Shareholders Grill Zuckerberg at Meeting Over Alleged Liberal Bias

Shareholders peppered Facebook’s top executives during an official gathering Thursday with questions, complaints, and protests after the company’s past year has been littered with scandal and backlash.

One investor told Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to lead less like Vladimir Putin and more like George Washington so Facebook doesn’t become a “corporate dictatorship,” according to Bloomberg.

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Another said the alleged mismanagement of data evoked a human rights violation. One woman was kicked out for constant interruptions in the very beginning of it all. And a plane flew over the premises in Menlo Park, California, dragging the message “You Broke Democracy,” along with an ad from an anti-monopoly activist group, reported Bloomberg.

“A lot has happened since last year when we were here … We didn’t do enough to be proactive about how people can abuse these tools,” Zuckerberg said, adding that the company is doing more to try to protect elections from interference and the social media platform from bots.

“We’re also very focused on being more transparent,” Zuckerberg said, while alluding to the multiple announcements and disclosures the company has made in areas like content moderation.

Zuckerberg was challenged on that exact topic, specifically if there is a bias among leadership or general staff based on ideology and if that affects what content is ultimately allowed on the site used by billions.

Citing apparent examples of an ideological bent, like former Facebook workers saying they constantly restrained news stories of interest to conservatives in the trending news section, Justin Danhof of the Free Enterprise Project urged Zuckerberg to consider fostering more diversity of viewpoint.

“It’s really important to me and to the company that Facebook and our systems are platforms for all different ideas,” Zuckerberg said. “And I noted that there are a number of concerns about that kind of bias. Silicon Valley generally is a very left-leaning place, without knowing or asking specific people at Facebook for their views, I think that’s a reasonable assumption.”

Zuckerberg conceded it’s certainly more likely that many employees within the Silicon Valley headquarters hold liberal viewpoints, but that content moderation is done by people from around the world where there is a more varied outlook on life and politics.

“We have very strict guidelines on how these policies need to be enforced, so if people aren’t doing what the guidelines say, they’re not going to be able continue doing that job,” he continued. “We’re very serious about that.”

Another area of concern broached during the reportedly tense meeting was Facebook’s impact on the local community, a highly strained point of contention in recent weeks as protesters complained the city government cares more about big tech than its own people.

Toward the end of the meeting, according to Bloomberg, after being pressed as to why the company always comes off as defensive, Zuckerberg admitted that while he doesn’t agree with all of the negative news coverage, “some of it is very fair.”

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Megyn Kelly Points Out Hypocrisy After Samantha Bee’s ‘Disgusting’ Remarks About Ivanka Trump

Megyn Kelly went off on Samantha Bee and called the comedian’s comments about Ivanka Trump “disgusting” on Thursday.

The host of NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” fired back at the star of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” after Bee referred to Trump as a “feckless c—” during an episode of her show on TBS Wednesday evening. Kelly pointed out the hypocrisy of networks looking the other way at Bee’s comments while condemning Roseanne Barr for her racist tweetstorm that included referring to former President Barack Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett as an “ape,” CNN reported.

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“This is disgusting. How is this acceptable? And how are we expected to take any of these publications seriously if they gleefully repost something like this at the same time they (rightfully) condemn ? You know the saying Love is Love? Well Hate is Hate,” Kelly tweeted.

Bee’s controversial remarks were in regards to President Donald Trump’s policies regarding illegal immigrants.

“You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child but let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices you feckless c—,” Bee said, according to Newsweek. “He listens to you. Put on something tight and low cut and tell your father to f—ing stop it.”

The reboot of “Roseanne” was canceled by ABC Tuesday in regards to Barr’s comments.

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Tesla Autopilot Crash Survivor Shares His Story

Teslanomics published this video interview stating:

Tesla Autopilot crashes are in the news every day lately. In this episode, I chat w/ YouYou Xue who recently crashed in his Model 3 while on his world tour.

The ‘Red-Green Axis’ Throws a Fit Over President Trump’s New National Security Team

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The discredited, radical left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the Sharia-supremacist Muslim Brotherhood and their echo chamber in the leftist media are denouncing the appointment by President Trump’s new National Security Advisor, John Bolton, of a highly accomplished and widely respected national security practitioner as the National Security Council’s Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary.  The real reason for their frenzied complaints about the appointment of career intelligence professional Fred Fleitz should be obvious: This “Red-Green axis” is unhinged by Mr. Trump and is determined to do whatever it can to prevent his success.

To be sure, these critics serve up a number of other pretexts for demanding the firing of Mr. Fleitz. The principal rationale given, though, is that he was, until last week, the Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs of the Center for Security Policy.  That fact has prompted a fresh round of recycled falsehoods aimed at discrediting the Center’s carefully documented work – particularly that exposing the Muslim Brotherhood’s far-advanced covert campaign whose explicit goal is “destroying Western civilization from within by [the infidels’] hands and the hands of the believers so that Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” Unable to rebut Center products and initiatives, groups like the Hamas-founded CAIR and the SPLC, a disreputable George Soros-funded instrument of hard-left political warfare, simply seek to suppress them and defame and silence their authors.

The Center for Security Policy is, of course, proud of its long and highly productive relationship with Fred Fleitz.  (During his time at the Center, Mr. Fleitz authored many scores of articles, published two important books – Obamabomb and The Coming North Korean Nuclear Nightmare– and co-edited several more and appeared in countless radio and television interviews.)  The Center is similarly gratified by the elevation of the rest of its friends and colleagues – including Amb. Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and numerous others – now in senior positions throughout President Trump’s national security team.

The Center is even more delighted that such allies are in positions faithfully to execute the National Security Strategy unveiled last December, which in at least 30 different aspects embraces policy initiatives recommended by this organization over its thirty years of operations. And it looks forward to working closely with the President and his team to execute that strategy.

Frank J. Gaffney, the Center’s founder and President said,

“The Center’s loss with the departure of Fred Fleitz from its senior management is the nation’s great gain.  With his experience as chief of staff to then-Under Secretary of State John Bolton, as well as his decades of service in the CIA and on the House Intelligence Committee, Deputy Assistant to the President Fleitz brings extraordinarily knowledge, competency and effectiveness to his new roles as National Security Council chief of staff and executive secretary.

“Far from being concerned that terrorist fronts and their enablers are in hysterics because Donald Trump has entrusted these key roles to Fred Fleitz, the American people should be delighted with this fresh evidence that president is determined to keep his promise to make America safe, as well as great again.”

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Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as an Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan. He is the host of the Center for Security Policy’s nationally syndicated talk show, “Secure Freedom Radio,” heard weeknightly on the more than 200 stations of the American Family Radio Network, on AM 570 The Answer in Washington, D.C. and via podcast services.  Click here to listen to sample programs of “Secure Freedom Radio” programs.

Mr. Gaffney also broadcasts a nationally syndicated commentary, the Secure Freedom Minute,which airs daily on nearly 400 stations, including the American Family Radio, Bott and Kingdom Keys radio networks.

