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  • Read and Consider Before Voting

    Posted by David Foster on October 19th, 2016 (All posts by )

    Regulators retaliate against Tea Party activist for his free speech–and get away with it.  People’s political views are being attacked by threatening their employment; there is more and more of this.

    Various people in Silicon Valley and elsewhere are advocating a boycott of businesses in which Peter Thiel is involved because of his $1.25MM donation to the Trump campaign. Ellen Pao of ‘Project Include,’ a group which says it focuses on improving tech-industry opportunities for women and minorities, has already cut ties with the Y Combinator (startup incubator) because Thiel is a part-time partner there.  Not very helpful to the people you are claiming to want to provide opportunities for, I’d say, Ms Pao.

    Video has been released in which Democratic operatives admit to inciting violence at Trump rallies.  According to this, one of the major players is Robert Creamer, co-founder of something called Democracy Partners. Creamer is the husband of Illinois Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky. He also has a guilty plea for financial fraud on his record, and has visited the White House 342 times since 2009.

    Mary Grabar writes about her personal experience with the IRS persecution of conservatives.

    At least 20 cars belonging to attendees at a Trump rally were vandalized in Bangor, Maine.  There was also a recent fire-bombing of Republican office in North Carolina.

    It’s not new news, but consider the continuing flood of heresy accusations–which can have serious consequences for the accused party’s career—on college campuses.

    Obama has denounced what he calls the ‘Wild West’ media landscape and called for a ‘curating function’ on information distribution.  (‘obviously not censorship,’ he adds.)  See Mark Steyn’s response.

    The Obama administration has called for ‘local intervention teams’ to ‘prevent the spread of violent ideologies.’  As Mary Grabar says:  “ou can bet your sweet bippy that these “local intervention teams” will be guided by Madame President and that the focus will be on the “violent ideology” of tea partiers and Trumpeters.”

    A Hillary Clinton presidency would mean the ceaseless tightening of the coils of the anti-free-speech python.  Expect free expression outside of a defined (and ever-narrowing) box to be threatened by further politicization of regulatory agencies, threats against individuals’  employment, use of major media corporations (including blogging platforms) as part of the ‘extended government’–and direct mob action against dissident organizations and individual dissidents. Not to mention the continuation and reinforcement of anti-free-speech behavior and extreme political indoctrination in America’s institutions of higher education.

     

    14 Responses to “Read and Consider Before Voting”

    1. Brian Says:

      Peter Thiel is rich enough and influential enough to be able to laugh at the likes of Ellen Pao, unlike Brendan Eich. This is just an attempt by her and her ilk to get some pub, and to put the industry on notice. You think any random programmer or founder is going to say anything to get on their bad sides? Not until they get their first billion, they aren’t.

    2. Jonathan Says:

      Feel the diversity and inclusion! Or else.

    3. David Foster Says:

      Truly insane chart for analyzing the ‘threat’ of a particular Halloween costume, at U-Mass Amherst:

      http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/264551/umass-amherst-deploys-scream-threat-level-flow-daniel-greenfield

    4. Grurray Says:

      Zuckerberg defending Peter Thiel and (sort of backhandedly) Trump supporters:

      http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/19/13334608/mark-zuckerberg-peter-thiel-donald-trump

      I lived in Jan Schatrotsky’s district for years and can confirm she is a Maoist despot. Five years ago the Democrats conspired to severely gerrymander the district in order to cement their grasp on power. They split the vote of the growing number of conservative Eastern Christian and Indian immigrants living in the center of the former district, but now split between three different ones.

      Consider supporting her opponent Joan McCarthy who represents the citizens best chance in a long time at seizing back their liberty:

      http://joanforcongress.com/

    5. David Foster Says:

      Grurray….just contributed to Joan McC. I truly despise Schakowsky

      http://chicagoboyz.net/archives/27618.html

    6. Gringo Says:

      Grurray….just contributed to Joan McC. I truly despise Schakowsky

      Not to mention her husband: Robert Creamer. That is a power couple. :)
      There is something about Illinois Democrats.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Schakowsky

    7. Mike K Says:

      Brendan Eich was a previous example of leftist intolerance.

