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The ADL’s Belated Acknowledgement of Left-Wing Anti-Semitism – FrontPage Magazine


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Despite his close association with the rabidly anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan, and viscerally anti-Israel congressional voting record, Greenblatt shockingly endorsed Representative Keith Ellison's (D-MN) bid to lead the Democratic National Committee and …

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Phaedra Parks ESSENCE Festival | Essence.com – Essence.com

Phaedra Parks may rub people the wrong way as a Housewife of Atlanta, but there’s so much more to her beyond the small screen.

Its not top secret information that The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks is seen by many asproblematic.

Her role on the reality show was often southern belle, queen of the quips and the shadiest (peach) tree you could find south of the Mason Dixon line. But theres something many of us Black folks say on repeat: We are not a monolith.

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Black people are often portrayed as one thing, especially those we consume on salacious reality TV shows, but we are more than that. In Phaedras own words, Black women are mosaic. We are diverse in nature.

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And as such, during Essence Festivals first day of theEmpowerment Experience which included interviews and panels from activists, celebrities and more we got the chance to experience the mosaic that is Phaedra Parks. Here are all the surprising and beautiful colors that make up the parts of Phaedra that we may not be well acquainted with.

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Phaedra has two biological children, but she takes care of so many. She has sent 150 kids to overnight camp with YMCA. She also recently brought these to Atlanta for a college tour.

The Phaedra Foundation serves the community and specifically Black men through her Save Our Sons initiative. Phaedra says, Black men have toughest role in the United States and we cannot remain silent. SaveOur Sons provides youth with resources and life-skillsto ensure academic, social and intellectual success.

Shes Faithful:

Both of Phaedras parents are minister, so faith has always been an important factor in her life. She told the ESSENCE crowd that she walks by faith and not by fear. No matter what happens, if God never does anything else for me, I have three houses, a plethora of cars, two children, great parents, Im proud and beautiful.

Shes Teachable:

Phaedra says that The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is her mentor and has been teaching her the principles of the Nation of Islam over the last 10 years. Yes, 10,000 fearless, Phaedra replied to the audience member who screamed 10,000 fearless! after she expressed her devotion to the Nation.

Shes Into Politics:

I love politics! Phaedra said when asked about running for office. Then she revealed that running for political office was definitely in her future because people are looking for something new. People want a new voice and I can lend my voice to that.

Shes Insightful:

Phaedra ended her Empowerment chat with a quotable that made the audience boisterously agree in unison. She said, In order to be your best self, take care of yourself. Become a fountain and not a drink. Those may be the types of gems youll find in Phaedras future book. She shared shes working on a book and after that nugget, were ready to read it!

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Entire City Block Taken Over by Prodigy Funeral (Watch) – Digital Music News

A vast number of hip-hop legends arrived to say their final farewell to Prodigy in New York City yesterday. However, the number of fans who honored the late rapper dwarfed even the biggest names in the music industry.

Family members first held a private funeral ceremony at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in New York City. Thats also the place where Notorious B.I.G was laid to rest while Prodigy was still ascending.

Prodigys closest confidents, big names in the industry, and celebrity rappers and producers all attended the funeral. LL Cool J, 50 Cent, and Ice-T were among those who honored the late rapper.

+The Guest List for Prodigys Funeral Was Outrageous

Perhaps this was part celebration and reunion, as well. The funeral service also featured a live band. 50 Cent also gave a eulogy bidding the rapper farewell. At the service, the rapper took a picture with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. He wrote on Instagram,

Thestars appeared visibly emotional. Fat Joe, Remy Ma, and Mobb Deep partner Havoc also paid their respects to the late rapper yesterday.

Prodigys family also held a public funeral ceremony at the funeral chapel. Fans lined up to honor the late rapper, covering an entire city block. A video uploaded by Twitter shows at least 500 fans waiting outside the funeral chapel.

Prodigy passed away on June 20th following his hospitalization in Las Vegas. He had suffered complications involving chronic sickle cell anemia. The rapper had dealt with the sickness since he was born. Though an official cause of death has not yet been released, he reportedly passed away from accidental asphyxiation.

Following the rappers sudden passing, his representative issued a statement.

It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis.

As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the familys privacy at this time.

Nas would reportedly attend the funeral but couldnt make it yesterday. On Instagram, the rapper wrote his condolences and expressed what Prodigy meant to him.

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Conservative Viewpoint: Other people’s money – Amery Free Press (press release) (registration) (blog)

Russel Long quipped, Tax reform means Dont tax you, dont tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree. This little ditty hits home when discovering that the lower income half of our nation pays no Federal income taxes at all.

Governor Walker seeks to eliminate all state property taxes. Is this a good thing? If you regard us as overly taxed, consider that Wisconsinites still pay substantial income and sales taxes. Furthermore, your past and present property tax bills show State taxes as just a tiny part of our totals. Then again, lower property taxation just might help stimulate more home ownership, which stabilizes communities when done right.

Under Republican majorities, our state government has moved to fiscal solvency and shifted from being one of the top taxed states to near the bottom. We are starting to see the benefits from this through lowered unemployment rates and some new businesses attraction.

Progressives push for higher taxes to build bigger governments. They view the rich as unfairly owning too much not as having worked hard while delaying personal gratification. So to them substantial personal wealth and corporations need to bear the complete tax burden. When boosting this, Progressives banter words like selfish and callous.

The Presidents Federal budget and tax reduction proposals seek to stimulate economic growth. In their Politics of Envy, Liberals again invoke their habitual emotion-packed terms like uncaring. We could use a wake-up call here — are not Liberals running up untenable national debts for future generations uncaring? Heavy spending Leftists have also entrapped millions in welfare dependency. Helping neighbors get on their feet is one thing; what Louis Farrakhan called welfare slavery is yet another.

Add to this, the highest 10 percent of income earners already pay over 70 percent of all U.S. incomes taxes. Somehow, the factually challenged mainline media misses this.

Our Wisconsin legislators in Washington are in a struggle to bring some sense to government.

Facts and the social malaise will not stop groups like Polk-Burnett Indivisible from protesting tax reforms while stalking the routes of Senator Johnson and Congressman Duffy.

Few know that we have the highest corporate tax rates in the developed world. Of course, many businesses that are not economically suicidal have chosen to relocate to other countries. Can we do without corporations? If we want to regress to a feudal system or some form of communism, this is the way to go. Alternatively, government could subsidize economies, but historically this always worked against prosperity. Otherwise, we need corporations as a means to build investment for business operations. Most Americans have some stock ownership, individually or through group retirement plans. Does that mean these Americans are greedy?

Will Rogers lamented, The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesnt get worse every time Congress meets.

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Dershowitz: Why the Sanders FBI bank loan investigation is dangerous territory – Fox News

So now the shoe is on the other foot. A Trump surrogate has gotten the FBI to open an investigation of Jane and Bernie Sanders for alleged bank fraud. The couple has lawyered up, as is their right. The allegations seem more civil than criminal but the Trump surrogate is demanding that criminal charges be brought.