PODCAST: The Smoke and Mirrors of the Democrats

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The Democrats are desperate. Regardless of what the Main Stream Media says, they are losing ground to the Republicans going into the 2018 midterm elections. We have discussed how the MEDIA twists the facts in their favor and the steps taken by the Democrats to change VOTING regulations, both of which hit below-the-belt. This desperation hints at the power struggle going on within the party itself with the progressive’s trying to retain control. If they lose in November, they’ll likely lose in 2020 and forfeit control of the party.

The latest sign of distress is represented by the Democrat’s recent calls for “Draining the Swamp,” a slogan coined by President Trump. Since they have no policies of substance to sell to the American public, other than to reverse the actions of the president, they are setting down a smoke screen to confuse and mislead voters, a little slight of hand if you will.

The truth is, the Democrats have already been branded as an integral part of the swamp by the president, so it is unlikely anyone will buy into their argument other than their own constituents. This is just the point; instead of offering viable proposals to help the economy, protect our borders, and secure the safety of the country, they are doing nothing more than “smoke and mirrors.” Even their new theme of “A Better Deal for Our Democracy,” stems from an earlier time (Teddy Roosevelt invented the “Square Deal” and Franklin Roosevelt introduced the “New Deal”). However, the “Better Deal” lacks substance, leaving the Democrats without a legitimate platform to run on. This is why they will lose.

Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter represented his platform, a lot of which he delivered on, but not everything, such as a proposal for Congressional term limits. Nonetheless, his “contract” was much more substantive than the “Better Deal” of the Democrats. This is what the American voters are looking for, but will not get from the Democrats. Instead, they will get smoke and mirrors. Their mantra may be appealing to their own party, but certainly not to Republicans. More importantly, they are offering Independents no compelling reason to vote for their party.

So, why the smoke screen? What are they trying to hide? Frankly, it’s the economy which is now booming under Republican control. President Trump’s approach to lowering taxes and reducing regulations is putting more money in the pockets of Americans and reducing unemployment. It is this approach which runs contrary to the Democrats who want higher taxes and bigger government. This explains why they will never admit the economy has improved and why Rep. Nancy Pelosi demeans it as just “crumbs.” The Trump approach promotes capitalism, and the Democrats want to promote socialism. It’s a shame young people do not comprehend the differences between the two, which the Democrats are counting on going into November.

One last thing; time and again, the party talks about America as a Democracy, something which it most certainly is not, and I get tired of hearing this. It is a “Republic” meaning we elect representatives to vote and act on our behalf. In a true Democracy, the public would vote on everything. We do not, which is what we elect representatives to do for us. The Democrats’ excessive use of the word makes me wonder if anyone in the party truly understands how our government works. I guess this explains why they do not understand or appreciate such things as the Electoral College.

Until such time as the Democrats get serious and quit trying to deceive American voters, they will continue to lose. Yes, they should be worried. Their ship is sinking and instead of fixing the hole or manning the life boats, they are content re-arranging the deck chairs.

Keep the Faith!

My Cousin was Executed by the Nazis in 1942 for telling a ‘politically incorrect’ joke — fast forward to Rosanne Barr

In November, 2017 I wrote a column titled “The Origins of the ‘Cult of Political Correctness’ [a.k.a. Cultural Marxism].” I felt a need to expose what happens when someone is deemed to be “politically incorrect.” The most recent example is Rosanne Barr who tweeted a joke about former Obama senior advisor and confidant Valerie Jarrett typing “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

What Rosanne got wrong is Valerie Jarrett’s Communist background. According to Discover the Networks:

Valerie Jarrett was born as Valerie Bowman on November 14, 1956, to American parents in Shiraz, Iran.

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Jarrett’s Father

Valerie Jarrett’s father—an American-born physician named James Bowman (1923-2011)—worked as a pathologist and geneticist at a children’s hospital in Shiraz as part of a U.S. aid program to assist developing countries. He resided in Chicago from approximately 1947-53, precisely when Frank Marshall Davis, the Communist journalist who would later serve as a mentor to a young Barack Obama, launched his Communist Party-line newspaper, the Chicago Star. Bowman and Davis undoubtedly knew one another during these years. Bowman subsequently moved to Iran, where Valerie Jarrett was born, after his discharge from the Army Medical Corps in 1955.

As evidenced by his lengthy FBI file, Bowman was a Communist who often collaborated with other Chicago-based members of the Party.

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Jarrett’s Mother

Valerie Jarrett’s mother is the early-childhood-education author Barbara Taylor Bowman (born 1928), who in 1966 co-founded a Chicago-based graduate school in child development known as the Erikson Institute, named after the psychoanalyst Erik Erikson. (In 1950 Erikson became a hero to the left by choosing to resign from his professorship at the University of California rather than sign an anti-communist loyalty oath as the school required.) Indicative of the Erikson Institute’s radical political orientation is the fact that its board of trustees has included, in addition to Mrs. Bowman, such figures as Tom Ayers (father of the former Weather Underground terrorist and lifelong Marxist Bill Ayers) and Bernardine Dohrn (longtime wife of Bill Ayers). Bill Ayers, for his part, called Mrs. Bowman “a neighbor and friend” in his 1997 book A Kind and Just Parent, noting that his neighbors also included Louis Farrakhan and “writer Barack Obama.”

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Here are members of ABC’s The View mocking Christianity and Joy Behar calling saying people who believe Jesus talks to them are “mentally ill.”

Rosanne’s ABC television show was promptly cancelled. And Joy Behar and those on the view are still on the air.

Political incorrectness killed Rosanne’s show, but Behar is safe and sound.

Marian Pilatowicz

The same is not true for my cousin Marian Pilatowicz. According to my families records Marian was a factory worker in occupied Poland during WWII. Marian told a joke to some of his fellow workers about the Germans who controlled his country. Marian was reported to the Gestapo, arrested and executed in the notorious Auschwitz-Berkinau concentration camp on November 3rd, 1942. Marion was a 23-year old.

Origin of Political Correctness

Have you ever wondered where the idea of political correctness originated?

The Washington Times in a November, 2015 op-ed titled “A little history of ‘politically correct’: The Soviets invented it and the university tolerates it” notes this about the cult of political correctness:

It’s a wicked attitude intended to stifle the conscience and suppress belief and conviction.

The term “politically correct” was coined in the late 1920s by the Soviets and their ideological allies around the world to describe why the views of certain of the party faithful needed correction to the party line.

If my cousin were alive today he would agree that America, like the Nazis, has picked up on the power of stifling free speech by making certain speech punishable.

Political Correctness is cultural Marxism.

In a column titled “The Origins of Political Correctness” Mr. Bill Lind notes:

If we look at it analytically, if we look at it historically, we quickly find out exactly what it is. Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I. If we compare the basic tenets of Political Correctness with classical Marxism the parallels are very obvious.

