Tag: Conservative Bloggers

Conservative bloggers really hate California

Reliably, on many conservative blogs, you can find articles about how much California sucks.

The state with the 8th highest GDP per capita, which is the 25th best state for business and 31st best state to live in just really sucks. And, of course that is because it has Democratic politicians in office!

There’s about 13,000 articles about California at HotAir.com, but what’s funny about this one is that their narrative of GOP dominance in neighboring states just got crushed this week:

And where do these departing economic refugees go? To Arizona and Nevada, lower-tax places that have had — oh, look — Republican governments. And also Texas, another place stuck with GOP officeholders. California has exported more than 400,000 folks there this century.

“[Democrat] Sinema widens lead over McSally in Arizona Senate race”
“Democrats pick up Senate seat in Nevada with Rosen win”
“Longtime Texas Rep. [Republican] Pete Sessions loses to ex-NFL player”
“How the race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke became the closest in Texas in 40 years”

Liz Mair has more to say at The Daily Beast: “Don’t Look Now, but the Mountain West Is Turning Blue”

And I will add that HotAir conspicuously left Colorado off its list of states that Californians are “fleeing” to; it is really one of the biggest sources and much higher on the quality of life lists than Arizona, Nevada or California.

The crazy levels of false equivalency Clinton opponents will go to

Clinton is just as much a liar and unfit to be president as Donald Trump. At least that’s what many conservative critics of Clinton are saying.

It’s a bunch of false equivalency.

Take James O’Keefe, a conservative activist who secretly records videos (that he often edits out of context). He claims to have recorded a video of a low level Florida Democratic field worker (or, in O’Keefe’s words, a “Clinton staffer”) speculating on how he could get away with committing sexual assault.

“I think the bar of acceptable conduct in this campaign is pretty low. To be fired I would have to grab Emma’s ass twice and she would have to complain about it, I would have to sexually harass someone,” the field worker, Wylie Mao, said, according to Politico’s summary of O’Keefe’s video.

O’Keefe issued a statement making his motive for the video clear: “Let’s get this straight. Trump’s ‘grab them by the’ [self-censored pause] generated wall-to-wall TV coverage and generated the narrative that this is his true character and how he acts with women. Therefore, because of the precedent set by the mainstream media, I expect wall-to-wall-coverage of this Hillary staffer bragging about the ease that you can commit sexual harassment inside Hillary’s campaign and not get fired.”

Seriously, how stupid do they think we are?
Does O’Keefe really think that a Field Organizer for the Florida Democratic Party, who has worker for them for 3 whole months (according to his LinkedIn page) (allegedly) making inappropriate comments about sexual assault = the Republican nominee for president bragging about sexual assault?

Ignore for a moment the fact that Mao’s comments weren’t as bad as Trump’s (he didn’t say that he committed sexual assault, as Trump did say). Who the hell is Wylie Mao? Does O’Keefe have any videos of Hillary Clinton bragging about having committed sexual assault?

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Conservative populism in a disaster response: Who do we view as our fellow countrymen?

Do populist conservatives care about their fellow countrymen? If so, you would think that they would oppose discrimination against their fellow countrymen and thus welcome a memo by the Department of Justice with the intent of decreasing discrimination in the response to the flooding in Louisiana.

Shockingly, that is not how populist conservatives reacted at all. “President Mob Boss sends message to flood-hit Louisiana,” Liberty Unyielding blared. “Obama Just Sent An Offensive Memo To Louisiana Flood Victims,” The Federalist Papers.org shouted. “Obama irks La. flood victims with memo warning them not to discriminate,” the conservative Washington Times reported.

Offensive. Right, because populist conservatives are so politically correct that they would never want to “offend” anyone.

Rod Dreher, an author for The American Conservative, pretty well summarizes the reactionary mindset (in his own mindset) behind the people who are offended by anti-discrimination messages. Offended by a simple piece of guidance about federal law and best practices in disaster response. He accuses the so-called “elites” of being “out-of-touch” with “average Americans” (quote marks and choice of wording is mine — those phrases can’t exist without quote marks).

What he wrote directly was:

It’s like, Is that really what you think of us? That we’re just a bunch of rednecks dying to discriminate?

It’s like: The people of your Louisiana are not our countrymen, they’re aliens whose bizarre emotions we must attempt occasionally to anticipate and manage.

(Italics his.)

And yet, according to the memo the Department of Justice sent, there were documented instances of discrimination in the disaster response to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.

In one case:

A federal court found evidence of intentional discrimination in actions by St. Bernard Parish, which neighbors New Orleans, when the parish sought to restrict rental housing opportunities, including actions to halt the development of rental housing and enacting a permit requirement for single-family rentals that exempted renters who were “related by blood” to the homeowners. Additionally, the parish changed zoning rules to reduce the availability of rental housing, which was widely perceived in the parish as being planned to house African Americans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Because of these actions, the parish faced a HUD initiated investigation, a DOJ lawsuit, and several private lawsuits alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act and it ultimately paid more than $5 million in damages and attorneys’ fees to settle the cases.

