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  • Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg says the company needs to do more to protect civil rights of users

    12/18/2018 3:25:28 PM PST · by rktman · 1 replies ^ | Sara Salinas
    Sheryl Sandberg's comments come on the same day the NAACP is launching a week-long boycott of the service, and amid growing calls to clean up the platform. Facebook releases the findings of a civil rights audit, highlighting particular areas of concern on the platform. Facebook has acknowledged and addressed many of the civil rights abuses outlined in the audit report. But as bad actors get increasingly clever and find new ways to manipulate Facebook users, the company faces new challenges and changing calls for action.
  • Brexit has revealed the dark heart of the EU. Globalism.

    12/18/2018 3:24:26 PM PST · by rocknotsand · 5 replies ^ | December 18 2018 | Anne Marie Waters
    WELCOME to a new era – the era of globalism. It’s an era in which the borders are to come down, democracy will be openly frowned upon, and nationalism will be despised as an evil. But nationalism is not an evil; it is a desire for nation-state democracy. In other words, it is a desire for accountable governance. Those who oppose it give a clear indication of their disdain for such a notion. Who do they think should govern if not the people? The answer to that is obvious. Globalism doesn’t like accountable governance. Imposed from above, globalism is an...
  • The Lies the Media Tell Us

    12/18/2018 3:08:56 PM PST · by vannrox · 3 replies
    Metallicman ^ | 18DEC18 | editorial staff
    Have you ever wondered why some people think the way that they do? I mean, why is it “common knowledge” that Trump followers are “Deplorable” Nazi “Red-Necks” who are High School dropouts and uneducated bumbletons? Why is it “common knowledge” that Universities and Colleges are the perfect routes for success in today’s’ modern world? Why is it “common knowledge” that we need to pay income taxes or else our bridges would collapse and our telephones would explode? The News Media told us. Have you ever really wondered about this? This absolute disconnect between the reality that we experience every day,...
  • Rush’s Running Commentary on the Flynn Sentencing Hearing

    12/18/2018 3:07:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Rush ^ | December 18, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: No, no, the bottom line is that Flynn wants this guilty plea. He’s told a judge. He and his lawyers have told the judge. The judge has offered them an opportunity to go a different route here, and Flynn doesn’t want to go the different route. So, Flynn not wanting to go the different route is gonna be a very determinative factor here in the sentencing, which has yet to happen. The judge is telling Flynn that, you know, this is a very bad thing you did here. You lied to the FBI while you’re in the White House....
  • Who Killed The Weekly Standard?

    12/18/2018 2:55:03 PM PST · by rintintin · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | Dec 18 2018 | David Brooks
    I’ve only been around Phil Anschutz a few times. My impressions on those occasions was that he was a run-of-the-mill arrogant billionaire. He was used to people courting him and he addressed them condescendingly from the lofty height of his own wealth. I’ve never met Ryan McKibben, who runs part of Anschutz’s media group. But stories about him have circulated around Washington over the years. The stories suggest that he is an ordinary corporate bureaucrat — with all the petty vanities and the lack of interest in ideas that go with the type. This week, Anschutz and McKibben murdered The...
  • Irish Sex education overhaul to cover LGBT

    12/18/2018 2:47:43 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 10 replies
    Press Reader ^ | 18th December 2018 | Philip Ryan
    CATHOLIC schools will have to teach children about gay, lesbian and transgender relationships – even though it is against their ethos – under plans for the overhaul of sex education. A draft report from the Oireachtas Education Committee, which has been seen by the Irish Independent ,is calling for radical changes in how sex education is taught to children in both primary and secondary schools. Under the new plans, school children would be educated about gay, lesbian and transgender relationships “without distinction as to their heterosexual counterparts”. It also recommends changing legislation to ensure that schools must teach the new...
  • Beltway Panic Over Obamacare Ruling

    12/18/2018 2:28:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Rush ^ | December 18, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The judge’s ruling on Obamacare. I have to assume that got discussed here yesterday. (interruption) You don’t know? (interruption) Oh, that’s right. None of you were here for the guest host. (interruption) The guest host came from the igloo, yesterday. (interruption) Okay, that’s right. You know what I don’t get? (interruption) He did not discuss it? Okay. I have just been told that it was not discussed. This is so simple to me, and the fact that it’s so simple and yet what is so simple and obvious is being ignored, is all that you need to know about...
  • Reminder: No profanity, no racism, no personal attacks, no threats, no violence, etc.

