The Truth About Robert E. Lee That Liberals Hope You Never Hear

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The Truth About Robert E. Lee That Liberals Hope You Never Hear

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The removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee was the flashpoint that brought white supremacists to Charlottesville, Virginia, and reignited a national debate over Confederate monuments. But what do most Americans know about the Confederate general?

Not enough, says George Rasley, editor of Conservative HQ — especially racists want to use Lee as a symbol of white supremacy and liberals want to see him erased from American history. In a Conservative HQ n op-ed titled “Misusing Robert E. Lee,” Rasley argues that both sides in the debate over Lee’s legacy miss that he opposed slavery and helped end the Civil War before it turned into a bloody guerrilla war.

Knowing Lee’s place in history is important, particularly as the left seeks to use him as a symbol of division. Progressives know that Lee has many defenders — and they also know that conservatives who stand up for Lee’s memory can be falsely painted as apologists for slavery and the old order of the Confederacy.

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Yet, few involved in the debate actually know Lee’s complicated history.

Offered a position as the commander of the Union forces, Rasley points out, “Lee refused the command on the grounds that he was a Virginian and owed his first allegiance to the state he believed was a sovereign entity with the right to stay in or leave the Union as it saw fit. He would, he said, not make war on the Union, but he would defend the state of his birth.”

However, when Virginia seceded, the general felt his sympathies residing with his home state. “I shall never bear arms against the Union, but it may be necessary for me to carry a musket in the defense of my native state, Virginia, in which case I shall not prove recreant to my duty,” he said.

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As for his feelings on slavery, Rasley notes that “(w)hile Lee espused the paternalistic attitudes many Nineteenth Century Americans felt toward Africans, it certainly wasn’t because he believed slavery was just.” In fact, what Lee said about slavery may surprise a number of people who aren’t familiar with Lee’s views on the matter… [CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE]

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Mother of Charlottesville Victim Silences Trump-Hating Media With 1 Message

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Ever since President Donald Trump first made his statement condemning the Charlottesville terror attack, the media has been pouncing on it. To hear most reporters and pundits, it was almost as if the statement were the real tragedy, as opposed to the death of Heather Heyer and the destruction that violent thugs wrought on the city of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Heyer’s mother, however, has a different story to tell. In a statement released to the media, she thanked the president for his stand against hatred and bigotry.

“Thank you, President Trump, for those words of comfort and for denouncing those who promote violence and hatred,” Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother, said.

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“My condolences, also, to the grieving families of the two state troopers and quick recovering for those injured.”

Bro’s statement came after the president’s remarks Monday in which he further condemned the violence and hatred on display in Virginia this weekend.

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“Racism is evil,” Trump said. “And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

“Two days ago, a young American woman, Heather Heyer, was tragically killed. Her death fills us with grief, and we send her family our thoughts, our prayers, and our love,” he continued. “We also mourn the two Virginia state troopers who died in service to their community, their commonwealth, and their country. Troopers Jay Cullen and Burke Bates exemplify the very best of America, and our hearts go out to their families, their friends, and every member of American law enforcement.

“These three fallen Americans embody the goodness and decency of our nation. In times such as these, America has always shown its true character: responding to hate with love, division with unity, and violence with an unwavering resolve for justice.”

Yet, this is exactly what the media efused to report on, instead sticking with the insane narrative that the president was indifferent to the pain and suffering of the victims of Saturday’s violence — if not stoking the insane conspiracy theory that he was somehow in league with the rabble marching in Virginia.

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Regardless of whether you feel the president went far enough with his first statement, it’s somewhat fatuous to say that this was deliberate. There’s no evidence, except of the most base and conspiratorial sort, to suggest that his original failure to mention white supremacists wasn’t a mistake. Now, even the victim’s mother has thanked the president for his statement. Talk about a narrative-changer.

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ESPN’s Kornheiser: Why Play the National Anthem at Sporting Events?

ESPN’s Kornheiser: Why Play the National Anthem at Sporting Events?

