Horowitz: E-MASK-ulation: How we have been lied to so dramatically about masks

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If you are looking for the scientific rationale behind universal mask-wearing, you certainly won’t find it now that the issue has become as political as guns, abortion, and taxes. We are now at a point where Canada’s chief public health officer is calling on people to wear masks when engaging in sexual activities and 19-month-old babies are being forced to wear them on airplanes. There is no rational thought in a political cult. But what did the governmental and scientific literature say on the issue before it became political?

On April 3, already several weeks into the unprecedented lockdown over coronavirus, but before the big media push for universal masking, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued guidance for respiratory protection for workers exposed to people with the virus. It stated clearly what governments had said all along about other forms of airborne contamination, such as smoke inhalation — “Surgical masks and eye protection (e.g., face shields, goggles) were provided as an interim measure to protect against splashes and large droplets (note: surgical masks are not respirators and do not provide protection against aerosol-generating procedures).”

In other words, they knew that because the virions of coronavirus are roughly 100 nanometers, 1/1000 the width of a hair and 1/30 the size of surgical mask filtrations (about 3.0 microns or 3,000 nanometers), surgical masks (not to mention cloth ones) do not help. This would explain why experience has shown that all of the places with universal mask orders in place for months, such as Japan, Hong Kong, Israel, France, Peru, Philippines, Hawaii, California, and Miami, failed to stave off the spread of the infection. Surgical masks could possibly stop large droplets from those coughing with very evident symptoms, but would not stop the flow of aerosolized airborne particles, certainly not from asymptomatic individuals.

This is why the CDC, as late as May, was citing the 10 randomized controlled trials that showed “no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks.” The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford also summarized six international studies which “showed that masks alone have no significant effect in interrupting the spread of ILI or influenza in the general population, nor in healthcare workers.”

When Dr. Fauci spoke so assertively against universal mask-wearing early on in the epidemic, it was clearly based on this knowledge. “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask,” infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told “60 Minutes” on March 8. He went on to explain that masks can only block large droplets, they give a false sense of security, and they cause people to get more germs on their hands by fiddling with it. Those facts don’t change with time.

Several weeks later, Surgeon General Jerome Adams punctuated this point about the counterproductivity of wearing masks in public. Appearing on “Fox & Friends” on March 31, Adams said that based on a study that shows medical students who wear masks touch their faces 23 times more often, one has to assume that “wearing a mask improperly can actually increase your risk of getting disease.”

Ever since then, we have all seen how people leave masks in their pockets or cars for days and continuously put it on and off as needed without washing their hands. It’s inconceivable that this is not serving as a bacteria trap, if not downright helping spread the virus on our hands.

A 2015 randomized clinical trial from the University of South Wales testing the effectiveness of cloth masks among health care workers in Hanoi found that the poor filtration becomes a conduit for moisture retention. Researchers found a high rate of infection among those workers presumably because “their reuse and poor filtration may explain the increased risk of infection.” Can you imagine how much worse this is in a non-health-care setting where reuse and cross-contamination are rampant?

This is why before mask-wearing became a cult in Canada, Quebec’s public health director Horacio Arruda told the Montreal Gazette that masks are counterproductive. Arruda’s guidance as given in the article states that masks “get saturated with moisture from the mouth and nose after about 20 minutes. Once they’re wet, they no longer form a barrier against viruses trying to come through or exit.” This renders the daylong mask wearing in businesses, stores, and schools, as opposed to the short onetime use in clinical settings, a complete hazard to spread of bacteria and pathogens.

Nothing about the biology of the virus or our discovery of it has changed in the past few months that would lead us to believe that masks are somehow more effective against it than they are against the spread of other respiratory viruses. What has changed is the politics. Governments could no longer control our lives through wholesale lockdowns, because it was logistically untenable, so they created the mask mandate as a way of permanently controlling our movement. They wisely did this on the heels of the full-scale lockdown when people were grateful just to be back in business under any conditions and were desperately willing to do anything to stave off a shutdown.

