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Why Israel is right to ban Al Jazeera and why the move is long overdue

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A few weeks ago, an Arab terrorist fatally stabbed two police officers, for no reason, on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. This led to Israel placing metal detectors on the Temple Mount’s entrances, which sparked outrage, riots and violence from Palestinians and other Arab groups.

I guess they were upset because it would hinder their ability to kill Jews, but what do I know?

So, Israel ended up caving and taking down the metal detectors, in order to quell the riots as best as possible.

The next week, an Arab terrorist broke into a home on Friday night in Samaria and killed three people, celebrating both the Shabbat and the birth of a new baby boy.

But, as expected, Al Jazeera, in its classic pandering to the Muslim cause, covered the events and variables surrounding the riots and violence in an incredibly dubious way. So, on Sunday, as World Israel News reports, Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara officially requested to revoke Al Jazeera’s press credentials and close its Jerusalem headquarters.

Al Jazeera’s own site claims that Amnesty International stated on Monday that this move sends a “chilling message that Israeli authorities will not tolerate critical coverage. This is a brazen attack on media freedom in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

But Kara doesn’t buy this argument. “I speak Arabic,” Kara stated, “and you cannot fool me with Al Jazeera English. I know how to identify when a report becomes incitement instead of freedom of expression.” Kara concluded that the network does nothing less than support terrorism. The Jerusalem Post reported that Kara stated, “Our citizens’ security and welfare overcomes freedom and expression in times of terror, period.”

In addition, John Rossomando of The Algemeiner states that many of Al Jazeera’s employees have “actively supported Al Qaeda, Hamas and other terrorist groups.” Al Jazeera also took credit for the Arab Spring of 2011, when the Muslim Brotherhood took control from Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and other regime changes throughout the Middle East and North Africa, most of which turned out to welcome terror regimes running those countries. The network has also praised Palestinian suicide bombers as “martyrs.” The article states as well that “the Muslim Brotherhood shapes Al Jazeera’s narrative.”

Ironically, Israel is not the first country to pull the cord on Al Jazeera. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab countries have done the same. Vox reported that Al Jazeera is owned by Qatar, which has had its diplomatic ties cut by Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries for its ties to Iran.

Good for Israel for finally cutting the cord on a network that promotes nothing but violence and terror. Although the Palestinian Authority and Hamas both will not recognize Israel, and both lionize and pay stipends to terrorists, at least Israel has the control to pull a major cog out of the wheel of promoting terror.

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Why Neil Gorsuch stood alone as the only conservative perspective on the Yakama Tribe Supreme Court case

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Why Neil Gorsuch stood alone as the only conservative perspective on the Yakama Tribe Supreme Court

The judiciary is supposed to have one guide when forming fresh perspectives: the Constitution. As they examine the constitutionality of laws and other government actions, they often refer to previous rulings as precedent while looking for similar rulings as justification for leaning one way or another, but at the end of the day it’s the Constitution alone that is supposed to guide their judgments. That’s why we should look for judges who have originalist perspectives, not necessarily conservative ones (though, let’s be honest, the vast majority of originalist perspectives will align with a conservative perspective).

Part of conservatism is conserving the original intent of a law, or in the case in question, a treaty. The Yakama Tribe signed a treaty with the United States government that gave them control of a huge amount of tribal land in Washington state. Part of the exchange included the ability for Yakama traders to use U.S. highways for free.

Washington charges per gallon for fuel trucked in from out of state. One Yakama company claimed the 1855 treaty meant they were not to be charged this tax. The decision in the Supreme Court went mostly along expected political leanings with the “conservative” Justices wanting to charge the tax and the “leftist” Justices siding with the Takama Tribe. The tiebreaker turned out to be Neil Gorsuch, who went to the “leftist” side but with the only conservative reasoning to drive a vote.

