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Social Media Giants are a Threat to the Republic

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

You seriously cannot make this stuff up, folks. – Democrat activists in Hollywood are planning to release a movie in September in which Trumps supporters are dehumanized by being portrayed as no better than game animals to be hunted for sport by the nation’s “elite.” Breitbart reports that ESPN made the decision over the weekend to pull ads for the film, uncreatively titled “The Hunt,” from its dying channel over the weekend in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

This film is an obvious, blatant dog-whistle attempt by Hollywood’s ruling leftist community to encourage even more violence against Trump supporters, who are already being targeted by Democrat-affiliated activists like Antifa all around the nation. Interestingly, the Democrat activists who run Facebook apparently understand the potential liability being assumed by any platform that advertises for the hate film, given that, when I attempted to post a link to the Breitbart article linked here on my Facebook feed last night, the post was locked and I received a warning that the article and trailer within it did not meet Facebook’s fake “community standards related to nudity and sexual content.” The problem with that lie is that anyone who views the trailer can clearly see that it contains neither nudity nor sexual content.

When I attempted to post the link a second time, I was put in Facebook prison for 24 hours. Hilarious. But hey, I did break the rules in that second attempt, so I really have no issue with that action and am happy to take my medicine. However, I do object to Facebook’s pretense that it actually has any “community standards,” because “standards” are things that are enforced uniformly. What Facebook actually has are tools that it uses to suppress speech its Democrat activists do not approve of. That isn’t “standards,” that’s censorship.

Meanwhile, over on Twitter, the censorship is even more absurd. – When violent protesters, led by local leaders of the Soros-funded Black Lives Matter hate group, descended on Mitch McConnell’s home in Louisville, KY, some of them took video of the obscenity-and-threat-filled festivities and posted them to social media, including on Twitter.

But when @Team_Mitch shared the video on its own account, the Democrat activists who run Twitter suspended the account on the laughable claim that it  “violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety.” Mind you, this was Mitch McConnell simply exposing threats being made on his own person at his own home.

But it gets better. Twitter also suspended the account of Ryan Saavedra, a reporter for Daily Wire, for sharing the ugly video, but has not suspended the account for Black Lives Matter or any other activist who shared it. Twitter also has not suspended anyone who has spread the hateful #MassacreMitch hashtag which went viral on its platform on Wednesday.

As reported by @TheHill,

The video included Black Lives Matter Louisville leader Chanelle Helm repeatedly cursing and stating that she wished the GOP leader had ‘broken his little, raggedy, wrinkled-ass neck’ instead of injuring his shoulder last weekend, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. Helm later said, ‘Just stab the motherf—er in the heart’ after a man made a reference to a voodoo doll. The comment quickly went viral on social media.

Perhaps Twitter’s reluctance to take any action against Black Lives Matter stems from its well-publicized partnership with the Soros hate group designed to promote exactly this kind of hateful activism across its platform. You think?

These are just two of thousands of incidents that have led the White House to begin drafting an executive order that would somehow address the blatant anti-conservative bias that permeates all the major social media platforms. As Politico reports:

The White House is circulating drafts of a proposed executive order that would address allegations of anti-conservative bias by social media companies, according to a White House official and two other people familiar with the matter — a month after President Donald Trump pledged to explore “all regulatory and legislative solutions” on the issue.

None of the three would describe the contents of the order, which one person cautioned has already taken many different forms and remains in flux. But its existence, and the deliberations surrounding it, are evidence that the administration is taking a serious look at wielding the federal government’s power against Silicon Valley.

An executive order is fine as a first step, but one that is likely to have very little impact on the behavior of these corporate giants. The Administration really needs to step up the efforts at regulatory agencies like the SEC, the FCC, the FEC, the IRS and others to rein them in, because their biased behavior represents a clear and present danger to our constitutional republic at this point.

This is not complicated: If an oil company provided free gasoline and jet fuel to Democrat campaigns, that would be an illegal contribution punishable with severe penalties, and properly so. The same should apply to Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the other big tech platforms and their tireless efforts to provide billions of dollars in free support across their platforms for Democrat candidates.