First of all, both are totalitarian ideologies. The totalitarian nature of Political Correctness is revealed nowhere more clearly than on college campuses, many of which at this point are small ivy covered North Koreas, where the student or faculty member who dares to cross any of the lines set up by the gender feminist or the homosexual-rights activists, or the local black or Hispanic group, or any of the other sainted “victims” groups that PC revolves around, quickly find themselves in judicial trouble. Within the small legal system of the college, they face formal charges – some star-chamber proceeding – and punishment. That is a little look into the future that Political Correctness intends for the nation as a whole. [Emphasis added]

In “Orwell’s Doublespeak: The Language of the Left” Linda Goudsmit wrote:

George Orwell introduced the language of doublespeak in his dystopian novel “1984″ published in 1949. Doublespeak is the language of opposites. Up is down and down is up.

The word doublespeak derives from two Orwellian words “doublethink” and “newspeak.” Doublethink is when a person accepts two mutually contradictory thoughts as correct without being aware or troubled by the glaring contradiction between them. Doublethink statements like “war is peace” “freedom is slavery” “ignorance is strength” are made without discomfort. Newspeak is a method of controlling thought through language – it is the language of fake news. Doublespeak combines doublethink and newspeak in language that deliberately obscures, distorts, disguises, or reverses the meaning of words to manipulate public opinion in a mass social engineering effort.

Goudsmit presents a glossary of leftist doublespeak.

The Principles of Politically Correctness.

A detailed explanation of Newspeak, today’s political correctness, is found in this paragraph from an Appendix to Orwell’s novel “1984”, under the title, The Principles of Newspeak:

The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc (English Socialist Party) but to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought — that is, a thought diverging from the principles of Ingsoc — should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words.

Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while excluding all other meanings and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods. This was done partly by the invention of new words, but chiefly by eliminating undesirable words and by stripping such words as remained of unorthodox meanings, and so far as possible of all secondary meanings whatever.

To give a single example. The word free still existed in Newspeak, but it could only be used in such statements as ‘This dog is free from lice’ or ‘This field is free from weeds’. It could not be used in its old sense of ‘politically free’ or ‘intellectually free’ since political and intellectual freedom no longer existed even as concepts, and were therefore of necessity nameless. Quite apart from the suppression of definitely heretical words, reduction of vocabulary was regarded as an end in itself, and no word that could be dispensed with was allowed to survive.

Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the choice of words down to a minimum.

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“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.” – Joseph Stalin

“To learn who rules over you, simple find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

“It’s getting funnier because everybody’s categories are disintegrating, and the cult of political correctness dictates that we never point out that other people don’t make sense.” – Terence McKenna, American philosopher.

Speak freely, do not fear. The Truth Shall Set You Free!

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VIDEO: Multiple Former MSNBC Hosts Fundamentally Transform Into Democrat Party Political Operatives

President Donald J. Trump has been critical of the main stream media. He has called much of their journalism “fake news.” He and others have pointed out a bias in the media toward the ideals of the Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee.

QUESTION: What happens when award winning hosts of MSNBC leave their jobs?

ANSWER: They start organizations that begin recruiting “House candidates with working-class backgrounds” for the Democratic Party.

Krystal Marie Ball

Krystal Marie Ball was a co-host on the MSNBC’s afternoon news/talk show “The Cycle” from June 2012 to July 2015. Ball was named co-host of The Hill’s Morning Show in February 2018. Hill is also the founder of People’s House Project (PHP) with the mission of “ensuring the Democrats are elected in Appalachia, the Heartland, and in areas Democrats usually do not win.” PHP is a hybrid PAC dedicated to electing working- and middle-class candidates to the House of Representatives.

Watch Ball’s February 2018 interview with Egberto Willies:

Melissa Harris-Perry

Former MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, who was a colleague of Ball’s, has also jointed People’s House Project. Harris-Perry left MSNBC under a cloud. The Washington Post in a column titled “The ugliness of Melissa Harris-Perry’s departure from MSNBC” By Erik Wemple noted:

In the case of former host Melissa Harris-Perry’s departure from MSNBC, however, an anomaly is afoot. MSNBC recently announced its “parting” of ways with the host after she announced her intention not to sit in the anchor chair last weekend over concerns that the network had effectively taken away her editorial control. Her concerns took root in an extensive email that left little room for conciliation, saying at one point that “I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head.” Just yesterday afternoon, the two sides clashed in settlement negotiations over a non-disparagement clause. Having failed to come to an agreement, Harris-Perry felt fully empowered to speak about her experiences at MSNBC today with the Erik Wemple Blog. And MSNBC rebutted her claims on the record.

Melissa Harris-Perry serves as editor-at-large of Elle.com and a contributing editor at The Nation.

What’s interesting is that given the #MeToo movement Krystal Ball was involved in a sexy photo scandal while at MSNBC. Watch this 2010 report by The Young Turks:

It appears MSNBC is a recruiting ground for journalists who fundamentally transform into political activists.

VIDEO: Florida University Harbors Anti-Semites and Terror Supporters

Canary Mission investigated anti-Semitism and support for terrorism among anti-Israel activists at Florida State University (FSU). 26 students and professionals affiliated with the campus group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) were found to have posted over 150 times on Twitter and Facebook, expressing a wide variety of hatred against Jews and Israel.

A key finding was the large support for terrorism and violence. 59 of the 165 posts (36%) were endorsements or promotion of terror as well as calls for intifada and violence against Jews.

The content of the other posts included:

  • Mocking the Holocaust
  • Comparing Israelis to Nazis
  • Cursing Jews in Arabic
  • Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories
  • Hatred and demonization of Israel

Of particular note was Reem Zaitoon who tweeted multiple times her desire to “f**k up a Zionist.” As well as Yousef Mohamed who repeatedly curses Jews.

FSU SJP as an organization was found to have spread incitement to terror, defended the Knife Intifada and honored terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

FIND OUT ABOUT ALL 26 STUDENTS EXPOSED BY CANARY MISSION

Yousef Mohamed has mocked the Holocaust and spread anti-Semitism and Israel-hatred on social media. Mohamed was an activist with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at FSU.

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Hadeel Eldeek has defended terrorists, spread anti-Jewish conspiracy theories and demonized Israel as an activist with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at FSU from 2015-2017.

For more info click here.

Albert Kishek has expressed support for the “intifada,” glorified Hezbollah and demonized Israel. He was the 2017 secretary and treasurer of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at FSU and FSU SJP co-president in November 2015.

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Reem Zaitoon threatened that she would “f**k up a Zionist,” called for “death to the United States” and demonized Israel as an activist for Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).

For more info click here.

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Democrats Undermining Black Civil Rights Heroes’ Legacy

My four younger siblings and I have been taking turns caring for our 90 year old Dad who is in home hospice. After checking on Dad sleeping in his bedroom, I visited Dad’s office in the basement. Hung on the walls are numerous citations from governors and mayors, pastoral awards and service awards from civic organizations which tell the extraordinary tale of Dr. Reverend Lloyd E. Marcus’ life.

