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Apr 15, 2022Liked by Nellie Bowles

The first time I heard someone say Latinx, I thought it was a joke. I grew up along the Mexican border. I’m not kidding you can literally see the border wall from my childhood bedroom window. Not only does Latinx make zero sense for a gendered language, but Mexico is a very traditional gender norm country. To be able to speak Spanish you literally need to know the gender assigned to inanimate objects to know their articles. Why are tables in Spanish feminine as denoted by La Mesa and hats masculine as in el sombrero? I’ve actually seen more people from the area I grew up in embrace the right and even Trump over the last few years and I can’t help but think that this has a large part to do with it.

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I speak Spanish and I never thought of that. How do the woke morons handle a language that assigns gender to inanimate objects? It will drive them crazy or should I say crazier?

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Well I know of efforts to make Hebrew gender neutral since it also assigns gender. I can’t see Israelis who have to deal with things like a third intifada being terribly concerned about this. I can’t imagine if people try to make Spanish a fully gender neutral language. It would just be idiotic.

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I agree but it would make the language much easier to learn. Most of the time words ending in "a" are feminine and "o" are masculine but words like pencil, lapiz, you have to memorize the gender and there are hundreds if not thousands of words you have to memorize.

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Oh, the horror. Memorization? Really? It's the key to learning.

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I think you missed the point. I am just stating a fact. It's difficult to remember whether the non-gender specific word is male or female. Since I have moved back to the States, I haven't spoken Spanish in a long conversation in years, am losing the language. Sometimes when speaking Spanish, I can't remember the gender article "la or el" of a non-gender specific word and it is embarrassing.

I found your post to be mildly insulting and I don't think I deserved that. If I am wrong, I apologize.

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I was being snarky. Apologies for any offense. Not intended at you for your comment, but rather the in vogue theories predominating today's discourse which seems to indicate that success in school = racism.

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Do you know how many languages incorporate gender? Annoying!

There's a larger point to be made here. Learning a foreign language is HARD, especially if you're not required to communicate in that language every day.

If you have a yen to learn anything new and different, you will have to use your brain. But by the way, your brain has this fascinating mechanism, where the more you use it, the better it works. Try it! You'll like it!

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True. And while I think some languages are more difficult to learn than others based on your native language, it seems like all languages have their annoying quirks. I learned English as a second language and I had to memorize a huge list of irregular verbs. Likewise, I had to learn to read/write in English and—unlike Spanish, which is pretty strength forward—the spelling of English words doesn’t really make much sense (for the most part, there are no clear rules).

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Yes, I pity foreigners who have to learn English. Never mind the spelling challenge. Once you see the word on the page, you still have no idea how to pronounce it. Why don't foot and boot rhyme? English spelling is an arduous process for grade school children, or at least it was when I was a kid in the 1950s. Hours of studying. Lots of pre-tests and re-tests. I know some well-educated adults who never got the hang of it.

But as a long-time student of Spanish, I also had to memorize huge lists of regular AND irregular verbs, because of all those darn conjugations. Be thankful that you don't have to think for five minutes before deciding if what you want to say is in the subjunctive!

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OH no. not THOUSANDS. of WORDS.. is pole cat gender neutral?

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I should have phrased it differently. The notion of trying to reinvent a language to be gender neutral to appease a small group of people is insane. Considering the recent attacks on Israelis, to think that the National language being made gender neutral should be a pressing matter is absurd.

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Apr 15, 2022·edited Apr 15, 2022

Yes, I agree.

It makes no sense to turn 2,000 years of efforts (surviving programs, wars, attacks, exile and a Holocaust) to preserve Hebrew in its original spoken form by gender neutralizing it. And beside, as written, Hebrew words and phrases have historical significance as well as many lessons about humanity. What happens to these nuances when gender neutralization occurs ? Poof, gone.

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Marek does not believe this. He is a left-wing troll. He is posing as a right-winger and he will start pumping out extreme content to make the Parents Rights movement, and conservatives generally, seem like extremists.

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I think you are correct : (

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I didn’t catch on at first but with his latest response, yep he’s a troll alright.

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I recently had a conversation about this with two white leftists in Arizona. Not only do they think Romantic languages need to be fundamentally fixed to be de-gendered, they assumed this was also obvious to me.

The irony of white people trying to fix the languages of other cultures was lost on them.

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But Romance (Latin-based) languages are European in origin. So, they are "white" I guess. The idea that the very structure of languages must change to conform to a cult religion is nuts.

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Not to mention that gender in language is a structural organizing principle that has zero to do with the concept of gender as exists in biology and culture.

Sometimes it happens to line up but the Boss of Romance Languages isn’t claiming that a table or a bookshelf or a lawnmower has feminine or masculine qualities. It’s just the word used for how we handle the noun within the structure of the language.

In German the word for a young girl (das Mädchen) is neuter, for example.

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That sounds about right.

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Non-Binary in Spanish: No Binaria (F) / No Binario (M)

My anecdotal observations about hispanics (here in coastal SC, we are overwhelmingly either white or black so I don't know many) are that they have traditional family structures, they work hard and have at least a surface adherence to Catholicism. The leftist anchor of the Democrats is getting bigger and bigger and I can't see how hispanics would want to be a part of it.

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Exactly. It’s also weird how liberals paint all Hispanics as the same. When I lived in Florida, Cubans are very conservative. I know a number of Venezuelans and they tend to lean conservative. Mexicans are abandoning Democrats. Abortion isn’t viewed favorably for the most part. Traditional family structure is important. Increasingly immigration is viewed as only wanting support legal ways. Democrats current platform is pretty alienating and then the left will complain when they lose.