Welcome to the world of tit-for-tat criminalization of political differences.

Its just as wrong to use this dangerous tactic against Democrats as it is against Republicans, but don’t expect to hear the same convoluted arguments in favor of an expansive view of fraud from the get Trump zealots as they are making with regard to prosecuting Trump for obstruction of justice.

Both statutes require vague accordion-like criteria, such as fraudulent intent and/or corrupt motive, which are capable of being expanded or contracted depending on who is being targeted.

Welcome to the world of tit-for-tat criminalization of political differences. Its just as wrong to use this dangerous tactic against Democrats as it is against Republicans. Both are wrong. And both are endangering the civil liberties of all Americans.

The anti-Trumpers want to see it expanded to get Trump. And pro-Trumpers want to see it expanded to get the Sanders. Both are wrong. And both are endangering the civil liberties of all Americans.

Here is the story with regard to the Sanders. In April last year a local Vermont news publication revealed that the Justice Department was looking into the possibility that Jane OMeara Sanders the wife of Bernie Sanders and former president of Vermonts Burlington College had previously made questionable financial disclosures in order to secure a loan for the liberal arts school she headed.

It was alleged that in seeking a $10 million loan in order to execute her plan of expanding the college, OMeara Sanders inflated $2 million that she said donors had promised to repay the loans for the land purchase.

It has also been alleged that Bernie Sanders who was the former mayor of Burlington used his Senatorial office to help move the loan along. In May 2016, after securing the loan, the college was forced to close citing the crushing weight of debt.

It is important to note that the driving force behind calls for an investigation into the Sanders’ has been attorney Brady Toensing the vice chair of the Vermont Republican Party and Donald Trumps Vermont campaign chair.

Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) talks to the media on the president’s FY2018 budget proposal on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2017. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

In a four page letter (with additional exhibits) addressed to the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, Toensing stated: Ms Sanderss privileged status as the wife of a powerful United States Senator seems to have inoculated her from the robust underwriting that would have uncovered the apparent fraudulent donation claims she made.

He continued to argue: this privileged status, however, should not inoculate her from the scrutiny, culpability and accountability of a federal investigation. Now the Republican National Committee is circulating an attack memo against the Sanders that is reminiscent of the attack memos against Trump circulated d by the Democratic National Committee.

Let me be clear. I don’t like Bernie Sanders. He forever disqualified himself from receiving my political support when he went to England to campaign for the anti-Semite Jeremy Corbyn; when he pushed for the appointment of Keith Ellison, who had worked with the anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, as chair of the DNC; and when he appointed BDS supporter Cornel West to the 2016 Democratic platform committee. I don’t know whether he or his wife did anything wrong or criminal. But when a Republican political operative initiates a criminal investigation of a leading Democrat, my civil liberties antenna goes up.

I worry that conduct that would ordinarily be handled civilly after all, fraudulent conduct gives rise to both civil and criminal sanctions, depending on the degree becomes the subject of a criminal investigation for partisan political reasons.

Republican zealots try to get even with Democratic zealots who are investigating members of their party. The process of criminalizing political differences escalates on both sides, and the losers are the American people and their civil liberties.

So lets declare a mutual disarmament. Let’s stop deploying accusations of crime in questionable cases as the weapon of choice in the political wars now being waged by both parties.

Let’s leave it to non-partisan, neutral prosecutors to decide on their own whether to conduct criminal investigations of grey area conduct based on established criteria and unambiguous statutes.

Lets stop stretching already overbroad statutes to fit targeted political enemies. And lets apply the age old and salutary principle of lenity to all conduct before prosecuting it as criminal.

The principle of lenity requires, according to the Supreme Court, that ambiguity concerning the ambit of criminal statutes should be resolved in favor of the person being investigated or prosecuted.

Under this principle, neither President Trump nor the Sanders should be charged with crimes based on ambiguous terms such as fraudulent intent or corrupt motive.

Criminal prosecution should be a neutral sanction of last resort, rather than a primary partisan weapon used to target political opponents.

Alan M. Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus and author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law and Electile Dysfunction.

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Pretty Girls Like Trap Music – PopMatters

2 Chainzs latest is a victory lap 20 years in the making

Few rappers in the last decade have seized control of their narrative more impressively than 2 Chainz. From Ludacris protg and potential one-hit wonder as part of Playaz Circle, back when his moniker alone (Tity Boi) would have stopped him from getting mainstream radio play to a gem-dropping trap auteur with the capability of putting together a start-to-finish terrific album, Tauheed Epps tale of perseverance and gumption sets an example for any young artist looking to avoid being pigeonholed.

Early in his career, 2 Chainz seemed like a quintessential feature artist capable of packing terrific punch lines into somebody elses song but incapable of stretching his skills to shoulder the weight of an entire track (let alone a full-length project). The tide began to turn with his sophomore album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, in which he embraced the inherent absurdity of the rapper lifestyle, but his true ascent came thanks to the trio of projects he put out in 2016: two thrilling mixtapes (Daniel Son; Necklace Don and Hibachi For Lunch) and his collaborative album ColleGrove with Lil Wayne.

His fourth studio album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, isnt just a testament to endurance, its one of the years best rap albums and a blueprint for graceful aging in an industry that prizes youthful excitement and innovation. Epps turns 40 this fall, and given his late rise would have more of an excuse to trend-hop than his more entrenched peers. However, he succeeds brilliantly like fellow greybeard Pusha T, who is 40 himself. Both artists are incredibly savvy and have stayed trend-adjacent while allowing their musical personas to age with dignity like the antihero in your favorite prestige TV show.

On Pretty Girls, 2 Chainz works with some of the most popular architects of modern Southern rap (Mike Will Made it, FKi, Cubeatz), as well as veterans like Mike Dean and Honorable C.N.O.T.E. to craft murky, menacing instrumentals which Epps manages to walk atop without getting his crocodile slides dirty. Hes so in command on a track like Trap Check that when the beat switches to T.I.s classic ASAP its easy to be so transfixed by the vocals that it doesnt even register initially.

While many rappers display their luxury habits on record, 2 Chainzs frequent references his love for hibachi and the Rolls-Royce Wraith are more endearing than grating, in part because Epps has found ways to talk about them that are consistently novel and exciting. A song like Rolls Royce Bitch, one of Pretty Girls highlights, works languid psychedelic guitar and punchy live bass that are way more Tame Impala than Trap-a-Velli Tre. He uses that unconventional sonic landscape for both motivational aphorisms (Believe in yourself, health is wealth) and exceptional quotables (100 acres on my property, man I might hit a deer boy). Compare that to a track like similarly themed (and titled )Rolls Royce Weather Everyday off ColleGrove and it is evident that weve never seen 2 Chainz more confident and comfortable than he is right now.

But while the album has its share of strong hits and potential singles, including the surprisingly haunting Good Drank and the late-night scheming anthem 4 AM, Pretty Girls also features some of the most pointed autobiographical bars of 2 Chainzs career.