Dr. Reverend Lloyd E. Marcus

In 1952, Dad was among the first handful of blacks to become Baltimore City firefighters. In spite of humiliating racist working conditions, Dad won “Firefighter of the Year” two times. He was Baltimore’s first black paramedic and first black Fire Department Chaplin. Dad achieved numerous firsts for blacks. I began to understand and feel at peace about Dad saying he is ready to go home to Jesus. Dad’s work on earth is done.

But most enlightening was seeing Dad’s office walls plastered with pictures and laminated newspaper clippings chronicling achievements of his five kids and grand-kids. Two articles were about my baby brother winning two awards as a Maryland police officer – a photo of my daughter, Dad’s granddaughter, becoming an officer in the Navy – an article about a grandson who is 37 scoring a game winning touchdown when he was 10 years old. Clearly, Dad is extremely proud of his offspring. I pray and believe Dad’s legacy will live on via his kids and grand-kids.

Practically every room in Dad’s home features pictures of Jesus and civil rights icons; MLK, Malcolm X, Fredrick Douglas and numerous portraits of Obama. No matter how hard I tried to explain to Dad that Obama put implementing leftists’ agenda above helping blacks, Dad loves Obama. I guess it is a generational black thing.

My mom passed away 25 years ago. My sister recently told me she excitedly took Mom to see the home she and her husband purchased in a new community. Driving into the community, Mom saw a sign, “No Thru Access”. Mom panicked and demanded to be taken home immediately. Mom feared my sister’s family would be trapped if her white neighbors decided to attack. Mom’s fear sounded absurd to my sister and me. But it gave us an insight into the racial trauma many blacks experienced back in the day. Thus, I can understand blacks of Dad’s generation emotional ties to Obama – the first black president. Dad did vote for Trump.

Like the Virginia Slims cigarette slogan, America has “come a long way, baby” in race relations since Dad’s day. There is something extremely evil about fake news media, Hollywood and democrats relentlessly deceiving American blacks into believing very little has chanced racially since the 1950s. Democrats tell black parents to send their kids to school wearing bulletproof vests to protect them from racist cops. Democrats teach students that whites are born racist and labor 24/7 conceiving ways to undermine black progress. Black millennials believing leftists’ lies is as absurd as my Mom’s fear of a mob of white neighbors attacking my sister.

It is extremely disrespectful to my dad and other black civil rights pioneers for Democrats to promote the lie that their hard work, suffering and sacrifices produced very little change in race relations and opportunities for blacks in America.

Democrats have abandoned Dad’s generation of black civil rights pioneers’ mission for an America of brotherhood and equal rights for all. As a kid, Dad took me to the 1963 March on Washington. We heard Dr King say…

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.”

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

The crowd of 250,000 erupted in thunderous applause. Clearly, Dr King and his followers dreamed of racial unity. Today, leftists have transformed Dr King’s movement into demonizing whites while instigating racial division, hate and revenge. Democrats have so overtaken and twisted Dr King’s movement that blacks who do not resent whites or hate America are trashed by democrats; Kanye West, Candace Owens, Dr Ben Carson, Justice Clarence Thomas and Herman Cain to name a few. Democrats are obsessed with punishing white Americans.

Dr King also said,

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Old blacks say you had to have your act together to march with Dr King; clean, sober and well behaved. Democrats have thrown character out the window regarding blacks. Everywhere you turn Democrats seek to lower the bar for blacks. Obama’s PROMISE program blocked reporting crimes by blacks in schools. Despite needing a driver’s license for numerous transactions, Democrats say it is racist to require blacks to show a photo ID to vote. Democrat teachers lobby for black students to be allowed to speak Ebonics, claiming English is too challenging for blacks. Forty years of Democrats lowering the educational, moral and cultural bars for blacks has resulted in 70% of black kids growing up in fatherless households. Poverty is a whopping 37% in black families headed by a single female.

It is evil the way Democrats continue to undermine Dad and other civil rights heroes achievements. To further their lie that America will always be a racist hellhole for blacks, Democrats have falsely branded Trump a racist in the minds of many blacks. The truth is Trump is the best thing for blacks since sliced bread. Black unemployment is at an all time low

America is the greatest land of opportunity on the planet for all who choose to go for it!

Regardless of Democrat lies, Dad and his generation of civil rights pioneers transformed America, paving the way for blacks to enjoy extraordinary success today. And for that, I am extremely grateful and say thank you.

The Ideological Battlefield in Washington D.C.

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” – Margaret Fuller

I have been doing just that for the last thirty years to educate the American people, because the vast majority of Americans are not familiar with the real Socialism, hence they allowed a criminal social theory to become a legitimate philosophy in the country. In my books—Socialism is a myth, a fraud based on a Utopian concept. Just look at Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a Democratic Socialist. The term itself is an oxymoron—a democrat can’t be a socialist, a socialist can’t be democratic. The term reveals an absence of knowledge of real Socialism and its agenda for decades. Socialism means a one Party dictatorship ending in the loss of individual liberty and private property, which is the opposite of democracy and should be called-Fascism.

Observing capitalism from within and having experienced socialism, I believe that Marxist theory was artificially linked to world-renowned German philosophers of the 19th century like Hegel, a father of German idealism, and Feuerbach to bring a kind of fame to Marxism. They had two things in common with Marx–Hegelian idealism and Feuerbach’s atheism.  But what does that have to do with class struggle? Dialectical materialism itself remains a controversial theory. Of course, the world changes over time, but not necessarily through world revolution with millions killed. Moreover, this discussion is beyond the point as Soviet Socialism has nothing to do with the original Marxist theory.

A Short Story of Soviet Socialism

The Communist Manifesto published by Karl Marx and Frederic Engels in 1848 has been recognized as one of the world’s most influential political manuscripts. Creating the theory of socialism and communism as a means of rooting out the exploitation of man by man, Marx and Engels purposely divided it into two phases: the first phase was socialism and the second –- communism. They identified in detail the tasks, agendas, and ways to achieve them in their “theory” as follows:

  • First – Developing the tasks and agenda—overthrowing the capitalist economic system and establishing socialism as the basis for the creation of a classless communist society in the future.
  • Second – The strategy to fulfill the tasks and agenda—through World Revolution.
  • Third – The World Revolution would occur under the leadership of the proletariat.  “Proletariats of the world unite!” was their slogan.
  • Fourth – Marxist Theory was to be limited to industrially-developed European countries.

Socialist Revolution in 1917 in Russia was the first successful one, where its leader Vladimir Lenin suggested a lot of changes in the Russian Communist platform. The 12th Congress of the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks) was held during 17–25 April 1923 in Moscow, where Lenin recommended Stalin’s removal from the position of General Secretary of the Party:

“Stalin is too coarse and this defect, although quite tolerable in our midst and in dealing among us Communists, becomes intolerable in a Secretary-General. That is why I suggest that the comrades think about a way of removing Stalin from that post and appointing another man in his stead who in all other respects differs from Comrade Stalin. “

Lenin also had doubts about Russia’s future by Marxist way, because of the fourth requirement of the original theory: “Marxist theory was to be limited to industrially-developed European countries.” He thought that being an agrarian country, Russia therefore should find its own way to Socialism:  “why cannot we begin by first achieving the prerequisites for that definite level of culture?”  Lenin dies in a year and Stalin obtained unlimited power in Russia in 1924. Lenin was right in both counts, hence we can’t call system built by Stalin a system of Marx’s Socialism: because it is something else. The term Soviet is correctly exists, the Soviets materialized Socialism for the first time in history, yet the term Socialism due to Marx’s fourth prerequisite is very questionable.

