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NATO ally Turkey pursues speech charges against NBA player

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After the failed coup attempt in Turkey in order to restore the country’s unique secular identity, Turkey has begone its dissension into the deep end as President Erdogan augments his own power and regional influence. Erdogan is truly living up to the “Hitler of our century” comment made by New York Knicks player, Enes Kanter.

That comment, under Erdogan, warrants a 4+ year sentence. Kanter has long been a critic of the regime and considers himself country-less while seeking US citizenship. Enes Kanter responded to the charges with this tweet.

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Turkish Prosecutors Seek 4-Year Enes Kanter Prison Term for Insulting President

Prosecutors in Turkey are seeking a four-year prison sentence for New York Knicks big man Enes Kanter due to his criticism of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), Kanter would be tried in absentia regarding tweets he posted about Erdogan in May and June 2016.

Kanter later told Ian Begley of ESPN he isn’t worried about the sentence, adding: “That’s it? For all of the trash I’ve been talking?”

In May, Kanter was detained at a Romanian airport and told that his Turkish passport was canceled.

Kanter, who is a supporter of Erdogan opponent Fethullah Gulen, said the detainment and passport cancellation had to do with his political views.

Enes Kanter scoffs at possibility of Turkish prison | New York Post

https://nypost.com/2017/12/20/enes-kanter-scoffs-at-possibility-of-turkish-prison/The threat of prison hasn’t scared off Enes Kanter. News out of Turkey’s state-run news agency that prosecutors are seeking over four years in jail for the Knicks center because of insults against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won’t make Kanter think twice about speaking his mind.

“I’m just trying to be the voice of all of these innocent people, man,” he said on Wednesday following practice. “Because all of these innocent people are just going through really tough times. Journalists, innocent people in jail getting tortured and killed and kidnapped. And it’s pretty messed up. And they hate it. They hate when I talk to you guys in front of all of these cameras, these microphones.”

Kanter said he can’t communicate with his family because of the severe repercussions they would face. There is a hold on their passports. His father, Mehmet, was put in jail for seven days last June as retribution for his son’s actions, Kanter believes. He also said the Turkish government raided their house, and took their electronic devices to prevent them from contacting each other. His brother Kerem is in America, and plays college basketball for Xavier University.

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The US is highly unlikely to extradite someone for exercising their First Amendment freedoms just like the US refused to extradite Amanda Knox to Italy because of their double jeopardy, championship series trials. Extradition varies on what countries value when it comes to crimes, processes, and punishments, which is why rapist Roman Polanski still walks in Europe. Other countries have really bad justice systems and while American athletes make up stories about being persecuted (Michael Bennett), Kanter is actually being deeply impacted by it. With Turkey becoming more and more totalitarian and Islamic, the United State should greatly reconsider it’s alliance, especially as Turkey and the US trade barbs over Israel.

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HBO should can Bill Maher, but don’t hold your breath

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Until yesterday, I actually liked Bill Maher. I never agreed with his politics but he got an “entertainer’s pass” in my books as someone who can’t really do much to harm the political process and actually helps galvanize conservatives against the clear media bias mounted against us. But then he went to a new low, saying he was glad David Koch was head and hoped he died in pain.

It’s too far. Even if we disregard the fact that it’s disrespectful of Koch’s loved ones, the hideous nature of the comments makes it something we as a people should denounce. When Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies, which may be soon, I’m hopeful no notable conservatives act the way Maher did. If they do, I’ll condemn them just as quickly as I’m condemning Maher.

This behavior is beyond being a provocateur and HBO shouldn’t stand for it. But they will. In fact, they’ll probably support him. He’s good for subscriptions and espouses their collective ideology. Therefore, a toxic jab at a dead Libertarian is far from grounds for termination and may be grounds for added support from executives at HBO.

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People like Bill Maher have the gall to point at President Trump as a reason for the degradation of American society. It’s true that we’re losing our civility, but it’s mostly at the hands of progressives who have no respect for anything American.

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Dean Cain’s label of San Francisco’s new incarceration language is spot on

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Dean Cains label of San Franciscos new incarceration language is spot on

Actor Dean Cain is one of the few outspoken conservatives in Hollywood. The star of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman has taken plenty of heat for voicing support for President Trump and for calling out his progressive peers as they rant unhinged.

One of his latest critiques of leftism was in response to San Francisco’s plan to change official words that pertain to convicted felons and juvenile delinquents. In pure Bay Area-style, the city is planning on sanitizing certain phrases so as to not “further victimize” criminals.

Once we catch our breath after laughing at the way these progressives see criminals, reality sets in about how asinine – and potentially dangerous – it is to cater to the criminal aspects of society at the expense of law abiding citizens.

Here are some of the details of the proposal:

San Francisco to do away with terms like ‘convict’, will instead call them ‘formerly incarcerated person’

They recently passed a resolution containing “person first” language guidelines that all agencies and departments are urged to used.

For example, an offender will now be called a “formerly incarcerated person”, “justice-involved person”, or “returning resident.”

A juvenile delinquent will go by “young person with justice system involvement” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.”

How did San Francisco leaders find time to address this non-issue when homelessness has reached crisis-levels and their city is literally covered in human feces? Have voters become so engulfed in tribal allegiance that they can’t see the absurdity in front of their faces?

Cain’s reaction was short and perfect.

In George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, the nation of Oceania had adopted the official language of Newspeak, “a controlled language of restricted grammar and limited vocabulary, meant to limit the freedom of thought.” It’s both a partial precursor to and a necessity of socialism because freedom of thought allows deviations from authoritarian control. Whether the leaders of San Francisco know it or not, they’re building a version of Oceania right now.

As long as Americans stand by and elect leaders who are more interested in not offending criminals than solving the massive problems faced by law abiding American citizens, this lunacy will continue. San Francisco is dying.

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Kristy Swanson’s reaction to Rob Reiner is an instant classic

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Kristy Swansons reaction to Rob Reiner is an instant classic

Actress Kristy Swanson has been known for slaying vampires among her many Hollywood endeavors. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress demonstrated she didn’t need Luke Perry to save her from the evil hordes in the 1992 movie that launched a successful television series. Today, she’s slaying a different kind of vampire as the evil Hollywood hordes of progressives express their Trump Derangement Syndrome on a daily basis.

Her latest kick in the face came at the expense of director Rob Reiner.

The 72-year-old Hollywood icon who brought us This is Spinal Tap and A Few Good Men has been on a tear recently with unhinged Tweets condemning the very existence of President Trump. When faced with so much hatred, reasoning with them is impossible. Sometimes, you just have to smack them back to reality and hope they come out of their hate-driven stupor.

With Hollywood rife with radical progressives who promote socialism (as long as their money is safe), open borders (as long as nobody crosses their fences), and gun control (as long as they have armed security), seeing people like Swanson hit back is refreshing.

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