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The brilliant Dr. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit was temporarily shitcanned from Twitter and was only unblocked if he promised to delete an objectionable post that urged motorists to run over rioters blocking traffic in Charlotte, N.C.
“Yes, that was my post,” he wrote in the email. “It was brief, since it was Twitter, but blocking highways is dangerous and I don’t think people should stop for a mob, especially when it’s been violent.”
Reynolds also expanded on his comment in a post to his blog:
“I’ve always been a supporter of free speech and peaceful protest. I fully support people protesting police actions, and I’ve been writing in support of greater accountability for police for years.
“But riots aren’t peaceful protest. And locking interstates and trapping people in their cars is not peaceful protest — it’s threatening and dangerous, especially against the background of people rioting, cops being injured, civilian-on-civilian shootings, and so on. I wouldn’t actually aim for people blocking the road, but I wouldn’t stop because I’d fear for my safety, as I think any reasonable person would.
” ‘Run them down’ ” perhaps didn’t capture this fully, but it’s Twitter, where character limits stand in the way of nuance.”
Blocking traffic like the last set of piss guzzling bug fuckers and preventing a child from getting medical care is NOT peaceful.
Jumping on top of innocent people’s vehicles and threatening them is NOT peaceful.
And Professor Reynolds is absolutely correct. If these savages are blocking the roads and threatening you, there’s no reason for you to stop. None.
Meanwhile, at least one British newspaper is evacuating its bowels because a man drove through the rioters brandishing a gun, and *GASP!* he was WHITE!
But look – this post isn’t about the
protests riots. It’s about silencing your opposition.
Professor Reynolds described a perfectly reasonable reaction to being threatened by violent mobs – KEEP DRIVING. Yes, he did say “RUN THEM DOWN,” but anyone who’s not a blithering fuckwit understands that when you’re surrounded by agitated throngs of malcontents, jumping on cars and setting trash on fire, you keep moving. Period. It’s certainly preferable to getting a beatdown at the hands of “protesters,” who think rioting and destruction of property are legitimate outlets for their rage at societal injustices.
And for this thought crime, Twitter suspended his account until he promised to remove the “offending” tweet.
Do you remember what Social Justice Howler Monkeys do when they don’t agree with someone? They riot. They threaten the employment of the individuals with whom they disagree. They report their social media accounts in an effort to shut them down. They even doxx them and threaten their loved ones.
And, of course, they try to shout the opposition down a la Trigglypuff.
They don’t want a debate. They’re scared of being proven wrong. They’re terrified of their worldview being challenged in any way. Any speech they don’t like, immediately gets shut down.
Like Dr. Reynolds.
Like Milo Yiannopoulos.
Like Mike Williamson on numerous occasion thanks to a howling, perpetually offended twat named Natalie Luhrs, who decided to stalk his social media and report his offensive speech.
In June 2015, a white supremacist shot up a historic black church in Charleston and killed nine worshippers. Williamson went online and tweeted a joke about it. Appalled, Natalie Luhrs of Radish Reviews began going through his twitter feed and Facebook page to see if he’d made similarly offensive comments. He had, and she documented quite a number of them. Williamson was eventually suspended from Facebook on account of his racism, though he quickly switched to an alt account and kept right on going.
Anyone with whom they disagree needs to be shut down and silenced, because it’s easier to shout into an empty room and then proudly beat your chest that no one could refute your incoherent screeches.
Debating, learning, accepting different points of view – all that requires effort, which they’re not willing to put forth.
It’s much easier to scream, “ALL WHITE COPS ARE DEVILS” after a police shooting of a black man (without realizing or caring that the officer involved was African American) than it is to stop, listen, consider, and gather facts.
It’s much easier to silence your opposition and bully them into a corner than it is to have the courage to accept a different worldview as valid or correct.
Twitter and Facebook aren’t government entities, so this is not a First Amendment issue. When push comes to shove, they have the right to control what people post on their platforms. That’s not the issue here. The issue is this propensity to silence viewpoints with which they do not agree. The issue is the inability to tolerate dissent. The issue is outright cowardice.