To understand today Stalinist Socialism, you have to know how Stalin built the first Socialist State. I dedicated this topic to four books and over eighty columns. In short, Stalinism was a bloody, compulsive and forceful way directed against the will of Russia people with the main activities and help of the police. By preaching Marxist slogans, Stalin actually implemented system of Stalinism, using his own arsenal of lies, deception, fraud, and obfuscations, making a system of incredible corruption.  Moreover, the system was spread throughout the globe, bringing millions of deaths and injuries to populations, destroying and harming the land of all inhabited continents… Perhaps, this is the reason, I named Stalinism—Soviet Fascism.

Today the media uses with ease the terms socialism, communism, and Marxist ideology, they have become popular topics for discussion on radio, TV, and the internet without awareness of reality. Their words are often misleading, and to really understand socialism, you must have lived through it. I am a survivor of Stalinist Socialism and I know what it truly means. To prove it, I’ll give you only one feature of Stalin’s Socialism to grasp the reality, and it is not Gulag, Perjuries, or Show Trials, you have already heard about. I’ll give you the picture of real human disaster of life under Stalinism.

The Face of Stalinist Socialism—A Communal Apartment

Until I got married and moved to Estonia, my entire life since childhood had taken place in a communal apartment (kommunalka) first in Moscow and then in Leningrad. It was the very famous Pertsov’s building, biggest in Leningrad, if I am not mistaken, 10,000 people lived there. Pertsov was a successful Russian businessman dealing with railroad transportation, particularly with the first Russian railroad from St. Petersburg to Moscow. It was the famous Imperial Government of Russia Nicolas Railroad built in 1869 in honor of Czar Nicolas 1. After the 1917 Socialist Revolution all Real Estate of the country, including the Pertsov’s building was confiscated and nationalized, thus becoming the property of the State.

As thousands of 2 to 7 room apartments had become property of the government, they were remade to be communal ones, where each family received one room. My family got a room in the apartment on the second floor. Although it was a pretty big room, there was not enough light—the only window at the corner, looked out at the building’s wall. We had to have electrical lights on all the time. There were seven families in the apartment, which had one kitchen, one bathroom, one lavatory next to the kitchen. Can you imagine what was going on at seven o’clock in the morning in our apartment??? A long corridor had never been empty—each family had the right to locate some old items and boxes with laundry next to a door off their room.

The kitchen was big and comprised of seven tables with seven kerosenka (an oil or paraffin -stove), one on each table.  We had a table with our own kerosenka to cook. The women in the apartment were spending hours in the kitchen preparing the meals for the family. Our kitchen became the place to socialize and exchange the views. The big kitchen also had a back door to take the garbage out. All the neighbors threw their garbage down stairs to the back yard, where the big wooden boxes were constructed for garbage. I am talking about the time of the 1950s.

If you are a woman and have some imaginations, you can perceive the life of a Soviet women for all 24/7, let alone the empty shelfs in the supermarket, and limited incomes to buy food in a farmer’s market. It was hard life for everybody in the Soviet Union, especially for the women.  Suddenly we got interesting news. In late 1958, the Soviet Union and the United States agreed to set up national exhibitions in each other’s nation as part of their new emphasis on cultural exchanges. Vice President Nixon was bringing a model of the modern American kitchen to Moscow… Now you can’t imagine what happened in each communal apartment behind the Iron Curtin… The American kitchen in Moscow!?

The apartments with an individual kitchen had been a rarity in the country, only 3-5 percent of the population had them—the Communist leaders. The rest had lived in communal apartments in a country spread across eleven time zones. After hearing the news over the radio, the entire female part of the country wanted desperately to see the American kitchen. The air and soil behind the Iron Curtin were boiling and buzzing by women’s whisperings, desires, and preparations. There were no barriers the women couldn’t overcome to go to Moscow to see the American kitchen. Women and men traveled by horses, by the contingent trucks, by ships, by trains, often walking miles to get some means of transportations, in the country of eleven time zones.

The men were also concerned, especially the men in power, the Communists, they had never seen such active women’s movement. The exhibition of the American kitchen had occupied the minds of the population and the KGB had not been ready to react adequately. The significance of the event, had scared them, they had known about a desperate housing situation in the country and did not know how to respond to ‘capitalist propaganda.’ “During the grand opening ceremony of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev engage in a heated debate about capitalism and communism in the middle of a model kitchen set up for the fair. The so-called ‘kitchen debate’ became one of the most famous episodes of the Cold War.”

In front of an army of reporters and photographers who followed them around, Nixon and Khrushchev continued their argument in the kitchen of a model home built in the exhibition: “For a few moments, in the confines of a “modern” kitchen, the diplomatic gloves had come off and America and the Soviet Union had verbally jousted over which system was superior–communism or capitalism.” The KGB and all Communists hated Nixon, because they were helpless, being exposed by the presence of the American kitchen… Yet, the enemies of democracy have a long memory and use it when the circumstances presented them the opportunity…

I have visited this exhibition, met a lot of women, talked to them and I know the dramatic effect of the American individual kitchen on the Soviet human mind in 1959. The KGB also recognized the dramatic effect the Soviet people had experienced and they used the opportunity of revenge to Nixon in the 1970s. It is a huge story that requires a different column to tell you how the KGB organized the Watergate and ousted President Nixon with the help of some Democrats. Ironically, history repeats itself and we are dealing with the same KGB and the same set of techniques today, fifty years later. Now the KGB works with the entire Democrat Party against President Trump, confronting his family and the people working for him. You are witnessing this every day, yet you don’t know who is really behind anti-Trump campaign… Stay tuned…

A Hundred Years War: Communism vs. Capitalism

If you read documents about the famous “kitchen debate,” you will have the big picture arguments about Capitalism and Communism, which in fact continues between America and Russia today, in 2018. It is an “epidemic of disinformation” produced by Russia today, using the old Stalinist arsenal of lies, fraud, deceptions, and obfuscations to fool and deceive you. Writing for the last thirty years and giving you a detailed anatomy of this war, I was calling it the asymmetrical war against capitalism and Western civilization. Actually, it is the same war against the Truth, waged by the Russian Intel against the Republicans fifty years later. Knowledge is Power–Richard Nixon had known the Truth of the housing disaster in Russia. He had exposed the biggest problem of a totalitarian State—misery conditions and quality of life under Stalinist Communism/Socialism….  “The communal apartment became the predominant form of housing in the USSR for generations, and examples still exist in “the most fashionable central districts of large Russian cities.” Wikipedia

