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Credit Card Companies Restore Donations To Conservative Group After Backlash

Looks like the fascists at the SPLC have been turned away for once.

"Last week, The Daily Wire reported that the David Horowitz Freedom Center (DHFC) had been stripped of receiving donations from both Visa and Mastercard under pressure from the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center, which had previously labeled the conservative think tank a hate group. After intense backlash from several media outlets, the two credit card companies have retracted their ban on the DHFC.

"We're under attack by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)," the DHFC said in an email to supporters last week. "For years, the SPLC has labeled the Freedom Center a hate group and tried to get organizations like Amazon, Facebook and Twitter to ban us and silence our message. Yesterday, SPLC finally convinced MasterCard and Visa to cut us off. Now we can't process donations from any major credit card companies."

The ban came immediately after Freedom Center employee Robert Spencer, editor-in-chief of Jihad Watch, had been kicked off the funding platform Patreon under pressure from Mastercard. Spencer has been in the SPLC's crosshairs for years due to his strong criticism of radical Islam.

According to Breitbart News, an investigation into communications between Mastercard and payment processor Wordplay revealed the two outlets allegedly accusing the DHFC of "advocating for violence" while referencing the left-wing website Before the DHFC could take retaliatory legal action, both Wordplay and Mastercard reversed the ban."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Mon Aug 27, 2018, 08:45 PM (1 replies)

ACLU Sticks Up for the NRA?!

Nice to see the ACLU can uphold their traditional values.

"The official view of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) remains that the Second Amendment protects a "collective right rather than an individual right." But the organization nevertheless is helping the National Rifle Association (NRA) fend off extralegal attempts by New York state officials to put it out of business.

In a brief filed in federal court today, the ACLU argues that New York's strong-arm efforts to compel banks and insurance companies to ditch the NRA as a customer represent a glaring violation of the First Amendment.

"Although public officials are free to express their opinions and may condemn viewpoints or groups they view as inimical to public welfare, they cannot abuse their regulatory authority to retaliate against disfavored advocacy organizations and to impose burdens on those organizations' ability to conduct lawful business," the ACLU says.

The ACLU's amicus brief never says the group agrees with the NRA's positions on firearms. Instead, the group invokes a long series of First Amendment cases to argue that the regulators should not use their power in office to punish political enemies."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sun Aug 26, 2018, 07:44 AM (11 replies)

Influential black farmers group backs Trumps 'excellent' Supreme Court pick

Interesting, if short, read.

"President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has won the support of a group that advocates for social justice for 17,000 black farmers.

The Memphis, Tenn.-based Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, which has fought racial discrimination, especially by the federal government, cited a case Kavanaugh decided for black farmers last October.

The group’s president, Thomas Burrell, and its ecumenical advisor Bishop David Allen Hall, praised the federal appeals court judge and said that he would be an “excellent” addition to the Supreme Court.

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee and provided to Secrets, the two wrote, “During Judge Kavanaugh’s tenure, he was prepared, attentive and had command of the facts. If confirmed, these are the traits that Judge Brett Kavanaugh would bring to the bench as an associate justice.”

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Aug 25, 2018, 09:15 AM (1 replies)

CNNs Andrew Kaczynski Cries Foul When Others Use His Own Tactics On Him

LOL. If it weren't for double standards....................

"Yesterday, CNN and other media organizations attempted what can only be described as an exercise in jury intimidation. A motion was filed with the District Judge T. S. Ellis asking him to release the name and addresses of the jurors. Why this information was requested becomes much more curious when one considers that a) the media can’t talk to the jurors until after they are released from duty, b) that maybe the jurors would object to their private information being released, c) and the fact that the jury had just asked Judge Ellis for the meaning of “reasonable doubt.”

One of the most unintentionally hilarious responses was from the dumpster-diving Andrew Kaczynski, who runs the so-called K-FILE at CNN.

Then he deleted it because…people were distributing his address:

andrew kaczynski🤔

fyi, I deleted this tweet about Sean Davis implying CNN and other media outlets were trying to coerce jurors because people began tweeting out addresses and phone numbers associated with me.

7:46 PM - Aug 17, 2018

534 342 people are talking about this


He’s the guy who doxxed a Reddit user who made the GIF of President Trump wrestling CNN, note the byline and the triumphalism. You’d think he had just tracked Hitler to his secret lair in Argentina."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Aug 18, 2018, 05:56 PM (2 replies)

Prof. Avital Ronell And The Lie of The Feminist Academy

This is an interesting turn of events.

"When law and philosophy prof Brian Leiter revealed academic and feminist superstar Judith Butler’s disgraceful and flagrantly hypocritical letter defending her sister superstar, NYU prof Avital Ronell, I was ready to pull the trigger. I have a post, dated June 13, 2018, fully written, but never published. I knew something Leiter didn’t.

At the time the Butler letter was sent around for signatures, threatening NYU with the wrath of scholars if Ronell wasn’t exonerated, the university had already found Ronell responsible. The only remaining question was what to do about it, one of the university’s brightest academic lights had sexually harassed a gay male student under her care.

