First Amendment Issues: Twitter Censorship, Twitter Shadow ban vs. Conservative Websites, Christian Websites

First Amendment Issues:

Twitter Shadow ban vs. Conservative Websites, Christian Websites

Behold, they do study at this time that they may destroy the liberty of thy people. ~Alma 8:17

Twitter Engineer Admits to Banning Accounts that Express Interest in God, Guns, and America

Allum Bokhari

The latest video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas shows Twitter employees appearing to admit that the platform has “shadow banned” users in the past, and applies its rules and censorship algorithms unevenly in an effort to rid the platform of Trump supporters and conservatives.

In the video, which corroborates previous Breitbart Tech reporting, a former content review agent for Twitter, Mo Norai, appears to admit to banning accounts for political reasons.

“Let’s say if it was a pro-Trump thin and I’m anti-Trump. I was like, I banned this whole account.”

He goes on to explain how Twitter’s “content reviews” are biased against conservatives.

“It goes to you, and then it’s at your discretion. And if you’re anti-Trump, you’re like, ‘oh you know what, Mo was right, **** it, let it go’”

The video also shows Norai agreeing with a Project Veritas reporter that content reviewers would just “let a lot of the left-leaning or liberal stuff go through unchecked.”

A former software engineer at Twitter, Abhinav Vadrevu, also appears to admit that Twitter has “shadow banned” users in the past, noting that it’s a “risky strategy” and that “in the past, people have been really, really pissed off about that.” Vadrevu says he doesn’t know if Twitter “does this anymore.”

In early 2016, sources told Breitbart Tech that Twitter shadowbanning was “real and happening every day.”

The video, which can be watched in full below, also shows how Twitter’s machine learning algorithms can classify users as “Russian bots” if their content is too conservative or pro-Trump, and kick them off the platform.

Twitter Engineer Admits to Banning Accounts that Express Interest in God, Guns, and America

Twitter Responds to Conservative Censorship Exposé by Attacking Project Veritas for Obtaining Footage

Damore Complaint Shows Allegedly Widespread Intimidation of Conservatives at Google

 

The Stop Rush movement

Rush Limbaugh

Now, I knew a lot of this, because I’ve had to learn it to deal with the way Twitter was involved in something called the Stop Rush movement. Briefly, I’m hesitate to talk about this because it gives people ideas, but we’ve found our way around it. On occasion our advertisers will be swarmed with emails claiming to be sent by customers who are never going to patronize this sponsor again because of something I said on the radio.

And we had to come up with ways of defeating this, because we knew it wasn’t true. We knew it was bogus. We’ve had enough experience with this over 30 years to know that these are organized campaigns. But we had to come up with evidence to show people that we’re being harassed, and we did. And the most recent iteration of Stop Rush, here’s what we found. There were 10 people who, using algorithms with the assistance of Twitter, with the assistance of Twitter management, were able to make themselves appear to be tens of thousands.

It was just 10 people. And they were writing the same basic complaint email but changing the name of the station, changing the location they supposedly lived in, changing to some extent the nature of the complaint, but it was basically a boilerplate thing. It was basically bots that were sending these things out in droves.

So we have a really, really sharp guy on our staff who began tracking all this down. We found these 10 people. We found out who they are. We know where they live. We know their names. Some of them are in New York. Some of them are in southern California near Camarillo, California. Many of them are retired college professors. And they are paid activists. Many of them are working under the auspices of professional organizers like that Robert Creamer guy or Media Matters for America.

O’Keefe Blows Up Twitter

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National Security: Illegal Immigration Solutions, Israel Border Wall Benefits

National Security:

Illegal Immigration Solutions, Israel Border Wall Benefits

How to Successfully Stop Illegal Immigration: Follow Israel’s Model

Aaron Klein

EILAT, Israel – Israel is regarded as a global leader in the fight against Islamic terrorism. Less well known is that the Jewish state has over the years contended with a major issue of regional migrants entering the country illegally and has successfully halted this infiltration to the point where not a single illegal entered in 2017, according to Israeli government statistics.

“Every country has an obligation to protect its borders,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared last week while announcing new steps to deport illegal migrants currently residing in Israel. “Protecting the borders from illegal infiltration is both the right and the fundamental obligation of a sovereign country.”

Here are Israel’s five primary methods of fighting illegal immigration.

1 – Build a barrier.

While most people are familiar with Israel’s West Bank security barrier, constructed to thwart terrorist infiltration, less well known is that Israel in 2013 completed a barrier that runs the length of the vast Israel-Egypt border to stem the flow of illegal African migrants entering the country. Upon completion of the barrier, the numbers of illegals crossing into the Jewish state slowed to a trickle and entirely stopped this past year.