The album closer Burglar Bars opens with Louis Farrakhan attesting to the rappers regal demeanor before 2 Chainz emerges and offers some of the albums strongest bars. Never fabricated about my fabric, the scale, thats my apparatus / I give a fuck about the sorriest rappers / This actually happened, path in the back pathogenic / Moved that blow out like we were Afrocentric, he snarls atop a Mike Dean and M16 beat that is equal parts victory lap and the perfect canvas for reflection on the rappers circuitous path to superstardom.

On Sleep When U Die, Epps makes the claim that hard work beats talent, which may well be true, but its an ironic bit of self-effacement on a record that often plays like a motivational speech compilation. 2 Chainz would never have reached this level without his constant output of albums, mixtapes, and guest verses, but the truth is he has improved tremendously as a writer and vocalist.

His talent has undeniably caught up to his hard work, and all we can hope now is that the latter doesnt suffer because of the former.

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The rise of inflexible progressivism – Washington Times

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As a young man coming from a left-wing pedigree, I embraced a liberal agenda which included most notably, a belief in Israel as a bastion of socialism and democracy. In the 1950s, a good progressive was a good Zionist. Oh, how the world has changed. Now a progressive has moved 180 degrees to an anti-Zionist position. As one wag put it, the left is now the congenial home of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.

Linda Sarsour, the leader of the Womans March in Washington and a commencement speaker at the City University of New York, clearly embodies the new spirit on the left. She has praised Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, once anathema to liberals. She has honored Embrased Rasmesh Odeh, a terrorist murderer. She has spoken in favor of Shariah finance. One of the supporters of Ms. Sarsour said, Nothing is creepier than Zionism.

What is truly remarkable, and to some degree ideologically shattering, is that The New York Times wrote a fawning profile about this woman who challenges all liberal principles. She had the audacity to say that the vagina of Ayaan Hirsi Ali should be taken away, the same Ayaan who has worked so hard to promote womens rights throughout the Muslim world. Yet the Anti-Defamation League defends Ms. Sarsour. Why do liberals not recognize that the Muslim countries do not give women and people in the LGBT community the same civil rights that Israel does?

For the left, Zionism has promoted Islamophobia a false critique from the standpoint of Islamists. As a consequence, anti-Semitism is rendered a virtue, as a way to discourage negative sentiment about Islam. Yet even when the evidence of anti-Semitism is incontrovertible, the left contends anti-Semitism is a figment of a hysterical, oversensitive imagination. For the most part, Jews are being systematically written out of the progressive agenda, even though they were responsible for that agenda in the first place. But why quibble?

This new age, already upon us, has sheltered many Jews from the harsh reality of contemporary progressivism. Jews still gravitate to a Democratic Party led by two men (Tom Perez and Keith Ellison) avowedly anti-Zionist. In casual conversation, Jews will say Democrats represent grass-roots movements and people. However, it is important to note the party of the hard left is the government party relying on rules and mandates imposed by Washington D.C. bureaucrats. It no longer represents the blue-collar worker who built the party during the New Deal.

At the Chicago Dyke March held recently, Jewish pride flags were banned because Jews made people feel unsafe and, after all, the march was pro-Palestinian and anti-Zionist. The irony is that the Dyke March preaches inclusion and is billed as anti-racist, anti-violent, volunteer-led grass-roots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual and transgender resilience. Yes, the march includes every permutation of homosexuality, but it does not include Jews, presumably these are the people found to be offensive.

In January 2016, a Shabbat service and reception for Jewish participants at a gay conference in Chicago was disrupted by hundreds of protesters who chanted, Hey hey, ho ho, pinkwashing has got to go. Pinkwashing is a term to describe efforts by Israel to cover up its treatment of Palestinians by touting its strong record on gay rights. What the incident shows is that even on gay rights Israel will not be given the benefit of the doubt because anti-Zionism trumps homosexual acceptance.

That progressives would find common quarter with Islamists is the shocking part of this ideological evolution. Obviously, secularism has played a role for many Jews. But the Anti-Defamation Leagues support for the Council on American Islamic Relations is nothing short of jarring, despite the extent of Jewish secularization.

To have been a progressive and to see how the word and movement have gone through the caldron of ideological change demonstrates the influence of Orwellian logic. Orthodoxy is liberalism, dogma is openness; Shariah is expansive. Who would have thought that the modern Jew would imbibe this logic? But as Norman Podhoretz noted in his splendid book, Why Are Jews Liberals? Jews are liberal because liberalism is the new religion of Jews.

Herbert London is president of the London Center for Policy Research.

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How anti-vaxxers teamed with the Nation of Islam to warn of vaccination ‘holocaust’ against black kids – Raw Story

Anti-vaccination activists have found a new ally in their quest to end mandatory vaccinations for children: The Nation of Islam.

Jezebels Anna Merlan reports that the Nation of Islam has been working closely with anti-vaccination activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to push the view that vaccinations will cripple a generation of black children by afflicting them with autism.

Merlan writes that Kennedy, who has in the past claimed that vaccinations will lead to a holocaust of young children, began a push with the Nation of Islam in 2015 to encourage black families to consider not vaccinating their children, based on a debunked claim that a mercury-based preservative in vaccines causes autism.

Merlan goes on to document how the Nation of Islam is a natural ally in the anti-vaxx movement, as it has long pushed conspiracy theories that attack the scientific and medical establishments. Among other things, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan claimed just four years ago that he believed children in Zimbabwe were being intentionally poisoned by vaccinations being sent over from the United States and Europe. Additionally, the Nations official newspaper has in the past published articles linking vaccinations to autism.

Nation of Islam Minister Tony Muhammad tellsJezebel that it didnt take much for Kennedy to convince him of the dangers of vaccines and he likens the push to vaccinate children to the horrificTuskegee experimentthat intentionally withheld treatment for black men infected with syphilis.

We decided to get involved with warning and educating our community, Muhammad explained. This has flown over the black communitys head.

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Megyn Kelly Vivisects Bloated Conspiracy Hog Alex Jones – RollingStone.com

Last year around election time, I sent a clip of Infowars lunatic Alex Jones to a friend. It was one of the ultimate Jones set pieces: his classic “gay bomb” rant, where the balloon-faced TV host turns baboon-ass red working himself up into a rage about Pentagon-designed hormonal weaponry that supposedly can “turn the frickin’ frogs gay!”

“What do you think tap water is?” he croaks, in the broadcast. “It’s a gay bomb, baby!”

My friend wrote back. “Who the hell is that?” he said.

Why, I responded, that’s Alex Jones, one of the most influential people in the United States.

My friend didn’t believe it. “Come on, this is a gag or something,” he said. His actual quote was that the Jones show was like a Nazi version of Tommy Boy, which to him was too funny of an idea to have been generated unironically.

This isn’t an uncommon reaction. Most sane people can’t process Jones. Nor can they deal with the fact that he drew 83 million page views during election month last November, or that Infowars had 5.3 million unique visitors in May of last year.

Jones also has one very specific audience member: Donald Trump. The New York Times reported in February that Jones “is apparently taking on a new role as occasional information source and validator for the president.”