The first reaction is not to consider the facts and examine them, but rather to punish and silence. Much like these two douche canoes commenting on the Knoxville News Sentinel story. Their first reaction is to remove the platform – to shut up those who speak words they don’t like.
Because you can’t be wrong if you silence dissent.
Well, if you haven’t heard already, the Democrats have been staging a sit-in at the US House of Representatives, which has been going on since yesterday, and today turned into utter dumbassery on the House floor.
A Democratic protest demanding votes on gun-control legislation led to pandemonium in the House chamber that did not end until early Thursday, when Speaker Paul D. Ryan and his fellow Republicans reclaimed control long enough to force through a major spending bill. They then abruptly adjourned and the Republicans left the Capitol.
Furious Democrats remained on the House floor, where they huddled around their leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, who praised their stand as a “discussion heard around the world.”
There’s so much stupid going on with this, I thought I’d helpfully help y’all rack and stack it.
First – We have Rep. John Lewis, whom all the media outlets are hailing as a hero and a civil rights legend, leading a bunch of short bus-riding, window-licking Democrats in protest to demand votes on gun control legislation. I find it ironic that a man who has spent his life fighting for civil rights is now leading a protest against them. When liberal stalwarts like the ACLU, Slate, and Gawker (GAWKER, ferfuckssake!) are calling this protest ill-advised, stupid, and infringing on the rights of Americans, perhaps it’s time to listen.
However, drama is more important, as witnessed by Pelosi’s praise of the ridiculous grandstanding above, which leads me to my second point.
Second – These Democrats, according to my friend Amy Ridenour, who knows way more about this stuff than I do, can get a vote on any bill any time they want by getting a discharge petition signed by a majority of members of the House. If they can’t get a majority of members to sign the petition, they can’t win anyway, so why bother?
Third – After hysterically accusing the Republicans of wanting to sell guns to ISIS, merely because they didn’t want to deprive Americans of due process by placing them on secret lists that would infringe on their civil rights, dipshit Democrats engaged in a bit more hyperbole by accusing NRA’s Cam Edwards of comparing John Lewis to a terrorist. Of course, it’s not even close to the truth. I know Cam, and nothing that stupid could ever fly out of his mouth or keyboard. What he did, actually, say is that Democrats are not abiding by House rules, much like criminals and terrorists don’t abide by gun control laws.
I said House Dems weren’t abiding by House rules, kind of like how criminals & terrorists don’t abide by gun laws. https://t.co/BuIgyszCjW
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) June 23, 2016
But that hasn’t stopped the histrionics, because it’s newsworthy to accuse a respected pro-gun personality, who happens to be one hell of a nice guy, of denigrating a civil rights legend.
Cam obviously did no such thing, but you know who did accuse John Lewis of being a terrorist? I’ll give you one guess, because John Lewis was on the government’s terrorist watchlist himself, according to CNN.
Rep. John Lewis, D – Georgia, a nine-term congressman famous for his civil rights work with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has been stopped 35 to 40 times over the past year, his office said.
Lewis contacted the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security and executives at various airlines in a so-far fruitless effort to get his name off the list, said spokeswoman Brenda Jones.
Instead, Lewis got a letter from the Transportation Security Administration that he can present to ticket agents indicating he has cleared an identity check with the agency. But the letter warns he might still be subject to extra security checks before being allowed to fly.
But we’re not allowed to talk about that, so shut up, racist!
Fourth – Celebutards with less knowledge about firearms than toddlers have decided to put their full ignorance on display. Witness the shitslurpery of one sports writer Jason La Canfora, who, like many celebutards knows exactly jack and shit about the difference between automatic and semi-automatic weapons.
After a Twitter user called him on his error, La Canfora doubled down on the stupid. He claimed that “pig nra lobbyist have brainwashed people like u into thinking military-grade death tools are a C right.” (Just a bit of reading might have informed him that’s exactly what they are, but I digress.) Then, when corrected, he proceeded to tweet out what has to be the dumbest thing I’ve read on the Internet this year!
