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Divisive telescope to restart building next week in Hawaii

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Divisive telescope to restart building next week in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Construction on a giant telescope will start again next week after lengthy court battles and passionate protests from those who say building it on Hawaii’s tallest mountain will desecrate land sacred to some Native Hawaiians.

State officials announced Wednesday that the road to the top of Mauna Kea mountain on the Big Island will be closed starting Monday as equipment is delivered.

Scientists revere the mountain for its summit above the clouds that provides a clear view of the sky with very little air and light pollution. Astronomers say it will allow them to reach back 13 billion years to answer fundamental questions about the advent of the universe.

The Thirty Meter Telescope project got approval to move forward last month. While it was the final legal step, opponents vowed to keep fighting and even get arrested if necessary to stop construction.

Gov. David Ige said unarmed National Guard units will be used to transport personnel and supplies and enforce some road closures, but they will not be used in a law enforcement capacity during planned protests.

“We just are asking people to be safe … we certainly would ask that they be respectful of those who have to work on this project,” Ige said. “We certainly are being respectful of those who choose to voice their disagreement with the project — we understand that that’s important as well.”

Four protesters held signs in the reception area of the governor’s office after officials announced construction plans. Protests at the mountain will be peaceful, Healani Sonoda-Pale said.

Rhonda Vincent said closing the road to the mountain is like blocking access to a church.

“If we can’t access our own gods, our own spirituality, isn’t that wrong?” she said.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii sent a letter to Ige and other state officials expressing concern that the state recently purchased a long-range acoustic device known as a “sound gun” or “sound cannon.” The letter demanded that the state not use it for any anti-protest efforts or crowd control during telescope protests.

Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors said the device isn’t intended for any forceful use and will be used to communicate with large groups of people.

Opponents say the $1.4 billion telescope will desecrate sacred land. Supporters say the cutting-edge instrument will bring educational and economic opportunities to Hawaii.

“We aim to build the TMT for the benefit of all mankind and to understand the universe in which we all live,” said Henry Yang, chairman of the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory board of governors.

A group of universities in California and Canada make up the telescope company, with partners from China, India and Japan. The instrument’s primary mirror would measure 98 feet (30 meters) in diameter. Compared with the largest existing visible-light telescope in the world, it would be three times as wide, with nine times more area.

Plans for the project date to 2009, when scientists selected Mauna Kea after a five-year, around-the-world campaign to find the ideal site.

It won a series of approvals from Hawaii, including a permit to build on conservation land in 2011.

Protests disrupted a groundbreaking and Hawaiian blessing ceremony at the site in 2014. After that, the demonstrations intensified.

Construction stopped in April 2015 after protesters were arrested for blocking the work. A second attempt to restart construction a few months later ended with more arrests and crews pulling back.

The state Supreme Court upheld the project’s construction permit last year.

Because the telescope is such a divisive issue in Hawaii, some say they’re afraid to publicly support the project because they fear blowback from activists.

the divided opinions have been challenging, said David Lassner, president of the University of Hawaii, which is subleasing land near Mauna Kea’s summit to the telescope project.

“There are also many, many people who see the benefits of the project, including many kanaka maoli,” he said, referring to Native Hawaiians. “Many of whom choose not to speak out in support but many of whom do want to see this project built for the contributions to human knowledge, for the contributions to education, for the contributions to the economy and the sheer impact of discovery.”

It’s not yet clear what protesters plan to do. Kahookahi Kanuha, who has been arrested three times while protesting the project, said he’s not sure yet if he’ll go to Mauna Kea next week, but he hopes that a lot people do show up.

“We all know this is a contentious issue. We all know people on all sides of it,” he said, adding that he wants supporters and opponents to remain committed to non-violence.

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Only 35% of Americans oppose ICE raids

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Only 36 of Americans oppose ICE raids

Anyone who listens to legacy media outlets or spends enough time on progressive social media sites probably thinks the ICE raids on illegal immigrants with deportation orders are unpopular. “The Squad” rails against them. Progressive pundits scream until they’re nearly in tears. The various echo chambers get hashtags trending about how wrong it is to capture people who have broken the law and been properly adjudicated to be removed from the country.

But a majority of Americans support the raids.

A recent POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows 51% of Americans support the raids, while only 35% oppose them. This number should be shocking considering all the anti-raid propaganda being pushed by the left, but it’s really not. Americans are generally believers in law and order. They’re aware of the generosity of the nation despite attempts to paint us as callous and to promote the narrative that the President is uncaring.

We are also aware that those targeted by ICE aren’t random people of foreign descent despite the progressive talking points used by nearly every legacy media outlet. They were all given an opportunity to demonstrate that they were fleeing oppression that falls into the context of asylum. But the vast majority – around 90% – never even show up to their hearing to make the case. This is because they’ve been told if they can simply claim asylum and then disappear into the interior, nothing will happen to them.