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That's an extension of progressive politics regarding "People of Colour/POCs". Progressives have this fantasy of all POCs as a single unified voting bloc taking down white privilege.

Of course, you have to be sequestered way up in the ivory tower to actually think everyone with a hint of melanin in their skin tone therefore thinks the same politically. Sure enough, when racial demographics such as Asians refuse to play ball, they start getting called "white-adjacent", or some other such No True Scotsmaning.

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Like Larry Elder being called the black face of white supremacy. Wasn't that a lead headline in the LA paper? How they can get away with saying something so insulting is a real head scratcher.

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The Republican Party is happy to accept white supremacists of every color, sexuality, and background!

(yes it's a joke)

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Interestingly, in view of your comment re Mexicans' views on abortion - Mexico's Supreme Court last year decriminalized abortion. Abortion rights across Mexico are arguably more liberal than the US. Expect American women living in Texas to soon visit, if they're not doing so now.

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Last year decriminalized, the US passed Roe Vs. Wade in the 70’s. The laws may be more liberal in Mexico but that doesn’t mean in general it has a favorable view among the population. It’s still a predominantly Catholic country with a strong emphasis on traditional gender norms and family structure.

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..a strong emphasis on gender norms and family structure, yes. But at least, legally, they have now been given the right to choose, however unpopular that choice might be (though I think it's exercised quite often).

Unlike the trend here, where choice is slowly being marginalized, and perhaps, soon to be taken away entirely in many states.

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Abortion is legal for, in, the Catholic church, with concern for the health of the Mother. i would think , the Mex. Gov. would follow.

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I am in Texas and have thought the same. The tide has definitely turned here

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Because as you said they are morons with circular logic and no structure for truth.

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I am Mexican and when I mentioned the word “Latinx” to my family, they all laughed at loud and the ludicrousness of it. If you want to deconstruct Spanish (or any of the many languages with grammatical gender for that matter) I say, good luck to you!

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Same position of my Cuban American friend. She's so offended by it.

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yeah..."Bloody Fuck"...so beautiful

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My wife is Latina, she calls folks that use “Latinx” “pendejx”

I’m a gringo, and when I call our kids “rednexican”, some folks are nearly as amused as I am.

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"Pendejx" is hilarious. So is "Rednexican." You two must have a lot of fun together.

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My child is Latino and does not use Latinx, despite the strong emphasis at his school. My Latino family members do not use it either.

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To me things are quite simple. It doesn't really matter how You call someone (as long as You don't insult), what really matters is how You treat someone. No need for freshly made up words, but a lot more need for respect and kindness. As far as newcomers from Latin America are concerned, welcome and help them when they arrive in Your neighbourhood, protect them from deportation and if they happen to work for You treat and pay them fairly. No need for new words. An extra smile or two now and then goes much further.

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I respectfully disagree. I was raised in Panama and when I got out of the Army and graduated college, I returned and worked there until I retired. I have many friends who applied for and became US citizen. They entered the US the legal way as US citizens.

I have kept in touch with some of my naturalized friends and I joke, they didn’t have to spend all that time, effort and money to come to the US. All they had to do was swim the Rio Grande and the Democrats would welcome them with open arms and protect them. You would not be treated as an illegal alien but as an undocumented Democrat.

Democrats lie and say these immigrants only take jobs US citizens won’t take. They lie and say they pay taxes, another lie. They don’t take jobs nobody wants and they don’t pay taxes. I’ll explain with irrefutable facts.

Caesar Chavez a hero of the left, founded National Farm Workers Association (NFWA). He hated illegals. The reason he hated them is because illegals took jobs away from US citizens. They would work far below minimum wage.

These illegals were called braceros. Here’s what on the internet about the bracero program:

“How did the Bracero Program affect the wages of farm workers?

Labor unions that tried to organize agricultural workers after World War II targeted the bracero program as a key impediment to improving the wages of domestic farm workers.”

In other words they took jobs away from US workers and the US workers had no leverage to negotiate higher wages and how could they when they had border crossers who would work for much less than they would.

Chavez fought hard for US farm workers but all of his work was undermined by the bracero program. Also these workers didn’t have social security numbers and were paid in cash so the IRS had no record of them and their wages were never reported to the IRS.

This still goes on today. I live in Texas and there are street corners where illegals stand and wait for people to come by and hire them as day laborer for cash.

So they do take jobs from US citizen and they don’t pay taxes. In 2005, Obama did say: “We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States, undetected, undocumented, unchecked and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently and lawfully to become immigrants in this country.” And he said something very similar a few months later, in 2006.

Here is something nobody is talking about. These people pouring across our borders are not vaccinated against any of the diseases (chicken pox, polio, measles, diphtheria and others) we were all vaccinated against as children.

How do I know this you may ask? I lived in Central America for over 40 years. I speak the language. I know the culture and I know the people in the slums and in the interior of these countries were never vaccinated. There are Indian tribes still living in the jungles. The roads to the interior are often mud tracts. Medical care is limited to those who can afford it.

It is estimated that 90% of the populations of these countries are peasants. These unskilled, unvaccinated and in some cases semiliterate people are the ones flooding our borders. And it is people like you and your Democrat pals who are the allowing hundreds of thousands of these people into the US every year.

The countries these people are leaving are racked with poverty. Many live in terrible conditions facing hunger and disease. Allowing them to enter our country is not the answer. If we let them all in we will soon be overwhelmed.

China has 1.5 billion people. 99% live in abject poverty. Should we let them in? Where does it stop?