The dissent claimed the treaty allowed for free passage on highways just as any American citizen can travel, but that the taxes set by Washington must still be paid. Only Gorsuch recognized that the original intent of the treaty was to grant the tribe free passage, as in free of charge regardless of what the U.S., state, or local governments wanted to charge. This is the right perspective. It’s the conservative perspective.

Should the other Justices who voted like Gorsuch get kudos as well? Probably not. I haven’t read their statements, but it’s safe to assume they ruled based on the party politics of supporting Native American rights whether they’re justifiable or not. Gorsuch ruled based on a proper interpretation of the treaty.

Conservatism and originalism go hand-in-hand when judges take the politics out of what they do. It’s hard. I’m not a judge so I shouldn’t… judge. But this seems to be a case where party politics played too much of a role. Gorsuch was right.

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Snopes downgrades truth about Beto’s arrests to ‘mostly true’ because a meme got his band’s name wrong

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Snopes downgrades truth about Betos arrests to mostly true because a meme got his bands name wrong

Fact checkers are all the rage in the age of fake news. Unfortunately, all of the major fact checkers are left leaning at best, downright progressive at worst. That’s why I make it part of my daily routine to check the checkers to see what they spun today. This latest installment is minor in the whole scheme of things, but it highlights the intense need to protect Democrats whenever possible.

Snopes took on the task of fact checking the following statement:

Beto O’Rourke was in a band called the El Paso Pussycats and was arrested at least twice in the 1990s.

This is true. Beto was arrested twice, which makes him an ideal candidate for the party of lawlessness and disorder. But Snopes, in their certified fact checking wisdom, decided to pick the statement about the arrests that included the name of his band. The statement they chose had the wrong name for the band, using their album name instead. This was enough for them to downgrade the statement from “True” to “Mostly True.”

Not a big deal, right? Actually, it’s bigger than one might think. When people search for Beto and look only for things that are true about him, they will not be shown information about his arrests. The site could have picked literally any other claim about the arrests to fact-check, but had to dig deep to find an internet meme from his failed Senatorial bid last year in order to find one with a statement that included something incorrect in it.

Beto ORourke Arrest

You’ll notice they made sure to mention that both charges were dismissed. The circumstances behind the dismissals seemed to do nothing to negate the crimes he actually committed.

This is just another example of the “fact-checker” running cover for a Democrat they like. The meat of the fact, Beto’s arrests, won’t be found on this site as “True” because they were selective in how they wanted to frame this narrative.

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‘Academic’ journal editor Roberto Refinetti tries to explain why they published absurd hoax papers, fails miserably

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Academic journal editor Roberto Refinetti tries to explain why they published absurd hoax papers fai

An under-reported story last year revealed multiple “academic” journals, where only the highest levels of academic thought leadership is allowed to publish, put nonsense hoax articles in their publications simply because they perpetuated radical progressive thought. These peer-reviewed journals were willing to publish utter garbage as long as the garbage smelled like the hyper-leftist garbage they normally publish anyway.

Libertarian pundit John Stossel tried to interview the editors of these prestigious journals which were hoaxed, and was only able to find one willing to go on camera. Roberto Refinetti from the academic journal Sexuality and Culture came on air to discuss the hoax and the problems with academic journals. But even he was unable to come up with a valid response about why these journals were so easy to fool.

Stossel read some of the reviews from “experts” in the field that were used to determine whether or not the papers should be published. When Stossel noted that one of the reviewers was an idiot, Refinetti rushed to the defense by blaming the hoaxers and said, “They made up data that he or she [the reviewer] wished he had but he didn’t, so when he sees, ‘Wow, these people did this study that I wanted to do and they got the results that I thought should be there, this is great!'”

In other words, Refinetti came to the same conclusion as the hoaxers and Stossel: Some if not most of those who review these papers make their decision based on whether or not the conclusions fit their worldview, not whether or not the papers were actually correct.

This is just one of many examples of why leftist academia, which is the vast majority of all academia, operates with the sole goal of reinforcing their biases rather than informing students or giving the education system proper facts about the world.

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