Jones, who once insisted the Sandy Hook massacre was a “fake,” has the kind of mind with which Trump connects. On November 14th, his Infowars site re-reported a claim that “three million votes in the U.S. presidential election were cast by illegal immigrants.” Two weeks later, Trump clearly parroted the report, saying he won the popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

That influence is why it was so beneficial to see NBC’s Megyn Kelly tear Jones to pieces on this past weekend’s Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly.

There was a controversy about the show. Some of the parents of Sandy Hook victims were understandably upset that Jones was being given airtime on “legitimate” TV, and protested the interview.

But other groups objected to the report on the more general and disturbingly prevalent view that covering a noxious figure somehow equates to empowering that person. Incredibly, even other media organizations contributed to this chorus, with Huffington Post going so far as to denounce Kelly for giving Jones a “platform.”

This new media version of the campus “no-platforming” movement believes that news organizations automatically help insidious figures by allowing them to speak extemporaneously, or even to be seen onscreen. In fact, groups like Media Matters went so far as to say that the best part about Kelly’s report was that it showed Jones as little as possible:

“The segment benefited from devoting very little time to Kelly’s interview with Jones, minimizing his opportunity to appeal to her audience. Instead, through strong voiceover, clips from Jones’ program featuring the host spouting conspiracies, and interviews with a conservative commentator who opposes Jones’ influence and the father of a child who died at Sandy Hook, Kelly explained how Jones operates, the harassment his targets experience, and his close ties to President Donald Trump.”

This is a crazy conception of how media is supposed to work. Judging a report by how tightly it keeps control over whatever you think the desired message is supposed to be is pretty much the opposite of what we’re taught to do as journalists. We’re describers, not politicians, and the best way to convey the essence of Jones is to let him betray it himself.

Trying to “minimize his opportunity to appeal” to audiences also totally misunderstands how people consume media. If you bend over backwards to keep an interview subject from talking, and stack the deck in your report with negative takes and loads of derisive voice-over, what viewers will perceive 100 percent of the time is that you’re afraid of your subject.

Kelly graphically demonstrated the benefits of not running from your interview subject. She challenged Jones over and over about Sandy Hook statements like, “The whole thing is a giant hoax.”

Jones offered a stream of nonsensical answers to these queries, to which Kelly asked brutal and correct follow-ups, like: What happened to the children, if they weren’t killed?

To which Jones squirmed and fidgeted and said ridiculous things like, “Listeners and other people are covering this, I didn’t create that story.”

After four or five exchanges of this sort, Jones in an offhand way suggested that maybe he was just playing “devil’s advocate” when he said what he said.

Kelly pounced. “Was that devil’s advocate?” She reread his direct quotes, repeating, “The whole thing is a giant hoax. The whole thing was fake.”

Jones paused for about five seconds before he answered. You could tell he was trying to a) remember what he’d said then, and b) think of what exactly he could get away with saying now. He was cornered.

“Yes,” he finally answered, and quickly rifled through the drawers of his mind to shake loose something like a plausible explanation for that “yes”:

“Because I remember, even that day, to go back from memory, then saying, ‘But then, some of it looks like it’s real…”

Jones couldn’t defend his work in a legitimate setting. He wasn’t able to argue, as he once did in a child custody hearing, that he is just a “performance artist.” Forced to come up with a non-ridiculous explanation for his rants, he was completely exposed.

It’s ironic, given that she worked for so long at Fox, but Kelly’s report on Jones pulled the lid back on the easiest and most profitable con in our business: winding up angry middle-aged white guys. Jones is just the latest model in a long line of bloviating conservative media hucksters whose job it is to stoke middle-class paranoia for fun and profit.

The original offerings in this product line, like Bob Grant and Barry Farber, were too polished, over-subtle and often too-transparently schticky. Many were former actors, scholars or comedians who took up being shouty drive-time douchebags only as lucrative late-career options.

Until the Fairness Doctrine was eliminated in 1987, remember, anchors and disc jockeys couldn’t get hired by just by being vituperative finger-wagging blowhards. A lot of those people had gotten on the air because they had good voices, or the gift of gab, or senses of humor.

Rush Limbaugh, who was a little-known Pittsburgh top-40 DJ working under the name “Jeff Christie,” was an early example. (Listen to Rush/Jeff slickly intro-ing Stevie Wonder’s classic “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” on this clip, for a laugh.)

The problem is that whatever sliver of talent or humor or erudition gets these characters on the air in the first place ultimately betrays them in the hate-vendor game.

If there’s no real monster underneath, and you’re instead just a financially desperate comedian or actor spinning up audiences with wild tales about scissors-bearing feminists or hordes of diseased Mexicans Headed This Way, sooner or later, listeners who want the real thing will be able to tell.

Take Glenn Beck. He made an all-out assault on the angry-dude market by selling breathlessly baroque conspiracy theories miles beyond what the likes of Bill O’Reilly would ever have the brains to invent.

But Beck just wasn’t quite mean enough underneath. His insult-and-rage game was weak. Listen to him scream, “Get off my phone you little pinhead!” in this clip.

That’s 100 percent a put-on riff by a professional radio guy who’s been in the business since he was 15 (I can almost hear him saying, “Hey, did you like my hangup in hour 3 today?”), not a genuine rage addict. Beck was far more likely to fall to pieces and start crying on the air than blow his dome and start punching walls.

Not Alex Jones. He is the inevitable end to these decades of mis-evolution, the Nexus 6 of tantruming conservative spleen merchants.

Unlike Rush, who clearly wanted to be a comedian Limbaugh’s riffs on Louis Farrakhan-style numerology were wannabe Poconos material all the way Jones has no sense of humor, as in literally none. Sean Hannity is funnier than Jones, which is really saying something.

Jones is not an aspiring linguist like Farber, or an ex-lefty intellectual like Mike Savage, or an actor like Fred Thompson, or a wannabe rock star like Mike Huckabee.

Jones is just angry. There’s nothing else to his act. There’s no riffing, no jokes, no cleverness: just pure, uncut middle-aged bile for his 78 percent male audience, to whom Jones hilariously hawks masculine supplements.

He’s an epic dingbat, but one of tremendous power and influence. People need to understand how acts like his work and why. No effort to consign him to the margins is going to be successful, because he’s already burst way beyond those parameters.

I understand the Sandy Hook parents wanting him off the air. But media figures should know that the fastest way to heighten the influence of people like Jones is to boycott them from “polite” company. In exactly the same way even the dullest book becomes a smash hit once it’s censored, we make inadequate losers like this look like giants by pretending they don’t exist.

Props to Kelly for showing that challenging jackasses works. And God help us if the press ever stops believing that.