Let them decide their own fate in their own country. We did. In 1776 we fought for our freedom and against tyranny. Let them do the same.

The world is full of injustice and we, the US, cannot solve them all.

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It makes me question again the legitimacy of the 2020 election why would we have voted for Joe Biden President Trump continuously told us what the Democrats policies were Joe was holed up from the time he was nominated literally till the election in his bunker we have had the worst 18 months of Joe’s presidency from Afghanistan to Ukraine from Covid to these ludicrous mandates on vaccines to printing a shitload of $ to the highest rate of inflation in decades it’s the stuff of

nightmares you can’t make it up but it’s become our reality we need a seismic shift in the US dynamics otherwise we are going to go downhill very quickly unfortunately even with a big turn about in the midterms it’s going to be hard

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Let's hope we can throw enough Socialist/Democrats out that the Republicans can have a veto proof congress.

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Apr 16, 2022·edited Apr 16, 2022

You know what's written on the base of the Statue of Liberty? "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore." That's from a time where nobody cared about where people were coming from, how poor they were and whether they came with the right paperwork. And this, my friend, made America great! A beacon of hope for so many.

Unfortunately these times are long gone. Walls are going up around the fading beacon of hope, walls of concrete and walls of paper and this is at last the downfall of a once great nation who happened to forget what used to make it great.

And, by the way, I'm no democrat and no republican either. I'm a free-spirited and free-thinking man who considers borders and border posts tools of tyranny, which they are if You really put Your mind around it. No government shall ever tell me where to go or not to go on my personal journey. America used to be just about that. Sadly not anymore....

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One of my favorite quotes is "Idealism is directly proportional to the distance you are from the problem." I live in Texas where people on the border are suffering because these illegal that cross through their lands are destroying fences, crops, killing cattle and at times border farmers and ranchers. I can take you to a community right on the Rio Grande where people walked away from their homes because every night dozens of illegal walked through their yards. It is not safe!

You want compassion for the illegals but you and your Democrat pals never show compassion for our own citizens on the border or for the citizens who can't find work because they are supplanted by cheap labor. What about the vaccination problem? They are carrying a plethora of diseases that we thought were wiped out in this country. Where is your compassion for us the US citizens? I'd like an answer! Address all the problems I just talked about and give me solutions not left wing drivel and feel good platitudes.

And please answer my point asking if we should bring over a few million starving unhappy Chinese or millions of starving peoples from Africa or India. Where does it end?

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As a legal immigrant, I wholeheartedly agree with you. I feel like this administration is constantly giving the middle finger, not only to US citizens, but to people like me, who were in the legal immigration system for years. Most Americans don't seem to be aware (or care about ) the double standard for legal immigrants vs the millions pouring over the border unchecked. There are many people stuck in the legal immigration indefinitely, while this administration ignores them. These are people who have been vetted, paid often huge fees in the process, but are slogging through a lengthy process while unvetted people simply walk in at massive expense to the local communities and US taxpayers. Legal immigrants get photographed, fingerprinted, have to show health records, have to prove that they will have an income, and are barred from applying for any public assistance for years. In contrast, this administration has already allowed a couple of million unvetted people into the country who may claim asylum, but don't meet the criteria for that claim. Most will never show up for their hearing. We're all paying for this. It's a terrible policy that makes no sense at all, and is massively costly on so many levels.

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Lonesome... i try to imagine the Parents who think "No Rules", how are their kids today.?

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Apr 16, 2022·edited Apr 16, 2022

Aren't you in Canada? A country with strict immigration policies?

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore." It's a poem, not a viable public policy.

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Free thinker..." a time where nobody cared about where people were coming from"...Ok fine, but try telling the Jew, Irish, Wops et al...now, separate the potatoes from the drugs, to your liking of coarse. Walls been around since the moon.

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This crazy people will soon call Spanish a sexist and misogynistic language and we will be banned from speaking Spanish. Hasta la vista baby…..

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You jest... but seriously it's probably coming. Like forcing college students to put their pronouns in their email signatures and conference lanyards. Why? If you want to, go for it. But why must everyone do it? I do not understand why people can't be happy having the right to do whatever they want and being happy about it. Do what YOU want and leave me out of it. And misogyny is on the list for most incorrectly used words of 2022

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I asked my 60 year-old, well-educated, liberal Colombian friend what she thinks about Latinx, and she provided me with a standard Colombian response to a dumb question: "ni culo!" Ask your mother what that means.

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Spanish is my first language. Hence, I am more than familiar with multiple profane exclamations in the Spanish language. “Culo” means “ass,” the expression “ni culo” (no ass, neither ass?) doesn’t make literal sense, as is the case with plenty of vulgar figurative language in the English speaking world.

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Exactly, Alejandra. It's a colloquial expression that is well understood by my friend and her peers, but does not translate literally.

However, I just remembered that I mentioned this expression to a friend who works as a French translator. She told me they say something very similar in France.

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“Culo” btw, is a masculine word. Whether or not this is a symptom of systemic oppression within the language, I’ll leave it for you guys to decide…

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I agree with you: best translation would be “get the [choose profanity] outta here!” As an expression of disbelief.

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Literal translation, I believe, is "Neither Ass". It makes no sense to me but then again the meaning of words sometimes varies from country to country.

Sometimes when talking to my Spanish speaking friends I would tap my head and say, "Estoy usando mi culo." or "Estoy usiando mis riñones." Which means "I am using my ass." or "I am using my kidneys."

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She translated it for me as "not even my ass," a cruder version of "ni cinco." Both mean "no way," The implication is "get the hell out of here, you're nuts." Basically it's an expletive implying utter disdain.

