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April 16, 2024

Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (4/16/24)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

—Abraham Lincoln

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Posted by Misanthropic Humanitarian at 09:56 PM Comments


King Harv Imperial Coffee

Mostly Pouncy with a Chance of Seizing Cafe

—Disinformation Expert Ace

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Little gentleman.


Someone should recruit the cameraman.

Cool dance routine. Shame that the masks ruin the fun.

Parents build an indoor jungle gym so that their 10-year-old son can train to become a vigilante crime-fighter.

More vigilante crime-fighters in training.

Little bug that is supposedly the inspiration for the xenomorphs in the Alien franchise looks kinda cute.

Magic!


Are pandas really midgets in fursuits? Proof: Tell me that's not a foot-dangling maneuver unique to the human species. #FollowTheScience #ConsiderWithoutBias

More evidence that pandas are just polymorphously-perverse furries.

I've linked this before, but: dog enjoys his birthday party.

Cows aren't smart.

Dogs on swings.

Another dog, a golden, on a swing.

Riding the line.

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Quite Thicc

—Disinformation Expert Ace

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The CDC has rilly rilly studied the issue, and has determined that their non-vaccine does not cause sudden cardiac deaths in young men.

Well, that should be it, then. The CDC has been nothing but honest and reliable throughout the covid political operation.

This is being reported by noted non-partisan prestige media outlet USA Today, adding further credibility to the report.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new data addressing the link, or lack thereof, between the COVID-19 vaccine and sudden cardiac death in otherwise healthy young adults.

The assessment, conducted between June 2021 and December 2022, investigated the death certificates and vaccination records of 1,292 Oregon decedents aged between 16 and 30 who had died of "cardiac or undetermined" causes.

"The data do not support an association of COVID-19 vaccination with sudden cardiac death among previously healthy young persons," determined the CDC. The vaccine is still recommended for everyone aged over 6 months.


Oh no! Senior "intelligence" officials threaten to resign if the man they staged a coup against wins the presidency!

Anything but that!

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In further Cultural Enrichment news, the Cornell student who threatened to shoot Jewish students has pled guilty.

A Cornell University student behind a series of brutal online threats last fall to shoot Jewish students and slit their throats has pleaded guilty, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Patrick Dai, 21, formerly a junior at Cornell, will be sentenced Aug. 12 and faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, the department stated in a April 10 news release.

His attorney said Dai was recently diagnosed with autism.

"He did it knowingly, but his motivation was really not meant to scare Jewish people," attorney Lisa Peebles told the New York Post. "It was more try to to do the opposite of that which was to garner sympathy for them and make people think twice about supporting Hamas."

Peebles told the Post that Dai was spurred by comments by a Cornell professor who said he found the Oct. 7 Hamas attack killing 1,200 Israeli citizens "exhilarating."

That professor, of course, is not being arrested. He's taking a leave of absence, which means he's being paid to go on a long vacation.

The Cornell professor who called the Hamas terror attack on Israel "exhilarating" and "energizing" is now on a leave of absence until at least the end of the semester.

Russell Rickford, an associate professor of history, went viral for the incendiary remarks to students during a pro-Palestinian protest soon after the Oct. 7 surprise attack on Israel killed 1,400 people, mostly civilians.

"It was exhilarating. It was exhilarating, it was energizing," he was seen telling the crowd, claiming "you would not be human" not to feel the same.

"I was exhilarated!" he said to a smattering of applause.

Can't wait to see how much less time he gets than a J6 grandma who "paraded."

I know you won't believe this, but I'll tell you anyway. An NGO in Mexico, which conspires with illegal aliens to help them break US immigration law, is also conspiring with them to break US voting law by telling illegals they can vote while in the US, and they need to vote for Biden to keep the border "open."

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Meanwhile, pro-terrorist "protesters" are continuing to attempt to cripple America by blocking our highways, bridges, and airports, only to be bailed out by... you-know-who.

"This is part of an international effort in disrupting the global economy," targeting economic "choke points" -- and yet those few who were arrested were bailed out to that thanks of ActBlue and the George Soros-backed Community Justice Exchange.

They're also "taking over" Starbucks shops.

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Supreme Court Hears Huge Case About Government's Expansive Reading of the Law; Have Claimed That Hundreds of J6 Protesters, and Trump Himself, Broke Law by "Obstructing" Counting of Votes

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Another made-up Trump Only legal doctrine.

Conservatives appear "skeptical" of the government's claim that this law -- which forbids the destruction or alteration of official documents -- can be stretched and twisted to cover protesters objecting to a rigged election.

]The Supreme Court's conservative majority appeared skeptical of the Justice Department's position during oral arguments over whether a federal obstruction law can be used to prosecute some of the rioters involved in the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol.

While the court's three-justice liberal wing signaled support for the charge, the court's conservative majority raised a series of questions about its potential scope and whether it would criminalize other conduct, such as protests.

How the Supreme Court defines how the obstruction law can be used related to the Capitol attack could impact hundreds of criminal cases, even the pending case against former President Donald Trump, who is also charged with obstructing an official proceeding.

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During over 90 minutes of arguments, most justices signaled concern with how the Justice Department is using the law, which was enacted by Congress more than two decades ago. Critics claimed the felony charge, which carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years, was intended to prevent evidence tampering -- not an insurrection.

This is CNN, of course. Obviously the J6 lawyers did not claim "we're innocent because this was just an insurrection." That's CNN's lying spin.

Check out this CNN spin-- it's sad that this is a "technical," dispassionate argument about what the law is, instead of a Pageantry of Bloody Shirts and Hurt Feelings like the J6 committee put on:


Mostly absent from oral arguments Tuesday was recognition of the traumatic and deadly events that took place just across the street from the Supreme Court three years ago. Instead, the discussion turned largely on a technical debate about the meaning of the words in the law -- in particular, the word "otherwise."

That 2002 law makes it a felony to "corruptly" alter, destroy or mutilate a record with the intent of making it unavailable for use in an "official proceeding," or to "otherwise" obstruct, influence or impede such a proceeding. Capitol riot defendant Jospeh Fischer, who brought the case to the high court, argued that, taken together, the law was geared toward prohibiting records destruction. But the Justice Department said it encompassed a wider range of actions -- including physical intrusion -- that would obstruct a proceeding.

There was a heavy dose of "whataboutism" from the conservative justices, who repeatedly brought up left-wing protests while pressing both sides about which conduct they believed would be covered by the felony obstruction law.

LOL. Pointing out that the law has only been mutilated to charge The Regime's enemies, while its own street paramilitaries are spared, protected, and even paid off by friendly regime governments, is "whataboutism."

Justice Samuel Alito mentioned the disruptions at the Golden Gate Bridge on Monday, when protesters, angry about Israel's war against Hamas, blocked rush-hour traffic.


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A decision against the government could reopen some 350 cases in which defendants have been charged with "obstructing" an official proceeding by pushing their way into the Capitol in 2021. The charge can tack up to 20 years onto a prison sentence.

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"Tell me why I shouldn't be concerned about the breadth of the government's reading, just relying on corrupt intent and the Nexus requirements?" Barrett said, referring to two elements of the crime that Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar has said would limit prosecutors' use of the charge to very particular circumstances.

While Barrett did not speak for most of the arguments, she had an extended exchange with Prelogar that shed light on how she was thinking about the case. She offered an alternative January 6 scenario wherein the rioters never actually breached the Capitol but the Electoral College certification vote was still stopped.