It’s important for these raids to move forward, increase in frequency, and extend indefinitely until the message is sent to countries with millions of people preparing to take the dangerous journey to our southern border. The message must be made clear: If they do not want to go through the legal process to enter and stay in the country, they will be sent back. With that message delivered, much fewer will attempt it.

The greatest asset conservatives have is the truth. We must not allow Democrats and their media allies to convince us their lies are true. Americans are aware of the problem at the southern border. We must keep the pressure up.

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Caught in her lies, Erica Thomas chooses to double down against the truth

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Caught in her lies Erica Thomas chooses to double down against the truth

The video above reveals several things about Georgia state representative Erica Thomas and the man who called her a “lazy bitch,” Eric Sparkes. It reveals Sparkes made a very poor choice in confronting a 9-months pregnant woman over her use of the express lane, but more importantly it reveals the lies compounding previous lies by a Democratic politician who wanted to attract national attention through her falsified use of the victim card.

According to Thomas, she was verbally assaulted by a racist “white man” who invoked the phrase “go back where you came from,” echoing a variation of the phrase President Trump used on Twitter a week ago in reference to “The Squad” of first term Democratic Congresswomen. The implications were obvious – whoever it was that said vile things to Thomas was a bigoted Caucasian and almost certainly a Trump supporter. The only thing that could spoil the string of lies and block her path to the progressive-adored status of victimhood was if the man who berated her came forward.

That man was Eric Sparkes, and come forward he did. As a result, Thomas’s narrative broke down quickly. First, he admitted to calling her a “lazy _____” but vehemently denied telling her to go back where she came from. He was so offended by her claims because she called him a racist who echoed President Trump’s message. That didn’t sit well with Sparkes, a man of Cuban descent and a Trump-hating Democrat.

Thomas’s narrative, echoed by thousands of progressives and several Democratic lawmakers, turned out to be completely false. Instead of the vision of a white supremacist Trump-supporter attacking an African-American woman over race, we have an unhinged Democrat calling a 9-month pregnant woman a “lazy _____” for having too many items in the express lane.

One might think this is the point when Thomas accepts an apology and lets the incident fade away. But… no. She’s doubling down, changing her story slightly and ignoring the likelihood that the man who insulted her voted for her.

The worst part is that even after acknowledging Sparkes didn’t say anything racist to her, she’s still claiming racism. Calling someone a “lazy _____” is not a racist attack. It’s callous and pathetic to use the phrase against a 9-month pregnant woman over the use of the express lane at a grocery store, but it’s not racist just because the victim was African-American.

Democrats and legacy media continue to push the hoax about the white supremacist Trump-supporter described by Erica Thomas. But the guy who called her names is a Trump-hating Democrat. The self-loathing of the left hits ludicrous speed sometimes.

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As Erica Thomas’s racism story breaks down, The Guardian now says she’s a Republican

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As Erica Thomass racism story breaks down The Guardian now says shes a Republican

It’s funny how the media treats lawmakers when it comes to their political affiliation. If something is good, it’s probably a Democrat at the heart of the report. If it’s bad, it’s probably a Republican. The Guardian and AP News don’t seem to actually care which is which. They interchange political parties based on the sentiment of the story, even if they’re already declared a different party previously.

Case-in-point, Georgia Democrat Erica Thomas after she claimed to be the victim of a racist rant versus Georgia Republican Erica Thomas after her story starts falling apart.

Thomas’s original claim was that a white racist told her to “go back where she came from,” echoing the “racist” Tweet made in completely different circumstances by President Trump. That story stuck all the way into a media interview until Eric Sparkes showed up. He admitted to cursing at the African-American lawmaker because she was in the express checkout lane at the grocery store with too many items. But he vehemently denies saying anything racist, including the “go back” line Thomas attributed to him.

As it turns out, he’s Cuban and a Democrat.

The Guardian, through an Associated Press source, initially said Thomas was a Democrat, which she is:

Erica Sparks The Guardian Democrat

But once the story crumbled, she was suddenly a Republican:

Erica Sparks The Guardian Republican

Was this intentional? Actually, it doesn’t matter. If it was intentional, then it’s just part of standard operating procedure to smear Republicans whenever possible. If it was an accident, then it’s a Freudian slip of sorts, one that both proper journalists and good editors, both of which should be employed at The Guardian, should be able to catch very easily. As of the writing of this article, the correction has not been made.

People like Erica Thomas put real victims of racism at risk when they make false claims like this. But the media’s trumpeting of false narratives does nothing to help fix the situation. Both are complicit in denying the truth.

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