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You would think that those opposed to cultural appropriation would find cultural reinvention equally abhorrent, and yet they are one and the same folk when it comes to writing the new rules.

I can only hope that this hypocrisy will cause their nonsense to end.

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I fear too many people just forego communication at all. They are being silenced.

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Jonathan Haidt's recent interview with Bari on Honestly is SO SO good. Address the origins of this and not only was I enlightened, I was hopeful at the end.

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I will check it out. Thanks!

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I listened to it last night, and I couldn't help feeling that Haidt is overly optimistic.

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True, but I guess I need that optimism right now. I don't agree with all of what he said (he actually contradicted himself when he said that one's name should be used for all postings and then said you could make up a name as long as you were in the social media's database) and it is a bit pollyanna in theory. What I appreciated most was the origins of this mess we're. I'm an older mom so I was young when to social media explosion occurred and my kids were only 6/7 yo. I definitely wasn't paying close attention and they didn't get phones until 13. I will say that I was very strict with what they could down load and when, so I did something right.

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One thing he didn't seem to consider when he proposed a third-party identity verification system to protect social media from bots is that any such system would only be as good as the people running it. And that it could be used as a choke point to keep people off of social media for spurious reasons.

The thing he really got right was that the *architecture* of social media is really the problem. The ability to share and reshare and reshare some more is what amplifies the hate and extremism. And I don't think anyone could convince social media companies to eliminate that feature.

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There you have it! I don't have enough fingers and toes to count how many college students I know that think they must remain silent.

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In her defense people in that age group.thought the legacy media was reliable.

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I wonder how many people are just like her. It's always a surprise when I tell a friend or family member about something like this and they literally have never heard anything about it. Whaaaaa? How do you not know anything about this? I'm not even on social media and I know this stuff. And they ARE on social and don't. Do they just watch funny kitten videos all day? I mean I like funny kitten videos too but...

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No. It is very easy for social media to be an echo chamber. You have to make an effort for it not to be.

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Good for your friend. Please send her to WoLF, the Women's Liberation Front that fights to preserve women's sex based rights and the concept of human sexual dimorphism. Also the Women's Declaration International, USA. If she's a TERF, she'll feel right at home in both organizations.

https://www.womensliberationfront.org/our-work

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Yes, something going on there which is definitely scary enough to make old folks cower in their homes and become hermits.

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Yep, that pushback was from me (and others). Take that Latina executive out of the office and she'll tell you its bonkers. She's trying to save her own arse. Too many today will stand only for their own hides and not for what is actually right. This Latinx thing will disappear now as the Hispanic numbers for Dems are evaporating.

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It sounds like a power play to me - hers over you.

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As I remember you live in SA and I lived there for three years (worked as a teacher in the barrio) in the mid to late '80s. This BS would never have seen the light of day then. And I would venture a guess that those families in that part of SA (Edgewood ISD) still care more about their next meal than this crap. I'd be curious to know where your boss was raised and in what socio-economic group. My middle class friend whose parents fled Fidel, calls this utter BS. Perhaps that fleeing and holding onto culture in a new country plays a role?

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I identify as Queer, because it has more social cachet than "weird." You may address me as "Mrs. W."

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Queer, and having birthed 10 children. Hurrah!

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I clean the stove for fun. I talk to trees. I build Lego sets. If that's not weird, I mean Queer, for a Southern church lady my age, well, I don't know what is.

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Not to forget TSAF, among TMD readers. Indeed special. And especially energetic.

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The great thing about being Queer is that it has no definition. It's simply an assertion of Specialhoodness.

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I know many people who are Gay but heterosexual. Especially on bright, sunny spring days. Gaiety for all!

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Agree, labeling yourself as queer automatically boots your status in the intersectionality matrix.

I mentioned this last week. Being gay in not a choice. However, if one of my kids ever comes out as gender fluid, gender queer, non-binary etc., my strategy is to also come out to them as queer (in the dullest possible manner, though). Why? Since gender is a social construct and a spectrum, there is not clear line between everyone’s individual (yes, fluid and not entirely binary) gender expression and all of these new categories that now fall under the LGBT+ umbrella. To identify yourself as queer is now a choice.

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This is so true.

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I never thought of it that way User01 but you may be onto something.

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You’re just not doing the work

It’s clearly stated on their Twitter bios

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“Triggering” and “unsafe” are two words that no one can take seriously anymore.

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And not just words but cringe-inducing phrases: "hate speech," "pregnant person," and "living my authentic life." Those are all like fingernails scraping across a blackboard.

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Bull's Eye, understood - old words repurposed to suit an alien agenda (you could have added 'they') - but then there are the new terms, ones I couldn't take seriously upon first hearing them:

'Micro aggression', 'cis', 'cultural appropriation', 'gas lighting', 'gender binary', 'intersectionality', and that old chestnut 'toxic masculinity.'

'latinx' was a head shaker from the get go.

Time for a gin and tonic - at least that still means the same as it always did.

Cheers!

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Cheers! Enjoy that G&T!

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IT triggers me when i get a letter from the IRS Also trigers me when i walk out a store with products i didn't pay for and the store dick says stop thief . Why not let people stop paying taxes and damn paying for products wtf

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You clearly don't live in Seattle. I saw a guy walk out of downtown Target carrying a vacuum cleaner. As he walked by the security guard the guard sighed and said: "You we're just here 10 minutes ago with another one! Please don't come again!" The guy said "whatever man", clearly feeling safe and not triggered, and the security guard must have felt as an ally.