14 Aug, 2017
14 Aug, 2017

Monday while reacting to NFL players Michael Bennett and Marshawn Lynch sitting for the national anthem before preseason games last week, ESPN “Pardon the Interruption” co-host Tony Kornheiser questioned the purpose of even playing the “The Star Spangled Banner” at professional sporting events.

“If you don’t want to stand for the anthem, you don’t have to,” Kornheiser said. “A lot of times I say it in half jest, but I’m getting to the point where it’s not even half jest anymore. I don’t even know why they play the anthem. I mean, play the Beach Boys. I like the Beach Boys.”

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Reporters Horrified After President Shares Meme of ‘Trump Train’ Hitting CNN

Reporters Horrified After President Shares Meme of ‘Trump Train’ Hitting CNN

15 Aug, 2017
15 Aug, 2017

President Donald Trump retweeted a meme shared by one of his supporters Tuesday morning, showing a cartoon “Trump Train” running into a person with CNN’s logo for a head.

“Fake news can’t stop the Trump Train,” the text of the cartoon meme read.

Trump’s decision to share the image triggered outrage from reporters, who compared it to Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville.

The president’s Twitter account undid the retweet later in the morning.

The meme is taken from a Gary Varvel cartoon of Democrats unsuccessfully trying to stop the “Trump Train.”

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Class at Stanford will try and figure out how to ‘abolish whiteness’

One of the premier 4 year colleges in America is going to offer a course called “White Identity Politics.” But that’s only the beginning, as The College Fix describes:

Stanford University is slated to offer a class this fall called “White Identity Politics,” during which students will “survey the field of whiteness studies” and discuss the “possibilities of … abolishing whiteness,” according to the course description.

Citing pundits who say “the 2016 Presidential election marks the rise of white identity politics in the United States,” the upper-level anthropology seminar will draw “from the field of whiteness studies and from contemporary writings that push whiteness studies in new directions.”

Questions to be posed throughout the semester include: “Does white identity politics exist?” and “How is a concept like white identity to be understood in relation to white nationalism, white supremacy, white privilege, and whiteness?”

“Students will consider the perils and possibilities of different political practices,” according to the course description, “including abolishing whiteness or coming to terms with white identity.”

The course will be taught by instructor John Patrick Moran. Reached by e-mail, Moran declined to comment, instead directing The College Fix to Stanford communication’s office.

Ernest Miranda, a spokesman for Stanford, told The Fix via e-mail that “‘abolishing whiteness’ is a concept put forward in the 1990s by a number of white historians. Their belief was that if other white people would, like them, stop identifying politically as white, it would help end inequalities.”

What noble creatures, those white historians. If only we could be as smart as them and “stop identifying politically as white,” we could help end inequalities.

Except for a few kluxers and skinheads, I’ve never heard anyone identify politically as “white.” I’ve heard plenty of black activists identify as “black.” Perhaps Stanford should offer a course on “Black Identity Politics.”

So if there are few whites who identify politically as “white,” how are we going to end inequality?

It’s a load of hogswallow. If we ask questions like that, we will be told that it’s in our subconscious mind, bred into us from birth, and manifests itself without us realizing it. 

The beauty of that construct is that it is impossible to prove. So “researchers” into whiteness generate theories based on outcomes. Black people are generally poorer than whites, so, white privilege. It’s easy once you get the hang of it.

Whatever parents are paying for their kids to go to Stanford, I’d demand a refund and pull them out for proposing such an idiotic and anti-intellectual course.

One of the premier 4 year colleges in America is going to offer a course called “White Identity Politics.” But that’s only the beginning, as The College Fix describes:

Stanford University is slated to offer a class this fall called “White Identity Politics,” during which students will “survey the field of whiteness studies” and discuss the “possibilities of … abolishing whiteness,” according to the course description.

Citing pundits who say “the 2016 Presidential election marks the rise of white identity politics in the United States,” the upper-level anthropology seminar will draw “from the field of whiteness studies and from contemporary writings that push whiteness studies in new directions.”