2 – Forcibly deport illegal immigrants.

The infiltration of illegal aliens brought with it rises in crime rates and impacted the security of Israeli cities, especially south Tel Aviv, where many residents complain of no longer feeling safe. According to UN statistics from 2013, some 77% of the Africans that infiltrated Israel are males between the ages of 18 and 35.  Very few of the infiltrators are refugees fleeing persecution. Most are economic migrants looking for work. The illegal migrants were also opposed by Palestinians since they provided cheap labor and competed with Palestinians for some jobs.

3 – Provide incentives for illegals to leave on their own.

Israel has given notice to all illegals that they have 90 days to vacate. If the illegal migrants go willingly during that time period, they will be provided $3,500 and can depart to their home countries or to third countries. After the 90 day grace period, Israel has warned that illegals will be imprisoned or deported.

4 – Cut off all government funds.

Israel’s Knesset last month also advanced a bill to close the country’s Holot detention facility, where the Israeli government currently pays for food and housing for illegal infiltrators.

5 – Crack down on employers who hire illegals.

Besides current law violations, the Knesset has also advanced legislation to further sanction employers who hire illegal migrants.

How to Successfully Stop Illegal Immigration: Follow Israel’s Model

Culture Wars: Liberal Hypocrisy on Chain Migration, DACA

Culture Wars:

Liberal Hypocrisy on Chain Migration, DACA

These revolutionists are using a technique that is as old as the human racea fervid but false solicitude for the unfortunate over whom they thus gain mastery, and then enslave them. ~David O. McKay

Trump Blasts Bipartisan DACA Proposal as ‘Big Step Backwards’

PRESIDENT TRUMP: The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards. Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime….countries which are doing badly. I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level. I want safety and security for our people. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs. I want to fund our military, not do a Dem defund….

.Because of the Democrats not being interested in life and safety, DACA has now taken a big step backwards. The Dems will threaten “shutdown,” but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most. Get smart, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

Liberal Hypocrisy: Phony “Compassion”

DURBIN: When it came to the issue of, quote, “chain migration,” I said to the president, “Do you realize how painful that term is to so many people? African-Americans believe that they migrated to America in chains and when you speak about ‘chain migration,’ it hurts them personally?” He [Trump] said, “Oh, that’s a good line.”

Chain Migration Definition

Rush Limbaugh

RUSH: Chain migration is a specific term that specifically and correctly identifies how one illegal immigrant arriving can create a chain of migration for four or five or more others. It is an official term. It has never been associated with Africans arriving as slaves.

And it’s key to  understand what he [Trump] meant by that question. Why do you people want to continue to import people that are going to end up placing a burden on our population? Why? If we’re going to have an immigration policy, why don’t we seek the best?

Why do you people purposely want to go out and bring people in who are gonna end up being a burden? Now, you can define that as not learning English, not being able to have a job, being on the social safety welfare net, however you want to define it.

But that’s what he means, because that’s precisely what the Democrats want to do. That’s exactly what they want to do, because they’re not humanitarian. This is not about compassion. This is not about love and a soft spot for people from these horrible places and wanting to give them a better life. This is about registering a bunch of future Democrat voters that are never gonna be able to fend or provide for themselves. This is about flooding this country with people who are going to be forever dependent on a government-run by Democrats.

That’s all it is to them.

That’s why this phony sanctimony over being offended by the use of a word that they disagree with and say is unpresidential… It wasn’t unpresidential what Bill Clinton was doing the Oval Office. No, no, no. They all tried to cover that up, and they all tried to say that was nobody’s business. And of course, when Barack Obama is lying through his teeth to the American people about their health care plans and systems and when he’s lying to the American people about not wanting to make sure the Iranians get nuclear weapons?

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America First: President Trump’s National Security Strategy—At last, a Declaration of Profound Patriotism and Love of America

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History Facts: Judeo-Christian Values essential to Victory of Western Civilization vs. Islamic Invasion of Europe

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Culture Wars: Catholic Film Festival vs. Hollywood Scandals

Culture Wars:

Catholic Film Festival vs. Hollywood Scandals

Catholic Film Festival Provides Welcome Contrast to Hollywood Scandals and Squalor

Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.

As Hollywood wallows in ever more sordid sex scandals, an international Catholic Film Festival in Rome has awarded a series of films for their uplifting themes, artistic prowess and positive contribution to culture.

In its eighth annual awards ceremony last week, the Mirabile Dictu Catholic Film Festival underscored the contribution of Catholic actors and filmmakers that strive to create great cinema that inspires and elevates, rather than degrading.