Dr. Jeffery Klausner, an infectious disease doctor at UCLA, described mask-wearing in early February as all psychological, not physiological. He told the Los Angeles Times that “fear spreads a lot faster than the virus” and that a mask only “makes you feel better.” What is so dangerous about this is that, as Fauci and others originally warned when they were actually speaking from a modicum of scientific grounding, is that many immunocompromised people will go to dangerous places thinking the mask protects them. I’ve seen countless friends and neighbors who are concerned about their heart conditions and diabetes blissfully walk around indoors thinking the mask is their shield.

This is why Swedish epidemiologist Anders Tegnell warned that because scientific evidence for mask-wearing to prevent COVID-19 is “astonishingly weak,” it is “very dangerous” to believe that face masks on their own could control the spread of the disease rather than hand washing or, in the case of those who are seriously ill, staying away from indoor gatherings. He would know, because his country barely has any cases left, and almost nobody in Sweden wears a mask.

The Dutch government made the prudent decision of only requiring masks on public transit when people are really close to each other for a limited period of time. With such scant evidence of the effectiveness of mask-wearing, how can we disrupt lives of children in school, businessmen in offices, and even people walking outdoors in some countries and states? “From a medical point of view, there is no evidence of a medical effect of wearing face masks, so we decided not to impose a national obligation,” said Netherlands Medical Care Minister Tamara van Ark in August.

The Danish supposedly commissioned a randomized clinical trial to study mask effectiveness specifically as it relates to protecting against SARS-CoV-2, but despite promises of imminent release weeks ago, the study has not been published. Henning Bundgaard, chief physician at Denmark’s Rigshospitale, noted, “All these countries recommending face masks haven’t made their decisions based on new studies.” It doesn’t appear that anyone else is interested in finding out the truth.

Even in England, where there is more mask-wearing than in some of the other northern European countries, Public Health England concluded, “There is weak evidence from epidemiological and modelling studies that mask wearing in the community may contribute to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and that early intervention may result in a lower peak infection rate.”

Our own U.S. government has failed to produce new evidence that counters years’ worth of evidence that masks don’t work in stopping respiratory viruses and is still producing evidence to the contrary. In June, HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funded a systemic review of all relevant randomized clinical trials (RCTs) on the effectiveness of mask-wearing in stopping respiratory infections and published the findings in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The conclusion was as clear as it is jarring to the current cult-like devotion to mask-wearing. “Review of RCTs indicates that N95 respirators and surgical masks are probably associated with similar risk for influenza-like illness and laboratory-confirmed viral infections in high- and low-risk settings.” The study noted that only one trial did show “a small decrease in risk” for infection when doctors wore N95s in high-risk settings, but even that evidence was scant.

The study looked at eight trials with 6,510 participants that “evaluated use of surgical masks within households with an influenza or influenza-like illness index case (child or adult). Compared with no masks, surgical masks were not associated with decreased risk for clinical respiratory illness, influenza-like illness, or laboratory-confirmed viral illness in household contacts when masks were worn by household contacts, index cases, or both.” Remember, Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, is now saying people should wear masks even at home?

How have we gone from public officials universally warning about the lack of effectiveness plus the potential to spread germs from masks to mandating that young children who are germ factories wear them all day in school – without even a legislative debate or public hearings?

The answer is that we have become emasculated as a society. We have become a people who are willing to surrender every morsel of our liberty at the ever-changing and capricious whims of “public health officials,” even when they are appallingly contradictory and without any evidence justifying the 180-degree U-turn.

During times of panic, opportunistic politicians in positions of power will always latch on to desperate and regressive ideas to infringe upon liberty, while packaging them as some sort of enlightened advancement in technology or understanding. In reality, these same desperate measures were tried in 1918, and even then, it was understood that they didn’t work. A November 16, 1918, headline of the Santa Barbara Daily News read, “Average Person Doesn’t Know How to Take Care of Mask and It Becomes Veritable Bacteria Incubator.”

