Democrat smoke & mirrors

THE DEMOCRAT propaganda machine known as The New York Times* recently ran a front-page photo of a drowned man and child who was strapped to the man’s back.

The clear message was that this tragedy was the fault of President Trump.

Note that I said drowned man, not father, because we do not know if the man was the father of the child. The child could easily have been the man’s “ticket in.”

As Ted Cruz reveals in this video, the percentage of men sneaking over the border in 2014 with a child was about 1 percent. Now it’s about 50 percent. Why is this?

Something called the Flores Agreement from decades back says migrant children could be held briefly, not long term. Adult illegals can be held for long periods. Anyone with a lick of sense sees what this means: Bring a child! Any kid will do.

The child will not be put on the street alone.

If the Flores Agreement was decades back, why is this happening now? It was widely publicized during the Obama administration. Obama, not Trump. And rulings by activist (leftist) judges also magnified the effects of the Flores Agreement.

Nowadays, male illegals know it’s smart to have a kid in tow. How do they get a kid? They steal or buy one. Here’s an interesting piece in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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On Monday President Trump signed a bill providing $4.6 billion for humanitarian border assistance, legislation the Democrats stonewalled for weeks. The White House said this is just a short-term remedy to the border crisis. Well, duh.

What is really needed is a much longer border wall. Ask the Israelis.

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* Once a respected newspaper. But not anymore. Sad. If you want accurate news about the ongoing accomplishments of the Trump Administration, go to the White House website, and subscribe to “Updates.” You’ll get an excellent newsletter, about the only way to get non-hysterical information about the good work under way.

Gabbing for free speech

15840b95-c0ca-43ab-ae00-5e12807802c8THE CLUELESS among us are unaware of how bad the situation is, how thoroughly politically-correct leftism has muzzled free speech.

That the Silicon Valley “Masters of the Universe,” which is in no way a misnomer, censor non-leftist voices is well known.

frongMainstream conservatives swim upstream, against raging currents, on Facebook and Twitter while virulent anti-Semites like Linda Sarsour and Louis Farrakhan float contentedly in the placid waters of those social media giants and others too.

Don’t underestimate social media’s power in today’s world.

There’s more. The popular browser extension Web of Trust (WOT) will often display a yellow caution or red beware indicator on conservative websites. The indicator reflects votes from leftist visitors to the websites in question. This amounts to socialist graffiti.

On the flip side, go to leftist websites like Huffpost or The New York Times, and WOT will  show the green indicator because conservatives aren’t inclined to graffiti as they aren’t known for rioting in the streets.

Leftist muzzling knows no bounds. A prime example is the social media Gab.ai which was launched just over two years ago as a free-speech alternative to Twitter. It is the fastest-growing social media company on the internet with over 800,000 users, myself being one.

I have an account which I opened to lend moral support. I almost never use it in spite of my having over 1,000 followers. Like Twitter, Gab has a moderation policy. Unlike Twitter, Gab’s policy mirrors the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

What does this mean?

It means you might see some unpleasant opinions on Gab, opinions from people you can easily block just as you would walk away from a nincompoop you encounter on the street. Viewing, if only briefly, disagreeable opinions is the price paid for free speech.

Twitter is chockablock with nasty opinions, but they’re all from the left. When an “disagreeable” opinion comes from the right, Twitter cracks down. This is why Gab is needed as a counterweight.

Back to the muzzling.

What Gab has endured is incredible. It has had a couple of its internet homes pulled out from under it, the most recent leaving Gab offline for over a week. Every major payment processor has dumped Gab, and no bank appears willing to touch it. Currently, it is reduced to accepting payments with checks and money orders or via Bitcoin and Litecoin.

Gab does not do ads.

Why won’t any payment processor or bank cooperate? It’s not because they’re all a bunch of wild-eyed leftists. It’s because of fear.

In spite of this, Gab membership grows daily. Open an account to show moral support if nothing more. Sleep with a clear mind.

Do your little bit to kick a leftist in the shin.

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Below is an example of the hate speech I found today on Gab:

 

 

Candace’s Three Verticals

CANDACE OWENS rose to internet fame fairly recently. A number of factors caused this: She is smart. She speaks well. She’s black. She’s conservative.

It’s those last two traits that rattle the brains (such as they are) of leftists. A black conservative does not fit into their world view.

If you’ve never heard of her, I suggest you pull your nose out of The New York Times and Mother Jones, just for a few moments.

I subscribe to her YouTube channel and have seen most of her astute videos. This one, however, stands out. Her “three verticals” state clearly the primary problems facing young people, especially blacks, in today’s America.

An incredible story

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The author peeks up from behind her mother’s back around 1980.

I READ A LOT because I’m smart, or maybe it’s the other way around.

Aside from my frequent mentions here that I often read a spell during the late afternoons down on the plaza, accompanied by a café Americano negro, I don’t do book reviews nor do I plug them, usually. But I’m gonna make an exception.

The Girl With the Seven Names.

girlIt’s written, along with a Welsh ghost writer named David John, by Hyeonseo Lee. I believe all Koreans are named either Lee or Park. That’s not the name she was given at birth but one of the seven she picked up along the escape route.

She fled North Korea. It’s not the first book I’ve read by North Korean defectors. It’s the second or third. But it’s by far the best, the most gripping, the most incredible.

This book was on the New York Times Best Seller List in 2015, so you may know of it. I pay no mind to best-seller lists anywhere, so it was new to me.

Kindle recommended it.

Something I did not know was that although North Korea’s southern border, the one with South Korea, is heavily guarded and difficult to pass through, the northern border with China is a walk in the park to cross. The problem with escaping that way is that the Chinese will send you right back if you’re caught.

Lee was just 19 years old when she crossed into China. The years-long, often harrowing tale of her trek to South Korea and then the added, equally gripping, story of how she managed to get her mother and brother to South Korea too is something you don’t want to miss. It’s a story of terror, love, deceit, cunning and sheer luck.

It takes you through China, Laotian prisons, Vietnam and tense bus journeys.

North Korea is usually referred to as communist, but it’s about as communist as I am. It’s an old-school Oriental despotism that’s totally misplaced in today’s world. A bit more communist, but not all that much, was Stalin’s Soviet Union and Mao’s Red China.

These facts support the common leftist claim the communism has never really been implemented, and that is quite correct. When the pie-in-the-sky notion of communism is tried, human nature swiftly comes into play, and despotism follows.

This is a wonderful book. It ends happily, and Lee is beautiful. How has this not been made into a movie? She’s in her late 30s now and lives in South Korea.