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If another random person laid the guy out with the punch, then took the vacuum cleaner back inside and returned it to its shelf, what would happen?

Asking for a friend...

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I am afraid that random person would be banned from the Oscars for like 10 years or worse!

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They're actually words that didn't exist until a few years ago.

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That's not the problem. We get new words all the time in any language. Spoken languages are always works in progress. The big problem I see are ideologues who want to use language as a tool for social engineering, creating an Orwellian world in the process. Languages should not be controlled and manipulated to manipulate society, but allowed to develop freely in a truly democratic process.

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Completely agree Bull. Also "do the work" and "begin to heal"

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“My truth” is a good one, too.

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So…similar to blue check marks on Twitter?

(Nods head)

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It was invented for the opposite reason - signaling oneself as a member of the elite.

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Unless it's a story about an unhinged person triggering a bomb in a subway station, making the morning commute unsafe.

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Apr 15, 2022Liked by Nellie Bowles

Is it weird that I look forward to Fridays so I can read the Common Sense recap???

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You've chosen the right place to ask -- right here among enablers, I mean like-minded colleagues.

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Apr 15, 2022Liked by Nellie Bowles

Same!

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Apr 15, 2022Liked by Nellie Bowles

You are not alone :).

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Me too!

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Apr 15, 2022·edited Apr 15, 2022

Yes, but will you marry me? My pronoun is: "HE displays Common Sense most of the time."

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Check out reader Kevin Durant? 's pronouns. They are the best! (He commented below if you want to click on his moniker.)

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Me too, but it never felt weird until I read this. Thanks a lot!

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Apr 15, 2022Liked by Nellie Bowles

Thank you for saying what the left wing mainstream media won’t about the Brooklyn subway shooter: he is a racist extremist.

We all know how this would have been if he had been a white man

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Yes, I was surprised to hear the lefty media just say he is black

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Heather MacDonald wrote a fantastic piece in the Manhattan Institute city journal. She absolutely nailed it! Her book “the war on cops” is a terrific read too.

https://www.city-journal.org/ny-subway-shooter-delusions-likely-fed-by-relentless-cultivation-of-racial-resentment

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A picture has been said to be worth 1000 words. So they were backed into a corner.

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I herd it reported by independent media sources (Bill O’Reilly) that the shooter turned himself in.

While the mainstream media allowed NY officials to claim the prize.

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The Saudi Arabian government, which owns part of Twitter, came out against an Elon Musk acquisition. To which Musk responded: “Interesting. What are the Kingdom’s views on journalistic freedom of speech?” Typical Nazi behavior.

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Should have asked what their views are on Twitter getting Joe Biden elected which then doubled the price of their only export…….

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Or asked about Koshoggi.

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About 7 hours after Khasshogi died I saw Joe Scarborough ranting about a bone saw and other insanely specific details on MSNBC and to this day I believe ZERO things about that killing.

Aside from the fact that it was weaponized against Trump just like the Russian Bounties Hoax and also weaponized against the Saudis (Iran) there is no chance that amount of information makes it to Scarborough without a hyper-political intel operative feeding it to him.

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Scarborough has long since eclipsed Olbermann as the most obnoxious weenie on TV that everyone wants to punch out.

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I don’t have receipts from back then, but I absolutely called it in advance that he would divorce his wife and start banging Mika.

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It is delicious that Scarborough has to converse with that vacuous nitwit. Torture

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well, he did make her get a face lift, at least.

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Wasn’t around to predict the dead secretary……

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Vile human being

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yeah, and there's that thing about a dead pregnant woman and Scarborough...

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I think it was a sly reference to his murder. I love Musk if for no other reason than he is witty.

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“We want to ban books and censor grooming, CRT, brainwashing, and radicalization from the classrooms.”

I don’t know if you are sarcastic or don’t understand what “free speech” means.

“Censor grooming?” So you admit teachers are grooming children. Interesting.

Freedom of speech applies ONLY to the individual and not to the the state or anyone working as an agent of the state (AKA: a teacher). Basically, a teacher does not have a first amendment right to say/teach anything they want in a classroom.

“People cannot say whatever they want because words have consequences and can violate the rights of others.”

“Words have consequences” is not true but should be “words have impact”. Anyone that believes words are violent, aggressive, any form of aggression or violate the rights of others needs serious phycological help. Words are just words and how they impact a person is 100.00000% the responsibility of the person that heard them.

There are some very specific limits on incitement to violence and the classic “yelling fire in a theater” but outside of those… yes, free speech is where democracy reigns.

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I’m old enough to remember “sticks and stones…”

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"Did CNN have the right to smear Nicholas Sandman? What about Kyle Rittenhouse?" Yes, they did and this is an excellent example of what slander and liable suits laws are for. CNN, The Washington Post and others paid Nicholas Sandman a fortune. That kid will never have to work a day in his life. Stupid is as stupid does and these news outlets were as stupid as stupid gets. And they had every right under the First Amendment to be as stupid as they wanted to be.

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Yes and no. Yes as to Sandman and Rittenhouse because they were regular people smeared by the press. But anyone deemed a public figure has no such protection. I do not think that is just.

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I do think the “Sullivan” protection afforded media outlets is outrageously abused

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Correction: Americans are major proponents of free speech (or, at least, they should be). The alternative is the dream of totalitarians, and the realization of it in many places.

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The US does not have criminalization of hate speech though Canada, the UK and the EU do. There is a large contingent of Democrats pushing for that, however.

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It’s free in theory; in day-to-day practice, not so much.