We broke up Standard Oil 115 years ago and AT&T 35 years ago. There is no reason we should not do the same with these social media giants in 2019. To paraphrase John F. Kennedy, they should be broken into a thousand pieces and scattered to the winds.

That is all.

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Project Veritas Exposes How Google Gives Billions of in-Kind Value to the Democrat Party

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

The folks at Project Veritas have done God’s work one more time. – This time they have gotten the smoking gun on Google’s Orwellian efforts to not only control Americans’ political opinions, but to actually control their entire thought processes to favor the Democrat Party and its candidates. Here is the video in its entirety:

The video features two people: The first is Jen Gennai, head of Google’s “Responsible Innovation” team – an Orwellian name in and of itself, given what they actually do – bragging about how her team and indeed, the entire company are working to fix their search results in a way that will help “avoid another Trump situation” happening in the 2020 elections. The second is an anonymous whistle blower who who further describes the kinds of things Google has been doing in order to influence public opinion in the Democrat Party’s favor.

Here are some key quotes from Gennai [all emphasis is added]:

“The reason we launched our A.I. principles is because people were not putting that line in the sand, that they were not saying what’s fair and what’s equitable so we’re like, well we are a big company, we’re going to say it. The people who voted for the current president do not agree with our definition of fairness.”

“Elizabeth Warren is saying we should break up Google. And like, I love her but she’s very misguided, like that will not make it better it will make it worse, because all these smaller companies who don’t have the same resources that we do will be charged with preventing the next Trump situation, it’s like a small company cannot do that.”

“We all got screwed over in 2016, again it wasn’t just us, it was — the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over — so we’re rapidly been like, what happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again. We’re also training our algorithms, like, if 2016 happened again, would we have, would the outcome be different?”

Gennai, of course, responded exactly as all those who get caught red-handed by Project Veritas always do: by claiming Veritas “selectively edited” and “distorted” her comments, and took them “out of context.” In other words, she lied, which is what these people invariably do.

In a hearing yesterday afternoon on Capitol Hill, Texas Senator Ted Cruz grilled another executive from Google, a woman who did her best imitation of Sgt. Schulz from Hogan’s Heroes, claiming to “know nothing! nothing!” about literally everything Cruz asked her about, including the Veritas video and damaging internal Google documents that have recently been made public as well. Here’s that clip:

Now, I have previously discussed the likelihood that the Trump Administration and congress would be going after Google and other social media giants under the nation’s laws governing anti-trust and restraint of trade – yesterday’s senate hearing is a part of advancing that effort. These companies – all of them, not just Google – have long obviously been rigging their various algorithms to favor the political left in general and the Democrat Party specifically, because it is the political left in our country, and getting lefter all the time.

These companies have also long been discriminating against anyone who expresses conservative viewpoints on their platforms, outright banning many, and “shadow-banning” others so that only a small portion of their followers can actually see their content. The latter has been done repeatedly to me on both Twitter and Facebook.

This practice and bias, both of which are rampant across all big social media platforms and growing more ubiquitous over time, are clear violations of the law, violations that should threaten these companies’ very licenses to remain in business. Senator Cruz points directly to this in his first comment on the video above:

“As you know, Google enjoys a special exemption under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The predicate for that immunity was that Google and other big tech media companies would be neutral public forums.”

The other aspect of what these companies are all doing is one that should come under review by the Federal Elections Commission and ultimately the courts. That is the obvious, blatant fact that their practice of discriminating against conservative political thought and intentionally attempting to brainwash their users to support Democrat political candidates without any real question at all amounts to a massive in-kind political contribution, one that should have to be reported under and governed by the federal campaign contribution laws.

Google’s now-documented practices alone have already been worth literally billions of dollars to the Democrat Party, with billions more in-kind value coming in from Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube, et al. This is one of the largest abuses of the process in American history, and it simply must be addressed.

That is all.