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The ADL’s Belated Acknowledgement of Left-Wing Anti-Semitism – FrontPage Magazine

FrontPage Magazine The ADL's Belated Acknowledgement of Left-Wing Anti-Semitism FrontPage Magazine Despite his close association with the rabidly anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan , and viscerally anti-Israel congressional voting record, Greenblatt shockingly endorsed Representative Keith Ellison's (D-MN) bid to lead the Democratic National Committee and …

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Phaedra Parks ESSENCE Festival | Essence.com – Essence.com

Phaedra Parks may rub people the wrong way as a Housewife of Atlanta, but there’s so much more to her beyond the small screen. Its not top secret information that The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks is seen by many asproblematic. Her role on the reality show was often southern belle, queen of the quips and the shadiest (peach) tree you could find south of the Mason Dixon line. But theres something many of us Black folks say on repeat: We are not a monolith. RELATED: Kandi Burruss Says She And Phaedra Parks Can Never Talk Again After RHOA Drugging Allegations Black people are often portrayed as one thing, especially those we consume on salacious reality TV shows, but we are more than that. In Phaedras own words, Black women are mosaic. We are diverse in nature. RELATED: Subscribe to ourdaily newsletterfor the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news. And as such, during Essence Festivals first day of theEmpowerment Experience which included interviews and panels from activists, celebrities and more we got the chance to experience the mosaic that is Phaedra Parks. Here are all the surprising and beautiful colors that make up the parts of Phaedra that we may not be well acquainted with. She Gives Back: RELATED: Phaedra Parks Admits To Mistakes She Made With Kandi Burruss: ‘I Was Being Petty’ Phaedra has two biological children, but she takes care of so many. She has sent 150 kids to overnight camp with YMCA. She also recently brought these to Atlanta for a college tour. The Phaedra Foundation serves the community and specifically Black men through her Save Our Sons initiative. Phaedra says, Black men have toughest role in the United States and we cannot remain silent. SaveOur Sons provides youth with resources and life-skillsto ensure academic, social and intellectual success. Shes Faithful: Both of Phaedras parents are minister, so faith has always been an important factor in her life. She told the ESSENCE crowd that she walks by faith and not by fear. No matter what happens, if God never does anything else for me, I have three houses, a plethora of cars, two children, great parents, Im proud and beautiful. Shes Teachable: Phaedra says that The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is her mentor and has been teaching her the principles of the Nation of Islam over the last 10 years. Yes, 10,000 fearless, Phaedra replied to the audience member who screamed 10,000 fearless! after she expressed her devotion to the Nation. Shes Into Politics: I love politics! Phaedra said when asked about running for office. Then she revealed that running for political office was definitely in her future because people are looking for something new. People want a new voice and I can lend my voice to that. Shes Insightful: Phaedra ended her Empowerment chat with a quotable that made the audience boisterously agree in unison. She said, In order to be your best self, take care of yourself. Become a fountain and not a drink. Those may be the types of gems youll find in Phaedras future book. She shared shes working on a book and after that nugget, were ready to read it!

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Entire City Block Taken Over by Prodigy Funeral (Watch) – Digital Music News

A vast number of hip-hop legends arrived to say their final farewell to Prodigy in New York City yesterday. However, the number of fans who honored the late rapper dwarfed even the biggest names in the music industry. Family members first held a private funeral ceremony at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in New York City. Thats also the place where Notorious B.I.G was laid to rest while Prodigy was still ascending. Prodigys closest confidents, big names in the industry, and celebrity rappers and producers all attended the funeral. LL Cool J, 50 Cent, and Ice-T were among those who honored the late rapper. +The Guest List for Prodigys Funeral Was Outrageous Perhaps this was part celebration and reunion, as well. The funeral service also featured a live band. 50 Cent also gave a eulogy bidding the rapper farewell. At the service, the rapper took a picture with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. He wrote on Instagram, Thestars appeared visibly emotional. Fat Joe, Remy Ma, and Mobb Deep partner Havoc also paid their respects to the late rapper yesterday. Prodigys family also held a public funeral ceremony at the funeral chapel. Fans lined up to honor the late rapper, covering an entire city block. A video uploaded by Twitter shows at least 500 fans waiting outside the funeral chapel. Prodigy passed away on June 20th following his hospitalization in Las Vegas. He had suffered complications involving chronic sickle cell anemia. The rapper had dealt with the sickness since he was born. Though an official cause of death has not yet been released, he reportedly passed away from accidental asphyxiation. Following the rappers sudden passing, his representative issued a statement. It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the familys privacy at this time. Nas would reportedly attend the funeral but couldnt make it yesterday. On Instagram, the rapper wrote his condolences and expressed what Prodigy meant to him. Image by Tobias Nielsen (CC by 2.0)

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Conservative Viewpoint: Other people’s money – Amery Free Press (press release) (registration) (blog)

Russel Long quipped, Tax reform means Dont tax you, dont tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree. This little ditty hits home when discovering that the lower income half of our nation pays no Federal income taxes at all. Governor Walker seeks to eliminate all state property taxes. Is this a good thing? If you regard us as overly taxed, consider that Wisconsinites still pay substantial income and sales taxes. Furthermore, your past and present property tax bills show State taxes as just a tiny part of our totals. Then again, lower property taxation just might help stimulate more home ownership, which stabilizes communities when done right. Under Republican majorities, our state government has moved to fiscal solvency and shifted from being one of the top taxed states to near the bottom. We are starting to see the benefits from this through lowered unemployment rates and some new businesses attraction. Progressives push for higher taxes to build bigger governments. They view the rich as unfairly owning too much not as having worked hard while delaying personal gratification. So to them substantial personal wealth and corporations need to bear the complete tax burden. When boosting this, Progressives banter words like selfish and callous. The Presidents Federal budget and tax reduction proposals seek to stimulate economic growth. In their Politics of Envy, Liberals again invoke their habitual emotion-packed terms like uncaring. We could use a wake-up call here — are not Liberals running up untenable national debts for future generations uncaring? Heavy spending Leftists have also entrapped millions in welfare dependency. Helping neighbors get on their feet is one thing; what Louis Farrakhan called welfare slavery is yet another. Add to this, the highest 10 percent of income earners already pay over 70 percent of all U.S. incomes taxes. Somehow, the factually challenged mainline media misses this. Our Wisconsin legislators in Washington are in a struggle to bring some sense to government. Facts and the social malaise will not stop groups like Polk-Burnett Indivisible from protesting tax reforms while stalking the routes of Senator Johnson and Congressman Duffy. Few know that we have the highest corporate tax rates in the developed world. Of course, many businesses that are not economically suicidal have chosen to relocate to other countries. Can we do without corporations? If we want to regress to a feudal system or some form of communism, this is the way to go. Alternatively, government could subsidize economies, but historically this always worked against prosperity. Otherwise, we need corporations as a means to build investment for business operations. Most Americans have some stock ownership, individually or through group retirement plans. Does that mean these Americans are greedy? Will Rogers lamented, The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesnt get worse every time Congress meets.

