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Twitter Testifies on 2016 Analysis: Clinton Used Twitter More But Trump Much More Effective… by sundance – “Additionally, Twitter legal counsel admits to hiding up to 48% of negative Clinton twitter content.” This is related to the disgust for Trump’s tweets as effectiveness stimulates envy and resentment amongst those who don’t share his goals.

Essentially Twitter legal counsel is admitting here, through twisted analytic hindsight obfuscation, they censor Twitter based on their internal opinion of the content within trending hashtags.

Hilariously, the page #11 testimony also shows that Hillary Clinton used Twitter twice as much as Donald Trump – yet had half as much engagement (re-tweets).

Ruby Ridge, Waco, and the swamp By Robert Arvay –

Years later, I am finding the same childlike reaction expressed by the juror in myself with regard to the massive and pervasive corruption in Washington, D.C. that is slowly being revealed in the Uranium One scandal, and in the Mueller probe aimed at destroying the presidency of Donald Trump. There is no Santa Claus, no honesty in government.

What was demonstrated by the Ruby Ridge and Waco events is that government is like fire: necessary in its place and dangerous when it breaches its containment.

Until recently, I had always been convinced that however corrupt the government is, at least there are honesty and integrity in the upper reaches of law enforcement. My faith had been tested, but not shattered, when what I considered to be a few rogue officers went berserk and slaughtered the aforementioned innocent Americans in an abuse of power.

Now I understand that the problem is vastly worse than my worst fears had ever led me to believe. We are faced not with a few renegade cops, but with ensconced corruption almost beyond imagining.

it will take more than torches and pitchforks to unseat them from their thrones. It will take something that not even the most skilled of them can understand – principled and courageous citizens. We will win, but it will be painful and difficult, with many a setback along the way. We will be called upon to sacrifice. The Tree of Liberty demands it.

“Anti-gentrification” or plain old vandalism? By Jazz Shaw –

It’s one of those situations where you can’t eat your cake and have it too. And this is precisely why these “anti-gentrification” campaigns are so self-defeating. You’re not preserving anyone’s culture. You’re leaving them stagnant in poverty.

Senate Republicans threaten key rule change over Dem confirmation obstruction by Ed Morrissey –

After months of grumbling over the slow process of confirming presidential appointees, and even after a change on “blue slips” for judicial nominees, Senate Republicans want significant rule changes to get Donald Trump’s appointees into office. They have finally — finally — come around to the lengthy debate requirement that promises to delay most of these appointments well into the next decade

The proposed change would cut debate time on the final floor vote for each confirmation from 30 hours to eight.

This rule change would actually be less disruptive than the others initiated by Harry Reid and McConnell over the last few years.

Schumer started this cycle years ago by blocking George W. Bush’s judicial nominees, with Harry Reid’s gleeful participation.

There are many forms of abuse and they usually have consequences. The Democrats look to be slow learners.

Rep. Gutierrez introducing articles of impeachment over Pelosi’s objections by John Sexton –

Democrats want to be perceived as running on a touchy-feely “Love Trumps Hate” platform but the reality is that their base hates Trump with a white-hot passion and still wants vengeance for the 2016 loss (Bernie’s loss and Hillary’s loss, depending on who you ask). That’s why “the resistance” has been pushing obstructionism and confrontation. They aren’t interested in governing, they’re interested in a pound of flesh.

So I’m going to say something here I’ve rarely said: Pelosi is right. The smart move now is to tone down the outrage and present Democrats as a serious party that can govern. They could fail in that but the effort probably won’t backfire.

But that’s not as emotionally satisfying as going for the throat. That disgusting Latino Victory ad, i.e. the one showing a truck trying to run down minority children, is what the base wants. Lots of folks on the far left defended that ad but it backfired within a day.

Associating people with violent racists is not a way to expand the party’s appeal or demonstrate seriousness. Similarly, trying to smear Trump with unproven collusion allegations may appeal to the base but it’s not going to win over moderates, at least some of whom Democrats need to win elections.

The ABA’s unfair attack on judicial nominee Steve Grasz by Paul Mirengoff – “Grasz has the backing of both Senator Fischer and Senator Sasse, who slammed the ABA. I doubt Grasz would have that backing if he were not qualified.”

The ABA’s rating amused me because it questioned “whether Mr. Grasz would be able to detach himself from his deeply held social agenda and political loyalty to be able to judge objectively, with compassion and without bias.” Remove the word “compassion” and you have described a great many Obama district court and appellate nominees.

To the ABA, however, if you slavishly take left-wing positions, you aren’t judging with bias. Rather, you are being mainstream — and, of course, compassionate. Never mind that it’s not the role of judges to adjudicate with compassion. The ABA’s invocation of that word gives away its bias.

This is just one example of an expression of bias that can be seen in many opinions and headlines. They serve as clues and indicators for the astute reader to use in determining the quality of the information provided.

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