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Anti-Trust Actions Against Big Tech Firms Are About to be a Thing

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Meanwhile, in news that actually matters to Americans… – While everyone else is focused on President Donald Trump’s first state visit to the future Islamic Republic of England, paying tribute to a monarchy that is doomed to fall within a generation, I thought I’d focus on something of actual substance.

If you perused the Drudge Report this morning – which I still do despite his lurch off into leftist paranoia over the past year – you would find the following links at the right side of the landing page:

PLANET TECH ROCKED: AMAZON PRIMED FOR ANTITRUST…

GOOGLE Dominance No Longer Sure Thing…

Scrutiny by Justice Dept Has Been Building…

Few political allies, history of complaints…

WIRE: Big Tech Should Be Afraid. Very Afraid…

Europe’s record offers cautions for battle…

I’ve been wondering how long it would take us to arrive at this specific point in our nation’s history, when the trust-busting ghost of Teddy Roosevelt would ride back onto the stage in the person of Donald J. Trump and a Justice Department led by a real, fully-functional Attorney General named William Barr. Well, folks here we are.

Regular readers of The Campaign Update might recall that way back on August 7, 2018, I predicted this day would arrive and that when it did, President Trump would unleash the full force and fury of the Justice Department, the IRS, the SEC and every other government agency in his arsenal – including the Federal Elections Commission – to rein in the big tech giants who have been busily undermining the very foundations of our individual liberties by denying freedom of unpopular speech to an entire class of right-wing pundits.

I wrote that August 7 piece right after several of the tech giants had banded together in clearly anti-trust fashion to de-platform radio talk show host Alex Jones and his various enterprises. Here is part of what I wrote at that time:

The leaders of Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Pinterest all got together and decided – at the persistent urging of CNN and various leading Democrats – to remove radio talk show host and conspiracy promoter Alex Jones from their platforms permanently.  The same kind of monopolistic action denying an American citizen access to their platforms and the commerce he derives from them on the same day.  Classic corporate trust behavior.

Now, it doesn’t matter if you like these giant corporations or hate these giant corporations; it doesn’t matter if you like Alex Jones or hate Alex Jones.  These companies are publicly-traded corporations who cannot by law band together for the purpose of restraint of trade or denial of access to any class of people, and that’s exactly what they did to Mr. Jones on Monday.  And it’s what these huge corporations, along with their sister social media platform, Twitter, have been doing to conservative users of their products for years now.  This is why, whenever they get caught denying access to conservatives, they always blame the issue on some sort of “glitch.”

And it’s not just trust behavior that they are executing here.  They’re also in blatant violation of campaign finance laws.  In a very real way, their actions amount to massive in-kind political contributions to the Democrat Party.  They apparently believe they are above the law, and if Jeff Sessions turns out to be the worthless swamp skunk many believe him to be, they could be right, at least for the time being.

But if the elections go the wrong way this November, President Trump will likely be looking for ways to keep on #Winning on domestic policy during his second two years in office.  Playing a Teddy Rooseveltian Trust Buster to the foil of these increasingly radicalized and abusive Big Tech corporations might have a real appeal to him, and could end up being just the ticket to taking the congress back in 2020 and winning a second term in office.

You can read all of those pieces to which Drudge is linking this morning, and you should. They do a fine job of laying out part of the rough road that lies ahead for the social media tools of the Democrat Party. If you only have time to read one, read the Bloomberg piece by Shira Ovide titled “Google Should Be Afraid, Very Afraid.” Ovide lays out the DOJ investigation into Google’s obviously Democrat-tilted practices, but you can bet that similar investigations are ongoing right now into the equally-blatant anti-conservative practices taking place on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Spotify, Pinterest and all the rest.

Because they have all been blatantly engaged in a coordinated assault on the ability of a specific class of people to engage in interstate commerce, no different than the practices by Standard Oil and all the other trusts that Teddy Roosevelt busted during the early years of the 20th century.

President Trump has yet to really focus on this topic personally, other than an occasional tweet or press statement slamming one tech giant or another. But the existence of this many reports at a single point in time by a variety of media outlets tells you that the wheels of justice within these government agencies have been turning steadily behind the scenes and stuff is about to get real publicly pretty soon. Coordinated media reporting like this does not take place by accident. It happens because people involved are feeding reporters information in order to set the stage for the next steps to come.