Many principles in life are inviolable and do not change with time. We used to understand that mask-wearing was a novelty of Halloween. Now, our passivity has allowed our entire country to become a Halloween nightmare masquerade every day, with no end in sight.

White professor who pretended to be black resigns from George Washington University. Now the school offers counseling to impacted students.

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Jessica Krug, a former professor at George Washington University, has resigned from her teaching position at the venerated Washington, D.C., college.

Krug
came under fire last week after announcing in an essay published on Medium that she is not the black woman she has pretended to be — but a white, Jewish woman from suburban Kansas City.

What are the details?

According to
NBC News, a spokesperson for the university announced that Krug submitted her resignation.

School officials initially placed Krug on
suspension, and told her that if she did not resign, she would be fired.

A Wednesday email from Provost M. Brian Blake read, “Dr. Krug has resigned her position, effective immediately. Her classes for this semester will be taught by other faculty members, and students in those courses will receive additional information this week.”

The outlet reported that the school was offering up “counseling services” for impacted students.

‘I have built my life on a violent anti-black lie’

In the now-viral essay, Krug insisted she should be “cancelled” over her wrongdoing of pretending to embody “North African blackness,” “U.S. rooted blackness,” and “Caribbean rooted Bronx blackness.”

Krug in her essay also said that “unaddressed mental health demons” were to blame for her behaviors.

“I have built my life on a violent anti-black lie,” she admitted in the lengthy missive.

Professor ‘raised questions about the veracity of her own research and teaching’

An initial response from the school read, “The members of the faculty of The George Washington University Department of History are shocked and appalled by Dr. Jessica Krug’s admission on September 3, 2020 that she has lied about her identity for her entire career. With what she has termed her ‘audaciously deceptive’ appropriation of an Afro-Caribbean identity, she has betrayed the trust of countless current and former students, fellow scholars of Africana Studies, colleagues in our department and throughout the historical discipline, as well as community activists in New York City and beyond.”

“The discipline of history is concerned with truth telling about the past,” the statement continued. “With her conduct, Dr. Krug has raised questions about the veracity of her own research and teaching. Accordingly, the department calls upon Dr. Krug to resign from her position as associate professor of History at GW. Failing that, the department recommends the rescinding of her tenure and the termination of her appointment.”

Jessica Krug: George Washington University professor admits she has been pretending to be black

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VIDEO: NYC firefighters chase down thug who sucker-punched 60-year-old woman in front of their station

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A Brooklyn bicyclist apparently thought it would be fun to sucker-punch and knock down a 60-year-old woman he was passing on a sidewalk late last month.

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It’s possible he could’ve pedaled away with no immediate consequences — except the thug had the bright idea of doing the deed right in front of the Engine 214/Ladder 111 fire station.

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And the firefighters apparently saw the whole thing, got plenty mad, and ran after him.

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Video shows the firefighters caught up to the bicyclist around a corner and took him down to the sidewalk.

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The firefighters stayed with the suspect until police arrived and took him away in handcuffs as a crowd watched, WCBS-TV reported.

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Who is the suspect?

The NYPD identified the suspect as 53-year-old Daniel Biggs, the station said, adding that police said he has 18 prior arrests, from robbery to assault, and that the most recent was Aug. 2 after he allegedly slashed a 26-year-old man’s face.

What’s more, during the Aug. 26 incident, while he was being restrained Biggs punched a 29-year-old firefighter in the eye causing bruising and swelling, police told WCBS.

Biggs, of Brooklyn, was charged with assault, menacing, harassment, and attempted assault, the New York Post said. He was arraigned the following day, ordered held on $20,000, but was released without bail after a return court appearance four days later, the paper said, citing court records.