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Dershowitz: Why the Sanders FBI bank loan investigation is dangerous territory – Fox News

So now the shoe is on the other foot. A Trump surrogate has gotten the FBI to open an investigation of Jane and Bernie Sanders for alleged bank fraud. The couple has lawyered up, as is their right. The allegations seem more civil than criminal but the Trump surrogate is demanding that criminal charges be brought. Welcome to the world of tit-for-tat criminalization of political differences. Its just as wrong to use this dangerous tactic against Democrats as it is against Republicans, but don’t expect to hear the same convoluted arguments in favor of an expansive view of fraud from the get Trump zealots as they are making with regard to prosecuting Trump for obstruction of justice. Both statutes require vague accordion-like criteria, such as fraudulent intent and/or corrupt motive, which are capable of being expanded or contracted depending on who is being targeted. Welcome to the world of tit-for-tat criminalization of political differences. Its just as wrong to use this dangerous tactic against Democrats as it is against Republicans. Both are wrong. And both are endangering the civil liberties of all Americans. The anti-Trumpers want to see it expanded to get Trump. And pro-Trumpers want to see it expanded to get the Sanders. Both are wrong. And both are endangering the civil liberties of all Americans. Here is the story with regard to the Sanders. In April last year a local Vermont news publication revealed that the Justice Department was looking into the possibility that Jane OMeara Sanders the wife of Bernie Sanders and former president of Vermonts Burlington College had previously made questionable financial disclosures in order to secure a loan for the liberal arts school she headed. It was alleged that in seeking a $10 million loan in order to execute her plan of expanding the college, OMeara Sanders inflated $2 million that she said donors had promised to repay the loans for the land purchase. It has also been alleged that Bernie Sanders who was the former mayor of Burlington used his Senatorial office to help move the loan along. In May 2016, after securing the loan, the college was forced to close citing the crushing weight of debt. It is important to note that the driving force behind calls for an investigation into the Sanders’ has been attorney Brady Toensing the vice chair of the Vermont Republican Party and Donald Trumps Vermont campaign chair. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) talks to the media on the president’s FY2018 budget proposal on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2017. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) In a four page letter (with additional exhibits) addressed to the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, Toensing stated: Ms Sanderss privileged status as the wife of a powerful United States Senator seems to have inoculated her from the robust underwriting that would have uncovered the apparent fraudulent donation claims she made. He continued to argue: this privileged status, however, should not inoculate her from the scrutiny, culpability and accountability of a federal investigation. Now the Republican National Committee is circulating an attack memo against the Sanders that is reminiscent of the attack memos against Trump circulated d by the Democratic National Committee. Let me be clear. I don’t like Bernie Sanders. He forever disqualified himself from receiving my political support when he went to England to campaign for the anti-Semite Jeremy Corbyn; when he pushed for the appointment of Keith Ellison, who had worked with the anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, as chair of the DNC; and when he appointed BDS supporter Cornel West to the 2016 Democratic platform committee. I don’t know whether he or his wife did anything wrong or criminal. But when a Republican political operative initiates a criminal investigation of a leading Democrat, my civil liberties antenna goes up. I worry that conduct that would ordinarily be handled civilly after all, fraudulent conduct gives rise to both civil and criminal sanctions, depending on the degree becomes the subject of a criminal investigation for partisan political reasons. Republican zealots try to get even with Democratic zealots who are investigating members of their party. The process of criminalizing political differences escalates on both sides, and the losers are the American people and their civil liberties. So lets declare a mutual disarmament. Let’s stop deploying accusations of crime in questionable cases as the weapon of choice in the political wars now being waged by both parties. Let’s leave it to non-partisan, neutral prosecutors to decide on their own whether to conduct criminal investigations of grey area conduct based on established criteria and unambiguous statutes. Lets stop stretching already overbroad statutes to fit targeted political enemies. And lets apply the age old and salutary principle of lenity to all conduct before prosecuting it as criminal. The principle of lenity requires, according to the Supreme Court, that ambiguity concerning the ambit of criminal statutes should be resolved in favor of the person being investigated or prosecuted. Under this principle, neither President Trump nor the Sanders should be charged with crimes based on ambiguous terms such as fraudulent intent or corrupt motive. Criminal prosecution should be a neutral sanction of last resort, rather than a primary partisan weapon used to target political opponents. Alan M. Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus and author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law and Electile Dysfunction.

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Pretty Girls Like Trap Music – PopMatters

2 Chainzs latest is a victory lap 20 years in the making Few rappers in the last decade have seized control of their narrative more impressively than 2 Chainz. From Ludacris protg and potential one-hit wonder as part of Playaz Circle, back when his moniker alone (Tity Boi) would have stopped him from getting mainstream radio play to a gem-dropping trap auteur with the capability of putting together a start-to-finish terrific album, Tauheed Epps tale of perseverance and gumption sets an example for any young artist looking to avoid being pigeonholed. Early in his career, 2 Chainz seemed like a quintessential feature artist capable of packing terrific punch lines into somebody elses song but incapable of stretching his skills to shoulder the weight of an entire track (let alone a full-length project). The tide began to turn with his sophomore album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, in which he embraced the inherent absurdity of the rapper lifestyle, but his true ascent came thanks to the trio of projects he put out in 2016: two thrilling mixtapes (Daniel Son; Necklace Don and Hibachi For Lunch) and his collaborative album ColleGrove with Lil Wayne. His fourth studio album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, isnt just a testament to endurance, its one of the years best rap albums and a blueprint for graceful aging in an industry that prizes youthful excitement and innovation. Epps turns 40 this fall, and given his late rise would have more of an excuse to trend-hop than his more entrenched peers. However, he succeeds brilliantly like fellow greybeard Pusha T, who is 40 himself. Both artists are incredibly savvy and have stayed trend-adjacent while allowing their musical personas to age with dignity like the antihero in your favorite prestige TV show. On Pretty Girls, 2 Chainz works with some of the most popular architects of modern Southern rap (Mike Will Made it, FKi, Cubeatz), as well as veterans like Mike Dean and Honorable C.N.O.T.E. to craft murky, menacing instrumentals which Epps manages to walk atop without getting his crocodile slides dirty. Hes so in command on a track like Trap Check that when the beat switches to T.I.s classic ASAP its easy to be so transfixed by the vocals that it doesnt even register initially. While many rappers display their luxury habits on record, 2 Chainzs frequent references his love for hibachi and the Rolls-Royce Wraith are more endearing than grating, in part because Epps has found ways to talk about them that are consistently novel and exciting. A song like Rolls Royce Bitch, one of Pretty Girls highlights, works languid psychedelic guitar and punchy live bass that are way more Tame Impala than Trap-a-Velli Tre. He uses that unconventional sonic landscape for both motivational aphorisms (Believe in yourself, health is wealth) and exceptional quotables (100 acres on my property, man I might hit a deer boy). Compare that to a track like similarly themed (and titled )Rolls Royce Weather Everyday off ColleGrove and it is evident that weve never seen 2 Chainz more confident and comfortable than he is right now. But while the album has its share of strong hits and potential singles, including the surprisingly haunting Good Drank and the late-night scheming anthem 4 AM, Pretty Girls also features some of the most pointed autobiographical bars of 2 Chainzs career. The album closer Burglar Bars opens with Louis Farrakhan attesting to the rappers regal demeanor before 2 Chainz emerges and offers some of the albums strongest bars. Never fabricated about my fabric, the scale, thats my apparatus / I give a fuck about the sorriest rappers / This actually happened, path in the back pathogenic / Moved that blow out like we were Afrocentric, he snarls atop a Mike Dean and M16 beat that is equal parts victory lap and the perfect canvas for reflection on the rappers circuitous path to superstardom. On Sleep When U Die, Epps makes the claim that hard work beats talent, which may well be true, but its an ironic bit of self-effacement on a record that often plays like a motivational speech compilation. 2 Chainz would never have reached this level without his constant output of albums, mixtapes, and guest verses, but the truth is he has improved tremendously as a writer and vocalist. His talent has undeniably caught up to his hard work, and all we can hope now is that the latter doesnt suffer because of the former. Rating: Grant Rindner studied journalism at Northwestern University and contributes to sites including The Line of Best Fit and The 405. He was once forcibly removed from a Grouplove concert.