In other words, she was asking if the government can charge someone who had not committed any crime with "obstructing an act of government" if their lawful protests nevertheless cause the delivery of state election certifications.

This is a question that is asking, basically, "Aren't you just criminalizing dissent?"



Barrett also picked up on other conservatives' inquiries over hypothetical scenarios of political demonstrations that interrupt official proceedings in which prosecutors, under the Justice Department's reading, could bring the challenge.

"Do you think it's plausible that Congress would have written the statute that broadly?" the justice asked.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh, often a key vote in high-profile cases, threw cold water on the government's position by noting the defendant was charged with six other crimes related to the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

Gorsuch wanted to know if the government held the position that, if protesters protesting the treatment of the J6 protesters felt "flustered" and thus impaired in their ability to make their case, they too could be charged under the Regime's expansive "obstruction" reading.


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And Chief Justice John Roberts appears focused on whether the provision in question should be connected to the types of crimes that tamper with evidence.


The Supreme Court has rejected a past attempt to read the law beyond its obvious meaning. (It was specifically passed to punish the document-shredding parties by Enron.)

One past Supreme Court case that the Justice Department must contend with, as it tries to sway the justices to sign off on the use of the obstruction charge for January 6 rioters, is a precedent sometimes referred to as "the fish case."

In the 2015 case, a commercial fisherman was catching undersized red grouper off the coast of Florida, then had them tossed back into the Gulf of Mexico, attempting to prevent federal authorities from catching his illicit fishing practices.

Whether he could face the obstruction charge came down to court's determination that fish were a "tangible object."

The court's decision: No, the fish weren't. The fisherman hadn't obstructed.

A 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court that included Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the leader of the court's liberal wing at the time, and Justice Samuel Alito, a stalwart conservative, said a "tangible object" included items "used to record or preserve information," such as a document -- not a fish.

Even Roberts appeared skeptical of the government stealing bases to mean whatever they need it to mean:

But Roberts focused on another way of the reading the law, as influenced by the words before it. And in this case, those words deal with evidence tampering -- not riots.

Roberts said the DOJ shouldn't read the two provisions as though they are standing alone.

"You can't just tack it on and say, 'Look at it as if it's standing alone,'" Roberts said. "Because it's not."

What he's talking about one part of the law specifying that it's criminalizing the destruction or alteration of documents, and another clause speaking more broadly of "otherwise" obstructing the production of documents. He's saying you can't just split the broader-sounding clause off from the other clause -- the first clause announces that this law is about shredding documents. You can't take that "otherwise" to mean the law can be mutated to take any form a Democrat prosecutor wants it to mean.


The government admitted that before the white-hot need to Get Trump, Imprison His Supporters for Any Reason, this law had never, ever been used except to criminalize the alteration of official documents.

Justice Clarence Thomas quizzed the lawyer representing the Justice Department about whether the government has ever used the law this way before.

"There have been many violent protests that have interfered with proceedings," Thomas said. "Has the government applied this provision to other protests in the past?"

The question appeared to be a skeptical one, suggesting that the Justice Department might be applying the 2002 law at issue in the case in a way that's not uniform. Some conservatives have argued the Justice Department is treating Capitol rioters far harsher than people arrested at protests in 2020, for instance.

What crazies some conservatives are.

Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar said that the Justice Department has consistently applied the law beyond evidence tampering but seemed to acknowledge there was a direct parallel to another case.

She may claim that, but from what I can tell, she offered not a single example of the law being applied to a riot.

Update:

My favorite part of the questioning was Gorsuch asking if pulling a fire alarm to interrupt congressional action was also covered and could result in up to 20 years in prison?

How you doin' Jamal?


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Posted by Disinformation Expert Ace at 05:33 PM Comments

Pro-Palestinian Cultural Enricher Threatens to Murder Entire Bakersfield City Council

—Disinformation Expert Ace

So much Cultural Enrichment. I'm so glad we've given away our civilizational legacy to import Third World Values and Third World Strife to once-great country.

An anti-Israel protester wept as a judge arraigned her in California on Friday after she allegedly threatened to murder public officials at a city council meeting.

Riddhi Patel, 28, sobbed as she pleaded not guilty to 18 felony counts after she directed comments to Bakersfield city council members and Republican Mayor Karen Goh for not backing a Gaza cease-fire resolution against Israel and for installing metal detectors at city hall.

Patel was ordered to be held on $1 million bail and stay at least 500 yards away from city hall.


Patel was seen on video during the public comment section of the city council meeting on Wednesday claiming she hoped oppressed minorities would guillotine city government members, declaring that even Jesus Christ would kill them, and threatening to go to their houses and murder them.

Note that she previously wished that members of "the global south" (aka "Cultural Enrichers") would rise up to murder them.

But that was merely a death wish, not a threat:

The activist accused the council members of not caring about the oppression of Palestinians or people anywhere else in the world and later expressed hope that "the global south" rise up and execute them.

"I remind you that these holidays that we practice, that other people in the global south practice, believe in violent revolution against their oppressors, and I hope one day somebody brings the guillotine and kills all of you mother------," she said.

No one took any action against her for that.

So she decided to test how much Unearned Privilege she had as a leftwing probably-sexually-strange WOC and really explore the studio space:

Patel later blasted the mayor and city council for installing extra security measures like metal detectors in the building, calling it an attempt to "criminalize" protesters.


She wrapped up her remarks with a final declaration: "We'll see you at your house. We'll murder you."


As Patel finished speaking, Goh called on police officers present at the meeting to escort the protester out of the building.

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Corrupt Leftwing Soros DA Alvin Bragg Threatens Trump With 30 Days of Jail Time If He Exercises His Right, as a Candidate for President, to Criticize His Hyperpoliticized Unjust Prosecution

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Consider that Trump's political candidacy depends on him refuting this absurd prosecution as corrupt and partisan -- and George Soros' catspaw Alvin Bragg threatens to throw Trump in jail if Trump dares to dispute this Democrat war-by-other-means prosecution.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg filed a motion Tuesday to hold former President Trump in contempt of court, claiming he violated the gag order imposed upon him by publishing three social media posts relating to two known witnesses in his criminal trial -- Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels.

Bragg is urging Manhattan Judge Juan Merchan to also warn Trump that "future violations" of the gag order can be punished "not only with additional fines, but also with a term of incarceration of up to thirty days."

Merchan last month imposed a gag order on Trump, due to his "prior extrajudicial statements." Merchan said they established "a sufficient risk to the administration of justice."

Merchan ordered that Trump cannot make or direct others to make public statements about witnesses concerning their potential participation or about counsel in the case -- other than Bragg -- or about court staff, DA staff or family members of staff.

So Trump can't point out that Merchan's Democrat-operative daughter works for a company that fundraised $33 million on the promise to get Trump convicted.

Merchan also ordered that Trump cannot make or direct others to make public statements about any prospective juror or chosen juror.

So Trump can't say anything when the DA fills the jury with leftwing ringers.

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The first statement Bragg's team said was in violation of the order was a social media post on April 10 about Michael Avenatti, a lawyer who formerly represented adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Avenatti was later convicted of stealing from Daniels.

Trump, earlier this month, re-posted a statement from Avenatti, which said: "We can't be hypocrites when it comes to the 1st Amendment. It is outrageous that Cohen and Daniels can do countless TV interviews, post on social, & make $$ on bogus documentaries--all by talking sh*t about Trump--but he's gagged and threatened with jail if he responds."