The suspect appears to be a recognizable face in the community, the station said. “He comes, buys his stuff and leaves. That’s it. I was like why he did it?” Twin Alzokari of nearby J&A Deli and Grocery told WCBS.

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Anything else?

Police said the victim suffered a cut on the mouth but refused medical attention at the scene, the station reported, adding that the suspect and victim were strangers and that the motive for the attack is unclear.

“It’s bad. You can’t hit a woman,” Alzokari added to WCBS. “She’s very nice, the whole family. I grew up with them.”

And he told the station the firefighters are an asset to the neighborhood.

“You feel safe. They’re always helping the community, and that’s a very, very good job what they did,” he said.

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Child Sex Trafficking is a Booming Business…And It’s on the Rise…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the American way of life in many ways. We’ve lost friends and loved ones, unemployment has caused undue financial strains, grocery prices are rising, and the availability of certain items we once took for granted are no longer filling shelves.

As a result, some citizens have faced disparaging circumstances. Also, as a result, there is always a dark element that will extend their sharpened claws in every effort to take advantage of those in despair. They will lure in their prey with false promises of hope when they become just vulnerable enough to be ripe for the picking.

Unfortunately, human trafficking has seen an uptick in recent times. Particularly, child trafficking. The demons from hell have been quite active in their searches for new victims, and also, unfortunately, many of them have found untold success.

At the U.S.-Mexico border near Texas, authorities located a missing girl who may have been a child/sex trafficking victim. The girl was found in the back of a tractor-trailer.

The girl was from Odessa, Texas, and had been previously reported as missing. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents based out of Laredo, Texas, discovered the missing girl at a checkpoint. The agency said, “Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents continue to be diligent every day in protecting the safety of our citizens and preventing potential tragedy.”

Another such incident recently occurred in Texas when a woman claimed to have jumped from the back of an 18-wheeler to escape her kidnappers. The woman, who is from Cisco, Texas, said three men abducted her and took her to El Paso.

Police in Cisco responded to the report by stating that a “second female that was in the truck is safe and accounted for. The alleged victim that jumped from the truck is safe.”

Texas, because it borders Mexico, is a hotbed of activity for kidnappers. Just in the past year, Texas has reported over 1,000 human trafficking cases, with at least 900 of them involving female captives. This is according to the Human Trafficking Hotline.

But Texas is by no means the only state to experience such tragedy. Very recently, U.S. Marshals in Georgia managed to locate 39 missing children over a two-week operation.

A press release from the marshals stated, “These missing children were considered to be some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area, based on indications of high-risk factors such as victimization of child sex trafficking, child exploitation, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and medical or mental health conditions.”

As previously stated, these scums of the earth prey upon the vulnerable. The easier it is to lure them in, the better for them, and the less chance of getting caught.

Donald Washington, Director of the U.S. Marshals, “The message to missing children and their families is that we will never stop looking for you.” He went on to state how this is a mission he wishes they didn’t have to have.

Washington continued with, “As successful as this operation was there is a harsh reality here–the harsh reality is, ‘gee, why are we doing this in the first place? Why do we have missing, endangered children? The stats are that every 40 seconds, there is a child abducted in the United States.”

EVERY 40 SECONDS! Let that sink in. So while the U.S. Marshals in Georgia, and the border patrol agents in Texas, are to be highly commended for the great job they are doing, it’s an endless task. And the longer the pandemic goes on, and the more destitute and vulnerable people become, the harder their job will become.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is (888) 373-7888. Anyone who possesses any information that may help stop this atrocious activity is encouraged to call the number without hesitation. No lead is too small, and it just may lead to the recovery of more innocent victims.

Salon owner slammed by Pelosi officially closes down her business, is ‘afraid’ to return to San Francisco

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Erica Kious, the owner of the San Francisco salon visited by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) last week in violation of city health guidelines, has announced that she is officially going out of business.

What are the details?

Kious told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the controversy surrounding Pelosi’s visit on Aug. 31 has effectively destroyed her business in the city.