Telling the truth is a powerful method to expose the “epidemic of disinformation” that has continued since the victory of 1917 Socialist Revolution in Russia. Knowledge is the best disinfector! Do you remember who help Stalin to maintain his Socialism? The carrier of this epidemic had been then and still is the Russian Intel which I have written about for thirty years. To be precise—the KGB (currently Putin’s FSB) and GRU with Stalin’s skillful propaganda techniques. President Nixon had known the true Housing disaster in Russia. His courageous actions cost him the presidency. The enemy of America had prearranged, connived and manufactured the activities against him with the help of some Democrats. It was open season on the Republicans and they had not defended their President–they surrendered. They did not know about a deep infiltration of the Soviets into our political system, and they have never heard about the ideology of Soviet fascism…

Fifty years later we see something very similar to the past: the attempt to oust another American President–Donald J. Trump. The predicament in America is even worse today, due to erroneous American foreign policy, especially during the last thirty years. Up to now, America is still unaware of the ideology of Soviet fascism, which to survive will never stop fighting successful capitalism. The last thirty years have given Soviet fascism the time and opportunity to enhance Russian military and its intelligence apparatus to continue its expansion to the world. Today we have a global political forces confronting a sitting American President…

Soviet fascism is an International Scam to fight the American political system left to us by our Founding Fathers. The rule of Law is a determining factor in American exceptionalism and the agenda of Soviet fascism was and is trying to delegitimize our political system by infiltrating it and destroy it from within. The Soviet infiltration started with the socialist-professors, camouflaging Socialism by inculcated our youth and teaching a cosmetic version in the Colleges and Universities since the 1950s. The infiltration was spread into other areas of social activities: Academia, Media, Sport, our security agencies, and so on. I dedicated many pages of my books to Russian Secret Service institutions to inform you about them. Just read my latest columns to know the KGB Chairman Yuri Andropov and his Operation Barbarossa against America.

The war against the American system of government is in its apogee today to oust American President Donald J. Trump for a very simple reason—he plans To Make America Great Again. The negative politics derived from this war, from two distinct philosophies of Evil in the world and it is the major political distinction between the Republican and Democrat Parties. For many decades the Democrats have been soft on the Soviets—history records it. The last three decades they were appeasing Russia and its satellites North Korea, Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah in the Middle East becoming the real Soviet Socialists. They are using all Stalin’s political methods and imitating the issues of opposition to fool and deceive you, like Stalin taught them in his Doctrine of Political Correctness. I recognized consistent patterns of Soviet fascism, its deliberate propaganda and rhetorical spins in defense of Obama used by the Democrats.

Republicans have a completely different philosophy and approach to this Evil–peace through strength: the policy of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Donald J. Trump has testified to that. Rush Limbaugh is the smartest and savviest man in the world after Winston Churchill: he defines the Democrats as Socialists on his show every day and doing that brilliantly. I can’t compete with him. He is right, yet, I am analyzing politics due to my own experiences: The Democrat leaders, working with the KGB for decades, have inherited the Evil ideology of Soviet fascism and are trying to implement it in our country today. I catalogued it in my book: Socialist Lies: From Stalin to the Clintons, Obamas, and Sanders, Xlibris, 2016

Yes, Soviet fascism is the Evil ideology spread throughout the world. It is confirmed that Russia launched missiles and brought down Malaysian plane MH-17, killing 298 victims—there is no respect for human life in Russia. People who adhered to this Evil ideology have assassinated human beings with Polonium-210 and other nuclear agents in England, the moto is to assassinate the opposition leaders by all means possible to implement the ideology of Soviet fascism and One World Government under Kremlin’s rule. If you still unaware of the ideology of Soviet fascism, to convince you, I’ll try to address the topics discussed by all media outlets today to show you a predominant subject:

  1. North Korea, a Stalinist State, was founded personally by Stalin. North Korea is holding its twenty-five million inhabitants in Gulag conditions. Both the Gulag and North Korea are the production of Soviet fascism. Though the Summit in Singapore has been cancelled, I have a warning to President Trump: the security apparatus of North Korea is inextricably tied to Putin’s Intel, therefore we can expect provocations and fabrications, complaints, blame, protests, and delays to slow expectations and deprive President Trump of clear victory. Besides, China has a tremendous fear of a unified Korea. So, ahead of us lays a long diplomatic choreography with so-called Communist/Socialist camp. Yet, the Summit will take place—Trump has a new strategic thinking to prevent the war …

Iran is also a satellite state built by Putin’s Intel for the last three decades. Remember: Putin is a devoted disciple of Yuri Andropov and Stalin. The agenda of invasion of Iran was started by Stalin and was completed by Andropov in cahoots with Ahmadinejad. Their collaboration ousted the Shah of Iran in the 1979 Revolution and built the Revolutionary Guard and Quds Force imitating the KGB structure. If you know the last two, you can also understand the inextricable ties of Iran to Russia. For your information, it was Putin, who designed Iran Nuclear Deal and got a chunk of our money. The same hostile-to-America country is Socialist Venezuela, built by Soviet fascism. People are dying from hunger there. Read about Stalin, Andropov’s Operation Barbarossa, Iran and Venezuela in my books and latest columns.

Shooting in the American Schools is also a continuation of the asymmetrical war waged by Soviet fascism. I have been writing about the shooting in our schools since Columbine. It was the first then in 1999. I was stunned by the failure of the FBI and local police to investigate the case with the consideration and knowledge of Soviet Fascism. I have written about this failure consequently in my two books: The Russian Factor, Xlibris, 2006 and What is Happening to America? Xlibris, 2012, Chapter 7, WW III: Recruitments and Drugs, Infiltration and Assassinations. The absence of response from the FBI, drove me to address the Soviet crime again in my column, describing “the Soviet Medicine.” The shooting in the schools will continue until the ideology of Soviet Fascism is learned. 

The MS-13 gangs. I’ve lived in New York City for many years. Long Island was the most peaceful part of the city, while Republicans ran it. Everything has changed when the Democrats Barack Obama became President and Bill de Blasio mayor of New York City. As my main issue is American National Security, I am sure that the MS-13 gangs are the continuation of Andropov’s Operation Barbarossa in the asymmetrical war against America and the Republican Party. MS-13 has encompasses all crimes committed by the Soviets in 1950-1990: human trafficking, cruelty in killing, drug trafficking, and so on.

Soviet fascism has no nationality or race, the unhuman brutality and nefarious nature of the gangs indicates the Evil ideology of Soviet fascism. I have been writing about the Democrat’s collaboration with the KGB since 2008, pp. 337-338, What is Happening to America? You can read about the Obama/Putin Alliance in my columns as well. The Obama/Putin Alliance I called sometimes the Obama/Putin Joint Venture, but the essence of the conspiracy and its reprehensible, evil agenda is still there. A treacherous conspiracy from within caused deaths of thousands of young boys and girls in uniform and a great deal of wealth to the United States of America.