Trump, after re-posting Avenatti's statement, added: "Thank you to Michael Avenatti --for revealing the truth about two sleeze bags who have, with their lies and misrepresentations, cost our Country dearly!!"

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Bragg's office also pointed to another post from April 10, in which Trump shared a picture of a document titled "Official Statement of Stormy Daniels," which was dated Jan. 30, 2018.

"Over the past few weeks I have been asked countless times to comment on reports of an alleged sexual relationship I had with Donald Trump many, many, many years ago," the statement from Daniels says. "I am not denying this affair because I was paid 'hush money' as has been reported in overseas owned tabloids. I am denying this affair because it never happened."

Trump posted, along with the photo, "LOOK WHAT WAS JUST FOUND! WILL THE FAKE NEWS REPORT IT."

Separately, Daniels had denied the allegation in a Jan. 10, 2018 statement as well.

"I recently became aware that certain news outlets are alleging that I had a sexual and/or romantic affair with Donald Trump many, many, many years ago. I am stating with complete clarity that this is absolutely false," Daniels wrote in that Jan. 10, 2018 statement. "My involvement with Donald Trump was limited to a few public appearances and nothing more."

Daniels wrote in the letter that when she met Trump, he was "gracious, professional and a complete gentleman to me and EVERYONE in my presence."


"Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false," the letter read. "If indeed I did have a relationship with Donald Trump, trust me, you wouldn't be reading about it in the news, you would be reading about it in my book. But the fact of the matter is, these stories are not true."

So Trump is not allowed to bring up Stormy Daniels' past statements, which she now alleges are false, to impeach her credibililty.

Remember, he's not just a defendant in a corrupt prosecution -- he's running for president of the United States. He is not like the normal defendant where you could, maybe, say, "You can make those arguments in court, but not for public consumption."

He's a presidential candidate -- he has to make arguments in his defense for public consumption.

And the corrupt Soros DA is following through with his plan to simply make it illegal for Trump to run for office.

Megyn Kelly made a good point: the public interest in Trump's comments is an important factor here, too. We're not just talking about Trump's right to speak -- we are talking about our own right, as citizens charged with electing a president, to receive Trump's statements so we can weigh them in making our votes.

Even CNN's legal analyst Ellie Honig is mocking the weakness of the Soros Catspaw's case.



"Donald Trump is about to face trial for conduct that happened eight years ago; if you have kids in college now, they may have been in elementary school when it all went down," Honig writes in New York Magazine. "The crime is a paperwork offense relating to how Trump and his businesses logged a series of perfectly legal (if unseemly) hush-money payments in their own internal records."

The prosecution's star witness is a convicted perjurer and fraudster who openly spews vitriol at the defendant, often in grotesque terms, essentially for a living.

The famously aggressive feds at the Southern District of New York passed on the case years ago, and current Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg's predecessor could have indicted [Trump] before he left office but did not.

The charges are either misdemeanors or the lowest-level felonies (depending on how the jury decides the case), and the vast majority of defendants convicted of similar offenses are sentenced to probation and fines, not prison.

Did I mention that Honig is a legal analyst for CNN?

"Paying hush money is not a crime," Honig admits. "In fact, a hush-money agreement, though seedy, is legally no different from any other contract between private parties. So Trump knowing about the Daniels payoff -- and he clearly did -- is merely a starting point here and insufficient to prove anything criminal."

Once again, leftwing Marxist civilization-destroyers take over an institution with centuries of credibility, strip away all credibility and turn it into a Marxist political weapon, but then wear the skin-suit of the institution demanding the respect previously afforded to the institution.

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Judge Gives Rust Armorer 18 Months in Prison

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Tough stuff.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer on the set of "Rust" who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot on set and died, was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 18 months in prison on Monday.

Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer gave the maximum sentence as Gutierrez-Reed did not "take accountability in her allocution," did not apologize for what she did and is not remorseful for her role, adding: "Your attorney had to tell the court you were remorseful."

An allocution is a detailed admission of every act the defendant committed. It's more than a plea, it's a narrative confessing guilt step-by-step. Sometimes it's required as part of a plea. Guuterrez-Reed was found guilty by a jury, though. I think New Mexico allows a defendant to make an allocution post-verdict to take responsibility for the crime, and get a reduced sentence if the judge approves.

The judge did not approve.

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Gutierrez-Reed was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in March following a trial that revolved around whether she neglected safety protocols with live ammunition loaded into the prop gun.

The state prosecutors said before Monday's sentencing Gutierrez-Reed "continues to refuse to accept responsibility for her role in the death of Halyna Hutchins" and instead has placed blame on witnesses, jurors, the set medic and more.

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At the start of the sentencing, prosecutor Kari Morrissey claimed Gutierrez-Reed's jail phone calls showed her real character. NBC News reported that in calls with her mother, boyfriend and the paralegal for her attorney, Gutierrez-Reed said jurors were "idiots" and "a**holes" and complained about how long it took them to deliberate.

Sentencing the armorer to 18 months in jail makes it very hard for the state to give Alec Baldwin a sweetheart deal and sentence him to a month of community service on MSNBC. After all, he's the guy who actually fired the fatal bullet, and he is just as negligent as Guitterez-Reed.

But I trust The Regime to find a way to say "no intent."

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Supreme Court Lifts Stay of Enforcement of Idaho's Ban on Trangender Procedures for Minors, Ban Now Goes Into Effect Awaiting Full Trial

—Disinformation Expert Ace

A Hawaiian judge had issued a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of the new law while courts considered its constitutionality. (Spoiler: it's constitutional, unless the courts believe that any law restricting a dangerous, experimental medical procedure is unconstitutional. There is no "But This Is About Teh Gheys!" clause in the Constitution.)

The Supreme Court reversed that injunction, allowing the law to be enforced until it is inevitably found to be perfectly constitutional.

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed Idaho to begin broadly enforcing a new state law barring many forms of gender-affirming care for minors, at least for now.

The high court, which sharply reined in a lower court decision that had blocked Idaho from enforcing the law, left in place protections for such treatments for two anonymous teenagers whose families filed suit to block it.

The impact of the ruling for other transgender minors seeking treatment but aren't plaintiffs in the challenge is murky, because they could potentially try to join the pending lawsuit or file suits of their own.

The court's three liberal justices dissented from the high court's ruling, while all the court's conservatives except Chief Justice John Roberts wrote or joined opinions explaining their views.

The law, which Republican Gov. Brad Little signed in April 2023, sought to ban medical professionals from providing gender affirming care, including transition surgeries, puberty blockers or hormone therapy for those under 18. Doctors could face up to 10 years in prison for providing such services under the law. The high court's ruling, while not a final one on the legality of bans on gender-affirming treatment, could reverberate among the legal challenges in other states that have passed similar bans.


The Gaslight Media is pushing the dissent of the incompetent Didn't Earn It hire Ketanji Brown-Jackson.

Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has warned that her conservative colleagues failed to show "reason and restraint" by allowing Idaho's transgender youth health care ban to be enforced during an appeal.

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The decision does not apply to the two teenage transgender girls whose families filed a lawsuit over the ban. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch noted in his concurring opinion that "the plaintiffs face no harm from the partial stay," while arguing that blocking the ban could prevent "Idaho from executing any aspect of its law for years."

Jackson and fellow liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan objected to the decision. In her dissenting opinion, Jackson argued that the court had failed to show "respect for lower court judges" and that Idaho had not shown that blocking the ban during the appeal would cause the state "irreversible injury."