The President will turn his focus to the subject at a strategic point in time that is most advantageous to him politically, because the politics of all of this are very strong for him. That could happen as early as his return from the G20 Summit in late June, or months from now at a key point in the presidential campaign.

One thing we can be sure of is that the modern-day version of Teddy Roosevelt will be coming at some point, and when he does, hell is coming with him.

That is all.

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Dear Media: That Oval Office Dust Up Is Why Trump Won

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Beto Mania Update:  A guy calling himself “Michael Falotico” (it may be his real name, but you just never know on social media these days) on Twitter responded to my “Day of Beto” yesterday by saying “Yes, I agree with you that Beto will be the Democrats’ nominee for President in 2020. I may differ with you, however, in that I think he could win the whole thing, i.e., get elected President.”

Well, we don’t differ at all, Michael. Sitting here almost two years prior to Election Day 2020, I also think Beto will be the Dem nominee and “could” well win the general election to become the 46th president of the United States. Admittedly, the odds are against all of that happening for our favorite fake Hispanic Texan, but hey, stranger things have happened – just happened in 2016, in fact, and in 2008 before that.

2008 is especially relevant where Irish Bob is concerned. As I told an audience a few weeks ago, there is no doubt that many national Democrat honchos and money handlers see Irish Bob as their next Barack Obama: A young, handsome, slick talker who does well on TV and can get the ignorant masses riled up, a human blank slate who looks good in a suit onto which all of their party’s various agitated factions can project their fondest dreams. Other than his skin color and the fact that there is no doubt he was born in the United States of America, Irish Bob is in fact a virtual Obama clone.

Yes, O’Rourke is a completely unqualified socialist crackpot. But Irish Bob is a real threat here, precisely because the Democrats already proved in 2008 that the American public can be brainwashed into accepting a completely unqualified socialist crackpot to lead the country down the road to ruin.

So yeah, he “could” win it all, and despite my fondness for making fun of him (it’s low-hanging fruit, I know, but I have no shame in that regard) I do take the prospect of him very seriously. President Trump and all other Republicans should do the same.

Speaking of President Donald J. Trump… – Make no mistake about it, despite the all-fake-all-the-time reporting all over the news media about his live-televised dust up with San Fran Nan and Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office, the President pummeled his Democrat opponents.  All you have to do is look at the body language from the two Democrats as the thing went on to know that.

Schumer was so intimidated that he couldn’t look the President in the eye the entire time. Pelosi was so flustered she had a hard time remembering which branch of government she represented.

Meanwhile, the President got exactly what he wanted:

  • Both Pelosi and Schumer begging him to shoo the leering press out of the room;
  • Both Pelosi and Schumer railing against doing anything effective to improve border security; and
  • Trump promising to shut down 14% of the federal government if he doesn’t get significant funding for the border wall in a government funding bill that must be passed by December 21.

That third point had #NeverTrump dimwits like A.B. Stoddard and Bill Kristol cackling that Trump had somehow “lost” in this debate, which simply proves that she and her fellow dimwits still have learned absolutely nothing about the current President. Their thesis is that now Trump will get blamed for any government shutdown and oh, my, isn’t that terrible for him.

Well, hell, Trump couldn’t care less about that. The media blames him for everything that happens in any event – what else would be new in that scenario? If you’re the President, might as well embrace that deal and own it.

The spectacle of Pelosi and Schumer begging the President to take the discussion behind closed doors just proves yet again that the Democrats care nothing about government transparency. Trump revels in this stuff, and is thrilled to be the one guy sitting in that room advocating for the need for increased border security, which is a winning issue for the Republicans, not the Democrats.

Stuff like what happened in the Oval Office yesterday is exactly why Trump won in the first place. He wasn’t put in that job to have nice, polite discourse with swamp-dwelling snakes like Pelosi and Schumer behind closed doors. He was put in that job to break all the china, stain all the carpets and color all the walls with crayons in the D.C. Establishment’s comfortable abode.