“I am actually done in San Francisco and closing my doors, unfortunately,” the single mother of two said during an interview Wednesday.

Kious claimed that after exposing Pelosi by releasing surveillance footage of the lawmaker visiting the salon and waltzing through the store mask-less, she was hit with an onslaught of negative reviews and threatening messages.

“I started to just get a ton of phone calls, text messages, emails, all my Yelp reviews … saying that they hope I go under and that I fail,” she claimed. “So just a lot of negativity towards my business.”

Last week, Kious even revealed to Carlson that she had received “death threats” as result of the incident.

On Wednesday, Kious said that she is “actually afraid to go back” to the city where she has lived and worked for more than a decade.

“It’s a little scary and sad,” she added. “I do have a lot of positive calls and text messages from clients. But other than that, nothing but negativity.”

What’s the background?

Pelosi was reportedly serviced by an an independent stylist who rents space at Kious’ salon and later claimed she was led to believe that one-on-one appointments were permissible.

That, of course, was not the case under San Francisco rules which, at that time, barred personal service providers from performing any services indoors and/or which required a mask to be worn.

Pelosi should have known that, yet after the footage was released, she responded by claiming she was the victim of a “setup” and that she was the one who was owed “an apology.”

“I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times,” Pelosi said. “And that when they said ‘We’re able to accommodate people one person at a time’ and that we can set up that time, I trusted that. As it turns out, it was a setup, so I take responsibility for falling for a setup.”

Kious has vehemently denied that she set a trap for the speaker and has called that allegation “absolutely false.”

Anything else?

After the incident a GoFundMe page was created in effort to raise funds for Kious to “pay off any debts from the business that she is forced to shut down [and] expenses to relocate and reopen in a new location.”

So far, more than $336,000 has been raised.

Nick Sandmann fires back at ACLU official who complained about conservative student’s college admission, shreds cancel culture

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Nick Sandmann is firing back at the American Civil Liberties Union staffer who publicly condemned Transylvania University for accepting his application to attend the Lexington, Kentucky, school.

Sandmann, the former Covington Catholic High School student smeared in 2019 for what many mainstream news outlets erroneously reported as “mocking” a Native American man during the March for Life, is now speaking out in defense of his conservative values.

Sandmann was the subject of much controversy and criticism, and his family filed lawsuits against media giants such as CNN and the Washington Post in response.

Both outlets settled defamation lawsuits with Sandmann earlier this year.

What are the details?

In an op-ed for Fox News, titled “I’m a pro-life conservative Republican college student who won’t let cancel culture silence me,” Sandmann — now a freshman at the Kentucky university — said he refuses to fall victim to “cancel culture.”

“Beginning the college year during the coronavirus pandemic is difficult enough for millions of students,” he wrote. “But the beginning of my freshman year at Transylvania University in Kentucky is being made even more difficult by an unwarranted attack against me by the cancel culture due to my conservative views.”

Recalling his time dominating 2019’s news headlines, Sandmann said enough is enough.

“[U]nbelievably, an official of the American Civil Liberties Union — a liberal group that claims to be dedicated to defending free speech — criticized the university last week for admitting me, saying my admission was a ‘stain’ on the school,” he explained.

The staffer, identified as Samuel Crankshaw — a Transylvania University graduate — said that Sandmann solely exists to “troll, intimidate, and play victim.” Sandmann, however, said he has never met Crankshaw — who he says knows nothing about Sandmann other than what he has read in the news.

“Yet still, he tries to cancel me and demand that I be denied admission to college,” he wrote. “Why? Because he seems outraged that my conservative values don’t align with his left-wing ideology.”

He warned, “If you are a conservative like me, watch out. The intolerant left might come for you, too.”

“Jonathan Turley, a scholar known for being a strong advocate of free speech, responded on his blog to defend the need for free speech and defend me from Crankshaw’s attack,” Sandmann noted.