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I posted this some time ago but I believe it is relevant to what you say:

Some call the left, liberals. I can't bring myself to do that. A true liberal embraces free speech. John Stuart Mill one of the founders of liberalism was a staunch defender of free speech. He said in his essay on liberalism, I'm paraphrasing here, "You should listen to your adversaries because they might be right."

The left today are not liberals. If you don't agree with the left, you are pilloried by the left. I read the definition of a racist, "Is anyone who wins an argument with a liberal."

Whatever happened to, "I may not agree with you but I will defend to the death your right to say it."? In July of 1977 the American NAZI Party was going to march through Skokie, Illinois. Seven Thousand Holocaust survivors lived in Skokie. Words cannot describe how disgusted and appalled I was by this proposed vile act. Of all people who defended this atrocity was the ACLU. I was shocked until I heard why they were defended the NAZIs right to march.

They weren't defending the NAZIs. They were defending the First Amendment, freedom of expression. I am a gentile and much as I despised the NAZIs I love the First Amendment more. I only wish the left loved the First Amendment as much as I do but they don't.

So please stop calling them liberals because they aren't. They are tyrants.

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Part of the tenets of CRT is a rejection of enlightened liberalism. In light of this, current illiberalism of the “social justice” left makes perfect sense.

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I stopped calling Leftists "liberals" several years ago. I refuse to allow the Left to take that word and apply it to an ideology that is the opposite of the word's actual meaning.

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Totally agreed. I never, ever call them "liberals" - they are leftists. Neo-marxists. Cultists, really.

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The press and the Democrats call them socialists. In the Merium Webster Dictionary, the first synonym for socialism is communism. Marx, Lenin, Bernie Sanders are all communists. When it comes to murdering your own people, communists make Hitler look like a girl scout and Hitler was a monster.

Neither political party would accept NAZIs into their ranks but the Democrats welcome communists with open arms. Not only do the welcome Bernie with open arms, they made him a committee chairman.

Bernie, AOC and the squad are all communists. In the '70s Bernie voted straight communist ticket in national election

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I am no fan of the leftist in Hollywood. Please give me examples of Hollywood movies that are sympathetic to NAZIs. At the time the NAZIs were going to march through Skokie, the majority of ACLU lawyers were Jews.

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“Neo-Nazis are major proponents of free speech.”

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Good point. And therefore the central governing authority should control speech because that is extremely non-Nazi…..

Your incredibly retarded analysis aside, I have always said the ACLU was wrong to help Nazis march in a Jewish neighborhood but unlike you I have a reason that doesn’t sound borderline psychotic.

There is a layer of First Amendment jurisprudence known as ‘ample alternative channels’ which allows very limited case-by-case restrictions on speech. Basically the Nazis can just have their march somewhere that isn’t a Jewish neighborhood. There are other ‘channels’.

Applies to BLM also. If there is a park nearby sufficient in size they can have their demonstration/riot in the park instead of in the middle of the street.

I agree with the hypothetical application of ‘ample alternative channels’ in the case of Nazis matching in Skokie but my opinion would be the exact opposite if the residents of Skokie had access to a ‘mute button’ that would cause the Nazis to magically disappear.

Similarly, if 95% of neighborhoods were Jewish neighborhoods, in the way that resembles Twitter’s virtual monopoly on the digital public square, then it would be necessary to allow Nazis to march in a Jewish neighborhood because it would be too restrictive otherwise.

Only scumbags want to restrict speech on the internet because the internet provides tools for other users to silence the speech they don’t like.

Substack does need a mute button.

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Very well reasoned and articulated.

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"There is a layer of First Amendment jurisprudence known as ‘ample alternative channels’ which allows very limited case-by-case restrictions on speech. Basically the Nazis can just have their march somewhere that isn’t a Jewish neighborhood. There are other ‘channels’. "

I know you hate when I applaud you, but this is a smart concept and thanks for mentioning it. When I was a baby reporter in the early '80s, I covered the Second Nazi Infestation in Chicago. Instead of marching through Skokie, they held a rally in downtown Chicago, on the stops of City Hall/County Building.

Several thousand Nazis haters showed up--yay, Nazi haters!--and so did several hundred Chicago Police riot troops. I, Reporter Guy, was in the front row, my nose near a riot shield and my ass near some really pissed-off Nazi haters. You could feel anger and adrenaline rolling like thunderclouds.

Then, eight or ten weenie brownshirts walked out to look down on the crowd and began their mustache rants. The crowd commenced to drowning out their hate speech with bellows, threats, and thrown objects. Made for a great story, but man, never again do I want to cover something like that.

The point of my story is that I believe the Chicago demonstration was a court-ordered example of your "ample alternative channel" designed to prevent a second march through Skokie---by moving it to City Hall.

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I have thoughts about allowing counter protestors since that’s one of the few legitimate instances where speech can easily turn to violence.

Probably better to hold a counter protest the next day that dwarfs the original to make the point, but I’m not set in stone on this one.

Stop agreeing with me tho!!

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"Stop agreeing with me tho!!"

No fear, I'll be back to my usual harassment in no time :-)

I like counter-protests, as long as there are enough cops to keep the sides from killing each other . . . or the poor schmuck reporter stuck in the middle getting quotes.

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Marek - my grandfather landed at Normandy on D+3 and ended the war in Germany. I get hating Nazis. Having said that, the 1st Amendment matters as does the wider principle of free speech. Hammer and Sickle symbols are all over the place - yet Communism has killed more innocents than the Third Reich did. Actual members of Congress are aligned with an ideology that has put people in camps and murdered them. The answer to awful ideas and speech is good ideas and speech.