Yesterday was a very good day for Donald Trump. Don’t let the fake news media kid you otherwise.

My only question is, why was that Mike Pence mannequin sitting in that other chair?

In 17 minutes, did not manage to utter a word. What good is he?

From our News You Won’t See Reported In The New York Times Files:

Ok, so nothing’s changed, then:

In all seriousness, that’s a great piece by Mollie Hemingway.  Go spend 8 minutes reading it this morning – you’ll be better informed and glad you spent the time.

Ocasio Cortez Watch:

That is all.

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Today’s Campaign Update – The Week in Review

Today’s Campaign Update – The Week in Review

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

This week, we introduce a new feature at the Campaign Update – The Week in Review.

Ok, actually we introduced this last Friday evening, but failed to take the time and space to point it out.  We’re going to plan to post one of these every Saturday afternoon at least through the end of this year’s mid-term election campaign, at which point the plan is to assess their utility (and readership level) and decide whether they should be continued.

In putting these Campaign Updates together every morning, it often becomes impossible to adequately capture all the big things that are taking place related to our national politics.  Every day has multiple news cycles, as the leftwingers in our fake news media and the Democrat Party become increasingly panicked about their prayed-for “Blue Wave” failing to materialize and the growing reality that Robert Mueller is systematically taking the steps necessary to wind down his fruitless “investigation.”

We can only expect the pace of fakenewsery to speed up even more during the 8 weeks remaining until Election Day, meaning that, in order to keep everyone updated on the campaign, the Campaign Update must work a little overtime.

The plan here is to summarize the week’s major events in bullet point format, heaping as many insults and pithy comments upon all the snowflakes, SJWs, fake newsers and other creatures on the political left as we can think to include.  Links to relevant stories will, as always, be included where relevant and useful.

So here we go with the Campaign Update Week in Review, Episode 2.

This was the week that all the following happened:

  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, a shameless SJW himself, admitted that his “conservative employees “don’t feel safe to express their opinions” while in the Twitter corporate workplace.  Man, what do you think tipped him off?
  • Meanwhile, over at Google, tapes of a leadership team meeting that took place shortly after the 2016 election revealed that, contrary to their pious claims of impartiality, the social media behemoth does indeed do everything it can to distort its search results in favor of liberals.  Very predictably, none of the TV networks, nor CNN or the NYTimes or Washington Post devoted any time or space to covering this major story.  Go figure.
  • The Washington Post told us that President Donald Trump is “complicit” in the creation of Hurricane Florence because he doesn’t spout the dogma of the religion of Climate Change, but oddly gave him no credit at all for the hurricane’s being downgraded from a Cat 4 storm to a Cat 1 as it approached the Eastern Seaboard.  Odd.
  • The fake news media’s coverage of the leadup to and destruction caused by Florence was every bit as fake as one would have expected, as the fake journalists did everything they could think of to use the storm to try to damage President Trump and any other random Republican who got in the way.  So tiresome.
  • We learned that RINO Senator Ben Sasse “thinks about leaving the Republican Party” every morning.  So go already.
  • President Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was restored over last weekend, and has, as of this writing, remained unmolested by enraged social justice warriors a full week later.  Amazing.
  • Speaking of stories the mainstream fake news media couldn’t be bothered to spend a second reporting, a Republican candidate for congress out in California was stabbed by a lunatic supporter of his Democrat rival, incumbent congressman Eric Swalwell, who I remain convinced played Otter in the 1978 film “Animal House.”  When Swalwell was interviewed on CNN the very next day, he was not asked a single question about the stabbing by the fake news hack doing the interview.  *sigh*
  • Les Moonves got his sorry butt “MeToo’d” out of his job as CEO of CBS.  The management at CBS was so angry at all the bad PR Moonves brought the organization that they sent him packing with a severance deal totaling only about $100 million.  Not kidding.
  • San Fran Nan said she agrees that, where the Democrats are concerned, “it’s time for new blood and we should move on.”  That’s the good part.  But in her next breath, she promised to continuing clinging to power so long as Donald Trump is President: “to have no woman at the table and to have the Affordable Care Act at risk, I said, ‘As long as he’s here, I’m here.”  Oh, goody.
  • Paul Manafort “flipped” in order to get a plea deal from Bob Mueller, but it’s an open question whether his flipping is any sort of bad news for President Trump or just for Tony Podesta, with whom Manafort partnered to lobby for some Ukrainian clients during the Obama Administration.  Given that all the charges that Mueller had brought against Manafort were from that long ago period of time, the latter seems most likely.
  • Political fabulist Bob Woodward’s new book trashing President Trump immediately topped all the best-seller lists, but it turned out that possibly the most damaging allegation in it relates not to the President, but to Obama’s CIA Director, the execrable John Brennan.  Oh, my.
  • Corrupt New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo sent the eternally irritating Marxist Cynthia Nixon packing, and nobody really cared.
  • The New York Times tried to smear Nikki Haley and it backfired immensely, proving that sometimes justice still does prevail in this country.
  • Late in the week, despicable California Senator Dianne Feinstein pulled a last minute stunt to try to derail the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, but when even the fakenewsers at the Washington Post were ridiculing the highly-predictable tactic, it quickly became obvious that it won’t work.