I throw the question back at Dreher, since he raised it, Are the people of your Louisiana your countrymen? Do you feel black Louisianans should have had access to housing rentals in St. Bernard Parish?

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8 questions to ask after Orlando attack before demanding new policies

There’s a temptation in American politics to jump to conclusions before all the facts are in and for activists and politicians use tragedies to push for policies that they already support. Even—or perhaps especially—in the wake of the worst mass shooting in American history and the worst terrorist attack since 9/11, the politicization of cold-blooded murder started just about as soon as the initial news reports came in.

This counterproductive reaction is born out of an understandable desire to solve problems but also—less helpfully—by a human tendency to classify things and be blinded by our biases. When a person with a particular political bias hears about an attack, their first response is to think, “Who was the perpetrator? Was he a Christian? Was he a Muslim? He must have been a member of the group that I oppose!”

Even after the perpetrator in this case was found to be a Muslim who had been investigated by the FBI before on suspicions of harboring pro-terrorism sympathies, an ACLU attorney still tried to link it to Christian conservatives simply by virtue of the fact that Christian conservatives oppose gay rights.

“The Christian Right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months and people blaming Islam for this. No,” Chase Strangio, a staff attorney with ACLU’s LGBT and AIDS Project, tweeted.

This response to immediately try to blame parties that weren’t involved is the same response of some on the left after the Charlie Hebdo attack. What about the Spanish Inquisition?, some asked, and it is just as stupid, as I wrote it was then in this article for The Federalist: “Let’s Blame Christianity For Everything, And Islam For Nothing.”

Needless to say, restrictions on gay marriage can be a form of discrimination and a bad idea on their own merits, but they aren’t the same as murder. And you don’t have to talk about hypothetical Christian terrorism in order to condemn Christian terrorism; earlier this year a Christian terrorist motivated by intense opposition to abortion shot up a Planned Parenthood in Colorado.

Of course, one single incident doesn’t necessarily say anything about the kinds of strategies that should be taken. Only large scale considerations will allow us to arrive at the right solutions. But, nonetheless, if people on both the left and right want to look from this terrible tragedy for solutions to try to decrease the likelihood of similar attacks from happening again, then let us find some answers first as to whether the proposed policies would actually make an impact.

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Black Lives Matter activist sex trafficking story makes Facebook trending stories

Two days after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with conservative media leaders concerned about allegations that Facebook skews its news against conservatives, a negative story about Black Lives Matter is in the top three trending spots on Facebook.
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Charles Wade, a black activist involved in Black Lives Matter, was arrested and charged with trafficking a 17-year-old girl for sex, as The Washington Times reported. Among the allegations against Facebook was that the website often promoted favorable stories about Black Lives Matter through editorial decisions. Zuckerberg himself has been personally outspoken in defense of the #BlackLivesMatter message.

Could this be a response by Facebook to show they are taking conservative concerns to heart? Or is it evidence that Facebook wasn’t biased against conservatives in the first place?
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The choice of news outlets Facebook linked to as their top two sources included one journalistic outlet that featured original reporting, The Washington Times, at #2, but the top ranked result was for DeneenBorelli.com, a conservative opinion blogger who merely copied and pasted from a Fox News report and then added a tweet by Wade defending himself.

Clearly Fox News should have had been the featured link, as it was the actual source of both the news and the two paragraphs of the text that Borelli copied and pasted in blockquote. But it could be that Facebook was convinced that “conservative news” means opinion. I argued in my original post on the matter than some conservative websites featured in the allegations–including Breitbart and Red State–are focused on adding comment or opinion to news articles and not on reporting.
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Why I will never vote for Trump #NeverTrump

My name is Marybeth Glenn, and I go by the handle @MBGlenn on Twitter, and I’m also the sarcastic mind behind the The Collision Blog. I was obsessed with writing and American history by the time I was 10, so political involvement naturally followed. I’m a small government conservative who refuses to be fed my opinions by the media talking heads, and I think this world would be a much better place if we all laughed a little more, researched a lot more, and stood by our principles – regardless of their popularity.

Which brings me to the reason for this post: I will never vote for Donald Trump.I have various reasons to oppose a Trump presidency, but first and foremost would be the preservation of conservative heritage. We are the movement that fought slavery, championed equal rights, and stood with minorities for civil rights. We are the movement of compassion, decency, and inclusion. I will not be an obsequious accomplice to the overhaul of every principle that gives this movement worth. Trump stands for anger, bitterness, and the disregard of minorities, women and ethical conservatism.

To stand by and allow his rise, or vote for such ideology out of desperation, would be to aid in ordering the assassination of our moral compass.

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Beyonce, Iraq, and conservative political correctness

Conservatives have a tendency to associate “political correctness” with liberalism. That is a mistake, because doing so would politicize the term. Critics of political correctness shouldn’t discriminate when opposing PC.