This wasn’t one of the faux Title IX cases of post-hoc regret, but the real deal. Ronell was grad student Nimrod Reitman’s doctoral adviser. He came to NYU because of her, to study under her. And from the start of his graduate studies, she turned him into her boy toy upon the implicit threat of destroying his career. And it continued throughout his graduate studies, as proven by Ronell’s emails.

Professor Avital Ronell used her academic power over Reitman to coerce him to be her sexual plaything for years, or else.* And the feminist academy, via Judith Butler and myriad other signatories to a letter, demand that NYU lay off Ronell, or else. And it’s incredible to believe that the finding of responsibility wasn’t the impetus for the threat letter. Yet, these scholars sought to coerce a university into silence and impotence to conceal Ronell’s conduct."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Tue Aug 14, 2018, 04:55 PM (4 replies)

Update on the 60 Separate Defamation Lawsuits Against the SPLC Under Consideration

Will the SPLC go bankrupt? This story makes me smile.

"Leaders of Christian organizations the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) unfairly labels as "hate groups" told PJ Media that a massive legal onslaught is headed toward the SPLC — and it could involve as many as sixty separate lawsuits in different states around the country. Rather than one big defamation lawsuit, the left-wing attack dog will face a scattershot approach.

"What we're considering is not a class-action lawsuit," Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a Christian nonprofit branded a "hate group" by the SPLC and currently suing the charity navigation site GuideStar, told PJ Media on Monday. "These are individual lawsuits that we're looking at, not class action."

He explained that the roughly 60 organizations considering the suit intend to "make the SPLC defend itself all over the country."

"The people we're talking to are looking at individual lawsuits — could be up to sixty but definitely quite a number of cases," Staver explained."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Tue Aug 14, 2018, 04:36 PM (13 replies)

Another Keith Ellison Sexual Assault Charge

Oh, my.

"A guy named Jeff Kolb, who is a city councilman in a Minneapolis suburb, has raised a new sexual assault allegation against Congressman, Deputy DNC Chairman and candidate for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. I have no idea how reliable Kolb is, but his tweets don’t seem to depend much on his own credibility.

This is the first one, which includes a record of a 911 call in 2005. I don’t know where Kolb obtained the record:

UPDATE: This is a record of a 911 call from May 16, 2005. The caller reported she was assaulted by Keith Ellison.

6:47 PM - Aug 13, 2018

I don’t pretend to know whether the multiple sexual abuse charges against Keith Ellison are valid or not, but they certainly are a bombshell, with the primary election tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Ellison’s more recent girlfriend and accuser, Karen Monahan, says she has a video that confirms her allegations against him, but doesn’t intend to release it."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Tue Aug 14, 2018, 07:48 AM (6 replies)

Jared Kushner helps Trump pave rare bipartisan path to big win

I wonder why Obama "The Lightbringer" couldn't have accomplished this in the 8 years he was in office?

"Thursday’s roundtable at President Trump’s summer White House in New Jersey to address prison and sentencing reform with governor’s is the latest bid by top aide Jared Kushner to give his father-in-law a rare bipartisan victory on a once controversial issue.

In getting Trump to carve out part of his working vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., Kushner and other officials are hoping to demonstrate how important the issues are to the president as he works to get a Senate vote in the next month.

Trump’s meeting this afternoon with governors, state attorneys general, and top aides is the latest in which he will endorse prison reform and he is also expected to open the door to sentencing reform, a sign to key senators that he is ready for a deal.

Just last week he met with Trump met with Republican Sens. Mike Lee, Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott and Chuck Grassley who are working legislation on sentencing and prison reform. "

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Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Aug 10, 2018, 08:02 AM (2 replies)

Parkland Student Activists Ignore Broward County School Failure Because NRA!

Interesting information here. Not that the facts will stop Young Master Hogg from continuing his blood-libel against the NRA and firearm owners in general.

"On August 3rd, 2018, per Judge Elizabeth Scherer’s order, Broward County School district reluctantly released their internal investigation regarding the Parkland shooter. By a quirk of technology, the Sun Sentinel and other media outlets were able to view the entire report including the blacked out portions. It shows in great detail how the district failed the Parkland shooter on every level for YEARS.

He was kicked out of daycare at three years old for aggressive biting and exhibiting ‘animal fantasies’ that led to a family counselor being assigned to the home

He was removed from first grade classroom multiple times throughout the year due to outbursts and physical aggression

He had a harness for the bus rides to kindergarten and in eighth grade he was placed on ‘escort only’ status which meant a security professional had to be BY HIS SIDE from moment he stepped foot on school grounds until moment he left

Starting in 2012, the school recorded at least 19 significant instances of violent aggressive behavior

He was transferred to Cross Creek, a school for kids with severe behavioral and emotional disorders, at some point in 8th grade. It was a better environment and all accounts showed progress."

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It's amazing Sheriff Isreal hasn't been canned yet. Also amazing that anyone on the school board is still employed.
Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Aug 10, 2018, 07:33 AM (8 replies)
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