February 3, 2016

Snitchbook: Facebook Enforcing Gun-Sale Ban by Relying on ‘Network of Users’

A great deal was made of Facebook’s announcement last week that it would ban private gun sales on both its flagship website and Instagram.

Readers who only followed establishment press accounts can be forgiven if they came away from most reports thinking that the firm has some kind of algorithm or recognition system for enforcing the ban. That’s not so.

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January 25, 2016

Baltimore Sun Writer Advocating Gunowner Database Thinks She’s in the Majority

Tricia Bishop is back.

The Baltimore Sun deputy editorial page editor and columnist, who on January 7 advocated “a gun owner registry available to the public online — something like those for sex offenders,” posted a follow-up on Friday, claiming that “Gun control advocates (are) the silent majority.” Bishop is clearly put off by the ferocity of the blowback she received for advocating that the whole wide world — which she somehow forgets includes stalkers, leftist intimidators, criminals who would like to steal guns, and other criminals who would like to target the unarmed — should be able to know who does and doesn’t own a gun in the U.S. Well, ma’am, you really didn’t think that everyone you would like to expose for exercising their Second Amendment rights using a “model” similar to that employed for sex offenders would just sit there and take it, did you?

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January 20, 2016

Positivity: When you think of MLK, don’t forget the faith that inspired him

Filed under: Activism,Positivity — Tom @ 10:55 am

From Kevin Jones at the Catholic News Agency:

Jan 18, 2016 / 01:39 pm

Martin Luther King Day is a time to promote racial harmony in America and honor the slain civil rights leader who was “inspired by the teachings of Christ,” says the head of the Knights of Peter Claver.

“Considering that so many ‘church-going folks’ were supporting segregation and Jim Crow laws during the civil rights movement, it is wonderful that King dedicated his life to employing Christ’s teachings to resist and counter the very social sins of prejudice, racial discrimination and segregation,” Supreme Knight F. DeKarlos Blackmon told CNA.

He said Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. a Baptist minister, was “a man of faith and deep conviction” who studied Catholic theology and was “particularly impressed” with St. Augustine.

King’s famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” cited St. Augustine’s saying “An unjust law is no law at all.”

Since 2010, Blackmon has headed the Knights of Peter Claver, a New Orleans-based Catholic fraternal order present in about 39 states and in South America. It takes as its model the Spanish Jesuit priest St. Peter Claver, who ministered to slaves in Colombia in the 1600s. Its membership is significantly African-American but the order is open to all practicing Catholics without regard to race or ethnicity.

The organization was founded in Mobile, Ala. in 1909 by four priests of the Josephite Fathers and three Catholic laymen to serve African-Americans and other racial minorities. Its founders were concerned the Catholic Church would lose black individuals to fraternal and secular organizations, at a time when local racism kept many out of the Knights of Columbus.

The order has six divisions: the Ladies of Peter Claver, two separate junior divisions for young men and young women, the Fourth Degree Knights and the Fourth Degree Ladies of Grace.

The Knights of Peter Claver and the Ladies Auxiliary opposed segregation and worked to transform how communities and cities thought about race, equality and justice, Blackmon said. They worked with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Urban League.

The order’s leadership and members were “intimately involved” in the civil rights movement. Civil rights attorney A.P. Tureaud, a national secretary and national advocate of the order, worked with future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to help overturn legal segregation.

The now demolished Claver Building in New Orleans, which was the Knights’ headquarters from 1951 to 1974, hosted early meetings “that ultimately launched the civil rights movement,” Blackmon added.

Today, members of the order organize Martin Luther King Day activities like Masses of Unity, prayer services, days of unity, and programs commemorating King’s vision in addition to their other charitable works.

Blackmon said King challenged America “to live out its creed that all men are created equal.” He said the observance is an opportunity for American Catholics to remember King’s life and work and to realize the challenge to work towards Jesus’ prayer that the Catholic Church “may all be as one.”

He said African-American Catholics should use the day to remember those who have accomplished “something for the larger community and the greater good.” He mentioned African-American Catholic bishops like the late New Orleans auxiliary Bishop Harold Perry and Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, former president of the U.S. bishops’ conference. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 8, 2016

Baltimore Sun Editor Wants Searchable Database of Gun Owners — For the Children

Tricia Bishop, the deputy editorial page editor at Baltimore Sun, also writes a biweekly column. Bishop was impressed three years ago when the White Plains, New York-based Journal News published an interactive online map showing “the addresses (and names) of all pistol permit holders” in two Empire State counties.

Very few others were. Though the outrage over the paper’s move was (excuse the expression) fast and furious, the Journal News kept the database up for almost a month before removing it, and “somehow” allowed its raw data to be leaked. It hardly seems a coincidence that the paper laid off 26 employees, including the editor responsible for publishing the map, just eight months later. Bishop, apparently oblivious to the blowback and other consequences, wants to extend the idea to all gun owners nationwide.