Turley wrote:

I have previously written, as a long supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), about my concern over how the venerable group has changed under its current leadership, including a departure from its long robust defense of free speech. Recently, the ACLU has abandoned its famed neutrality and has not supported some on the right while supporting those on the left.

Turley later added, “[I]t is far more alarming to see an ACLU official rallying people against a young man whose chief offense appears to be that he is publicly (and unapologetically) conservative and pro-life.”

Sandmann said, “Turley is right. Colleges have a reputation of being toxic places for conservative, pro-life ideas like the ones I hold. But an alumni assuming I’ll act in a certain way before even meeting me? Well, that’s a new low.”

He pointed out that he’s obviously not the only young conservative to be virtually pilloried for his beliefs and that conservative students across America regularly face this type of pushback.

“If the threats to students like me don’t come from the left-leaning administrators, the threats come from fellow students who call on campus leadership to cancel events or shut down student organizations that dare challenge their left-wing view of the world,” Sandmann added, blasting the notion of college and university “free speech zones” as “ridiculous.”

“Our entire country is a free speech zone, enshrined by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution,” the young man wrote. “And no one has the right to cancel the Constitution or its First Amendment.”

Anything else?

The newly minted college freshman went on to laud President Donald Trump and Kentucky Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for remaining strong in the face of leftist pressure.

“Sen. McConnell and President Trump are the exact leaders we need at a time when liberal mobs take glee in destroying our lives and erasing our voices,” Sandmann said.

“Now more than ever, we need more speech, not less,” he reasoned. “We need to hear new ideas and to learn from others. That is exactly what I and so many students returning to school want to do. I invite Democrats to join us.”

He concluded, “[T]o those who are inclined to write my future for me, I say let me define myself. I will not be canceled.”

Nick Sandmann fires back at ACLU official who complained about conservative student’s college admission, shreds cancel culture

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Nick Sandmann is firing back at the American Civil Liberties Union staffer who publicly condemned Transylvania University for accepting his application to attend the Lexington, Kentucky, school.

Sandmann, the former Covington Catholic High School student smeared in 2019 for what many mainstream news outlets erroneously reported as “mocking” a Native American man during the March for Life, is now speaking out in defense of his conservative values.

Sandmann was the subject of much controversy and criticism, and his family filed lawsuits against media giants such as CNN and the Washington Post in response.

Both outlets settled defamation lawsuits with Sandmann earlier this year.

What are the details?

In an op-ed for Fox News, titled “I’m a pro-life conservative Republican college student who won’t let cancel culture silence me,” Sandmann — now a freshman at the Kentucky university — said he refuses to fall victim to “cancel culture.”

“Beginning the college year during the coronavirus pandemic is difficult enough for millions of students,” he wrote. “But the beginning of my freshman year at Transylvania University in Kentucky is being made even more difficult by an unwarranted attack against me by the cancel culture due to my conservative views.”

Recalling his time dominating 2019’s news headlines, Sandmann said enough is enough.

“[U]nbelievably, an official of the American Civil Liberties Union — a liberal group that claims to be dedicated to defending free speech — criticized the university last week for admitting me, saying my admission was a ‘stain’ on the school,” he explained.

The staffer, identified as Samuel Crankshaw — a Transylvania University graduate — said that Sandmann solely exists to “troll, intimidate, and play victim.” Sandmann, however, said he has never met Crankshaw — who he says knows nothing about Sandmann other than what he has read in the news.

“Yet still, he tries to cancel me and demand that I be denied admission to college,” he wrote. “Why? Because he seems outraged that my conservative values don’t align with his left-wing ideology.”

He warned, “If you are a conservative like me, watch out. The intolerant left might come for you, too.”

“Jonathan Turley, a scholar known for being a strong advocate of free speech, responded on his blog to defend the need for free speech and defend me from Crankshaw’s attack,” Sandmann noted.