@seanmdav i’m calling semi-automatic machines machine guns. You don’t get to pick my terms. Your NRA buzzwords don’t apply to me
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) June 22, 2016
Yes, he really did actually say this! This is no joke. This walking case of malodorous vaginosis actually claimed that facts are “NRA buzzwords” and that he will use whatever wrong terminology he wants, because NRA BAD!
Other celebrities, who should know better, such as George Takei took to Twitter to demand that American’s Fifth Amendment rights be violated.
Other Hollywood types just don’t seem to understand the danger this bill poses to every American. but this bill would disproportionately impact the very people they claim face suspicion and extra scrutiny: Middle Easterners, Muslims, Africans. They are the ones more under suspicion than most!
The ACLU, which loves the idea of sticking it to the Second Amendment and infringing on our right to keep and bear arms, said it opposes this legislation.
Our nation’s watchlisting system is error-prone and unreliable because it uses vague and overbroad criteria and secret evidence to place individuals on blacklists without a meaningful process to correct government error and clear their names.
The government contends that it can place Americans on the No Fly List who have never been charged let alone convicted of a crime, on the basis of prediction that they nevertheless pose a threat (which is undefined) of conduct that the government concedes “may or may not occur.” Criteria like these guarantee a high risk of error and it is imperative that the watchlisting system include due process safeguards—which it does not. In the context of the No Fly List, for example, the government refuses to provide even Americans who know they are on the List with the full reasons for the placement, the basis for those reasons, and a hearing before a neutral decision-maker.
Now that the whining and gnashing of teeth is over, the Twitter hashtag #nobillnobreak is still abuzz with stupid, screeching how Lewis and his fellow petulant toddlers are heroes, advocating that Congress should physically be prevented from leaving until they vote, and thanking the Democrats for 25 hours of kabuki theater that was all over because apparently they got nowhere, and the cameras were turned off anyway.
Or maybe the buffet ran out of food.
Frankly, I think this was a YUGE success. After stamping their little feet, holding their collective breath, screaming for their cookie, and pounding their itty bitty fists, the only thing these whiners accomplished was to prompt House Speaker Paul Ryan to grow some balls.
But on legislative business, it was Mr. Ryan who prevailed. He personally reclaimed control of the House, pounding his gavel and muscling through a major appropriations bill that included funding for combating the Zika virus, without debate.
He and the Republicans, who hold the majority, then declared the House adjourned with no votes until after the Fourth of July holiday.
This little attention-whoring stunt demonstrated one thing: the stupidity, statism, and surliness of gun grabbers when they don’t get their way.
It’s been more than a month since I published my blog entry on the phenomenon known as Trigglypuff. The early May essay focused on Cora Segal’s embarrassing outburst during an event at UMass called “The Triggering: Has Political Correctness Gone Too Far?” and my contention that Cora Segal’s shrieking, screeching, obscenity-laden howls are endemic to today’s Social Justice Howler Monkey mentality and apparent desire to see anyone who disagrees with their odious agenda silenced at any cost.
You just knew, however, that some zeta male writing for some alternative rag, would try to spin the Trigglypuff saga to make Segal and her crybully buddy Jennie Chenkin out to be victims, even as they are on record as trying to shut down speech they don’t like, and shouting down those whom they dislike. That’s quite a feat, and yet I’m sure there are creatures out there who are swayed by Peter Vancini’s claim that the two women, who he claims “have shouldered the angry and sometimes violent wrath of the web.”
They are bullied, he claims.
They have received unacceptable items in the mail, he claims.
They have been threatened, he claims.
No one can help them, he claims.
Let’s get one thing out of the way right now. Gruesome photos and threats of violence are not acceptable tools of shutting down your ideological opponents, just as screeching “FUCK YOU!” at the top of your voice in order to drown out those with whom you disagree is not an acceptable protest strategy.
That said, let’s take a look at how the narrative has changed after the Internet reacted with ridicule, disdain, and outright anger at the antics of Trigglypuff and Chenkin.