This year’s winners included “A Man of God,” a documentary on the life of Father Władysław Bukowiński, apostle of Kazakhstan and a prisoner of Soviet labor camps; “Come and See,” an innovative black-and-white short film recorded without sound; and “Luz de Soledad,” a movie about a group of Spanish religious sisters in the midst of revolutions, epidemics and religious persecution.

Like other such events, the festival grants awards in several categories: best short film, best documentary, best director and best film. For this year’s festival, more than 1,000 candidates submitted movies for judging, which were later narrowed down to 12 candidates vying for the “Silver Fish,” a sculpture that recalls the first symbol of Christianity (ἰχθύς).

The nominees for best film included “Saint Bridget of Sweden,” from American director Fabio Carini; “Fatima, the Last Mystery,” from Spaniard Andrés Garrigó; and “Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier, Sinner, Saint,” from Philippine director Paolo Dy.

The award was given to the film on Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the Spanish founder of the Jesuit order, which highlights the dramatic conversion from his life as a libertine soldier to that of a formidable Christian missionary.

Each day more stories emerge from the murky Hollywood underworld of predatory producers, actors and filmmakers, leaving the impression that the cinematographic world is one of near absolute corruption and filth.

In October, Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson said that the sexual abuse and harassment scandal surrounding disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is just “the top of a very particular iceberg” in Hollywood’s overall culture.

“I didn’t know about these things, but they don’t surprise me at all, and they’re endemic to the system anyway,” Thompson said in an interview. “What I find sort of extraordinary is that this man is at the top of a very particular iceberg. I don’t think you can describe him as a ‘sex addict,’ he’s a predator.”

The Mirabile Dictu (Latin for “it is wonderful to say”) festival offers a contrary message: that cinema and filmmaking can be put at the service of universal moral values and positive cultural models.

 

Catholic Film Festival Provides Welcome Contrast to Hollywood Squalor

Culture Wars: Down Syndrome Girl fights Down Syndrome Discrimination at United Nations

Culture Wars:

Down Syndrome Girl fights Down Syndrome Discrimination at United Nations

See Down-syndrome girl shred U.N. ‘expert’ who wants to abort down syndrome babies

‘You sir, do not speak for my community’

 

See the petition that urges the United States and its allies to leave the U.N. and even evict the global body’s headquarters from American soil.

Responding to an expert for the United Nation’s Human Rights Committee who recently advocated killing unborn children who have Down syndrome, a young woman with the condition fired back.

“You sir, do not speak for my community,” Charlotte Fien said a video on the website for the European Center for Law and Justice, a non-governmental organization that has special consultative status before the United Nations.

She was responding to Ben Achour, who said that a diagnosis of Down syndrome in the womb “does not mean that we have to accept to let a disabled fetus live.”

“If you tell a woman your child as Down … what is it called? Down syndrome. If you tell her that, or that he may have a handicap forever, for the rest of his life, it should be possible for her to resort to abortion to avoid the handicap [as] a preventive measure,” he said.

Fien responded: “I’m a human being just like you. Our only difference is an extra chromosome. My extra chromosome makes me far more tolerant than you, sir. (…) If any other [in]heritable traits like skin color were used to eradicate a group of people the world would cry out.”

See the petition that urges the United States and its allies to leave the U.N. and even evict the global body’s headquarters from American soil.

She went on: “Why are you not crying out when people like me are being made extinct? What have We done to make you want us to disappear? As far as I know my community doesn’t hate, discriminate or commit crimes.”

Fien said Achour essentially is advocating eugenics.

“It’s disgusting and evil. You need to apologize for your horrible comments,” she said. “You should also be removed from the Human Rights Committee as an expert. You are not an expert about Down syndrome. You sir, do not speak for my community. … I will fight for our right to exist for the rest of my life.”

She pointed out Achour has used the word “suffering” in relation to Down syndrome.

“The only thing we have to suffer are horrible people who want to make us extinct,” she said. “I have a brilliant life. I have a family that loves me. I have great friends. I have an active social life.”

She suggested that the Human Rights Committee appoint her as an expert.

“I will fight for our right to exist,” she said.

http://www.wnd.com/2017/12/see-down-syndrome-girl-shred-u-n-expert/

 

Winning Culture Wars: Putting Jesus Christ back in Christmas

Winning Culture Wars:

Putting Jesus Christ back in Christmas

About a decade ago, many stores and businesses began quietly dropping the word “Christmas” from advertisements, store decorations and the employee lexicon. AFA and others began to notice.