Questions to be posed throughout the semester include: “Does white identity politics exist?” and “How is a concept like white identity to be understood in relation to white nationalism, white supremacy, white privilege, and whiteness?”

“Students will consider the perils and possibilities of different political practices,” according to the course description, “including abolishing whiteness or coming to terms with white identity.”

The course will be taught by instructor John Patrick Moran. Reached by e-mail, Moran declined to comment, instead directing The College Fix to Stanford communication’s office.

Ernest Miranda, a spokesman for Stanford, told The Fix via e-mail that “‘abolishing whiteness’ is a concept put forward in the 1990s by a number of white historians. Their belief was that if other white people would, like them, stop identifying politically as white, it would help end inequalities.”

What noble creatures, those white historians. If only we could be as smart as them and “stop identifying politically as white,” we could help end inequalities.

Except for a few kluxers and skinheads, I’ve never heard anyone identify politically as “white.” I’ve heard plenty of black activists identify as “black.” Perhaps Stanford should offer a course on “Black Identity Politics.”

So if there are few whites who identify politically as “white,” how are we going to end inequality?

It’s a load of hogswallow. If we ask questions like that, we will be told that it’s in our subconscious mind, bred into us from birth, and manifests itself without us realizing it. 

The beauty of that construct is that it is impossible to prove. So “researchers” into whiteness generate theories based on outcomes. Black people are generally poorer than whites, so, white privilege. It’s easy once you get the hang of it.

Whatever parents are paying for their kids to go to Stanford, I’d demand a refund and pull them out for proposing such an idiotic and anti-intellectual course.

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BOZELL & GRAHAM: TV Makers Can’t Stop Ripping Republicans

The world of television and how Hollywood delivers it keeps changing. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have become prestigious brands whose original programming draws a pile of Emmy nominations. In 2017, Netflix has received 91 Emmy nominations, second only to HBO’s 111. Hulu has 18 nominations, and Amazon has 16, just a few less than Fox’s 21.

But as much as technology changes, some things remain the same. The entertainment factories keep ripping on Republican politicians in the crudest terms. Hulu has created a sitcom called “Difficult People.” The characters are two unlikeable, self-absorbed stand-up comedians. In the new season, they’re taking out the political pitchforks.

One of the comedians, a gay man named Billy, mocks Vice President Mike Pence as a “failed prototype for one of those Japanese sex robots.” The ridiculous plot involves Billy pretending to participate in a new Pence program called Sixpence None the Gayer, where the federal government pays gay people $6,000 to become straight through electric shock therapy.

When Billy joins this purported Pence program to get the cash, a package arrives in the mail complete with beer, a “Make America Straight Again” hat and an electric shock therapy kit. Liberals have tried to insist Pence favored government funding of conversion therapy, pointing to a pledge on his 2000 campaign website that favors “assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.” Lost on them is the irony — or hypocrisy, really — that they favor transgender people in the military or prison doing that very thing.

Billy also notices a new vice presidential seal on an envelope: a red, white and blue swastika. You see, stupid voters put Nazis in the White House.

“Difficult People” viciously mocks the Reagans, too. When an elderly man has trouble with a computer at work, a younger man complains, “I don’t need to watch you fumble around like Ronald Reagan.” Later, a sobriety sponsor for one of the comedians proclaims, “Nancy Reagan was an AIDS-ignoring monster.”

The Reagans ignoring AIDS is one of the sturdiest lies of the Hollywood left.

But that show looks like “Masterpiece Theater” next to Netflix’s comedy “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.” The show is based on an old movie about kids attending summer camp at Camp Firewood in 1981. It is set in 1991, and its plotters inserted former President Reagan boasting that he stole a nuclear weapon after he left office so he could blow up the summer camp. This is just too asinine to be funny.