Let’s remember that Segal made an outright spectacle of herself. She had to have known the event would be broadcast. She had to have known that intentionally drowning out the scheduled speakers with discordant ululations of “FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOUUUUU!” would not endear her to anyone but the most strident of SJW Howler Monkeys.
And yet, Chenkin claims, “Basically, none of us had really organized a protest before,” and somehow this is supposed to advance her claims that they were innocent and naive and just wanted their voices heard.
Well, they were heard alright. Their efforts to silence their opponents were met with the very pushback they were hoping to provide to speakers they found objectionable.
Chenkin and Segal were hardly innocent and naive in all this. Segal’s history of activism is well documented, and Chenkin, far from being naive and pure, is a perpetually offended cyber bully, who is on a “pre-law” track at Hampshire College, and apparently doesn’t like the tables being turned on her.
In her zeal to beat down her ideological opponents, Chenkin sent lengthy emails to UMass-Amherst officials, demanding that they punish the organizers of the event, based on her belief – not on any documented fact – but her belief that the UMass Republicans somehow sanctioned what she claimed is Internet harassment against her.
My name is Jennie Chenkin. I am a Hampshire College junior on a pre-law track with a concentration in political theory, carceral studies, and conflict resolution. I am writing this email because I have been harassed mercilessly online following “The Triggering” event and I have reason to believe that UMass Republicans have endorsed this harassment and libel against me.
Chenkin obviously thought that merely sending out emails threatening legal action and listing her demands like any common bully would be enough to shut down those with opposing views.
Nope. Not so much. The Internet and the world has had enough of these spoiled, entitled, privileged swine telling them what they can and cannot say, think, and write, and what ideas are acceptable in a free society.
The backlash intensified, and to this day the keywords “Cora Segal” and “Trigglypuff” are the top searches on this blog.
So the two crybullies decided to turn the narrative around.
Segal turned to the old standby strategy of “FEEL SORRY FOR ME BECAUSE I’M FAT!”
“I want to emphasize that 99 percent of the attacks on me are attacking my physical appearance,” Segal says. “They’re not actually attacking my arguments. I think that’s important to emphasize. It’s not any kind of reasonable engaging in a debate, it’s just bullying.”
This has to be the most hilarious claim to date! Let me remind you of what Trigglypuff believes to be engaging in reasonable debate.
Was there an argument in that raucous yowling? I certainly didn’t hear it. Did the definition of “argument” change to “incoherent screeching”?
What I heard was a spoiled brat working to ensure that her ideological opponents didn’t have the opportunity to speak and that the audience didn’t get the opportunity to listen and draw its own conclusions about whether or not they agreed with the speakers.
Even on this site, I’ve had a few commenters point out that I was attacking Segal’s looks rather than her substance.
I contend that despite her girth, there’s not a whole lot of substance there. Segal isn’t a fat shaming victim. She loves the attention! She gives lectures containing erroneous and downright dangerous information about obesity, including that the Body Mass Index was created by white supremacists, probably to promote the normalization of her unhealthy lifestyle. She posts half naked photos of herself on dating sites, claiming right up front that she’s “fat and proud.”
And then she has the gall to complain that people can’t get past her weight? Gosh! That’s kind of hard to do when she’s shoving it down everyone’s throats!
Attacking her weight when she consistently makes it the issue at hand is legitimate.
Sorry, she’s no victim. And when she actually comes up with a coherent argument or thought that doesn’t involve accusing anyone who disagrees with her of being an oppressor, and stops shoving her corpulence in everyone’s face while demanding that the world not just accept, but worship her hideousness, maybe people will actually respond in kind.
Meanwhile, Chenkin just wouldn’t let dead dogs lie, prompting another blogger to document his interactions with this attention whoring, litigious hag. She tried to sue, she sent threatening letters to college officials, and then had the unmitigated gall to develop chafed labia when the world reacted badly.
“My reaction to that was one of sheer horror,” Chenkin says. “We never expected anything like that to happen. We anticipated backlash, but not that it would extend beyond the event. He [Turtleboy Sports] put my Facebook profile, which has some of my personal information, on his website, which is frequently visited by people who really don’t like social justice folks. I didn’t really feel like I was in immediate danger, but it was enough to really, really concern me.”