Biden and the Democrats have meanwhile launched lawsuits at states which outlaw abortion, attempting to impose a new Roe v. Wade guarantee to abortion, but this time imposed by the president and his executive bureaucrats rather than the courts.

The case is going to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court is set to consider a second abortion case this term, this time dealing with claims by a Republican-led state that the Biden administration is attempting to wield a 40-year-old federal law as an "abortion mandate."

On the heels of a debate over the Federal Food and Drug Administration's regulation of an abortion pill, the high court will consider later this month whether the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) pre-empts the state of Idaho's newly enacted Defense of Life Act -- which makes it a crime for any medical provider to perform an abortion with exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.

The Justice Department argued that the state's law does not go far enough to allow abortions in more medical emergency circumstances.

However, proponents of the state law say that the administration's lawsuit against Idaho is attempting to use a federal statute as an "abortion mandate" to benefit the president ahead of the 2024 elections.

"Construing EMTALA as a federal abortion mandate raises grave questions under the major questions doctrine that affect both Congress and this Court," Idaho argued in legal filings.

In an interview with Fox News Digital, Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador said, "The Supreme Court made it clear that it's up to the states to decide what our laws should be and that it's not for the federal government."

"But Joe Biden and his administration decided to come straight and sue us in federal courts. We are excited to go before the Supreme Court to show that the state should be deciding these issues and not the federal government," he said.

The DOJ said in its response to the high court that while Idaho's law makes it a felony for a doctor to terminate a pregnancy unless doing so is "necessary" to prevent the patient's "death," that exception is "narrower" than EMTALA, which by its terms "protects patients not only from imminent death but also from emergencies that seriously threaten their health."

However, Idaho accused the administration of "construing the spare phrase" in the federal law "as a blank slate to be filled with the Executive Branch's preferred abortion policy collides with multiple statutory provisions guaranteeing emergency medical care for a pregnant woman and her unborn child."

Posted by Disinformation Expert Ace at 01:05 PM Comments

Of Course: NPR Suspends Senior Editor For Exposing the State Media Outlet's Bias

—Disinformation Expert Ace

NPR respects all viewpoints, except those which conflict with its own.

NPR has suspended a senior editor who authored an essay published last week on an online news site in which he argued that the network had "lost America's trust" because of a liberal bias in its coverage, the outlet reported.

Uri Berliner was suspended Friday for five days without pay, NPR reported Tuesday. The revelation came exactly a week after Berliner publicly claimed in an essay for The Free Press, an online news publication, that NPR had allowed a "liberal bent" to influence its coverage, causing the outlet to steadily lose credibility with audiences.

The essay reignited the criticism that many prominent conservatives have long leveled against NPR and prompted newsroom leadership to implement monthly internal reviews of the network's coverage, NPR reported. Berliner's essay also angered many of his colleagues and exposed NPR's new chief executive Katherine Maher to a string of attacks from conservatives over her past social media posts.
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In a statement Monday to NPR, Maher refuted Berliner's claims by underscoring NPR's commitment to objective coverage of national issues.

"In America everyone is entitled to free speech as a private citizen," Maher said. "What matters is NPR's work and my commitment as its CEO: public service, editorial independence, and the mission to serve all of the American public. NPR is independent, beholden to no party, and without commercial interests."

USA Today thinks that statement "refutes" Berliner's long, detailed criticism.

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The Peabody Award-winning journalist highlighted what he viewed as examples of the network's partisan coverage of several major news events, including the origins of COVID-19 and the war in Gaza. Berliner also lambasted NPR's diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) policies -- as reflected both within its newsroom and in its coverage -- as making race and identity "paramount in nearly every aspect of the workplace."

"All this reflected a broader movement in the culture of people clustering together based on ideology or a characteristic of birth," he wrote.

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According to the NPR article, Berliner's essay also invoked the ire of many of his colleagues and the reporters whose stories he would be responsible for editing.

"Newsrooms run on trust," NPR political correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben said in a post last week on social media site X, though he didn't mention Berliner by name. "If you violate everyone's trust by going to another outlet and [expletive] on your colleagues (while doing a bad job journalistically, for that matter), I don't know how you do your job now."

Oh, trust huh? Like lying constantly to support whatever delusion the left is currently obsessed with?


Amid the fallout, NPR reported that NPR's chief news executive Edith Chapin announced to the newsroom late Monday afternoon that Executive Editor Eva Rodriguez would lead monthly meetings to review coverage.

Another liberal Democrat is going to check every other liberal Democrats' work?

Oh good, that should take care of everything.

Berliner expressed no regrets about publishing the essay in an interview with NPR, adding that he tried repeatedly to make his concerns over NPR's coverage known to news leaders.

More: NPR has informed Berliner he will be fired if he speaks truth to power again.

NPR media writer David Folkenflik revealed on Tuesday that Berliner beginning on Friday was suspended for five days without pay. Folkenflik, who reviewed a copy of the letter from NPR brass, said that the company told the editor he had failed to secure its approval for outside work for other news outlets -- a requirement of NPR journalists.

NPR called the letter a "final warning," saying Berliner would be fired if he violated NPR's policy again.

Via Instapundit.

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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

—CBD

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I don't much care how NPR is funded. I know that it gets public money. They are welcome to play accounting games and lie to the American people, but the fact remains that CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) gets several hundred million dollars from the federal government, and that means that we are paying this rancid, anti-American, commie b*tch's salary.

Does she reflect America? Or is she the vanguard of the reimagining of America, courtesy of the globalists in government who so dearly want to destroy traditional America and replace it with a compliant populace that accepts the insanity of intersectionality, victim politics, and communitarianism over American Exeptionalism?

She is the personification of the AWFL (Affluent, White, Female, Liberal) who has embraced every single talking point from 100 years of progressivism. In her warped view, America is beyond redemption because of the triple whammy of its original sins...Slavery, Patriarchy, and Capitalism! Of course that capitalism made it possible for her to live into her 40s without actually doing a single day of productive labor. And the patriarchy allowed society to smile at her flitting from place to place, honing her multi-culti credentials and perfecting the Newspeak of the post-modern world. If you want to puke, take a look at the fawning NYT article about her wedding, complete with a story about meeting her husband (though I doubt she calls him that) at a "nondenominational Seder! What the hell is that?

Her resume is an unblemished record of sucking on the public teat, or even worse, the shadowy world of NGO dark money. Yet she feels confident in her perspective, that she has the experience to criticize American Exceptionalism. Conveniently, she knows nothing of history, otherwise she would be at least passingly aware that America has created the most egalitarian society in the history of the world, and fought a brutal civil war to rid itself of the last vestiges of the old world.

Luckily, she doesn't seem to have procreated, which is a blessing for the future prospects of America.

[Crossposted at CutJibNewsletter]

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Mid-Morning Art Thread

—CBD

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The Morning Report — 4/16/24

—J.J. Sefton

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Good morning, kids. It's obvious, as well as beyond insane, that whoever the puppet-master(s) pulling the strings of Joey Sponge-Brain Shits-Pants is (or are) are willing to touch off a conflict that could quickly escalate into World War 3 just because they fear Donald Trump will actually beat the cheat that for sure is in place and return to the White House. The skids of this insanity are greased by their innate, preternatural Jew-hatred which is itself an offshoot and a symptom of hatred for America as founded which prevents them -- at this point barely -- from claiming absolute moral authority and the right to lord over us for all time.