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Phisto - I am a civil liberties advocate. However, we do accept limitations to our rights (the 2nd Amendment, for instance, has hundreds of state and federal laws limiting it). For the 1st Amendment, I think the limitations were all established by the 19th century. They are:

-slander / libel

-direct and specific threats of violence or speech likely to lead to direct and specific violence (the "shouting fire in a crowded theater" situation)

-national secrets / classified information

-copyright / trademark infringements

-obscenities (this is subjective and depends a lot on time and place, and if children are involved or not)

Did I miss anything? Beyond that, have at it. If you want to make a "Black Jesuse, please kill whitey" prayer (like the NYC subway shooter did) then have at it.

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"Fraudulent speech" - no. Telling lies is fine. Joe Biden can stand up and say he was a "full professor" at UPenn for four years, which he actually did say just a few days ago. That's not restricted speech. It's dumb speech, obviously, but it's fine. Let the truth fix the lies.

Seditious speech - as in specifically planning sedition, yes I can see how this would get one arrested. However, saying things like "the USA is a debased colonial systemically racist nation and I want it to collapse" is fine.

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Apr 15, 2022Liked by Nellie Bowles

I had only heard about the subway being caught and hours abhorrent views on Black women. Yet, the reports failed to mention the fact that he himself was black. Suddenly, media was sticking to not wanting to show a suspect to keep them from becoming infamous was applied. I also heard nothing about his disgusting anti Semitism. I’m guessing that we will barely hear anything about this attack in the future, just like how the Wisconsin parade was quickly forgotten about. I had no idea what this guy looked like or all of his views until TGIF came out.

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Because both the senile imbecile who pretends to lead us and his vile little stooge who is playing Beria at the "Justice Department" keep screeching that White Supremacists are the greatest threat to America. Funny, cause I've never actually met one. Have you? Yet the lunatic left sees them under every bed. And the only racial terror attacks we've seen have been carried out by demented Black racists.

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That is because the definition of “white supremacy” has changed drastically in the last couple of years. Whereas it used to be associated with a deeply antisemitic ideology, it is now simply another term for systemic racism (for which Jewish individuals are seen as adjacent and/or beneficiaries of “white supremacy”). Likewise, racism is currently understood as prejudice + power (where power is defined based on an individua’s immutable characteristics).

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Would that be the "systemic racism" that doesn't exist because we have a system of anti-racist laws and regulations in place, and have had such a system beginning in the 1960s.

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Just to clarify, I am highlighting how the terms “systemic racism” and “white supremacy” appear to be used interchangeably nowadays by the woke ideologues.

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When a nonwhite person commits a crime, you will only see photos of the suspect on Fox News and right-wing blogs. When a white person commits the same crime, you will see photos of the suspect everywhere.

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And sometimes it appears that the person is "white," like the pasty-faced Syrian basement-dweller in Colorado, but it turns out he's one of the good guys after all, and then the anti-racists have to memory-hole the entire episode.

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This is why I knew the man who killed a BLM protestor on the highway in Seattle wasn't white. The Twitter story was that a Trump supporter murdered a protestor, but since they weren't putting his face on anything I knew that wasn't true.

The driver was actually a black immigrant from Africa and it was an accident, not a murder.

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A similar source is www.allsides.com

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They're not that good, though, as the content they cite tends to all skew left of what they claim it is.

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I knew because I read the New York Post :)

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"Law enforcement has no idea of the attacker's motives."

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It’s from his laptop. Can’t be verified, Cynthia.

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With all the classic earmarks of Russian disinformation

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....because they're not biologists....er, no wait, it'll come to me.

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Oh, excellent point.

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Hate to tell you this but if you watched or read any FOX news you'd have known he was black. They said it from the outset....even the NYPD police chief said it until later when it was changed to "person with dark skin". And on one program (I think NBC) he was described as a gentleman. The man was AT LARGE---a description with his skin color was critical in finding him. But too often now I just laugh because stupid is as stupid does.

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Totally agree. Most of the legacy media put their woke views FAR above their job of reporting the news - professional journalist ? Most of these reporters have no integrity.

Personally, as a professional, I would walk off a job if someone told me I had to put a political view above my professional work. Real journalists push back against their editors if the editor tries to dilute their work.

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Just listened to Bari's interview with Jonathan Haidt.....absolutely great listen if you have the time and speaks to this and much more.

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But it's all about the gun, you know. Forget the shooter, the problem is the gun!

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Another dangerous white supremacist

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The Times calls him a black white supremacist.

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Is this a joke? Impossible to tell anymore.

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As Evan Thomas, Newsweek Editor, once stated: The narrative was right but the facts were wrong. I promise not to parody these folk any more. My bad. As you point out, they make it hard to separate parody from reality

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I suspected the truth immediately, when the media failed to identify him as white. Particularly when they noted that he had posted "bigoted" (not racist) memes and rants. Googling his name brought up news stories from outlets that are not on the Woke Wagon. The pictures made everything clear.

I guarantee that this story will morph into a tale of his victimhood, with his violent actions minimized and brushed off due to his failure to actually kill anyone (last I heard).

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Yeah those disgusting white racists damaged a persons of color car. For no apparent reason!!

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I live 30 minutes from there. That city got redder than they were before Christmas. We had an election April 5th and two Dems lost their seats. Good on you Waukesha!

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Long fuse!!

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Apr 15, 2022Liked by Nellie Bowles

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Persxns are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, liberals must police political speech among Persxns, deriving their just powers from the consent of the Twitterati, lest the Democratic party collapse in on itself and implode like a dying star."

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Persxns is Sexist. Perdaughtxrs is better.