Here’s a clue, Cupcake. The Internet is a public medium. The Internet does not forget, nor does it forgive, especially not when you double down on the stupid. The Internet is instant information and putting your life on display in a public medium will cause a public reaction.
That’s basically what lawyers told her, and that’s when the narrative changed.
Chenkin transformed from a spunky, courageous future lawyer taking on the mean, mean world, to a whining victim, who along with Trigglypuff, was being harassed and threatened. She called law enforcement about Internet posts and found out that in the real world, there’s something called Freedom of Speech, and speech that you don’t like doesn’t constitute death threats, no matter how hard you try to scream otherwise. Law enforcement authorities whom she approached investigated and concluded that Internet posts – even ones denouncing Chenkin and Segal in the harshest of terms – did not constitute threats.
Segal, who claims the Internet sent her messages such as “I hope you die,” or “kill yourself,” alleges that those words constitute threats. A non-profit focusing on harassment whom she approached with this spurious assertion disabused her of this notion. Contrary to Segal and Chenkin, bad taste and meanness are not equivalent to physical threats.
So to summarize, these two cantankerous howler monkeys went to an event in order to disrupt those with whom they disagreed, where they publicly and very raucously embarrassed themselves in an effort to silence an ideology of which they did not approve.
The world, sick and tired, of spoiled, entitled, safe-space demanding petty tyrants fought back, and at least one of the warthogs, figuring she could do what she always has done – claim oppression, threaten lawsuits, and shut her opposition up by playing victim – was shocked to find out that she wasn’t the Special Snowflake mommy and daddy always told her she was, entitled to respect, attention, and sympathy.
And in the end, the only weapon Chenkin and Segal have in their arsenal is the victim card – the claim that the world is being mean to them without any acknowledgment of the actions on their part that brought them here.
The world has had enough.
I’m still out of the country, so I’m blogging from my phone, but I’ve gotten word that apparently the wretched, conniving, rights-destroying, cowardly gun grabbers have cooked up a plan to destroy NoVA Armory in Arlington.
According to an email I got from the store, the County is holding a public hearing in an attempt to overturn the store’s certificate of occupancy.
Neither Dennis Pratte nor his landlord were notified of this public hearing.
And they weren’t notified by the Arlington County Board, but by a neighbor. I suppose these authoritarian swine were hoping Dennis and his landlord wouldn’t show up and defend themselves against these odious attacks.
After all, it’s much easier to bully your victim by stabbing them in the back. It’s much preferable to destroy your prey when they least expect it.
According to an appeal filed by gun-grabbing filth Julie Young, Emily Hughes, Bernadette Brennan, Grace Chan, and Nathan Guerrero, because the store advertised “wholesale prices,” it operates as a wholesaler, vice a retailer, and therefore, its application as a “retail space” contains false information, and therefore its certificate of occupancy should be revoked.
Now, I’m not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, but the legal definition of a wholesaler per U.S Code is that the establishment generally excludes general consuming public as a matter of established business policy and confines sales to other wholesalers, retailers, and industrial or business purchasers. Retail sales are made to the general consuming public and involve small quantities of goods and services.
I would think the gun grabbers’ case would be relatively easy to dismantle, since the definition has everything to do with the quantity sold and the customer to whom it’s sold and only occasionally with the discount.
However, I doubt that’s the issue at hand.
These maggots hate freedom. They hate the fact that a store selling a product they don’t like has opened in our area. They hate that they can’t force the store to close its doors, even though it engages in lawful business. They hate the fact that they can’t bully Dennis Pratte into surrendering his right to operate his business.
So they’re doing everything they can to impede his right to freely and lawfully do business by using government force and being a general nuisance.
I’m betting they’re counting on Dennis giving up if they just bully and badger him enough.
Please don’t let that happen!
Please attend the hearing if you’re in Virginia and let your voice be heard. I can’t be there, but I hope you are!
