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Silicon Valley seeks token Conservatives

Silicon Valley Struggles to Add Conservatives to Its Ranks

This summer, Twitter Inc.'s new diversity chief met employees to discuss whether they felt welcome at work. Among those who said they sometimes felt excluded, according to people familiar with the matter: conservatives.

The feedback reflects the strains in Silicon Valley as technology companies seek to bolster diversity of all kinds among their hundreds of thousands of employees. For the mostly left-leaning companies, that includes cultivating ideological diversity just as they are trying to with underrepresented groups like women and minorities. 

"There is a lot happening in the world, and we need inclusion now more than ever," Twitter's diversity chief, Candi Castleberry-Singleton, tweeted in August. 

Companies such as Facebook Inc., Google and Pinterest Inc. say doing so is important because their billions of users globally have a broad range of views and interests. And the perception that employee biases could seep into their products could damage their reputations. Tech executives who advocate for tolerance of various views also say it is in keeping with the industry's penchant for robust debate and transparency, at least within their walls.

Matt Lauers firing casts NBCs call on Ronan Farrow in a whole newlight

After Matt Lauer was unceremoniously fired from the “Today” show Wednesday, you had to wonder: Why did NBC smother Ronan Farrow’s explosive, months-long investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults and predatory behavior — an investigation undertaken by one of its own employees? (Farrow is a “contributor” to NBC News; his “Undercover With Ronan Farrow” reports have aired, ironically, on the “Today” show.)

Did NBC know that, in Lauer, it was harboring its own tainted star — and that Farrow’s Weinstein piece could, perhaps, lead back to a co-anchor of its cash-cow morning show?

It just didn’t make sense, then or now, why NBC didn’t go forward with Farrow’s Weinstein exposé — just as it didn’t make sense, back in October 2016, that NBC was late to the party in reporting on the infamous 2005 Donald Trump/Billy Bush “Access Hollywood” tape, leaked to the Washington Post. NBC owns “Access Hollywood,” so there’s that, but still . . .

Back to Farrow, who was sitting on an explosive story, sourced to the gills with quotes from alleged Weinstein victims including Ashley Judd: NBC tells Farrow, “Thanks, but no thanks” — and then watches as the piece, published in the New Yorker, sets off the avalanche of tawdry celebrity sexual harassment allegations (i.e., those against Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and Charlie Rose, to name a few) that, on Wednesday, crushed one of its own: Lauer, fired from “Today” after a “detailed complaint” of “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” leveled against him by an NBC colleague. (It allegedly started during the 2014 Winter Olympicsin Sochi, Russia, which Lauer covered for NBC.)

Imagine how awkward it would have been for Lauer to have reported Farrow’s story on “Today,” or to have had Farrow reporting the story himself, sitting opposite the man who, a month-and-a-half later, would lose his job due to Weinstein-type allegations?

The "old growth forest" of the Left's media and entertainment industry is being clear-cut...

... and the "wood chipper" legal field has months of productive work ahead of it, mulching financial positions and steamy reputations, and the Left's "eco-warriors" are tazed and dumbstruck with despair...

John Conyers is special, says colleague Rep. Jim Clyburn...

Rep. Jim Clyburn suggested Wednesday that his House colleague Rep. John Conyers should be held to a different standard when it comes to the possibility of resignation over allegations of sexual assault, saying that Conyers’ status as an elected member of Congress places him in a different category from media and entertainment figures who have had similar accusations leveled against them.

Clyburn (D-S.C.) was walking inside the Capitol with the Congressional Black Caucus chairman, Cedric Richmond (D-La.), when a reporter asked the two about public figures who have been recently accused of sexual misconduct and have promptly been fired or otherwise removed from their positions. Richmond replied that he would need to hear examples of such figures, prompting multiple reporters to offer the names of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and TV anchors Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer.

“Who elected them?” Clyburn replied as he and Richmond got into an elevator, whose doors closed before the South Carolina congressman could respond to a follow-up question. A video of the exchange was posted to Twitter by NBC News producer Alex Moe.

CNN.. ***CNN*** covers Nancy Pelosi with spit! Well, OK, gets SOME spittle on her...

Nancy Pelosi's catastrophically bad answer on John Conyers

When Nancy Pelosi sat down for an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd on Sunday, she had to know that he was going to ask her about embattled Michigan Rep. John Conyers. After all, allegations from a number of former female staffers that the veteran Democrat had sexually harassed them were all over the news.