The Ideological Battlefield in Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. at the White House.

We are dealing today with “the criminal Deep State,” espionage and treason, I have been writing about this for many years. Therefore, knowledge of the enemy is a MUST. To learn how much the Soviets/Russian “have achieved,” you have to start with the famous Soviet document dated a year 1955. The document is the factual act of war, unknown to the FBI and to the vast majority of Americans. My books and columns will help you to learn, too. But the information about both is suppressed by the FBI to deprive you the real knowledge of the enemy—FBI submitted my name to the FISA court to have a probable cause to block information about my writings. It was done by the Democrat Party in power, the way they demolished the Russian Studies in many Universities, the field of Sovietology and Kremlinology.

Today we have a paradox of incompetence in Washington D.C. The rank-and-file Democrats are not familiar with the information in my books and columns—they are fooled and deceived by a group called by Judge Pirro a “criminal cabal.” I like this term. To your surprise, the Republicans are not well informed either. And all those people have the audacity to talk about Russia every day! This paradox of incompetence allowed “a criminal cabal” in cahoots with Putin’s KGB to successfully go fishing in the murky waters of the DC Swamp. Of course, it was a spy program for information from Trump’s team, the same way Putin’s KGB has used the unmasked name of Americans and information, trying to recruit them: Andropov’s teachings…

In fact, the anti-Trump Investigation is a cover-up of Obama’s and DNC’s crimes committed during many years collaborating with Putin’ KGB. Obama weaponized our entire security apparatus CIA, FBI, DOJ, to fabricate Trump’s crime. It was triggered by the KGB production of a fake Dossier. Then investigation had become a perjury trap to convict President Trump for crime committed by the Democrats-a typical injustice of Soviet fascism. Do you have an idea about the force running “a criminal cabal?” Yes, Vladimir Putin and his KGB in collaboration with the Democrat Party. Actually, the fate of the Democrat Party is at stake and some Democrats knowing that will defend Obama by all means possible, by hook or by crook, with rhetorical spins taught by Stalin.  Just watch them!

Former Federal Prosecutor Joe DiGenova told The Daily Caller, “There are agents all over the country who love the bureau and are sickened by Comey’s behavior and McCabe and Holder and Lynch and thugs like Brennan-who despise the fact that the bureau was used as a tool of political intelligence by the Obama administration thugs.” Knowing Andropov’s design against America, I would suggest to look for the members of family working in CIA, FBI, DOJ—Andropov liked to use family. I would also add several more names to the list: Bill Clinton, Terry McAuliffe, Barack Obama, and all people of Clinton’s Mafia, if you read my books and know them…

America has two types of people committing betrayals: those who do not like the system established by our Founding Fathers and trying to transform it– they are currently collaborating with the KGB to destroy America the Beautiful, and those politicians who haven’t a clue about the KGB infiltrations, hence becoming their accomplices. Current security people won’t be able to identify them without reading my books and columns. One thing history as taught us that we cannot let up until the enemy is completely defeated. It is especially important in the day of memory for our soldiers who did not return home… Good luck America!

To be continued   www.simonapipko1.com  www.drrichswier.com/author/spipko/.

Watchmen: Standing on the Wall and in the Gap

If you want to win over a room full of pastors, tell them you’ll repeal the Johnson Amendment! That’s exactly what Vice President Mike Pence did this morning during a surprise visit at our Watchmen on the Wall conference. Like his boss, the vice president feels very strongly that America would have more watchmen if it had more freedom. And he and the president are more determined than ever to restore it to the nation’s pulpits.

For the 500-plus pastors, spouses, and church leaders in the room, seeing the vice president was thrilling for a lot of reasons — but mainly because it gave them a chance to applaud this White House for all its done on the issues their congregations care about: life, religious liberty, Israel, and so much more. As far as Mike Pence is concerned, though, America’s church leaders were the ones worthy of praise. “The ministries you lead, the prayers you pray,” he said, “are the greatest consequences of our nation.” He talked about the importance of faith – not just in America, but in this administration.

To the cheers of everyone in the room, Vice President Pence said sincerely, “I couldn’t be more proud to serve under the most #prolife president America has ever seen.” One standing ovation after another, he rattled off the impressive list of promises this administration kept, including the appointment of a man who spoke earlier in the day: Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback. Watchmen had the chance to hear from the former Kansas governor, who’s right now standing on the front lines of the war on the persecuted. “This is an incredible time for religious freedom around the world,” he encouraged people. “This is the time to push and the gates will fly open.”

John Bevere, who spoke about the urgency of “standing firm and loving well,” explained the need for the church to look itself hard in the mirror. “There is no true faith in Jesus without repentance. The difference between the unrepented and the repented: saying I want what’s best for my life vs. I want what God says is best for my life.” Hopefully, more pastors than ever leave this city energized to pursue exactly that: the best God has for their lives — and our nation.

To watch Mike Pence, check out the video below. For more information about how to become a Watchmen pastor or get involved in FRC’s ministry to churches, visit the website.


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Solution to Arab Israeli Conflict: Rename Gaza to ‘Palestine’

Matthew Hausman wrote a column titled “Two-State delusion divides American and Israeli Jews.” Hausman wrote:

Ronald Lauder’s recent New York Times editorial, “Israel’s Self-Inflicted Wounds,” exposed a growing rift between American and Israeli Jews over the elusive two-state solution, which has been further exacerbated by the violence currently roiling Gaza.  Israelis from across the spectrum seem to recognize it as a chimera without historical foundation, whereas secular and progressive Jews in North America increasingly view it as doctrine to be imposed on others 5,700 miles away, regardless of the consequences.

Two-state advocates often demand that Israel make concessions despite the anti-Semitic rejectionism which permeates Palestinian society. But if forced on Israel, their solution would leave her with enemy sovereigns at her doorstep – as has been graphically demonstrated by the Gaza situation.

In reply to the column David Fern wrote the following:

ב״ה

now i know
just how stupid
people can be

there’s already
an answer
to the problem

but most people
are just to blind
to see it

rename gaza
to palestine
problem solved

and yes
it is
just that easy

שלום עליכם

Problem solved?!

Harris Survey: Americans uncomfortable with LGBTQ community

Accelerating Acceptance 2018: A Survey of American Acceptance and Attitudes Toward LGBTQ Americans survey by Harris/GLAAD found:

This year, the acceptance pendulum abruptly stopped and swung in the opposite direction. More non-LGBTQ adults responded that they were “very” or “somewhat” uncomfortable around LGBTQ people in select scenarios.

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This year’s survey reflects a decline with people’s comfort year-over-year in every LGBTQ situation, losing ground that had been gained during the last four years. Three of the most personal interaction scenarios experienced significant declines with more people reporting discomfort with “learning a family member is LGBTQ”, “learning my child’s teacher is LGBTQ” and “learning my doctor is LGBTQ”.

[ … ]

There has been a significant decline in overall comfort and acceptance of LGBTQ people, as reflected in a meaningful shift from “Allies” to “Detached Supporters.”