    12/18/2018 2:11:53 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 75 replies
    by Jim Robinson
    Some of this is starting to creep into our forum again, hence the reminder. Debate the issues all you want, but please don't make it personal. Keep it clean, above board and above belt. Also, whether pro or con, keep the q stuff off our regular forum threads. Post it on the q thread in chat/conspiracy. But again, keep it clean, don't make it personal, no name calling, no attacks, no threats, no violence. Don't be a TROLL. Stay on topic, don't flame, don't engage in flamewars, feuds, cross-thread arguments, stalking or harassment. If you don't like the subject or...
  • Liberals Release Bogus Study on Russian Social Media Meddling

    12/18/2018 2:07:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Rush ^ | December 18, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: There was a big ballyhooed study that was released I think over the weekend. It was released by Oxford University Computational Propaganda Project, and it argued that fake accounts adds and tweets all clearly sought to benefit the Republican Party and specifically Donald Trump. It was the first we’ve ever heard of this. It’s late arriving in this whole godforsaken story, and they have this report that they’ve analyzed all kinds of things all over social media, and guess what we found at the Oxford University Computational Propaganda Project? We found Russians everywhere! We found Russian fake accounts, we...
  • How Trump Should Approach the Next Two Years

    12/18/2018 1:54:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush ^ | December 18, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Let me grab an audio sound bite or two because this one fits in here, sound bites one and two. Play one and two. This was last Saturday in the United Kingdom, in Great Britain over on the BBC, the title of the program, Dateline London. The host is a guy named Sean Lee. He’s talking to a former TIME Magazine London bureau chief, whose name is Dr. Jef McAllister, and they’re talking about the Russia investigation and President Trump. To set things up, here is the host, Sean Lee, asking about Americans support for President Trump. He can’t...
  • My Photos of the White House Christmas Decorations

    12/18/2018 1:39:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush ^ | December 18, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I was at the White House for a Christmas reception, and (chuckles) I got an email, “Rush, I thought they canceled the media party.” They did. “Well, then what were you doing there?” I’m not the media that was canceled. Anyway, I took some pictures. I didn’t have much free time. But I stole away from people, and I whipped out my iPhone XS Max — which has one of the greatest smartphone cameras made in the world today — and I snapped some pictures of the decorations. My first White House Christmas party of any was during the...
  • Reporter shouts at Sarah Sanders after briefing: ‘Do your job, Sarah!’ [LOL!]

    12/18/2018 1:25:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 18, 2018 | Brian Flood
    A reporter shouted "do your job" at White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday, as she wrapped up the briefing after roughly 15 minutes at the podium. Breakfast Media’s Andrew Feinberg confirmed to Fox News that he was the reporter who shouted, “Do your job, Sarah!” Feinberg took to Twitter following the incident, sending a variety of messages that coincide with the message barked to Sanders. “Sarah Huckabee Sanders refuses to do the job for which she is paid money raised from US taxpayers. She delays each briefing so she can use a presidential event as an excuse to...
  • 'You freak me out': Assistant principal allegedly harassed trans student

    12/18/2018 1:02:14 PM PST · by SMGFan · 66 replies
    MSN/ NBC ^ | December 18, 2018
    A West Virginia high school’s assistant principal should be disciplined after questioning a transgender male student over his choice of bathrooms and saying, “you freak me out,” the American Civil Liberties Union said. The ACLU’s West Virginia chapter said it has asked the Harrison County schools superintendent to take action against Assistant Principal Lee Livengood at Liberty High School in Clarksburg. An ACLU statement said the chapter also is seeking best-practice policies and training in the school system for dealing with transgender students and issues. Fifteen-year-old student Michael Critchfield said Monday night in an interview he was traumatized by the...
  • Some advertisers leave Carlson show after immigrant comments [Tucker Carlson]