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December 30, 2015

‘Progressives,’ Recognizing Their Sex Harassment and Assault Problems, Won’t Even Mention Bill Clinton’s Name

Liberals and “progressives,” who are supposedly big on dealing with “root causes,” are apparently not interested in the root cause of the now-acknowledged problem of sexual harassment and abuse in their ranks.

Exhibit A: Emily Crockett’s lengthy hand-wringing treatise at Vox.com on December 21, prepared in the wake of the closure of far-left PR firm FitzGibbon Media over its owner’s multi-year pattern of sexual assaults and harassment, completely failed to bring up former President Bill Clinton or his enabling spouse Hillary (but she did manage to mention Bill Cosby). At Acculturated.com, Carrie Lukas, managing director of the Independent Women’s Forum, contended that “liberals treat women worse” than do others in positions of power on the ideological spectrum because of “The Bill Clinton Effect” — an effect with so much staying power that “progressives” still won’t dare mention its obvious impact.

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December 29, 2015

Virtually No Media Repercussions for Minn. Councilwoman Who ‘Doxed’ Constituents

Did you hear the story about the conservative city councilman who was so incensed at his private-citizen critics that he or she published their names and addresses and accused them of racism in the process?

Of course you didn’t. If it happened, press coverage of “right-wing intimidation” would be everywhere. Instead, “doxing,” the term given to such exposures, is a technique predominantly practiced by hardened leftists and even occasionally by their politicians, more often than not with little in the way of media or other repercussions. One such person who appears to be skating virtually scot-free is Minneapolis City Council member Alondra Cano.

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December 13, 2015

AP Ignores Rabbi’s Outrageous Politicized Invocation at White House Hanukkah Event

Josh Lederman at the Associated Press spent the final two paragraphs of his Wednesday evening report on a meeting between President Barack Obama and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin describing “the White House’s annual Hanukkah celebration.” He wrote that Rivlin “lit a menorah that was made in his homeland during the 1920s.”

What was said before Rivlin lit the menorah should have been news. As seen in a Wednesday afternoon White House video, Rabbi Susan Talve essentially hijacked the event to praise a series of leftist causes, touching many of the Obama administration’s pet projects along the way: open-ended immigration and “refugee” acceptance; Black Lives Matter “activists”; gun control; paranoia over “Islamophobia, and homophobia and transphobia”; and “justice for Palestinians as allies committed to peace.”

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December 5, 2015

Press Redefines ‘Mass Shootings’ and Claims 355 So Far This Year; It’s Really 4

At the Washington Post’s Wonkblog on Wednesday, Christopher Ingraham claimed that the San Bernardino massacre, which we now know was an act of Islamic terrorism, was “355th mass shooting this year.” A Google search on “355th” mass shooting “this year” (not in quotes) indicates that the stat has become a media meme, repeated at places like the Today Show, PBS, NPR, NBCnews.com, and too many others to mention.

In a New York Times op-ed on Thursday — one which appears not to have made the paper’s print edition — Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones, of all places, wrote that Ingraham and others in the media, including the Times itself, are wrong — by a factor of 89. As consistently defined until very recently, there have been four mass shootings in the U.S. year, and 73 since 1982.

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December 3, 2015

Day After San Bernardino Massacre, Barbara Boxer Says ‘We’ve Proven’ Gun Control Works in California

Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California today cited how her home state’s “important gun safety laws” demonstrate that “Sensible gun laws work, we’ve proven it in California, and we’re not going to give up.” She apparently means that she and others who won’t respect the Second Amendment are “not going to give up” on passing or imposing similar legislation or mandates nationally.

Ms. Boxer apparently failed to notice that San Bernardino, the site of yesterday’s massacre of 14 at a San Bernardino County holiday party — with 21 others injured, many critically — is in her home state. A Republican or conservative making a similar observation about an event demonstrating an obviously contradictory point as Boxer did would be an object of relentless establishment press criticism and ridicule. But Boxer is a gun-grabbing leftist, so she’ll likely get a near-complete pass. Video follows the jump.

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November 16, 2015

Cruz Pushes Back Against Politifact ‘Fact-Checker’; Democratic Party IS Shrinking

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz pushed back against a “ridiculous” Politifact post which labeled his true claim that the Democratic Party is shrinking as “mostly false.”

Politifact’s Emma Hinchliffe had to go back 11 years to a now-irrelevant time period to unsuccessfully attempt to refute Cruz’s inconvenient truth, citing Gallup poll figures from 2004. Nobody cares about 2004, Emma. What Cruz said is that the party “is shrinking,” and it has been for the past 6-7 years, falling from 38 percent to 29 percent as Americans have seen how a Democratic President and his party have governed and behaved when in power.