With the final Senate floor vote not scheduled to take place until September 29, though, no one should blithely assume that Feinstein and her fellow depraved Democrats are finished trying to slander the nominee.  They probably have several more arrows in that Luciferian quiver they drag around with them.

Stay tuned.

That is all.

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While the Fake News Media Focuses on Flag Etiquette, Trump Keeps Winning

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

But…but…but…all the “smart” people at CNN and the NYTimes assured me this could not happen. – When President Donald Trump (I never tire of typing those three words) announced on Monday that his administration had reached a new trade agreement with Mexico that would replace NAFTA, he didn’t leave the accurate reporting of it to the whims of the fake news media.  Knowing that if he just made a statement about his final call with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto to seal the deal, he would soon be facing anonymously-sourced fake news stories from CNN and the New York Times claiming that he insulted Mr. Nieto or his wife, or perhaps his dog, the President chose a different approach:  He simply invited the White House press corps into the Oval Office to listen to his call with Nieto live, as it took place.

Thus, fake news averted, for the most part, although fake news outlets like Reuters managed to report on the deal while leaving out mention of the most key parts of it, such as the new requirement that manufacturers of automobiles and other hard products in Mexico give their workers collective bargaining rights for the first time.  Another critical provision, that 45% of auto parts made in Mexico must be made by workers earning at least $16 per hour, also received short shrift from the fakest fake news outlets like CNN and the Times.

These toady outlets for the Democrat Party are loath to accurately report on these aspects of the new deal since they represent gigantic wins for America’s blue collar workers, workers who were just a few years ago a major cog in the Democrat Party’s voter base.  Under this new agreement, those workers will no longer have to compete with Mexican workers making $1 per hour in order to hold onto their jobs.

Interestingly, as I type this piece this morning, Fox News is airing a clip of then-candidate Barack Hussein Obama, in a Democrat primary debate on August 7, 2007, advocating for exactly the reforms to NAFTA that are contained in this new agreement, in order to “protect American workers.”  Thus does Donald Trump not only keep his own campaign promises, he keeps the promises made – and broken – by America’s Biggest Mistake.

WINNING WINNING WINNING WINNING WINNING WINNING. – The markets kind of liked the news of the agreement with Mexico.  The NASDAQ went berserk, closing above the 8,000 mark for the first time ever.  The S&P 500 also closed at a record high of 2,896, while the Dow Jones Industrial average gained 259 points to close above 26,000 for the first time since February 1.

Democrats and fake journalists all across America fell into fits of depression at this happy news for everyone else.