What would you call an incident where someone made a speech expression and then that person’s critics expressed unreasonably emotional outrage, twisted the facts, and then tried to boycott that person? When Rush Limbaugh tried to buy the NFL’s Rams as part of an ownership group and was forced to drop out after a campaign that involved Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton argued that views he had expressed were too racist (some of which were fake quotes, which CNN apologized for). Limbaugh attributed it at the time to “political correctness.”

Now go back to the NFL and there is currently another outrage-induced racial controversy going on. Only this time, it’s conservatives who are outraged and calling for a boycott.

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The “Clock Bomb” Student and the Racialization of Issues

A student who brought a homemade clock to school was arrested on suspicions that his clock could be a bomb. Many have said the school and police overreacted, and for a long time conservative commentators have been pointing to examples of schools overreacting to toy guns at school, but in this particular case they weren’t so outraged. Some conservative bloggers defended the school.

Let’s look at the blog Young Conservatives, for example. In the past the blog has posted items criticizing schools for excessive policing of students like these:
Fail: A student is facing a possible year-long suspension from school for playing with toy guns…at his house
See this 7-Year-Old? You won’t BELIEVE why he was suspended from school last week [for having a toy gun]
11-Year-Old Student Suspended for Bringing NERF Bullet and Toothpick to School
“A five-year-old girl from Alabama was forced to sign a suicide and homicide contract after pretending her crayon was a gun. Feel free to face palm.”

That last one was written by Michael Cantrell, so you would think he would have the same kind of outrage to express about the clockmaker’s arrest?

Well, no… He’s defended the school and police and attacking the critics of the school in his article “This Meme Shows What the Media Won’t tell you About the Digital Clock That Caused a Muslim Student to get Arrested.”

What I didn’t mention is that the student was a non-white Muslim, because that shouldn’t be relevant to whether or not it was wrong for him to be arrested. However it has been a leading fact in stories on either side of the debate.

Cantrell also tried to link the story to politics:

As you might imagine, progressive race hustlers immediately started salivating over the incident, chomping at the bit to start tossing out the “racist” label as quickly as possible, politicizing the incident to boost support for the Democratic Party and their push to appear like “tolerant” social justice warrior do-gooders out to save the world.

It’s a story about a local school district and local police… What the hell does it have to do with the Democratic Party?

In reality, they just want to expand the voter base…

What, at all, does this have to do with driving voter behavior? Was the outrage at the student who had a Pop Tart “in the shape of a gun” just meant to “expand the voter base”?

And if this blogger is so outraged at people being suspended for having toy guns and Pop Tarts, then why isn’t he outraged at people being suspended for having clocks? He could use this very story to “expand the voter base” for his side. Instead, too many conservatives are viewing it as a story of a Muslim being arrested rather than a story of a student being arrested due to brain-dead “politically correct” policies against supposed threats.

True, this story has also gotten a lot of attention from liberal blogs because of the boy’s race and religion–for the opposite reason; those bloggers are focusing on their suspicions that he was wrongly arrested due to anti-Muslim stereotypes rather than being wrongly arrested due to “zero tolerance”-type policies. Conservatives always like to attack liberals for claiming minorities are mistreated, but sometimes they are, but even if this case wasn’t about his religion, those who are opposed to zero tolerance should be outraged about it.

Of course I wasn’t at the school and don’t know if the student said or did anything suspicious. I–like the many other bloggers who jumped on this local story–can only rely on the reporting of others. But it seems from this Washington Post article that no one was really suspicious of the clock being a bomb.

The English teacher who said “it looks like a bomb” took it and “kept the clock, and during sixth period, Mohamed was pulled out of class by the principal and a police officer.”

If this teacher really thought it might be a bomb, why would she keep it for some amount of time?

Later the article claims that one of the police who was questioning him said, “It looks like a movie bomb to me.”

The reference to “movie bomb” seems to suggest a fake bomb, a prop.

“It could reasonably be mistaken as a device if left in a bathroom or under a car,” [Officer] McLellan said.

Sure, but look at the context. It wasn’t left under a car. It was in his backpack and then on the teacher’s desk.

The police claim the boy was evasive:

Irving chief Boyd said he did “not have answers to your specific question” about the allegation.

But is being evasive grounds for arrest? If they knew it wasn’t a bomb, what was the arrest for?

It seems like the whole thing was a crazy overreaction. Schools make students abide by a long “code of conduct” with unnecessary rules and prohibitions. People get uptight about so many things that cause no problems. They were apparently scared that the student might have been trying to cause a disturbance, but the teachers and police were the only ones who contrived a disturbance. And police arresting someone for these questionable reasons perhaps is a symbolic of why America has so many people incarcerated.

Now there might be some truth to the arguments noted by Allahpundit at HotAir.com that liberals really exploded in disproportionate fashion over this particular story. In fact, that President Obama tweeted about it and that CAIR started a “hold up actual clocks” (as opposed to the refashioned-digital-clock-parts-inside-a-pencil-case style favored by the student) Twitter campaign shows that it might also be an example of Twitter outrage culture gone crazy.

So be it. But the headlines–on both sides–should put the actions first and put the identity of the subject in the text of the story.

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