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Trump targets Google as another enemy in his war against First Amendment

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Trump targets Google as another enemy in his war against First Amendment

How do you know Trump is feeling the heat from last week’s news regarding Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, and the growing Mueller investigation? He fires up his base with a round of tweets where he feeds them the same old tired muck he regurgitates every time he needs a distraction for them to focus to keep them from focusing on the truth.

One of Trump’s favorite distractions is his unimaginative cries of “Fake News” whenever the media reports unfavorable and unflattering news about the Emperor with no clothes — my apologies to Hans Christian Anderson. After all, when your entire narcissistic existence is predicated on the unconditional adulation of others, clearly the only reason for anyone to say “mean” things about you is because they are “unfair” or have “rigged” the system against you.

Yesterday, Trump sent out a tweet targeting Google for showing “only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media” whenever searching for “Trump News.” He went on to say, “In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories and news is BAD, Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal.”

In a subsequent tweet, Trump took his rant up a notch. “Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can and cannot see. This is a very serious situation – will be addressed.”

Illegal? Will be addressed? What does that mean? Why doesn’t this bother the orange Kool-Aid drinkers? I know. Stupid question.

This is no idle threat. Trump’s economic advisor Larry Kudlow said in an interview with reporters that the administration is “taking a look” at the possibility of regulating Google searches. Communist China regulates Google, that is, when they aren’t blocking it completely every June 4 on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square student protests. Talk about “hiding information.”

Joseph Goebbels-styled propaganda principles against the media have helped Trump reap enormous support in his war against the First Amendment, especially from the Trumplicans and Trumpservatives. In a recent Ipsos poll, 43 percent of Republicans favored giving Trump authority to “close news outlets engaged in bad behavior,” and 48 percent agreed with Trump’s claim that the media is the “enemy of the American people.”

Since January of this year, Trump has renewed his threat to expand libel laws so he can sue news outlets for writing “bad things” about him; has promoted the creation of state-run media; and has threatened to revoke credentials for media outlets that report negative stories about him. Google is just another step in the ladder.

About three years ago, Barack Obama laid the foundation for restricting First Amendment rights by seizing control of the internet via Net Neutrality. In the Age of Trump, the New York liberal with an “R” after his name wants to finish the work started by Obama simply to silence his critics and feed his massive ego.

Originally posted at The Strident Conservative.

 


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Mark Geragos, lawyer to Kaepernick, Smollett, and Jackson, likely unnamed co-conspirator with Michael Avenatti

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Mark Geragos lawyer to Kaepernick Smollett and Jackson likely unnamed co-conspirator with Michael Av

Michael Avenatti may be getting all the headlines, but his unnamed co-conspirator may be even more of a catch in the extortion case that got Avenatti arrested. Mark Geragos, a regular CNN analyst and lawyer to famous people like Colin Kaepernick, Jussie Smollett, and Michael Jackson, is supposedly the unnamed co-conspirator.

My Take

Avenatti is a spotlight hog. He’s the guy you call if you want the attention paid to your lawyer instead of you. He draws fire and offers cover while still getting your case plenty of attention.

Geragos is the guy you call if you need a real lawyer.

This is why people who aren’t stars call Avenatti while those who are aleady stars call Geragos. He’s a high-dollar hired gun who delivers results. This time, he may have gotten caught with his hand in the wrong cookie jar.

The fact that he’s a CNN analyst certainly adds poetic justice to this. CNN is one of the biggest culprits who helped make Avenatti a star in the first place.

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Venezuela is colluding with Russia while America is distracted by Trump not colluding with Russia

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Venezuela is colluding with Russia while America is distracted by Trump not colluding with Russia

Two Russian jets carrying troops and equipment landed in Caracas, Venezuela, as part of a mission to “fullfil technical military contracts,” according to Russian media. But it’s almost certain this is part of Russia’s play on Venezuela to prop up socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro just as they did with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Meanwhile, most Americans who follow the news cycle were bombarded with perspectives on Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Robert Mueller investigation report. In it, President Trump and his 2016 campaign were found to not have colluded with the Russians in their election hacking endeavors.

My Take

While most were focused on fake Russian collusion, the real thing was happening in one of the world’s hottest spots, Venezuela.

Russia’s play here is simple: keep Maduro in power at all costs. They got the drop on any actions the United States may have been planning, though it’s unlikely those plans included military intervention. Still, Russia isn’t taking any chances. By getting troops and equipment on the ground, they’ll be able help Maduro by offering cover from outside actions while bolstering his support internally.

Any defections or coup attempts will be much less likely with Russia directly involved.

The opposition leader who America and over 50 other nations consider to be the rightful interim president, Juan Guaido, has been trying to get international support while maintaining domestic support, but Maduro’s move may have prevented that from happening.

In essence, the battle over Venezuela is now over. It’s unfathomable to conceive of action by the United States or any other’s who support Guaido other than diplomatic efforts that will accomplish nothing. Venezuela is doomed to retain their socialist dictator now.

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Israel suffers another rocket attack from Hamas

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Israel suffers another rocket attack from Hamas

A confirmed rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on Israeli homes near the border in the Kfar Saba area outside Tel Aviv. Sirens were heard prior to the rocket explosion and posted by the IDF Twitter account.

Six people were injured in the attack.

My Take

The conflict between Hamas and Israel has been getting old for years, but now is not the time to blow off the news. Hamas is having internal strife as its citizens protest living and economic conditions in the Gaza Strip. To garner international support and save face for failing to help their own people, Hamas is trying to start another war.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is caught between a contentious election at home and the need to get his own international support, particularly from the United States. He’s in Washington DC now to meet with President Trump, who has offered his support and endorsement for the long-time Prime Minister.

Hamas would love nothing more than for Netanyahu to be gone, replaced by a leftist who will wheel and deal for “peace” with the Palestinians regardless of the cost. If that happens, the toll will be great on Israel and the world.

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