One year ago, I joined the states of Missouri and Louisiana and several other co-plaintiffs to file a suit in federal court challenging what journalist Michael Shellenberger has called the censorship-industrial complex. While much of the press cooperated with the state's censorship efforts and has ignored our court battle, we expect that it will ultimately go to the Supreme Court, setting up Missouri v. Biden to be the most important free speech case of our generation"and arguably, of the past 50 years. Prior government censorship cases typically involved a state actor unconstitutionally meddling with one publisher, one author, one or two books, a single article. But as we intend to prove in court, the federal government has censored hundreds of thousands of Americans, violating the law on tens of millions of occasions in the last several years. This unprecedented breach was made possible by the wholly novel reach and breadth of the new digital social media landscape.
It wasn't long ago that Toyota's hybrid vehicles were all the rage with the climate-change left. Now progressive investors and government pension funds are targeting the Prius manufacturer in a proxy campaign because it has questioned the climate lobby's electric-vehicle orthodoxy. Toyota discloses its CO2 emissions and has pledged to make all its vehicles carbon neutral by 2050. This should please the climate crowd. Yet progressive investors are seeking to oust Chairman Akio Toyoda and are pushing a resolution at its June 14 shareholder meeting to make the world's largest auto maker disclose its climate-related lobbying.
It sounds like the ultimate Monty Python scene: A bunch of humorless functionaries review a hilarious script to remove every line that might offend someone. The result is a virtual haiku of disconnected observations without a punchline. That would make for a funny premise if it were not actually happening to comedy legend John Cleese. With a much-anticipated stage remake of the film classic, Life of Brian, Cleese said he found himself under siege by several actors to drop offensive material from the movie
A whistleblower from inside the Internal Revenue Service has spoken publicly for the first time about a highly sensitive political probe he has supervised, which CBS News has determined is the ongoing probe into the finances of President Biden's son Hunter Biden. He said he became so concerned about prosecutors' handling of "a high profile, controversial" investigation that he felt duty-bound to sound alarms.
A popular tactic of American politics, especially on the left, is to attack the character of those with whom you don't agree. This was evident with the recent show "Clarence and Ginni Thomas: Politics, Power and the Supreme Court," which PBS aired on May 9. A PBS producer emailed me last January about a planned documentary on the life and legacy of Justice Thomas, who used to work for me. The producer wrote that she wanted "to speak to those closest to him to present a nuanced portrait," and she would "therefore like to request an interview. I agreed to an interview that lasted an hour and a half. That was my mistake. The resulting show was far from nuanced, and it wasn't really a documentary. It was a two-hour hit job on the character of Clarence Thomas.
" Former execs also explicitly state there was no specific collaboration or communication between government entities or campaigns."
And plenty state the opposite.
This really shouldn't be a partisan issue.
" You mean like using the power of Big Brother to force companies to carry your vile, dishonest content?"
What are you talking about?
Are you even remotely concerned by such a public/private information partnership?
What if 2024 ushers in 12 years of WH control like Reagan did?
12 years of the GOP playing with this shiny new toy?
" 110 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2023-06-06 01:13 PM | FLAG: "
The Libertarian Party is bigger than the Green Party. A Libertarian vote is every bit as much of a GOP vote siphon as the Green Party siphons the Dem vote.
" No, Jeff. You just spout mundane talking points you think are insightful or unique. Talking points easily recognized as spin or outright BS by anyone who spends any effort being informed in the realm of politics."
You are proving my point. Unwittingly, of course.
#108. You are a science and numbers guy. If i normally vote GOP and almost never vote Dem, which party benefits more from a 3rd party vote from me?
#I9. I'm not on Twitter. My questions are for the purpose of trying to understand. Are you being blocked from your preferred sources on the site.
I want to emphasize - these aren't Snoofy questions.
Maybe it can't be explained to someone who is not tech savvy and who has never used Twitter.
So, please, don't break a sweat trying to explain it to me.
1/6 was a riot.
Trump was attempting crap behind the scenes that were absolutely Terrible.
I freely acknowledge that and it's the primary reason I won't vote for him in 24 if he's the nominee despite the fact that he's much better on policy than Democrats.
" It's absolutely a skill I have"
Cocksure condescension is pretty far from persuasion.
You demonstrate knowledge in the field of immunology. I will absolutely give you that. And at times you put on a scholarly hat and talk about diseases in an authoritative way without being a dick in the process. That is when you are at your best. Here is the problem - because of your obvious acumen on that subject you seem to endorse a "God Complex" to a point where you assume the same level of knowledge on subject where you are nowhere nearly as well-educated and in fields, like Sociology, economics, political science, etc that derive a different type of thinking as well as a different type of study.
" You're too far down Dumbass Moron Lane to turn around and come back."
Hmmmm ... .wow. So you regard disagreement with your self perceived brilliance as dumbassery.
Okay. Feel free to bask in your self-perceived glow of infinite wisdom and omniscience.
" I wasn't trying to persuade you"
I know that. Persuasion is a skill you clearly lack. It can be learned but doing so requires a degree of humility.
#89. Piss off, JPW.
I will vote my interests and conscience. I see how toxic Democrats are and will not vote for their authoritarian, far left asses just because an obnoxious lackey (you and other leftists on this site) try to shame me into doing so. Your persuasive skills are near absolute zero.
" Twitter is a cesspool now. I learned tons of stuff from accounts I followed during COVID and found the platform to be a great source of the latest info"
Have those accounts been deleted, shadow-banned ... .?
How about much stiffer penalties for shop lifting?
Active policing and aggressive prosecution?
It's been tried before and has proven effective.
#78. Dems are fascist as hell. Maybe worse than the GOP.
Third party is WAY better than what Democrats are offering. You don't hate fascism. You love it just so long as those you support are persecuting your perceived political enemies.
This really shouldn't be a partisan issue. It's really sad to watch ever increasing numbers on the left move away from civil libertarianism and toward an embrace of Big Brother.
What else do you want me to do, Zed? Buy a sniper rifle that I'm completely unqualified to use and try to take him out?
#73. Yes. He won't get my vote in the primary. If he wins the primary I will vote straight third party ticket in the general.
" Be more specific. Who likened it to a mass extinction event? Because from what I can tell, you're the only one providing such hyperbole.
#61 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11 AT 2023-06-05 09:54 PM | FLAG: "
That's me taking already absurd hyperbole and making fun of it. 1000 times worse than 9/11? The biggest danger to our Democracy since the Civil War?
It was a riot that lasted about 3 hours. Bad, yes? Unprecedented from the perspective of anyone with decent knowledge of our history and having contextual perspective? Hell no.
In the past few decades we've experienced a serious attempt to slaughter congressmen that thankfully was bravely thwarted by police stationed at the event. Rep Scalise nearly died. Then the near successful assassination attempt of Reagan. How about the assassinations of JFK and RFK? And that's just the past few decades and are only the most obvious and glaring examples.
Border enforcement, sensible energy policy, a modicum of control over the regulatory leviathan, an anti foreign intervention policy ... .these are big federal issues that don't even touch on cultural issues where the GOP mostly is far better than Dems.