This is Donald Trump, preparing to make like Teddy Roosevelt. – A few weeks ago, the Campaign Update focused on how President Trump might conduct a new strategy for his second two years in office should the Democrats gain control of one or both houses of congress in the upcoming midterm elections.  The piece, titled “Trump’s Post-Midterm Move:  Make Like Teddy Roosevelt”, posited that a Donald Trump faced with a hostile congress that would stonewall any new legislation might decide to focus on using the powers of his office and regulatory agencies to rein in the abuses of social media giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google, which are without question today’s version of the industrial “trusts” that Mr. Roosevelt faced down and broke up at the turn of the 20th century.

This wasn’t just mere speculation on my part:  It’s a well-educated guess based on the President’s past statements and demeanor in office thus far.  This morning, Mr. Trump gave us a preview of potential coming attractions via his Twitter feed:

Over the past couple of weeks, the President has also fired similar shots across the bows of Facebook and Twitter.  As the Campaign Update has pointed out many times over the past 20 months, Mr. Trump doesn’t just burp these tweets out between sips of Diet Coke for no reason.  Every tweet he sends is sent for a tactical purpose, and many turn out to be stage-setters for actions he plans to take.

The powers of the presidency, when focused by an extremely strong personality like Donald Trump, can be a very daunting opponent for even the most gigantic corporation to face off with.  Standard Oil learned this lesson the hard way about 115 years ago.  The creeps who have set themselves up as the arbiters of free speech and restricters of the public’s right to know at these social media giants might want to start paying attention to the messages they are being sent by this particular President and start adjusting their practices accordingly.

But they won’t.

Just another day in fake news media and abusive social media America.

That is all.

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Media Outraged By Big Tech Data Scam – But Only Because One Finally Benefitted a Republican

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

But they’d all happily vote for Bill Clinton again tomorrow. – A new poll indicates that 53% of Democrats now think it’s wrong to vote for a candidate who has done immoral things in his private life.  *sigh*

This will happen as soon as all those Flying J’s truck stops start selling decaf halfcaf skinny mocha soy lattes with two honeys and a twist of lemon. – NBCnews.com has a piece this morning titled “Why Millenials Should Start Considering Truck Driving.”  Ok, it’s actually good advice, but, well, it’s not exactly the vision Obama filled these young peoples’ heads with for eight long years, is it?  But it turns out our country is now overwhelmed with unemployable social workers, dog groomers, computer coders and Russian feminist literature studies majors, and we’re a little short on people who want to keep our economy moving by driving long-haul trucks for a living.  Go figure.  No one could have possibly seen that coming.

The fake news media finally catches onto the Big Tech data scam – Of course, this only happened when the “improper” use of 50 million Facebook users’ information ended up benefiting a Republican, i.e., the Trump Campaign in 2016.  No one in the fake media gave a rat’s behind when Google set up a satellite office in the Obama White House and Facebook and Twitter eagerly shared all the data there was to share with the Obama campaign during the 2012 election cycle.  But now that some firm that Trump didn’t even use during the general election had access to Facebook’s data that might have benefited the media’s enemy, well, that’s crossing the fake news media’s fake red line.  Because that’s what the fake news media does.

Here’s our reality when dealing with Facebook, Twitter, Google and the other Big Tech websites:  All they really are is data accumulators who are in business to sell their data.  If you provide data to, say, Facebook, Facebook is ultimately going to sell that data to make a profit.  Despite their periodic protests to the contrary, there have been so many examples of Facebook and Twitter doing this that you have to be a hopeless simpleton to actually believe anything you do on any of these platforms will somehow remain private and confidential.

The fake media is treating this latest in a long line of examples as some sort of major event, but the truth is that, had the firm in question here, Cambridge Analytica, been working on behalf of the Clinton Campaign, this would not be a story at all – you’d have never heard of these people.  Facebook and Twitter have been shadow-banning conservative news outlets and users for years with no objection from anyone at CNN or the NYTimes.  Google has almost since its’ first day of existence been biasing its search results in favor of Democrats, and no one at Yahoo News or the Washington Post has uttered a peep about it.

The hilarious part of all of this fake media attention is that it is giving momentum to the efforts in Washington to find some way to heavily regulate these big tech platforms in the future.  While any effort by the federal government to regulate these big tech companies would no doubt end up being a slow-rolling train wreck – because that’s the core competency of federal government regulators – it would be a certain form of justice to see the Facebooks and Googles of the world end up being hoisted up on their own petards.