In a nutshell, that's really it. From the obscene multiple show trials of imaginary felonies being hurled at Donald Trump, to the persecutions of innocent Americans imprisoned and destroyed from 1/6/21 for the high crime of being dupes in a Deep State-engineered sting operation, to the past three years of an 8-million-strong invasion of illegal alien peasants that include thousands of hardened violent criminals as well as Islamic terrorists (BIRM) and even Chi-Com military sleeper agents on top of the Democrat-approved anarcho-terrorist wave of crime unleashed by Leftist DAs and judges, to the intentional destruction of our economy and way of life via redistributionist Keynesian monetary policy and the dismantling of the life-giving, prosperity-fueling fossil fuel industry, and then the madness of every perversion and deviancy under the sun being trans (heh)-mogrified and even beatified into normalcy — All the societal dissolution and the ever-increasing depredations shoved down our throats especially since the coming of Obama, if not since 9/11/01 and probably under the radar of most people pre-internet and talk radio, are all undeniable and in our face as naked tyranny.

The irony of it all is, as all of the aforementioned are ramped up and the tyrants push the accelerator to "Ludicrous Speed," they are at a minimum turning off the very people who pull the lever for them or have the lever pulled for them as the case may be election after election, blacks, latinos, blue collar workers, and even more surprisingly women are making Donald Trump that much more of an attractive candidate. Beyond mere electoral politics, if such a thing even exists any more given the instrumentalities of institutional fraud made kosher in state houses across the nation with the cover of the COVID lockdowns, I sense a coming sea change and overturning of the phony shibboleths of Democrat-Leftist good and conservative evil as the scales fall from millions of sets of "lying eyes."

But considering the oppressive power structure already in place and the desperation to hold onto what took them over 100 years to achieve, will this election and really every one going forward that must deny any and every Leftist and RINO a seat in a corrupt Congress and Oval Office be enough to reverse course and indeed allow the reversing of course to at least some semblance of American society and culture as founded to re-establish itself?

Given the situation at least as I see it, that is corruption top to bottom and inside out in every aspect of our government and far too much of everything out of it, it might not. But, the growing anger and dissatisfaction as our ability to insulate or perhaps delude ourselves from seeing and feeling a tyranny that is stripping us of our economic security, dignity and security slips away, will pave the way for – wait for it – a revolution. Those who pushed and pimped Cloward-Piven on us lo these past five or six decades might get exactly what they planned; a total collapse of the system. But they might not get what they planned on in its wake, a communist Amerika with them at the top of the heap. It could very well be them looking down the wrong end of the gun as they're led to the gallows. Inshalla . . .

Psaki-psircling back to the situation in Israel both on the Gaza and now Iranian fronts, which of course are interrelated, yhe ideologically-driven incompetence of Foggy Bottom and Joey's soggy bottom have emboldened the Mullahs to openly and directly launch an attack on Israel, instead of using their proxies Hezbollah. I cannot imagine Israel launching a direct attack on Iranian soil, although the continued Mossad and Sayeret Matkal operations to take out top commanders of the IRGC and nuclear scientists will go on, especially as the race towards a nuclear breakout continues. Right now, there are reports that Israeli special forces are on ops in Lebanon and going after Hezbollah/IRGC top dogs perhaps as Israel prepares its final assault in southern Gaza and to preemptively disrupt an attack from the north when Israel wipes out Hamas in Gaza.

Of course, miscalculation anywhere up and down the chain of command, along with the medieval madness of the mullahs encouraged by the stupidity of Kalorama, the UN and the EU means anything is possible at any time.

There is a distinct possibility of a hair-mussing in someone's future.

    ABOVE THE FOLD, BREAKING, NOTEWORTHY

  • "There is no magic button. Trump would have to go further than even allies assume."
    Schedule F Won't Tame the Deep State
  • Michael Walsh: "No one ever went broke underestimating the avariciousness, and viciousness, of his fellow man, especially those admonishing penitents coming to us in sackcloth and ashes as they board their private jets for Davos and say this time we really mean it as they bust out the champagne and oysters, on the theory that if you gotta go, you might as well go in style and let the rubes and suckers pay for it."
    The End Is Near (Again)
  • Heather Mac Donald: "Meritocratic medicine scores another triumph with a genetically modified pig kidney—but the STEM diversity crusade threatens to replace discovery with identity-driven mediocrity."
    Kidneys Don’t See Color
  • Victor Davis Hanson: "The high cost of ideology replacing meritocracy."
    DEI Cronyism and Woke Grifters
  • Dennis Prager: " . . . the modus operandi of every left-wing group everywhere: Claim concern for some group, and use that group to fool people -- specifically, naive liberals, who share few values with the Left but have frequently served as useful idiots for the Left. Liberals do so to this day."
    Communists Betray Workers, Teachers Unions Betray Students, Civil Rights Organizations Betray Blacks
  • "After the O.J. trial, race relations were never quite the same. The initial shock soon wore off, but the ongoing tension ironically ended up paving the way for the rise of Barack Obama."
    O.J. Verdict Was Harbinger of Racial Tensions to Come

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Israel War

—CBD

By most measures, the Iranian attack on Israel was a colossal failure. It demonstrated that Iranian technology is at least one generation behind Israel's and the West's, and it also showed how well several Western-armed forces managed a combined military response. There were no friendly-fire incidents...that in itself is impressive.

So what is next? Should Israel send several hundred faster, stealthier cruise missiles into Iran and destroy dozens of its facilities and possibly kill high ranking military officials? That is both possible, and reasonable, since that was the failed goal of Iran's attack.

Ignoring the idiocy of the brain-dead Biden simulacrum spouting about "take the win," Israel must respond.

Former [Israel] NSC chief: 'Don't attack in Iran, focus on Lebanon and Syria'

"Israel does not need to attack in Iran," he told Channel 12 News. "There is no reason for it, and it has the potential to become complicated militarily, as well as regionally and with all of our friends -- and the achievement will not be significant, regardless."

That is a fair point, but Israel must respond in the most militarily sensible way, and not be swayed by the simmering Jew-hate of the Biden junta and its obvious goal of an ascendent Iran.

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Daily Tech News 16 April 2024

—Pixy Misa

Top Story

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Monday Overnight Open Thread (4/15/24)

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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*****

The Quotes of The Day


Quote I

“The Jezebel spirit opened our event, This is a rebuke and a correction of no one. This is an observation. Before the word of God was opened, there was a platform. It was a high place. On it was a pole, an Asherah, the same thing that’s used in a strip club for women who have the Jezebel spirit to seduce men." Pastor Mark Driscoll of Trinity Church

Quote I

“I don’t think, at this point, that the United States should be engaged in a military action directly at Iran. But I do believe that if this administration fails to step up to the plate and understand that we have an escalating conflict and make it clear to Iran that there are red lines, and that the United States will defend Israel and will not allow Iran to become a weapon state, that we will be in a broader conflict and we will have less options.” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH)


Quote III

“When our policymakers fail to call out our enemies or acknowledge the importance of our alliances, the world is less safe. That is why Hudson’s work is so critical,” Nimarata Nikki Randhawa Haley

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Fuzzy Tide Cafe

—Disinformation Expert Ace

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I don't know why she's doing this but I don't want to hear any of you criticizing my girl.

Why don't we see female-to-"male" transgenders dominating men's sports? It's a mystery.

On the other hand -- I immediately thought she looked like she might be good at ball-handling.

