Straight Pride Parade

Straight Pride Parade

By Patrick Wilson

I condemn the sickness that allows opportunistic trolls to manifest and manipulate fear, bigotry, hate and homophobia. I condemn their preying upon the weak, the youth, the broken, the impoverished, the addicted and the vulnerable.

Those that lack a personality, a sense of identity or maybe have a personality disorder and aren’t able to get whatever it is they need in any other way are especially susceptible to the influence of those filled with hate from a previous generation. Money and reenforcement of despicable behavior, enabling the impressionable to become things they could never have before. With technology and anonymity, they are able to multiply quickly. It’s easier to do something stupid if you’re with a pack of idiots.

I’ve seen these people close-up, several generations of them now. Because my skin they’ve always tried to be chummy with me. They’ve all been feeble-minded, and a majority of them don’t fit into the tight perspective they themselves have of the world. Point out that Hitler got kicked out of art school, had one testicle and possibly had a Jewish father and they don’t know where their argument is supposed to go next, so they either start repeating themselves or quietly agree with you and leave.

The sad truth about this particular group and their ‘Straight Pride’ event, which unfortunately includes people I used to know, is that their goal is to become victims of some sort. This in some way validates them to their group of enablers. These people, in general, do not realize the damage they create until it’s too late. It’s usually after they’ve killed, raped, maimed and destroyed lives.

Far too many have lost their lives to this idiocy that is fueled by the rhetoric of a corrupt and racist president. To continue to capitulate on this issue enables it. The weed needs rooted out. There is no justice that can be had until we take back our destiny as people. This needs to happen in our house, our neighborhood and our community, for its safety and well being.

Until we stand up, we’ll be on our knees.

Blasting Laura Ingraham as ‘Neo-Nazi Fan Favorite,’ Ocasio-Cortez Says Twitter Users Entitled to Vile Opinions But Not Abuse 

Blasting Laura Ingraham as ‘Neo-Nazi Fan Favorite,’ Ocasio-Cortez Says Twitter Users Entitled to Vile Opinions But Not Abuse

“People are free to speak whatever classist, racist, false, misogynistic, bigoted comments they’d like. They do not have the right to force others to endure their harassment and abuse.”

By Jake Johnson

In response to criticism of her decision to block a small number of Twitter users, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday drew a clear distinction between those who engage in persistent “harrassment and abuse” and those who simply hold and express repugnant views—using Fox News host Laura Ingraham as an illustrative example of the latter.

“See? You’re a neo-Nazi fan favorite and I don’t block you for defending white supremacist viewpoints and mocking gun violence survivors,” the New York Democrat tweeted at Ingraham.

Ocasio-Cortez’s swipe at Ingraham came after the right-wing host attempted to correct the grammar of one of the congresswoman’s earlier tweets, in which she defended her decision to block a select few Twitter users.

“I have 5.2 million followers. Less than 20 accounts are blocked for ongoing harassment. 0 are my constituents,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in response to Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute, which sent a letter urging the New York Democrat to “not to block Twitter users on the basis of viewpoint.”

Ocasio-Cortez maintained she is not blocking Twitter users who disagree with her views, but those who are abusive.

“Harassment is not a viewpoint,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “Some accounts, like [right-wing website] the Daily Caller, posted fake nude photos of me and abused my comments to spread it. No one is entitled to abuse.”

The back-and-forth between Ocasio-Cortez and Ingraham comes after a federal appeals court ruled last month that public officials—including President Donald Trump—cannot block Twitter users “because they expressed views with which the official disagrees,” a move that would violate the First Amendment.

But Ocasio-Cortez argued her decision to block a small number of Twitter accounts does not run afoul of First Amendment rights.

“People are free to speak whatever classist, racist, false, misogynistic, bigoted comments they’d like,” the congresswoman wrote. “They do not have the right to force others to endure their harassment and abuse.”

In its letter to Ocasio-Cortez, the Knight First Amendment Institute agreed with the congresswoman about the distinction between protected free speech and unprotected forms of harassment.

“We recognize that you may wish to block users for reasons that are both reasonable and constitutionally legitimate—for example, because their speech is threatening,” the letter states. “We also recognize that abuse and harassment are significant problems on social media, especially for women and minorities, and that this abuse and harassment can deter speech and political participation that are crucial to our democracy.”