And it gets more stupid by the minute. Reagan and then-President George H.W. Bush come to camp, and someone proposes — complete with a diorama — that instead of blowing up the camp they rebuild it as a Reagan tribute. Crazy Reagan throws the diorama on the floor and urinates on it. But that’s not enough. Then he defecates on it. That’s still not enough. He then makes President Bush defecate on it, because Bush did whatever Reagan ordered him to do. See?

On some TV shows the Reagan bashing is much more realistic. A recent episode of the FX series “Snowfall” — the feverish one trying to connect the explosion of crack cocaine in Los Angeles to Reagan backing the Nicaraguan resistance — had a scene in which a former Black Panther is throwing darts at a painted image of Reagan’s head. Imagine anyone in TV Land uncorking plots and visuals this mean-spirited on the Kennedys, the Clintons or the Obamas.

We know the left remains emotionally overwrought by the reality that Donald Trump was elected president, but its never-ending demonization of the Reagans shows that its anger never softens. Its bitterness never relents.

L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Carl Sagan wrote in 1995 what he feared the future would look like, and it’s seemingly come true

Carl Sagan, noted astrophysicist, author, and celebrity scientist, wrote in his 1995 book, “The Demon-Haunted World,” what the near future would look like. Now in 2017, a passage from the book has gone viral as Sagan’s foretelling of society’s future has seemingly proven true.

Sagan’s “The Demon-Haunted World” was meant as a way to introduce the everyday person to the scientific method, and encourage skeptical and critical thinking. Sagan noted that as he wrote the book, the most rented videotape was the movie “Dumb and Dumber,” and young people’s favorite show was “Beavis and Butt-Head.” Sagan feared that the desire to learn anything would be “undesirable,” and people would celebrate ignorance.

As Sagan wrote his vision of the future, he noted that key manufacturing industries will have left America. He predicted that public represesntatives will hardly be able to grasp issues, and that people will lack the knowledge to question those in power. He also noted that the dumbing down of America will be evident in the media, who will reduce their news to quicker soundbites, and pseudoscience will be celebrated over real science.

The passage was first highlighted on Reddit by user “theDeft0nes,” and inspired thousands of comments. The post went viral on Twitter shortly after.

Parallels could be drawn between Sagan’s foretelling, and events happening today.

Celebrities and “scientists” hold the concept of “gender fluidity” as a scientifically sound concept, and promote it via song and dance numbers, despite no scientific evidence giving the concept weight.

In terms of the celebration of ignorance, Danielle Bregoli, popularly known as the unruly “cash me ousside” girl from Dr. Phil, is being given her own reality television show.

Additionally, Sagan’s words about condensed news has also come true. News outlets are moving to make news stories and videos shorter for easier consumption.

This opens up a can of worms in terms of the spread of false, or misunderstood information. A blog post on Steemit from a user named “kald” highlighted about how we consume news through social media, and how easily this quick news can fool people:

Media pages such as ‘Now This’ changed the game however, by posting hype videos they managed to get 4 BILLION interactions during the last US election.  Undoubtedly, influencing the elections and pushing the younger generation to vote.

Now, you might ask why this is a bad thing.  The problem here is with FAKE and FALSE information.  It only takes basic video editing skills in order to create a short informative video, which carries the risk of changing ones opinion for good.

Kald noted that information from “Now This” videos have sometimes been proven to be biased to the left, or false. He also noted that the information in the “Now This” videos have been replicated by others, and millions have been introduced to these false news items.

“With an audience so young, it becomes less difficult to accept the fact that their political views can be severely obscured by these types of companies who push their own views to the masses, directly influencing the political environment,” Kald wrote.

According to the Media Insight Project, 60 percent of millennials get their news from social media. Sixty-one percent of those millennials say they get their news from Facebook, a relationship based social media site. News organizations like “Now This” primarily operate on Facebook, where friends share these videos with friends.

As Forbes noted last December, millennials prefer to get their news from friends and family, as they feel the news is coming from a “trusted friend.”

False news, combined with quick news bites makes for a very uneducated, and unequipped populace as Sagan feared.