If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying.

Brave face.

A racoon treats farm equipment like it was an amusement park.

Golden hour.

Hide and seek with cats.

Allergies, man!

A short rescue story.


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Quithicks

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Democrats keep attacking Republicans, claiming the RNC is paying Trump's legal bills.

Prepare for a non-shock.

If you've heard any of the talking points coming out of the Biden camp in the last few weeks, you've probably heard the one about Trump's legal bills. But it turns out that even as the Biden campaign and the DNC were making that case, the DNC was also paying Biden's legal bills.


Here's Biden's campaign finance chairman Rufus Gifford appearing on MSNBC Sunday. "Every single dime that you give the Biden-Harris election campaign, we spend talking to voters," he said. He added, "We are not spending money on legal bills." This ciip of Gifford saying all of that was posted on YouTube by the DNC along with links so people could make donations.

...

But even as they were making this case, the DNC was in fact spending nearly $2 million on Biden's lawyers.

[The NYT:] Even as some of President Biden's top campaign officials were attacking Donald J. Trump's campaign for soliciting donations to pay his legal fees, the Biden-aligned Democratic National Committee was helping pay for lawyers in the special counsel investigation into Mr. Biden's handling of classified documents.

The D.N.C. has directed at least $1.7 million to lawyers since July to cover the president's representation in the documents inquiry, a figure that pales in comparison to Mr. Trump's use of supporters' donations to pay his hefty legal fees. The former president has spent more than $100 million on legal bills since leaving office, relying almost entirely on donations.

Federal Election Commission records show that since the investigation began last year, the D.N.C. has paid $1.05 million to Bob Bauer, the president's lawyer. The party committee has also paid $905,000 to Hemenway & Barnes, a Boston firm that employs Jennifer Miller, a lawyer whom the special counsel's report identified as a "personal counsel for Mr. Biden."


An investigator for Fani Willis' office hit on witnesses he was supposed to be interviewing on state's business.


Below, A. Bennett is the witness in a prosecution, and Hamilton is Fani Willis' horny investigator.

Bennett revealed to attorney Keith Adams that Hamilton discussed going on a date with her. "Hit me up if you're bored later," read one text. "We're not gonna talk shop."

"And this is February 7 of 2024, this year, when the investigator for the DA's office is supposed to be talking to you about a case, but in fact, is calling you talking about going on a date. Is that true?" Adams asked Bennett, who affirmed that timeline.

Believe it or not, it gets worse. In multiple other texts, Hamilton called Bennett "Mama."

Here's one example that Newsweek gives: "G[ood] m[orning] Mama. Hope you slept well. Again don't come at 1:30. I have a feeling the defense will keep this same witness from yesterday all day again today. I'll give you an update at 3pm. You will most likely go up tomorrow morning. I'll talk 2 u soon."

Bennett told the court that she felt intimidated because Hamilton was hitting on her. At one point she brought her son along with her to a meeting with Hamilton, presumably so that the investigator would stick to business. She also said that other staffers in the DA's office made her feel uncomfortable, including Chief Deputy District Attorney Adriane Love, whom defense attorneys are trying to get kicked off the case.

It's just one big sweaty stinky sex-party in Fani Willis' office.

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Biden Again Expands Amnesty to An Additional 1.2 Million Illegals, On No Authority But His Own Kingly Might

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Scumbag traitor and catspaw to foreign billionaires.

Nearly 1.2 million foreign nationals are safe from deportation thanks to President Biden's expansion of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) eligibility.

This is a move Biden has taken since he came into office. He has added several countries to the TPS list. For example, almost half a million Venezuelans received expanded amnesty protection in 2021. Biden's record has surpassed previous levels of expanding amnesty for foreign nationals, increasing the foreign-born population in the United States to a record high of an estimate of over 51 million. That surpasses previous levels that go back to 1970.


According to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), the numbers are staggering. Since Biden took office, the number has increased by 6.4 million.

"The foreign-born share of the U.S. population has more than tripled since 1970, nearly doubled since 1990, and is up 40 percent just since 2000," CIS researchers wrote.

"Since President Biden took office in January 2021, the foreign-born population has grown by 6.4 million -- larger than the individual populations of 33 states."

DHS Secretary Mayorkas announced Friday that an extension and redesignation of Ethiopia for Temporary Protected Status was granted, allowing them an 18-month reprieve. A corresponding Federal Register notice was released, which provides information about registration for applicants.

Karen Townsend wonders, gee, do you think this temporary extension will become another permanent one?

Meanwhile, the planned, coordinated Third Worldization of America continues at ramming speed.

A stretch of Jackson Heights has deteriorated into an illegal migrant shopping district -- an unchecked, open-air market where everything from women to stolen goods can be had, The Post has learned.

Roosevelt Avenue near 91st Street is littered daily with migrant vendors hawking goods they ripped off from shopkeepers just steps away, while prostitutes proposition passersby at all hours -- and frustrated merchants and residents say they're helpless to do anything about it.

"It's relentless," said Milton Reyes, who manages Mi Farmacia pharmacy on the avenue. "You should see it on Saturdays. It's so heavy, you can't even step onto the sidewalk. There are a lot of doctors' offices right around here and my customers don't even want to get dropped off.

"I'm not faulting the police," Reyes added. "They will come by and they will pick up a few of them. But as soon as the police car pulls away, they start moving back. Twenty minutes later, they're all set up again like nothing happened."

Migrant peddlers lay out stolen merchandise for resale at a steep discount, with items as benign as mouthwash, diapers and baby formula spread out on blankets or beach towels right on the sidewalk.

The ill-gotten goods are stored in suitcases packed into vans parked across the street, hauled out for display starting in the morning -- with one crooked vendor even wheeling up the items inside a stolen Target shopping cart during one business day this week.

They scattered when a reporter and photographer from The Post showed up, mistaking the news crew for police officers -- but were back in business as soon as they passed.

Sex workers openly cruise the street, as older madams sit nearby and point out potential johns as they pass by.

One law enforcement source blamed soft-on-crime laws that severely limit what cops can do and cut low-level, non-violent offenders loose once they get to court.

"Roosevelt Avenue is the microcosm -- a perfect storm composed of lunatic legislation that prevents enforcement of laws and the subsequent punitive results," the source said.

"Add to that waves of people with nothing to lose and you have criminality and degradation in quality of life for the community -- and the city as a whole."

Open-air prostitution has plagued sections of Roosevelt Avenue for months, with a seedy "Market of Sweethearts" thriving with sex for sale right on the street or inside a series of walk-up buildings now functioning as brothels.

In January, cops moved in and shuttered a dozen of the bordellos for their illegal activity and unsanitary conditions -- but it didn't stop the sleazy sex trade for long.


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NPR CEO AWFL Doubles Down on the Intense Regime Bias at the State Media Company;
In Past Tweets, She Declared Trump a "Racist"

—Disinformation Expert Ace

Last week, an editor at NPR, who is still employed there, blasted the state media propaganda outlet for its intense partisanship and routine publication of disinformation, without later retraction or apologies.

By the way, he identifies himself as a Sarah-Lawerence-educated son of a lesbian and complete card-carrying liberal stereotype.

But even he's had his fill of NPR's insane religiosity.

I've Been at NPR for 25 Years. Here's How We Lost America's Trust. Uri Berliner, a veteran at the public radio institution, says the network lost its way when it started telling listeners how to think.