Hey, at least we got some great Twitter memes out of it (see below) – The Washington Free Beacon reports that U.S. taxpayers are having to foot the bill to the tune of $22 grand for the Pantsuit Princess’s book tour trip to India.  That total amount is the combined cost of Secret Service protection for the Fainting Felon, along with administrative costs incurred by the State Department.  But hey,  why wouldn’t the millions of deplorables who the Coughing Crook insulted during the trip be glad to pay for a trip in which she broke her wrist climbing into a million dollar bathtub and humiliated herself by not being able to even come down a flight of stairs without major assistance?  Good times…good times…

 

Just another day in big tech data scamming America.

That is all.

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Employee Claims Google Is A Religious Cult; In Other News, Water Is Wet

Today’s Campaign Update 

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

  • A current employee of Google told a reporter for Breitbart that the tech giant is “run like a religious cult.”  Well, welcome to the world of progressivism, in which everything is treated like a religious cult, complete with texts filled with dogmatic nonsense (such as gender is not determined by biological factors), forced, non-natural behaviors that, if violated result in group shunning and ridicule (“climate deniers”), and forced denial of truth (hey, maybe that deal with Iran wasn’t so great after all).
  • The latest allegation comes fresh on the heels of the controversy over Google, Inc’s having fired an employee who wrote a 10-page memo lambasting this employer for its failure to address its epidemic diversity issues.  True to religious cult form, the employee wasn’t fired for what he actually wrote in the memo, but for what fake news media outlets falsely alleged he had said in the memo.  This classic hive behavior is a hallmark of American progressive behavior, and Google, Inc. is just a small part of that hive.
  • For those unfamiliar with the term “hive behavior”, it’s really pretty simple:  whenever a bee becomes injured and infirm, its fellow bees make no effort at rehabilitation – that would, after all, require sentient thought or at least an instinct for caring – but rather systematically and rapidly force the debilitated bee from the hive.  It also describes the manner in which a hive filled with thousands of bees all react exactly the same way in unison to outside stimuli.
  • We see these behaviors in progressives all the time.  If you’re not willing to simply parrot everything Al Gore claims about the environment, even though literally nothing he claimed in his first film has turned out to be true, you are shunned as a “climate denier”.  If you criticize Maxine Waters for the obvious fact that she is a mean-spirited, raging dimwit, you are shunned as a “racist”.  If you voted for Donald Trump because Hillary Clinton is an obvious career criminal, you are shunned as a “sexist”.  If you try to engage any progressive in a fact-based discussion on any issue, all you will invariably get in return is a rote recitation of whatever Rachel Maddow had to say about it on her TV show the night before.  Oh, and name-calling, lots and lots of name-calling.
  • In other words, if you aren’t willing to suspend simple acknowledgement of the reality all around us in your daily life, and if you base your views on key issues on that reality, logic and facts, you are, to the progressive hive, literally a heretic who is to be shunned and demonized.
  • So, yes, Google is run like a religious cult because the management at Google is uniformly made up of progressives.  The same is no doubt true at other tech giants like Facebook and Twitter.  If you accept a job at one of these firms, and you find yourself unwilling to simply recite the dogma and act in unison with the hive, you will soon be identified as “damaged”, as the writer of the 10-page memo was, and very quickly removed.  The hive made no effort to defend its employee, or to rehabilitate him – doing those things, after all, would require adherence to the truth and actual caring about his well-being.  Regardless of what his memo did or did not say, the employee violated Google’s religious dogma, the first tenet of which is obviously that “Google is unfailingly good”.  Once he did that, he was damaged goods.  Plus, he’s apparently a white male, an unprotected class, which made his swift removal laudable among the company’s army of mindless, hive-dwelling Social Justice Warriors.
  • Progressivism is a religious cult.  Once you accept that basic reality, it all begins to make sense.

Just another day in religious cult-ridden America.

That is all.

 

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