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I was going to say "oxygen-breathing bipeds", but then I guess that would be 'harmful' to people in wheelchairs and babies.

Can't even make jokes about jokes without getting it wrong apparently...

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Brilliant

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Apr 15, 2022Liked by Nellie Bowles

In other trans-related news: two inmates have recently fallen pregnant at the Edna Mahan correctional facility in New Jersey These pregnancies are confirmed to be the result of “consensual sexual relationships with another incarcerated person.” The facility began housing transgender women last year following a lawsuit that involved the now super woke ACLU. Somehow, I doubt the ACLU will take care of the financial and emotional needs of the children product of such unions. Their work ensuring so-called justice and inclusivity is done.

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Women can do anything men can do!

Including impregnate other women!

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It it too much to ask at a very minimum that there are no functioning penises in the prison population of women's prisons? For crying out loud. Everyone saw this coming a mile away.

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The story was first reported in the Daily Mail. The US maimed stream media wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10716417/Two-women-female-New-Jersey-prison-PREGNANT-trans-inmates.html

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Nellie asks "Why was Hunter Biden paying for his dad’s expenses?"

Maybe because in any truly free nation with a sentient population and an honest press and Justice Department, it would be abundantly clear from Hunter's laptop materials that the President of the United States is corrupt and possibly even in the pockets of our most implacable enemies. But we are no longer free, our media is complicit and our Justice Department is under the control of a vicious, partisan little apparatchik who needs to be tried for crimes against the American people.

This is precisely why what Elon is doing is so important. And why the shrieks of the vile leftists over his Twitter gambit reveal so clearly that they despise free speech and a free America. Time to wake up America - these people are your enemies. They are not your "fellow Americans," they are a fifth column bent on stealing your liberty, your property and your children. Time to treat them accordingly.

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TYTY, M. Bruce. Agree, but don't know what You mean "treat them accordingly." ?

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Special counsel. Tried for their crimes. Punished accordingly.

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Seems harsh. I’ve heard thoughts of “re-education” camps going around..

Or does that only go one way?

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There is a panoply of responses. They range from mockery and laughter and escalate from there. Stop being so nice and pretending that the insanity they push is anything but that. Turn the tables on the left. Pull a "Maxine" on these clowns. Should the 50 former intel officers who lied to our faces feel safe showing theirs in public? You tell me.

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It may take more than that. Dunno.

I don't get out much. "Pull a 'Maxine' on" them?

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Remember what she said should happen to members of the Trump administration. Get up in their faces?

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Did she? I don't watch the news much. I guess YOu mean Maxine Waters? Figures.

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Yes. She incited violence. Disgusting harridan

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“Biden is blaming it on Putin and trying this week to call it “Putin’s price hike.” But that’s just obviously false”

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Putin’s Price Hike is bad…..but let’s not forget Putin’s countless other attacks on our democracy, all of which include alliteration and have been focus grouped:

1) Putin’s Policing Policy, which has caused the crime wave in our democracy.

2) Putin’s Pandemic Plans, which locked us down for 2 years.

3) Putin’s Pre-K Pedo Push, which continues to create controversy in our schools and in democracy.

4) Putin’s Pipeline Prohibition, which is what actually shut down Keystone XL much to pro-America Joe Biden’s dismay.

5) Putin’s Poisoned El Pollo, which damaged both Chipotle’s brand and their democracy.

6) Putin’s Princess Paparazzi, which killed Princess Diana. Democracy was unharmed because it was wearing its seatbelt.

7) Putin’s Pornography Patronage, which has framed and unjustly taken down 60-70% of married men who never look at pornography and/or do not aggressively clear their browser history.

8) Putin’s Parking Patrols, which resulted in George Zimmerman killing Trayvon’s democracy.

9) Putin’s Patriots Packers Parlay, which cost me $2,000 last time I was in Vegas celebrating our democracy.

10) Putin’s Pringles Patent, which he holds out of spite to prevent Pringles from making a can of chips you can fit your hand into.

11) Putin’s Parishioner Penetration, which cost the Catholic Church millions in settlements.

12) Putin’s Protestant Printing Press, another vicious attack on Catholics.

13) Putin’s Planted Pandering Puff Pieces, which have created the false impression over the years that the media favors Democrats when they are really just straight down the middle!!

14) Putin’s Political Planned Parenthood, which aborted Hillary’s presidential hopes and crushed her democracy.

15) Putin’s Pescatarian Paste, which is actually just tartar sauce, but still an attack on our democracy.

16) Putin’s Profiteering Pelosi Portfolio, the suspiciously profitable brokerage account baselessly connected to Speaker Pelosi, without evidence, which has been used to frame her as a really sleazy and corrupt whore.

17) Putin’s Platitudinous Prompter, which allowed the Russians to insert vague, preening, nonsensical cliches into all of Obama’s speeches.

18) Putin’s Peen Pics, an unprecedented attack on both Brett Favre’s democracy and Hillary’s chief of staff.

19) Putin’s Pride Parades, which organize the most emotionally unstable people from the gay community and put them all together in the middle of the street at the same time to make it seem to the average observer like it’s a really weird lifestyle when, in fact, most gay people are totally normal and do NOT wear leather chaps and extraordinary amounts of eyeshadow…….in our democracy.

20) Putin’s Password Protection, which is what made it look like Hillary’s campaign was spying on the Trump White House, when they were really just protecting our democracy by checking to make sure that Trump’s password wasn’t too easy to guess. His password was ‘democracy’ which is too easy so they alerted him to this and he changed it to ‘D_emocr@cy69’

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