By Uri Berliner

April 9, 2024


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It's true NPR has always had a liberal bent, but during most of my tenure here, an open-minded, curious culture prevailed. We were nerdy, but not knee-jerk, activist, or scolding.

In recent years, however, that has changed. Today, those who listen to NPR or read its coverage online find something different: the distilled worldview of a very small segment of the U.S. population.

If you are conservative, you will read this and say, duh, it's always been this way.

But it hasn't.

Yes it has, but let's agree its gotten worse.

...

Back in 2011, although NPR's audience tilted a bit to the left, it still bore a resemblance to America at large. Twenty-six percent of listeners described themselves as conservative, 23 percent as middle of the road, and 37 percent as liberal.

By 2023, the picture was completely different: only 11 percent described themselves as very or somewhat conservative, 21 percent as middle of the road, and 67 percent of listeners said they were very or somewhat liberal. We weren't just losing conservatives; we were also losing moderates and traditional liberals.

An open-minded spirit no longer exists within NPR, and now, predictably, we don't have an audience that reflects America.

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Like many unfortunate things, the rise of advocacy took off with Donald Trump. As in many newsrooms, his election in 2016 was greeted at NPR with a mixture of disbelief, anger, and despair. (Just to note, I eagerly voted against Trump twice but felt we were obliged to cover him fairly.) But what began as tough, straightforward coverage of a belligerent, truth-impaired president veered toward efforts to damage or topple Trump's presidency.

Persistent rumors that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia over the election became the catnip that drove reporting. At NPR, we hitched our wagon to Trump's most visible antagonist, Representative Adam Schiff.

Schiff, who was the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, became NPR's guiding hand, its ever-present muse. By my count, NPR hosts interviewed Schiff 25 times about Trump and Russia. During many of those conversations, Schiff alluded to purported evidence of collusion. The Schiff talking points became the drumbeat of NPR news reports.

But when the Mueller report found no credible evidence of collusion, NPR's coverage was notably sparse. Russiagate quietly faded from our programming.

It is one thing to swing and miss on a major story. Unfortunately, it happens....


What's worse is to pretend it never happened, to move on with no mea culpas, no self-reflection. Especially when you expect high standards of transparency from public figures and institutions, but don't practice those standards yourself. That's what shatters trust and engenders cynicism about the media.

Russiagate was not NPR's only miscue.

In October 2020, the New York Post published the explosive report about the laptop Hunter Biden abandoned at a Delaware computer shop containing emails about his sordid business dealings. With the election only weeks away, NPR turned a blind eye. Here's how NPR's managing editor for news at the time explained the thinking: "We don't want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don't want to waste the listeners' and readers' time on stories that are just pure distractions."

But it wasn't a pure distraction, or a product of Russian disinformation, as dozens of former and current intelligence officials suggested. The laptop did belong to Hunter Biden. Its contents revealed his connection to the corrupt world of multimillion-dollar influence peddling and its possible implications for his father.

The laptop was newsworthy. But the timeless journalistic instinct of following a hot story lead was being squelched. During a meeting with colleagues, I listened as one of NPR's best and most fair-minded journalists said it was good we weren't following the laptop story because it could help Trump.

When the essential facts of the Post's reporting were confirmed and the emails verified independently about a year and a half later, we could have fessed up to our misjudgment. But, like Russia collusion, we didn't make the hard choice of transparency.

Of course, NPR -- which is always calling for the deplatforming of people who push "disinformation" -- once again went all-in on disinformation in denying even a possibility that the Wuhan covid modified bat virus was cooked up in the Wuhan covid modified bat virus laboratory.

Over the course of the pandemic, a number of investigative journalists made compelling, if not conclusive, cases for the lab leak. But at NPR, we weren't about to swivel or even tiptoe away from the insistence with which we backed the natural origin story. We didn't budge when the Energy Department--the federal agency with the most expertise about laboratories and biological research--concluded, albeit with low confidence, that a lab leak was the most likely explanation for the emergence of the virus.

Instead, we introduced our coverage of that development on February 28, 2023, by asserting confidently that "the scientific evidence overwhelmingly points to a natural origin for the virus."

When a colleague on our science desk was asked why they were so dismissive of the lab leak theory, the response was odd. The colleague compared it to the Bush administration's unfounded argument that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, apparently meaning we won't get fooled again. But these two events were not even remotely related. Again, politics were blotting out the curiosity and independence that ought to have been driving our work.

He writes that the fact that there are zero Republican editors at NPR -- it's 87 Democrats to zero Republicans -- results in zero skepticism of the left's various fake-news insertions into the media bloodstream.

By the way, media "Republicans" tend to be, at best, country club Bushies. They're not actually conservatives.

But NPR considers country-club Bushies to be too toxic to hire.

There's an unspoken consensus about the stories we should pursue and how they should be framed. It's frictionless--one story after another about instances of supposed racism, transphobia, signs of the climate apocalypse, Israel doing something bad, and the dire threat of Republican policies. It's almost like an assembly line.

The mindset prevails in choices about language. In a document called NPR Transgender Coverage Guidance--disseminated by news management--we're asked to avoid the term biological sex. (The editorial guidance was prepared with the help of a former staffer of the National Center for Transgender Equality.) The mindset animates bizarre stories--on how The Beatles and bird names are racially problematic, and others that are alarmingly divisive; justifying looting, with claims that fears about crime are racist; and suggesting that Asian Americans who oppose affirmative action have been manipulated by white conservatives.


He concludes his piece in hopes that the newly-hired CEO will be open to different perspectives and will be dogged about regaining the public trust.

The newly-hired CEO says "Fuck you, Fascist."

Now NPR CEO Katherine Maher has responded and appeared to confirm that the publicly supported media company has no intention to bring greater balance to its coverage or editorial staff.

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Maher responded to none of these specific points in substance. Instead, she attacks Berliner as "profoundly disrespectful, hurtful, and demeaning" to his colleagues by calling out the company for its political bias.

In a memo Friday, Maher told the staff that Berliner attacked not only "the quality of our editorial process and the integrity of our journalists" but "our people on the basis of who we are."

He did not attack you on "the basis of who [you] are," meaning, race or sex or sexuality. That is the constant lie of hard-left partisans: Anytime you're criticized, you ignore the criticism and attack fabricated "bad motives" of racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.

In dismissing the criticism of bias, Maher adopted a spin common on law faculties where Republicans and conservatives have been largely purged. When confronted on the lack of ideological diversity, faculty often express disbelief that anyone would assume that they are biased simply because they continue to effectively bar republicans, libertarians, or conservatives.

Many also insist that there are more important forms of diversity than ideological or political perspectives. The result is the faculties today largely stretch from the left to the far left in terms of diversity.

Maher offered a similar spin while suggesting (falsely) that Berliner was somehow opposed to a diverse workplace:

"It is deeply simplistic to assert that the diversity of America can be reduced to any particular set of beliefs, and faulty reasoning to infer that identity is determinative of one's thoughts or political leanings. Each of our colleagues are here because they are excellent, accomplished professionals with an intense commitment to our work: we are stronger because of the work we do together, and we owe each other our utmost respect. We fulfill our mission best when we look and sound like the country we serve."

Apparently NPR didn't do its due diligence in researching this woman's intense partisan bias.

What am I saying -- of course they did. They were looking for intense partisan bias:

Shannon Thaler at the New York Post reassembled Maher's deleted postings including a 2018 declaration that "Donald Trump is a racist" and a variety of race-based commentary. That included a statement that appeared to excuse looting.