All of which makes Pelosi's trainwreck of an answer on Conyers that much worse.

(Interview follows)

And, Pelosi's other defense of Conyers -- "We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused..." -- feels like situational ethics at its absolute worst. Pelosi wasn't defending President Donald Trump or Roy Moore against their accusers even though they, like Conyers, totally denied the accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct made against them.

In fact, in the same interview in which Pelosi defended Conyers, she referred to Moore, the Alabama Republican Senate candidate who stands accused of pursuing relationships with girls as young as 14 when he was in his mid 30s, as a "child molester."

Sensing that she had made a major mistake in her "Meet the Press" interview, Pelosi spent Sunday trying to remedy the situation. Conyers stepped down as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee Sunday afternoon -- not a coincidence! -- and Pelosi issued a clean-up statement in which she said: "No matter how great an individual's legacy, it is not a license for harassment."

Indiana nurse who said every White male baby should be killed fired by hospital

Nurse Taiyesha Baker of Riley Children’s Health in Indiana is under investigation for tweeting that every white male baby is “a detriment to society” that “should be sacrificed to the wolves.”

“Every white woman raises a detriment to society when they raise a son. Someone with the HIGHEST propensity to be a terrorist, rapist, racist, killer, and domestic violence all star. Historically every son you had should be sacrificed to the wolves B***h,” Baker said on Twitter.

Indiana University Health released this statement to PJ Media:

We are aware of several troubling posts on social media which appear to be from a recently hired IU Health employee. Our HR department continues to investigate the situation and the authenticity of the posts. During the investigation, that employee (who does not work at Riley Hospital for Children) will have no access to patient care.

“When asked which department Baker works in, the hospital declined to answer,” PJ Media reported.

Would you like to ignore the source?

I'd like to include the New York Times' report but they are all having mani-pedis or doing lunch, maybe later...

Seattles income tax on the wealthy is illegal, judge rules

Seattle’s income tax on wealthy households failed its first legal test Wednesday, with a King County Superior Court ruling that the measure is illegal. In a summary judgment, Judge John R. Ruhl agreed with multiple challengers that the city ordinance adopted in July is not authorized under state law.

Opponents of Seattle’s so-called “wealth tax” immediately hailed the ruling as proof that the city long has known the tax was legally flawed, but nonetheless pushed it into law.

“The city knowingly violated several laws in imposing this tax,” said Brian T. Hodges, a senior attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation, which represented several Seattle residents challenging the law. “This ruling is probably the worst scenario for the city and the best scenario for the opponents of the income tax.”

Rep. Bob Brady under investigation For Hiding Campaign Payments to Primary Opponent

Federal authorities are investigating Pennsylvania Rep. Bob Brady for his role in hiding campaign payments to a 2012 primary opponent, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

According to an affidavit in a search warrant application for Brady’s email account, the opponent, former Philadelphia Municipal Court judge Jimmie Moore, agreed to end his campaign if Brady’s campaign paid Moore’s campaign debts. The money was then allegedly paid through political consulting companies to Moore’s campaign through Moore’s campaign manager. According to a plea agreement from Moore’s campaign manager, some of that money ultimately was spent on personal items for her and Moore.

The federal investigation into Brady was reported on Twitter by Seamus Hughes, a terrorism expert at George Washington University and former Senate staffer, who found the Nov. 1 search warrant application, which had been unsealed Friday.

Moore pled guilty earlier this year to making false statements in campaign finance filings by hiding the payment of $90,000. At the time, federal prosecutors argued Brady “agreed and understood” the payments were to be disguised, but Brady denied knowing the payment would be hidden. Two Brady aides were charged in October for their role in the payments and cover-up.

If charged, Brady, a Democrat who has served in Congress since 1998, could face charges of wire fraud, lying to the FBI, and making an illegal campaign contribution, according to the Inquirer.

OH, Slate buried it way down, these dudes are DEMOCRATS! In fact, quite a few reports leave that little detail out...

DU detects a suspected witch or two, begins a trial. Will they float (WITCH!!!) or drown? Ooops...

Did essentially ALL of this horrifying- to-Democrats attention on sexual malfeasance in high...

... places BY Democrats and their media friends and financial enablers, derive from THEIR attempt to take candidate Trump's locker room talk and make it something that might have turned the election for Hillary? And do they mournfully wish they hadn't pried open Pandora's Box, so to speak?
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