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Dartmouth’s Official Student Newspaper Downplays Ugly Black Lives Matter Library Protest

The Dartmouth calls itself “the student newspaper of Dartmouth College and the campus’s only daily,” and, begun in 1799, is America’s oldest college newspaper. It also appears to be a great training ground for journalists who write stories which bury and downplay the lede and cover up key facts when correctly prioritizing and presenting a story would make favored groups look bad.

The Dartmouth Review, whose website has been extraordinarily overloaded today, was founded in 1980 “to question stale academic orthodoxy and to preserve Dartmouth College’s unique liberal arts character.” Its alums include “Dinesh D’Souza, Laura Ingraham, The New Criterion‘s James Panero, Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph Rago of the Wall Street Journal … (and) others.” After a Thursday Black Lives Matter rally disrupting the quiet of Dartmouth’s Baker-Berry Library — an event which saw demonstraters threaten, harass and intimidate those who were doing what people ordinarily do in a library — The Dartmouth Review told its readers what actually happened. The Dartmouth’s Briana Tang buried multiple paragraphs of pablum which danced around what had obviously taken place towards the end of her insufferably long story.

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November 14, 2015

Chad Henderson Walls Off Twitter Account After NewsBusters Criticizes His Tweet on GOP Candidates’ Readiness

We’ll have to live without Chad Henderson’s tweets for the time being. Once again, Henderson, as he did in 2013, has taken his Twitter account private, limiting it to “confirmed followers.” This time he likely did so in reaction to a NewsBusters post earlier this afternoon by P.J. Gladnick.

Henderson first gained notoriety during the initial Obamacare sign-up process in late 2013 when he claimed to have “enrolled” himself and his father when virtually no one else could even access the HealthCare.gov web site. The press unskeptically lapped up the Organizing for Action volunteer’s story until Reason.com’s Peter Suderman shredded it. It turned out that Henderson had only set up a profile for himself and had not purchased any health care plan. Henderson resurfaced on Twitter after the Paris terrorist attacks yesterday, asking: “Do Trump, Rubio, and Carson have the experience and knowledge to prevent and react to a similar Paris attack? Not at all, folks.”

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Salon Writer: Paris Terror Should End ‘(the) Right’s Violent Language Toward Activists’

As of 11 p.m. ET on Friday, according to CNN, the death toll was "at least 153" (since updated to "at least 128") who have been "killed in gunfire and blasts" in Paris in "coordinated attacks." CNN claims that "It is still not clear who is responsible." (Update: Early Saturday morning Eastern Time, ISIS claimed responsibility.)

Two days ago, leftist Democrat Hillary Clinton laughed at the idea of Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina being strangled. Today, we’ve learned that wealthy “liberal funders” are considering bankrolling the Black Lives Matter movement, whose followers have frequently been seen and heard targeting police with language like, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon” and “What do we want? Dead cops!” But Salon’s Chauncey DeVega wants everyone to know that, after Paris, it’s the right in the U.S. which needs “to tone down their incessant violent rhetoric.”

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November 11, 2015

Press Definition of ‘Joke’: Any Statement That Insults or Threatens a Republican or Conservative

Just as a reality check, I asked a friend today what his reaction would be if I said with a sincere-sounding voice that he makes me want to strangle him. He said, “Almost sounds like a threat.” I said, “No, it was supposed to be a joke.” He said, “No it’s not.”

I also asked another person what her reaction would be if I earnestly called her “demented.” She said, “You’d be insulting me.” I asked, “What if I said I was just joking?” Response: “I’d say, ‘The heck you were.’” In the past ten days, members of the press have decided that threatening language and an insult, both directed at GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, were only “jokes.” There is virtually no chance that these same people would give the same treatment to threats and insults directed at Democrats and leftists.

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November 10, 2015

Despite No Publicly Available Proof, Press Treats Mizzou Feces-Swastika Incident As Fact

Name the missing word in the following sentence from tonight’s Associated Press report on the current situation at the University of Missouri: “On Friday, the now-former chancellor issued an open letter decrying racism after a swastika smeared in feces was found in a campus dormitory.” The obviously missing word is “allegedly,” as in, “was allegedly found.” That word is also missing in sentences found in three separate reports at the New York Times. On October, 24, the Washington Post unskeptically accepted the recounting of the incident in a report shortly after it — ahem, allegedly — occurred.

There’s a really big problem here. Sean Davis at The Federalist was unable, after exhaustive efforts, to locate any evidence that the incident really took place. Additionally, he found that a photograph supposedly representing what was done has been present elsewhere on the Internet for a year. While Davis’s work doesn’t conclusively show that the incident is a hoax, it should be far more than enough to convince establishment press journalists with integrity covering events at the university to surrender their clearly expressed assumption that the incident actually occurred.

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