In conclusion, Knight said it would be happy to work with the lawmaker on a social media policy that complies with the First Amendment while also helping to combat “threats, abuse, and harassment” that have become so prominent online.

Source: Blasting Laura Ingraham as ‘Neo-Nazi Fan Favorite,’ Ocasio-Cortez Says Twitter Users Entitled to Vile Opinions But Not Abuse | Common Dreams News

‘Even Worse Than the DCCC Blacklist’: Schumer Accused of Effort to Hamstring Progressives Trying to Unseat GOP Senators 

‘Even Worse Than the DCCC Blacklist’: Schumer Accused of Effort to Hamstring Progressives Trying to Unseat GOP Senators

“Schumer is blackballing progressives in open primaries for GOP-held seats.”

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Months after the DCCC formally announced it would blacklist consultants who work with primary challengers against incumbent Democrats, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee—controlled by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer—is reportedly taking the policy of its House counterpart “one step further” by undermining progressive candidates attempting to flip Republican-held seats.

The Intercept reported Thursday that Andrew Romanoff, a Medicare for All and Green New Deal supporter running for Sen. Cory Gardner’s (R-Colo.) seat, has had “multiple consultants” turn down offers to work on his campaign due to “pressure from the DSCC.”

“They’re threatening people’s livelihoods, if people dare break with what the insiders in Washington want. It’s extortion.” 
—Heather Brewer, campaign manager for Maggie Toulouse Oliver

The DSCC, which has endorsed former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in the Senate Democratic primary, “pressured consultants from at least five firms not to work with” Romanoff, according to The Intercept.

“They’ve made it clear to a number of the firms and individuals we tried to hire that they wouldn’t get any business in Washington or with the DSCC if they worked with me,” Romanoff said. “It’s been a well-orchestrated operation to blackball ragtag grassroots teams.”

On Twitter, Romanoff suggested his support for Medicare for All and the Green New Deal is unacceptable to the Democratic establishment, which has thrown its support behind the anti-Medicare for All and pro-fracking Hickenlooper. As Sludge reportedjust before The Intercept‘s story was published, the DSCC “raked in cash from healthcare and fossil fuel lobbyists before endorsing Hickenlooper.”

“Shameless, but not surprising,” Romanoff said. “I support a Green New Deal and Medicare for All. Those priorities don’t sit well with the party bosses and powerbrokers in Washington—but I’m not running to represent them.”

Waleed Shahid, communications director for Justice Democrats, asked on Twitter whether the DSCC is going to interfere in the same way against Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), a more conservative Democrat running to oust progressive incumbent Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

According to the Intercept, the DSCC’s efforts to squash progressive campaigns are not limited to Colorado:

If the DSCC’s intervention in Colorado is any indication, the Democrats’ Senate campaign arm is taking the blacklist one step further, by discouraging consultants from working not only for challengers to incumbent Democrats, but also for progressives running against the establishment’s preferred candidate in a seat currently held by the GOP…

Individuals connected to a handful of campaigns across the country said they’ve heard about interventions by national Democrats, either in the form of the DSCC pressuring consultants not to work with progressive candidates, or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer telling people not to run for office in the first place.

Writer Aaron Freedman said the DSCC’s tactics are “arguably even worse than the DCCC blacklist—Schumer is blackballing progressives in open primaries for GOP-held seats.”

The DSCC, which is ostensibly headed by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), denied to The Intercept that it has an explicit policy of blacklisting consultants and firms that work with progressive challengers.

But the campaign arm’s early interventions are infuriating progressives and depriving viable candidates of the resources and staff necessary to sustain a Senate campaign.

“First they came for the House candidates; now they’re gonna come for the Senate candidates,” Heather Brewer, manager of New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s Senate campaign, told The Intercept. “They’re threatening people’s livelihoods, if people dare break with what the insiders in Washington want. It’s extortion.”

Source: ‘Even Worse Than the DCCC Blacklist’: Schumer Accused of Effort to Hamstring Progressives Trying to Unseat GOP Senators | Common Dreams News