Turley wrote:

I have previously written, as a long supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), about my concern over how the venerable group has changed under its current leadership, including a departure from its long robust defense of free speech. Recently, the ACLU has abandoned its famed neutrality and has not supported some on the right while supporting those on the left.

Turley later added, “[I]t is far more alarming to see an ACLU official rallying people against a young man whose chief offense appears to be that he is publicly (and apologetically) conservative and pro-life.”

Sandmann said, “Turley is right. Colleges have a reputation of being toxic places for conservative, pro-life ideas like the ones I hold. But an alumni assuming I’ll act in a certain way before even meeting me? Well, that’s a new low.”

He pointed out that he’s obviously not the only young conservative to be virtually pilloried for his beliefs and that conservative students across America regularly face this type of pushback.

“If the threats to students like me don’t come from the left-leaning administrators, the threats come from fellow students who call on campus leadership to cancel events or shut down student organizations that dare challenge their left-wing view of the world,” Sandmann added, blasting the notion of college and university “free speech zones” as “ridiculous.”

“Our entire country is a free speech zone, enshrined by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution,” the young man wrote. “And no one has the right to cancel the Constitution or its First Amendment.”

Anything else?

The newly minted college freshman went on to laud President Donald Trump and Kentucky Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for remaining strong in the face of leftist pressure.

“Sen. McConnell and President Trump are the exact leaders we need at a time when liberal mobs take glee in destroying our lives and erasing our voices,” Sandmann said.

“Now more than ever, we need more speech, not less,” he reasoned. “We need to hear new ideas and to learn from others. That is exactly what I and so many students returning to school want to do. I invite Democrats to join us.”

He concluded, “[T]o those who are inclined to write my future for me, I say let me define myself. I will not be canceled.”

ICE Investigation Leads to 19 Cases of Voter Fraud in NC

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At times it is hard for me to believe that anyone could be so stupid as to think all of our current voting processes and regulations don’t need any tweaking or a little revision here and there. After all, much has changed in our society in recent decades.

Take technology, for instance. Our voting process was once reliant on paper and pencil and snail-mail. However, with the invention of email, the internet, and digital formatting, our ballots, as well as how we receive and send them, have changed quite a bit. Sure, we can still travel to the polls in person, some may even fill out a paper ballot, but they are all counted electronically.

And as we well know, technology and its advantages aren’t always perfect. Errors happen and processes malfunction, all leading to a severe cause for distrust in our voting system.

But this is precisely why lawmakers from around the nation are continually trying to make improvements to it, whether at a local or state level or nationally.

For example, let’s look at the state of North Carolina, where legislation was passed and put before the governor for approval just last year. The change wasn’t big. It would have just added another precaution to the voting system, requiring that state voter rolls would be cross-referenced with courthouse records so that noncitizens, who are unable to serve on a jury, would be noted as such and barred from voting.

To me, it only makes sense. Voting in a federal election without valid citizenship is considered a felony in some cases, and a misdemeanor at the very least. Cross-referencing this information would only make it less likely for the crime to be committed in the first place.

However, North Carolina’s Democratic Governor Roy Cooper didn’t exactly see it that way. As the left is prone to do, Cooper saw the change as unnecessary and redundant, as well as “intimidating.” Cooper claimed that such a law “creates a high risk of voter harassment and intimidation and could discourage citizens from voting.”

Pray tell, why would people be discouraged from voting by this if they were legal citizens?

But Cooper vetoed the bill anyway.

Now, nearly a year later, ICE has just charged 19 North Carolinians with voter fraud for voting in a federal election as noncitizens.

Per U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE, seven foreign nationals are facing felony charges, while the other 12 face misdemeanors.

“A federal grand jury in Wilmington charged seven foreign nationals on August 31 on federal felony charges including falsely claiming U.S. citizenship or making false statements on voter registration applications, and with misdemeanor charges of unlawfully casting ballots in the 2016 presidential election.”

