29.99 to $15.

This sort of thing piques my paranoia, in that it makes me suspect that there are groups out there who are dedicated to stirring up racial animosities by putting forth faux racial outrage – outrage which is so ridiculous that observers will begin to despair for racial conciliation. (Side note: the notion that racial conciliation is needed for the great majority of Americans is also suspect.)

And, believe it or not, my paranoia is the optimistic option.

The cynical one is that people come up with this type of nonsense on their own.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

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