      He had earned his chops as even Wikipedia admits.

      In early 1998, Eich co-founded the Mozilla project with Mitchell Baker, creating the website mozilla.org that was meant to manage open-source contributions to the Netscape source code. He served as Mozilla’s chief architect. AOL bought Netscape in 1999. After AOL shut down the Netscape browser unit in July 2003, Eich helped spin out the Mozilla Foundation.

      In August 2005, after serving as Lead Technologist and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mozilla Foundation, Eich became CTO of the newly founded Mozilla Corporation, meant to be the Mozilla Foundation’s for-profit arm. Eich continued to own the Mozilla SpiderMonkey module, its JavaScript engine, until he passed on the ownership of it in 2011.

      Then he made the (to the left) mistake: Critics of Eich within Mozilla tweeted to gay activists that he had donated $1,000 to California Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California until 2013, when it was declared unconstitutional and marriages were allowed to resume.

      No mention, of course, of the fact that the federal judge who struck down the proposition which passed with almost 60% of the vote was gay and married his gay lover after the decision.

      The California AG did not appeal the decision.

      They did not succeed in killing him off.

      On January 20, 2016, the company released developer versions of its open-source Brave web browser, which blocked ads and trackers and included a micropayments system to offer users a choice between viewing selected ads or paying websites not to display them.[36] A recent update added inbuilt integration of 1Password and LastPass password managers.

      Ellen Pao, meanwhile, lost her lawsuit alleging discrimination. She does not seem to be the entrepreneur Eich is.

    8. Brian Says:

      Brave is an awesome browser.

      Eich had serious cred, but compared to Thiel, he’s nobody, and was very vulnerable.

    9. Mike K Says:

      “compared to Thiel, he’s nobody, and was very vulnerable.”

      Maybe financially but he is a real developer.

      The midgets are pulling down the giants or trying to.

    10. ErisGuy Says:

      Peter Thiel is rich enough and influential enough to be able to laugh at the likes of Ellen Pao

      But for how long? Russian history in the 1920s and 1930s, and German history in the 1930s is filled with the corpses of people who believed they had the wealth and connections to weather the storms of socialism.

    11. ErisGuy Says:

      Regulators retaliate against Tea Party activist for his free speech–and get away with it.

      Whether is it is called the principle-agent problem or Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?, this problem is well known and the entirely foreseeable consequence of a regulatory bureacracy. The people have chosen enlightened, scientific management by learned, degree’d, educated administrators over self-governance. I hear America 2.75 is next: prosperity and equality without liberty.

    12. Brian Says:

      Peter Thiel will be fine. What Pao and her jackals are trying to do is make sure no one guilty of wrongthink is allowed to get into Thiel’s position. It’s clear that Sam Altman from YC is close to her side, but for as influential as he is, Thiel is too big for him to kick to the curb. Zuckerburg actually gave a pretty good defense of Thiel, but then he owes him bigly.

    13. Phil Ossiferz Stone Says:

      >And I feel strongly that the Supreme Court needs to stand on the side of the American people, not on the side of the powerful corporations and the wealthy. For me, that means that we need a Supreme Court that will stand up on behalf of women’s rights, on behalf of the rights of the LGBT community, that will stand up and say no to Citizens United, a decision that has undermined the election system in our country because of the way it permits dark, unaccountable money to come into our electoral system.

      >I have major disagreements with my opponent about these issues and others that will be before the Supreme Court. But I feel that at this point in our country’s history, it is important that we not reverse marriage equality, that we not reverse Roe v. Wade, that we stand up against Citizens United, we stand up for the rights of people in the workplace, that we stand up and basically say: The Supreme Court should represent all of us.

      In other words, the anointed militant identity tribes of the far left. The rest of us — and the Constitution, apparently — can go pound sand down a rathole. Any who will not toe the party line will be harassed, sued, vandalized, gaslighted, propagandized against, audited, and disenfranchised through acts of legislative and judicial fiat. Just as they are now.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/10/19/the-final-trump-clinton-debate-transcript-annotated/

    14. Mike K Says:

      Citizens United was specifically about a movie denigrating Hillary. That general welfare stuff is BS.