For these crimes, the seven could be charged with up to six years in federal prison, up to $350,000 in fines, and then terms of supervised release.

The other 12 individuals, while only getting a misdemeanor, don’t have a much lesser punishment. Similar cases have been known to result in up to a year in federal prison and up to a $100,000 fine.

Now, I know 19 doesn’t seem like much, especially when you consider the other 4.8 million residents of North Carolina. But these aren’t the only ones to have been found guilty of voter fraud in the state.

In fact, shortly after Cooper vetoed this bill, The News & Observer in Raleigh noted that 41 voters had been caught on similar charges following an audit of the 2016 elections. Then later, in 2018, another 19 were prosecuted for illegally voting during the same election.

What the N&O seems to say is that every time the 2016 election is looked into on some level, more cases of illegal voter fraud are found. This means that the time before, some of those cases fell through the cracks.

Now, they were eventually found. But if some are falling through the cracks, how many cases do you think are still out there that no one has caught yet.

My bet is quite a few.

It also means that so far, in North Carolina alone, at least 59 votes counted that shouldn’t have. Now think about all the other types of voter fraud there is. Then add all those possibilities for the other 49 states in the country.

At the end of the day, we likely have thousands of votes, which is enough to sway some states one way or another, that were wrongly counted.

And Democrats wonder why we tend to distrust our voting system…

Black jogger gets mistaken for suspect, stopped by police — and it ends with a job offer from the sheriff

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A black man was stopped by police while jogging in Florida because he allegedly matched the description of a suspect. He began recording the incident, which turned from a potentially dangerous misunderstanding into a job offer from the sheriff’s department, according to WSAV-TV.

What happened?

Joseph Griffin was jogging through his neighborhood in Deltona last month. He was stopped by sheriff’s deputies who were looking for a burglary suspect with the description of a black male with a beard wearing a white tank top and dark-colored shorts — exactly what the bearded Griffin was wearing.

Griffin, a registered nurse, started livestreaming the encounter on his Facebook page in case things went wrong.

“If something happens to me, y’all better raise hell,” Griffin said on the livestream, as he was being handcuffed by the deputies.

The deputies assured Griffin he wasn’t being arrested, but asked him to allow them to go through the process of checking and clearing him since he fit the description. One of the deputies even offered to hold Griffin’s phone and continue recording the stop while Griffin was handcuffed.

Griffin and the deputies had a dialogue acknowledging the fear black people can have when stopped by police, as well as the difficulty faced by law enforcement officers in doing their jobs in such a tense environment. From the Daily Wire:

He keeps calm and tells the deputies, “With everything going on, it’s just a little bit scary.”

“See it through our eyes,” one deputy says, and later adds: “We appreciate you being very cooperative.”

“I’m not trying to get shot over this,” Griffin says with a smile before laughing.

“Let’s avoid that race card cuz’ it ain’t here, I promise you that,” the deputy says.

The encounter ended after about 13 minutes, when deputies brought the witness to the scene and confirmed that Griffin was not the burglary suspect. The deputies released Griffin, thanked him for his cooperation, and apologized for inconveniencing him with the stop.

Positive aftermath

Griffin did not want to attack the Volusia County Sheriff’s office after the stop, but hoped that his experience could be beneficial to others about the reality of profiling and how to respond to it.

“I don’t want this to be a bashing of the sheriff’s office, I want it to be an enlightening thing. Anybody can be profiled,” Griffin said, according to the West Volusia Beacon. “On the law-enforcement-compliance side, it’s a good example of how to handle yourself. If I wasn’t calm and respectful, it could have turned into something different. There are multiple instances of the same thing that ends up with someone going to jail, getting a felony for assault, because they fight back.”

Griffin, who is a former military police officer, received an invitation to be hired and trained by the sheriff’s office if he wanted to get back into law enforcement.

“Mr. Griffin is a military veteran and a medical professional, and I told him we’d train and hire him as a deputy in a second if he ever wants a new job,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.

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