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The rise of inflexible progressivism – Washington Times

ANALYSIS/OPINION: As a young man coming from a left-wing pedigree, I embraced a liberal agenda which included most notably, a belief in Israel as a bastion of socialism and democracy. In the 1950s, a good progressive was a good Zionist. Oh, how the world has changed. Now a progressive has moved 180 degrees to an anti-Zionist position. As one wag put it, the left is now the congenial home of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. Linda Sarsour, the leader of the Womans March in Washington and a commencement speaker at the City University of New York, clearly embodies the new spirit on the left. She has praised Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, once anathema to liberals. She has honored Embrased Rasmesh Odeh, a terrorist murderer. She has spoken in favor of Shariah finance. One of the supporters of Ms. Sarsour said, Nothing is creepier than Zionism. What is truly remarkable, and to some degree ideologically shattering, is that The New York Times wrote a fawning profile about this woman who challenges all liberal principles. She had the audacity to say that the vagina of Ayaan Hirsi Ali should be taken away, the same Ayaan who has worked so hard to promote womens rights throughout the Muslim world. Yet the Anti-Defamation League defends Ms. Sarsour. Why do liberals not recognize that the Muslim countries do not give women and people in the LGBT community the same civil rights that Israel does? For the left, Zionism has promoted Islamophobia a false critique from the standpoint of Islamists. As a consequence, anti-Semitism is rendered a virtue, as a way to discourage negative sentiment about Islam. Yet even when the evidence of anti-Semitism is incontrovertible, the left contends anti-Semitism is a figment of a hysterical, oversensitive imagination. For the most part, Jews are being systematically written out of the progressive agenda, even though they were responsible for that agenda in the first place. But why quibble? This new age, already upon us, has sheltered many Jews from the harsh reality of contemporary progressivism. Jews still gravitate to a Democratic Party led by two men (Tom Perez and Keith Ellison) avowedly anti-Zionist. In casual conversation, Jews will say Democrats represent grass-roots movements and people. However, it is important to note the party of the hard left is the government party relying on rules and mandates imposed by Washington D.C. bureaucrats. It no longer represents the blue-collar worker who built the party during the New Deal. At the Chicago Dyke March held recently, Jewish pride flags were banned because Jews made people feel unsafe and, after all, the march was pro-Palestinian and anti-Zionist. The irony is that the Dyke March preaches inclusion and is billed as anti-racist, anti-violent, volunteer-led grass-roots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual and transgender resilience. Yes, the march includes every permutation of homosexuality, but it does not include Jews, presumably these are the people found to be offensive. In January 2016, a Shabbat service and reception for Jewish participants at a gay conference in Chicago was disrupted by hundreds of protesters who chanted, Hey hey, ho ho, pinkwashing has got to go. Pinkwashing is a term to describe efforts by Israel to cover up its treatment of Palestinians by touting its strong record on gay rights. What the incident shows is that even on gay rights Israel will not be given the benefit of the doubt because anti-Zionism trumps homosexual acceptance. That progressives would find common quarter with Islamists is the shocking part of this ideological evolution. Obviously, secularism has played a role for many Jews. But the Anti-Defamation Leagues support for the Council on American Islamic Relations is nothing short of jarring, despite the extent of Jewish secularization. To have been a progressive and to see how the word and movement have gone through the caldron of ideological change demonstrates the influence of Orwellian logic. Orthodoxy is liberalism, dogma is openness; Shariah is expansive. Who would have thought that the modern Jew would imbibe this logic? But as Norman Podhoretz noted in his splendid book, Why Are Jews Liberals? Jews are liberal because liberalism is the new religion of Jews. Herbert London is president of the London Center for Policy Research.

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How anti-vaxxers teamed with the Nation of Islam to warn of vaccination ‘holocaust’ against black kids – Raw Story

Anti-vaccination activists have found a new ally in their quest to end mandatory vaccinations for children: The Nation of Islam. Jezebels Anna Merlan reports that the Nation of Islam has been working closely with anti-vaccination activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to push the view that vaccinations will cripple a generation of black children by afflicting them with autism. Merlan writes that Kennedy, who has in the past claimed that vaccinations will lead to a holocaust of young children, began a push with the Nation of Islam in 2015 to encourage black families to consider not vaccinating their children, based on a debunked claim that a mercury-based preservative in vaccines causes autism. Merlan goes on to document how the Nation of Islam is a natural ally in the anti-vaxx movement, as it has long pushed conspiracy theories that attack the scientific and medical establishments. Among other things, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan claimed just four years ago that he believed children in Zimbabwe were being intentionally poisoned by vaccinations being sent over from the United States and Europe. Additionally, the Nations official newspaper has in the past published articles linking vaccinations to autism. Nation of Islam Minister Tony Muhammad tellsJezebel that it didnt take much for Kennedy to convince him of the dangers of vaccines and he likens the push to vaccinate children to the horrificTuskegee experimentthat intentionally withheld treatment for black men infected with syphilis. We decided to get involved with warning and educating our community, Muhammad explained. This has flown over the black communitys head. Read the whole report at this link.

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Megyn Kelly Vivisects Bloated Conspiracy Hog Alex Jones – RollingStone.com