This may be why:

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Learning the Lessons of Chile

Fr. Gerald E. Murray writes that the resignation of Chile’s bishops reminds us that removal of abusers from the priesthood is a necessary and unmistakable rebuke.

The surprise announcement by all the bishops of Chile of their submissions of resignations to Pope Francis is a stunning development. I did live television commentary for the Brooklyn Diocese’s NET TV of Pope Francis’ January apostolic voyage to Chile and Peru. At that time, we discussed, at length, the pope’s strong rebuke of people who accused Bishop Juan Barros of having enabled the sexual abuse of minors by his friend and mentor Fr. Fernando Karadima.

Five months later, the entire Chilean Bishops’ Conference, after a three-day meeting in Rome with Pope Francis, concluded that their collective departure would please him, and would allow him the greatest freedom to rebuild the confidence of Chilean Catholics by installing new bishops throughout the country. How did we arrive at this point?

At the press conference announcing the mass resignation, Bishop Fernando Reyes, the Secretary General of the Chilean Episcopal Conference, said:

In this context of dialogue and discernment, various suggestions were presented as to how to deal with this great crisis, and furthermore the idea developed that, in order to be more in tune with the will of the Holy Father, it was appropriate to declare our absolute readiness to place our pastoral charges in the hands of the pope. In this way, we were able to make a collegial gesture of solidarity to take responsibility – not without sorrow – for the grave things that occurred, and so that the Holy Father could freely decide how to proceed regarding all of us.

The Chilean bishops seem to have thought that the pope wanted their resignations. This turn of events was unthinkable back in January. What happened? Outrage by victims of sexual abuse and by ordinary Catholics exploded in Chile, combined with persistent media coverage of this conflict.

The pope took to heart the vehement reactions to his dismissive comments. He sent two outside investigators to Chile to gather evidence and report back. Then he called the Chilean hierarchy to Rome.

He then laid out the evidence gathered by his investigators in a letter (later leaked to the press) given to the Chilean bishops when they arrived in Rome. The manifest wrongdoing cited by the pope rings true, given similar experiences in other countries: destruction of evidence; transfer of accused priests without concern for the minors who would come under their influence; delaying tactics and superficial or non-existent investigations of complaints received, pressure put upon those carrying out the canonical investigation of alleged crimes; and the placement by bishops and religious superiors of priests suspected of being active homosexuals in seminaries and novitiates.

The investigators, it’s no surprise, discovered this familiar pattern in Chile. The self-reporting to Rome by the Chilean hierarchy in these matters was gravely deficient and even deceptive.

The lesson here is clear: if the Holy See wants to root out the sexual abuse of minors by clergy, and also put an end to the associated cover-ups by senior clergy and bishops, then it must use the same means in other places that it used here. Vatican designated investigators with no ties to the local church under investigation should be sent to gather evidence when complaints of sexual abuse and cover-ups are received.

The self-policing and self-reporting system has been shown to be completely inadequate in the Chilean case. The effectiveness of canonical provisions governing the handling of accusations of sexual abuse of minors by priests depends on the full and vigorous cooperation of the local hierarchy. Absent that co-operation justice is not done. Such co-operation is often absent.

The sad reality is that the exposure of the crime of sexual abuse of minors and the widespread efforts by bishops and religious order superiors to hide the facts from the public was not the result of actions initiated by the Church herself. That exposure came by way of the police, the courts, and the media in various countries.

In the case of Chile, victims of sexual abuse only got a fair hearing in Rome by insisting on the truth of their claims in the face of both episcopal and papal rejection. Pope Francis decided to have another look at the matter and what he discovered is that he had not been given the complete story.

He should also review the record of the various Roman curial departments that were involved in monitoring the situation in Chile for the past thirty years. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith found Fr. Karadima guilty in 2011 of the sexual abuse of minors. He was forbidden to exercise priestly ministry and commanded to lead a live of prayer and penance. He is reported to still claim his innocence. Was this enough?

By not removing him from the priesthood and returning him to the lay state, the gravity of his crimes was not sufficiently recognized. As in the case of Fr. Marcial Maciel, who also was not removed from priesthood despite his multiple and grave crimes, a life of prayer and penance becomes the functional equivalent of forced retirement and does not deprive the sexual predator of the state of life that allowed him to have easy access to his victims.

Removal from the priesthood unmistakably rebukes him for the grave offense he has given to Christ and to Christ’s little ones, and also clearly communicates to the whole world that the Church considers him to have completely forfeited his right to exercise the office of the priesthood that he so badly misused.

Roman action on Chile was necessary and purgative. The Church’s mission is to uphold the Gospel. That includes doing all that is possible to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. This is not vengeance. This is justice.

And now is the time to take a similar look at other countries where there remain similar questions about the proper handling of accusations of sexual abuse and cover-ups.

Fr. Gerald E. Murray

Fr. Gerald E. Murray

The Rev. Gerald E. Murray, J.C.D. is a canon lawyer and the pastor of Holy Family Church in New York City.

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Barack and Michelle Obama do Netflix

Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama will produce films and TV shows for Netflix as part of a multi-year agreement, the streaming giant announced Monday. The deal will potentially include scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features under their Higher Ground Productions banner.

A search for Higher Ground Productions has led us on a wild goose chase, similar to when we tried to verify a Nigerian email about Abacha Tunde, the first African in space who flew to the secret Soviet military space station Salyut 8T in 1989, but was stranded there when the USSR was dissolved, and needed money to return home.

Nevertheless, since the Netflix-Obama deal has hit the news yesterday, the pre-orgasmic anticipation among media organs of the O-shaped eye candy is registering 11 on our state-approved radar. And while no one yet has a slightest clue about the content, let us be the first to announce the list of potential titles.

  • The Wire
    A team of Obama loyalists inside the DOJ and the FBI try to prevent a government takeover by wiretapping the presidential campaign of the Orange Monster.
  • Orange is the New Black
    The Orange Monster replaces the first black president in the Oval Office.
  • The Odd Couple
    Season 1: Obama transforms America with his phone and his pen. Season 2: The Orange Monster comes and erases Season 1.
  • One and a Half Men
    The life and times of Barack and Michelle Obama.
  • Better call Saul Alinsky
    Professional tips on community organizing from the masters of trade.
  • Air America Rides Again
    Barack and Michelle go on magical adventures, learning about the wonders of Global Warming, lowering the sea levels, and making up fun scientific facts across a variety of locations and time periods.
  • The Americans
    Barack and Michelle Obama are two KGB spies in an arranged marriage who are posing as Americans in Washington, D.C., shortly after he is elected president.
  • Tax and the City
    We’re better than you and you know it. So kick back, eat your kale, and watch us party like there’s no tomorrow. When we run out of food, we’ll blame the Republicans.

Other possible titles include:

  • My So-Called Wife
  • Freak and Geek
  • American Idle
  • House of Race Cards
  • Game of Drones
  • Fifty Shades of Government

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