    12/18/2018 12:47:23 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | December 18, 2018 | By MAE ANDERSON, AP BUSINESS WRITER
    Some advertisers say they are leaving conservative host Tucker Carlson's show following his remarks that immigrants could make the U.S. "poorer and dirtier." It's the latest example of sponsors leaving a Fox News Channel show after controversy, but experts say the flap is likely to blow over. So far, the show's biggest advertisers appear to be sticking with him and his prime-time show, "Tucker Carlson Tonight." Carlson said last Thursday that there's pressure from "our leaders" to accept immigrants "even if it makes our own country poorer and dirtier and more divided." He added Monday that in the Southwest, "thanks...
  • Democrats poised to offer two years of free community college

    12/18/2018 12:41:29 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 18, 2018 | By Melody Gutierrez
    California community college students could reap the benefits of Democratic dominance in the state Legislature, with lawmakers pushing for the state to cover the cost of two years of tuition for students who commit to enrolling full time right out of high school. During the 2018 midterms, the free-college mantra of Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders became a key campaign promise for liberal candidates in congressional and state races. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom pledged during his own campaign to make the first two years of community college free in California, as did some of his Democratic challengers. “This is about strengthening...
  • Parliament begins to eat itself with no Brexit resolution on horizon

    Meaningless Westminster debate has turned into more of a Brexit Anonymous therapy session We’ve reached the point where only four diagnoses are now left. The prime minister is in a delusional, psychotic state and is in urgent need of help. Or the prime minister is focused purely on her own short-term survival: even she can’t be so far gone as to believe she has a long-term future. Or the prime minister is a sleeper agent for a hostile government committed to the destruction of the UK. Or the prime minister is totally incompetent. Examine the evidence of the last few...
  • Penny Marshall dead at 75, best known as TV's Laverne and director of 'Big,' 'A League of Their Own'

    12/18/2018 11:41:41 AM PST · by NRx · 47 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12-18-2018 | Nancy Dillon and Larry McShane
    Bronx-born Penny Marshall, who found ‘70s sitcom success on “Laverne and Shirley” before stepping behind the camera for Hollywood hits like “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” died Monday night at her California home. She was 75. “Yes she did (die) … peacefully at her Hollywood Hills home,” said her publicist Michelle Bega. “She passed away from complications from diabetes. Marshall’s triumphs as a director broke new ground in the male-dominated movie industry, and she became the first female director to score a $100 million gross with “Big” in 1988. She turned the financial trick again with “A League...
  • Is Disney’s $15 Minimum Wage Hike a Help or a Hoax?

    12/18/2018 11:32:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | December 18, 2018 | Carl Jackson
    Did you know that the average family income for a minimum-wage worker is over $50K a year? How about that the vast majority of minimum wage workers are second, third and fourth earners in their families and not the primary earners as leftists often claim? In other words, a spouse or child is simply supplementing the income of the primary earner in most cases. Furthermore, did you know that two-thirds of minimum wage jobs are occupied by workers between 16 and 24 years of age who are first time inexperienced and unskilled labor? Additionally, has anyone ever told you that...
  • Can America Fight Two Cold Wars at Once?

    12/18/2018 11:07:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | December 18, 2018 | Pat Buchanan
    Kim Jong Un, angered by the newest U.S. sanctions, is warning that North Korea's commitment to denuclearization could be imperiled and we could be headed for "exchanges of fire." Iran, warns Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is testing ballistic missiles that are forbidden to them by the U.N. Security Council. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that, within days, he will launch a military thrust against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria, regarding them as allies of the PKK terrorist organization inside Turkey. Vladimir Putin just flew two Tu-160 nuclear capable bombers to Venezuela. Ukraine claims Russia is amassing...
  • Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer .. Terror Attack in France Is a Fresh Reminder of Why We Need the Wall

    12/18/2018 10:00:34 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Minnesota Sun ^ | December 14, 2018 | Lt. Col Tony Shaffer
    The terrorist attack on a French Christmas market should serve as a wakeup call to America. The stakes are too high for Congress to keep playing political games with border security. We need to build the wall. Americans awoke Wednesday to yet another awful reminder that we still live in a world beset with radical Islamic terrorism. In the night, the crack of gunfire and the all-too-familiar cry of “Allahu Akbar” rang out in a French Christmas market. At least four people who came out to enjoy Strasbourg’s famous Advent traditions are dead. As President Trump so astutely noted in...