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Kid Rock Gets Incredible News From Super PAC About Senate Run

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If Robert “Kid Rock” Ritchie is going to seriously compete in his potential Michigan Senate run, he’s going to need some help from conservative political action committees. Now, the outspoken rock star has gotten some game-changing news in that direction from a surprising source.

In an interview on C-SPAN Friday, the head of the Senate Leadership Fund super PAC — a committee with connections to House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to Politico — said his donors are watching Kid Rock carefully.

“We’d be actually very interested in his candidacy,” said Steven Law, the super PAC’s president. “I certainly wouldn’t count him out.”

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McConnell, of course, is one of the most staid politicians in the Washington establishment. Kid Rock is — well, not staid.

While he hasn’t officially announced his candidacy yet, the fact that he’s taken out the website kidrockforsenate.com and has been making a lot of political pronouncements of late certainly seem to indicate he’s leaning in that direction.

“I believe if you work your butt off and pay taxes, you should be able to easily understand and navigate the laws, tax codes, health care and anything else the government puts in place that affects us all,” Kid Rock states on his website.

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And, love or hate his personal style, he certainly seems to be making an impact. According to RealClearPolitics, one poll showed him eight points behind Democrat incumbent Sen. Debbie Stavenow, although other polls have shown him within striking distance or even in the lead.

While it’s quite early and it’s easy to question the accuracy of the polling this far out, Law noted that it’s “not a bad place to start.”

“The truth of the matter is that he’s done a lot in his home state philanthropically, he’s a pretty smart guy, he thinks about policy and he’s a shrewd businessman,” Law said, noting that the popular view of Kid Rock as a “wild redneck” was a “superficial” one.

“If you’re watching, Kid, we hope you run,” he added.

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Getting the backing of the Senate Leadership Fund wouldn’t just be about the money for Mr. Rock (although the money certainly doesn’t hurt). It would give the imprimatur of Mitch McConnell and a major mainstream super PAC to a campaign that many in the establishment have been quick to dismiss as a publicity stunt at best and an abhorrence at worst.

Of course, that’s the way Donald Trump’s campaign was treated, too.

Just sayin’.

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Trump Refuses Call From Maduro, Until ‘Democracy Is Restored In That Country’

Standing up for human rights. Where is the left calling for this? Via Daily Caller: President Trump refused to take a phone call from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Friday, and said he will not speak with the socialist leader until “democracy is restored in that country.” “Since the start of this Administration, President Trump has […]

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Video: Mom confronts server who stole her bank card and racked up $600 bill — see her response

A North Carolina mother of three confronted a server at a local Steak ‘n Shake in Kannapolis over allegations that the server stole her bank card information and racked up $600 in charges.

The server was caught when Parks looked at her bank statement and saw that the server had paid her own electric bill. In addition to paying her electric bill, the server also reportedly spent money on clothing and an insurance payment.

Courtney Parks, 27, returned to the eatery the day after she saw the charges on her bank account, and confronted the store’s manager, who then brought out the Parks’ server from the previous night.

“That was my child’s day care money,” Parks told the Steak ‘n Shake employee. “That was my car payment. My kid’s day care check bounced because you stole all my bill money.”

“I was buying burgers for my family and you stole everything I had in my bank account,” she added.

The exchange was caught on a video that Parks’ friend shared on Facebook, which also seems to include a confession and an apology from the server.

“I’m so sorry about that,” the server told Parks. “I’m sorry about that. I’m willing to pay you all the money back.”

Despite the server’s apparent admittance, Parks became further enraged.

“Did you really think what you did was clever enough that you didn’t think that your name was going to get?” she asked.

“No, no ma’am,” the employee responded. “I knew this was going to happen. I’m sorry.”

The employee later added, “I don’t want to be in trouble.”

Parks claimed that she filed a police report and hopes for reimbursement.

See the exchange in the video below, which, at the time of this posting, has had over 1 million views.

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