WHAT: Board of Zoning Appeals meeting to revoke NOVA Armory’s Certificate of Occupancy (CO)
WHEN: Tonight, Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00pm
WHERE: Arlington Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development, Room 307, 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Don’t let them decimate a family’s livelihood.
Stand up for your neighbors’ freedoms as if they were your won, because it’s the right thing to do.
Stand up for freedom, because the use of government force, strong arm techniques, and legal manipulation is ethically wrong.
Stand up, because it might be your business and your family next, if these shitgobblers don’t approve of your business!
Let’s put aside the fact that I will never vote for Trump. Ever.
Let’s put aside his ignorance of policy, economics, diplomacy, and national security.
Let’s ignore his delusional claims that he would defeat Hillary if he got the nomination. He wouldn’t just lose. He would lose in a Mondale-Reagan type landslide.
Let’s put all that aside and look at the events of last night.
Trump was supposed to have spoken at a rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The usual conglomeration of loud, angry supporters gathered there last night (probably to raise their right paws and swear allegiance to the Hemorrhoid) to have him tell them how his administration would be tremendous, how our economic growth was going to be YUUUGE, how he would force sovereign nations to pay for our national security, and how he would force manufacturing back to the United States by threatening high tariffs.
I expected the usual garbage, but instead what we saw as we watched horrified on CNN, was a bunch of protesters literally shut down the rally by causing so many security concerns, it was no longer safe to allow Trump to speak to the crowds.
I watched Occutard savages rip up campaign signs. I watched BLM thugs block attendees from passage. I watched Bernie supporters yell in the faces of Trump supporters. I saw fist fights break out.
To be sure, I saw a few peaceful, quiet protesters as well, but they were outshrieked by the angry mobs on both sides.
After the event was canceled, many of these cretinous loons took to the streets to celebrate the fact that they shut down a Trump event.
What is it, exactly, they were celebrating?
The fact that they prevented thousands from exercising their constitutionally protected right to assemble?
The fact that they prevented a presidential candidate – no matter how abhorrent – from addressing potential voters?
The fact that they prevented thousands of people from getting more informed about a candidate firsthand?
The fact that they prevented those with whom they disagree – even vehemently so – from exercising their right to free speech?
To be sure, last night was a victory for no one but Trump and his frothing supporters.
By using violence, rhetoric, threats, and bullying to shut down his event, they have shown themselves just as ignorant as the Trumpanzees who physically assaulted protesters at Trump rallies.
By preventing the rally from taking place, they have given Trump the media attention on which he thrives and probably pushed thousands of angry, on the fence voters to Trump – not away from him.
And their threatening, in your face tactics have proven they’re willing to use force to shut down opposing views and speech.
This is the scariest part of all.
I blogged yesterday about Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski assaulting a reporter, then lying about it, then assassinating her character publicly, and then denying a scheduled interview to a Washington Post reporter who witnessed the incident.
I expressed my concern that a Trump Administration would use similar tactics on a grander and more powerful scale to shut down media scrutiny and cast out reporters whom it felt were adversarial or not friendly enough, endangering the freedom of the press enshrined in the First Amendment.
This is no different. This is no better. These “protesters” used violence, threats, and aggression to shut up those with whom they disagreed. They forcibly gagged those whose views they find abhorrent. They celebrated publicly their “victory” over those with opposing views – not victory over hate, and certainly not victory over ignorance, for their goal was not to change minds, but to close them – to bar access to opposing thought and to shut down WrongThink with force.
Think about it. Is this the kind of country we want?
Freedom of speech is for everyone – not just for those with whom we agree.
There are a lot of policies – most, in fact – with which I disagree in the movie “The American President,” but there’s one quote I use that is superlative in expressing my views on freedom.
America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.
That is America, and that is what these protesters – and really, the safe space demanders and Special Snowflakes who have taken over our universities lately don’t understand.
Freedom of speech is for everyone, their precious feelings be damned.
They seem to have forgotten that little fact in their zeal to shut down speech they don’t like. And I guarantee you they will be the first to complain and demand action when it invariably happens to them.
How much of a tyrannical asshole do you have to be to make me defend Trump?
Last night we got he answer to that question.