She is also quoted for saying that "white silence is complicity." She has described her own "hysteric white woman voice." She further stated: "I was taught to do it. I've done it. It's a disturbing recognition. While I don't recall ever using it to deliberately expose another person to immediate physical harm on my own cognizance, it's not impossible. That is whiteness."

She further stated "I grew up feeling superior (hah, how white of me) because I was from New England and my part of the country didn't have slaves, or so I'd been taught."

Matt Taibbi is hopeful. Even though NPR has rejected any criticism of Regime Radio, at least the mainstream media is giving these criticisms a fair hearing.

Just kidding, they're attacking it like starving rats in a feeding frenzy.

Berliner's piece was immediately swallowed, mangled, and regurgitated as new propaganda. CNN media writer Oliver Darcy wrote "NPR faces right-wing revolt and calls for defunding after editor claims left-wing bias," establishing the format that this was not about factual impropriety, but about a "right-wing revolt" against claimed "left-wing bias." The New York Times did much the same thing, saying "NPR is in Turmoil After It is Accused of Left-Wing Bias," adding that Berliner's piece generated "firestorm... especially among conservatives." On cue, human error-vane Jonathan Chait chimed in to insist "The Media Did Not Make Up Trump's Russia Scandal."

But this wasn't about "bias." It was about ethics, or a lack of them. But this has been going on for so long, most people have forgotten what ethics look like. Audiences have been trained to think that a station or person that doesn't make overtly political coverage decisions is just hiding its real biases, which must be either right-wing, corrupt, or both. So someone like Berliner, when he talks about feeling "obliged" to cover even Donald Trump fairly, is actually just concealing a form of unfairness, or inspiring another tribe of unfair actors. Fair equals unfair.

He recalls his own surprise at the entire media going all-in on fantastical and throughly un-evidenced claims of Trump being an actual agent of Putin, and wondering: What the hell is going on?

I'll tell you what's going on: The arrogant, narcissistic and completely incompetent Ruling Class had a mass nervous breakdown in 2016 and turned to conspiracy theories and a dark demonic religion for succor.

Related: NPR posts "gleefully" about how wonderful it will be when the Soros DA convicts Trump in a corrupt trial and strips Trump of the right to cast a vote in his own favor.

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As the Rest of the Civilized Nations Wake Up to the Horrors of "Gender Affirming Care" for Minors, Kansas' AWFL Governor Vetoes a Bill To Forbid It

—Disinformation Expert Ace

The Cass Report rubbished all the fake "research" that trans zealots have been pushing to justify the mass-conversion of kids to trans perma-patients. (Why bill people for Forever Psychiatric Treatment when you can bill them for Forever Surgeries as well?)

Even the British Medical Journal, a hotbed of fashionable leftwing anti-science, is now forced to admit what has been obvious to everyone but the NPC cowards for ten years. Citations and footnotes admitted.

At the heart of Hilary Cass's review of gender identity services in the NHS is a concern for the welfare of "children and young people". Her stated ambition is to ensure that those experiencing gender dysphoria receive a high standard of care. This will be disputed, of course, by people and lobbying groups angered by her recommendations, but it is a theme running through the review. Cass, a past president of the UK's Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, seeks to provide better care for children and adolescents on one of the defining issues of our age. Her conclusion is alarming for anybody who genuinely cares for child welfare: gender medicine is "built on shaky foundations".

That verdict is supported by a series of review papers published in Archives of Disease in Childhood, a journal published by BMJ and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. The evidence base for interventions in gender medicine is threadbare, whichever research question you wish to consider--from social transition to hormone treatment.

The "scientists" pushing gender mutilation of children refused to cooperate with the review and hid their data.

You know: Typical "science" stuff.

The Cass review attempted to work with the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) and the NHS adult gender services to "fill some of the gaps in follow-up data for the approximately 9000 young people who have been through GIDS to develop a stronger evidence base." However, despite encouragement from NHS England, "the necessary cooperation was not forthcoming." Professionals withholding data from a national inquiry seems hard to imagine, but it is what happened.


Brendan O'Neill writes that the trans-extremists are (dark) religious maniacs who brook no dissent with their strange gods' commandments.

There's a whiff of moral blackmail to these wild claims that a calm, lucid review of NHS gender services could crank up 'anti-trans hatred'. What these people are really saying is that any discussion whatsoever about trans issues is dangerous. It's clear now that they don't only fear firebrands like Posie Parker -- God bless her -- but all analysis, all questioning, all debate. That even a government-commissioned, paediatrician-led review that makes great pains to be trans-friendly has caused so much gnashing of teeth is a testament to trans activists' hives-like hypersensitivity to any idea or fact that runs counter to their dogma.

That's what really underpins the rash reaction to Cass: a cult-like instinct to defend dogma, to protect holy beliefs from the sullying dissent of outsiders. It can be tempting to view this as the behaviour of a religion rather than a progressive movement, but even religions permit some dissent on doctrine. Even the old Catholic Church would employ a 'devil's advocate' to make the case against the canonisation of a saint. If anyone in the trans lobby were to suggest employing a 'devil's advocate' to test their cultish conviction that it's good to chop off a young lesbian's breasts or to allow a rapist into a women's prison, he'd be damned as a transphobe and No Platformed from every woke gathering in Christendom. The devil of dissent gets no voice at all in the trans world.

It's always a red flag when a movement demonises dissent as blasphemy. When it's a movement whose ghoulish achievements include the mutilation of healthy young bodies, the restoration of gay shame and the decimation of women's rights, it is doubly concerning.

But the trans extremists continue holding an iron-firm grip on the Democrat Party.

The Democrat governor of Kansas Loves The Science (TM), which is another way of saying "loves extremist left-wing identity politics."

A new law that would have banned so-called "gender-affirming care" for minors has been vetoed by Governor Laura Kelly.

Senate Bill 233, which passed 27-13 in the Kansas Senate and 82-39 in the Kansas House of Representatives, would have banned prescribing puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and any surgical interventions for anyone under the age of 18 in the state of Kansas.

The bill also would have allowed parents to sue if healthcare providers did provide such treatments, restricted the use of state funds to promote gender transitioning, prohibited professional liability insurance from covering damages for healthcare providers that provide gender transition treatment to children, and would have required professional discipline against a healthcare provider who performed such treatments.

"This divisive legislation targets a small group of Kansans by placing government mandates on them and dictating to parents how to best raise and care for their children," Kelly said in a release "I do not believe that is a conservative value, and it's certainly not a Kansas value."

"To be clear, this legislation tramples parental rights."

Kelly went on to imply that "gender-affirming care" is a medical necessity before taking a shot at the legislature over education.

"The last place that I would want to be as a politician is between a parent and a child who needed medical care of any kind," she said. "And, yet, that is exactly what this legislation does.

"If the legislature paid this much attention to the other 99.8% of students, we'd have the best schools on earth."

In a release, Kansas Speaker of the House Dan Hawkins (R-Wichita) slammed Kelly's veto of so-called 'gender-affirming care.'

"As we watch other states, nations, and organizations reverse course on these experimental procedures on children, Laura Kelly will most surely find herself on the wrong side of history with her reckless veto of this common-sense protection for Kansas minors," he said. "House Republicans stand ready to override her veto to protect vulnerable Kansas kids."

Kansas Senate President Ty Masterson (R-El Dorado) said that the "radical left controls Kelly's veto pen."

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