Of course, it was entirely possible that many business people were motivated more by a desire not to offend those who do not celebrate Christmas, rather than an impulse to expel religion from the public realm. In fact, that was the reason most companies gave for dropping references to Christmas.

AFA didn’t buy that explanation, however. For one thing, the vast majority of people in America celebrate Christmas. In 2010, the trade magazine Ad Age cited a National Retail Federation survey that found that 91% of consumers were planning Christmas festivities.

Moreover, no one really seemed to mind the Christmas trees, Nativity scenes or retail well-wishers who said, “Merry Christmas.” Very few customers complained that a store was selling “Christmas trees” rather than the ludicrously named “holiday trees” that some stores were selling in the parking lot.

Ellen Davis, a vice president at NRF, told Ad Age that in 2009 retailers began returning to the emphasis on Christmas. The result? “[T]here wasn’t much push back,” she said. “There wasn’t a huge outcry from groups offended that retailers were saying Merry Christmas.”

Following the actions of AFA and others, the tide is turning back. Randy Sharp, director of special projects for AFA and spearhead of the ministry’s Naughty-Or-Nice campaigns, said over the past decade “our research shows 80-90% of companies have again embraced Christmas.”

He said, “We’ve had a complete flip in perspective. Companies are beginning to see that people who buy from retailers at Christmastime don’t think there’s anything wrong with everyone being open and honest about why that’s happening.”

Judeo-Christian Culture: White House Christmas Tree Lighting—President Trump Honors Jesus Christ, Importance of Family

Judeo-Christian Culture:

Merry Christmas!

White House Christmas Tree Lighting—President Trump Honors Jesus Christ, Importance of Family

President Donald Trump Lights National Christmas Tree: “The birth of Jesus Christ and the story of his life forever changed the course of human history.”

Onan Coca

President Trump delivered an amazing speech earlier this week when he and the First Lady lit the National Christmas Tree and welcomed in the Christmas season.

“The Christmas Story begins 2,000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son, and the most extraordinary gift of all—the gift of God’s love for all of humanity,” the President said. “Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of his life forever changed the course of human history.”

From the White House:

Throughout the years, the Christmas tree lighting tradition has withstood the test of time and served as a symbol of hope through moments of hardship. In 1945, President Harry Truman delivered a Christmas message of optimism during a time consumed by the despair of World War II.

“This is the Christmas that a war-weary world has prayed for through long and awful years,” said Truman. “With peace come joy and gladness. The gloom of the war years fades as once more we light the National Community Christmas Tree.”

Judeo-Christian Culture vs. Multiculturalism—Western Values Win

Culture Wars:

Judeo-Christian Culture vs. Multiculturalism—Western Values Win

Christmas Message:

Christmas Is About Jesus Christ

by C.A. Davidson

CHRISTMAS IS NOT multi-cultural. Christmas is unique to Biblical Culture, for without Christ, there would be no Christmas. It is called Western Civilization because it is civilized. Yes, despite the dogmas of moral relativism, Judeo-Christian culture is a superior culture. Western Culture has more respect for women and children, more religious and other liberty, more prosperity, more peace than any other culture. And it’s all because of the teachings of Christ.

Unlike other cultures, and contrary to what the media may tell you, we do not kill people we disagree with; we don’t treat certain groups as second-class citizens. We do require citizenship to enjoy Constitutional rights, but any country has to have laws and borders, or it is not a country.

Europe, the origin of Western Culture, is disintegrating because those peoples have failed to protect the cornerstone of civilization. When a nation stops obeying the Ten Commandments, it descends into savagery.

In the 1930s, the first school of political correctness convened in Frankfurt Germany. There the masterminds decided that the only way to achieve their agenda was to destroy Western Culture, for as long as Christians believed in God and moral absolutes, they stood in the way of the Marxist revolution. The first priority was to destroy the family. So Cultural Marxism was sown, and we are reaping its bitter fruits of moral relativism, multiculturalism, atheism, sexual anarchy, lawlessness, religious persecution, drug addiction, tyranny … the depressing list goes on and on.

            And we have watched Christmas become a commercial festival. In secular society, Christ is missing from Christmas. The best gift we can give our children this year, and all year long, is the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is only one plan of happiness that works: Faith, repentance, and obedience to God’s commandments. If we do not transmit these precious truths, our children will fall prey to all the deceptive counterfeits that lead to misery.

This is a serious message for this joyful season, but if we preserve and protect the true meaning of Christmas, we will have peace now, and there will be no post-holiday letdown. Instead, we will enjoy the Christmas Spirit all year long.

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