Last year around election time, I sent a clip of Infowars lunatic Alex Jones to a friend. It was one of the ultimate Jones set pieces: his classic “gay bomb” rant, where the balloon-faced TV host turns baboon-ass red working himself up into a rage about Pentagon-designed hormonal weaponry that supposedly can “turn the frickin’ frogs gay!” “What do you think tap water is?” he croaks, in the broadcast. “It’s a gay bomb, baby!” My friend wrote back. “Who the hell is that?” he said. Why, I responded, that’s Alex Jones, one of the most influential people in the United States. My friend didn’t believe it. “Come on, this is a gag or something,” he said. His actual quote was that the Jones show was like a Nazi version of Tommy Boy, which to him was too funny of an idea to have been generated unironically. This isn’t an uncommon reaction. Most sane people can’t process Jones. Nor can they deal with the fact that he drew 83 million page views during election month last November, or that Infowars had 5.3 million unique visitors in May of last year. Jones also has one very specific audience member: Donald Trump. The New York Times reported in February that Jones “is apparently taking on a new role as occasional information source and validator for the president.” Jones, who once insisted the Sandy Hook massacre was a “fake,” has the kind of mind with which Trump connects. On November 14th, his Infowars site re-reported a claim that “three million votes in the U.S. presidential election were cast by illegal immigrants.” Two weeks later, Trump clearly parroted the report, saying he won the popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” That influence is why it was so beneficial to see NBC’s Megyn Kelly tear Jones to pieces on this past weekend’s Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly. There was a controversy about the show. Some of the parents of Sandy Hook victims were understandably upset that Jones was being given airtime on “legitimate” TV, and protested the interview. But other groups objected to the report on the more general and disturbingly prevalent view that covering a noxious figure somehow equates to empowering that person. Incredibly, even other media organizations contributed to this chorus, with Huffington Post going so far as to denounce Kelly for giving Jones a “platform.” This new media version of the campus “no-platforming” movement believes that news organizations automatically help insidious figures by allowing them to speak extemporaneously, or even to be seen onscreen. In fact, groups like Media Matters went so far as to say that the best part about Kelly’s report was that it showed Jones as little as possible: “The segment benefited from devoting very little time to Kelly’s interview with Jones, minimizing his opportunity to appeal to her audience. Instead, through strong voiceover, clips from Jones’ program featuring the host spouting conspiracies, and interviews with a conservative commentator who opposes Jones’ influence and the father of a child who died at Sandy Hook, Kelly explained how Jones operates, the harassment his targets experience, and his close ties to President Donald Trump.” This is a crazy conception of how media is supposed to work. Judging a report by how tightly it keeps control over whatever you think the desired message is supposed to be is pretty much the opposite of what we’re taught to do as journalists. We’re describers, not politicians, and the best way to convey the essence of Jones is to let him betray it himself. Trying to “minimize his opportunity to appeal” to audiences also totally misunderstands how people consume media. If you bend over backwards to keep an interview subject from talking, and stack the deck in your report with negative takes and loads of derisive voice-over, what viewers will perceive 100 percent of the time is that you’re afraid of your subject. Kelly graphically demonstrated the benefits of not running from your interview subject. She challenged Jones over and over about Sandy Hook statements like, “The whole thing is a giant hoax.” Jones offered a stream of nonsensical answers to these queries, to which Kelly asked brutal and correct follow-ups, like: What happened to the children, if they weren’t killed? To which Jones squirmed and fidgeted and said ridiculous things like, “Listeners and other people are covering this, I didn’t create that story.” After four or five exchanges of this sort, Jones in an offhand way suggested that maybe he was just playing “devil’s advocate” when he said what he said. Kelly pounced. “Was that devil’s advocate?” She reread his direct quotes, repeating, “The whole thing is a giant hoax. The whole thing was fake.” Jones paused for about five seconds before he answered. You could tell he was trying to a) remember what he’d said then, and b) think of what exactly he could get away with saying now. He was cornered. “Yes,” he finally answered, and quickly rifled through the drawers of his mind to shake loose something like a plausible explanation for that “yes”: “Because I remember, even that day, to go back from memory, then saying, ‘But then, some of it looks like it’s real…” Jones couldn’t defend his work in a legitimate setting. He wasn’t able to argue, as he once did in a child custody hearing, that he is just a “performance artist.” Forced to come up with a non-ridiculous explanation for his rants, he was completely exposed. It’s ironic, given that she worked for so long at Fox, but Kelly’s report on Jones pulled the lid back on the easiest and most profitable con in our business: winding up angry middle-aged white guys. Jones is just the latest model in a long line of bloviating conservative media hucksters whose job it is to stoke middle-class paranoia for fun and profit. The original offerings in this product line, like Bob Grant and Barry Farber, were too polished, over-subtle and often too-transparently schticky. Many were former actors, scholars or comedians who took up being shouty drive-time douchebags only as lucrative late-career options. Until the Fairness Doctrine was eliminated in 1987, remember, anchors and disc jockeys couldn’t get hired by just by being vituperative finger-wagging blowhards. A lot of those people had gotten on the air because they had good voices, or the gift of gab, or senses of humor. Rush Limbaugh, who was a little-known Pittsburgh top-40 DJ working under the name “Jeff Christie,” was an early example. (Listen to Rush/Jeff slickly intro-ing Stevie Wonder’s classic “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” on this clip, for a laugh.) The problem is that whatever sliver of talent or humor or erudition gets these characters on the air in the first place ultimately betrays them in the hate-vendor game. If there’s no real monster underneath, and you’re instead just a financially desperate comedian or actor spinning up audiences with wild tales about scissors-bearing feminists or hordes of diseased Mexicans Headed This Way, sooner or later, listeners who want the real thing will be able to tell. Take Glenn Beck. He made an all-out assault on the angry-dude market by selling breathlessly baroque conspiracy theories miles beyond what the likes of Bill O’Reilly would ever have the brains to invent. But Beck just wasn’t quite mean enough underneath. His insult-and-rage game was weak. Listen to him scream, “Get off my phone you little pinhead!” in this clip. That’s 100 percent a put-on riff by a professional radio guy who’s been in the business since he was 15 (I can almost hear him saying, “Hey, did you like my hangup in hour 3 today?”), not a genuine rage addict. Beck was far more likely to fall to pieces and start crying on the air than blow his dome and start punching walls. Not Alex Jones. He is the inevitable end to these decades of mis-evolution, the Nexus 6 of tantruming conservative spleen merchants. Unlike Rush, who clearly wanted to be a comedian Limbaugh’s riffs on Louis Farrakhan-style numerology were wannabe Poconos material all the way Jones has no sense of humor, as in literally none. Sean Hannity is funnier than Jones, which is really saying something. Jones is not an aspiring linguist like Farber, or an ex-lefty intellectual like Mike Savage, or an actor like Fred Thompson, or a wannabe rock star like Mike Huckabee. Jones is just angry. There’s nothing else to his act. There’s no riffing, no jokes, no cleverness: just pure, uncut middle-aged bile for his 78 percent male audience, to whom Jones hilariously hawks masculine supplements. He’s an epic dingbat, but one of tremendous power and influence. People need to understand how acts like his work and why. No effort to consign him to the margins is going to be successful, because he’s already burst way beyond those parameters. I understand the Sandy Hook parents wanting him off the air. But media figures should know that the fastest way to heighten the influence of people like Jones is to boycott them from “polite” company. In exactly the same way even the dullest book becomes a smash hit once it’s censored, we make inadequate losers like this look like giants by pretending they don’t exist. Props to Kelly for showing that challenging jackasses works. And God help us if the press ever stops believing that. 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June 22, 2017   Posted in: Louis Farrakhan  Comments Closed


Fair Use Disclaimer

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Under the 'fair use' rule of copyright law, an author may make limited use of another author's work without asking permission. Fair use is based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism. The fair use privilege is perhaps the most significant limitation on a copyright owner's exclusive rights.

Fair use as described at 17 U.S.C. Section 107:

"Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phono-records or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  • (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for or nonprofit educational purposes,
  • (2) the nature of the copyrighted work,
  • (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, and
  • (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."